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by feldgendler
Thu May 05, 2016 8:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1676: "Full-Width Justification"
Replies: 64
Views: 19461

Kashida

Snakes are actually used as a justification strategy in Arabic:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kashida
by feldgendler
Fri Oct 25, 2013 2:04 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What If Submissions
Replies: 5
Views: 8397

Folk What-If

I wonder if there is already some place in these forums (or on another website) where people could post what-if questions and everyone interested could try to work out an answer collectively. I'm pretty sure something like this exists because the idea is obvious. Sorry if this question is out of pla...
by feldgendler
Tue Sep 17, 2013 11:23 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0063: "Google's Datacenters on Punch Cards"
Replies: 58
Views: 21234

Re: What-If 0063: "Google's Datacenters on Punch Cards"

On the other hand, it's only 23.5 cubic meters of MicroSD cards, or about one truckload.
by feldgendler
Wed Apr 24, 2013 6:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1203: "Time Machines"
Replies: 100
Views: 34711

Re: 1203: "Time Machines"

The time machine has been invented numerous times. Each time it was used to alter the past in ways that made the present worse, then even worse in attempts to correct, and finally to prevent the invention of the time machine, ultimately undoing all the unfortunate alterations. This is why there are ...
by feldgendler
Fri Apr 19, 2013 2:25 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0040: "Pressure Cooker"
Replies: 117
Views: 59524

Re: What-If 0040: "Pressure Cooker"

Apparently the black hat guy has also been trying to get in touch with Angela Merkel. I guess the forum won't let me paste a link, so just google "Suspected letter bomb sent to German president".
by feldgendler
Wed Apr 17, 2013 9:59 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0040: "Pressure Cooker"
Replies: 117
Views: 59524

Re: What-If 0040: "Pressure Cooker"

Actually, shouldn't a hard enclosure like a pressure cooker make the bomb weaker by absorbing some of the energy? On the other hand, it also makes the explosion worse by making the energy release occur over a shorter period - a comparatively large heap of gunpowder (a litre, say) will fizz and crac...
by feldgendler
Wed Apr 17, 2013 8:07 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0040: "Pressure Cooker"
Replies: 117
Views: 59524

Re: What-If 0040: "Pressure Cooker"

Actually, shouldn't a hard enclosure like a pressure cooker make the bomb weaker by absorbing some of the energy?
by feldgendler
Wed Apr 10, 2013 5:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1197: "All Adobe Updates"
Replies: 86
Views: 26468

Re: 1197: "All Adobe Updates"

From the all so typical “not available for your platform”, I can infer that Randall probably uses Linux or something even less popular.
by feldgendler
Tue Apr 09, 2013 1:48 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0040: "Pressure Cooker"
Replies: 117
Views: 59524

Re: What-If 0040: "Pressure Cooker"

I think that, although the dioxygen difluoride answer is fun to read, it's cheating. The question was about what could be achieved in an ordinary kitchen, and the experiment Randall describes requires sophisticated equipment way beyond what you can expect to find there. (The black hat man's kitchen ...
by feldgendler
Sat Feb 02, 2013 10:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1166: "Argument"
Replies: 177
Views: 37418

Re: 1166: "Argument"

Don't stop, guys. Just please don't stop.
by feldgendler
Tue Jan 29, 2013 7:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1166: "Argument"
Replies: 177
Views: 37418

Re: 1166: "Argument"

Its like the song "Ironic" by Alanis Morissette: she set out to write a song about irony, and included no examples of irony, and thus the song "Ironic" is ironic without actually including any examples of irony. Of course, like Randall's possible intent, she may have set out to ...
by feldgendler
Mon Jan 28, 2013 11:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1166: "Argument"
Replies: 177
Views: 37418

Re: 1166: "Argument"

There is a not-quite-perpetual-but-long-enough experiment that's been running for longer than any existing forum thread:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oxford_Electric_Bell
by feldgendler
Wed Sep 12, 2012 6:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1107: "Sports Cheat Sheet"
Replies: 178
Views: 37159

Re: 1107: "Sports Cheat Sheet"

Norway:

Winter: Skiing
Summer: Football (with the foot and the round ball)
by feldgendler
Fri Feb 03, 2012 6:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1012: "Wrong Superhero"
Replies: 119
Views: 43502

Re: 1012: "Wrong Superhero"

This is why I firmly believe that every scientific laboratory should have no less than a .357 in one of those "In case of emergency, break the glass" cases. I'm pretty sure that guy has nothing more than a 9mm. We can clearly see it lacks the necessary stopping power to take down your ave...
by feldgendler
Sun Jan 01, 2012 6:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0995: "Coin Star"
Replies: 105
Views: 22685

Re: 0995: "Coin Star"

addams wrote:The coin in the locker at the pool makes sense to me. It works. It is a system that works and works, well.


