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by x7eggert
Thu Dec 15, 2016 9:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1770: "UI Change"
Replies: 56
Views: 5687

Re: 1770: "UI Change"

So you like toolbars instead of ribbons? How do you even? No. It takes half a minute to hide/show all the toolbars and they usually contain only a set of ambiguous 16x16 icons. As a bonus the ribbon is the same across all installations, instead of being a mess of toolbars wherever you go. Toolbar i...
by x7eggert
Sat Dec 10, 2016 1:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1770: "UI Change"
Replies: 56
Views: 5687

Re: 1770: "UI Change"

I like ribbons. In the programs where they belong of course, like the office programs that just have a tremendous set of buttons —the ones in file explorer and paint are clealy bugs that the guys at MS refuse to fix. The best part is indeed that you can (auto) hide the contents of the ribbon with a...
by x7eggert
Fri Dec 09, 2016 7:33 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0073: "Lethal Neutrinos"
Replies: 128
Views: 28185

Re: What-If 0073: "Lethal Neutrinos"

You are thinking much too complicatedly. Just throw the supernova into the black hole before it goes boom. :-)
by x7eggert
Mon Oct 31, 2016 7:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1752: "Interplanetary Experience"
Replies: 47
Views: 3456

Re: 1752: "Interplanetary Experience"

The explainxkcd entry for this comic mentions the variation of the Mercurian daytime temperature, from exceedingly hot at the equator (and other latitudes) to very cold at the poles. So I figured that there must be a latitude at which the temperature is a comfortable room temperature. I found this ...
by x7eggert
Mon Oct 31, 2016 7:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1752: "Interplanetary Experience"
Replies: 47
Views: 3456

Re: 1752: "Interplanetary Experience"

I saw the dreamy Prof Cox dropping a feather and cannonball in there on one of his series. It was a bit disappointing somehow - they showed it only in slow motion or something, so the feather didn't seem to drop like a stone. ETA: yes, that's exactly what they did . I guess the director thought it ...
by x7eggert
Fri Oct 28, 2016 1:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1751: "Movie Folder"
Replies: 57
Views: 4263

Re: 1751: "Movie Folder"

The subtractive convention in Roman numerals always seemed pointless. You save a tiny amount of space on the page and writing time and increase learning difficulty and reading time. It's way easier to learn and to read that you start with big values and add successive smaller ones, and worst case s...
by x7eggert
Wed Sep 28, 2016 7:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1738:"Moon Shapes"
Replies: 66
Views: 6205

Re: 1738:"Moon Shapes"

(I say "probably" because I'm not totally sure how the human visual system responds to only one photoreceptor being stimulated). A photon hitting a receptive cell is either perceived as white or as a pure color. Color-sensitive receptors may signal their color or white, depending on where...
by x7eggert
Tue Sep 27, 2016 9:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1738:"Moon Shapes"
Replies: 66
Views: 6205

Re: 1738:"Moon Shapes"

(I say "probably" because I'm not totally sure how the human visual system responds to only one photoreceptor being stimulated). A photon hitting a receptive cell is either perceived as white or as a pure color. Color-sensitive receptors may signal their color or white, depending on where...
by x7eggert
Tue Sep 27, 2016 9:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 523
Views: 40189

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

What surprises me is that nobody has questioned why freight in the US train system is driven by diesel. Which drives electric motors. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diesel-electric_transmission "Diesel-electric powerplants became popular because they greatly simplified the way motive power was ...
by x7eggert
Wed Sep 21, 2016 11:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 523
Views: 40189

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

Tyndmyr wrote:If you start with accepting A as a premise, and conclude with !A, logically, you done fucked up.


Didi you ever disprove something by contradiction?
by x7eggert
Sun Sep 18, 2016 4:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 523
Views: 40189

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

He also believes that animals consuming plants negates their carbon-sequestration. Because only dead plants, and not dead animals, contain carbon? The carbon content of animal dung is also zero, apparently. The 'skeptics' love to go on about how complex all the modeling is and how we can't make any...
by x7eggert
Sun Sep 18, 2016 3:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 523
Views: 40189

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

I don't believe that will be forthcoming. That he "reads papers and the people who do the maths agree with him" was the citation I got for water not being an important greenhouse gas (and that it is, in fact, the reverse: that warming causes water vapor, and water vapor cannot hold heat b...
by x7eggert
Sun Sep 18, 2016 3:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 523
Views: 40189

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

Some warming events were caused by volcanoes, It's hard to explain volcanic CO₂ with increased temperatures. Citation please? Volcanoes cause cooling in the short term (atmospheric dust) and generally don't have a long term effect. Volcanoes produce very low quantities of durable greenhouse gases l...
by x7eggert
Sun Sep 18, 2016 2:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 523
Views: 40189

