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by pitareio
Mon Sep 29, 2014 7:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1427: "iOS Keyboard"
Replies: 60
Views: 12053

Re: 1427: "iOS Keyboard"

Selection of quotes from http://www.afi.com/100years/quotes.aspx, using SwiftKey on a S4 : Frankly, my dear, I don't give [up on the street]. I'm gonna make him an [email to a friend of mine]. Here's looking at [the door just after the bakery]. Go ahead, make [sure you are looking for a few weeks ag...
by pitareio
Sat Aug 09, 2014 4:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1404: Quantum Vacuum Virtual Plasma
Replies: 62
Views: 18335

Re: 1404: Quantum Vacuum Virtual Plasma is spam in SPAAAAACE

What's the over/under for the number of posts before the tinfoil hat crowd shows up discussing infinite sources of energy that *they* are hiding from us? Like the infinite reserve of methane created by geologic processes? Well at least this theory has the potential to work outside of the earth's at...
by pitareio
Sat Aug 09, 2014 2:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1404: Quantum Vacuum Virtual Plasma
Replies: 62
Views: 18335

Re: 1404: Quantum Vacuum Virtual Plasma is spam in SPAAAAACE

What's the over/under for the number of posts before the tinfoil hat crowd shows up discussing infinite sources of energy that *they* are hiding from us? Like the infinite reserve of methane created by geologic processes? Well at least this theory has the potential to work outside of the earth's at...
by pitareio
Sat May 17, 2014 3:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1369: TMI
Replies: 51
Views: 15400

Re: 1369: TMI

TMTM
by pitareio
Wed May 07, 2014 12:56 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0094: "Billion-Story Building"
Replies: 106
Views: 20428

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

bachaddict wrote:Is What-If now always posted on Wednesdays?


I don't know, but there used to be a text like "answering your questions with physics, every tuesday", and it's now gone.
by pitareio
Mon Apr 14, 2014 7:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1354: "Heartbleed Explanation"
Replies: 71
Views: 27118

Re: 1354: "Heartbleed Explanation"

"CoHoBaSt" < First 2 letters of CorrectHorseBatteryStaple http://xkcd.com/936/ (also http://correcthorsebatterystaple.net/ is still up. nice) Thinking about Externalities ... can someone who is set up to do so put "CoHoBaSt" in to Skein1024? There wasn't a chance but I tried any...
by pitareio
Sat Apr 12, 2014 12:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1193: Externalities
Replies: 505
Views: 124420

Re: 1193: Externalities

Based on the latest comic , has anyone tried "CoHoBaSt"? Such a simple input would probably have been guessed by the insane number of people running brute-force hash calculation on insanely powerful computers. For all we know, there maybe wasn't even a "correct" input to begin w...
by pitareio
Fri Mar 21, 2014 7:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1344: "Digits"
Replies: 86
Views: 32247

Re: 1344: "Digits"

When you're done with 2048, you can try 9007199254740992

It's clearly not feasible by a human, but I wonder how long a supercomputer would take to solve this one.
by pitareio
Thu Mar 20, 2014 9:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1344: "Digits"
Replies: 86
Views: 32247

Re: 1344: "Digits"

Okay, I finally reached 2048.

I can now resume eating and sleeping.
by pitareio
Fri Mar 14, 2014 6:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1342: "Ancient Stars"
Replies: 76
Views: 13454

Re: 1342: "Ancient Stars"

800px-Star-sizes.jpg Okay I was looking up the distances to the stars (most of the ones in Orion are around 100 to 1000 light years away so 8 is misleadingly small). Anyway, I'm easily distracted. This picture is really really cool. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Star-sizes.jpg Something to keep...
by pitareio
Sat Feb 08, 2014 6:30 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0082: "Hitting a Comet"
Replies: 59
Views: 11513

Re: What-if 0082: "Hitting a Comet"

http://what-if.xkcd.com/imgs/a/82/rosetta_route.png This seems rather like a neat little Flash game idea. You're given control of the launch vector of a spacecraft, some limited number of course corrections, and a target to match. Simply launching straight at the object would get you stranded, so y...
by pitareio
Sat Feb 08, 2014 6:25 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0082: "Hitting a Comet"
Replies: 59
Views: 11513

Re: What-if 0082: "Hitting a Comet"

Hitting the comet is harder than it appears from the path length that the spacecraft has travelled. That's because of the three slingshot events; those amplify any directional deviation beyond what the geometry alone implies. That is, several trajectories coming in to the gravity well that deviate ...
by pitareio
Mon Jan 06, 2014 7:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1313: "Regex Golf"
Replies: 64
Views: 23236

Re: 1313: "Regex Golf"

