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Tue Nov 26, 2013 7:55 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0073: "Lethal Neutrinos"
Replies: 132
Views: 74246

Re: What-If 0073: "Lethal Neutrinos"

This is fantastic: http://what-if.xkcd.com/imgs/a/73/neutrinos_bomb.png

I'd say I'd like it on a t-shirt but you could never wear it in public these days given the climate of fear that would cause false alarms. =\
Thu Sep 12, 2013 7:37 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Towers, Courtyard, and trees
Replies: 36
Views: 13983

Re: Towers, Courtyard, and trees

This is really just blue-eyes in disguise, I think. Day 1: If Al can see more than 18 trees, he knows there must be 20 trees in total and both are released. Otherwise, both prisoners know Al can see at most 18 trees. If Bob can see fewer than 2 trees, he knows there must be 18 trees in total and bo...
Wed Aug 28, 2013 3:12 pm UTC
Topic: 1257: "Monster"
Replies: 84
Views: 19989

Re: 1257: "Monster"

So the monster is now deader than a doornail?
Wed Mar 20, 2013 3:37 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0037: "Supersonic Stereo"
Replies: 61
Views: 21337

Re: What-If 0037: "Supersonic Stereo"

The first question I had as I read this What If, is, "What if the stereo were flying at Mach 2 a constant circle around the subject?" That seems like such a natural next step that Randall would usually include. Was disappointed that wasn't considered. i.e., Would the listener hear the whol...
Fri Mar 08, 2013 6:23 pm UTC
Topic: 1183: "Rose Petals"
Replies: 51
Views: 16561

Re: 1184: "Rose Petals"

Joke's on you. The Roomba and I had a LOVELY evening. Joke's on you, the Roomba. And I had a LOVELY evening. Joke's on you, the Roomba, and I had a LOVELY evening. Joke's on you, the Roomba, and I. Had a LOVELY evening. Joke's on. You, the Roomba and I had a LOVELY evening. Joke's. On you--the Room...
Fri Feb 15, 2013 6:15 pm UTC
Topic: 1174: "App"
Replies: 56
Views: 17320

Re: 1174: "App"

I very much enjoyed this comic.
Fri Jan 11, 2013 2:41 pm UTC
Topic: 1159: "Countdown"
Replies: 77
Views: 21605

Re: #1159: Countdown

evilwombat wrote:The display refresh circuit is in need of leading zero suppression.

Unless that first digit is an "8".
Wed Jan 02, 2013 2:45 pm UTC
Topic: 1152: "Communion"
Replies: 124
Views: 24701

Re: 1152: "Communion"

The same people who are getting offended at this would be condescendingly talking about how Muslims shouldn't be so barbaric and thin skinned if this had been a comic about Mohammed. The bottom line is that NO ONE'S BELIEFS are somehow exempt from ridicule, just by nature of their being beliefs whi...
Wed Dec 05, 2012 5:50 pm UTC
Topic: 1142: "Coverage"
Replies: 62
Views: 19405

Re: 1142: "Coverage"

Good one... Not sure everyone will understand this though. Oh, I understood it all right, but I'm still giving it two meh's down. Ditto. Anyone trying to act like it's some high-brow humor we're not getting is simply incorrect. I know what a faraday cage is. I understand what it would do to cell si...
Mon Dec 03, 2012 3:19 pm UTC
Topic: 1142: "Coverage"
Replies: 62
Views: 19405

Re: 1142: "Coverage"

Good one... Not sure everyone will understand this though. Oh, I understood it all right, but I'm still giving it two meh's down. Ditto. Anyone trying to act like it's some high-brow humor we're not getting is simply incorrect. I know what a faraday cage is. I understand what it would do to cell si...
Fri Nov 30, 2012 3:21 pm UTC
Topic: 1141: "Two Years"
Replies: 268
Views: 71208

Re: 1141:"Two Years"

Istaro wrote:
Lukeonia1 wrote:And it took me a second to realize that was a tree, and not a mushroom cloud.

Me too.

Me as well.

Congrats and great comic.
Mon Nov 26, 2012 7:38 pm UTC
Topic: 1138: "Heatmap"
Replies: 59
Views: 22014

Re: 1138: "Heatmap"

Wed Nov 21, 2012 3:59 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0021: "Machine Gun Jetpack"
Replies: 93
Views: 47785

Re: What-If 0021: Machine Gun Jetpack

"An AK-47 clip holds 30 rounds."" It's a magazine, not a clip. -A magazine is an insertable container filled with rounds that can be removed, refilled, and re-used when it runs empty. An AK-47 and M-16 use magazines. -A clip is a disposable attachment of several rounds together that ...
Mon Nov 12, 2012 8:23 pm UTC
Topic: 1133: "Up Goer Five"
Replies: 228
Views: 94029

Re: 1133: "Up Goer Five"

