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by Kalium_Puceon
Mon Oct 31, 2016 1:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1753: "Thumb War"
Replies: 16
Views: 2344

Re: 1753: "Thumb War"

This is actually a thing Randall said on the #xkcd IRC channel a while back.
by Kalium_Puceon
Tue Jun 14, 2016 9:11 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 50 Dead, 53 Injured in Orlando Gay Club Shooting
Replies: 490
Views: 27381

Re: Terror attack on Orlando gay club

How about discussing something useful, like ways to attempt to prevent this sort of thing from happening again that don't involve gun control as that's an entirely different shitstorm of suck? You're upset because you know the truth. They can't be stopped. And you aren't safe anywhere. It's telling...
by Kalium_Puceon
Mon Jun 13, 2016 10:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 50 Dead, 53 Injured in Orlando Gay Club Shooting
Replies: 490
Views: 27381

Re: Terror attack on Orlando gay club

I think the point of labelling this as homophobia first and religious second is important because, frankly, this could have been carried out by any religious homophobe. A lot of religions hate LGBT people, so it's not wrong to assume that this could have been any other mass shooter who choose to kil...
by Kalium_Puceon
Mon Jun 13, 2016 8:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 50 Dead, 53 Injured in Orlando Gay Club Shooting
Replies: 490
Views: 27381

Re: Terror attack on Orlando gay club

I'm seeing the "It's impossible to stop a lone wolf" argument here a couple times and I want to pose a counterpoint. Do you know who hasn't had any mass shootings in ages? Australia. Two decades ago they had a massive shooting, really big deal. They imposed strict gun laws, banning heavy w...
by Kalium_Puceon
Wed Jun 08, 2016 9:09 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Today I Learned
Replies: 13088
Views: 995257

Re: Today I Learned

TIL: When you bleach purple hair, it turns green! I am super fascinated. I Am Not A Chemist, but I suspect that the colour change is due to a change in the oxidation state of a red pigment in the purple dye. On a (possibly) related note: In high school chemistry, I discovered that nitric acid turns...
by Kalium_Puceon
Mon Jun 06, 2016 8:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1690: "Time-Tracking Software"
Replies: 29
Views: 3929

Re: 1690: "Time-Tracking Software"

cellocgw wrote:(must...not... write... "the cake is" ....)


The Cake is Full of Stars!
by Kalium_Puceon
Mon Jun 06, 2016 7:50 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Recommend a book
Replies: 458
Views: 187051

Re: Recommend a book

I second The Martian. It was so engrossing that I read the whole thing in one sitting. I might have to stop being a Golden Age SF snob and start reading some newer science fiction. Dang, The Martian is such a fun book and really refreshing if you're a big science geek, because it at least tries to ...
by Kalium_Puceon
Mon Jun 06, 2016 7:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1689: "My Friend Catherine"
Replies: 66
Views: 7174

Re: 1689: "My Friend Catherine"

Free will (acting counter to instinct/programming, delaying gratification into the future) I don't think anyone can act counter to their programming. Delaying gratification is possible to some extent for most adult humans; but I wouldn't count it as a prerequisite for sentience. I would look more i...
by Kalium_Puceon
Mon Jun 06, 2016 7:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1690: "Time-Tracking Software"
Replies: 29
Views: 3929

Re: 1690: "Time-Tracking Software"

I found "List of helicopter prison escapes" only a quarter as entertaining as "List of quadcopter prison escapes." I can't see how that would work, unless you had a swarm of quadcopters to distract the guards while you made a run for it. Maybe it's using a quadcopter to smuggle ...
by Kalium_Puceon
Mon May 30, 2016 9:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1687: "World War III+"
Replies: 34
Views: 4561

Re: 1387: "World War III+"

I've seen the quote where Einstein says that world war four will be fought with sticks and stones. I've also seen a version where he says "the next war after that" instead of "world war four". I think the second version is more accurate, because I think Einstein understood that ...
by Kalium_Puceon
Sat May 28, 2016 9:29 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The "I can't find a particular XKCD comic" thread
Replies: 142
Views: 75922

Re: The "I can't find a particular XKCD comic" thread

↶ it was definitely an xkcd comic. Bet you five bucks it isn't. I'll bet $5000 USD it isn't an xkcd comic. For that much money surely someone can convince Randall to make it into a comic and split the profits 50-50? Surely $2500 is considerably more than he makes on a single comic (if it's not it m...
by Kalium_Puceon
Thu May 26, 2016 6:35 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Today I Learned
Replies: 13088
Views: 995257

Re: Today I Learned

Today I learned how to cook salmon! Which is good because otherwise I'd never know that I actually like salmon. It's horrible when you prepare it poorly.
by Kalium_Puceon
Wed May 25, 2016 2:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1685 : Patch
Replies: 40
Views: 5811

Re: 1685 : Patch

Patch is Photoshop's auto-fill function, it tries to blend the image over deleted sections so that it looks like nothing was there. This is good enough for like, clearing a person out of a beach scene but obviously won't work for text.
by Kalium_Puceon
Wed May 25, 2016 7:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1684: Rainbow
Replies: 43
Views: 4267

Re: 1684: Rainbow

Slaughtering virtual characters is not even close to the same as g(G)od slaughtering its "creations" 1 . For one, there is no reason to think that virtual characters are thinking, feeling entities. That is clearly a false parallel. Well now you could get into some questions about what con...
by Kalium_Puceon
Wed May 25, 2016 7:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1685 : Patch
Replies: 40
Views: 5811

Re: 1685 : Patch

A friend of mine found a python autocomplete that evaluates your code to figure out the autocomplete, so that's kind of like compiling it? I mean I know that Python can't be compiled by definition but that the same concepts, at least.
by Kalium_Puceon
Tue May 24, 2016 3:45 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Is math real?
Replies: 105
Views: 10780

Re: Is math real?

