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by Soupspoon
Thu Dec 06, 2018 5:29 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Biology: Wolves vs. Humans
Replies: 45
Views: 3992

Re: Biology: Wolves vs. Humans

We aren't told whether the 'humans' or the 'wolves' are not actually lycanthropes and thus the inevitable victors over whoever is not. Maybe if we were given the phase of the Moon as well, in this scenario…?
by Soupspoon
Thu Dec 06, 2018 5:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: News in brief
Replies: 302
Views: 81309

Re: News in brief

I imagine there's no connection between the Huawei arrest and the O2 networks' data-failures, shortly after the worldwide 5G equipment embargos but… it makes you think.
by Soupspoon
Thu Dec 06, 2018 4:45 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Physics and Photography
Replies: 6
Views: 3780

Re: Physics and Photography

Versions of that old and new.

(Somewhere I've still got a pair of, now ancient, digital cameras rigged side-by-side onto a rigid frame so that they can take consistent simultaneous photos to be image-processed to try to extract (rough) depth data of a scene.)

As we're necroing, already.
by Soupspoon
Wed Dec 05, 2018 10:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2081: Middle Latitudes
Replies: 27
Views: 3843

Re: 2081: Middle Latitudes

Now, starting on the southern summer solstice, rotate the inner ring (the axial tilt ring) so that the south pole points at the sun, and then give that ring a rotation rate of one revolution per year. I got lost at this point, and lost all frame of reference (literally and figuratively) in what fol...
by Soupspoon
Wed Dec 05, 2018 5:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2081: Middle Latitudes
Replies: 27
Views: 3843

Re: 2081: Middle Latitudes

First character wants intra-tropic evenness to the day plus periodical (ant)arctic extreme nocturnal delineation within either respective polar circle. Second character suggests the 'answer' is to go to half way between the two and get neither desired effect. Incidentally, half way between the ±23is...
by Soupspoon
Wed Dec 05, 2018 3:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2081: Middle Latitudes
Replies: 27
Views: 3843

Re: 2081: Middle Latitudes

Middle latitudes? Does that extend as far up as to where it is often officially dreich? (Right now it's a very wet and blustery dreich, as opposed to merely insidiously wet, where it isn't wet enough to dispel the midges, but it feels like it should have been.) ((Oh, and sunset is about now, it seem...
by Soupspoon
Wed Dec 05, 2018 3:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2071: "Indirect Detection"
Replies: 29
Views: 5887

Re: 2071: "Indirect Detection"

(You need to write using words which omit this letter entirely. You'll hopefully now notice I've been doing it here, which is not so obvious considering I thought it might be when I pressed the Reply button. Thus this postfix. In which I just found difficulty with numerous words closely defined to &...
by Soupspoon
Tue Dec 04, 2018 11:07 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: HEXATTACK 4.0 (now moderated by emlightened)
Replies: 274
Views: 20340

Re: HEXATTACK 4.0 (now moderated by emlightened)

Soupspoon wrote: unless Heury Em wants to pick up on it.

(Minor correction to myself. Now resolved. Reminder to self: never post just before sleeping or when in a hurry. Which means I shouldn't at all be posting right now. Doubly so! *pbbbt*)

Cheers. Don't mind me…
by Soupspoon
Tue Dec 04, 2018 12:03 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: To completely prevent any form of Mad Cow Disease?
Replies: 17
Views: 1999

Re: To completely prevent any form of Mad Cow Disease?

