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by Soupspoon
Wed Mar 21, 2018 10:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1829
Views: 304351

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

I certainly had to avert my eyes from the Majority Leader.

(Hmm, John Cage's 4'33" as a surrogate car noise?)
by Soupspoon
Wed Mar 21, 2018 10:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1829
Views: 304351

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

Imperial March vehicle?
Spoiler:
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addams wrote:You posters are so very funny.
I'd Love to see you in Congress.

Sounds kinky. Any particular couplings? ;)
by Soupspoon
Wed Mar 21, 2018 10:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1970: "Name Dominoes"
Replies: 30
Views: 5882

Re: 1970: "Name Dominoes"

(Haven't yet confidently read the whole set, so I might have missed her elsewhere, but…) I was disappointed that there was no obvious room to put Bonnie Parker by the other Parkers I somehow found myself attracted to.
by Soupspoon
Wed Mar 21, 2018 4:08 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Count in Balanced Ternary
Replies: 475
Views: 16935

Re: Count in Balanced Ternary

+0++++

Spiky sabre?
by Soupspoon
Wed Mar 21, 2018 3:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1829
Views: 304351

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

Nothing says the noise has to be fake engine noises. Now I'm imagining all electric cars playing classical music at low volumes. That's been one of the ideas. Or something betwixt that and Musique Concrete, but not quite so far as the latter. I do remember that it used to be a rule that vehicle hor...
by Soupspoon
Wed Mar 21, 2018 3:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1969: "Not Available"
Replies: 38
Views: 6089

Re: 1969: "Not Available"

Intellectual rights. Often outwith the control of the web-side provider, though occasionally also part of that segment of the business. If a TV station streams/puts onto Youtube a clip of a show (to whatever extent they do, with or without whatever subscription/advert-bookending needs they already n...
by Soupspoon
Wed Mar 21, 2018 3:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1829
Views: 304351

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

Was this an electric vehicle? Could it have been too quiet for the pedestrian to have noted its travel? I know that I've been looking into fake engine-noises for a (future) electric/hybrid car. Nothing fancy (V8 muscle car grumble/roar, eh?), just synthetically matching the expected missing noise wh...
by Soupspoon
Tue Mar 20, 2018 7:36 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: My take on Godel's incompleteness theorems
Replies: 42
Views: 7431

Re: My take on Godel's incompleteness theorems

For my part, having not looked deeply into the work, I see it as an analogue of one form or other of the Anthropic Principle. If (to use an example) the calculations derived from bodies moving ballistically on Earth did not then go on to explain the previously-observed-but-not-understood orbital mec...
by Soupspoon
Mon Mar 19, 2018 11:10 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Quantum Question
Replies: 110
Views: 15514

Re: Quantum Question

gmalivuk wrote:The language might have been sloppy, but
"…that's the basis for quite a lot of how the What-If questions are answered." :P
by Soupspoon
Mon Mar 19, 2018 10:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1969: "Not Available"
Replies: 38
Views: 6089

Re: 1969: "Not Available"

Please help. I'm from Canada. I tried opening the comic with an US Proxy, and it still shows "This content is not available in this country". Try a proxy in Kazakhstan. The content is available there. The proxies there are DNS poisoned to go to a malware host instead. You need to use eith...
by Soupspoon
Mon Mar 19, 2018 1:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1967: "Violin Plots"
Replies: 36
Views: 8000

Re: 1967: "Violin Plots"

DanAxtell wrote:Ford bought Volvo Cars in 1999

Imagine if that hadn't been two 'o's… :p

/blows raspberry and goes back to pretending not to play kiss-chase in the playground.
by Soupspoon
Sun Mar 18, 2018 7:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1968: "Robot Future"
Replies: 31
Views: 4722

Re: 1968: "Robot Future"

All these people clicking on icons.

Whatever happened to the age-old posting of questions to a room in China?
by Soupspoon
Sat Mar 17, 2018 5:51 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Stephen Hawking has passed away.
Replies: 11
Views: 3307

Re: Stephen Hawking has passed away.

