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by Spoe
Thu Jun 12, 2014 2:20 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0100: "WWII Films"
Replies: 43
Views: 38918

Re: What-If 0100: "WWII Films"

How about the 1969 Football War between Honduras and El Salvador. About 100 hours long. Only need about 14 hours 20 minutes of film to have a higher film:war ratio than WWII.

And what if we count all the Hitler documentaries the History Channel used to show?
by Spoe
Mon Sep 23, 2013 5:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1268: "Alternate Universe"
Replies: 200
Views: 33526

Re: 1268: "Alternate Universe"

People in this universe occasionally eat spiders. Tarantula is supposed to taste like a cross between chicken and cod.

I fully recognize it's really only a psychological thing which revolts me about eating spiders but not crabs or lobster.
by Spoe
Fri Jul 12, 2013 1:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1237: "QR Code"
Replies: 64
Views: 23492

Re: 1237: "QR Code"

Front camera. Corner mirror. Done.
by Spoe
Wed Apr 10, 2013 1:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1197: "All Adobe Updates"
Replies: 86
Views: 25969

Re: 1197: "All Adobe Updates"

Why Adobe made such a complex and buggy reader in the first place is a mystery though. I'd guess it's the usual story. They had a nice little PDF reader and someone (probably in marketing) said, "It'd be great if we added feature X!" where feature X is only tangentially related to documen...
by Spoe
Wed Feb 27, 2013 6:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1179: "ISO 8601"
Replies: 379
Views: 100476

Re: 1179: "ISO 8601"

Boy, you earthlings will be in big trouble when Y10K hits. At the exponential rate you are stockpiling information, recomputing the rollover from 9999-12-31 to 10000-01-01 will vaporize your planet. Before it is too late, you should follow the example of Danny Hillis and Stewart Brand, and write th...
by Spoe
Wed Feb 27, 2013 6:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1179: "ISO 8601"
Replies: 379
Views: 100476

Re: 1179: "ISO 8601"

Later that year I discovered ISO 8601, and have used it ever since in filenames at work. Without prompting, people have slowly started copying me when they discover that files now order themselves neatly instead of going 01-01-2004, 01-01-2005 ... 01-01-2013, 01-02-2004 etc. Did you also discover y...
by Spoe
Wed Feb 27, 2013 4:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1179: "ISO 8601"
Replies: 379
Views: 100476

Re: 1179: "ISO 8601"

ISO 8601 is my very favorite ISO! BTW, IIRC, 20130227 is also valid in ISO 8601. As are: 2013-W09-3 (3rd day (Wednesday) of the 9th week of 2013) 2013W093 2013-058 (58th day of 2013) 2013058 All are equivalent ISO 8601 representations of 2013-02-27. The first two, week dates, have some oddities, su...
by Spoe
Thu Jan 03, 2013 4:25 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0026: "Leap Seconds"
Replies: 79
Views: 28535

Re: What-If 0026: Leap Seconds

The solution is clear. We must move the moon into a geostationary orbit. ...or push it away from orbit altogether, possibly using some kind of laser . ...or find some moon clones and set up an appropriate Klemperer rosette with them to cancel out the effects of the any tidal bulges? Of course, ther...
by Spoe
Mon Nov 12, 2012 3:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1133: "Up Goer Five"
Replies: 228
Views: 92777

Re: 1133: "Up Goer Five"

PsiSquared wrote:Another rare gem. Definitely one of my favorites on XKCD.


Yep. Definitely needs to be a poster.
by Spoe
Fri Oct 19, 2012 6:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1123: "The Universal Label"
Replies: 114
Views: 23079

Re: 1123: "The Universal Label"

Wouldn't "Energy, Time" be more accurate? Hydrogen certainly doesn't work, under current theory, since there wasn't any until the universe was about 10^−6 seconds old. Before that baryons (or any hadrons, for that matter) didn't exist, thus no hydrogen.
by Spoe
Fri Aug 24, 2012 3:37 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0008: "Everybody Jump"
Replies: 155
Views: 50096

Re: What-if 0008: Everybody Jump

A good number of the Japanese & Russian reactors have the control rods underneath, however (BWR style reactors). My understanding is many of these also have passive fail-safe designs, just not based on gravity acting on the rod (e.g. a pressure reservoir which, when power is lost automatically ...
by Spoe
Fri Aug 24, 2012 2:33 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0008: "Everybody Jump"
Replies: 155
Views: 50096