I'm surprised "car" is on the list but "ship" isn't. Really? How often do you talk about ships on a daily basis, compared to cars? Depends. If I'm a seaman, pirate, navyman, astronaut, zepplinist, alien, parcel transporter, packaging department worker, e-commerce goon, UPS/Fedex...
Mon Nov 12, 2012 8:18 pm UTC
Topic: 1133: "Up Goer Five"
Replies: 228
Views: 94029

Re: 1133: "Up Goer Five"

Liters... what an ugly spelling, litres is much nicer

The plural is largely unattested in American English. We just use gallons.

ftfy
Mon Nov 12, 2012 6:22 pm UTC
Topic: 1133: "Up Goer Five"
Replies: 228
Views: 94029

Re: 1133: "Up Goer Five"

I'm surprised "car" is on the list but "ship" isn't.
Wed Nov 07, 2012 3:07 pm UTC
Topic: 1131: "Math"
Replies: 156
Views: 33072

Re: 1131: "Math"

Hahah, well played!
Tue Nov 06, 2012 7:48 pm UTC
Topic: 1127: "Congress"
Replies: 446
Views: 86173

Re: 1127: "Congress"

Maximum freedom within the rule of law. Which begs its own question.
Mon Nov 05, 2012 7:44 pm UTC
Topic: 1127: "Congress"
Replies: 446
Views: 86173

Re: 1127: "Congress"

You may have a point about banks and their lending practices, but in skimming the last page or so of this thread, I'm unclear how that relates to the greater argument against free markets that you seem to be making (or at least the other folks are arguing for free market systems and you seem to be ...
Mon Nov 05, 2012 5:08 pm UTC
Topic: 1130: "Poll Watching"
Replies: 87
Views: 17673

Re: 1130: "Poll Watching"

Nate Silver is the number 1 reason why I am voting Romney. I'm secretly hoping for a Romney win so the nate has to write a series of articles explaining why his 86.3% chance was wrong. A couple of other people have answered this already but I'm seeing this idiocy all of the Web right now so I'll pi...
Mon Nov 05, 2012 4:27 pm UTC
Topic: 1127: "Congress"
Replies: 446
Views: 86173

Re: 1127: "Congress"

You may have a point about banks and their lending practices, but in skimming the last page or so of this thread, I'm unclear how that relates to the greater argument against free markets that you seem to be making (or at least the other folks are arguing for free market systems and you seem to be d...
Mon Nov 05, 2012 2:45 pm UTC
Topic: 1130: "Poll Watching"
Replies: 87
Views: 17673

Re: 1130: "Poll Watching"

Poll watching... more like pole watching, amirite. It is sad, that even supposedly intelligent and educated people, like Randall, or Jon Steward, completely fall for that utterly meaningless distraction. As if it was in any way relevant to their lives. Like CD jumping, they just never ever seem to g...
Fri Nov 02, 2012 2:25 pm UTC
Topic: 1129: "Cell Number"
Replies: 96
Views: 28439

Re: 1129: "Cell Number"

Where you lived in 2005 IF you haven't switched carriers since and lost the number (yep, for several years thereafter some numbers could not be transferred), changed it because you wanted your new local area code to avoid long distance charges, or changed it to avoid harassment/telemarketer spam/etc.
Thu Nov 01, 2012 6:49 pm UTC
Topic: 1127: "Congress"
Replies: 446
Views: 86173

Re: 1127: "Congress"

I don't know about duels, but weapons of war evolved because armor evolved, and in turn R&D came up with new ways to defeat said armor. Duels likely just used whatever was most appropriate for the time period (excepting eccentric folks in modern times).
Thu Nov 01, 2012 6:23 pm UTC
Topic: 1078: "Knights"
Replies: 164
Views: 55630

Re: 1078: "Knights"

Besides the historical context of the joke it's funny because he ignores classical chess rules and replaces pawns with archers. If people could customize their chessboard I think the game would be popular with more people and teach better strategy. What, exactly, is stopping people from customizing...
Thu Nov 01, 2012 5:40 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0018: "B.B. Gun"
Replies: 59
Views: 18280

Re: What-If 0017: BB Gun

jgh wrote:What the hell's a BB gun?
Ok, it's a gun that fires BBs. What the hell's a BB? Bugs Bunny?

Ball bearing.
Thu Nov 01, 2012 5:25 pm UTC
Topic: 1127: "Congress"
Replies: 446
Views: 86173

Re: 1127: "Congress"

What about comparative lethality? Sure, if someone wants to kill you, being naked and unarmed isn't going to stop them from being able to, but the reason people invented weapons is that they make inflicting serious damage significantly easier - a gunshot wound is going to incapacitate you faster an...
Wed Oct 31, 2012 4:55 pm UTC
Topic: 1127: "Congress"
Replies: 446
Views: 86173

Re: 1127: "Congress"

Faulty comparison. That's not actually the norm in such countries, it is a gross stereotype. And they actually have some of the strictest laws around (Sharia) that also happen to combine church and state, so-to-speak, to the greatest degree. I don't think either side in this discussion is arguing fo...
Wed Oct 31, 2012 2:59 pm UTC
Topic: 1127: "Congress"
Replies: 446
Views: 86173

