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by SuicideJunkie
Fri Sep 22, 2017 5:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1893: "Thread"
Replies: 31
Views: 2297

Re: 1893: "Thread"

PracticalM wrote:It's a Dragon Riders of Pern reference. (Auto correct tried to turn that into Perl which would be interesting Dragon Riders of Perl).

When the threads bind together into strings and begin to overwhelm civilization, a hero with the power of regular expressions appears to save the day!
by SuicideJunkie
Thu Sep 21, 2017 5:18 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Miscellaneous Science Questions
Replies: 2846
Views: 545597

Re: Miscellaneous Science Questions

Eebster the Great wrote:It does seem like this would be pretty easy to resolve with a cup of hot chocolate, a spoon, and a microphone.

It would probably be worth adding a metronome to consistently tap the spoon as well.
by SuicideJunkie
Wed Sep 20, 2017 5:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1892: "USB Cables"
Replies: 37
Views: 1555

Re: 1892: "USB Cables"

somitomi wrote:Speaking of that, this comic is missing the Proprietary cable you will inevitably lose.

That one has already been lost.

I carry power but not data.
by SuicideJunkie
Wed Sep 13, 2017 5:42 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Bad science jokes!
Replies: 96
Views: 26261

Re: Bad science jokes!

A man was hired to run a 300 piece orchestra but despite his best efforts, the instruments were always slightly out of synch and grated on the ear. Eventually he snapped, killed everyone and was sentenced to death. When the time came, they threw the switch on the electric chair but the man failed to...
by SuicideJunkie
Mon Sep 11, 2017 5:49 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sleep-time holodeck experiences
Replies: 3241
Views: 548285

Re: Sleep-time holodeck experiences

they were definitely not the standard dream shade of literally-undefined ...? You don't usually dream in colour? The grass at the side of the road I fly down isn't green or yellow, but it definitely isn't grey. It was lucky to have a defined location and a vague boundary. Maybe it is conservation o...
by SuicideJunkie
Sun Sep 03, 2017 4:13 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sleep-time holodeck experiences
Replies: 3241
Views: 548285

Re: Sleep-time holodeck experiences

I was excited to get home from work and go shopping at the mall with a couple of vague acquaintances. The department store there is a good place for showing off your ability to fly and reach the high shelves. Today however, I decided to buy a beanbag tube to ride on in style. It was decent fun ridin...
by SuicideJunkie
Wed Aug 23, 2017 8:40 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: People on Different Manifolds Interacting
Replies: 11
Views: 2085

Re: People on Different Manifolds Interacting

Considering the soap bubble model of interaction, there is one major effect that remains even if the particles and physics remain independent. The shape of the bubble is dramatically distorted where the bubbles are interacting. Whereas the majority of Alice and Bob's bubble universes are highly curv...
by SuicideJunkie
Mon Aug 21, 2017 7:27 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: A Compact Sized "Why?-BOOM" machine.
Replies: 7
Views: 2262

Re: A Compact Sized "Why?-BOOM" machine.

Build your droid with the CPU in the head, and use a big hat as the heat sink. Include an exotic skull material for your system which makes it impervious to the protagonist's physical attacks, but has an autoignition point slightly above your normal thermal cutoffs. Your enemies can then confuse you...
by SuicideJunkie
Sun Aug 20, 2017 2:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1878: "Earth Orbital Diagram"
Replies: 45
Views: 3074

Re: 1878: "Earth Orbital Diagram"

Precession is actually a wibbly-wobbly effect of magnetized spheroids. No relation to taxonomy at all, surprisingly.
by SuicideJunkie
Thu Aug 17, 2017 7:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0936: "Password Strength"
Replies: 893
Views: 250817

Re: 0936: "Password Strength"

That site would be far more secure if they tightened the password requirements just a little more.
- may include any ascii characters
- may not repeat any character
- must be at least 300 characters long
by SuicideJunkie
Wed Aug 16, 2017 2:36 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Is this a known probability distribution?
Replies: 6
Views: 1123

Re: Is this a known probability distribution?

