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by Soupspoon
Sun Nov 27, 2016 10:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1762: "Moving Boxes"
Replies: 70
Views: 10099

Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

...tell you what, I won't go into the number of combinations, because that rushed (typo-laden) message probably belongs more in the Mathematics forum. But I'll start you off, if you want to work it out yourself. The full (0|1)x10 space is of course 2 10 combinations. But you can remove the single co...
by Soupspoon
Sun Nov 27, 2016 5:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1762: "Moving Boxes"
Replies: 70
Views: 10099

Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

Most "cheap and crappy little" locks can be opened with 55645 and a few symbols. It can probably be opened with a screwdriver. The buttons are all plastic. However, the combination is not 55645. There are ten buttons, and each one is either pushed or not pushed. Exactly five are pushed. 1...
by Soupspoon
Sat Nov 26, 2016 5:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1759: "British Map"
Replies: 193
Views: 26931

Re: 1759: "British Map"

We in the UK don't say [ˈbeːˈʔɛmˈveː] or [ˈfɔlksˌvaːɡŋ̍], as the most obvious examples, barely say [si.tʁɔ.ˈɛn] or [pøʒo] correctly and don't even consistently emphasise/agree upon the number of syllables for own [ˈdʒæɡjuː.ər] (may depend upon class, or 'clarse'...)
by Soupspoon
Thu Nov 24, 2016 11:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 774937

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

I personally think that there was far more smoke surrounding her than there ought to have been for the actual amount of genuine fire even just coincidentally in her general locality, but then if Obama calls up the DCFD and gets them to spray her with retardent foam then even I'm going to start wonde...
by Soupspoon
Thu Nov 24, 2016 8:55 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: 'Math is Pseudoscience and Fake Astrology' (Strange, Fringe Views by Prominent Figures)
Replies: 10
Views: 4715

Re: 'Math is Pseudoscience and Fake Astrology' (Strange, Fringe Views by Prominent Figures)

cphite wrote:It was the biggest scandal since that crazy "zero" thing popped up...
Doesn't quite top the time, before that, when that man found himself forced to count to 21 in a public place...
by Soupspoon
Thu Nov 24, 2016 8:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 774937

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

sardia wrote:Whoever is the last person to speak to Trump will be the view he takes for the day.

Quick, get this guy on the phone!
Spoiler:
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by Soupspoon
Thu Nov 24, 2016 8:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1759: "British Map"
Replies: 193
Views: 26931

Re: 1759: "British Map"

source of serious confusion for us is Hauppauge I don't think I've ever, despite being in the computer industry in many capacities and personal interests, actually spoken their name. In my head , though, it's always been "Hope-Page". Interestingly, if you prefer, to rhyme with "Taupe...
by Soupspoon
Thu Nov 24, 2016 4:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 774937

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

sardia wrote:Young people can't tell the difference between fake news, sponsored content, and real news. If anything, the number one indicator is they prefer fake news more. :-(

"Things that try to look like things look more like things than things."...
by Soupspoon
Thu Nov 24, 2016 4:08 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Language fleeting thoughts
Replies: 68
Views: 11723

Re: Language fleeting thoughts

Llatitashgual. Gniyasylno, dda'ttwontub.
by Soupspoon
Thu Nov 24, 2016 3:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1763: "Catcalling"
Replies: 91
Views: 15227

Re: 1763: "Catcalling"

The two-tone, lips only, wolf whistle means the same, though: it signals one finds a woman attractive. Whether this is a compliment or harassment depends on context. Indeed - I often see it written (as "wit woo" or similar) on Facebook, usually by a female friend of somebody who's just po...
by Soupspoon
Thu Nov 24, 2016 10:55 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science fleeting thoughts
Replies: 76
Views: 11649

Re: Terminal Velocity of Quasimodo

p1t1o wrote:
mcdlibrary wrote:Also, would he survive the fall?


This depends mainly on his mass and how much rocket fuel he carries.

Does it have to be rocket fuel? Would a double load of reasonably pure alcohol do? Perhaps the Bells, the Bells...
by Soupspoon
Thu Nov 24, 2016 10:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1763: "Catcalling"
Replies: 91
Views: 15227

Re: 1763: "Catcalling"

Ditto. I frequent a thread in another forum, about the coming high-speed railway line in the UK - what sane discussion there is is drowned out by angry calls from Liverpool posters who claim it to be a great injustice that the line is going directly to Manchester but not Liverpool, and that the who...
by Soupspoon
Thu Nov 24, 2016 7:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1759: "British Map"
Replies: 193
Views: 26931

Re: 1759: "British Map"

We talk about "Veg(/gies)", "(a bit of) Aggro" and "Breckie" in the UK, too... But I must admit that a lot of Aussie phraseology is that bit more exotic to our ears... ( Or even to their own? ) Yeah, well, Australian ones have their own Wikipedia page . Almost half of ...
by Soupspoon
Thu Nov 24, 2016 2:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1759: "British Map"
Replies: 193
Views: 26931

Re: 1759: "British Map"

We talk about "Veg(/gies)", "(a bit of) Aggro" and "Breckie" in the UK, too...