Hawking Bot (if I've picked the right URL, sight-unseen).
by Soupspoon
Fri Mar 16, 2018 5:36 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Quantum Question
Replies: 110
Views: 15514

Re: Quantum Question

doogly wrote:staggering confusion that gripped the field between flinty sparks of Planck and Bohr and the illuminating lamp of Dirac.
If you don't go head on into the subject and deal with it Diractly, it all either sounds Bohring or leaves you looking as thick as two short Plancks.
by Soupspoon
Fri Mar 16, 2018 4:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1968: "Robot Future"
Replies: 31
Views: 4722

Re: 1968: "Robot Future"

*whom Given that I had to tap back in the text I can't easily copypasta from the other tab, I did have to just now check* whether it was me or the original that was wrong. It was (is still, at time of posting) the original. Other E&OE! But remember, kids, "if you can replace the word with ...
by Soupspoon
Fri Mar 16, 2018 3:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1968: "Robot Future"
Replies: 31
Views: 4722

1968: "Robot Future"

Image
Title text: "I mean, we already live in a world of flying robots killing people. I don't worry about how powerful the machines are, I worry about who the machines give power to."

An anagram of "Melon Usk"? :P
by Soupspoon
Fri Mar 16, 2018 12:28 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: My take on Godel's incompleteness theorems
Replies: 42
Views: 7431

Re: My take on Godel's incompleteness theorems

Chess has valid moves. It has valid board positions that can arise from any given 'start', whether that is all the pieces in their initial ranks, some intermediate playable position on the way to check-/stale-mate or a contrived game position created only for the entertainment of exploring (say) thr...
by Soupspoon
Thu Mar 15, 2018 12:04 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Count in Balanced Ternary
Replies: 475
Views: 16935

Re: Count in Balanced Ternary

…or two Tie Fighter prototypes flying in close formation.

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by Soupspoon
Wed Mar 14, 2018 10:25 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Count in Balanced Ternary
Replies: 475
Views: 16935

Re: Count in Balanced Ternary

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by Soupspoon
Wed Mar 14, 2018 6:22 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Count in Balanced Ternary
Replies: 475
Views: 16935

Re: Count in Balanced Ternary

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by Soupspoon
Wed Mar 14, 2018 3:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1967: "Violin Plots"
Replies: 36
Views: 8000

Re: 1967: "Violin Plots"

And violinists have to be able to "f-hole" with a straight face. This XKCD isn't helping. I'm glad I play trombone. You mean the instrument that you can slide in, and out, and in, and out, to produce a lot of noises. And if that's too much effort, just vibrate your mouth differently again...
by Soupspoon
Wed Mar 14, 2018 1:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1967: "Violin Plots"
Replies: 36
Views: 8000

Re: 1967: "Violin Plots"

rhomboidal wrote:Personally, I don't think any of them really resembles a turnip at all.

Or Baldrick's penis, come to that.
by Soupspoon
Wed Mar 14, 2018 1:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)
Replies: 278
Views: 59491

Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Then that's at least two geniuses with staying power, so far this week. *sigh*
by Soupspoon
Tue Mar 13, 2018 10:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1966: "Smart Home Security"
Replies: 9
Views: 2895

Re: 1966: "Smart Home Security"

Reminds me a bit of when computers still vulnerable to/hosting Blaster were countered by another worm, that aimed to disinfect and patch them.
by Soupspoon
Tue Mar 13, 2018 12:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1964: "Spatial Orientation"
Replies: 77
Views: 10307

Re: 1964: "Spatial Orientation"

I was a fluent map reader from before I even joined Cubs, so I probably just ignored any such inconvenient advice given by others. Just like I ignored the advice to lean back if I had a nosebleed, and have certainly been proven to be correct about that since. If you really need to work out which fea...
by Soupspoon
Mon Mar 12, 2018 9:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1957: "2018 CVE List"
Replies: 36
Views: 7049

Re: 1957: "2018 CVE List"

Eternal Density wrote:CVE-2018-?????: Everyone know's if you're a pedant on the internet.

[…] Also the apostrophe above was a typo that I decided to leave in.

You mean the apostrophe and letter 'e' in the word "your", of course.

