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by MrT2
Fri Apr 27, 2018 11:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1985: "Meteorologist"
Replies: 54
Views: 9561

Re: 1985: "Meteorologist"

This probably explains some bizarre features of the BBC weather forecast. The other explanation is that it's been outsourced about 6-8 weeks ago to another company, no longer the Met Office, and they don't appear to have any appreciation for the multitude of microclimates the UK has (there are days...
by MrT2
Sun Jan 21, 2018 8:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1943: "Universal Dreams"
Replies: 39
Views: 4961

Re: 1943: "Universal Dreams"

Unable to walk: I do end up crawling about an inordinate number of times, or shuffling around on my knees, but no dodging traffic. A possibly related one, to fly, all I need to do is lift both feet off the floor, tuck them behind me, then I can float around and go up pretty much at will. I never do ...
by MrT2
Wed Jan 03, 2018 7:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1937: "IATA Airport Abbreviations"
Replies: 63
Views: 10272

Re: 1937: "IATA Airport Abbreviations"

SWF Sherwood Forest [Not a real airport, London- LHR] > Sacramento Metro Robin Hood Airport (sadly now renamed to Doncaster Sheffield Airport, Yorkshire) [DSA] is not far from Sherwood Forest. Having played (or simmed) Flight Sim of various guises through the years though I'm more familiar with the...
by MrT2
Mon Dec 11, 2017 6:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1927: "Tinder"
Replies: 18
Views: 3024

Re: 1927: "Tinder"

So far this year, there has only been one fatal accident involving a commercial passenger aircraft, in a remote part of Russia last month, of the 7 on board, one survived. With luck, there won't be any other accidents for the rest of the year. There have been other accidents involving cargo aircraft...
by MrT2
Wed Sep 27, 2017 4:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1895: "Worrying Scientist Interviews"
Replies: 64
Views: 8009

Re: 1895: "Worrying Scientist Interviews"

Particle physicist:
New particle discovery - left-ish
End of reality as we know it - somewhere off the right end of the scale
by MrT2
Wed Sep 20, 2017 10:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1892: "USB Cables"
Replies: 40
Views: 6589

Re: 1892: "USB Cables"

I have a USB charger lead for my old PSP (Playstation Portable) that is the only one that can fit my specific PSP, it charges via a fairly standard looking circular DC port, but the contacts in the port have moved a bit, and the plastic insulator in the plug is recessed when it should stick out from...
by MrT2
Sat Sep 16, 2017 8:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1890: "What to Bring"
Replies: 70
Views: 11868

Re: 1890: "What to Bring"

rmsgrey wrote:If one person has a knife and another a gun, presumably whether it's a gun fight or a knife fight is a question of the range of the encounter?

Unless you're a pro target shooter, effective handgun range is not that far off knife throwing range, see Starship Troopers.
by MrT2
Fri Jun 09, 2017 7:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1848: "Glacial Erratic"
Replies: 23
Views: 5183

Re: 1848: "Glacial Erratic"

Just wait until she learns about folded stratigraphy and tries to flatten it out.
by MrT2
Fri Jan 20, 2017 7:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1788: "Barge"
Replies: 27
Views: 5957

Re: 1788: "Barge"

If you don't hollow out the middle, then you'd get a free rocket, just add fuel... This made me think of those "Amazon targets" you print and set out in your yard where you want the Amazon drone to deliver your package (not yet available in my area). And then, in the spirit of today's comi...
by MrT2
Mon Jan 09, 2017 5:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1783: "Emails"
Replies: 26
Views: 4937

Re: 1783: "Emails"

I still sporadically have a bit more of a clearout of all the old mails on my gmail account, I used to use Outlook Express on my PC, and deleted/filed everything after downloading - but it didn't reflect that back onto the webmail side of gmail, and since I now mostly access email on my phone, I hav...
by MrT2
Fri Jul 01, 2016 6:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1701: "Speed and Danger"
Replies: 62
Views: 9777

Re: 1701: "Speed and Danger"

F1 fatalities in the last 20 years: 1 main driver (Jules Bianchi) 1 test/reserve driver (Maria de Villota, cardiac arrest but partially attributed to an accident 1 year prior) 3 drivers of historic F1 cars at least 3 marshalls (2000 Italy, 2001 Australia, 2013 Canada - first two hit by tyres, the th...
by MrT2
Fri Mar 11, 2016 8:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1653: "United States Map"
Replies: 106
Views: 17890

Re: 1653: "United States Map"

Soupspoon wrote:is there an Italy-like country that can sit on Italy?

