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by Ekaros
Thu Sep 25, 2014 1:58 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0113: "Visit Every State"
Replies: 87
Views: 34237

Re: What-If 0113: "Visit Every State"

Now can we have same for Europe and whole world?
by Ekaros
Thu Aug 14, 2014 5:33 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0108: "Expensive Shoebox"
Replies: 151
Views: 106760

Re: What-If 0108: "Expensive Shoebox"

How big is a small house?

What is a small house build of? 251kg for such seems awfully little...
by Ekaros
Thu Jun 26, 2014 5:37 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0102: "Keyboard Power"
Replies: 51
Views: 21183

Re: What-If 0102: Keyboard Power

What if the novels were written on a mechanical typewriter? Those have much longer key press lengths and higher actuation force, so the work per keystroke is much higher. I took a SWAG at it and came up with as much a 0.1 joules (1-2 lbf w/ ~0.5in stroke). The world record on this type of machine s...
by Ekaros
Fri May 16, 2014 7:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1369: TMI
Replies: 51
Views: 17988

Re: 1369: TMI

One could argue that there is always too much information around us, which is kinda scary.
by Ekaros
Wed Apr 30, 2014 8:32 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0094: "Billion-Story Building"
Replies: 106
Views: 28109

Re: What-if #0094: Billion-Story Building

In the end the volume of it isn't that big... Also mass isn't that massive either. If thee footprint was to be on scale of old school skyscraper...
by Ekaros
Fri Mar 14, 2014 9:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1342: "Ancient Stars"
Replies: 76
Views: 17656

Re: 1342: "Ancient Stars"

Aren't most of the stars on the sky we can separate from each other around us and quite near and on other hand those that are farther away are in plane of galaxy and thus we don't really distinguish them from each other...
Though I know very little of astronomy...
by Ekaros
Fri Mar 14, 2014 8:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1342: "Ancient Stars"
Replies: 76
Views: 17656

1342: "Ancient Stars"

Image

Alt-text:
'The light from those millions of stars you see is probably many thousands of years old' is a rare example of laypeople substantially OVERestimating astronomical numbers.
by Ekaros
Wed Mar 05, 2014 5:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1338: "Land Mammals"
Replies: 168
Views: 56914

Re: 1338: "Land Mammals"

Anyone else surprised by amount of horses still around?
by Ekaros
Mon Dec 09, 2013 3:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1301: "File Extensions"
Replies: 102
Views: 32533

Re: 1301: "File Extensions"

I wonder where .BAT.MY%20OSX%20DOCUMENTS-INSTALL.EXE.RAR.INI.TAR.DOÇX.PHPHPHP.XHTML.TML.XTL.TXXT.0DAY.HACK.ERS_(1995)_BLURAY_CAM-XVID.EXE.TAR.[SCR].LISP.MSI.LNK.ZDA.GNN.WRBT.OBJ.O.H.SWF.DPKG.APP.ZIP.TAR.TAR.CO.GZ.A.OUT.EXE is on this scale. http://xkcd.com/1162/ and the alt text is relevant here, I...
by Ekaros
Fri Oct 18, 2013 9:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1279: "Reverse Identity Theft"
Replies: 144
Views: 40511

Re: 1279: "Reverse Identity Theft"

Locally my name is sufficiently unique. But then there is people in other places...


I should just start using my own domain so I can have both initial@lastname.** and firstname@lastname.**

Hmm if I had the money could go even with initial@lastname though own top-level domain is bit costly...
by Ekaros
Tue Sep 17, 2013 1:18 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0063: "Google's Datacenters on Punch Cards"
Replies: 58
Views: 21012

Re: What-If 0063: "Google's Datacenters on Punch Cards"

CERN seems to be around 100 PB themselves... So smashing stuff around does also produce lot of data ;D

http://home.web.cern.ch/about/updates/2 ... -petabytes
by Ekaros
Tue Sep 17, 2013 10:19 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0063: "Google's Datacenters on Punch Cards"
Replies: 58
Views: 21012

Re: What-If 0063: "Google's Datacenters on Punch Cards"

I just wish there would be some more graphical presentation of areas. My knowledge of third world geography is rather bad so I didn't have any idea how big this New England is... Just proves how efficient we are at storing data. Though the real amount is hard to say as systems uses in this kind of s...
by Ekaros
Fri May 24, 2013 11:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1216: "Sticks and Stones"
Replies: 73
Views: 18475

Re: 1216: "Sticks and Stones"

Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can get me killed.
by Ekaros
Mon May 20, 2013 5:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1214: "Geoguessr"
Replies: 102
Views: 33689

Re: 1214: "Geoguessr"

I really would like to see someone beat this score, because I know it's doable. Four of five were off by less than half a kilometer, so you'd pretty much need a perfect round in order to top it. Registered just to take you up on that: 32391. I guess these forums don't let you post a url right after...
by Ekaros
Mon May 06, 2013 8:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1208: "Footnote Labyrinths"
Replies: 50
Views: 15350

Re: 1208: "Footnote Labyrinths"

Pratchett isn't that bad...
by Ekaros
Tue Apr 30, 2013 1:50 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0043: "Train Loop"
Replies: 38
Views: 13223

Re: What-If 0043: "Train Loop"

So what if we used maglev, mined the loop inside a mountain (rather hard engineering, but might be lot cheaper than the support structures needed for other solutions) and as extra bonus if we pressurized the train and pumped the tunnel to vacuum we lose air resistance, on other hand we will also los...
by Ekaros
Wed Apr 17, 2013 10:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1200: "Authorization"
Replies: 47
Views: 17745

Re: 1200: "Authorization"

