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by wagner
Thu May 16, 2013 12:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1212: "Interstellar Memes"
Replies: 84
Views: 19623

Re: 1212: "Interstellar Memes"

cellocgw wrote:Which reminds me - if all those stars listen to "War of the Worlds" they'll decide not to fuck w/ Earthlings.


Or, you know, they could just decide to leave their environment suits on... If they've mastered interstellar flight, xenobiology is a walk in the park.
by wagner
Mon Jan 28, 2013 6:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1166: "Argument"
Replies: 177
Views: 36611

Re: 1166: "Argument"

Does anyone else think he's poking fun at you guys? There were a couple of comics that happened to mention certain controversial issues that led to comic discussion threads dozens of pages long, often getting so sidetracked that they forgot what they were originally arguing about. I don't see any r...
by wagner
Mon Jan 28, 2013 2:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1166: "Argument"
Replies: 177
Views: 36611

Re: 1166: "Argument"

Gargravarr wrote:Personally I like the buttered cat school of perpetual motion.


Drink Flying Horse!
by wagner
Mon Jan 28, 2013 2:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1166: "Argument"
Replies: 177
Views: 36611

Re: 1166: "Argument"

itaibn wrote:Sadly, it's impossible to generate useful work out of perpetual motion crackpottery.


Maybe we could take all those crackpots, seal them in pods, and hook them into some kind of biofusion reactor...
by wagner
Wed Dec 12, 2012 12:31 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0024: "Model Rockets"
Replies: 44
Views: 18277

Re: What-If 0024: Model Rockets

This safety however comes at a price--the fuel is much less energetic than the aluminum powder / ammonium perchlorate fuel used in spacecraft boosters (which is legally classified as an explosive and requires an explosives handling permit), producing much less impulse per mass of fuel burnt. By tha...
by wagner
Tue Dec 11, 2012 11:58 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0024: "Model Rockets"
Replies: 44
Views: 18277

Re: What-If 0024: Model Rockets

Huh, I never considered that you want the acceleration to start slow and increase. I kind of figured that you just want to get out of atmosphere as quick as possible. If you've ever heard the term "max Q", that's the point in a rocket's flight of maximum dynamic pressure, or aerodynamic d...
by wagner
Thu Jan 12, 2012 8:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1002: "Game AIs"
Replies: 251
Views: 109364

Re: 1002: "Game AIs"

I would enjoy a game with trainable AI like that, but stilgar was, I believe, talking about this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNpy8Wnvf7g&feature=related Humans pros do micromanage mutalisks too, but in different situations with different methods, a human will typically have a control group ...
by wagner
Thu Jan 12, 2012 9:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1002: "Game AIs"
Replies: 251
Views: 109364

Re: 1002: "Game AIs"

there are tricks that make some units more powerful by constantly micromanaging it which is simply impossible for humans. For example you can watch what the top AI does with mutalisks (it moves them nonstop in range and out of range of the enemy and no mutalisk gets damaged too much). Why can't hum...
by wagner
Thu Jan 12, 2012 9:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1002: "Game AIs"
Replies: 251
Views: 109364

Re: 1002: "Game AIs"

niky wrote:It doesn't have to squint to see a camouflaged human against a like colored background


I can't count the number of times I lost agents in Syndicate trying to figure out how to use the clone shield, before reading the manual and discovering it was only for online multiplayer.
by wagner
Fri Oct 21, 2011 6:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0967: Prairie
Replies: 117
Views: 29256

Re: 0967: Prairie

Heavenslaughing wrote:If we are going to replace 'observe' with 'hit with shit,' I suggest we try creative applications of the reverse, as well. E.g., "What did you just say about the conscious observer theory?"


