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by SuicideJunkie
Wed Apr 12, 2017 4:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1823: "Hottest Editors"
Replies: 54
Views: 3489

Re: 1823: "Hottest Editors"

Shelgeyr wrote:Aww, man.
Appears I'm stuck in 2010 :(

Don't worry, it is cyclical.

Around 2040, thanks to the refinement of genetic libraries, you will be able to use NewtPad++
by SuicideJunkie
Mon Apr 03, 2017 4:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"
Replies: 99
Views: 7113

Re: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"

Air is heavy with the scent of Jasmine. Therefore, air is lighter without the scent. Marketing has promised to deliver our new, lighter Air (tm) by next quarter, so get to work!
by SuicideJunkie
Fri Mar 31, 2017 5:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"
Replies: 99
Views: 7113

Re: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"

The Snide Sniper wrote:I remember this topic mentioned in a What If? footnote.

That's good to know. #141, right?
I merely had an intense deja vu, and came to the thread only to find everybody talking about the topic as if it were completely new.
by SuicideJunkie
Mon Mar 27, 2017 8:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 155
Views: 7739

Re: 1816: "Mispronunciation"

My favorite (missing from the Wiki) is pecan, with pronunciations of payCAHN and PEE-can. I've heard southerners talk each other into using the snootier-sounding payCAHN pronunciation by saying, "Yeah, I've got me a pee-can; I use it up in the hunting blind so I don't have to climb down to rel...
by SuicideJunkie
Sat Mar 04, 2017 1:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1806: "Borrow Your Laptop"
Replies: 57
Views: 4537

Re: 1806: "Borrow Your Laptop"

My boss has the infuriating habit of turning off numlock whenever he uses a computer, even if it's only for a few seconds. Apparently, that little light bothers him. Also, he insists on using 4-8-6-2 instead of the actual arrow keys. I keep wishing I had the time and expertise to make it so that if...
by SuicideJunkie
Thu Feb 09, 2017 5:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1796: "Focus Knob"
Replies: 16
Views: 2215

Re: 1796: "Focus Knob"

So, if the professor turns the knob on the projector fast enough, would the Lorentz contraction change the apparent curvature of the lens, and thus correct the focal length while still getting a bigger picture?
by SuicideJunkie
Mon Feb 06, 2017 8:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1794: "Fire"
Replies: 21
Views: 2558

Re: 1794: "Fire"

If you think about the basic physics of these things, it isn't too surprising: To make extinguishers, they use a lot of energy to form fire/antifire pairs and collect the antifire into tanks. With all that left over fire, its a miracle of engineering and safety regulations that the buildings aren't ...
by SuicideJunkie
Wed Jan 18, 2017 8:57 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Citizen's Wage
Replies: 830
Views: 136824

Re: Citizen's Wage

Would there be a mechanism to prevent people from going into debt to the point where the CW goes into simply paying off the interest and they're in the same boat as today?

Or would that just be declaring bankruptcy and returning to the CW +income?
by SuicideJunkie
Thu Jan 12, 2017 9:57 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0073: "Lethal Neutrinos"
Replies: 128
Views: 29414

Re: What-If 0073: "Lethal Neutrinos"

I'm pretty sure that defeats the point.
Otherwise, it is far simpler and more effective to throw the observer into the hole instead.

Or, for the truly frugal, just don't give them a ship or space suit.
by SuicideJunkie
Thu Jan 12, 2017 9:25 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0145: "Fire From Moonlight"
Replies: 157
Views: 24344

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

More specifically, I meant disagree that it is convincing.

My mistake was in thinking that the argument could be made convincing to everybody. However, the marginal gain isn't worth the effort here.
by SuicideJunkie
Thu Jan 12, 2017 4:29 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0145: "Fire From Moonlight"
Replies: 157
Views: 24344

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

The surface of the moon is probably not a significantly different temperature than a shaded object slightly above the surface of the moon, which would account for all the reflected sunlight. Some posters clearly disagree with that assumption. It turns out that the Moon indeed is an emitter, I just ...
by SuicideJunkie
Wed Jan 11, 2017 10:43 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0145: "Fire From Moonlight"
Replies: 157
Views: 24344

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

Yeah, as mentioned repeatedly, the best you can do with reflectors is make a larger area just as bright as your source. If you fill the sky with small, appropriately angled mirrors, then you end up with a piece of paper facing a hemisphere of moonlight. Which is the same situation as something a bi...
by SuicideJunkie
Wed Jan 11, 2017 9:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1784: "Bad Map Projection: Liquid Resize"
Replies: 58
Views: 4620

Re: 1784: "Bad Map Projection: Liquid Resize"

gmalivuk wrote:Here's the number of nukes one:

Holy Molpy!
When did Antarctica get all those nukes?!?
by SuicideJunkie
Thu Jan 05, 2017 4:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1756: "I'm With Her"
Replies: 446
Views: 42846

Re: 1756: "I'm With Her"

Soupspoon wrote:
elasto wrote:The same is true of all power really, not just political power.

