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by Krenn
Mon Apr 18, 2016 9:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1669: Planespotting
Replies: 51
Views: 11203

Re: 1669: Planespotting

I'm trying to figure this out... assuming the water reservoir experiences acceleration equivalent to what the exterior plane is experiencing.... and assuming that acceleration, and corresponding pressure/movement is what drives the tiny turbines.... and assuming that water turbines are precisely as...
by Krenn
Mon Apr 18, 2016 9:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1669: Planespotting
Replies: 51
Views: 11203

Re: 1669: Planespotting

Title Text : No, a hydroplane doesn't land on water--that's an aquaplane. A hydroplane is a plane that gets electric power from an onboard water reservoir with a tiny dam and turbines. I'm trying to figure this out... assuming the water reservoir experiences acceleration equivalent to what the exte...
by Krenn
Wed Dec 09, 2015 4:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1613: "The Three Laws of Robotics"
Replies: 120
Views: 24400

Re: 1613: "The Three Laws of Robotics"

That assumes that the pedestrian and driver are on equal ethical ground to begin with - like the "killing soldiers vs. killing civilians" concept. A driver may be implicitly accepting a greater burden of danger simply by, you know, driving. If that's the case, the manslaughter charge coul...
by Krenn
Tue Dec 08, 2015 2:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1613: "The Three Laws of Robotics"
Replies: 120
Views: 24400

Re: 1613: "The Three Laws of Robotics"

hat sort of question always drives me nuts. Human law as applied to human drivers is pretty clear about this. in the event of an unavoidable acccident which is not the drivers fault, the priority list is as follows: 1. Protect the driver and his passengers. 2. protect everyone else. 3. obey traffic...
by Krenn
Tue Dec 08, 2015 5:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1613: "The Three Laws of Robotics"
Replies: 120
Views: 24400

Re: 1613: "The Three Laws of Robotics"

I'd say, for all google/amazon/facebook/micro... ah, let's stop here ... cars moving around in the next couple of years, the principal question - which is not solved yet by human ethics - is how to weight different scenarios of human loss. Shall the vehicle AI sacrifice its passengers ** to save a ...
by Krenn
Wed Dec 03, 2014 5:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1455: "Trolley Problem"
Replies: 171
Views: 30981

Re: 1455: "Trolley Problem"

. By thinking about this sort of problem and not looking for a third answer, you can set up triage to minimize the bad in a bad situation. Of course, that doesn't mean you should actually stop looking for third solutions in real life; just because there isn't one now doesn't mean you can't make one...
by Krenn
Wed Jan 04, 2012 4:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0999: "Cougars"
Replies: 65
Views: 19550

Re: 0999: "Cougars"

Did anyone else mistake this for a Calvin and Hobbes reference at first, or was it just me?
by Krenn
Sat Nov 20, 2010 9:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0820: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 2"
Replies: 82
Views: 15674

Re: 0820: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 2"

Can anyone explain the "ill-advised defense" one? I get that he was going to make SOME kind of stupid defense that would work a little better with some men on the jury, but how on earth am i supposed to know WHICH ill-advised defense? there are so many directions that could go...
by Krenn
Sat Nov 20, 2010 8:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0821: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 3"
Replies: 143
Views: 32096

Re: 0821: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 3"

meat.paste wrote:Why 119 pigs? I thought only 118 elements had been confirmed at this point (through ununoctium).


maybe the first little piggy built his house from pure neutronium, atomic element 0 ?
by Krenn
Wed Feb 03, 2010 5:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0697: "Tensile vs. Shear Strength"
Replies: 136
Views: 34962

Re: "Tensile vs. Shear Strength" Discussion

depending on the specific design of the elevator, wouldn't the ribbon just hover above the earth's surface by a few inches? the orbital counterweight should keep it in position, yes?
by Krenn
Tue Jan 13, 2009 12:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0526: "Converting to Metric"
Replies: 429
Views: 79278

Re: "Converting to Metric" Discussion

ARGHHHHH

The United States uses US Customary measurements.

Imperial units are NOT THE SAME THING.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_the_imperial_and_US_customary_measurement_systems

for example: one US Gallon is 0.8 Imperial gallons.

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