Can you elaborate on what “works” means in this context? What goal does the use of coins in swimming pool lockers achieve?
by feldgendler
Fri Dec 30, 2011 11:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0995: "Coin Star"
Replies: 105
Views: 22685

Re: 0995: "Coin Star"

Eebster the Great wrote:I think we can all agree that pennies are an obnoxious waste of space, weight, and metal, and there is no need for the treasury to continue to spend money on something nobody wants.


“We can all agree”? Did you see even one person saying something like that here?
by feldgendler
Thu Dec 29, 2011 10:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0995: "Coin Star"
Replies: 105
Views: 22685

Re: 0995: "Coin Star"

Here's an idea: Pay for stuff in coins. You would think it's a hassle, but merchants are always looking for change (Banks charge merchants a fee to get a bag full of coins for change) and whenever I pay for stuff in a handful of coins, I only see glee on the cashiers face. You probably mean a small...
by feldgendler
Wed Dec 28, 2011 6:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0995: "Coin Star"
Replies: 105
Views: 22685

Re: 0995: "Coin Star"

popman wrote:those trollies have electromagnetic locks. (a coil of wire around the parking area triggers them to lock) they can be fixed though, every shop using this system has an unlocker to make them work again.


Never crawl around the car park if you have a pacemaker.
by feldgendler
Tue Dec 27, 2011 11:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0995: "Coin Star"
Replies: 105
Views: 22685

Re: How do people get all these coins?

I can imagine an eight-year-old saving pennies, but an adult? I'm guessing you never worked a food service job in a tipping culture. Even tipping more often than not happens electronically in Norway. When you pay with a card in an establishment, the waiter brings you a wireless POS terminal (so tha...
by feldgendler
Tue Dec 27, 2011 10:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0995: "Coin Star"
Replies: 105
Views: 22685

Re: 0995: "Coin Star"

I used to work in a supermarket which had to cut the trolley service entirely because so many people stole them. Even with the coin-system in place. This system is not supposed to stop people from stealing carts. Obviously, the cart is worth more than the coin you put in it. Actually, even if it wa...
by feldgendler
Mon Dec 26, 2011 11:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0995: "Coin Star"
Replies: 105
Views: 22685

Re: 0995: "Coin Star"

The use of coins in shopping carts, swimming pool lockers etc, where the coin gets temporarily trapped inside the lock to ensure return of the cart or locker key, is outright stupid and insulting to the customer. I always bring the shopping cart back anyway, but the stores that make me look for the ...
by feldgendler
Mon Dec 26, 2011 7:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0995: "Coin Star"
Replies: 105
Views: 22685

Re: 0995: "Coin Star"

In Norway, we don't have the problem that Coinstar is supposed to solve. In a grocery store, you can pour unsorted coins into a special device at the counter while the cashier is busy checking out your purchase. After that, you pay the rest normally, with your card or cash. If you pay cash, the chan...
by feldgendler
Wed Apr 13, 2011 10:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0885: "Recycling"
Replies: 59
Views: 15406

Re: 0885: "Recycling"

Here in Oslo, Norway, we have historically separated our garbage into paper, metal, glass, “dangerous waste” and “restavfall” (general). Dangerous waste includes electronics, batteries, light bulbs, residual chemicals, paints and shit like that. Only bins for paper and general waste are near every h...
by feldgendler
Mon Apr 04, 2011 8:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0881: "Probability"
Replies: 326
Views: 108543

Re: 0881: "Probability"

This is a brilliant, touching strip. Other commentors have said most of what I was going to say, so I'm not going to say it. I'll just post an essay I wrote about death and our attitudes towards it. http://my.opera.com/feldgendler/blog/achilles-and-death ACHILLES AND DEATH Although Achilles is the s...
by feldgendler
Thu Feb 19, 2009 8:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0543: "Sierpinski Valentine"
Replies: 138
Views: 40803

Re: "Sierpinski Valentine" Discussion

orbus: the poem indeed makes a much stronger impression without omissions! Thanks for publishing your typesetting excercise.

BTW, credits for the poem itself go to an anonymous author. I saw it from UNIX fortune.
by feldgendler
Mon Feb 16, 2009 7:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0543: "Sierpinski Valentine"
Replies: 138
Views: 40803

Re: "Sierpinski Valentine" Discussion

One day, A mad meta-poet With nothing to say Wrote a mad meta-poem That started: “One day, A mad meta-poet With nothing to say Wrote a mad meta-poem That started: “One day, [...] sort of close”, Were the words that the poet Finally chose To bring his mad poem To some sort of close”, Were the words t...
by feldgendler
Fri Feb 13, 2009 10:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0543: "Sierpinski Valentine"
Replies: 138
Views: 40803

Re: Sierpinski Valentine

This fractal's self-mapping is nonlinear. If it were displayed entirely correctly as to be an iterated function system fractal, the small shapes near the narrow corners of the not-quite-triangles would become progressively more distorted as they get smaller. Instead, what we see is just more normal-...

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