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by Flumble
Sat Nov 17, 2018 2:32 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science fleeting thoughts
Replies: 111
Views: 18879

Re: Science fleeting thoughts

(kind of ninja'd) Why does SI have 7 base quantities? It seems to me that the mole is simply a scaling factor and the candela an even sillier scaling function. The only alternative I can find apart from CGS and MKS, though, is a rather shitty paper ( https://arxiv.org/abs/0710.3483 ) that brings it ...
by Flumble
Sat Nov 17, 2018 1:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2073: "Kilogram"
Replies: 68
Views: 2198

Re: 2073: "Kilogram"

To understand all of the English distance units, use this handy-dandy chart . My little cousin says 3*2*100*10 ≠ 8060, but surely an entire country knows better than someone who just learned long multiplication. :roll: (also I hate the cubit. It has "cube" in the name but isn't a unit of ...
by Flumble
Wed Nov 14, 2018 8:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2072: "Evaluating Tech Things"
Replies: 34
Views: 1654

Re: 2072: "Evaluating Tech Things"

Make sure your object (whether multicopter, plane or plain camera) has either heavy-duty gyroscopes or high-speed* 360° cameras, otherwise your footage is just a useless blur. *as in a very small capture time, regardless of frames per second. A rolling shutter that takes 1/100th of a second for expo...
by Flumble
Wed Nov 14, 2018 2:55 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Fleeting Thoughts: Movie and TV Shows
Replies: 119
Views: 19194

Re: In my universe...

Is Mal's replacement at least played by Sigourney Weaver? Maybe she doesn't fit "hot woman" by the time Firefly got its 4th season, but I'd love to see a TV series pull off a bikini episode with 65yo women playing beach explodeball. And of course the alien of the week in that episode will ...
by Flumble
Mon Nov 12, 2018 2:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2071: "Indirect Detection"
Replies: 14
Views: 1423

2071: "Indirect Detection"

https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/indirect_detection.png Title text: I'm like a prisoner in Plato's Cave, seeing only the shade you throw on the wall. ...not knowing that the quoted phrases are from different conversations and are replies to " Gangster Boss is recruiting homeless people to be his p...
by Flumble
Wed Nov 07, 2018 6:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2069: "Wishlist"
Replies: 35
Views: 1788

Re: 2069: "Wishlist"

Why is Waluigi not at the top of Randall's wishlist? There's been outcry over his absence since summer.
by Flumble
Mon Nov 05, 2018 11:22 pm UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: Slow forum loading
Replies: 2
Views: 1182

Slow forum loading

All pages take some 5-10 seconds to load for me. Weirdly enough a subsequent request immediately after (like an uncached avatar) takes less than a second. [edit]posting this took somewhere upward of 30 seconds[/edit] Quoting as per request : (Off-topic: I'm getting awful posting-lag, like I did the ...
by Flumble
Mon Nov 05, 2018 6:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2068: "Election Night"
Replies: 28
Views: 1990

Re: 2068: "Election Night"

Having a hard time believing this one. I'm sure someone will pull up the Tribune pages. I was going to... but you have to pay for content that is in the public domain. :evil: Wait until you find out that even the people who make those documents available online have to pay for hosting them. I know,...
by Flumble
Fri Nov 02, 2018 3:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2067: "Challengers"
Replies: 65
Views: 3808

Re: 2067: "Challengers"

It's a pity all the code is in a closure, otherwise you could've highlighted the comics on the map using some console javascript. For those who don't want to search for all nine easter eggs: (Sorry I couldn't find an unproject function for the coordinates, if one exists at all.) At (...
by Flumble
Fri Nov 02, 2018 12:59 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.
Replies: 8651
Views: 1618565

Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

Monika wrote:What changed?

It really begs the question, doesn't it? :mrgreen:
by Flumble
Tue Oct 30, 2018 1:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2065: "Who Sends the First Text?"
Replies: 24
Views: 2106

Re: 2065: "Who Sends the First Text?"

I am waiting for that one device where you "speak" but you don't actually make a sound. This was probably meant jokingly, but this exact device was actually recently presented at microsoft research! Try google for SilentVoice: Unnoticeable Voice Input by Ingressive Speech Of course invent...
by Flumble
Mon Oct 29, 2018 11:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2065: "Who Sends the First Text?"
Replies: 24
Views: 2106

Re: 2065: "Who Sends the First Text?"