Wait, bank? That others make sense, but bank? Does Randal's bank not have any kind of security? If so, then why does he still bank there? Normal banks have a system of unique one-time codes to authorize individual payments. Knowing my login and password gets you my bank info, but still not my money...
by Ekaros
Mon Apr 08, 2013 7:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1196: "Subways"
Replies: 147
Views: 62264

Re: 1196: "Subways"

I would love to see this for Europe, including Europe side of Russia...
by Ekaros
Mon Mar 11, 2013 9:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1179: "ISO 8601"
Replies: 379
Views: 100584

Re: 1179: "ISO 8601"

Far East is only used in historical context, and slightly less than "orient", which means simply "east". It always bothered me, growing up in California, that to get to the part of the world called the "Far East", you had to go west (unless you were flying, in which ca...
by Ekaros
Thu Feb 28, 2013 1:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1179: "ISO 8601"
Replies: 379
Views: 100584

Re: 1179: "ISO 8601"

Yes, days will have different length depending latitude and time of the year. Makes sense, doesn't it? I don't see how days stopping being a unit of time is useful. Month long days can be bit problematic in my opinion. I'm strong advocate of just moving to some sensible system with sensible epoch a...
by Ekaros
Thu Feb 28, 2013 11:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1179: "ISO 8601"
Replies: 379
Views: 100584

Re: 1179: "ISO 8601"

Clearly we need to redesign dates entirely. My suggestion: Days start when the sun comes up, and end when the next day starts. So 3 o'clock shall always mean 3 hours after the sun came up. There shall be 13 months of exactly 28 days each. Dates shall be giving DD-MM-YYYY. The year shall start at th...
by Ekaros
Wed Feb 27, 2013 10:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1179: "ISO 8601"
Replies: 379
Views: 100584

Re: 1179: "ISO 8601"

I hope the standard will be expanded in the future like https://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc2550 describes. It's all good and well for next 8986 years and a bit. But after that? Really we should move to standards that take arbitary time lengths in account.
by Ekaros
Fri Nov 02, 2012 7:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1129: "Cell Number"
Replies: 96
Views: 28107

Re: 1129: "Cell Number"

Here it's 3 numbers for operator you originally got the number from and then 7 random or your choose from list numbers.

Number mobility isn't the optimal system... It does work surprisingly well though...
by Ekaros
Fri Oct 19, 2012 12:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1123: "The Universal Label"
Replies: 114
Views: 23104

Re: 1123: "The Universal Label"

Am I only one to think that some of the recipes provided here are very very wasteful?
by Ekaros
Wed Oct 17, 2012 12:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1122: "Electoral Precedent"
Replies: 167
Views: 45984

Re: 1122: "Electoral Precedent"

Just out of curiosity as a UK subject of the Queen ... that was a comprehensive list of US Presidents and their succession, wasn't it? That makes this issue particularly invaluable in committing the names of past (and present) US Presidents to memory, should the circumstance arise where that would ...
by Ekaros
Wed Oct 03, 2012 6:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1116: "Traffic Lights"
Replies: 171
Views: 49497

Re: 1116: "Traffic Lights"

Are those on different lanes? Why on earth someone would arrange them that way... Inevitable crashes... My thoughts on picture...

Yeah things are bit messy sometimes... Good thing that here there is usualy only up to 4 lanes...
by Ekaros
Fri Sep 28, 2012 10:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1114: "Metallurgy"
Replies: 138
Views: 30565

Re: 1114: "Metallurgy"

I always wondered what cool stuff we could make out of that neutron matter. Y'know the stuff that's not quite broken into full black hole form but is so dense that a teaspoon of it has as much mass as the Titanic. Assuming it sticks together well enough and isn't some weird powder, it'd be cool to ...
by Ekaros
Fri Sep 28, 2012 6:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1114: "Metallurgy"
Replies: 138
Views: 30565

Re: 1114: "Metallurgy"

At first I thought this was a bad joke about how all metals come from the heart of other stars. Does this mean that metal mined from asteroids is too impure to forge into a sword? Probably just that making swords from meteorites is bad idea. Still mining asteroids and refining them in free-fall vac...
by Ekaros
Sun Aug 26, 2012 6:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1099: "Tuesdays"
Replies: 71
Views: 17864

Re: 1099: "Tuesdays"

eran_rathan wrote:
enumerated powers wrote:
eran_rathan wrote:It could be a (removed...).


Large Klein bottle with a sign on it reading... "Klein bottle for rent - inquire within"


Wouldn't it suck to be a genie stuck in a Klein bottle?


Not sure, wouldn't such genie be essentially free as he was always inside the bottle.
by Ekaros
Mon May 28, 2012 1:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1061: "EST"
Replies: 128
Views: 45053

Re: 1061: "EST"

So we just need to fix Earth's rotations and Earth's and Moon's orbits. Then we could move to 10 based system for seconds in day and days in year. It might need some extra work fine tuning power output of sun, atmosphere of earth and some geology to fix climate patterns, but hey is that too much for...
by Ekaros
Mon Jan 23, 2012 9:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1007: "Sustainable"
Replies: 115
Views: 31968

Re: 1007: "Sustainable"

Our only hope is running out of sustainable:s...

Anyone know any other buzz words and do study based on them so we can find some comfort in data...
by Ekaros
Fri Jan 13, 2012 8:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1003: "Hitler and Eve"
Replies: 447
Views: 92496

Re: 1003: "Adam and Eve"

If we consider god made Adam perfect and Eve was also. And consider micro-evolution did take place in later time there wasn't really too much biological issue with incest. As there wasn't yet too many genetic issues between them. Now, I'm not considered about Adam and Eve, but with Noah and his imme...

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