The conscious observer got hit in the head with shit, and dreamt up his crackpot theory.
by wagner
Fri Sep 09, 2011 8:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0949: "File Transfer"
Replies: 194
Views: 84988

Re: 0949: "File Transfer"

That said, I'd still like to have instant transfer via quantum tunneling/entanglement. It might be offered as a premium service. It wouldn't be instant, either, since the computer takes a non-zero amount of time to register what it's seeing, and then reassemble the file. It would probably be fast, ...
by wagner
Fri Sep 09, 2011 8:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0949: "File Transfer"
Replies: 194
Views: 84988

Re: 0949: "File Transfer"

So, web services it is. Too bad windows didn't come with ftp? Eh? Windows Explorer and IE both function as ftp clients, or you could use the command line 'ftp' if you really wanted. You can also install IIS and run an FTP server, or at least you could on the last several versions of Windows I've ow...
by wagner
Fri Sep 09, 2011 8:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0949: "File Transfer"
Replies: 194
Views: 84988

Re: 0949: "File Transfer"

Is it possible (with software) to use a USB cable to connect two computers directly together for file transfer? I'm always doing the email-self thing with my desktop and laptop because finding and using a USB stick takes much more time. While firewire is a peer-to-peer architecture that allows such...
by wagner
Fri Sep 09, 2011 8:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0948 - "AI"
Replies: 137
Views: 32035

Re: 0948 - "AI"

jpk wrote:If that's the only thing you can find wrong with what I said, you're still a pathetic trustafarian douchenozzle.


Hey now, why do you have to go and denigrate the wondrous douche nozzle.
by wagner
Mon Jun 20, 2011 4:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0914: "Ice"
Replies: 92
Views: 53645

Re: 0914: "Ice"

myrcutio wrote:are those kidneys or weenies in the bathtub?


Weenies, in cocktail sauce.
by wagner
Fri Oct 08, 2010 5:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0803: "Airfoil"
Replies: 243
Views: 101235

Re: 0803: "Airfoil"

Even then, fighters and aerobatic aircraft would only be able to sustain it for short periods of time. I can't recall if that's due to stresses on the pilot or danger of the plane falling out of the sky though. Aircraft can fly indefinitely upside down. Depending on the camber of your airfoil, you ...
by wagner
Mon Jul 19, 2010 7:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0768: "1996"
Replies: 190
Views: 55952

Re: "1996" Discussion

What is with TI's current trend of locking out programmer hobbyists? I'm sure their calculators produced a large group of geeks fluent in computerese who all got their start on TI. It's all about the standardized tests. In order to curb cheating by storing content on such devices, I've heard that y...
by wagner
Mon Jul 12, 2010 2:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0765: "Dilution"
Replies: 211
Views: 50671

Re: "Homeopathy" Discussion

Well, I have seen capital X used to denote a 10x dilution, but that's only for really expensive preparations. You see, you have to shake it 10 times after each dilution, or else the water will "forget" the molecules. Going by 100x on each iteration dilutes it a lot faster. Exactly twice a...
by wagner
Mon Mar 29, 2010 6:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0720: "Recipes"
Replies: 88
Views: 22555

Re: "Recipes" Discussion

SW15243 wrote:Who holds their laptop like that?!

cephalopod9 wrote:That does indeed seem like a poor way to carry a laptop computer.


I hold my laptop like that sometimes. The battery takes up the entire front third of the machine, and there's a hole to give you leverage to remove that battery that can double as a grip.
by wagner
Wed Feb 03, 2010 7:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0697: "Tensile vs. Shear Strength"
Replies: 136
Views: 37458

Re: "Tensile vs. Shear Strength" Discussion

tacvek wrote:One would almost certainly use a cable rather than a ribbon.


You use a ribbon because you need sufficient surface area for the climber to grab on to, while keeping cross sectional area (and mass) to a bare minimum.
by wagner
Wed Feb 03, 2010 7:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0697: "Tensile vs. Shear Strength"
Replies: 136
Views: 37458

Re: "Tensile vs. Shear Strength" Discussion

The thing to remember, though, is that the cable doesn't actually need to be connected to the ground -- this is actually a good thing, since it prevents worries about things like earthquakes. It actually does need to be anchored. If the elevator were a completely balanced system, any external stimu...
by wagner
Tue Oct 06, 2009 3:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0645: "RPS"
Replies: 185
Views: 51048

Re: "RPS" Discussion

Definitely a monopoly. The Faculty of Engineering at my university only certifies specific calculators (we have to get them stickered) for us to be able to use in tests, and they're all Texas Instruments. What? Nearly all my tests all the way through undergrad and graduate engineering were open boo...

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