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by serutan
Thu Oct 19, 2017 4:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1904: Research Risks
Replies: 62
Views: 3466

Re: 1904: Research Risks

geomike wrote:The residents of central Oklahoma (and Max Zorin) might argue that geology should be moved up and to the right a bit...


North Dakota as well, if memory serves.
by serutan
Tue Oct 03, 2017 5:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1897: "Self Driving"
Replies: 57
Views: 3966

Re: 1897: "Self Driving"

Many years ago, there was a tank detection neural net that worked brilliantly on the training set, but failed under other conditions. It eventually turned out that, in the training set, all the photos of tanks were taken in direct sunlight, while the non-tank photos were taken while it was cloudy, ...
by serutan
Sat Aug 26, 2017 6:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1880: "Eclipse Review"
Replies: 51
Views: 4357

Re: 1880: "Eclipse Review"

Yo. Detroit to Adairville, KY. About 8 hours down, with my sister who had just herself driven cross-country so I wasn't about to ask her to spend any more time behind the wheel. Adairville was part of my stomping grounds growing up. I drove up to Idaho to see it. The eclipse websites all said that ...
by serutan
Thu Aug 17, 2017 4:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1877: "Eclipse Science"
Replies: 18
Views: 2555

Re: 1877: "Eclipse Science"

But what if, this time, Einstein isn't proved correct, but nobody was looking?!? Gotta keep checking, or we'll not discover that we were fooled by a temporary trick of the light! Tricks of the light are indeed insidious. They can also make it hard to tell if a shadow of emotion crossed someone's fa...
by serutan
Thu Aug 10, 2017 5:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1874: "Geologic faults"
Replies: 30
Views: 2991

Re: 1874: "Geologic faults"

Flumble wrote:But what is default?


It's always San Andreas' fault.
by serutan
Thu Jul 27, 2017 5:01 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Store Wine in Fridge?
Replies: 2
Views: 786

Re: Store Wine in Fridge?

Unless your house has no cooling I would not refrigerate it until you open it.
by serutan
Thu Jul 27, 2017 4:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1868: "Eclipse Flights"
Replies: 31
Views: 2781

Re: 1868: "Eclipse Flights"

Wonder how many charter eclipse cruises there are...
by serutan
Sat Jul 22, 2017 6:32 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The ethics of writing hard science fiction
Replies: 27
Views: 3411

Re: The ethics of writing hard science fiction

A thought occurred to me. What if there are advanced alien civilizations, but they can't observe everything at once? However, they are capable of making extremely advanced inferences from limited information. Wouldn't it be a really bad idea to propagate information that might lead to faulty infere...
by serutan
Tue Jul 11, 2017 3:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1861: "Quantum"
Replies: 69
Views: 5034

Re: 1861: "Quantum"

Ok, first question of the thread: What does ICP stand for? [/quote]

Whether it's right or not, it made me think of this -

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by serutan
Sat May 06, 2017 2:42 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?
Replies: 1806
Views: 406959

Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?

plytho wrote:
Zohar wrote:Started A Wizard of Earthsea - I've never read any Ursula Le Guin books before.

You're in for a treat (barring a major difference in taste). That's an awesome series and she's an awesome writer.


I'm not enthusiastic about all of her books, but the Earthsea books are indeed awesome.
by serutan
Thu Mar 30, 2017 5:48 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Explain College-level subjects in one sentence
Replies: 45
Views: 6488

Re: Explain College-level subjects in one sentence

Physics : The feeling of pure horror upon seeing "It is intuitively obvious".
by serutan
Thu Feb 16, 2017 2:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1799: "Bad Map Projection: Time Zones"
Replies: 70
Views: 8762

Re: 1799: Bad Map Projection: Time Zones

Slightly bothers me that he went easy on North America while basically butchering everything else. Our only weird time zone borders in the U.S. and Canada are Newfoundland being on a half-hour, and Arizona's very awkward daylight savings situation with the Navajo and Hopi Nations. Awkward only beca...
by serutan
Wed Feb 15, 2017 4:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1792: "Bird/Plane/Superman"
Replies: 76
Views: 9653

Re: 1792: "Bird/Plane/Superman"

Can't believe no-one has mentioned the planes having occasional mid-air sex thing yet!? https://qph.ec.quoracdn.net/main-qimg-c7a5d206c746454116b1bc0ff2aca6b9-c?convert_to_webp=true How safe is planesex? It looks extremely dodgy to me... If you've ever watched Dr. Strangelove , you'll know it sound...
by serutan
Fri Nov 04, 2016 6:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1755: "Old Days"
Replies: 37
Views: 4943

Re: 1755: "Old Days"

So that's how you modernize "When I was your age, I had to walk through 10 foot snowdrifts for 20 miles to get to school. Uphill each way."
by serutan
Mon Oct 31, 2016 5:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1752: "Interplanetary Experience"
Replies: 47
Views: 6166

Re: 1752: "Interplanetary Experience"

eran_rathan wrote:Image

From Apollo 16, allegedly. I can't find the original source, though.