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

Here is a serious looking proposal to use railroad technology to store hundreds of megawatt hours by moving many railroad car sized weights up a mountain, http://www.aresnorthamerica.com/grid-scale-energy-storage https://s3.amazonaws.com/siteninja/multitenant/images/8856/images/slide/Frame5701.jpg?...
by x7eggert
Sun Sep 18, 2016 2:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 523
Views: 40189

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

Wind has the same problem. I have decent wind resources, but too many trees. Would have to build the tower(s) really high. As far as I know, building high (above where animals fly) is a good idea, also it gives you more profit _and_ is supposed to be less noisy because of the distance to the ground...
by x7eggert
Sun Sep 18, 2016 2:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 523
Views: 40189

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

Oh, I fully agree, and the more nuclear the better as far as I am concerned. Nuclear is perfect, as long as it's not controlled by greedy companies that could as well just use Jurassic Parc's security and as long as somebody else will bury the waste. "Do not build below this stone on this coas...
by x7eggert
Sun Sep 18, 2016 1:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 523
Views: 40189

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

there's no way we could know it to the precision needed to produce a graph of it over the timescales used here. Except for e.g. _yearly_ growth rate of trees for the past 13 500 years. Sediments, Stalactites and Oxygen isotopes do help, too. We can also measure the strength of the sun by the amount...
by x7eggert
Thu Sep 15, 2016 1:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 523
Views: 40189

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

I think water vapor is not that significant because if you just create water vapor, it rains. But if you are right, how do you create water vapor? By heating water, by using energy. If you stop spending excessive amounts of money on your energy bill, you'll be reducing both CO₂ and water. Wikipedia...
by x7eggert
Thu Sep 15, 2016 12:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 523
Views: 40189

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

Co-occurrence does not prove causality. Even if those facts are plainly admitted, it requires that one believe CO 2 increases cause temperature increases, which is a subject of some debate. There is some historical evidence that the causal link, if one exists, is the opposite - that temperature inc...
by x7eggert
Wed Sep 14, 2016 11:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 523
Views: 40189

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

Also, the graph is disingenuous. It claims that the brief period of the last twenty thousand years is what people mean when they say "the temperature has changed before". I don't think that's true and it's certainly not a sufficient time scale to make the sort of point this comic attempts...
by x7eggert
Wed Sep 14, 2016 11:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 523
Views: 40189

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

A couple of quick unrelated observations: One, CO2's absorption spectrum overlaps water's by quite a large amount. Considering that there is far more water in the atmosphere than CO2, even a minor fluctuation in overall humidity will have a greater effect than a huge fluctuation in CO2. Note that a...
by x7eggert
Wed Jul 20, 2016 2:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1708: "Dehydration"
Replies: 109
Views: 7506

Re: 1708: "Dehydration"

There's where the citation is needed, see? Let's count some assumptions: - Waste products disposed of in urine are all the same color; - This color is strong enough that if you don't see it, there must not be any waste; - The color of urine is only from the waste products, and not some other random...
by x7eggert
Mon Mar 28, 2016 1:26 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0148: "Eat the Sun"
Replies: 40
Views: 10498

Re: What-If 0148: "Eat the Sun"

Draco18s wrote:
ps.02 wrote:
slinches wrote:What's with the Google maps link to Lexington KY?

The link text says "Citation needed" so the link is to Citation Blvd.

What you missed was the restaurant hovering nearby. Something about reptiles and being hot as a furnace.

Hovering restaurants are somebody else's problem.
by x7eggert
Mon Mar 28, 2016 12:54 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0146: "Stop Jupiter"
Replies: 60
Views: 9800

Re: What-If 0146: "Stop Jupiter"

I still want to know the answer to the original what if question. Assume that some alien civilisation wants to cause Jupiter to impact our sun. These distant aliens have developed a mass driver that can launch an insane number of payloads that will reach our solar system with a trajectory such that...
by x7eggert
Tue Feb 16, 2016 10:08 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0145: "Fire From Moonlight"
Replies: 157
Views: 22958

Re: What-If 0145: "Fire From Moonlight"

If, like sb said, the black body temperature of the light would determine the maximum heat of a target, wouldn't it be possible to filter out the low frequencies to make moonlight resemble sunlight? Filtering would use energy, so "Lenses and mirrors work for free; they don't take any energy to ...
by x7eggert
Mon Feb 08, 2016 1:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1639: "To Taste"
Replies: 55
Views: 5684

Re: 1639: "To Taste"

What difference? I don't have "coffee mugs" or "tea mugs" or whatever; I have a bunch of "mugs" that I use for drinking hot beverages in general, and milk. At least for some coffee mugs, everything you drink will taste like coffee. (Same for some tea mugs etc.) If you ...
by x7eggert
Sun Feb 07, 2016 4:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1639: "To Taste"
Replies: 55
Views: 5684

Re: 1639: "To Taste"