The scale is way out (as are some of the proportions), but there is an old Great Western Railways poster that compared Cornwall to Italy: http://pastiesandcream.com/2010/06/04/the-cornish-riviera-its-sunny-but-not-that-sunny/
by MrT2
Fri Mar 04, 2016 11:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1651 "Robotic Garage"
Replies: 30
Views: 7679

Re: 1652 "Robotic Garage"

Aluminium cars (shell and chassis) and aluminium engine blocks already exist, alloy wheels are aluminium or magnesium based, brake discs are usually cast iron but you can get ones made out of composite materials.
by MrT2
Fri Jan 15, 2016 11:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1630: "Quadcopter"
Replies: 34
Views: 6324

Re: 1630: "Quadcopter"

Quietness for submarine propellers is based on avoiding cavitation (formation of gas bubbles), for drone propellers the noise is vibration, air friction and from the electric motor directly, more and smaller propellers would seem to be a better solution than fewer and bigger.
by MrT2
Fri Nov 20, 2015 4:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1606: "Five-Day Forecast"
Replies: 115
Views: 21228

Re: 1606: "Five-Day Forecast"

Where I am, the forecast for tomorrow is often at least partially wrong, and amusingly the supercomputers doing the forecast (UK Met Office) are less than 20 miles from here...
by MrT2
Tue Nov 17, 2015 12:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1604: "Snakes"
Replies: 66
Views: 12043

Re: 1604: "Snakes"

All snakes are actually venomous, just those that kill by constriction have repurposed their venom glands to produce a mucus that makes their food slide down easier, the mucus still contains traces of venom (see bottom left factoid: http://qi.com/infocloud/snakes )
by MrT2
Wed Jul 15, 2015 12:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1551: "Pluto"
Replies: 39
Views: 8613

Re: 1551: "Pluto"

The monochrome image: http://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/thumbnails/image/tn-p_lorri_fullframe_bw.jpg - 1942x1942, while the colourised image is 1042x1042, not sure what the full capability of each instrument is though. The New Horizons twitter feed was mentioning the prospect of continuing on ...
by MrT2
Fri Jul 03, 2015 1:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1546: "Tamagotchi Hive"
Replies: 19
Views: 7477

Re: 1546: "Tamagotchi Hive"

Not sure anyone needs to these days, freemium apps pretty much cover the same repetitive actions.
by MrT2
Tue May 19, 2015 3:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1526: "Placebo Blocker"
Replies: 47
Views: 10139

Re: 1526: "Placebo Blocker"

You know I just figured something, it must really suck to be on a trial for an experimental drug to cure your terminal autoimmune problem or something, only to find you've wound up in the placebo group :| If the test group taking the drug has noticeable beneficial effects, on ethical grounds the tr...
by MrT2
Thu Mar 26, 2015 1:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1503: "Squirrel Plan"
Replies: 41
Views: 10692

Re: 1503: "Squirrel Plan"

Another sun comes up every day, so the squirrels will be needing to make daily visits on their balloon.
by MrT2
Wed Mar 04, 2015 11:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1494: “Insurance”
Replies: 81
Views: 15829

Re: 1494: “Insurance”

Still, people steal the damnedest things. Last year, somebody "stole" a 1400 square foot log cabin near Chiloquin, Oregon and sold it a mile down the road. Oregon - we do things differently here. Ok, that's a bit more impressive than the thieves in England, who last year stole a 6ft garde...
by MrT2
Tue Feb 11, 2014 1:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1328: "Update"
Replies: 54
Views: 12714

Re: 1328: "Update"

They'd be really useful if it weren't for the feature where Windows assigns a priority of -inf to them, and Ctrl-Alt-Delete is designed to wait until the process that's slowed the machine to a halt finally finishes before offering to launch the Task Manager (or replacement). Why oh why can't Ctrl-A...
by MrT2
Tue Oct 29, 2013 5:29 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0069: "Facebook of the Dead"
Replies: 38
Views: 12685

Re: What-If 0069: "Facebook of the Dead"

Presumably the Like button on the gravestone is linked to the internet... so is it appropriate to like it because you liked the person, or you like that they're no longer with us? (or there's some witticism/cat picture on the epitaph that you like)
by MrT2
Mon Oct 21, 2013 5:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1280: "Mystery News"
Replies: 42
Views: 10360

Re: 1280: "Mystery News"

Sites (particularly gaming sites, but there are others) that think it's perfectly acceptable to replace a written article with one of their journalists doing a 60 second piece-to-camera wind me up, and some of those have a "feature" where once one video has finished, if the tab/page remain...
by MrT2
Tue Oct 08, 2013 11:06 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0066: "500 MPH"
Replies: 61
Views: 13467

Re: What-if 0066: "500 MPH"

People are being chucked about by the winds, with one killed already, near one badly designed building in Leeds (UK, though I'd be surprised if anyone elsewhere named their settlement after that dark place): http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leeds-24364159 I've not done anything related to fluid ...
by MrT2
Tue Aug 06, 2013 5:31 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0057: "Dropping a Mountain"
Replies: 61
Views: 17718

Re: What-If 0057: "Dropping a Mountain"

