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by SuicideJunkie
Wed May 16, 2018 6:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1994: "Repairs"
Replies: 29
Views: 3611

Re: 1994: "Repairs"

I've got an IBM Thinkpad in better than new condition myself. It started having problems with the power supply after a while, having to lean the plug one way to get it to run. I took things quite slow and the worktable turned into an exploded diagram of the guts, in concentric layers. Turned out the...
by SuicideJunkie
Wed May 16, 2018 3:19 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Gaming fleeting thoughts
Replies: 659
Views: 95800

Re: Gaming fleeting thoughts

I like StarCraft and all... but... managing all my li'l bugs/Zergs, my base AND expanding my territories with patrolling soldiers? No. No way. I can barely keep up with upgrading my main hive, spawning new and creative Zergs... I just get to Hydralisks stages of development and it seems like my ene...
by SuicideJunkie
Mon May 14, 2018 9:24 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sleep-time holodeck experiences
Replies: 3333
Views: 638284

Re: Sleep-time holodeck experiences

I was trying to punch in at my job, using an ancient radio-button & spinning-labels punch clock gizmo at the door to the concrete bunker. While I was desperately trying to focus on getting it right, the bridge crew of ST:TNG showed up at the door in front of me, and started arguing that they sho...
by SuicideJunkie
Mon May 14, 2018 5:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1992: "SafetySat"
Replies: 28
Views: 3473

Re: 1992: "SafetySat"

That wouldn't affect the CoM at all. It could make the body of the satellite body jerk around randomly across a fairly small distance. I imagine you'd be better off if it waved around a long stick with a radar reflector on it. Unless you're just trying to jitter around to keep astronauts from gettin...
by SuicideJunkie
Fri May 11, 2018 6:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1992: "SafetySat"
Replies: 28
Views: 3473

Re: 1992: "SafetySat"

GreatLimmick wrote:In this context, what is the minimum threshold for "high" resolution?

420p
by SuicideJunkie
Fri May 11, 2018 6:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1982: "Evangelism"
Replies: 109
Views: 10199

Re: 1982: "Evangelism"

Having an intuitive sense is great indeed, but that depends entirely on what you grow up with. I know how much a kilometer or a kilogram is and I handle miles and pounds by converting them to metric. I grew up with it, and I'm now way off on my estimations of how much a kilogram weighs. Apparently ...
by SuicideJunkie
Fri May 11, 2018 1:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1991: "Research Areas by Size and Countedness"
Replies: 30
Views: 2207

Re: 1991: "Research Areas by Size and Countedness"

Soupspoon wrote:
gmalivuk wrote:What was asked is if there's a difference between what the words refer to, which generally there isn't.

That'll probably change when we learn more.

Also when planetary immigration and emigration eventually becomes a hot topic.
by SuicideJunkie
Fri May 11, 2018 1:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"
Replies: 147
Views: 14162

Re: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"

Perhaps this is a sign that you are reacting rather than responding, which is a danger in any political discussion. I very much doubt it. The line between emotion and reason can be a little blurred, but when there is that strong a pattern, it's easy to get used to it. I didn't read that as implying...
by SuicideJunkie
Thu May 10, 2018 6:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1991: "Research Areas by Size and Countedness"
Replies: 30
Views: 2207

Re: 1991: "Research Areas by Size and Countedness"

Seems like theology is another one. Theologists tend to know exactly how many Gods or gods they're studying. A lot of the ones I've heard of have a 300% margin to start with, and while they have invested themselves heavily in their predictions, there has been a distinct lack of actual counting goin...
by SuicideJunkie
Thu May 10, 2018 5:56 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Formally, What is P and NP?
Replies: 17
Views: 3208

Re: Formally, What is P and NP?