I always get the feeling that maths is an innate fact of the universe. You don't invent formulae so much as you discover relationships between already existing values. Trigonometry, for instance, is based in the ratios of the sides of triangles, which are Real Things [citation needed] . Maths works ...
by Kalium_Puceon
Tue May 24, 2016 3:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1684: Rainbow
Replies: 43
Views: 4267

Re: 1684: Rainbow

The argument by the one time shipmate of Charles Darwin, Robert Fitzroy (who suggested that weather could be forecast, to great ridicule at the time, until he did it) was that the dinosaurs were not saved because they were too big (and most people found this perfectly agreeable and sensible). (No, ...
by Kalium_Puceon
Tue May 24, 2016 2:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1684: Rainbow
Replies: 43
Views: 4267

Re: 1684: Rainbow

I'm pretty sure Randall got this idea while researching for the current What If because it's a pretty rainbow-heavy article, and goes pretty in-depth about how many rainbows exist. I remember reading about the old argument that dinosaurs [amongst other extinct life] were wiped out by the flood. Pres...
by Kalium_Puceon
Mon May 23, 2016 11:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1684: Rainbow
Replies: 43
Views: 4267

1684: Rainbow

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/rainbow.png http://xkcd.com/1684/ Title Text: "Listen, in a few thousand years you'll invent a game called 'SimCity' which has a 'disaster' button, and then you'll understand." Apologising to your Sims is just setting them up for disappointment when you do it a...
by Kalium_Puceon
Sun May 22, 2016 11:26 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What were your dreams last night?
Replies: 3201
Views: 489147

Re: What were your dreams last night?

I had a comic dream, but not XKCD or SMBC this time, which is new.

Instead, because I re-read half of Questionable Content, it was a weird QC strip involving Hannelore and Jimbo making a tauric Mickey Mouse outfit. I have no idea. At least I knew it was a dream this time.
by Kalium_Puceon
Tue May 17, 2016 11:47 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you love.
Replies: 680
Views: 99568

Re: Words you love.

one of my favourite words has to be y'all'd've . You All Should Have. You All Would Have, surely? Yeah, that too I guess. The use of apostrophes for would/should is always contextual. Is it? I don't believe I've ever in my life used 'd to mean "should". Yep, I see my mistake. I confused m...
by Kalium_Puceon
Mon May 16, 2016 8:41 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 9519
Views: 849192

Re: What are you listening to?

At this second, "The Boondocks" by Little Big Town. It's some really nice, mellow kinda-country music. Good feel good, upbeat music.
by Kalium_Puceon
Mon May 16, 2016 8:38 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Recommend one artist
Replies: 1004
Views: 196808

Re: Recommend one artist

I'm going to put down 2Cellos as a really fun rock pair. They're classically trained and exceedingly competent cellists who do great covers of some popular music. They're actually good enough that I went out and bought a CD. Yes, a Compact Disc. As far as I'm concerned this is a pretty good represen...
by Kalium_Puceon
Mon May 16, 2016 8:30 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Random natterings
Replies: 89465
Views: 4850910

Re: Random natterings

Ptolom wrote:I dropped my iPhone and the case broke apart. They say iPhones work by electronics but actually they are just full of angry spiders.


Your magic smoke is so magic that it becomes spiders.
by Kalium_Puceon
Mon May 16, 2016 8:22 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you love.
Replies: 680
Views: 99568

Re: Words you love.

one of my favourite words has to be y'all'd've . You All Should Have. You All Would Have, surely? Yeah, that too I guess. The use of apostrophes for would/should is always contextual. What about y'all'dn't've? Dang, that is even better. I have a new favourite. We should try an entire sentence writt...
by Kalium_Puceon
Mon May 16, 2016 8:17 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Pronouncing RFID
Replies: 3
Views: 2513

Pronouncing RFID

I've heard a lot of strange pronunciations of RFID in the past few years, because suddenly everyone is talking about it, be it a better way to manage your stock or freaking out about long-range identity theft. So, how do you pronounce RFID? I personally say it's Are-Eff-Eye-Dee, each letter individu...
by Kalium_Puceon
Mon May 16, 2016 4:20 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Math without calculators
Replies: 33
Views: 13596

Re: Math without calculators

I've seen a lot of weird stuff happen when people rely too heavily on calculators, especially in a maths-focussed course. Here in South Africa the standard is that you start using calculators in High School, and then if you do a maths course at a Universtiy you don't use it. This seems to work again...
by Kalium_Puceon
Thu May 12, 2016 5:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1679: "Substitutions 3"
Replies: 29
Views: 5253