"Vastly better odds", I said. But balanced (as if such things could be balanced!) by the nature of the end. Hey, it was an analogy, and analogies are never perfect, or it would be an actual instance instead.
by Soupspoon
Mon Dec 03, 2018 9:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2080: "Cohort and Age Effects"
Replies: 19
Views: 3396

Re: 2080: "Cohort and Age Effects"

You're limiting the "leg" cohort to just humans? Depending upon how far you extend the breadth of polled creatures, I may have either more or less than the average number of legs. (Even, conceivably, exactly equal, but not because I'm a representative of the mode, or even median.)
by Soupspoon
Mon Dec 03, 2018 9:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2073: "Kilogram"
Replies: 97
Views: 12082

Re: 2073: "Kilogram"

Metre, litre and ketre. :P

(Actually, make that "let(er|re)". Or go the other way, but bishops might get confused.)
by Soupspoon
Mon Dec 03, 2018 9:15 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: To completely prevent any form of Mad Cow Disease?
Replies: 17
Views: 1999

Re: To completely prevent any form of Mad Cow Disease?

It's like knowing what the Infinity Gauntlet does, and knowing it's about to be used. Vastly better odds, but if you are "one of the ones" you don't even get that (presumably) sweetly painless oblivion, but lose a grip on your mental and physical health. Others see you 'go' , but very slow...
by Soupspoon
Mon Dec 03, 2018 6:31 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Doctor Whom
Replies: 4990
Views: 713239

Re: Doctor Whom

I liked the character call-back (was obvious enough, though - they strung out the reveal longer than I wanted). I didn't think they'd done the frog bit well (better an amorphous non-corporeal effect, perhaps with a voice meaningful to the Doctor! - clue us in on the Ep2 thing, maybe?). Someone who i...
by Soupspoon
Mon Dec 03, 2018 5:00 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: HEXATTACK 4.0 (now moderated by emlightened)
Replies: 274
Views: 20340

Re: HEXATTACK 4.0 (now moderated by emlightened)

I was sleepy at the time, I hadn't considered the move was already moot (I fancied that the mooted move had caused the demise, which is clearly wrong given the precedence of actions). I withdraw my query, unless Heury wants to pick up on it. And now copypasta the message I nearly sent last night but...
by Soupspoon
Mon Dec 03, 2018 12:18 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: HEXATTACK 4.0 (now moderated by emlightened)
Replies: 274
Views: 20340

Re: HEXATTACK 4.0 (now moderated by emlightened)

Not that it would change Faubi's fate (I think, but I'd be open to being wrong) but given two moves into the same space should means no moves, so Heury's 4 won't be where Faubi hoped to be, either… right? (First glance at this, maybe I'm missing something about this, or even something else entirely....
by Soupspoon
Sat Dec 01, 2018 8:51 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4261
Views: 621682

Re: The Darker Side of the News

I'm currently wavering (without having rezearched absolutely everything myself , ironically) toward this being yet another case of fake-science from China. A spectacular claim that won't stand up. There's another part of me that wonders if the twins will become the ultimate mother-line sources for t...
by Soupspoon
Sat Dec 01, 2018 8:40 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)
Replies: 309
Views: 83367

Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

President Bush Sr

Wherever he was politically, for people, I think most would say he was very Presidential in his term of office, and since.
by Soupspoon
Fri Nov 30, 2018 7:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2075: "Update Your Address"
Replies: 25
Views: 4016

Re: 2075: "Update Your Address"

Do you want to know the fuss I had to go through to get the photocard driving licence back that was sent to an address I wasn't resident at yet ? It was sent as a registered mail that circumstances then forced me to then collect using a photoID. It had only been lost in the first place because I had...
by Soupspoon
Fri Nov 30, 2018 7:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2079: "Alpha Centauri"
Replies: 32
Views: 4770

Re: 2079: Alpha Centauri

crystalmeph wrote:0.1c is no joke. Make sure you've got a lot of shielding, or just lots of different probes so that you still have some left after losing 99.9% of them.

…to the swarms of other probes being sent the other way/cross-ways.
by Soupspoon
Thu Nov 29, 2018 3:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2076: "Horror Movies 2"
Replies: 41
Views: 6394

Re: 2076: "Horror Movies 2"

SuicideJunkie wrote:Shakespeare is going to get so many emails about how to improve his stories...