Title text: "/bu|[rn]t|[coy]e|[mtg]a|j|iso|n[hl]|[ae]d|lev|sh|[lnd]i|[po]o|ls/ matches the last names of elected US presidents but not their opponents." I felt like I had to check, so I looked up a list . This code actually matches Frémont who lost to Buchanan in 1856. bu|rt|[coy]e|[mtgr]...
by pitareio
Thu Jan 02, 2014 9:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1311: "2014"
Replies: 40
Views: 9043

Re: 1311: "2014"

It's indeed funny : journalists are writing on the centenary of the Great War, even though there has been a greater war.
by pitareio
Wed Dec 04, 2013 7:04 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0074: "Soda Planet"
Replies: 41
Views: 14727

Re: What-If 0074: "Soda Planet"

If you bought a book about dinosaurs, would you feel cheated if it turned out to be about birds? I certainly would, and I bet most people would (not that birds aren't awesome, or worth buying books about, but that's another story). If you bought a book about animals, would you feel cheated if it tu...
by pitareio
Fri Nov 01, 2013 8:50 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0001: "Relativistic Baseball"
Replies: 157
Views: 66484

Re: What-If 0001: Relativistic Baseball

Seen in this month's edition of "Science & Vie Junior", a french scientific magazine aimed at teenagers, an article titled "Et si... mon vélo allait à la vitesse de la lumière ?", literally : "What if... My bicycle went at the speed of light?". The article begins wi...
by pitareio
Fri Sep 13, 2013 4:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1264: "Slideshow"
Replies: 79
Views: 17710

Re: 1264: "Slideshow"

joee wrote:Flickr is down for me at the moment. Coincidence or have we xkcd'd it?


Scheduled maintenance.

Flickr in is Alexa's top 100 websites : a mention on xkcd is, let's say, unlikely to cause a significant increase in its traffic.
by pitareio
Tue Sep 03, 2013 11:07 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0061: "Speed Bump"
Replies: 72
Views: 13329

Re: What-if 0061: "Speed Bump"

Just to play the nitpicking maths nazi :

- 670,000,000 mph is 99,9% the speed of light, not 90% (but well, as long as it's under 100%...)
- $2 per extra mph at this speed would be $1.34 billion, not 1.14 (about $1.2 billion if you do 90% the speed of light)
by pitareio
Wed Aug 21, 2013 6:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1254: "Preferred Chat System"
Replies: 48
Views: 11082

Re: 1254: "Preferred Chat System"

I'm a firm believer in the Holy Trinity : screen+irssi+bitlbee.
by pitareio
Fri Jul 19, 2013 10:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1240: "Quantum Mechanics"
Replies: 201
Views: 35935

Re: 1240: "Quantum Mechanics"

dacaldar wrote:Why isn't the dog a stick-dog?


It was made by the experimental dog generator.
by pitareio
Sat Jul 13, 2013 1:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 104709
Views: 29364673

Re: 1190: "Time"

Thought of something inane. A quick google search for "longest forum thread" 1 gives lots of varying results, but I'm wondering if the OTT could make a run for it. The longest one I found up is entirely about being the longest thread ever, which is sorta dumb. The OTT has a much nobler pu...
by pitareio
Wed Jun 19, 2013 10:52 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0048: "Sunset on the British Empire"
Replies: 75
Views: 22763

Re: What-If 0048: "Sunset on the British Empire"

About a year ago, I was considering a similar, but not identical, question: can all of the current British territory be contained in a hemisphere. To test this I drew the great circles centred on certain parts of the Empire: Pitcairn, Shetlands, the BIOT, Bermuda and the Falklands. http://dazvoz.co...
by pitareio
Wed Jun 19, 2013 9:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1227: "The Pace of Modern Life"
Replies: 145
Views: 33484

Re: 1227: "The Pace of Modern Life"

The Main thrust of what I was getting at is the decline in grammar and spelling that is common in many communications today. Oh, would you like a list of quotes about how the grammar and general language use of the youth of "today" has been declining ever since anyone first wrote anything...
by pitareio
Wed Jun 19, 2013 7:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1227: "The Pace of Modern Life"
Replies: 145
Views: 33484

Re: 1227: "The Pace of Modern Life"

The problem as I see it is that transport hasn't kept pace with the exponential change in everything else - affordable transport is at best a few percent faster than it was in 1900 . Are you kidding ? Air transport wasn't affordable in 1900 - it was non-existent. Today, international flights carry ...
by pitareio
Fri Jun 07, 2013 8:15 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0048: "Sunset on the British Empire"
Replies: 75
Views: 22763

Re: What-If 0048: "Sunset on the British Empire"

Just thought I should mention that Pitcairn island's main source of income is selling stamps to stamp collectors. The British postal service takes great pride in the fact that you can send and receive mail from Pitcairn Island, though delivery time is pretty variable as you basically have to ask a ...
by pitareio
Sun Apr 28, 2013 12:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 104709
Views: 29364673

Re: 1190: "Time"

