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by vortmax
Sat Feb 01, 2014 11:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1324:"Weather"
Replies: 76
Views: 18683

Re: 1324:"Weather"

I can help a little too (and maybe put my fancy degree to good use) ⋅ It is very odd to call it the 'jet stream layer'. We pretty much always name specific layers...so we would be talking about the 300mb layer, or just the upper level jet. ⋅ you are right on the name. ⋅ ...
by vortmax
Sat Feb 01, 2014 7:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1324:"Weather"
Replies: 76
Views: 18683

Re: 1324:"Weather"

I would love a site that explains how to use the GFS to estimate weather for ourselves. Anybody know of any links to a sort of 'Do your own weather forecast" tutorial? https://www.meted.ucar.edu/training_detail.php It's somewhat of a dark at and hard to tutorialize. You really need an understa...
by vortmax
Sat Feb 01, 2014 7:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1324:"Weather"
Replies: 76
Views: 18683

Re: 1324:"Weather"

PinkShinyRose wrote:
sondre99v wrote:960MB refers to a pressure of 960 millibars

So meteorologists write millibars as megaB


MB isn't common. You usually see mbar or hPa and occasionally mb, but that is an informal usage.
by vortmax
Tue Aug 30, 2011 1:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0944: "Hurricane Names"
Replies: 101
Views: 27206

Re: 0944: "Hurricane Names"

Nerdbait: How many hurricanes can theoretically cover the Earth's surface without instantly destroying one another? In any case, the number is finite, so Cantor's diagonals don't apply. I'm sure it's more than 21+sizeof(Greek alphabet), though. I don't know if it's even possible to solve this witho...
by vortmax
Mon Jun 28, 2010 4:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0759: "3x9"
Replies: 135
Views: 41976

Re: "3x9" Discussion (#759)

Better still, use QED at the end, according to my maths teacher, that would bring tears to the examiners eyes to see that, and forget whatever was in the "proof" and give you an A. Of course that's a load of rubbish, but so was the comic. :) haha, I do this all of the time. one trick I pi...
by vortmax
Mon Oct 05, 2009 12:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0645: "RPS"
Replies: 185
Views: 51044

Re: "RPS" Discussion

The HP48G was clearly a superior calculator to the TI-83. No truer words have been spoken. You don't learn RPN, you unlearn infix. RPN is the natural language of your brain. Once you experience RPN enlightenment, you seriously wonder why anyone would even consider using an infix system. The gloriou...
by vortmax
Thu Jan 01, 2009 6:03 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Fox news utext
Replies: 3
Views: 827

Fox news utext

So was I the only one to attempt to Rick roll the Fox news utext thing?
by vortmax
Thu Oct 30, 2008 3:48 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: WWBHMD?
Replies: 6
Views: 1211

Re: WWBHMD?

Append: 'I accidentally an empty pot. Is this dangerous?':D Ya but I would be the only one that understood that. This isn't a very geekish IT dept. I had "All your base are belong to us" as my marquee screen saver for 6 months, and had 1 person find it funny, 1 person semi-recognize it an...
by vortmax
Thu Oct 30, 2008 12:40 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: WWBHMD?
Replies: 6
Views: 1211

WWBHMD?

Here at work we have a communal coffee maker. It's one of those industrial ones that is plumbed into the wall, and we always have 3 pots of coffee brewed. (I'm in IT and we share the break room with construction management). Occasionally someone will empty one of the pots and not make more, which is...
by vortmax
Mon Sep 22, 2008 12:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0479: "Tones"
Replies: 239
Views: 40081

Re: "Tones" Discussion

Or maybe someone yelling "Fire"? my ringtone is the emergency alert tone. (the one that plays when a severe weather warning is issued, or 'this is a test of the emergency broadcast system'). When I was getting my masters (in meteorology), every time my phone went off, the ENTIRE office wo...
by vortmax
Mon Sep 15, 2008 2:27 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Operating Systems
Replies: 666
Views: 82268

Re: Operating Systems

There are only 2 reasons I still have windows installed on my workstation at work. 1. I love dreamweaver as a php editor 2. Ubuntu dies running beryl on dual graphics cards and I can't live without my 4 monitors. 90% of what I do anymore on that machine puttying into my linux servers and looking up ...
by vortmax
Mon Sep 15, 2008 1:54 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Hardest Major
Replies: 114
Views: 89680

Re: Hardest Major

i'm pretty sure that everyone is going to vote for their own major, but I'll throw mine into the mix anyway... Meteorology...at least the atmospheric physics aspect of it. To get my BS, I took all the math and physics that the engineering students took... then took 4 more semesters of 'atmospheric p...
by vortmax
Mon Sep 15, 2008 1:18 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9990
Views: 2003993

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

i keep having these strange fleeting thoughts, usually as I'm falling asleep.

Like, is DNA biological machine code or is it assembly? Would that make cells objects and mitochondria methods?

Strangely enough I started having these thoughts/dreams after first attempting to learn perl.
by vortmax
Thu Aug 28, 2008 6:18 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Help me Name my (SomethingSomething)!
Replies: 64
Views: 5022

Re: Calling on the Geek Collective

SecondTalon wrote:Uatu


brilliant!

I had him in the back of my mind but couldn't remember his name or what series he came from. Thanks
by vortmax
Thu Aug 28, 2008 4:32 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Help me Name my (SomethingSomething)!
Replies: 64
Views: 5022

Help me Name my (SomethingSomething)!

I'm building a new server here at work to centralize my network monitoring. It just sits there and watches the network and attached devices, and sends out alerts if something isn't working right. (It's going to run distributed Nagios + cacti + smokeping if you wanted to know) I have the software and...

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