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by wisnij
Mon May 23, 2016 9:08 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0150: "Tatooine Rainbow"
Replies: 52
Views: 24633

Re: What-If 0150: Tatooine Rainbow

Yerushalmi wrote:Interbinary, not intrabinary.

Inter means between. Intra means within.

I guess an intrabinary planet would be one where the suns pull on the planet equally so it doesn't move at all?

I came here to suggest "interbinary" as well, but you beat me to it. Curses, foiled again!
by wisnij
Fri May 20, 2016 7:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1683: "Digital Data"
Replies: 122
Views: 15999

Re: 1683: "Digital Data"

Even worse is when the original content is moved or removed entirely, and old links simply stop working. This strikes me as particularly infuriating when it's a news article or something else historical you would reasonably be able to access well after the fact, rather than random memes or whatever.
by wisnij
Thu May 28, 2015 3:42 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Space Weird Thing
Replies: 0
Views: 4615

Space Weird Thing

https://youtu.be/ygrdAvmr-MA

A song about a man going to space, using only the ten hundred words people use the most often.

Ground control to top space man
Ground control to top space man
Take your small food rocks and put your head-safe on...
by wisnij
Wed Jun 18, 2014 3:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1383: Magic Words
Replies: 47
Views: 17695

Re: 1383: Magic Words

How cunning.

8-)
by wisnij
Fri Apr 25, 2014 5:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1360: "Old Files"
Replies: 108
Views: 21327

Re: 1360: "Old Files"

Nice, an Escape Velocity shout-out. That woke up a bunch of dusty old memory neurons.
by wisnij
Mon Dec 09, 2013 6:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1301: "File Extensions"
Replies: 102
Views: 19020

Re: 1301: "File Extensions"

Steve the Pocket wrote:Mouseover caption: I have never been lied to by data in a .txt file which has been hand-aligned.


Code: Select all

this  statement
is    false


YOUR MOVE, LOGIC.
by wisnij
Fri Nov 15, 2013 9:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1291: "Shoot for the Moon"
Replies: 67
Views: 12552

Re: 1291: "Shoot for the Moon"

Now the real question is, did this comic predict this xkcd strip, or the release of Gravity?
by wisnij
Tue Oct 22, 2013 3:56 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0068: "Little Planet"
Replies: 70
Views: 13239

Re: What-If 0068: "Little Planet"

In Wil McCarthy's Queendom of Sol series, there are little artificial planets like this (called "planettes") made with a core of neutronium stabilized with diamondoid and plot magic. Once you're willing to handwave the stable neutronium thing, the rest of it works out pretty well. (They al...
by wisnij
Wed Jun 19, 2013 3:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1225: "Ice Sheets"
Replies: 68
Views: 10292

Re: 1225: "Ice Sheets"

Title text: "Data adapted from 'The Laurentide and Innuitian ice sheets during the Last Glacial Maximum' by A.S. Dyke et. al., which was way better than the sequels 'The Laurentide and Innuitian ice sheets during the Last Glacial Maximum: The Meltdown' and 'The Laurentide and Innuitian ice she...
by wisnij
Wed May 02, 2012 3:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1050: "Forgot Algebra"
Replies: 360
Views: 61957

Re: 1050: "Forgot Algebra"

grobus wrote:LET'S ALL LAUGH AT PEOPLE WHO DON'T ENJOY SCHOOL ARE SMUG ABOUT THEIR OWN IGNORANCE - THEY ARE DUMB LOL

FTFY
by wisnij
Sat Jul 02, 2011 6:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0919: "Tween Bromance"
Replies: 147
Views: 44126

Re: 0919: "Tween Bromance"

The other side believes that people should speak (or at least be capable of speaking) the language with proper words, grammar, and syntax. The problem with this side is the very notion that one proper grammar exists in the first place. Every language ever has had differing registers. And every lang...
by wisnij
Fri Jul 01, 2011 9:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0919: "Tween Bromance"
Replies: 147
Views: 44126

Re: 0919: "Tween Bromance"

3) Too many undeserving collections of letters are somehow admitted to respected dictionaries of American English. Whoever's in charge needs to be smacked upside the head for being unintelligent and for lacking discernment. [...] 7) Wide usage and understanding doesn't (or shouldn't) make something...
by wisnij
Fri Jul 01, 2011 8:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0919: "Tween Bromance"
Replies: 147
Views: 44126

Re: 0919: "Tween Bromance"

Gedaechtnis wrote:I only have problems with words that are wrong, like irregardless. Moist? So what? If something is moist, it's moist!

