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by BobTheElder
Wed Mar 28, 2012 11:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1035: “Cadbury Eggs”
Replies: 116
Views: 34005

Re: 1035: “Cadbury Eggs”

Just to clarify something- Cadbury do not make 'nice' chocolate. Nor do they make 'good' chocolate. They make cheap, crappy, synthetic chocolate.
by BobTheElder
Mon Feb 13, 2012 12:44 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Windows Media Player Pictures
Replies: 1
Views: 1309

Re: Windows Media Player Pictures

Erm I'll not set up WMA to test this, but can you not just right click the file and click 'show in windows explorer' or somesuch? Then you can open the file as normal.
Sorry if I misunderstood your need!
by BobTheElder
Mon Feb 13, 2012 12:20 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Is New Scientist worth a sub?
Replies: 4
Views: 2645

Re: Is New Scientist worth a sub?

I really enjoy new scientist. Of course you have to read it with a critical mind, not every scientist's claim about ground breaking research is 100% realistic, but in general I find it good. It's more of a 'keeping up to date on science' rather than giving you a ton of hard scientific fact, so would...
by BobTheElder
Tue Jan 24, 2012 11:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1007: "Sustainable"
Replies: 115
Views: 30953

Re: 1007: "Sustainable"

I lol'd
by BobTheElder
Fri Jan 06, 2012 1:27 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Ambiguous cases and Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics
Replies: 50
Views: 41043

Re: Ambiguous cases and Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics

"it's probable that the drunk driver will crash" Although drunk driving is unquestionably a bad thing, I think you'll still find countless people do it regularly and DON'T kill anyone. So your robot would never shoot the driver. Robot will more likely inform emergency services... The robot...
by BobTheElder
Wed Dec 28, 2011 1:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0995: "Coin Star"
Replies: 105
Views: 21635

Re: 0995: "Coin Star"

I used to work in a supermarket which had to cut the trolley service entirely because so many people stole them. Even with the coin-system in place. This system is not supposed to stop people from stealing carts. Obviously, the cart is worth more than the coin you put in it. Actually, even if it wa...
by BobTheElder
Tue Dec 27, 2011 12:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0995: "Coin Star"
Replies: 105
Views: 21635

Re: 0995: "Coin Star"

Whut the heck? Do you get some incredible amount of change given in America? If I get a bit of change in my wallet, then I've got enough to give exact money when I pay, then the change is gone.
by BobTheElder
Fri Nov 04, 2011 11:51 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Possible technologies
Replies: 95
Views: 10253

Re: Possible technologies

Artificial Intelligence is in the "we get there in seventy years" category. Go read up on the Technological Singularity. As in conciousness or as in clever? As a computer scientist, I'm inclined to think the former. Certainly I'd class artificial conciousness in the class of "stuff w...
by BobTheElder
Fri Nov 04, 2011 11:36 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Alternative versions of Physics
Replies: 15
Views: 5493

Re: Alternative versions of Physics

I wonder what a flat earth would look like. For one thing there would be no time zones, the sun would rise in all places at once. I guess there wouldn't be a horizon in the same way, so you could see the whole world simultaneously with a telescope from a mountaintop, if the air was clear enough. Al...
by BobTheElder
Fri Nov 04, 2011 11:33 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Kelvin vs. Celsius
Replies: 60
Views: 13320

Re: Kelvin vs. Celsius

Surely the problem here is just the basic math? multiplying a BIG number by amount x gives you a bigger increase than multiplying a SMALLER number by x. Surely this just means you shouldn't be doing multiplication with temperature? It will always increase by the same PROPORTION, won't it? So the phy...
by BobTheElder
Sat Sep 17, 2011 9:44 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Speck of Dust
Replies: 92
Views: 12504

Re: Speck of Dust

to get y'all back on topic,
perspective:
http://youtu.be/4nG6wGyFrSk
by BobTheElder
Sun Aug 21, 2011 11:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0940: "Oversight"
Replies: 103
Views: 42061

Re: 0940: "Oversight"

Actually, Randall is wrong. The calorie value of sex is well documented; just look in the Compendium of Physical Activity: http://sites.google.com/site/compendiumofphysicalactivities/Activity-Categories/sexual-activity The Compendium is the reference from which *ALL* "how many calories did you...
by BobTheElder
Sat Aug 20, 2011 11:01 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Google searches redirect to fake search engine
Replies: 10
Views: 2402

Re: Google searches redirect to fake search engine

reinstall! Sounds like a sensible choice if it's this broken. other thoughts (and I really don't know much, but you had no other replies, so...) maybe the rootkit or whatever is blocking the malware removal software in some way... top of the head ideas, run off external / in safe mode ... or google ...
by BobTheElder
Sat Aug 20, 2011 10:40 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: The Big Bang
Replies: 17
Views: 2713

Re: The Big Bang

snow5379 wrote:even things taken as gospel such as the big bang

1) The whole point of science is that you don't take ANYTHING as gospel.
2) I've never noticed a prejudice or common mindset that big bang theory is indubitable fact.
by BobTheElder
Sat Aug 20, 2011 9:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0940: "Oversight"
Replies: 103
Views: 42061