:P
by Soupspoon
Mon Mar 12, 2018 7:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1962: “Generations”
Replies: 31
Views: 5770

Re: 1962: “Generations”

It's possible, from the dates, that Randall saw this recently published Youtube video. Although not probable, as I expect he could have worked in some more of the characters. Still, I thought it worth sharing.
by Soupspoon
Mon Mar 12, 2018 4:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1965: "Background Apps"
Replies: 33
Views: 8446

Re: 1965: "Background Apps"

Ephemeris data? Probably secondary to roadmap updates, but could cut the 12½ minute maximum (barring coverage gaps) waiting time for the full constellation down to just the four-minute-grab detail (maybe within a minute or two, half the time, depending on your luck), that's possible without having ...
by Soupspoon
Mon Mar 12, 2018 4:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1966: "Smart Home Security"
Replies: 9
Views: 2895

Re: 1966: "Smart Home Security"

(Ninjaed) It's how much attention you're getting, relatively, from each, and what you might therefore reasonably expect at various levels of optimism/pessimism. Note the slower-start of the "official" parties, who aren't quite up-to-speed until they see what strange tricks have been unleas...
by Soupspoon
Mon Mar 12, 2018 3:59 pm UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: FAO ExplainXKCD wiki
Replies: 5
Views: 2810

Re: FAO ExplainXKCD wiki

The problem is clearly for the 'clients' of ReCaptcha, because they may not be aware of the service change by ReCaptcha (which is RC"s fault , if the only way they are promulgating the information is the thing I saw, which is only visible to people who are as far from being the people who could...
by Soupspoon
Mon Mar 12, 2018 11:48 am UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: FAO ExplainXKCD wiki
Replies: 5
Views: 2810

FAO ExplainXKCD wiki

(My excuse us that this subforum seems to handle a wide variety of XKCDish things… At the very least, there's readers here who are registered writers there, I know, so could get around the problem to tell others of the problem, if it hasn't yet been reported.) Just found myself (without registration...
by Soupspoon
Mon Mar 12, 2018 11:34 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Count in Balanced Ternary
Replies: 475
Views: 16935

Re: Count in Balanced Ternary

+0++--
by Soupspoon
Mon Mar 12, 2018 9:18 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)
Replies: 278
Views: 59491

Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

How tickled we were…

(Couldn't quite word a sentence around his show at last being over, and that we've probably missed the last bus home.)
by Soupspoon
Sat Mar 10, 2018 10:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1965: "Background Apps"
Replies: 33
Views: 8446

Re: 1965: "Background Apps"

My GPSs (across all tablets) are almost always off. The GPS being on (whether or not I knowingly have an app making use of it) drains the batteries like buggery. Whether or not I have an App listening to it, foregrounded or backgrounded. The only (single, identifiable, not system-indifferentiatable)...
by Soupspoon
Sat Mar 10, 2018 1:50 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science-based what-if questions
Replies: 622
Views: 90513

Re: Science-based what-if questions

I think the 'singularity' would be in the first-or-more order derivative of 'thingness'. A hard edge of 'whatever' (say a "solidity field", as I had originally envisaged it) would mean an infinite slope/point of inflection from "nothing" to "something". Or so I interpre...
by Soupspoon
Sat Mar 10, 2018 1:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1964: "Spatial Orientation"
Replies: 77
Views: 10307

Re: 1964: "Spatial Orientation"

As for roundabouts, I've noticed that they usually now say "at the roundabout take the second exit onto the A749" or whatever, so you've got a second point of reference. Usually it's minor exits that aren't counted, leading to bad directions (things like entrances to premises directly off...
by Soupspoon
Sat Mar 10, 2018 8:28 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7252
Views: 541321

Re: Trump presidency

Tyndmyr wrote:The real kicker though is the "until the check clears".
Just a note that I translated this into the UK spelling of "cheque", automatically, before realising that I probably shouldn't in this case. ;)

I blame Noah.
by Soupspoon
Fri Mar 09, 2018 6:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1964: "Spatial Orientation"
Replies: 77
Views: 10307

Re: 1964: "Spatial Orientation"

This was apparently how my brother learned to navigate in Boston pre-GPS. He'd just identify the major landmarks (roads, rivers, coast, etc) that bounded his destination, and when he missed the destination (it's Boston, you will miss your destination), he'd just turn around at the boundary and reat...
by Soupspoon
Fri Mar 09, 2018 5:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1965: "Background Apps"
Replies: 33
Views: 8446

Re: 1965: "Background Apps"

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by Soupspoon
Fri Mar 09, 2018 2:38 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science-based what-if questions
Replies: 622
Views: 90513

Re: Science-based what-if questions

Well beyond even Anathem's "newmatter", as well.

(fake-edit upon ninja: not responding to the specific singularity stuff, just the general oddness…)

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