Yes! I did it! I did it! I've read 214 pages of the thread! This means I started at 0% and I'm now at 50%, which is the crucial point at which I realize that, yeah, I can read it all! Eventually. Wait a minute. What the heck. My math doesn't add up... Suppose the thread advances 11 pages daily, and...
by pitareio
Sat Apr 27, 2013 9:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 104709
Views: 29364673

Re: 1190: "Time"

SOMETHINGSWRONG

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by pitareio
Sat Apr 27, 2013 4:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 104709
Views: 29364673

Re: 1190: "Time"

It has jumped from RGB(14,14,14) to RGB(16,16,16) or HEX #101010. My prediction has also jumped from 1027 to 1012. Edit: Also part of the castle is falling down into water. So, if Randall is going for a whitout finish, I expect it will acellerate and time will end at frame 1000. Or 24 more, to reac...
by pitareio
Mon Apr 22, 2013 8:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 104709
Views: 29364673

Re: 1190: "Time"

<snip> Perhaps Petite doesn't like the name we gave her and that's why she is leaving? ....based on what LaPetite Mort means , I don't blame her. It's super creepy to call her a KID and use that name in the same breath. Haha, gods. wait...LaPetite Mort... is she related to the Mort who apprenticed ...
by pitareio
Sat Apr 20, 2013 3:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 104709
Views: 29364673

Re: 1190: "Time"

MAHJONG

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by pitareio
Fri Apr 19, 2013 9:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 104709
Views: 29364673

Re: 1190: "Time"

mscha wrote:QUONG:
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I'm beginning to think the rightmost tower is going to be submerged before it ever collapses. Pretty solid sand construction.
by pitareio
Thu Apr 18, 2013 7:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 104709
Views: 29364673

Re: 1190: "Time"

I'm really surprised the rightmost tower hasn't collapsed yet. How long will it stand? I have faith in the right tower, holder of the Right Flag, bastion of defense to the castle of the OTC. May it last forever in greatness. I will admit, that my watching has become more stressful, but I will Wait ...
by pitareio
Wed Apr 17, 2013 9:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 104709
Views: 29364673

Re: 1190: "Time"

I'm really surprised the rightmost tower hasn't collapsed yet. How long will it stand?
by pitareio
Mon Apr 08, 2013 11:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1196: "Subways"
Replies: 147
Views: 52271

Re: 1196: "Subways"

I would love to see this for Europe, including Europe side of Russia... I don't think inter-city subways are as extensive in Europe as they are in the US; particularly as you head east. Although, if the Channel Tunnel is connected to subway's in France, you might get something combining the London ...
by pitareio
Sun Apr 07, 2013 10:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 104709
Views: 29364673

Re: 1190: "Time"

I was all certain about her building scaffolding to build the castle higher but now I'm thinking "trebuchet" instead. Which is awesome . I wonder how powerful her trebuchet will be? (The current worlds most powerful trebuchet throws a projectile at 13 kilograms (29 lb) a distance of 249 m...
by pitareio
Sun Apr 07, 2013 10:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Nearly 5% of the US population is on disability
Replies: 149
Views: 10251

Re: Nearly 5% of the US population is on disability

We get most of this energy from fossil sources, of which we've got a limited stock that won't be renewed before a few millions years. Replacement of these sources of energy with renewable energies, while not impossible, would require a long time (many decades) and huge investments. Neither you, you...
by pitareio
Sun Apr 07, 2013 12:51 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: VA AG fights to keep Anti-Sodomy Law
Replies: 66
Views: 5138

Re: VA AG fights to keep Anti-Sodomy Law

Fluke was a student of some sort, and eligible for insurance through her University. Her University was Catholic though, which meant she had to pay out of pocket for something everyone else gets for free. They DON'T get it for free though; they pay for it through higher insurance premiums. The dirt...
by pitareio
Sat Apr 06, 2013 6:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Nearly 5% of the US population is on disability
Replies: 149
Views: 10251

Re: Nearly 5% of the US population is on disability

Demand may be theoretically infinite, but in a finite world with finite resources, there's definitely a limit to production and its growth. No. Just no. You are assuming a fixed relationship between resource consumption and production. This is the case today. All current human activities rely on th...
by pitareio
Sat Apr 06, 2013 5:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Nearly 5% of the US population is on disability
Replies: 149
Views: 10251

Re: Nearly 5% of the US population is on disability

Agreed. Even today, there are people who get onto multiplayer computer games and spend 40 hour weeks or even 80 hour weeks doing utterly boring farming so they can get custom items or stat increases etc. The products they value take very little in the way of resources -- 80 hours/week online plus a...
by pitareio
Sat Apr 06, 2013 5:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Nearly 5% of the US population is on disability
Replies: 149
Views: 10251

Re: Nearly 5% of the US population is on disability

Demand may be theoretically infinite, but in a finite world with finite resources, there's definitely a limit to production and its growth. No. Just no. You are assuming a fixed relationship between resource consumption and production. This is the case today. All current human activities rely on th...

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