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by Ubertakter
Thu Jun 11, 2015 6:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1536: "The Martian"
Replies: 128
Views: 39568

Re: 1536: "The Martian"

Many words .... ... I've not read the book. ... Holy fucking shit, why didn't you just start with that statement :wink: ? Maybe someone else who's read the book and isn't high on cold medicine (it's not lost on me that I have a cold in the summer ) can address this. Watney (BTW, since you haven't r...
by Ubertakter
Thu Jun 11, 2015 4:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1536: "The Martian"
Replies: 128
Views: 39568

Re: 1536: "The Martian"

... slightly handy botanist ... In the book the character mentions that he has a degree in mechanical engineering. If I recall correctly, he trained as a botanist for the mission, because someone had to. ...He grew his potatoes under the internal lights of the Hab but used agriculture statistics ba...
by Ubertakter
Sat Jan 25, 2014 12:55 am UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: Password length requirements
Replies: 3
Views: 8207

Re: Password length requirements

No the idle chatter in SF/I
by Ubertakter
Fri Jan 24, 2014 4:41 pm UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: Password length requirements
Replies: 3
Views: 8207

Password length requirements

Not an important issue, but perhaps appreciated by those affiliated with this site: The password length requirement says (between 6 and 30 characters), however, it will not not accept a 30 character password. So perhaps one of these descriptions would be better: ⋅  ... [6-30) characters lo...
by Ubertakter
Mon Dec 10, 2012 6:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1145: "Sky Color"
Replies: 211
Views: 67529

Re: 1145: "Sky Color"

Here's the best explanation I've found. http://www.patarnott.com/atms749/pdf/blueSkyHumanResponse.pdf A model of human eye color detection was built utilizing humans' response to various wavelengths of radiation (in the visible spectrum). Various experiments, as well as a "Rayleigh sky" an...
by Ubertakter
Mon Oct 12, 2009 3:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0256: "Online Communities"
Replies: 318
Views: 113305

Re: "Online Communities" Discussion

I would like to see an updated version of this map. It would be interesting to see how things have changed. Perhaps it should look as if the communities went to war, with battle lines and such. I'm sure a few "rogue nations" have sprung up as well.
by Ubertakter
Mon Mar 17, 2008 5:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0397: "Unscientific"
Replies: 160
Views: 40430

Re: "Unscientific" Discussion

Three points: 1. This comic is made of win. 2. I am an engineer. I like the Mythbusters even though they irk me almost every episode. I understand why they do things the way they do, but it still bothers me that they don't have some kind of engineering consultant on the show. The engineer on the sho...
by Ubertakter
Tue Jan 08, 2008 6:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0367: "Fandom"
Replies: 158
Views: 25401

Re: "Fandom" Discussion

I thought the Zahn books were quite good. Anyway, I never was that over the top with being obsessed with Star Wars. Of course, considering my age and that I play a table top Star Wars RPG, I may be in denial. BTW, the new Wizards system is pretty good. We've had to house-rule a few problems in the n...
by Ubertakter
Wed Sep 26, 2007 2:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0321: "Thighs"
Replies: 194
Views: 46192

I'm delirious and my thighs are effing sore from driving 32.5 hours in the last two days. Randy made this comic just for meeeee [/delirium] THE DELIRIUM NEVER ENDS! They'll always make more...won't they? Please tell me they will!!!! Hmmmm... Delirium Tremens. I haven't had one of those for a while....
by Ubertakter
Fri Jun 15, 2007 7:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0277: "Long Light"
Replies: 119
Views: 30987

... While I sympathize / empathize with some product engineers out there, there are still the jerks who desiged my TV-DVD combo / the connector on my new Sony Ericsson phone / my LED christmas lights that flicker at 30 Hz / my iPod alarm clock with a bright blue LED backlight that CAN'T BE DIMMED. ...
by Ubertakter
Mon Jun 04, 2007 2:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0272: "Linux User at Best Buy"
Replies: 152
Views: 50522

Linux

This comic was extremely humorous. I've always wanted to do that to those Asbestos Buy lackeys. I'm typing this from my work machine, which is running Ubuntu 7.04 64-bit. When 7.04 came out I decided to make the switch and see if I could only use Linux. About the only thing I've run into are one or ...
by Ubertakter
Sat Apr 07, 2007 1:54 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Best general purpose programming language (expanded)?
Replies: 79
Views: 19749

Re: I say Java

Edit: Oh, and I don't think it's quite fair to lump Java in with C#. Ugh. Why not? The have a ton of similarities. They are both closer to the other than any other language I know from a "what does the syntax give you", they have libraries of approximately similar scope, and they are both...
by Ubertakter
Fri Apr 06, 2007 6:32 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Best general purpose programming language (expanded)?
Replies: 79
Views: 19749

I say Java

I say Java. There's been a lot of work integrating scripting languages with Java, such as Ruby. It's got a pretty good API and it's easily extendable. There's a lot of good stuff built right in to the API. I do use a lot of PERL for the smaller stuff but I don't think it should be considered a gener...
by Ubertakter
Wed Feb 28, 2007 9:36 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Airplane On A Treadmill
Replies: 304
Views: 78479

A'ight now childrens, settle down, settle down. I.... don't even want to talk about this thread. Maybe I'll catch up on it eventually. Genewitch, I am but a lowly aerospace engineer... I prefer the term "Rocket Scientist", but that's probably because that what I do (well, at least primaril...
by Ubertakter
Thu Nov 09, 2006 6:20 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Plane on a conveyor belt
Replies: 143
Views: 63772

Re: can't help it i will try

Agree with Ephphatha (with more than your explanation). Angle of attack does have a significant effect on lift. However, since the original discussion only mentioned curvature, I didn't want to bring that up in my post. Also, this statement: ... 2) The explanation of air having to flow faster over t...
by Ubertakter
Tue Oct 31, 2006 7:08 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Plane on a conveyor belt
Replies: 143
Views: 63772

Thanks silverhammerpanda.

If could definitely be more concise but I pretty much just sat down and dumped it all out at once.

There has been some discussion on airfoil shapes. Some wings are flat on the bottom, some are curved, and some are covered in habanero sauce.... hmmmmmmm tasty.
by Ubertakter
Thu Oct 19, 2006 7:48 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Multiplying on your fingers
Replies: 4
Views: 3417

Interesting. I also like the various methods of counting with your fingers. I think base 6 is my favorite.
by Ubertakter
Thu Oct 19, 2006 7:44 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Plane on a conveyor belt
Replies: 143
Views: 63772

Re: The end... sort of

Mo® wrote:
Ubertakter wrote:(Great smackdown)


I'm convinced!


LOL, I didn't mean it as a smackdown. It was an interesting problem and I thought people might find some of the physics interesting. At the time it was a lot more fun than work.
by Ubertakter
Tue Oct 17, 2006 4:11 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Plane on a conveyor belt
Replies: 143
Views: 63772

The end... sort of

This post is huge and I knocked it out pretty quickly, so there are likely some mistakes in it. If you find something, post it and I will fix it. Like others in this thread, I too have broken down and decided to post. First though, there are some misconceptions that have been floating around in this...

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