Thank you all for helping me understand the machine definition of the N = NP problem. Can we now discuss the verifier definition? The gist of that as I understand it; If you can verify that any particular solution is correct in polytime, then you can trivially make a brute force NFS that simply tri...
by SuicideJunkie
Wed May 09, 2018 7:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1989: "IMHO"
Replies: 110
Views: 6321

Re: 1989: "IMHO"

I pronounce that as dodgy-coin in my head. I've never had cause to speak it aloud and likely never will.
by SuicideJunkie
Wed May 09, 2018 7:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1991: "Research Areas by Size and Countedness"
Replies: 30
Views: 2207

Re: 1991: "Research Areas by Size and Countedness"

cellocgw wrote:This whole chart is a masterful achievement - it trolls nearly everyone except the vi/vim/emacs guys.
That's because the problem is already solved. We have nano.
by SuicideJunkie
Tue May 08, 2018 6:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1985: "Meteorologist"
Replies: 54
Views: 5946

Re: 1985: "Meteorologist"

da Doctah wrote:I used to live in Seattle. "x% chance of rain" where x>10 means "it's raining right now, and the individual drops are the size of canned hams".

Seattle percentages are simply the liquid-H2O by volume content of the atmosphere, I believe.
by SuicideJunkie
Tue May 08, 2018 5:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1986: "River Border"
Replies: 69
Views: 5631

Re: 1986: River Border

jgh wrote:
eviloatmeal wrote:So what you're saying is that before serving, a pizza is just a really messy focaccia.

Pizza is just expensive cheese on toast.
A good pizza requires a whole farm getting mulched by some sort of fire tornado effect.
by SuicideJunkie
Wed Apr 18, 2018 6:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1982: "Evangelism"
Replies: 109
Views: 10199

Re: 1982: "Evangelism"

... I'm immune to these banana wars because I make a point of not eating them. I don't know how something can impart such great flavor to everything else (that is to say, most banana-flavored stuff is great, including dried banana chips) and yet itself be so nasty and have an ok-to-eat window of li...
by SuicideJunkie
Wed Apr 18, 2018 3:35 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: If you could combine two(or more) games
Replies: 228
Views: 35427

Re: If you could combine two(or more) games

So... Dwarf Fortress? I've been meaning to try that out. It does seem like a resource management game that lends itself to emergent narrative, but it doesn't seem like it's character or story oriented, more of a virtual ant farm, sim city game. RPG games, and I guess Animal Crossing games are in th...
by SuicideJunkie
Tue Apr 17, 2018 3:43 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: If you could combine two(or more) games
Replies: 228
Views: 35427

Re: If you could combine two(or more) games

Some of the animal friends in DF will steal your stuff. Monkeys and Keas are well known for it, and those birds don't care about your walls. You can send some of your Dwarves out to make appointments in other cities as of recent versions. Quite a few animal friends will bring you crafting materials,...
by SuicideJunkie
Mon Apr 16, 2018 10:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1980: "Turkish Delight"
Replies: 95
Views: 9228

Re: 1980: "Turkish Delight"

Does that include Snickets? You only get offered that if you suffer a series of unfortunate incidents. I am under the impression that they require a series of unfortunate incidents as part of the recipe to make them. Either as the process or the ingredients, I'm not quite sure. Either way it explai...
by SuicideJunkie
Mon Apr 16, 2018 6:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1981: Rickrolling Anniversary
Replies: 26
Views: 3309

Re: 1981: Rickrolling Anniversary

He's wrong, anyway. I say it goes back to 2006 if you count comic 87 and others that precede Randall's own probable assertion of 891 as the start of these things. Seems a bit pessimistic (or would that be optimistic?) to say that the peak was the start... Hipster! That's the term. You're saying it ...
by SuicideJunkie
Tue Apr 10, 2018 6:17 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Most creative way to manipulate boundary
Replies: 11
Views: 1632

Re: Most creative way to manipulate boundary

So, basically it is an arbitrary wish fulfillment.
Somewhat like a game of Jeopardy, phrase your wish in the form of the boundary between it happening and not happening... and then scootch that over a notch.
by SuicideJunkie
Mon Apr 09, 2018 8:31 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)
Replies: 2599
Views: 457922

Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)

Daggerfall taught me to savescum for the quests that are just "wait here until nightfall, kill 3 guys." Fastest way to increase or maintain your rep with all the factions. I mean, on paper, having your rep decline over time sounds good, until you have to do it. Seems to me that a nice mec...
by SuicideJunkie
Mon Apr 09, 2018 2:29 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: 1980s PCs
Replies: 5
Views: 1507

Re: 1980s PCs

Here's mine, pretending to run a game over 20 years too new for it.
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We had two from that era, and sadly my Dad threw out the wrong one after its brother died, and thus none remain.
by SuicideJunkie
Wed Apr 04, 2018 1:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3747
Views: 478476

Re: The Darker Side of the News

[We must do something!] + [This is something!] => [We must do this!] It's marginally better than the "arming students with rocks" idea. I don't know, he looks serious to me. I think it would be more obvious sarcasm if he had gone with a ream of paper and every classroom, you know, so the ...
by SuicideJunkie
Tue Apr 03, 2018 5:24 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Magitech society needs a heat engine
Replies: 41
Views: 4153

Re: Magitech society needs a heat engine

There should be a MIST organization that arranges to broadcast a standardized magical time signal to synchronize clocks/timers to, amongst other projects.
by SuicideJunkie
Mon Mar 26, 2018 8:13 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Integrating Superpowers into Society
Replies: 5
Views: 961

Re: Integrating Superpowers into Society

I'm a bit curious as to where the economic/superpower margin is, such that Electro is worth hiring to save the occasional costs during surge demand, but not worth replacing the whole power system? Would it be worth keeping a normal engineer to drive, and paying minimum wage (and unlimited wifi?) for...
by SuicideJunkie
Mon Mar 26, 2018 6:21 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Magitech society needs a heat engine
Replies: 41
Views: 4153

Re: Magitech society needs a heat engine

But the technology seems adequate, it should develop quickly with so much energy, and as jseah said, "In general, a magic engineer has to worry more about how to power the spells rather than how much action the spells can do. If the power can be gotten, using the power isn't too difficult.&quo...
by SuicideJunkie
Mon Mar 26, 2018 5:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1969: "Not Available"
Replies: 38
Views: 4878

Re: 1969: "Not Available"

If you REALLY want to piss people off, use https. I've been unable to reach xkcd since #1890. Had to upgrade to this toy "Yosemite" system to open half of the sites I was happily reading a few weeks ago. My old netbook has that issue too. Can't agree on a common encryption, huh? Not even ...
by SuicideJunkie
Fri Mar 23, 2018 2:01 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Free floating "gas dwarf"?
Replies: 8
Views: 1426

Re: Free floating "gas dwarf"?

From that article, if I understand the intro correctly, it is the non-gaseous core that is 0.2 Earth masses minimum, and the actual atmosphere would be extra on top of that. It also says proportional to T^1.5, so the small gas planets would have to be bitterly cold, and nowhere near the sun. I imagi...
by SuicideJunkie
Fri Mar 23, 2018 1:44 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Quantum Question
Replies: 110
Views: 10153

Re: Quantum Question

As an alternate interpretation of the discussion;
We are given an isolated system that has recently gone from low to high entropy.
What transformations need to be applied in order to have the system evolve back to its initial state over positive time?
by SuicideJunkie
Mon Mar 19, 2018 5:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1964: "Spatial Orientation"
Replies: 77
Views: 7774

Re: 1964: "Spatial Orientation"

... a wind of aether ... scientific man ... 1927 hm. fail. I'm sure he was just downplaying the twisted vortex of spacetime itself near this planet to avoid causing a panic. These days we also have to worry about the gravity waves distorting even our best measuring devices. Not to mention the cross...
by SuicideJunkie
Mon Mar 19, 2018 5:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1969: "Not Available"
Replies: 38
Views: 4878

Re: 1969: "Not Available"

jozwa wrote:

Oh wow, it just goes on forever. But that's pretty funny.