This may be way off the mark, but what it reminds me of most strongly is when I've accidentally taken data intended to be used as a scatter plot, sorted it, and plotted it based on its index in the sorted list - which, in my applications, tended to produce very pretty-looking and totally meaningles...
by SuicideJunkie
Sat Aug 12, 2017 5:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1875: Computers vs Humans
Replies: 24
Views: 1872

Re: 1875: Computers vs Humans

That did measure a 7.0 on the literal fucks given, which in all honesty is an excessive number.
Most people only give a one at a time, and commonly it is only visible under metaphorical illumination.
by SuicideJunkie
Sun Aug 06, 2017 10:49 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science-based what-if questions
Replies: 339
Views: 28643

Re: Science-based what-if questions

there's a maximum current you'll be able to draw before it vaporizes whatever contacts you devise to connect it to your external system, but it's going to be quite a lot. I suppose using a plasma as a contact would work in that case, to turn the problem into an advantage. It would then be a matter ...
by SuicideJunkie
Fri Aug 04, 2017 7:24 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Consequences of climate change
Replies: 23
Views: 3216

Re: Consequences of climate change

Drought is bad. Flooding is bad.
Getting your country hit by both in different places at the same time is worse.
One region of the country getting hit by both of them in sequence is even worse than that.
by SuicideJunkie
Fri Aug 04, 2017 7:06 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science-based what-if questions
Replies: 339
Views: 28643

Re: Science-based what-if questions

If we were to discover a single constant voltage source (for discussion purposes, it is in the form factor of a magical AA battery, eternally 1.5v difference between the ends), what would be the best uses we could put it to? As an obvious starting point, I'd expect some superconductive, fractal wiri...
by SuicideJunkie
Mon Jul 31, 2017 8:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1870: "Emoji Movie Reviews"
Replies: 53
Views: 3378

Re: 1870: "Emoji Movie Reviews"

Might as well make a movie "ABC". Careful, don't give them any ideas. They can have each letter only be able to make the sound of its own name. And have the plot be about a little tyke trying to learn them all! Also, go on a marketing and merchandising blitz, while C&Ding everybody el...
by SuicideJunkie
Mon Jul 31, 2017 5:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1825: "7 Eleven"
Replies: 85
Views: 10834

Re: 1825: "7 Eleven"

Sounds like a good idea, and I'll join you on the rare occasions it comes up. But mostly for spite.
by SuicideJunkie
Mon Jul 31, 2017 4:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1867: "Physics Confession"
Replies: 182
Views: 9426

Re: 1867: "Physics Confession"

They can be good for many things, without having been made for anything. I don't see how they could be good for anything when they could not be used for anything, as there was no one to use them. I would still consider the hammer at the back of the shelf in the hardware store good for hitting nails...
by SuicideJunkie
Fri Jul 28, 2017 5:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1869: "Positive and Negative Reviews"
Replies: 23
Views: 1893

1869: "Positive and Negative Reviews"

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/positive_and_negative_reviews.png "This restaurant is great! I was feeling really sick, but then I ate there and felt better!" Up and down voting is out of fashion. Always ignore the top and bottom ratings. The charming and strange comments on a thing are alway...
by SuicideJunkie
Wed Jul 26, 2017 4:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1866: "Russell's Teapot"
Replies: 78
Views: 5207

Re: 1866: "Russell's Teapot"

Something I've been wondering is whether Bertrand Russell actually owned any teapots (I'm guessing yes), and if so, where are they now? Is one of them sitting on a collector's shelf, with said collector waiting for the perfect moment to make a Russell's Teapot joke? Or maybe the teapot is secretly ...
by SuicideJunkie
Mon Jul 24, 2017 8:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1867: "Physics Confession"
Replies: 182
Views: 9426

Re: 1867: "Physics Confession"

In that case, we simply need to design an MRI made of cardboard! If Star Trek has taught us anything, the solution to the problem lies in reversing the polarity, and that definitely applies to Psychology. The main problem may be that we're trying to get the cats into the MRI, instead of trying to ke...
by SuicideJunkie
Mon Jul 24, 2017 8:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1863: "Screenshots"
Replies: 47
Views: 3249

Re: 1863: "Screenshots"

ManaUser wrote:I take it your workplace uses Macs or something? PCs have a physical screenshot key standard. (Or at least a physical key which can logically be assigned that purpose and comes configured that way under Windows.)
That was the joke ;) They did just get a default keyboard.
by SuicideJunkie
Mon Jul 24, 2017 8:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1867: "Physics Confession"
Replies: 182
Views: 9426

Re: 1867: "Physics Confession"

So my contention is there's nothing wrong with giving "the triboelectric effect" as an answer any more than, say, "soap bubbles are round because of surface tension." It seems to me that "the triboelectric effect" is tightly self-referential and vague, while "surf...
by SuicideJunkie
Fri Jul 21, 2017 9:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1866: "Russell's Teapot"
Replies: 78
Views: 5207

Re: 1866: "Russell's Teapot"