Re: What-if 0008: Everybody Jump

dedwrekka wrote:Given a lose definition of "sunbeam", to include all types of emissions from any star, a gamma ray burst would do it. No idea on it's speed though.


c.
by Spoe
Fri Aug 24, 2012 2:32 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0008: "Everybody Jump"
Replies: 155
Views: 50096

Re: What-if 0008: Everybody Jump

My biggest fear would be the nuclear power plants. With nobody to take control of the failing cooling systems, a lot of reactors are going to go critical very quickly. Meltdowns all across the world... and the vast majority of the world's nuclear power facilities are in the Northern Hemisphere. Not...
by Spoe
Fri Aug 24, 2012 2:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1099: "Tuesdays"
Replies: 71
Views: 17763

Re: 1099: "Tuesdays"

theknownuniverse wrote:
asdfzxc wrote:Next week's what-if: What happens when you spill that bottomless drink?

The planet becomes an ever-expanding sphere of soda.


Nope. At some point it'll stop being soda. Eventually it would become an ever-expanding black hole.
by Spoe
Wed Aug 15, 2012 3:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1095: "Crazy Straws"
Replies: 95
Views: 29153

Re: 1095: "Crazy Straws"

Himself wrote:Wouldn't the bottom be the individual, or is there some smaller unit of subculture? Does that mean I'm my own subculture?


Depends. Do you have dissociative identity disorder (aka multiple personalities)?
by Spoe
Fri Jul 06, 2012 2:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1078: "Knights"
Replies: 164
Views: 55112

Re: 1078: "Knights"

Jorpho wrote:Forsooth, I did not get this at all. And the arrows do not render correctly in the alt-text in Chrome or IE9. (Works in Firefox though.)


Rendered fine in both (Win 7) for me.
by Spoe
Fri Aug 12, 2011 7:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0936: "Password Strength"
Replies: 893
Views: 317223

Re: 0936: "Password Strength"

DanielC wrote:How do you figure that MD5 hashes consume 16^32 bytes of storage? Each hash requires 16 bytes to store (32 if you store it as ASCII hex) and there are 2^160 possible MD5 hashes.


Just a minor quibble: 2^128. 2^160 is (most commonly) SHA-1 in context of hashes.
by Spoe
Fri Aug 12, 2011 4:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0936: "Password Strength"
Replies: 893
Views: 317223

Re: 0936: "Password Strength"

Most website software that is in the wild doesn't actually store your password, it stores a hash (usually MD5) of the password. Each MD5 hash is comprised of exactly 16 bytes stored as a 32 plain text character string. Therefore the hash can only contain 0-9 and a-f Lets look at the example given. ...
by Spoe
Fri Aug 12, 2011 2:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0936: "Password Strength"
Replies: 893
Views: 317223

Re: 0936: "Password Strength"

tahrey wrote:So your 4 words come out to the same as a 12-character "normal" one. Merely more memorable... possibly.


Almost certainly more memorable since the 12 character "normal" one would need to include passwords like A&..;he|7"9w. 12 unrelated items to remember rather than 4.
by Spoe
Wed Aug 10, 2011 7:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0936: "Password Strength"
Replies: 893
Views: 317223

Re: 0936: "Password Strength"

For example say a site's policy is a password has to be between 8-12 chars long and include one number. That would be of average strength to most people but that means that to crack it you can eliminate all combinations of less then eight chars, more then 12 chars, all dictionary words, anything wi...
by Spoe
Wed Aug 10, 2011 6:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0936: "Password Strength"
Replies: 893
Views: 317223

Re: 0936: "Password Strength"

As soon as you include punctuation, typos, and capitals it changes, but it seems to me that using plain english words, the example weve been given is wrong. Assuming access to the entire ASCII set for a password 11 chars long, with no knowledge of password length thats sum(256.^[1:11]), which on a ...
by Spoe
Wed Aug 10, 2011 3:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0936: "Password Strength"
Replies: 893
Views: 317223

Re: 0936: "Password Strength"

(gee, what happens when you're trying to do a brute-force search and someone limits your search space to concatenated English words?... you jump around saying "yippee! yippee!") Not really, even if you limit yourself to a small subset of the full English language. Take the 1000 most commo...
by Spoe
Fri Dec 11, 2009 4:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0674: "Natural Parenting"
Replies: 100
Views: 23703

Re: "Natural Parenting" Discussion

Title text: On one hand, every single one of my ancestors going back billions of years has managed to figured it out. On the other hand, that's the mother of all sampling biases.


On the gripping hand, that's natural selection for you.

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