I waited for it, and it does end:
Marvin the Webserver wrote:Now, please let me sulk alone.
I'm so depressed._
by SuicideJunkie
Fri Mar 16, 2018 5:13 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13394
Views: 1415121

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

Today I learned... Or; It finely sunk in: The Polar Vortex has become unstable; ok..I knew that. The Jet Stream is dipping farther down to the mid latitudes. The Jet Stream is bringing COLD air. That's the Weird part. Because the Arctic is gettin warmer, I am getting spells of Cold Weather. There a...
by SuicideJunkie
Fri Mar 16, 2018 4:43 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: More efficient airplane boarding protocols
Replies: 66
Views: 4859

Re: More efficient airplane boarding protocols

Technology: You sit down in the terminal, put your carry-on luggage into an overhead locker, and then the whole shebang is motorized and moves into the plane on its own. It doesn't matter where you sit, you can do it in the open where there's no congestion. Just go one step further; sit down in the...
by SuicideJunkie
Wed Mar 14, 2018 9:00 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sleep-time holodeck experiences
Replies: 3333
Views: 638284

Re: Sleep-time holodeck experiences

I was 30 minutes later to work than usual because I was stuck in traffic on the highway amidst a bunch of honking. I ended up abandoning the car, loading my Dad and a co-worker on a convenient plank of wood and taking to the sky to follow the highway into town and reach the office. Then I woke up an...
by SuicideJunkie
Wed Mar 14, 2018 8:38 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: More efficient airplane boarding protocols
Replies: 66
Views: 4859

Re: More efficient airplane boarding protocols

First Class should board first and into the back of the plane. Important people shouldn't be subjected to the parade of filth. Departure is trickier; They need a rear exit to depart first AND avoid the riff-raff. There *is* a rear exit. More than one even. If they were willing to utilize all of the...
by SuicideJunkie
Wed Mar 14, 2018 3:40 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: More efficient airplane boarding protocols
Replies: 66
Views: 4859

Re: More efficient airplane boarding protocols

I would treat the toddlers+parent cluster as a single unit needing assistance and thus be taken out of the main boarding sequence.

Ucim:
They know in advance, so the schedule already pads for inefficiency.
by SuicideJunkie
Wed Mar 14, 2018 1:57 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: More efficient airplane boarding protocols
Replies: 66
Views: 4859

Re: More efficient airplane boarding protocols

There has to be a separate boarding call for people who need assistance in general, so a couple toddlers are covered with staff assistance.
If toddlers make up a significant percentage of the plane's passengers, an efficient boarding process is a lost cause no matter what you do.
by SuicideJunkie
Thu Mar 01, 2018 4:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1936: "Desert Golfing"
Replies: 24
Views: 4025

Re: 1936: "Desert Golfing"

Reminded me of this . I wonder if it's intentional. One of the reviews for (one of) the Desert Golfing games mentioned Scorched Earth. Many's the hours I've played that in early-'90s university PC labs, against AIs usually (useful in the quiet hours, when I could claim two or three machines in a ro...
by SuicideJunkie
Fri Feb 23, 2018 5:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"
Replies: 147
Views: 14162

Re: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"

I'm one of the worst murderers in the world: Kill count: 0 Hey, at least you tried, right? I won't do it, because it's unsafe. I am not a professional rally driver, it's unlikely that he is a professional rally co-driver, and the road is definitely not cleared of bystanders. Besides, I won't trust ...
by SuicideJunkie
Thu Feb 22, 2018 9:18 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Are patents/IP good for innovation?
Replies: 67
Views: 5794

Re: Are patents/IP good for innovation?

And what I've been trying to say is that it's not a very effective workaround. If it's one company that creates a shell and "buys" its own license, then there's no difference to just keeping it. The difference from keeping it, is that there is now a 'market price' for the license accordin...

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