Apparently a substantial number of people have strong feelings about it.
by wisnij
Wed Jun 15, 2011 5:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0912: "Manual Override"
Replies: 104
Views: 22364

Re: 0912: "Manual Override"

This is not a surprising outcome. Info pages are the worst thing.
by wisnij
Mon May 02, 2011 4:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0893: "65 Years"
Replies: 210
Views: 52537

Re: 0893: "65 Years"

Maxpm wrote:I don't understand the "protected from actuarial tables" part. Could someone please explain?

It's "proJECted from actuarial tables".
by wisnij
Wed Jan 19, 2011 6:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0849: "Complex Conjugate"
Replies: 96
Views: 20047

Re: 0849: "Complex Conjugate"

Pose as a team, because... wait, wrong webcomic.
by wisnij
Fri Jan 14, 2011 6:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0847: "Stingray Nebula"
Replies: 74
Views: 12889

Re: 0847: "Stingray Nebula"

LucasBrown wrote:Alt text: "Eärendil will patrol the walls of night only until the sun reaches red giant stage, engulfing the Morning Star on his brow. Light and high beauty are passing things as well."

Huh... maybe that's what will start the Dagor Dagorath.
by wisnij
Thu Nov 18, 2010 9:17 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Machine of Death!
Replies: 56
Views: 18668

Re: Machine of Death!

That then raises the question of what happens if you set up a situation in which there is no self-consistent outcome. Say, three men in a room, one tied down and tested with the Machine, one with a gun, one with a syringe of poison. If the prediction says "POISONED", the man with the gun ...
by wisnij
Mon Nov 15, 2010 8:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0819: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 1"
Replies: 141
Views: 20761

Re: 0819: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 1"

Poor Jupiter. He just wants to help out!
by wisnij
Sat Oct 30, 2010 5:22 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Machine of Death!
Replies: 56
Views: 18668

Re: Machine of Death!

I love the Machine of Death concept. When the project was first announced I considered writing a story for it, but I never got past the initial-premise phase. Premises I'm good at, it's fleshing them out with realistic characters and settings that I still need to work on. -_- My copy is still shippi...
by wisnij
Fri Jul 16, 2010 4:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0767: "Temper"
Replies: 159
Views: 36907

Re: "Temper" Discussion (#767)

I think this post pretty much sums it up.
by wisnij
Sun Jul 11, 2010 8:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0764: "One Two"
Replies: 348
Views: 59954

Re: "One Two" Discussion

Language Log has their own take on the Count.
by wisnij
Wed Feb 10, 2010 5:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0700: "Complexion"
Replies: 93
Views: 26523

Re: "Complexion" Discussion

Nihiltres wrote:Title-text: Why do all my attempts at science end with me being punched by Batman?

Experiment: SUCCESSFUL
by wisnij
Wed Feb 03, 2010 5:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0697: "Tensile vs. Shear Strength"
Replies: 136
Views: 31080

Re: "Tensile vs. Shear Strength" Discussion

My theory is that a space elevator is plausible, but the material itself would not need to support the weight of the structure, it would merely be a channel to carry high-energy ions that do all the load bearing, both of the payload and the structure. My theory is that you don't know what any of th...
by wisnij
Wed Jul 29, 2009 5:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0616: "Lease"
Replies: 124
Views: 19725

Re: "Lease" Discussion

That... that pretty much sums it up, yeah. :?
by wisnij
Wed May 06, 2009 11:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0579: "The Race: Part 3"
Replies: 75
Views: 46656

Re: "The Race: Part 3" Discussion

That is classic. Those are both exactly the sorts of things River would say.
by wisnij
Tue Mar 31, 2009 6:33 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Interesting review article on cold fusion
Replies: 32
Views: 2558

Re: Interesting review article on cold fusion

mooglinux wrote:Maybe we should all drop our current energy research and look at using antimatter!!

Antimatter is an energy storage medium, not a power source.

For fusion I like Bussard's polywell concept.
by wisnij
Tue Mar 24, 2009 11:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: $1,000,000,000,000 (ONE TRILLION)
Replies: 23
Views: 2139

Re: $1,000,000,000,000 (ONE TRILLION)

Zamfir wrote:Bluh. The English-speaking world should their silly pretense that a billion is 1000 million and a trillion is 1000 billion.