Re: 1127: "Congress"

Chicago, another anti-gun police state, is vying for a new record murder rate. Interesting how the stricter the civilian gun laws the more crime problems seem to appear. Wow, thats just... Question: in a situation of two armed groups, one peaceful and the other murderous villains, who, in your opini...
Wed Oct 31, 2012 4:13 am UTC
Topic: 1127: "Congress"
Replies: 446
Views: 86173

Re: 1127: "Congress"

Democrats love abortion and homosexuality, and think guns and SUV's should be illegal. Republicans love guns and SUV's, and think abortion and homosexuality should be illegal. Libertarians love all of the above, and think none of them should be illegal. Many/most Libertarians certainly do not "...
Wed Oct 31, 2012 4:11 am UTC
Topic: 1127: "Congress"
Replies: 446
Views: 86173

Re: 1127: "Congress"

...What we have in the US is essentially a highly-restricted democracy (a republic in some fashion).... This bugs me to no end. Anywhere else in the world but the United States, a republic is pretty much any nation that isn't a hereditary monarchy. Why do some Americans seem to take a "republi...
Wed Oct 31, 2012 4:06 am UTC
Topic: 1127: "Congress"
Replies: 446
Views: 86173

Re: 1127: "Congress"

Look, I could tell all kinds of stories or spout statistics if you'd prefer, but what it comes down to is you don't know what a tyranny is if you think American is one. Maybe you should look the word up; it means something. "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damn lies, and statistics."...
Tue Oct 30, 2012 5:55 pm UTC
Topic: 1127: "Congress"
Replies: 446
Views: 86173

Re: 1127: "Congress"

In tyrannical regimes, the breakdown becomes more rapid the harder the enslavement and oppression gets. So it is plausible that a benevolent dictatorship or a highly-restricted democracy would create the most livable environment for the society at large, causing the least oppression and the least m...
Tue Oct 30, 2012 5:39 pm UTC
Topic: 1127: "Congress"
Replies: 446
Views: 86173

Re: 1127: "Congress"

webgrunt wrote:
Oktalist wrote:Democrats: tax and spend.

Republicans: spend and spend.

You forgot "borrow."

Or "capture and spend" except the Republicans don't seem to be much for capturing what they attack.
Tue Oct 30, 2012 3:19 pm UTC
Topic: 1127: "Congress"
Replies: 446
Views: 86173

Re: 1127: "Congress"

.... You suggest a direct democracy, which is a system in which 51% of the population is able to enforce their will on the other 49%. Interestingly, this sort of system inherently disadvantages minorities, and results in a mob-rule situation. This is abhorrent to any lover of liberty, such as mysel...
Tue Oct 30, 2012 2:45 pm UTC
Topic: 1127: "Congress"
Replies: 446
Views: 86173

Re: 1127: "Congress"

My thought coming into this was that Republicans were the bloodthirsty types who started wars, just like most of us here probably assumed. The comic, assuming it's accurate, surprised me and crushed a stereotype I'd long accepted as truth. I would think I'm not alone in being surprised by that fact...
Mon Oct 29, 2012 8:51 pm UTC
Topic: 1127: "Congress"
Replies: 446
Views: 86173

Re: 1127: "Congress"

While i knew that the Democrats were the party of slavery during the 1800s, I was shocked to learn that all major wars prior to the Bushes (i.e., prior to the 1990s) were begun under Democrat-led administrations. Add in the pseudo-wars of Kosovo/Balkans and Somalia in the 90s under Clinton, and the...
Mon Oct 29, 2012 8:48 pm UTC
Topic: 1127: "Congress"
Replies: 446
Views: 86173

Re: 1127: "Congress"

While i knew that the Democrats were the party of slavery during the 1800s, I was shocked to learn that all major wars prior to the Bushes (i.e., prior to the 1990s) were begun under Democrat-led administrations. Add in the pseudo-wars of Kosovo/Balkans and Somalia in the 90s under Clinton, and the...
Mon Oct 29, 2012 7:51 pm UTC
Topic: 1127: "Congress"
Replies: 446
Views: 86173

Re: 1127: "Congress"

While i knew that the Democrats were the party of slavery during the 1800s, I was shocked to learn that all major wars prior to the Bushes (i.e., prior to the 1990s) were begun under Democrat-led administrations. Add in the pseudo-wars of Kosovo/Balkans and Somalia in the 90s under Clinton, and the ...
Tue Oct 23, 2012 7:34 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0017: "Green cows"
Replies: 87
Views: 33399

Re: What-if 0017: Green cows

I would have liked more extrapolation as well. Easy hypotheticals abound: What if the cows were larger? What if the cows were fed different feed? What if we used elephants instead? Or mammoths? How about sea rays? What if we turn the energy concept on its head and posit plants eating instead of phot...