Maybe somebody will invent a device you could speak into, and it would turn your speech into a text... wouldn't that be mongo cool! Jeez, no, especially not the "hey personal assistant that tracks my every move so it can sell more targeted ads, please set a timer for one minute because egg tim...
by Flumble
Mon Oct 29, 2018 11:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2063: "Carnot Cycle"
Replies: 27
Views: 2755

Re: 2063: "Carnot Cycle"

No, no, this is where you reference the lucky 10,000 comic so you come across very learned. :P Huge truck full of asses: https://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2016/11/12/20/3A4FB8F000000578-3930644-image-a-7_1478983996536.jpg "Yeah I often get tons of ass in the back" is something I expect a pim...
by Flumble
Sat Oct 27, 2018 9:00 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Minecraft
Replies: 9401
Views: 1366121

Re: Minecraft

Any chance for a new map as a temporary aid to checking for lost chunks across the server? Even if only you see it it would be a warm fuzzy that there is nothing else egregious out there. I'll try and see if the nightly build of mapcrafter has enough 1.13 support to draw a comparable map. Not a fan...
by Flumble
Sat Oct 27, 2018 3:58 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Minecraft
Replies: 9401
Views: 1366121

Re: Minecraft

I promise I'll look into the performance logs (and send them to oscar_spider) and those old chunks upcoming week. I fear that the middle of the bridge is lost (the map is normally generated from the most recent one backup) for good, but the rest of the area should still be in the backup. How could t...
by Flumble
Sat Oct 27, 2018 3:04 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: avoiding coding "representation errors"
Replies: 19
Views: 7066

Re: avoiding coding "representation errors"

Because $start+$middle+$end could contain a $middle that accidentally closes a tag in $start? Creating html via string concatenation is bad for the same reason that creating database queries with string concatenation is bad... But surely you should be able to do: $rawhtml = $safestart+$safemiddle+$...
by Flumble
Sat Oct 27, 2018 12:50 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: avoiding coding "representation errors"
Replies: 19
Views: 7066

Re: avoiding coding "representation errors"

this can be alleviated with a strong type system, and if i carefully create a type for each unit or representation that a coordinate/image might have, but that approach seems to be pretty heavy handed: i'd need to define a bunch of wrapper classes which do nothing besides check that types of the ar...
by Flumble
Fri Oct 26, 2018 5:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2064: "I'm a Car"
Replies: 19
Views: 1831

Re: 2064: "I'm a Car"

ucim wrote:You're a kitty!

I'd love to hear Michael Knight say that to his car. :roll:
by Flumble
Thu Oct 25, 2018 11:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2063: "Carnot Cycle"
Replies: 27
Views: 2755

Re: 2063: "Carnot Cycle"

Either way I care not: I'm driving a huge ass-truck, not a car.
by Flumble
Wed Oct 24, 2018 7:27 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.
Replies: 8651
Views: 1618565

Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

"As a token of our new relation, I will take your hand in friendship."
by Flumble
Wed Oct 24, 2018 7:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2061: "Tectonics Game"
Replies: 69
Views: 8188

Re: 2061: "Tectonics Game"

If we today found, say, a buried civilization with a technology level that does not concord with what we know of the progress of human development, and had reason to suspect that either we might be a post-apocalyptic civilization (post someone else's apocalypse) or that like, aliens or something ha...
by Flumble
Wed Oct 24, 2018 7:08 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: What does this MATLAB code do?
Replies: 4
Views: 1716

Re: What does this MATLAB code do?

Could you make some 3D plots of kill for a chosen n with negative=[0..n] (best be integers) and confidence=[-0.9..0.9]? I have no idea. All I can see is that for large values of z (confidence approaching 1) kill approaches 1 (0 for large negative values) and for values near 0 kill approaches negativ...
by Flumble
Wed Oct 24, 2018 12:41 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Asimov's 3 laws
Replies: 17
Views: 2473

Re: Asimov's 3 laws

[pedantic]There's nothing to stop someone from shouting that the robots should self-destruct, but the question is whether they will obey.[/pedantic] :P It's handy to provide the three laws here: ⋅ A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to har...
by Flumble
Wed Oct 24, 2018 11:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2061: "Tectonics Game"
Replies: 69
Views: 8188

Re: 2061: "Tectonics Game"

Can I still be an idiot graverobber and explore the place (with a piece of string starting at the entrance—I know my classics!) and take some loot that looks precious (and can be carried in a hand bag)? If so, I want to do that and afterwards get a plane ticket to France.
by Flumble
Wed Oct 17, 2018 6:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2060: "Hygrometer"
Replies: 35
Views: 2185

Re: 2060: "Hygrometer"

Sableagle wrote:I have a large collection of nanometers I'd be willing to share.

