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by SuicideJunkie
Tue Jun 13, 2017 6:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1849: "Decades"
Replies: 89
Views: 7780

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: 8431

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: 3222

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: 3222

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: 8431

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: 8431

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: 8431

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: 3655

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: 4880

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: 12435

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: 7975

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: 14125

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: 14125

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: 15238

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: 7556

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: 3286

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: 3794

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: 942
Views: 161056

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: 36355

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: 33596

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: 33596

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: 33596

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: 7326

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: 62376

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: 4813

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: 59124

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: 8331

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: 8066

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: 8066

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: 13572

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: 10946

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: 10946

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: 4717

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: 4635

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: 16522

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: 29316

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: 12930

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: 29316

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: 7525

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: 9748

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.

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