Re: 0940: "Oversight"

I hate to be a spoilsport, but I remember reading (somewhere reliable but i forget where) that sex is one of the least beneficial of everyday 'exercise' activities On the other hand, I just had an amazing inspiration hit me for 'Sexercise Fitness Classes' ! Tagline- Get fit while doing what you love...
by BobTheElder
Mon Aug 15, 2011 3:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: xkcd on failblog.org
Replies: 1
Views: 1646

xkcd on failblog.org

http://after12.failblog.org/2011/07/19/party-fails-malaria-party-fail-no-fun-xkcd/ 1) Is this allowed / have they asked permission? 2) They took off the mouseover text :( 3) I was a bit miffed that they didn't put a clearer 'from xkcd'... it's there.... but not anywhere you'd see it if you weren't l...
by BobTheElder
Tue Jul 19, 2011 12:54 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Analysing the meaning of sentences
Replies: 3
Views: 1400

Re: Analysing the meaning of sentences

Long answer- not casual sentences. I think computers can do alright with certain writing, where the laws of grammar are strictly obeyed, the topics are not too abstract, and the descriptions are factual instead of metaphorical. Actual tools, I've no idea. But yeh... if you look at the rules of langu...
by BobTheElder
Tue Jul 19, 2011 12:48 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Digital Time Capsul
Replies: 28
Views: 4636

Re: Digital Time Capsul

Haha.... hahaha. Y'all are getting too clever over this. Try some more physical solutions... Put data on hard drive, put hard drive in time capsule. Put data on hard drive, put hard drive in safe deposit / with lawyers with instructions to release in x years / mail it round the world (by ship) / etc...
by BobTheElder
Tue Jul 19, 2011 12:29 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Are current passwords vulnerable to collision attacks?
Replies: 10
Views: 4358

Re: Are current passwords vulnerable to collision attacks?

(Plus it seems somewhat infeasible to generate a perfect hash - for a maximum password length of 15 characters, approx 98 possible entries for each character, we have 7.53 * 10^{27} hashes to generate, and store with each website) They'd only have to store as many hashes as they have registered pas...
by BobTheElder
Tue Jul 19, 2011 12:19 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: practicality of making an artificial neural network play?
Replies: 3
Views: 2139

Re: practicality of making an artificial neural network play

I admit vast ignorance re: the actual capabilities of neural networks, but I find it very hard to imagine one doing well at anything as open-ended as most complex computer games. Neural networks are mostly about pattern spotting in 'fuzzy' situations, no? Firstly, do you have a link to any info abou...
by BobTheElder
Sun Apr 24, 2011 10:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0889: "Turtles"
Replies: 207
Views: 58540

Re: 0889: Turtles

TORTOISE!
by BobTheElder
Fri Apr 01, 2011 4:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0880: "Headache"
Replies: 158
Views: 44400

Re: 0880: "Headache"

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHH my brain hurts. Try clicking 'random' and trying to read each strip while waving mouse around... do this for 15 minutes... at... OOH. 5.55am, apparently!
Anyway, I don't think my eyes are gonna work tomorrow.
by BobTheElder
Mon Jun 14, 2010 10:28 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Weird Effect on Google Maps
Replies: 40
Views: 5454

Re: Weird Effect on Google Maps

Also, the satellite taking the photo could have been travelling in a different direction to the missile as the plane. Or maybe this satellite uses a different camera, or has three cameras or something. erm... surely if the satellite was travelling at a fast speed relative to a missile then you'd ge...
by BobTheElder
Wed Jun 09, 2010 6:41 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Interview with an Adware Author
Replies: 25
Views: 3697

Re: Interview with an Adware Author

No, screensavers are just executables wrapped inside an .SCR file. It used to be a really popular vector for viruses. Not sure how much it is used now though. I didn't know the specifics, but I did know that 'download these free screensavers!' = 'get a virus!'- shoulda used the <sarcasm> tag :p
by BobTheElder
Tue Jun 08, 2010 10:18 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Phishing or Phising?
Replies: 11
Views: 3164

Re: Phishing or Phising?

MessioticRambles wrote:Now my cousin has said that no matter how much proof I give him he won't change his mind

Doesn't that make him automatically wrong?

ps: tell him xkcd says he's a noob :p
by BobTheElder
Tue Jun 08, 2010 10:14 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Interview with an Adware Author
Replies: 25
Views: 3697

Re: Interview with an Adware Author

userxp wrote:If you don't think this is a good idea, then I dare you to visit any freeware page and install 50 different untrusted programs in your computer. And disable your anti-virus first :roll: .

i bet the screensavers site is pretty safe, at least!
by BobTheElder
Thu Jun 03, 2010 12:44 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Human limits as far as impact and movement.
Replies: 8
Views: 1347

Re: Human limits as far as impact and movement.

