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by speising
Wed Feb 01, 2017 6:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1793: "Soda Sugar Comparisons"
Replies: 132
Views: 14656

Re: 1793: "Soda Sugar Comparisons"

. . . in my country, we have the usual fizzy drinks in: <sizes> do you have 3l bottles there, or that a US-only thing? My list was a quote from our official bottler of everything from the CC company, so i guess that's complete. I wouldn't really know, since i prefer my sugar in more solid form. Sin...
by speising
Wed Feb 01, 2017 12:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1793: "Soda Sugar Comparisons"
Replies: 132
Views: 14656

Re: 1793: "Soda Sugar Comparisons"

ggh wrote:I remember when I was a little girl, the lady next door used to invite me over to look at her parakeet, and would give me a mug of white sugar with a spoon. It was awesome.

Gee, I wonder what's the best way to illustrate how much sugar is in a mug of sugar....

Was she a dentist, per chance?
by speising
Wed Feb 01, 2017 9:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1793: "Soda Sugar Comparisons"
Replies: 132
Views: 14656

Re: 1793: "Soda Sugar Comparisons"

Given that we get feet and gallons as well as fluid ounces, I was assuming the units were deliberate trolling! I was sort of expecting the title text to mention furlongs or cubits. I'm guessing us metric people can't buy a 591.47ml bottle—is the nearest we've got the 500ml bottles? Or does that eve...
by speising
Tue Jan 31, 2017 9:31 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89782
Views: 6529770

Re: Random natterings

Oh, sorry, The Hedgehog Can Never be Buggered at All From the same source: The song is actually a very interesting play on words; in British English (and, by extension, Australian English), "bugger" can be either a rather coarse slang term meaning "bother", or it can be a vulgari...
by speising
Tue Jan 31, 2017 9:15 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89782
Views: 6529770

Re: Random natterings

That was my assumtion too, when i read about the song "the hedgehog can hardly be buggered at all".
by speising
Mon Jan 30, 2017 6:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1792: "Bird/Plane/Superman"
Replies: 76
Views: 9673

Re: 1792: "Bird/Plane/Superman"

Steve the Pocket wrote:What I want to know about is the birds-sunbathing-to-regain-their-flight-ability thing. Are there some cold-blooded birds I'm not familiar with?

I could imagine wet bird need to dry in the sun before they can fly again.
by speising
Mon Jan 30, 2017 6:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1792: "Bird/Plane/Superman"
Replies: 76
Views: 9673

Re: 1792: "Bird/Plane/Superman"

Please, tell me that supes pooping mid flight is canon.
by speising
Fri Jan 27, 2017 8:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1791: "Telescopes: Refractor vs Reflector"
Replies: 99
Views: 9825

Re: 1791: "Telescopes: Refractor vs Reflector"

Angua wrote:Where did this lore about purity of silver come from? As far as I was aware, you can't see a vampire in a reflection because they don't have a soul.

Does that mean stones have a soul? Because they totally have a reflection.
by speising
Fri Jan 27, 2017 2:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1791: "Telescopes: Refractor vs Reflector"
Replies: 99
Views: 9825

Re: 1791: "Telescopes: Refractor vs Reflector"

Showsni wrote:Are you positing that vampires can still be totally internally reflected?

Maybe it's just the silver in traditional mirrors that prevents their reflection...

That's the lore in at least some stories, yes.

Anyway, the depicted refractor does seem to have a mirror, not a prism.
by speising
Thu Jan 26, 2017 9:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14034
Views: 1919953

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

So, er, maybe humorous: a policeman issued a fine to someone for using a hand-held mobile phone while driving. The idiot in question claimed to have thought it was alright to check Facebook, because, to quote, "I'm not using it as a phone." ... hominids. I wonder if the idiot was a Washin...
by speising
Thu Jan 26, 2017 3:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1790: "Sad"
Replies: 81
Views: 9105

Re: 1790: "Sad"

but you have to admit,
Nothing but a health problem or a new scandal could stop the inevitability train.

was quite spot-on...
by speising
Thu Jan 26, 2017 1:21 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Spaceship using Kepler's 2nd Law
Replies: 19
Views: 2457

Re: Spaceship using Kepler's 2nd Law

eSOANEM wrote:
jewish_scientist wrote:Can you please remake your post? I am having some trouble understanding the equations.


