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by Fume Troll
Thu Jan 05, 2017 1:31 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Riddle
Replies: 3
Views: 4344

Re: Riddle

Spoiler:
The image has some black text which doesn't show up until you drag it onto a different background

There's a # before the purple squiggle, and a 7 after it
by Fume Troll
Tue Jun 07, 2016 12:27 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0150: "Tatooine Rainbow"
Replies: 52
Views: 34348

Re: What-If 0150: "Tatooine Rainbow"

SpitValve wrote:...a circumbinary planet is a p-type planet, while the other type is an s-type planet.



That would have been my answer.
by Fume Troll
Fri Sep 04, 2015 2:11 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Random bitstream! (000zerozero000000zero)
Replies: 1947
Views: 214227

Re: Random bitstream! (000zerozero000000zero)

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by Fume Troll
Fri Sep 04, 2015 2:11 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Two Pills
Replies: 9
Views: 4476

Re: Two Pills

Sableagle wrote:1) Calm down.
2) Get one pill from each bottle and take them, buying myself 24 hours.
3) Post my problem on a geeks' forum as a logic puzzle and hope they can solve it for me.

3) Get more pills one day earlier than planned.
by Fume Troll
Wed Aug 05, 2015 5:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1560: "Bubblegum"
Replies: 28
Views: 7105

Re: 1560: "Bubblegum"

RIP Roddy.
by Fume Troll
Wed Apr 29, 2015 9:42 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Encode a message so it can't be read until a certain time?
Replies: 84
Views: 51465

Re: Encode a message so it can't be read until a certain tim

All this talk of seeds made me think: http://bossierpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Tulip-2.jpg Chose your species to achieve the required delay. A few days for cress, something more for larches. http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/e/ea/Swastikatree.jpg You could probably achieve a similar...
by Fume Troll
Wed Mar 05, 2014 7:47 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0086: "Far-Traveling Objects"
Replies: 45
Views: 11557

Re: What-If 0086: "Far-Traveling Objects"

I was thinking about the Pelton wheels in some of the older hydro schemes. A quick look at some of the numbers for the hoover dam suggest the outer edges of the turbines could have travelled 30 million miles or so. This 14.2 ft diameter turbine operated at 180 rpm for 40 years, although not quite wi...
by Fume Troll
Wed Mar 30, 2011 6:53 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The "How Have I Never Noticed That Before?" thread
Replies: 1141
Views: 183641

Re: The "How Have I Never Noticed That Before?" powwow?

I just accidentally discovered that pressing the number keys while watching a youtube video skips the video along, i.e. 1 is 0%....9 is 90%. Then I found out that the left and right arrows skip incrementally along.
by Fume Troll
Wed Mar 23, 2011 3:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Cats as pest control?
Replies: 24
Views: 3648

Re: Cats as pest control?

Geese probably aren't a recognised form of security alarm, but they've been used before and they still seem to work now.

Although apparently not that well when it comes to foxes.
by Fume Troll
Wed Mar 23, 2011 2:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Cats as pest control?
Replies: 24
Views: 3648

Re: Cats as pest control?

Well, if you got a cat to eat mice, then you go out and feed the cat, you are a fucking idiot. This is why I'm against the idea. Keeping animals starved so that they're more useful to you sounds incredibly inhumane. We have three semi feral cats which control rodents in our barns. They were re-home...
by Fume Troll
Thu Mar 10, 2011 1:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0870: "Advertising"
Replies: 168
Views: 26240

Re: 0870: "Advertising"

Since we all became terrified of the flu, my employer has started placing packs of sanitising wipes in all public spaces. The blurb on the one they use must be one of the most qualified statement's I've ever read; it claims that it "kills 99.99% of most common germs that may make you sick"...
by Fume Troll
Wed Mar 09, 2011 2:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0870: "Advertising"
Replies: 168
Views: 26240

Re: 0870: "Advertising"

Since we all became terrified of the flu, my employer has started placing packs of sanitising wipes in all public spaces. The blurb on the one they use must be one of the most qualified statement's I've ever read; it claims that it "kills 99.99% of most common germs that may make you sick"...
by Fume Troll
Wed Dec 08, 2010 3:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Mastercard 'hit by Anonymous Wikileaks revenge attacks'
Replies: 121
Views: 12871

Re: Mastercard 'hit by Anonymous Wikileaks revenge attacks'

Freedom of Speech - priceless.