We English don't use them as much as you do[1]. Maybe you should call them "American units". :wink: [1] We've been stuck in a halfway house for a while now where food and drink is packaged in metric yet draught beer and milk delivered to the doorstep is still sold in pints. Road signs are...
by MrT2
Mon Jul 22, 2013 8:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1241: "Annoying Ringtone Champion"
Replies: 68
Views: 21210

Re: 1241: "Annoying Ringtone Champion"

I'm surprised no-ones brought up the Crazy Frog yet, that was ridiculously popular and yet stupidly annoying all at the same time, so when you got away from one fool who had it, you were bound to run into another... at least it seems to have died a death more than 5 years ago now (though as with all...
by MrT2
Fri Jul 19, 2013 12:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1240: "Quantum Mechanics"
Replies: 201
Views: 41618

Re: 1240: "Quantum Mechanics"

I started ignoring quantum mechanics when it started involving a one-dimensional particle moving in a two-dimensional box... (maybe that was just the lecturer though...)
by MrT2
Wed Jun 19, 2013 7:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1227: "The Pace of Modern Life"
Replies: 145
Views: 38698

Re: 1227: "The Pace of Modern Life"

The more things change, the more things stay the same.
I could probably look on wikiquote for the original attribution, but in a hurry, so will dash off this short message instead :P
by MrT2
Fri Mar 22, 2013 6:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1189: "Voyager 1"
Replies: 119
Views: 40784

Re: 1189: "Voyager 1"

Ah... about that, I just mistook the 'Voyager 1' as a Star Trek ship. Is it just called simply 'Voyager'? How confusing. Spoilers tag for a 34 year old film? ah well, here it is anyway... The V'G'R from ST:The Motion Picture is meant to be Voyager 6, which was a somewhat optimistic numberin...
by MrT2
Wed Jan 09, 2013 8:47 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0027: "Death Rates"
Replies: 64
Views: 17354

Re: What-if 0027: Death Rates

I don't know about in Randall's scenario, but in some states, killing a woman whom you know to be pregnant is regarded as two counts of homicide. In the UK, a stillbirth has to be registered as both a birth and death (and so goes into the population statistics), while a miscarriage is not registere...
by MrT2
Tue Nov 20, 2012 4:07 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0021: "Machine Gun Jetpack"
Replies: 93
Views: 43599

Re: What-If 0021: Machine Gun Jetpack

The bit that intrigues me is the fact that the GAU-8 mounted on an A-10 produces so much recoil. What I'd like to know is how much this can slow the plane down while it's flying. I'm guessing that the plane already lowers it's speed for a strafing run, but if the gun was fired in a sufficiently lon...
by MrT2
Mon Nov 05, 2012 9:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1130: "Poll Watching"
Replies: 87
Views: 15307

Re: 1130: "Poll Watching"

Most of the polls over the last few months have had smaller differences than the margin of error values, yet the the media/parties still commission new polls and shout about any change in the (still not significant) numbers.
by MrT2
Wed Oct 17, 2012 7:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1122: "Electoral Precedent"
Replies: 167
Views: 41553

Re: 1122: "Electoral Precedent"

If we're also considering third parties, the full list of alliterative tickets defeated since 1856 is: 1876: Cooper / Cary (Greenback Labor) 1904: Corregan / Cox (Socialist Labor) 1932: Foster / Ford (Communist) 1952: Stevenson / Sparkman (Democrat) 2000: Phillips / Frazier (Constitution) 2012: Rom...
by MrT2
Mon Oct 01, 2012 10:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1115: "Sky"
Replies: 84
Views: 18550

Re: The buildings could survive

All you folks who say the earth and the buildings will explode apart if gravity reverses: remember there's a whole lot of molecular and hydrogen bonding going on in there. Since I'm not writing Randall's What-If column for him, I'll just stipulate that, simultaneously with gravity reversing, the bo...
by MrT2
Mon Sep 17, 2012 11:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1109: "Refrigerator"
Replies: 135
Views: 31383

Re: 1109: "Refrigerator"

AvatarIII wrote:buy UHT milk, it lasts ages, even left out of the fridge.

You do know UHT stands for Ultra Horrible Tasting, right? :D
You can buy (at least in the UK) extra-filtered milk that lasts up to 3 weeks unopened, and about 7 days once it's been opened.
by MrT2
Wed Aug 22, 2012 11:21 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0008: "Everybody Jump"
Replies: 155
Views: 45797

Re: What-if 0008: Everybody Jump

What would be the effects of the air displacement (at both ends) of magically teleporting 7 billion people at once, would it be powerful enough to knock down people as they were teleported in, or even create new weather systems?
by MrT2
Tue Jul 17, 2012 12:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1082: “Geology”
Replies: 66
Views: 19121

Re: 1082: “Geology”

Geology makes the bedrock.

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