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by Jamaican Castle
Wed Dec 05, 2012 8:55 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0023: "Short Answer Section II"
Replies: 80
Views: 21636

Re: What If 23: Short Answer Section II

To the oil tanker part, he means a ship not a semi truck right? And does that account for the space for cooling or do we assume the servers in the middle just magically don't melt into slag. Yes, a ship. A tanker truck would be of... somewhat more modest capacity, to say the least. (Although you co...
by Jamaican Castle
Wed Dec 05, 2012 6:58 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: "idiot test" aka "read everything before doing anything"
Replies: 88
Views: 68159

Re: "idiot test" aka "read everything before doing anything"

Menacing Spike wrote:
pseudoidiot wrote:Or something like you can pair one bee up with this one, and then pair it up with this one, too.


Orgies: always the best solution.

Bee-gamy, if you will.

...I'll get my hat.
by Jamaican Castle
Wed Dec 05, 2012 6:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1143:"Location"
Replies: 84
Views: 49465

Re: 1143:"Location"

I, too, thought his house was in space, or on another planet, or maybe next to a growing Tiberium field (although that doesn't usually attract tourists...) or something equally bizarre.

As usually, the truth is less impressive. :(
by Jamaican Castle
Wed Dec 05, 2012 6:47 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0023: "Short Answer Section II"
Replies: 80
Views: 21636

Re: What If 23: Short Answer Section II

Real Boomerangs aren't supposed to come back anyway, so it would just be worse than a grenade. A rocket propelled grenade, maybe. But a boomerang (even one with c4 on it?) would fly a lot better than a conventional grenade. I have a suspicion that if you follow this idea to its logical conclusion, ...
by Jamaican Castle
Sun Dec 02, 2012 10:06 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Relativity or something [Split from "Pressures"]
Replies: 5149
Views: 495914

Re: Relativity (?) Or Some Crap. [Split from "Pressures"]

I find the bickering over the use of pronouns unimportant Pause and think for a second: why do you believe this? In a world where all of the not-carbon-copy individuals can't settle on a lexicon of nouns to describe themselves and one another, I sincerely doubt our discussion of pronouns is going t...
by Jamaican Castle
Wed Nov 21, 2012 8:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1137: "LTR/RTL"
Replies: 63
Views: 25113

Re: 1137: "LTR/RTL"

Now I want to know what the worst part is...


Hmm. My meta-joke detector is telling me that the worst part is probably that they didn't even tell us what the worst part is.
by Jamaican Castle
Fri Nov 02, 2012 2:18 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Relativity or something [Split from "Pressures"]
Replies: 5149
Views: 495914

Re: Relativity (?) Or Some Crap. [Split from "Pressures"]

I'd like to nominate this thread for Most Awesomely Descriptive Name Ever.
by Jamaican Castle
Tue Oct 16, 2012 9:21 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Relativity or something [Split from "Pressures"]
Replies: 5149
Views: 495914

Re: 1067: "Pressures"

mikrit wrote:Yes, if you hold the green apple in your hand, and a baseball pitcher throws the red apple at you with a speed of c/6, you will see both apples as having the same color, due to the Doppler effect.


Things would, of course, go rather poorly for you shortly thereafter.
by Jamaican Castle
Thu Oct 11, 2012 6:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1119: "Undoing"
Replies: 121
Views: 23656

Re: 1119: "Undoing"

Perhaps a less out-of-this world derivative of the segway idea in a driverless world would be some RF communication protocol that would let pedestrians request crossing the road, and the driverless cars around to coordinate a stop in the flow of traffic to allow that to happen. For my part, I'd rat...
by Jamaican Castle
Thu Oct 11, 2012 4:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1119: "Undoing"
Replies: 121
Views: 23656

Re: 1119: "Undoing"