Rombobjörn wrote:Of course it isn't. It's Randall's teapot.
Easily solved by simply selling the teapot once it is in place.
by SuicideJunkie
Fri Jul 14, 2017 4:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1863: "Screenshots"
Replies: 47
Views: 3249

Re: 1863: "Screenshots"

I know some business contacts i'd like to send this. (missing: image in word document as email attachment, why not to do it.) We've got some legacy documentation here that I got in an email with attached PDF containing images scanned in from paper, of a lightly used photocopy of a document created ...
by SuicideJunkie
Tue Jun 13, 2017 6:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1849: "Decades"
Replies: 89
Views: 6720

Re: 1849: "Decades"

gmalivuk wrote:No, I think there's too much inertia from how we talk about other numbers. Something might cost nineteen hundred dollars and someone might live at twenty-one hundred Jump Street, but never "twenty hundred".

So, the "two grands" instead?
by SuicideJunkie
Fri May 26, 2017 2:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1835: "Random Obsessions"
Replies: 90
Views: 6774

Re: 1835: "Random Obsessions"

Wow. That guy they interviewed is such an extremist that he's not even on the chart.
by SuicideJunkie
Thu May 25, 2017 6:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1841: "Who?"
Replies: 29
Views: 2676

Re: 1841: "Who?"

On a related note, coop terms seem to be precisely calibrated to end just as I start to lock in a name association.
Double-term and returning coops are quite nice.
by SuicideJunkie
Wed May 24, 2017 6:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1841: "Who?"
Replies: 29
Views: 2676

Re: 1841: "Who?"

I found it particularly uncomfortable once, when the person doing it was a guy who refers to (and presumably addresses) his own parents by their first names. "Dave did this" "Who's Dave?" "My dad". I have to negotiate that kind of minefield at work since all three of u...
by SuicideJunkie
Sun May 14, 2017 12:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1835: "Random Obsessions"
Replies: 90
Views: 6774

Re: 1835: "Random Obsessions"

TickleMeYoda wrote:This argument right here made me realize this whole "what is a sandwich" thing is really a new take on the Ship of Theseus paradox. What makes a thing the thing it is? What would make it no longer that thing?

How about calling it the Galley of Theseus?
by SuicideJunkie
Thu May 11, 2017 3:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1835: "Random Obsessions"
Replies: 90
Views: 6774

Re: 1835: "Random Obsessions"

In everyday speech, when someone refers to a bird, the first association most people make is not a chicken or a penguin or an owl, because those are considered somehow removed from the prototype, which is probably a loose image of a songbird or similar. Taking this a step further, a modifying word ...
by SuicideJunkie
Thu May 11, 2017 2:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1835: "Random Obsessions"
Replies: 90
Views: 6774

Re: 1835: "Random Obsessions"

Now, put hot sliced turkey atop a slice of bread and pour gravy over it. Serve on a plate with mashed potatoes, on which the gravy is also added. This is a " hot turkey sandwich". (Note that we've already applied the term "sandwich" to something that has no feature of "betw...
by SuicideJunkie
Mon May 01, 2017 4:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1830: "ISS Solar Transit 2"
Replies: 25
Views: 3163

Re: 1830: "ISS Solar Transit 2"

Surely the ship isn't generating the flare like a mundane stage pyrotechnic charge, but triggers it. The point is to make a solar flare not a self destruct, right? In order to make the flare go up promptly rather than take hours to visibly move, I'd have the ship play an awesome solo using the FTL d...
by SuicideJunkie
Tue Apr 25, 2017 2:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1828: "ISS Solar Transit"
Replies: 36
Views: 4333

Re: 1828: "ISS Solar Transit"

2. The "direct sunlight" setting does not mean sunlight falling on the camera. It means that the object is lit by direct sunlight as opposed to reflected sunlight (what you get outside in the shade), incandescent, fluorescent or whatever it is that LEDs output. So the moon is totally a wh...
by SuicideJunkie
Fri Apr 21, 2017 1:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1825: "7 Eleven"
Replies: 85
Views: 10834

Re: 1825: "7 Eleven"

Copper Bezel wrote:That's my habit as well in practice. I'm on Chicago time, but another forum I spend a lot of time on is 70% New York time, and I just remember to always use the latter unless specified.

So, it is a variant of 320 that runs on 10-day weeks?
by SuicideJunkie
Wed Apr 12, 2017 4:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1823: "Hottest Editors"
Replies: 55
Views: 6876

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: 12356

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: 12356

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: 13529

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: 6660

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...

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