These aren't the droids you're looking for...

Hmm. Force, over a far far distance, divided over a long time ago.
Yep, those units check out!
by SuicideJunkie
Mon Dec 26, 2016 10:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1776: "Reindeer"
Replies: 32
Views: 3362

Re: 1776: Reindeer

The motion blurs out when it is going fast. The amount of light you see is proportional to the time the leg spends in each position. And the leg swinging back and forth will have to stop (and thus spend most of its time there) in order to reverse direction in two places (fully forward and fully back...
by SuicideJunkie
Wed Sep 14, 2016 2:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 523
Views: 42098

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

Mutex wrote:I wonder how people even find this forum anymore since there's no link on the XKCD page. Google I guess.
I poked around trying to find the link for a few minutes, then punched in forum.xkcd.com in the address bar, and when that failed, tried forums.xkcd.com, and here I am.
by SuicideJunkie
Sat Aug 27, 2016 10:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1724: "Proofs"
Replies: 44
Views: 6131

Re: 1724: "Proofs"

The topic was: how would ... professor X find a sheep.
Well, I suspect he'd fire up Cerebro to search for the evil cloning facility, and then send in the team to fight the monstrous creations before they can transform all of Europe's population into wool sock-puppets.
by SuicideJunkie
Mon Aug 15, 2016 4:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1719: "Superzoom"
Replies: 41
Views: 6248

Re: 1719: "Superzoom"

Eebster the Great wrote:You cannot. Basic optics proves it is physically impossible to get that kind of resolution with a camera.

You must have accidentally gotten one of those realistic knockoff cameras with normal zoom. Did you keep the receipt?
by SuicideJunkie
Fri Aug 12, 2016 8:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1719: "Superzoom"
Replies: 41
Views: 6248

Re: 1719: "Superzoom"

Pro tip:
You can get around that 14m minimum focusing distance by zooming in on the reflection in the subject's eyes and then zoom into the reflection in your own camera lens, and repeat until you reach the required distance and the image comes into focus.
by SuicideJunkie
Tue Aug 09, 2016 10:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1716: "Time Travel Thesis"
Replies: 119
Views: 9910

Re: 1716: "Time Travel Thesis"

If you look at other things besides coin flips, you start to see a trade off between the K value and the skew in the 'affected' or entangled system. In other systems, the "natural" K might not be .5 either. Swap a coin flip for a die roll, for example. Same mechanism, different number. In...
by SuicideJunkie
Tue Jul 26, 2016 5:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1708: "Dehydration"
Replies: 109
Views: 7784

Re: 1708: "Dehydration"

Another thing you may not be aware of is that most if not all companies make use of a legal loophole to avoid listing those names on the ingredients list of their products which contain them.
by SuicideJunkie
Mon Jul 25, 2016 8:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1708: "Dehydration"
Replies: 109
Views: 7784

Re: 1708: "Dehydration"

I find it perplexing, but as far as I can tell, the women in my family do not know when they are hungry, never mind thirsty. Apparently it is a thing.
by SuicideJunkie
Thu Jul 07, 2016 3:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1702: "Home Itch Remedies"
Replies: 33
Views: 3660

Re: Home Itch Remedies

Soupspoon wrote:Some ducks, apparently, at least in their aquatic stages...

The notion of ducks having aquatic stages is fascinating.
by SuicideJunkie
Tue Jun 28, 2016 5:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1698: "Theft Quadrants"
Replies: 21
Views: 3901

Re: 1698: "Theft Quadrants"

For your 2nd world:
1) Imagine all the launch codes are set to say 000000, and the use of the system depends on the classic chain of people instead.
2) Imagine if people simply told these folks to stop being silly with their links instead of blindly making clicks of faith daily.
by SuicideJunkie
Fri May 27, 2016 5:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1683: "Digital Data"
Replies: 122
Views: 13304

Re: 1683: "Digital Data"

* Electronic document approval systems (no, printing the title block, having the chief engineer and QA lead initial and date, then re-scan does not count). What a coincidence; that is *exactly* what I'm getting paid to do today! Print the cover sheet, walk around the office for signatures, then sca...
by SuicideJunkie
Fri May 13, 2016 4:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1672: "Women on 20s"
Replies: 218
Views: 24214

Re: 1672: "Women on 20s"