I'd say the answer is the same as the answer to the question "Who is responsible if a car blows up for no reason next to a group of children?". If the car literally blows up for absolutely no reason, then by definition no one is at fault. Fortunately, it is physically impossible for thing...
by Jamaican Castle
Fri Sep 28, 2012 9:23 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Relativity or something [Split from "Pressures"]
Replies: 5149
Views: 495914

Re: 1067: "Pressures"

But, if you already measured four vectors from the points towards the TV, don't you have to know where it is? I mean, that's basic triangulation... Also, I know people have harped on this before, but unless something is moving (and, in a practical sense, is moving pretty fast) it doesn't have anythi...
by Jamaican Castle
Fri Sep 28, 2012 9:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1114: "Metallurgy"
Replies: 138
Views: 30126

Re: 1114: "Metallurgy"

On the other hand, you could get a meteorite with a high (relatively speaking, of course) iridium content, which could be handy for swordmaking. Also, the characters are a) shopping for mystically empowered bladed weapons and b) know what actinides are. This, to me, suggests some kind of disconnect...
by Jamaican Castle
Thu Sep 27, 2012 6:15 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0013: "Laser Pointer"
Replies: 76
Views: 58228

Re: What-if 0013: Laser Pointer

In the final scenario, where Randall finally finds enuff dakka for his task, would the Earth really be hit by the emerging plasma? I mean, I know there's a lot of plasma happening here, most of it quite energetic, but it's no piddling distance back to Earth. (This, incidentally, is how the Death Sta...
by Jamaican Castle
Fri Sep 21, 2012 4:04 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Relativity or something [Split from "Pressures"]
Replies: 5149
Views: 495914

Re: 1067: "Pressures"

I feel like we could have a workable drinking game here. It's like Physics by John Freeman. (As opposed to Physics by Gordon Freeman, which would be completely accurate but delivered entirely by hand gestures, or by Morgan Freeman, which... well, I think that's far enough.)
by Jamaican Castle
Tue Sep 18, 2012 8:46 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0012: "Raindrop"
Replies: 91
Views: 24889

Re: What-if 0012: Raindrop

It worries me a little how many What-Ifs end in a gigantic explosion of some form or another.
by Jamaican Castle
Mon Sep 17, 2012 10:03 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Relativity or something [Split from "Pressures"]
Replies: 5149
Views: 495914

Re: 1067: "Pressures"

As I understand it, the whole point of the Einstein's thought experiments is that actually objectively comparing the "event times" - from the point of view of any of the participants or observers, not some god-like entity - is functionally impossible. But then, everything I know about rela...
by Jamaican Castle
Mon Sep 17, 2012 10:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1109: "Refrigerator"
Replies: 135
Views: 34758

Re: 1109: "Refrigerator"

I'm pretty sure they have some personal settings. It probably also has some overarching settings like "humans do not expect drinks above 1 liter unless otherwise specified". The question is, is the computer smart enough to decide about that on its own, or did someone have to manually code...
by Jamaican Castle
Mon Sep 17, 2012 5:32 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0007: "Everybody Out"
Replies: 350
Views: 63465

Re: What-if 0007: Everybody Out

Since a second is defined by the number of oscillations of a certain atom (cesium?), time passes at the same rate everywhere. Its just when you start comparing them stuff gets weird :D Well, right. I think what I meant was something more like "if you have a clock on Mars, and are listening to ...
by Jamaican Castle
Mon Sep 17, 2012 5:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1109: "Refrigerator"
Replies: 135
Views: 34758

Re: 1109: "Refrigerator"

That not to say anything about the differences between "best by" and "sell by" dates, though. "Sell by" annoys me, a lot. "Sell By" is actually the more useful of the two. You, the end consumer, can look at/smell your food to see if it's still fresh and/or sa...
by Jamaican Castle
Mon Sep 17, 2012 5:01 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0007: "Everybody Out"
Replies: 350
Views: 63465

Re: What-if 0007: Everybody Out

Back on the topic of Time Zones IN SPACE, which I might have a chance of actually following: If you have two objects moving around (say a spaceship and a planet), and one of them is putting a radio signal every one of its seconds, the other one views those signals as counting fast/slow according to ...
by Jamaican Castle
Wed Aug 08, 2012 7:10 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0006: "Glass Half Empty"
Replies: 94
Views: 44302

Re: What-if 0006: Glass Half Empty

bmonk wrote:What if a rock struck 100 miles inland from LA? Or 678 miles off Long Island? Or even in the middle of the Amazon jungle?