I'm using TeX the world, take a look in the sticky for instructions on getting it to display properly.

that requires firefox or chrome, and probably a PC.
by speising
Wed Jan 25, 2017 9:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: First Tesla Autopilot Death
Replies: 304
Views: 37997

Re: First Tesla Autopilot Death

There is some technology focused on driver attention. Cameras that can capture what you are looking at and rattle you if your focus leaves the road too long. Haptic feedback, seat shakers and that type of thing. Tesla looks at something, what the steering wheel, and I think they reduced the time ou...
by speising
Wed Jan 25, 2017 6:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3137
Views: 367780

Re: The Darker Side of the News

I just found it funny that the article ends with that, as if every reader would know where Charlotte is located. (I just assume it's a somewhat bigger place)

Edit: ok, yes it is. Google told me.
by speising
Wed Jan 25, 2017 6:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3137
Views: 367780

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Liri wrote:
Zohar wrote:WHAT THE FUCK
Woman goes to doctor for blood tests, "Lesbianism" appears under her list of problems!

I have a cousin-in-law from Indian Trail. Let's say it's not the most modern place.

Yeah, it's 15 miles east of someone named Charlotte, as the article helpfully informs us.
by speising
Wed Jan 25, 2017 5:33 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: The Joys of Good Cookware
Replies: 252
Views: 56394

Re: The Joys of Good Cookware

Note: sanding down Teflon: not recommended
by speising
Wed Jan 25, 2017 1:53 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: The Joys of Good Cookware
Replies: 252
Views: 56394

Re: The Joys of Good Cookware

They claim that ceramic is sensitive, while teflon is durable - the complete opposite of what is the usual lore. Teflon coatings will abrade over time, unless you are extremely careful. Ceramic coatings, as far as i've seen, can stand some rough handling.
by speising
Wed Jan 25, 2017 1:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3616
Views: 226153

Re: Trump presidency

Citing no new evidence, Trump continues to say there were millions of illegal votes I don't know, is there some procedure to impeach a president because of mental illness? I assume that was tongue in cheek, but it seems the requirements for impeachment are: "Treason, Bribery, or other high Cri...
by speising
Wed Jan 25, 2017 12:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3616
Views: 226153

Re: Trump presidency

↶ Citing no new evidence, Trump continues to say there were millions of illegal votes I don't know, is there some procedure to impeach a president because of mental illness? That sounds like the kind of thing Trump tweeted before he became president. http://i.imgur.com/BqkRj01.png?1 well, now we kn...
by speising
Wed Jan 25, 2017 9:33 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3616
Views: 226153

Re: Trump presidency

Citing no new evidence, Trump continues to say there were millions of illegal votes

I don't know, is there some procedure to impeach a president because of mental illness?
by speising
Tue Jan 24, 2017 2:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: First Tesla Autopilot Death
Replies: 304
Views: 37997

Re: First Tesla Autopilot Death

I'm not a pilot, but i'm pretty sure that, cruising along over the atlantic at 30000ft, the pilot doesn't have to be on split-second watch all the time. If the autopilot has a problem, it'll emit some noise, the pilot puts their coffee away and starts to look for what's up. If you're in a car, cruis...
by speising
Fri Jan 20, 2017 5:37 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Citizen's Wage
Replies: 942
Views: 163257

Re: Citizen's Wage

Fine distinctions. The reason communism fails everywhere is basic human nature. Greed trumps cooperation. It's just the more robust evolutionary strategy.

Cooperation is fragile. Even if 90% of your workers are cooperating for the common good, those 10% bad apples will spoil the whole game.
by speising
Fri Jan 20, 2017 5:15 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Citizen's Wage
Replies: 942
Views: 163257

Re: Citizen's Wage

And this, kids, is why today Soviet Russia is the economic powerhouse of the world.
by speising
Fri Jan 20, 2017 4:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1788: "Barge"
Replies: 27
Views: 4626

Re: 1788: "Barge"

Gravitas will get you
by speising
Thu Jan 19, 2017 6:50 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Enabling/finding router wifi
Replies: 3
Views: 1930

Re: Enabling/finding router wifi

Maybe your device can't use N? Try changing that option to g or so.
by speising
Fri Jan 13, 2017 11:49 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Can you (passively) heat an object hotter than your source?
Replies: 98
Views: 19776

Re: Can you (passively) heat an object hotter than your source?