The original source would be the TV feed from the rover when it showed the ascent stage takeoff live.
It was cool to watch.
by serutan
Wed Aug 24, 2016 5:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1724: "Proofs"
Replies: 44
Views: 8532

Re: 1724: "Proofs"

Ah, reminds me of the college math/physics days when the 2 phrases guaranteed to strike the fear of God in one were "Left as an exercise for the student" and "It is intuitively obvious".
by serutan
Wed Aug 10, 2016 5:39 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: energy currency?
Replies: 63
Views: 14676

Re: energy currency?

A few sci-fi movies and books have used the theme of life being a form or currency. "In Time" spring to mind. Then there's Larry Niven's short essay "The Roentgen Standard" where he proposes turning spent nuclear fuel into currency. Guaranteed to stay in circulation, since hoard...
by serutan
Sun Jul 10, 2016 1:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1704: "Gnome Ann"
Replies: 72
Views: 11223

Re: 1704: "Gnome Ann"

PsiCubed wrote:
serutan wrote:Randall was evidently in a mood to punish his readers.


For some reason, I actually liked this one.

Certainly better than the "three points on graph" one we had last week.


You did not interpret 'punish' correctly. :wink:
by serutan
Fri Jul 08, 2016 4:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1704: "Gnome Ann"
Replies: 72
Views: 11223

Re: 1704: "Gnome Ann"

Randall was evidently in a mood to punish his readers.
by serutan
Fri Jul 08, 2016 4:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1703: "Juno"
Replies: 38
Views: 5181

Re: 1703: "Juno"

Mahnarch wrote:[As clever as NASA is; I'm surprised they didn't put a smaller satellite inside Juno that would launch into the atmosphere right away - for comparisons]


They already did that with Galileo, and coming up with something that would do better was likely too expensive.
by serutan
Mon Jul 04, 2016 5:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1701: "Speed and Danger"
Replies: 62
Views: 7696

Re: 1701: "Speed and Danger"

Airshows/ Air Races could easily have been included ; would have been near bottom center.
by serutan
Thu May 26, 2016 4:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1685 : Patch
Replies: 40
Views: 7769

Re: 1685 : Patch

Duplicating source across multiple machines means spending resources maintaining the accuracy of the duplicates. Having a single authoritative copy eliminates all the problems of merging divergent branches (though it does introduce problems of only allowing one person to work on that project at any...
by serutan
Wed May 25, 2016 4:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1685 : Patch
Replies: 40
Views: 7769

1685 : Patch

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/patch.png Text : My optimizer uses content-aware inpainting to fill in all the wasted whitespace in the code, repeating the process until it compiles. (EDIT : better late than never). Looks to me more like "Here's how you can create tons of syntax errors with unique...
by serutan
Tue Apr 19, 2016 3:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1669: Planespotting
Replies: 51
Views: 9072

Re: 1669: Planespotting

However, my technical background in this field isn't strong enough to pick out any details and match them with -380 or anything... Anyway. Not a 747, I don't think. Too few engines. The -380 *might* be a reference to that Airbus boondoggle, the A-380. but the silhouette is much too skinny for that.
by serutan
Tue Nov 03, 2015 7:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1598: "Salvage"
Replies: 103
Views: 12745

Re: 1598: "Salvage"

Rice may not dry out a phone, but it does keep salt in a shaker from caking in a humid climate.
by serutan
Thu Oct 29, 2015 5:50 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: What does it mean to you to love a band/musician?
Replies: 10
Views: 5093

Re: What does it mean to you to love a band/musician?