For everything else, there's MasterCard
by Fume Troll
Wed Dec 08, 2010 3:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Assange arrested, in custody
Replies: 220
Views: 16376

Re: Assange arrested, in custody

Zamfir wrote:The ideal outcome for the US government is that the rape charge fizzles on a technicality


Perhaps not ideal, but the best they can hope for? I think their ideal would be to convict Assange for something espionage or terror related, and shut down Wikileaks (not that the two are necessarily related).
by Fume Troll
Wed Dec 08, 2010 3:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Assange arrested, in custody
Replies: 220
Views: 16376

Re: Assange arrested, in custody

I wouldn't have expected that Sweden's extradition legislation would be more likely to allow that than the UKs.

Apologies if this was linked earlier; I found it quite interesting: Hillary Clinton's Evolving Take On 'Internet Freedom'
by Fume Troll
Wed Dec 08, 2010 11:27 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Assange arrested, in custody
Replies: 220
Views: 16376

Re: Assange arrested, in custody

Extradition to the US would require the US to charge him with something...wouldn't it? I'd have thought that if they could charge him with something then they would have done so before now.
by Fume Troll
Thu Oct 14, 2010 10:53 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Does this argument have a name?
Replies: 8
Views: 2435

Does this argument have a name?

Is there a general term for the argument that: "if one doesn't have access to advantage x, but one doesn't know that x exists, then one is not suffering by being denied x." e.g. An animal born in a zoo would not know the outside world, so would not be suffering by not having access to that...
by Fume Troll
Thu Oct 07, 2010 10:49 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The "How Have I Never Noticed That Before?" thread
Replies: 1141
Views: 183641

Re: The "How Have I Never Noticed That Before?" thread?

Vaniver wrote:
SomeFloridaKid wrote:Are you me?
That would be quite the thing to never notice before.

"Whoa, I have two xkcd accounts! And they have conversations!"


Hopefully Ed Norton and Brad Pitt are available when the film's made.
by Fume Troll
Fri Oct 01, 2010 8:47 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Cannabis use and fitness
Replies: 46
Views: 8702

Re: Cannabis use and fitness

For goodness sake. Lance Armstrong sometimes drinks beer and eats pizza. And therefore....nothing.
by Fume Troll
Thu Sep 30, 2010 12:18 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Where in the World...
Replies: 1129
Views: 103547

Re: Where in the World...

West of the orange line?

Picture2.jpg


Note the red line shows the western limit of the previous picture, thus we are looking for a location west of that.
by Fume Troll
Thu Sep 30, 2010 11:58 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Do anthropogenic climate change deniers matter?
Replies: 58
Views: 9348

Re: Do anthropogenic climate change deniers matter?

I take your point. The idea that there could be a very large number of steps ties with the idea of climate change science suffering a "death by a thousand cuts". One could more simply categorise the steps as: Defining the problem Determining the causes Selecting solutions Implementing solu...
by Fume Troll
Thu Sep 30, 2010 11:28 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Cannabis use and fitness
Replies: 46
Views: 8702

Re: Cannabis use and fitness

Interesting. Only one problem. While you can extrapolate data on drug users(and increase five fold your probability), you can do the same to joggers, which isn't inherently available from your post. Also I'd like to see the statistics of pot-using joggers, just for a giggle. Interested enough to go...
by Fume Troll
Thu Sep 23, 2010 6:09 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Where in the World...
Replies: 1129
Views: 103547

Re: Where in the World...

That would have made for a quick game! :)

West of the red line?

Picture1.jpg
by Fume Troll
Wed Sep 22, 2010 2:14 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Cannabis use and fitness
Replies: 46
Views: 8702

Re: Cannabis use and fitness

I wondered if the above statistic was true. Some back of the envelope calculations ensued. Edit: Spoilered for length Cannabis: Number of finished admission episodes where the primary diagnosis was poisoning by cannabis and the first secondary, diagnosis was accidental or intentional self-poisoning ...
by Fume Troll
Wed Sep 22, 2010 1:07 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Where in the World...
Replies: 1129
Views: 103547

Re: Where in the World...

Dive in, I reckon.
by Fume Troll
Wed Sep 22, 2010 11:38 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Where in the World...
Replies: 1129
Views: 103547

Re: Where in the World...