Tal-Seto wrote: we simply ignore the facts.

After which, the spheres turn into unicorns and fly away.
by speising
Fri Jan 13, 2017 11:22 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28315
Views: 2583940

Re: ANGRY NATTERINGS

Ah, thanks. German Google was less than helpful.
by speising
Fri Jan 13, 2017 11:04 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28315
Views: 2583940

Re: ANGRY NATTERINGS

What is "vog" and how does it make sick?
by speising
Thu Jan 12, 2017 7:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1553
Views: 217681

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

What's an AI anyway? I don't believe there's a stringent definition to delineate an AI from conventional software.
Result:
Companies stop hyping every slightly complex automated service as AI, call their robots "machines", and avoid those regulations.
by speising
Wed Jan 11, 2017 7:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1782: "Team Chat"
Replies: 84
Views: 10348

Re: 1782: "Team Chat"

(Yep: phpBB re-decides how to render emoticons in quoted text .) Why yes, phpbb (and likely all available forum software) has no concept of quoted text, but of text in a styled box instead. So it's rendered with your message settings just like the rest of the text. (Having message settings as an at...
by speising
Tue Jan 10, 2017 4:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1553
Views: 217681

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

I can see this being more expensive (read more lucrative) than cheap fillings.
by speising
Sat Jan 07, 2017 8:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1782: "Team Chat"
Replies: 84
Views: 10348

Re: 1782: "Team Chat"

Techrocket9 wrote:2051 is awfully optimistic for the dawn and dominance of a galactic singularity. The Milky Way is 100K light years across, so even if the singularity propagates at c it's still going to take at least 50,000 years to encompass the galaxy.

But do you know when and where it started?
by speising
Fri Jan 06, 2017 10:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14034
Views: 1919953

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

The 90 minute round trip would mess things up, too.
(Btw an easy way to calculate the moons distance, if you know how long it takes to orbit.)
by speising
Fri Jan 06, 2017 5:12 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Storing Nuclear Waste on the Moon
Replies: 57
Views: 8151

Re: Storing Nuclear Waste on the Moon

The best solution is to actually use it, in a breeder reactor. It's insane to let all this nice energy radiate away uselessly.
by speising
Fri Jan 06, 2017 3:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14034
Views: 1919953

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

In the Trivial Pursuit game i played at new year's eve i got the question when the chernobyl desaster occurred. The answer on the back of the card was "May 1985". Fortunately my answer was accepted nonetheless.
by speising
Thu Jan 05, 2017 8:04 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Real one way glass
Replies: 27
Views: 4294

Re: Real one way glass

How's that supposed to prevent light from coming back out the hole it went in? In any case, we'll need the OP to clarify exactly what's meant by one-way, as I was taking it to mean thermal radiation also doesn't pass back the other way (hence its being impossible). When people talk about light, the...
by speising
Sun Jan 01, 2017 2:39 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9775
Views: 1575174

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

Maybe even more importantly, any operation on a float has to return another float, since the value may be outside the range representable by ints.

What's intfloor(2147483649.5)?
by speising
Tue Dec 27, 2016 8:53 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: How to calculate energy in humans?
Replies: 22
Views: 3283

Re: How to calculate energy in humans?

Tub wrote:but it's going to be in the ballpark of burning 80kg of other organic material like wood.


Pretty wet wood, though. Humans don't really burn well.
by speising
Fri Dec 16, 2016 9:51 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14034
Views: 1919953

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

addams wrote:Celibacy was...Protective


Yes. Protecting the churches wealth, by preventing any children or spouses to inherit from its (often wealthy) members.
by speising
Thu Dec 15, 2016 8:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1770: "UI Change"
Replies: 56
Views: 9982

Re: 1770: "UI Change"

And then there are configurations with more than one monitor and you don't have a "border" or "corner" to bump your cursor on there. You still have borders and corners of the overall desktop shape, even if it's spread across several monitors. Yes, but, one, the ways to travel be...

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