Re: 1679: "Substitutions 3"

For those of you who use Chrome there's also a chrome extension to do this. It comes loaded with a few of the substitutions already and you can add your own if you want.
by Kalium_Puceon
Thu May 12, 2016 5:25 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Optimising swipe keyboards
Replies: 4
Views: 3095

Re: Optimising swipe keyboards

Yeah, I just need to take some time to get rid of the number line on this keyboard (because number lines on mobile keyboards take up waay too much screen space) and It'll be great. In the meantime, here's the keyboard layout code I used to make mine work nicely, so you won't have to make your own: ...
by Kalium_Puceon
Sun May 01, 2016 12:57 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you love.
Replies: 680
Views: 99568

Re: Words you love.

As much as I'm weirded out by American spelling and such [It's sulphur you savages] one of my favourite words has to be y'all'd've. You All Should Have. I mean three apostrophes in one words is just so magical.
by Kalium_Puceon
Sat Apr 23, 2016 9:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1666: "Brain Upload"
Replies: 38
Views: 5141

Re: 1666: "Brain Upload"

Copper Bezel wrote:Just be a good mommy and don't let it talk to 4chan, okay?


Hey, if IBM thought it was a good idea to let Watson read the Urban Dictionary then we can let our AI selves on 4Chan.
by Kalium_Puceon
Fri Apr 22, 2016 9:29 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Optimising swipe keyboards
Replies: 4
Views: 3095

Re: Optimising swipe keyboards

Yeah, I just need to take some time to get rid of the number line on this keyboard (because number lines on mobile keyboards take up waay too much screen space) and It'll be great. In the meantime, here's the keyboard layout code I used to make mine work nicely, so you won't have to make your own: O...
by Kalium_Puceon
Mon Apr 18, 2016 9:52 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Optimising swipe keyboards
Replies: 4
Views: 3095

Optimising swipe keyboards

(I don't know if this is the right board but move it if it's not.) I was thinking about the way that Unicity Distance applies to swipe keyboards in that longer words are much easier to recognise on a swipe interface, so I did some Googling. I found this blog post and associated paper on the topic. T...
by Kalium_Puceon
Wed Oct 14, 2015 7:45 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Skin Effect in Electrolytes?
Replies: 2
Views: 1389

Skin Effect in Electrolytes?

Hey guys, I was wondering about the Skin Effect and whether it could form in an electrolyte solution. So basically, the skin effect is how AC current tends to flow near the surface of a conductor, due to eddy currents caused by the rapidly changing EM field. This is not exactly good, because it redu...
by Kalium_Puceon
Wed Oct 14, 2015 4:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1590: "The Source"
Replies: 70
Views: 7725

Re: 1590: "The Source"

So for instance when the heating cycles off, is it that I hear a hum because it is no longer being drowned out, or because my brain is compensating for the sudden quiet? Something like that. I think your brain was cancelling out all the ambient noise coming down the nerve, so when it's deathly quie...
by Kalium_Puceon
Wed Oct 14, 2015 2:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1590: "The Source"
Replies: 70
Views: 7725

Re: 1590: "The Source"

Aside from actual sources, would the "Empty Room Hum" be kind of the audio equivalent of your muscles overcorrecting after lifting something? Like how if you get someone to hold your hands slightly apart while you try to push outwards and then they let go it feels like there's a phantom sp...
by Kalium_Puceon
Wed Sep 30, 2015 6:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1584: Moments of Inspiration
Replies: 49
Views: 7173

Re: 1584: Moments of Inspiration

I am reminded of a blurb recounted at http://windell.oskay.net/humor/qqqfiles/quarks1.html , regarding Some Women's Contributions to Math: Fraulein Gauss.. 'keep the strudel coming Berta, I just found a distribution...' Fraulein Euler.. 'no more shnitzel for a while, I aready found a constant..' MA...
by Kalium_Puceon
Tue Sep 29, 2015 9:20 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Nuclear explosion powerplant
Replies: 31
Views: 4202

Re: Nuclear explosion powerplant

What about trying to use the EMP from the blast to create a current in a conductor? With a sufficiently tuned capacitor bank, could one not capture the EM energy released on top of whatever kind of combustion-engine/nuclear-dam system is used?
by Kalium_Puceon
Tue Sep 29, 2015 9:15 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Speed of waves in water
Replies: 8
Views: 1978

Re: Speed of waves in water

So there's a difference between a wave on a large scale like a tsunami or a cresting wave versus the kind of waves that make up sound in said medium. The best way I find to think of the waves of something like sound in water is the speed at which information moves through the medium. In water, sound...
by Kalium_Puceon
Sat Sep 19, 2015 8:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1579: "Tech Loops"
Replies: 35
Views: 4962

Re: 1579: "Tech Loops"

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/tech_loops.png alt text: And when I think about it, a lot of "things I want to do" are just learning about and discussing new tools for tinkering with the chain. And don't forget the hardware upgrades because your old devices are not supported by the new softwa...

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