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by fabiocbinbutter
Wed Feb 03, 2010 6:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0697: "Tensile vs. Shear Strength"
Replies: 136
Views: 37928

Re: "Tensile vs. Shear Strength" Discussion

Counterweight-based elevator models still seem too far-fetched to me. The material strengths required are too great. What I'm suggesting is not nevel and has actually been analyzed in some detail:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_fountain
by fabiocbinbutter
Wed Feb 03, 2010 5:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0697: "Tensile vs. Shear Strength"
Replies: 136
Views: 37928

Re: "Tensile vs. Shear Strength" Discussion

My theory is that a space elevator is plausible, but the material itself would not need to support the weight of the structure, it would merely be a channel to carry high-energy ions that do all the load bearing, both of the payload and the structure. My theory is that you don't know what any of th...
by fabiocbinbutter
Wed Feb 03, 2010 5:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0697: "Tensile vs. Shear Strength"
Replies: 136
Views: 37928

Re: "Tensile vs. Shear Strength" Discussion

My theory is that a space elevator is plausible, but the material itself would not need to support the weight of the structure, it would merely be a channel to carry high-energy ions that do all the load bearing, both of the payload and the structure.
by fabiocbinbutter
Wed Dec 23, 2009 7:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0679: "Christmas Plans"
Replies: 64
Views: 14848

Re: "Christmas Plans" Discussion

Forgive me if I sound like the philosopher from last week's comic (after all, I'm not a physicist)... but the wave-function collapse interpretation of quantum mechanics seems to be like the modern day version of "the earth is the center of the universe". If I'm misunderstanding, please enl...
by fabiocbinbutter
Fri Nov 13, 2009 6:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0660: "Sympathy"
Replies: 95
Views: 18973

Re: "Sympathy" Discussion

However, what nobody knew was that the evil genius was in fact A's, B's and C's long-lost brother, and (7) his death gives Brother C a searing heart-ache, causing him to fire his laser towards the left, causing him to kill Brother A at (1) . This causes the chain (1) - (7) to repeat in all iteratio...
by fabiocbinbutter
Mon Nov 09, 2009 5:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0660: "Sympathy"
Replies: 95
Views: 18973

Re: "Sympathy" Discussion

There once was a physicist, Nate,
who found it quite hard to relate
to the death of a brother
or anything other
than relativity changing our fate.
by fabiocbinbutter
Mon Oct 19, 2009 4:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0651: "Bag Check"
Replies: 206
Views: 54908

Re: "Bag Check" Discussion

When asking a guard, without flattery,
to tell me what was the matter, he
took my water away,
said the laptop could stay,
for you cannot assault with a battery
by fabiocbinbutter
Fri Sep 25, 2009 3:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0641: "Free"
Replies: 168
Views: 43245

Re: "Free" Discussion

What gets to me is trans fat. EVERYTHING has "no trans fat!" Does trans fat even exist? What is it? Trans fat is a nasty substance that used to be introduced into vegetable oil when hydrogenated into margarine. Now margarine advertises itself as "no trans fat" because it sounds ...
by fabiocbinbutter
Thu Apr 16, 2009 1:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0569: "Borders"
Replies: 73
Views: 17677

Re: "Borders" Discussion

Excellent comic. If there was a videogame focusing on diplomacy, politics, and international negotiations, I would play it. I've heard of eRepublik before, how is it? (More importantly, how hard is it to make a difference and rise to power without an online community backing you up?) See http://www...
by fabiocbinbutter
Wed Apr 15, 2009 11:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0569: "Borders"
Replies: 73
Views: 17677

Re: "Borders" Discussion

Great unexpected final panel. This was the best strip in a long time :D
by fabiocbinbutter
Fri Mar 06, 2009 8:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0552: "Correlation"
Replies: 154
Views: 52121

Re: "Correlation" Discussion

This comic reminds me of the thoroughly well-proven fact that the decline of 18th century style pirate is the direct cause of global warming, as illustrated by this graph: http://www.venganza.org/piratesarecool4.gif Lol... I liked the comic, but I liked this post more... this graph makes no sense! ...
by fabiocbinbutter
Fri Feb 06, 2009 4:41 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Procedural archiver?
Replies: 23
Views: 2650

Re: Procedural archiver?

I think Xanthir explained it pretty well. That kkreiger game is not small because it found a great way to compress arbitrary images, but because it decided it was going to restrict itself in size, then saw what texture choices it had from there and chose one. The obvious drawback is that out of all ...
by fabiocbinbutter
Sat Oct 18, 2008 5:04 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Three princesses
Replies: 446
Views: 206949

Re: Three princesses

*hand her a pencil and paper* "Is 31337 a prime number?"... After a few hours, if you don't have your answer, you're safe.

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