Found you I have : http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=Quartu+Sant'Elena+Cagliari,+Italy&sll=57.381419,-2.574624&sspn=0.009785,0.024419&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Quartu+Sant'Elena+Cagliari,+Sardinia,+Italy&ll=39.199403,9.148436&spn=0,0.08...
by Fume Troll
Wed Sep 22, 2010 8:37 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Cannabis use and fitness
Replies: 46
Views: 8702

Re: Cannabis use and fitness

First, thanks for your response. You state that "The sources (I) linked are biased". I chose those two because they seemed fairly balanced to me, and the claims they make can all be linked back to properly conducted research. There are any number of other sources making the same assertions...
by Fume Troll
Tue Sep 21, 2010 7:22 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The "How Have I Never Noticed That Before?" thread
Replies: 1141
Views: 183641

Re: The "How Have I Never Noticed That Before?" thread?

The pattern of the carpet fabric decorating the house of the evil Sid in Toy Story is was the same as that in the Overlook Hotel in The Shining. Not something one would necessarily notice, but interesting!

tumblr_l92tm9J1a01qd1fjko1_500.png
by Fume Troll
Tue Sep 21, 2010 1:16 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Cannabis use and fitness
Replies: 46
Views: 8702

Re: Cannabis use and fitness

Yes, your evidence is considerably more compelling. :roll:
by Fume Troll
Tue Sep 21, 2010 12:45 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Do anthropogenic climate change deniers matter?
Replies: 58
Views: 9348

Re: Do anthropogenic climate change deniers matter?

It would be a mistake to lump all AGW skeptics into one bucket. To get to the point of doing something about it, you need to pass through all the following stages: Accept that the climate is changing Accept that it is getting warmer Accept the causes of the warming Accept the significance of man's c...
by Fume Troll
Tue Sep 21, 2010 12:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: MIT: No shortage of Uranium for nuclear energy
Replies: 3
Views: 1581

Re: MIT: No shortage of Uranium for nuclear energy

Getting fuel for reactors was never really the limiting factor to upscaling nuclear power.
by Fume Troll
Tue Sep 21, 2010 11:56 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Cannabis use and fitness
Replies: 46
Views: 8702

Re: Cannabis use and fitness

There is plenty of medical evidence for the dangers of cannabis use, including dependency, mental health effects, cancer risk, links to cardio problems and fertility. Don't underestimate it.

http://www.talktofrank.com/drugs.aspx?id=172
http://www.thegooddrugsguide.com/cannabis/dangers.htm
by Fume Troll
Tue Sep 21, 2010 11:43 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Where in the World...
Replies: 1129
Views: 103547

Re: Where in the World...

Picture1.jpg
Yoda has a question
by Fume Troll
Tue Sep 14, 2010 12:13 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Where in the World...
Replies: 1129
Views: 103547

Re: Where in the World...

Picture1.jpg


Are you West of the E25, roughly highlighted by the red line?
by Fume Troll
Mon Sep 13, 2010 5:20 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Radioactive Decay
Replies: 27
Views: 6467

Re: Radioactive Decay

Interesting: http://www.physorg.com/news202456660.html A team of scientists from Purdue and Stanford universities has found that the decay of radioactive isotopes fluctuates in synch with the rotation of the sun's core. The fluctuations appear to be very small but could lead to predictive tools for ...
by Fume Troll
Thu Sep 09, 2010 7:22 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The "How Have I Never Noticed That Before?" thread
Replies: 1141
Views: 183641

Re: The "How Have I Never Noticed That Before?" thread?

For quite a while I thought that the UK road sign warning of loose chippings was a hammer smashing rocks, rather than part of a car flicking up stones from its tyres.

Image
by Fume Troll
Thu Sep 09, 2010 11:54 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Gulf Coast oil spill may be worse than Exxon Valdez
Replies: 202
Views: 21429

Re: Gulf Coast oil spill may be worse than Exxon Valdez

Static Kill is sucessfull! Moral of the story - if the BOV fails, unbolt the hunk of pipe on top of it, drop an open valve on top of it, and close it. Then pump mud down the hole. It's a stupidly obvious engineering solution. It was easy to do - it took them *one day* to put this cap in place. Ther...
by Fume Troll
Tue Aug 03, 2010 11:38 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Oil from... bacteria!
Replies: 42
Views: 4502

Re: Oil from... bacteria!

Do we really have enough spare biomass lying about to convert into hydrocarbons? Or enough land available to dedicate to its production?
by Fume Troll
Wed Jul 28, 2010 12:55 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Searching for a conductive, inert material
Replies: 19
Views: 3236

Re: Searching for a conductive, inert material

Gold can act as a catalyst for certain reactions. http://www.utilisegold.com/uses_applica ... /overview/
by Fume Troll
Wed Jul 28, 2010 10:10 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Evil Twin Identification
Replies: 72
Views: 6351

Re: Evil Twin Identification

Was Mirror, Mirror the first?

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