Too many cliches. Keeps referencing book titles for no apparent reason. Takes popular musicals/scifi and redoes them without songs/spaceships…
by Soupspoon
Thu Nov 29, 2018 1:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15072
Views: 2483472

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

https://shop.lego.com/en-US/Vestas-Wind-Turbine-10268 Includes a new-for-January-2019 spruce tree; manufactured from sustainably sourced plant-based plastic. (Though, handling said tree, it doesn't seem to have been made with obviously digestible plastic. So it probably isn't, just plant-sourced mon...
by Soupspoon
Wed Nov 28, 2018 11:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2077: "Heist"
Replies: 40
Views: 5123

Re: 2077: "Heist"

My typical experience is similar. One example is probably no more than eight people at any one time had key-card rights to the room (and as few as six, depending on department size) in a site of 200. All but one of the people normally sitting directly outside the room (the exception being the depart...
by Soupspoon
Wed Nov 28, 2018 3:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2077: "Heist"
Replies: 40
Views: 5123

Re: 2077: "Heist"

There is never any thought about being caught. Never comes up at any stage of planning a heist, or any other nefarious scheme. I beg to differ. The Impossible Missions Force used to not only account for the possibility but often rely on it … That's not including the ones where they'd be 'caught' by...
by Soupspoon
Wed Nov 28, 2018 2:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: NASA did an InSightful thing yesterday
Replies: 4
Views: 1484

Re: NASA did an InSightful thing yesterday

Sableagle wrote:Well, of course it worked. They had Bruce Banerdt in charge. Guy's a genius.

And they wouldn't want to get him angry…
by Soupspoon
Wed Nov 28, 2018 2:12 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0017: "Green cows"
Replies: 87
Views: 24082

Re: What-If 0017: "Green cows"

How about we get a pair of big green Knickers?
by Soupspoon
Wed Nov 28, 2018 1:55 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Doctor Whom
Replies: 4990
Views: 713239

Re: Doctor Whom

I think it's a kind of generalised weak-sauce version of the Perception Filter (or Shimmer). It just nudges the person away from noticing anything wrong (like a failure of the Chameleon Circuit meaning a British Police Box happens to now be down an side-alley in Montgomery) but won't stop people que...
by Soupspoon
Mon Nov 26, 2018 6:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2077: "Heist"
Replies: 40
Views: 5123

Re: 2077: "Heist"

Shit, if he really was "from the building" he should have all the keys he needs. Maybe even a master key. I wouldn't trust him. All the keys, but not necessarily all the key- cards . Two-factor (actually, "double single-factor", given it's two 'things you possess', or simple sin...
by Soupspoon
Mon Nov 26, 2018 6:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2074: Airplanes and Spaceships
Replies: 40
Views: 5457

Re: 2074: Airplanes and Spaceships

(When I posted this reply, I got a weird sort of "bouncy" sponse, then nothing happened for about a minute. Then the page refreshed and showed two copies. Now I'm trying to figure out if this forum has a way to delete a message. ;-) Occasionally happens to me. Once I even got told by the ...
by Soupspoon
Mon Nov 26, 2018 5:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2077: "Heist"
Replies: 40
Views: 5123

Re: 2077: "Heist"

Key. To the server room. Now I know that guy isn't legit, but he also didn't do his homework. A key is either too simple or too complicated an access-granter, for a server-room door, in my experience. Which one it is depends entirely upon the sophistication of the heisters, and whether they want to ...
by Soupspoon
Mon Nov 26, 2018 1:42 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Doctor Whom
Replies: 4990
Views: 713239

Re: Doctor Whom

A little late, as my viewings of the first two were on a DVR that seemingly had difficulty holding a signal (or recording it, or playing it; but, whatever the issue, it kept glitching and obviously skipping over a few seconds of action). Had hoped to catch better 'recordings' by now. Demons… Predict...
by Soupspoon
Fri Nov 23, 2018 12:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0451: "Impostor"
Replies: 381
Views: 103244

Re: 0451: "Impostor"