I bet they go off the charts in an elderly home.
by Flumble
Wed Oct 17, 2018 4:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2060: "Hygrometer"
Replies: 35
Views: 2185

Re: 2060: "Hygrometer"

killometer
by Flumble
Tue Oct 16, 2018 12:10 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9880
Views: 1798828

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

Hmph, I've been messing with mounting an NTFS partition for an hour. Turns out ntfs-3g wasn't installed, while the builtin kernel module reports the mount as "rw" despite being read-only. :x
by Flumble
Mon Oct 15, 2018 11:48 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: write a C++ please
Replies: 18
Views: 3491

Re: write a C++ please

All I can find on endl boils down to "Inserts a newline character into the output sequence os and flushes it as if by calling os.put(os.widen('\n')) followed by os.flush()." The stream is then supposed to convert '\n' to the appropriate byte sequence. (I could change the code to say "...
by Flumble
Mon Oct 15, 2018 7:15 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Doctor Whom
Replies: 4949
Views: 674739

Re: Doctor Whom

"I don't like sand. It's coarse and rough and irritating and it gets everywhere." ...is one of the lines that unfortunately didn't make it into this week's episode set in space San Helios. Are the Stenza going to be the new big bad? So far they feel amateurish if you compare their introduc...
by Flumble
Mon Oct 15, 2018 5:55 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: vvitch
Replies: 9
Views: 4586

Re: vvitch

*hugs Izawwlgood two-and-a-half years later* Ah, no, they're pretty fuckin' real. Not a whole lot of grey area going on there. Pretty cut and dry. Well yeah, but you don't know that until halfway into the film, IIRC. And the bulk of the film can be explained through non-supernatural evil —in fact I ...
by Flumble
Mon Oct 15, 2018 5:03 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: write a C++ please
Replies: 18
Views: 3491

Re: write a C++ please

Did I do good? :mrgreen: #include <iostream> #include <fstream> #include <cstdlib> using namespace std; void make_temp_file(string fileName) { ofstream tmp(fileName.c_str()); tmp << "x = read()" << endl << "y = read()" << endl << "p = x*y" << endl << "s = x + y&quo...
by Flumble
Fri Oct 12, 2018 2:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2055: "Bluetooth"
Replies: 32
Views: 3370

Re: 2055: "Bluetooth"

I just need explanations for all the other things found in them. Well, you see, when a person and an object like each other very much, they play doctor and give each other a health checkup, including a thorough search for hemorrhoids. Or maybe I'm mixing things up... I could've sworn it involved a ...
by Flumble
Thu Oct 11, 2018 10:09 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9880
Views: 1798828

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

Thanks, I never knew virtually all shells support emacs/vi-style editing (I guess the thought has never occurred because windows shells don't have it). I couldn't find anything with a preliminary search for "shell with selection", obvious in hindsight because the jargon is mark, yank, regi...
by Flumble
Thu Oct 11, 2018 3:01 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9880
Views: 1798828

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

Is there any shell out there that supports selecting and copying text on the line? (with support for sensible keybindings like home to go to the start of a line, ctrl+shift+left to select the word to the left) Most of the time I'm working from within screen, so I can copy anything with ctrl+a,[ but ...
by Flumble
Thu Oct 11, 2018 1:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2057: "Internal Monologues"
Replies: 48
Views: 3741

Re: 2057: "Internal Monologues"

anonymouscat wrote:Somehow I'm disappointed there's no internal monologue for Mathematics...

They're too abstract to put into words. :roll:
by Flumble
Wed Oct 10, 2018 11:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2057: "Internal Monologues"
Replies: 48
Views: 3741

Re: 2057: "Internal Monologues"

Or maybe the architect hates people who enjoy views or the architect is very pragmatic and doesn't want people standing still staring and blocking the hallway. :twisted:

Are those hallways wide enough to line with chairs and/or small desks along the windows?
by Flumble
Wed Oct 10, 2018 6:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2057: "Internal Monologues"
Replies: 48
Views: 3741

Re: 2057: "Internal Monologues"

I'd say "trees are (made of) air" is a bit of a stretch: most of their building blocks and energy [citation needed] come from the ground. Right? Right? I have never given it much thought or looked it up, but right now I'm having a hard time believing trees get all that mas...
by Flumble
Wed Oct 10, 2018 4:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1189: "Voyager 1"
Replies: 119
Views: 43913

Re: 1189: "Voyager 1"

Alas, poor Madness. I think it sadly fell to a vocal minority of mud-borne sticks a couple years back, who admonished the mods for being jerk-faces for locking the Time thread (strange ritual surrounds that place, which the lock prevented the observance of) and because a word-filter caused some unf...
by Flumble
Tue Oct 09, 2018 9:45 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Doctor Whom
Replies: 4949
Views: 674739

Re: Doctor Whom

And I hope only 1 or 2 of 3 companions remain by the end of the second episode. All three are companions for the whole season. Sorry. (It's not the first time we've had three - the original line-up had three companions, Fifth Doctor started out with three, etc.) Aww, bollocks, that means less Docto...
by Flumble
Tue Oct 09, 2018 5:13 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Doctor Whom
Replies: 4949
Views: 674739

Re: Doctor Whom

I nearly saw it live; it never stops amazing me how quickly a torrent is (highly) available after the broadcast. It had a bit much going on, or, rather, it had much going on during several parts of the episode and didn't have clear climaxes (climaces? climates?), but more like smooth hills with a gr...

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