But I must admit that a lot of Aussie phraseology is that bit more exotic to our ears... (Or even to their own?)
by Soupspoon
Thu Nov 24, 2016 1:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1763: "Catcalling"
Replies: 91
Views: 15227

Re: 1763: "Catcalling"

Fungo4 wrote:Whoops I messed up, now it just unstoppably harasses all women in a 2 mile radius for a year

"Thanks Trump!"
by Soupspoon
Wed Nov 23, 2016 11:59 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1177
Views: 57934

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 1015 has a very expensive single-station chemistry lab with equipment such as a superb Schlenk flask, a hand-crafted burette, and a luxury retort...
by Soupspoon
Wed Nov 23, 2016 11:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1762: "Moving Boxes"
Replies: 70
Views: 10099

Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

As an aside, I got some cheap padlocks for free. They are of the type that has ten buttons, and you depress five of them (they stay depressed; the order doesn't matter) and you can open the lock. I wrote the combination on the lock in magic marker, but in a non-obvious but easy to remember code. I ...
by Soupspoon
Wed Nov 23, 2016 9:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1759: "British Map"
Replies: 193
Views: 26931

Re: 1759: "British Map"

Copper Bezel wrote:[Nod to the troll, and] For quite a lot of my life, I'd only heard Somerset referred to in American places named for it, and assumed it was a Native American name until I found out about the British original.

Tha's be "Zummerzet", innit snugh...
by Soupspoon
Wed Nov 23, 2016 2:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1759: "British Map"
Replies: 193
Views: 26931

Re: 1759: "British Map"

And it's even worse on the west coast, where "the midwest" is slightly to the east, "the west" is even further to the east, and "the middle east" is somewhat further west of "the east" which, as you've noted, is to the west. Being in Scotland, we are forever ...
by Soupspoon
Wed Nov 23, 2016 1:00 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science fleeting thoughts
Replies: 76
Views: 11649

Re: Science fleeting thoughts

The terminal deceleration at the bottom, however...
by Soupspoon
Wed Nov 23, 2016 12:47 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 774937

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

As mentioned earlier, Clinton basically offered nothing to the coal mining towns, manufacturing areas, and similar . Nothing at all that they were concerned about. I mean, even aside from the obvious tone deafness of being anti-coal in a coal mining area, you still need to actually offer something ...
by Soupspoon
Tue Nov 22, 2016 7:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 774937

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

morriswalters wrote:
Soupspoon wrote:Let him reside in the US for 14 years and then make him your President.)
Nationalism is enshrined in the Constitution. Only native born citizens need apply.

I am perfectly aware of that... ;)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boris_Joh ... E2.80.9377
by Soupspoon
Tue Nov 22, 2016 5:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 774937

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Many people would like to see @Nigel_Farage represent Great Britain as their Ambassador to the United States. He would do a great job! ...sounds, like everybody would be happier if he was the US Ambassador to GB. Happier still if it was to somewhere else. (Hasn't US->EU been mentioned, recently?) I...
by Soupspoon
Tue Nov 22, 2016 2:11 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Efficiency of prime sieve
Replies: 7
Views: 4462

Re: Efficiency of prime sieve

Whether or not you meant to say this, I probably missed/misread it being said, but if you're wanting to save time sieving composites you read the first (singular) multiple of the candidate sieve number (assuming you start with all odd numbers, 3 to root(n), 2 and all further even numbers already bei...
by Soupspoon
Tue Nov 22, 2016 1:06 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1177
Views: 57934

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 1008 contains one of the student accomodation blocks. The only access is via a special elevator that travels just from/to Floor 1007, geared so slowly that it takes more than an hour to traverse the gap. It smells.
by Soupspoon
Tue Nov 22, 2016 12:29 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Simple Writer poetry for the Holiday Season
Replies: 11
Views: 4239

Re: Simple Writer poetry for the Holiday Season

Isn't the "jingle" of "Jingle bells" an imperative verb rather than an adjective, Soupspoon? (Kinda like Bob Dylan's "Ring Them Bells," but less apocalyptic.) Possibly, but I was burnt by the attempt to make "spirits" (abstract feelings, here of positive emot...
by Soupspoon
Tue Nov 22, 2016 11:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1762: "Moving Boxes"
Replies: 70
Views: 10099

Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

I've had cause to think of my house contents recently. By weight, I think most of my boxes would just be labelled "Books". Bookshelves would be the dominant furniture type (but are themselves necessarily much lighter, and doesn't count the 'bookcase' that is the floor). (And having thought...
by Soupspoon
Tue Nov 22, 2016 11:13 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Three words, one solution
Replies: 53
Views: 5586

Re: Three words, one solution

I concur, Doctor Felstaff.
by Soupspoon
Tue Nov 22, 2016 1:05 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Three words, one solution
Replies: 53
Views: 5586

Re: Three words, one solution

And nobody got it :mrgreen: These were all jams! Strawberry jam, the dreaded paper jam and of course the space jam (did you know the original website is still up: http://www.warnerbros.com/archive/spacejam/movie/jam.htm) I had "Strawberry Fields Forever" in my mind whenever I looked at th...
by Soupspoon
Tue Nov 22, 2016 12:58 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Simple Writer poetry for the Holiday Season
Replies: 11
Views: 4239

Re: Simple Writer poetry for the Holiday Season

My first thought was of one that would be easy. Apparently "snow" isn't allowed in my chosen simple-writer ". Bob tail? Nope. And no slide/skid/etc to use for the banned "sleigh". Harder than anticipated. Fast-going through the soft ground ice In a one horse open over-ice ca...
by Soupspoon
Mon Nov 21, 2016 6:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 774937

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Tyndmyr wrote:Trump has no interest in destroying the economy. That wouldn't benefit him at all.

Wouldn't it?

Maybe being POTUS, he might hold off, but relevant analogue and historically he hasn't been shy of bankrupting his own businesses...
by Soupspoon
Mon Nov 21, 2016 6:17 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Toroidal star
Replies: 14
Views: 2888

Re: Toroidal star

Ah, yes. Definite terminology confusion. Not the barycentre (origin point O, x=y=z=0), but the circular 'core line' (probably not x²+y²=R² and z=0, for major radius R in a more/less-than regular toroid, but it'd be not far off within minor radius r from there), and where the highest pressures would ...
by Soupspoon
Mon Nov 21, 2016 2:37 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Toroidal star
Replies: 14
Views: 2888

Re: Toroidal star

I'm guessing that this pulls it torus-coreward Why are you guessing that? Rings pull things inside them to the nearest point on the ring, because inverse-square gravity combined with only a 1-dimensional massive body means proximity wins out. (The reason it balances in the sphere is you've got all ...
by Soupspoon
Mon Nov 21, 2016 12:01 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Toroidal star
Replies: 14
Views: 2888

Re: Toroidal star

I'm just trying to dust off my long-unused integration skills to work on the problem. In replying to ijuin, I was addressing the need for a net outward force near the centre (where I'm assuming there already isn't any mass, in the pre-holed bosy), and gmalivuk then wants to talk about gravitational ...
by Soupspoon
Sun Nov 20, 2016 7:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1761: "Blame"
Replies: 138
Views: 21257

Re: 1761: "Blame"

gd1 wrote:Hillary is a scumbag (likely a murderer)
[citation needed]
by Soupspoon
Sun Nov 20, 2016 7:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1761: "Blame"
Replies: 138
Views: 21257

Re: 1761: "Blame"

A President Clinton means that this is still possible within the next four years. A President Trump who is willing to back off some makes that far less likely (though what happens between us and China, I can't say). If this is a situation where one side backing off to another creates a stable posit...
by Soupspoon
Sun Nov 20, 2016 5:56 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Toroidal star
Replies: 14
Views: 2888

Re: Toroidal star

The problem, as I understand it, is that maintaining a toroidal shape would require a net outward force that is greater closer to the center than it is farther away. Unfortunately, rotation and gravity do not work that way. The only force that I can imagine holding a stellar mass in such a shape is...
by Soupspoon
Sat Nov 19, 2016 5:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: First Tesla Autopilot Death
Replies: 304
Views: 39453

Re: First Tesla Autopilot Death

The crash is believed to be the first in the UK involving fatalities on board a tram since 1959. From HES's link. 55 plus years with no fatalities seems to be a pretty good record. Additional context to that, though: Almost all historic UK tram networks are long defunct. From memory (and now also t...
by Soupspoon
Sat Nov 19, 2016 4:32 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1177
Views: 57934

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 1000 is a disappointment.
by Soupspoon
Sat Nov 19, 2016 4:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1761: "Blame"
Replies: 138
Views: 21257

Re: 1761: "Blame"

I'm gonna ask you to expand upon your thoughts on the following...
Sheikh al-Majaneen wrote:How many people would die if Ukraine joins NATO?

...especially as to who would be to blame for any such a result.

You know, to bring this topic more or less back to the original subject of blame.

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