What difference? I don't have "coffee mugs" or "tea mugs" or whatever; I have a bunch of "mugs" that I use for drinking hot beverages in general, and milk. At least for some coffee mugs, everything you drink will taste like coffee. (Same for some tea mugs etc.) If you ...
by x7eggert
Sun Feb 07, 2016 5:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1639: "To Taste"
Replies: 55
Views: 5684

Re: 1639: "To Taste"

Also: How warm is warm? We have 280 K outside, it's pretty warm!
by x7eggert
Mon Nov 16, 2015 8:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1604: "Snakes"
Replies: 66
Views: 7775

Re: 1604: "Snakes"

pF adder. Very good. I didn't know this rhyme (or anything about the snakes in question) but there is one about switching drinks mid session that goes something like "beer on wine, feeling fine, wine on beer, feeling queer". It has a similar issue to that described above, in that nobody i...
by x7eggert
Mon Nov 16, 2015 1:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1604: "Snakes"
Replies: 66
Views: 7775

Re: 1604: "Snakes"

orthogon wrote:According to the fantastic Wikipedia article (I particularly like the plot of cumulative probability of finishing a game after N turns), there's a game-of-skill version called "Adders and ladders".


Is that the UK version?
by x7eggert
Mon Nov 16, 2015 11:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1604: "Snakes"
Replies: 66
Views: 7775

Re: 1604: "Snakes"

The picture looks like yellow-red-yellow-black.
by x7eggert
Sat Jul 25, 2015 11:51 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0137: "New Horizons"
Replies: 61
Views: 17559

Re: What-If 0137: New Horizons

I guess there is a missing word.
"Hopefully, New Horizons is currently flying past Pluto. But don't worry; if it somehow hits your car instead, the US government will cover things ..."

... up?
by x7eggert
Wed Jun 17, 2015 3:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1538: "Lyrics"
Replies: 112
Views: 16485

Re: 1538: "Lyrics"

But the rule depends on the quantifier, so it would be each of the songs I listen to has ... but both of the songs I listen to have ... and most of the songs I listen to have ... ... Isn't this sort of confusion why we just love the English language? :roll: "Each song" is singular because...
by x7eggert
Tue Jun 16, 2015 12:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1538: "Lyrics"
Replies: 112
Views: 16485

Re: 1538: "Lyrics"

Actually, "The Day The Music Died" is a short history of rock and roll, compressed into a metaphor as a memorial to ... was it Buddy Holly? He died in a plane crash, I think, cutting off a promising career. Jose Also I get _some_ of the references. "Chevy" is a car.-) When I rea...
by x7eggert
Tue Jun 16, 2015 3:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1538: "Lyrics"
Replies: 112
Views: 16485

Re: 1538: "Lyrics"

higgs-boson wrote:
Jragonlord wrote:Metal* - do they really use actual words? And if they do, would it matter?


Manowar does use a few words. A few. They don't matter.

http://www.truemetalhead.com/2012/03/ma ... rator.html

(The real Manowar lyrics generator seems to be gone?)
by x7eggert
Tue Jun 16, 2015 2:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1538: "Lyrics"
Replies: 112
Views: 16485

Re: 1538: "Lyrics"

That's why music without lyrics is so good! Unless you want to know or remember the name. You can't just search for that melody in your head. "Dam--didamdidamdidam-dam" (Obviously "Space Mann - Magic Fly") "taaa --- tat-tat-tat- m-taaaa tat-tat-tat- m-taaaa ..." ("...
by x7eggert
Tue May 19, 2015 7:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1526: "Placebo Blocker"
Replies: 47
Views: 7477

Re: 1526: "Placebo Blocker"

serutan wrote:
JohnTheWysard wrote:One pill makes you larger
And the other makes you small;
and the ones the researcher gives you
Don't do anything at all....


Why didn't you just ask Alice about it?

Alice only talks to Bob, and only using encryption.
by x7eggert
Sun May 17, 2015 6:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1524: "Dimensions"
Replies: 79
Views: 9642

Re: 1524: "Dimensions"

What I find weird about dimensional analysis is that one is allowed to multiply apples and oranges to get appleoranges, or divide them to get apples per orange, but never ever add them. Why is multiplication more flexible than addition? And am I allowed to raise an apple to the orangeth power? Mult...
by x7eggert
Sun May 17, 2015 5:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1524: "Dimensions"
Replies: 79
Views: 9642

Re: 1524: "Dimensions"

The Moomin wrote:During my maths degree, one of the tutors mentioned "the nth dimension of porridge".

I can't decide whether being pushed through porridge would be soothing or horrific.


I think it would be too hot or too cold.
by x7eggert
Sat Mar 28, 2015 11:37 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0133: "Flagpole"
Replies: 70
Views: 15631

Re: What-If 0133: "Flagpole"

quantum7 How you decelerate doesn't matter. To decelerate in x seconds by y m/s you need to apply certain force. Unless you're being caught by Superman apparently. Evidently Superman has psychokenetic powers that he uses unconsciously to blunt the effects of his strength (I dunno, ask Second Talon)...

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