Yeah, well, at least our sentences have verbs. :P
by wisnij
Wed Mar 18, 2009 5:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0557: "Students"
Replies: 222
Views: 42809

Re: "Students" Discussion

Oh geez, I've had this exact dream too. E... except the Green Ranger part. You might want to see someone about that. But the "AUGH I forgot to attend this class at all and the final is today" bit, definitely.
by wisnij
Fri Mar 06, 2009 11:53 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Alternate Voting Systems (Range, Condorcet etc)
Replies: 186
Views: 19159

Re: Range voting

No, you're mistaken. That's what I like about IRV. You lose absolutely nothing by selecting a second choice. IRV is non- monotonic , though, and that seems counter-intuitive. I'd be cool with approval voting, or a Condorcet method like Schulze, but I think a simple plurality vote is a really bad id...
by wisnij
Tue Feb 24, 2009 7:31 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Alternate Voting Systems (Range, Condorcet etc)
Replies: 186
Views: 19159

Re: Range voting

I think it would be a great idea. Good luck actually implementing it, though, given how entrenched the current voting system is. :|
by wisnij
Mon Feb 23, 2009 7:24 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: What is the best constructed language?
Replies: 75
Views: 16967

Re: What is the best constructed language?

Creoles are fascinating for all sorts of reasons. :)
by wisnij
Mon Feb 23, 2009 6:46 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Learned/learnt, burned/burnt
Replies: 24
Views: 2619

Re: Learned/learnt, burned/burnt

if "soothing" is how you calm a crying baby then would be very weird to pronounce it as anything other than "sooth'd" [because this th is voiced] Yes, but "burn" and "learn" and "spell" also all end in voiced consonants, so by the same pattern by wh...
by wisnij
Mon Feb 23, 2009 6:13 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: heresy
Replies: 7
Views: 912

Re: heresy

Heresy can be defined as "opinion or doctrine at variance with the orthodox or accepted doctrine, esp. of a church or religious system" and "A controversial or unorthodox opinion or doctrine, as in politics, philosophy, or science." ( Per Dictionary.com .) Is there a similar wor...
by wisnij
Fri Feb 20, 2009 4:59 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Let's Talk About Energy Production
Replies: 872
Views: 76806

Re: Let's Talk About Energy Production

Not to derail the topic or anything but what's the latest dirt on how close we are to making a viable, practical fusion plant? 20 years in the future? 50? The smart money says that fusion power is about 20 years away, and will always remain so. Unless we get lucky and Bussard turns out to be right....
by wisnij
Thu Feb 19, 2009 9:35 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Do particles ever touch?
Replies: 42
Views: 3427

Re: Do particles ever touch?

Information can flow FTL between two entangled particles. If I encode some information about spin states in some atom / photon combinations and let you take an entangled set of atoms far far away, I can teleport a signal quantum state to you instantly. This does not violate relativity, though. You ...
by wisnij
Wed Feb 18, 2009 7:25 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Do particles ever touch?
Replies: 42
Views: 3427

Re: Do particles ever touch?

However, I'd like to add that a state of quantum entanglement, wherein two particles will take on the properties of each other instantaneously over any distance, thus effectively ignoring the limits of the speed of light, or "bandwidth cap" (sorry) imposed upon the theoretical transfer of...
by wisnij
Wed Feb 18, 2009 7:21 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Charged Black Hole
Replies: 27
Views: 1924

Re: Charged Black Hole

Meh. I don't like some of these explanations. For instance, saying that black holes can have a field only because they were charged before collapse isn't right. This would imply black holes can't neutralize by absorbing particles of the opposite charge...but models show black holes can neutralize. ...
by wisnij
Wed Feb 18, 2009 8:16 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Random Recipe Generator
Replies: 69
Views: 10129

Re: Random Recipe Generator

I'm just waiting for one of them to tell me how to make a Dwarven syrup roast.
by wisnij
Wed Feb 18, 2009 8:02 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: To make a language.
Replies: 42
Views: 3320

Re: To make a language.

ZLVT wrote:on the unilang chat I got yelled at for using Esperanto. There seems to be a particular hatred towards IAL's in general.

There are subforums and channels for both Esperanto and conlangs in general, maybe they just wanted you to do it somewhere specific to the topic?

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