You'd have to pay the actors extra for location shooting, that's what would happen.
by Jamaican Castle
Tue Aug 07, 2012 9:02 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0006: "Glass Half Empty"
Replies: 94
Views: 44302

Re: What-if 0006: Glass Half Empty

So here's what I don't get: in the glass on the left, with the vacuum on the bottom, why doesn't the water fall into the empty space? I get that it doesn't expand the way a gas would, but it ought to be pulled down by simple gravity - it's not like being filled with air where there's a pressure acti...
by Jamaican Castle
Tue Jul 17, 2012 5:40 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0001: "Relativistic Baseball"
Replies: 167
Views: 120897

Re: What-If 0001: Relativistic Baseball

And indestructible baseball kit isn't much more implausible than one that accelerates to .9c in the first place. If I'm remembering correctly, the energy of the collision isn't totally transferred to the bouncing object, and since it's not allowed to destroy the bat, it has to go somewhere. It doesn...
by Jamaican Castle
Tue Jul 17, 2012 7:02 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0001: "Relativistic Baseball"
Replies: 167
Views: 120897

Re: What-If 0001: Relativistic Baseball

Well, if he swings the bat (in vacuum, suppose), so the part hitting the ball is also moving at .9c, their velocities relative to each other (i.e. each in the other's frame) would be 99.45%c, which makes the kinetic energy of each bit increase to about 8.5 times its rest mass. This is 26.5mt instea...
by Jamaican Castle
Sun Jun 17, 2012 5:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1069: "Alphabet"
Replies: 166
Views: 39069

Re: 1069: "Alphabet"

Spanish is as widespread as well and guess what it has it's regional slang but is still more legible between areas. Spanish has an entire grammatical person (second plural, vosotros ) that isn't used anywhere outside of Spain (i.e., the entire Americas). If that's not divergence, I don't know what ...
by Jamaican Castle
Fri May 25, 2012 5:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1060: “Crowdsourcing”
Replies: 115
Views: 23408

Re: 1060: “Crowdsourcing”

I think what he's saying is that they've inadvertently become management . Although, honestly, "all the work in creating a product, minus design and manufacturing" is still a lot of work, especially if there are teams of complete strangers involved. Just ask.. anybody with the word "p...
by Jamaican Castle
Wed May 02, 2012 3:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1050: "Forgot Algebra"
Replies: 360
Views: 85711

Re: 1050: "Forgot Algebra"

The real question is, did the kids ever have to use their raptor awareness math?
by Jamaican Castle
Wed May 02, 2012 2:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1049: "Bookshelf"
Replies: 867
Views: 131065

Re: 1049: "Bookshelf"

Nope, you can't un-derail topics about the Holocaust.

Speaking of, why exactly are we talking about the Nazis?
by Jamaican Castle
Wed May 02, 2012 6:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1049: "Bookshelf"
Replies: 867
Views: 131065

Re: 1049: "Bookshelf"

Let me ask you a counter question. I'm not doing this to mock you, but I seriously want you to answer your own questions, but with it being individuals instead of a corporation. And then I will have a better understanding of your position that I might be able to figure out how to approach it. "...
by Jamaican Castle
Wed May 02, 2012 12:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1049: "Bookshelf"
Replies: 867
Views: 131065

Re: 1049: "Bookshelf"

I don't care if the law said "Companies should not use human babies as a filler in ground beef," if the same law also required that a regulatory committee be created that maintains oversight of beef companies (and all other meat companies to make sure they aren't supplying the ground beef...
by Jamaican Castle
Tue May 01, 2012 9:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1049: "Bookshelf"
Replies: 867
Views: 131065