Human reaction times are pretty slow: Try this, hold a 5 dollar bill vertically by the top. Ask a friend to place their fingers at the bottom of the bill. If they can catch it when you let go without any warning, they can keep the bill. Most people cannot catch the 5 dollar bill. Most? MOST? That d...
by BobTheElder
Thu Jun 03, 2010 12:39 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: How much destruction of the evironment could humans survive?
Replies: 16
Views: 2220

Re: How much destruction of the evironment could humans surv

Haha, I guess my original post kind of drove things off topic. I started thinking of this after someone described to me The Road, I've yet to see it but apparently all the animals start to die, and as a result the humans starve to death(I don't know what becomes of agriculture...can modern farming ...
by BobTheElder
Thu Jun 03, 2010 12:11 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: [Advice Needed] Protect a friend who cracked Adobe CS 5
Replies: 35
Views: 4927

Re: [Advice Needed] Protect a friend who cracked CS 5

So long as he didn't share copies with anyone, you should be in the clear. If he did actually pirate it out, then you are SOL. Though, I somewhat doubt adobe is going to fly in lawyers a blazin' on the claim of a college student. A fresh install of his OS of choice should do wonders. I don't think ...
by BobTheElder
Tue Jun 01, 2010 11:36 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Chemistry- Radioactive elements
Replies: 21
Views: 2435

Re: Chemistry- Radioactive elements

There were plenty of above ground tests before the treaty that banned them. You might include Chernobyl in the sample, as well. Nonlocal effects were not terribly devastating. No, not something you'd necessarily want repeated, but it didn't decimate populations or anything, even in the long term. A...
by BobTheElder
Tue Jun 01, 2010 11:32 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: [Advice Needed] Protect a friend who cracked Adobe CS 5
Replies: 35
Views: 4927

Re: [Advice Needed] Protect a friend who cracked CS 5

yeah, unless he was distributing unlocked software I don't think they'd care....

+ I can only read the end of your thread title as Counter Strike...
by BobTheElder
Tue Jun 01, 2010 5:53 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Name your poison!
Replies: 94
Views: 10788

Re: Name your poison!

Does the target smoke? Because 40-60mg of pure nicotine will kill a human. Use a syringe to inject extra large doses (say 100mg) of nicotine into the target's cigarettes and walk away. Just a thought, but it seems like it would work. (or you could just do a direct injection) I would've thought you ...
by BobTheElder
Tue Jun 01, 2010 9:44 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Name your poison!
Replies: 94
Views: 10788

Re: Name your poison!

Does the target smoke? Because 40-60mg of pure nicotine will kill a human. Use a syringe to inject extra large doses (say 100mg) of nicotine into the target's cigarettes and walk away. Just a thought, but it seems like it would work. (or you could just do a direct injection) I would've thought you ...
by BobTheElder
Tue Jun 01, 2010 9:41 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Chemistry- Radioactive elements
Replies: 21
Views: 2435

Re: Chemistry- Radioactive elements

No, but you can start a nuclear war, which could easily affect a large proportion of the world. That would be a pretty one way war. You are not going to convince the USA that Russia was behind the primitive uranium bomb in New York and provoke a thermonuclear war, nor vice versa. A single uranium b...
by BobTheElder
Mon May 31, 2010 6:58 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: "Special" four digit number
Replies: 26
Views: 8302

Re: "Special" four digit number

Dason wrote:If the briefcase is holding anything important it should have better security than a 4 digit combination.

agree
by BobTheElder
Mon May 31, 2010 6:23 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Name your poison!
Replies: 94
Views: 10788

Re: Name your poison!

I'd have to go with an alpha emitter. It causes intense damage when inside the body, because alpha particles are so massive compared to beta/gamma. They also have almost no penetrating power, so a Geiger counter outside the body won't pick anything up. Yeah, it already got mentioned that the affect...
by BobTheElder
Mon May 31, 2010 6:20 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Chemistry- Radioactive elements
Replies: 21
Views: 2435

Re: Chemistry- Radioactive elements

Tass wrote:Fortunately you can't wipe out the entire world with a uranium bomb.

A small city is certainly bad enough though.


No, but you can start a nuclear war, which could easily affect a large proportion of the world.
by BobTheElder
Sun May 30, 2010 6:26 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Skynet
Replies: 44
Views: 11655

Re: Skynet

Clearly one of those human speech bots will be what sets the whole thing off. It's only a matter of time before someone tries to move away from the naive last-reply-only method and implements some code that will actually follow a conversation, at which point it will REALLY learn from what you're te...
by BobTheElder
Sun May 30, 2010 5:56 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Gamers: The inverted Y-axis poll
Replies: 87
Views: 140514

Re: Gamers: The inverted Y-axis poll

(inverted) it feels to me like a matter of logic, and I can't see how people can use it any other way, but they obviously can, so I don't think there can be a right/wrong way... i'd be curious to see if I could learn to do it the other way. Not curious enough to actually try, but w/e.... :p
by BobTheElder
Sat May 29, 2010 11:47 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Name your poison!
Replies: 94
Views: 10788

Re: Name your poison!

Its going to be rather difficult to inject someone in the urethra without a prolonged struggle first. Strangely you didn't mention the rectum.... interesting ;). That is still going to take a huge struggle, but its going to be easier than the urethra. The urethra stood out in that list as the last ...

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