Surprised no-one necroed this again for the fake psychiatrist for 22 years … (Who did have a bit of a course behind her, but I'm guessing good 'amateur' counsellors might well be more use than psychiatrists who 'merely' qualified but don't otherwise have the correct patient-facing aptitude in-the-wi...
by Soupspoon
Thu Nov 22, 2018 2:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2018: "Wall Art"
Replies: 32
Views: 6663

Re: 2018: "Wall Art"

Then I thought about the fact that every comic with the same number as a year of XKCD's existence was posted in 2018, and the first fact suddenly seemed a lot less cool to me :lol: Are you predicting that xkcd will not last 75 more years? Yes. I look forward to seeing you admit you were wrong! ;)
by Soupspoon
Thu Nov 22, 2018 12:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2018: "Wall Art"
Replies: 32
Views: 6663

Re: 2018: "Wall Art"

WriteBrainedJR wrote:Then I thought about the fact that every comic with the same number as a year of XKCD's existence was posted in 2018, and the first fact suddenly seemed a lot less cool to me :lol:

Are you predicting that xkcd will not last 75 more years?
by Soupspoon
Thu Nov 22, 2018 1:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2075: "Update Your Address"
Replies: 25
Views: 4016

Re: 2075: "Update Your Address"

I remember a code that someone I know uses (for several things, that I need to know the details for) because it's a transform (not simple, but not overly complicated) of the combination bike-lock I used in the '80s. That isn't what they think of it/thought it up as, though. To them it's two house nu...
by Soupspoon
Thu Nov 22, 2018 1:20 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Fleeting Thoughts: Movie and TV Shows
Replies: 145
Views: 26479

Re: Fleeting Thoughts: Movie and TV Shows

Had to look that up, obviously well off the cultural catchment. I knew of a Sabrina being The Teenage Witch (also a barge of that name, named after the River Severn) and have seen Archie-stuff in the past. Riverdale sounded a bit 'Sunnydale' to me, though… and so it turns out? With this StTW being B...
by Soupspoon
Wed Nov 21, 2018 10:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2074: Airplanes and Spaceships
Replies: 40
Views: 5457

Re: 2074: Airplanes and Spaceships

GalFisk wrote:Major industry will likely stay in the gravity wells where their raw materials are.

I find it's easier to harvest æther where there's not much else around, though.
by Soupspoon
Wed Nov 21, 2018 10:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2075: "Update Your Address"
Replies: 25
Views: 4016

Re: 2075: "Update Your Address"

Eutychus wrote:Title text: This is my four-digit PIN. (…)
(Yay! Good old Randall, not succumbing to RAS syndrome, redundantly, in that acronym!)

There's a much simpler solution to all this: never move.

I forget where on Gondwanaland I should by all rights be.
by Soupspoon
Wed Nov 21, 2018 5:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0042: "Geico"
Replies: 8
Views: 2083

Re: 0042: "Geico"

I was thinking more of the "David did this" quote. I could imagine an advert for a DIY tool bench, Photoshop, "Learn Ice Sculpturing In Your Free Time" partwork publication, LEGO/Mechano/other-building-toy, etc where "David did this" was the optimistically aspirational ...
by Soupspoon
Wed Nov 21, 2018 4:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2073: "Kilogram"
Replies: 97
Views: 12082

Re: 2073: "Kilogram"

Which dimensions did you think I was referring to? Even if you stick with Cartesian coordinates for the space definition, look at your chosen X, Y and Z for space-coordinates. Choose a line from the origin that is none of these (you have a doubly-infinitely free choice), choose a second line that i...
by Soupspoon
Wed Nov 21, 2018 4:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0042: "Geico"
Replies: 8
Views: 2083

Re: 0042: "Geico"

The title text is "David did this". I had to go and check, myself. OP: you might want to add this info, as per the current template, even if other (long-time threaded) older comics may remain deficient. It first looked to me like the "Hmm" bit was the Title/Hover/Alt*-text, rath...

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