Re: 1049: "Bookshelf"

You're free to name a communist "regime" that wasn't interfered with by capitalists in general and the United States in particular. What did the US ever do to the People's Republic of China? (Preventing them from taking over Taiwan notwithstanding.) I mean, we (and by "we" I mea...
by Jamaican Castle
Tue May 01, 2012 8:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1049: "Bookshelf"
Replies: 867
Views: 131065

Re: 1049: "Bookshelf"

Sad, but true. Always has been and always will be. Whether DEATH is necessary to deal with violent rebels, I can't really say. How would you deal with communist rebels seeking to destroy the NYSE as a political statement? Judging by history, evidently by chasing them down, overthrowing their puppet...
by Jamaican Castle
Tue May 01, 2012 7:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1049: "Bookshelf"
Replies: 867
Views: 131065

Re: 1049: "Bookshelf"

ACTIONS HAVE CONSEQUENCES ... And so do delusions. I would argue that a delusion that doesn't lead to any actions actually doesn't have any consequences. For instance, say I labor under the delusion that the Chicago Cubs are, despite evidence to the contrary, the best team in baseball. I don't buy ...
by Jamaican Castle
Tue May 01, 2012 5:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1049: "Bookshelf"
Replies: 867
Views: 131065

Re: 1049: "Bookshelf"

Oh, yes they do. And the fact that the Nazi party used the word "socialist" and advocated many policies that are called socialist, tells you that it drew strongly on the leftist tradition. Okay, then, what "many" policies did they enact that "are called" Socialist? As ...
by Jamaican Castle
Tue May 01, 2012 2:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1049: "Bookshelf"
Replies: 867
Views: 131065

Re: 1049: "Bookshelf"

The war on drugs is an outcropping of capitalists protecting their investments. There, now you're informed. Just don't be willfully ignorant like that again. :D The war on drugs is by definition an anti-capitalist, anti-free market one. Which is why it's opposed by all libertarians and Objectivists...
by Jamaican Castle
Mon Feb 13, 2012 3:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1016: "Valentine Dilemma"
Replies: 99
Views: 27144

Re: 1016: "Valentine Dilemma"

Remember this comic is pandering to a "class" of people who consider social ineptitude as a sort of virtue, and take pride in deliberately making social affairs more confusing and problematic than they need to be. Because that's quirky and cute. No, we just think it's funny when fictional...
by Jamaican Castle
Wed Feb 08, 2012 8:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1014: "Car Problems"
Replies: 104
Views: 26509

Re: 1014: "Car Problems"

RAGBRAIvet wrote:And now you know why I still shoot 35-mm film.


Oh, it's trivial to make 35mm film look like crap too.
Just ask Coleman Francis.
by Jamaican Castle
Thu Feb 02, 2012 12:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1011: "Baby Names by Frank Zappa"
Replies: 302
Views: 81549

Re: 1011: "Baby Names"

Is it not short for James, which seems to be the English version of Jacobus (again an apostle), also Jacob, Jaap or Jacques in some languages? If not, then how did the English names of the biblical apostles get so messed up? I've never known anyone who went by Jack in place of James, though that's ...
by Jamaican Castle
Thu Feb 02, 2012 6:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1011: "Baby Names by Frank Zappa"
Replies: 302
Views: 81549

Re: 1011: "Baby Names"

Belated question: what's so terrible about Parsley? I mean, sure, it's corny, but it's not on the same level of bad as the rest of the list.
by Jamaican Castle
Thu Feb 02, 2012 3:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1011: "Baby Names by Frank Zappa"
Replies: 302
Views: 81549

Re: 1011: "Baby Names"

My parents, both in the U S Navy during World War II, knew a lieutenant with a family name of "First" whose parents (cruelly?) named him "Safety". No, I don't know if (in Major Major Major Major Catch-22 fashion) he was the ship's safety officer. Was he at least a First Lieutena...

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