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by SuicideJunkie
Fri Aug 04, 2017 7:24 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Consequences of climate change
Replies: 23
Views: 2816

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: 317
Views: 24871

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: 2558

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: 9201

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: 7478

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: 1473

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: 4232

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: 7478

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: 2537

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: 7478

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: 4232

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: 2537

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: 5846

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: 6257

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: 2482

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: 2482

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: 6257

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: 6257

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: 6257

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: 2964

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: 4014

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: 9201

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: 6212

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: 11162

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: 11162

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: 12355

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: 6306

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: 2742

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: 3206

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: 149230

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: 32890

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: 29442

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: 29442

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: 29442

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: 6096

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: 55262

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: 4128

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: 51899

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: 7459

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: 7240

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?

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