To me, if you can check off 1, 4, 5 you love the band. Depending on when you discover the band,
3 and 7 may not be possible so I wouldn't give them much weight.
by serutan
Thu Oct 29, 2015 5:37 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: I need a book recommendation (Renamed : Recom'd me a book)
Replies: 327
Views: 171892

Re: I need a book recommendation (Renamed : Recom'd me a boo

Perhaps too late, but The Bug Wars by Robert Aspirin. No humans at all.
by serutan
Tue Oct 27, 2015 5:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1595: "30 Days Hath September"
Replies: 132
Views: 20831

Re: 1595: "30 Days Hath September"

Does anyone find themselves saying things like "I can't make the 27th; it'll have to be a week later - so that's the 34th..."? I do that in my head, and then subtract the number of days in the first month to get the actual date. So two weeks from today is October 40th, and since October h...
by serutan
Tue Sep 01, 2015 6:22 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Sad songs
Replies: 34
Views: 34769

Re: Sad songs

by serutan
Tue Sep 01, 2015 5:43 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Worst/Overrated books.
Replies: 753
Views: 235695

Re: Worst/Overrated books.

Reading A Tale of Two Cities in seventh grade was painful and I got practically nothing out of it. Reading Great Expectations a few years later was more tolerable, perhaps on account of my having matured somewhat, though I didn't much care for it. My experience was the opposite. I hated Great Expec...
by serutan
Tue Aug 25, 2015 4:01 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0139: "Jupiter Descending"
Replies: 30
Views: 14318

Re: What-if 0139: Jupiter Descending

Where is medusa ? And OT: Years after I read for the first time that great Clarke story, I discovered that the idea of a floating environment was introduced on the early 20 century by a sci-fy tale called " The Horror of the Heights " by... Conan Doyle! (you can find it on Gutenberg p...
by serutan
Sat Aug 08, 2015 5:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1561: "Water Phase Diagram"
Replies: 53
Views: 11976

Re: 1561: "Water Phase Diagram"

ijuin wrote:What, no reference to Ice-IX either?


Criminal, isn't it? Also, it would appear there aren't many Vonnegut fans here.
by serutan
Wed Jul 29, 2015 6:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1557: "Ozymandias"
Replies: 67
Views: 12104

Re: 1557: "Ozymandias"

Don't really see the Ozymandius/recursion connection either, unless it's that there's been
Ozymandii strung out throughout history.
by serutan
Thu Jul 16, 2015 3:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1551: "Pluto"
Replies: 39
Views: 7499

Re: 1551: "Pluto"

I'm slightly puzzled: I've seen the same image on NASA's site in both colour and monochrome. Am I right to think that it's a high resolution mono image that's been coloured using lower resolution colour data? That's more or or less what they say here , except that it says "The color image has ...
by serutan
Wed Jul 15, 2015 8:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1551: "Pluto"
Replies: 39
Views: 7499

Re: 1551: "Pluto"

I'm slightly puzzled: I've seen the same image on NASA's site in both colour and monochrome. Am I right to think that it's a high resolution mono image that's been coloured using lower resolution colour data? That's more or or less what they say here , except that it says "The color image has ...
by serutan
Thu May 28, 2015 2:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1530: "Keyboard Mash"
Replies: 52
Views: 8246

Re: 1530: "Keyboard Mash"

Great one. I like how the vertical format hides the punchline. Spider hasn't done her research. When you get caught in something like that, you just say "sorry, I was using a European keyboard". That doesn't make sense. Letters and numbers are in the same places for most languages. Interp...
by serutan
Tue May 19, 2015 3:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1526: "Placebo Blocker"
Replies: 47
Views: 8963

Re: 1526: "Placebo Blocker"

JohnTheWysard wrote:One pill makes you larger
And the other makes you small;
and the ones the researcher gives you
Don't do anything at all....


Why didn't you just ask Alice about it?
by serutan
Tue May 12, 2015 4:58 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: favorite lines/quotes from books
Replies: 286
Views: 81688

Re: favorite lines/quotes from books

Yet - O God, there were so many stars you could have used.

What was the need to give these people to the fire, that the symbol of their passing might shine above Bethlehem?


Arthur C. Clarke.
by serutan
Tue May 12, 2015 4:51 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Favorite dystopian novel?
Replies: 22
Views: 7819

Re: Favorite dystopian novel?

1984.
by serutan
Thu Apr 30, 2015 2:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1518: "Typical Morning Routine"
Replies: 126
Views: 14897

Re: 1518: "Typical Morning Routine"

Though I am now woefully curious about the basis for your Thanksgiving inference. Possible use in the cooling of pies? It's just one of those things like "junior prom" that we hear about all the time but only have a vague idea what they are. Also, furnace I remember reading this word in G...

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