To clear things up, yes that was a deposit-capable ATM. Dispensers generally have far fewer problems because the bank gets to control the quality of the media in it.
by SuicideJunkie
Fri May 13, 2016 4:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1677: "Contrails"
Replies: 110
Views: 10362

Re: 1677: "Contrails"

I suspect the reason Americans wear their pants on the outside is because they all want to be superheroes.
by SuicideJunkie
Wed May 04, 2016 6:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1672: "Women on 20s"
Replies: 218
Views: 24214

Re: 1672: "Women on 20s"

During initial deployment when these details were being paid extra attention, there was (still is) an ATM in the states that was suffering from a larger than normal number of jams involving $1 USD bills at odd hours. This ATM, it turned out, happened to be located adjacent to a strip club, which exp...
by SuicideJunkie
Wed May 04, 2016 5:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1674: "Adult"
Replies: 40
Views: 6348

Re: 1674: "Adult"

I've caught myself doing this. Hell, almost any time I go to the store I'm like, "Look at me...shopping." I still can't resist tipping the little mini-carts up on their rear wheels as I trolly it around (which, to be frank, improves the steering tremendously: those front wheels rattle the...
by SuicideJunkie
Wed Apr 20, 2016 3:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1670: "Laws of Physics"
Replies: 46
Views: 8140

Re: 1670: "Laws of Physics"

There is an obvious problem with that setup that will cause a collision:
The slack in the rope means the swinging arc is going to have a larger radius than expected.
by SuicideJunkie
Tue Apr 19, 2016 1:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1668: "Singularity"
Replies: 26
Views: 4976

Re: 1668: "Singularity"

Are we already through the horizon? In the distant past, it seems that people were happy following in their parents' footsteps, and not much changed in a generation. My grandparents saw some pretty big improvements, but I don't believe they were really dependent on them. My parents are on the border...
by SuicideJunkie
Fri Apr 15, 2016 7:12 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ethics of AdBlock
Replies: 639
Views: 78038

Re: Ethics of AdBlock

Zohar wrote:Who would be paying the websites money?

The ISPs, and thus in the end, Joe Webbrowser.
Pay for data consumption, get paid for data generation.
Net metering, for those who have solar panels on their roof / a webserver in the basement.
by SuicideJunkie
Fri Mar 18, 2016 8:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1645: "Toasts"
Replies: 81
Views: 10067

Re: 1645: "Toasts"

Reboots for my blue screens and red hats for my boot screens.
(I don't actually run redhat)
by SuicideJunkie
Fri Mar 18, 2016 7:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1655: "Doomsday Clock"
Replies: 63
Views: 6987

Re: 1655: "Doomsday Clock"

You can change the clocks, but you can't change the time.
by SuicideJunkie
Tue Mar 15, 2016 7:31 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: square base cups
Replies: 24
Views: 4044

Re: square base cups

Obviously, triangles are optimal then. Step two (?) Profit! Take that to the logical inductive conclusion, and you'll find that the paper cones from water dispensers are much better, but for the ultimate zero cornered beverage holder we should all be drinking out of bowls, since they are infinitely...
by SuicideJunkie
Mon Mar 07, 2016 10:09 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Relativistic Lorentz force
Replies: 34
Views: 4296

Re: Relativistic Lorentz force

Is this the "A moving magnetic field looks like an electric field" thing?

When changing the reference frame from a moving particle in a uniform magnetic field to a frame with a stationary particle, you get a stationary particle in an electric field, which naturally accelerates.
by SuicideJunkie
Mon Mar 07, 2016 3:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1650 "Baby"
Replies: 75
Views: 7635

Re: 1650 "Baby"

I think you all misunderstood. Cosmic Baby Radiation is the constant stream of high-energy babies radiating uniformly from every direction in space. Not some kind of thermal radiation emitted by babies what the fuck are you smoking It should be noted that while the Babies started out with lots of e...
by SuicideJunkie
Thu Mar 03, 2016 9:37 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Combinatorics : Castle, rooms and doors
Replies: 14
Views: 2332

Re: Combinatorics : Castle, rooms and doors

After doing math for a while you get used to 3 being odd. :mrgreen:
by SuicideJunkie
Thu Mar 03, 2016 3:29 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ethics of AdBlock
Replies: 639
Views: 78038

Re: Ethics of AdBlock

What if the internet were to operate more like the electrical grid? Pay to consume as now, get paid (a smaller amount) to produce. Websites then get paid based on demand, ads become irrelevant, and filtering focuses money towards the site you're actually visiting. In case of abuse, follow the money ...
by SuicideJunkie
Thu Mar 03, 2016 1:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1650 "Baby"
Replies: 75
Views: 7635

Re: 1650 "Baby"

Crying:Breathing Ratio?

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