Search found 291 matches

by ElWanderer
Fri Mar 29, 2019 3:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1529
Views: 263516

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

I heard somewhere (some random, unverified Twitter post probably) that 49 MPs voted against all eight options, which seems fairly pointless except as a protest against... something I can't really fathom. I was heartened that the more sensible options seem to have more support than jumping off the no...
by ElWanderer
Wed Mar 27, 2019 10:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1529
Views: 263516

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

Unsurprisingly, all eight indicative votes were rejected - after all, all MPs can agree on is that they disagree. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-47728333 The two proposals with the most aye votes were a customs union with the EU and a second referendum (not sure of the exact details of what ...
by ElWanderer
Wed Feb 13, 2019 7:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2111: "Opportunity Rover"
Replies: 15
Views: 4726

Re: 2111: "Opportunity Rover"

I also came here just to say "awww". The Martian rover comics are some of the most touching.
by ElWanderer
Tue Feb 05, 2019 9:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: Re: 2107: "Launch risk"
Replies: 17
Views: 6025

Re: 2107: "Launch risk"

I'm interested in the choice of the rocket design... At a first, not so close glance, it reminded me of a Soyuz. It’s definitely not one, though it could have liquid boosters like a Soyuz. To me it looks quite like a Soyuz with the liquid boosters replaced by Proton fuel tanks... but then it is mor...
by ElWanderer
Wed Dec 12, 2018 9:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1529
Views: 263516

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

May survives a party vote of no confidence, but not by a very wide margin. She has already said she will step down before the next election, but it's hard to see her lasting very long as it is. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-46547246 There's still no clear way to get the current Brexit agree...
by ElWanderer
Wed Dec 12, 2018 5:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15191
Views: 2705479

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

Two California nuns have spent at least a decade embezzling 500 grand for a trip to Vegas. Obligatory Father Ted quote: "that money was just resting in my account!" Maybe they could be sent off to some quiet covent on a quiet, craggy island somewhere out of the way, possibly with an alcoh...
by ElWanderer
Sun Aug 05, 2018 2:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)
Replies: 340
Views: 118231

Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Something from that article I didn't know: Two older brothers, Jimmy and Brian, also formed a double-act, the Patton Brothers, and have appeared on ChuckleVision Gee I wonder why the "Patton Brothers" were less successful than the Chuckle Brothers. Patton vision, Patton vision *tank crash...
by ElWanderer
Sun Aug 05, 2018 8:53 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)
Replies: 340
Views: 118231

Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-45074955

So, farewell Barry Chuckle.

*sad voice* "To me... to me... to me..."
by ElWanderer
Sat Jun 10, 2017 8:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British Snap Election - Theresa, Meh; Corbyn near-win; So long, Farron, auf wiedersehen goodbyeee
Replies: 127
Views: 39211

Re: British Snap Election - not a re-referendum?

The YouGov poll a couple of days before the election that had Labour only 3(? based on my memory) points behind (as opposed to 7-20) was supposedly based on a higher-than-usual youth turnout. It was a bit of an outlier as a poll, but turned out to be closer to the real results than most. That said, ...
by ElWanderer
Fri Jun 09, 2017 12:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British Snap Election - Theresa, Meh; Corbyn near-win; So long, Farron, auf wiedersehen goodbyeee
Replies: 127
Views: 39211

Re: British Snap Election - not a re-referendum?

It's not a true coalition in that the parties won't be sharing power. The DUP tend to vote in the same direction as the Conservatives and May has presumably had a quick chat with them to confirm that they will continue to do so. It'll be a minority Conservative government, propped up by DUP votes wh...
by ElWanderer
Fri Jun 09, 2017 7:49 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British Snap Election - Theresa, Meh; Corbyn near-win; So long, Farron, auf wiedersehen goodbyeee
Replies: 127
Views: 39211

Re: British Snap Election - not a re-referendum?

Well that was a pile of fail, if you were after a strong and stable government. It looks like the Conservatives will form a minority government , propped up by the DUP, which is unlikely to last long... so another election looks likely and there will be much uncertainty. Interesting picture in Scotl...
by ElWanderer
Thu Jun 08, 2017 9:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British Snap Election - Theresa, Meh; Corbyn near-win; So long, Farron, auf wiedersehen goodbyeee
Replies: 127
Views: 39211

Re: British Snap Election - not a re-referendum?

BBC exit poll projects the Conservatives being shy of a majority, implying May's gamble has failed. Need to wait for the real results of course!

Edit: ninja'd!
by ElWanderer
Thu Jun 08, 2017 1:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British Snap Election - Theresa, Meh; Corbyn near-win; So long, Farron, auf wiedersehen goodbyeee
Replies: 127
Views: 39211

Re: British Snap Election - not a re-referendum?

I've voted... in the poll at the top of this page.

Fully intend to vote on my way home from work, but I'm not fully decided which way yet.
by ElWanderer
Thu Jun 08, 2017 7:55 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British Snap Election - Theresa, Meh; Corbyn near-win; So long, Farron, auf wiedersehen goodbyeee
Replies: 127
Views: 39211

Re: British Snap Election - not a re-referendum?

Election day has dawned. I would say thank goodness it'll all be over soon, but we may end up with a hung parliament again, followed by lots of arguing over who should try to form a government.
by ElWanderer
Thu Jun 01, 2017 6:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8719
Views: 926464

Re: Trump presidency

On a more serious note, has he pulled you out of the Paris Climate Treaty yet? He has been dragging that one out...
by ElWanderer
Wed May 31, 2017 11:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8719
Views: 926464

Re: Trump presidency

I'm surprised this thread doesn't have more covfefe, negative or otherwise.
by ElWanderer
Thu Mar 16, 2017 9:04 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science-based what-if questions
Replies: 622
Views: 134707

Re: Planet's spin

Mercury, for example, is tidally locked to the Sun, so it has a permanent light and dark side. Being pedantic, Mercury has a 3:2 resonance with the sun so it doesn't have permanent day- or night-side. It rotates three times every two orbits (note: I should double check that's not the other way arou...
by ElWanderer
Mon Feb 27, 2017 8:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1804: "Video Content"
Replies: 64
Views: 13487

Re: 1804: "Video Content"

The comma being inside the quotation marks for 'Mouth Content' in the title text bothers me for some reason, I think the comma should be outside the quotation marks. I was going to suggest the position of the comma inside or outside of the quote was a US style v British style thing, but it seems to...
by ElWanderer
Fri Sep 11, 2015 12:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1576: "I Could Care Less"
Replies: 310
Views: 51671

Re: 1576: "I Could Care Less"

Oh, I meant to ask about that: am I right in thinking that "I could give a s**t" is also in fairly common usage with a similarly counterliteral meaning? Not only that, but since "I know s**t about quantum mechanics" means you're completely ignorant of the subject, you'd think th...
by ElWanderer
Wed Sep 02, 2015 2:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1572: "xkcd Survey"
Replies: 366
Views: 131538

Re: 1572: "xkcd Survey"

I had trouble spelling my frequently misspelled word.... It's occasionally. Still can't spell it in this post :P Me too. Manoeuvre . Damn, had to resort to spellcheck yet again. I too went for manoeuvre, though I managed to spell it right first time on the form. And just then. I type it a lot at th...
by ElWanderer
Wed Aug 12, 2015 8:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1563: "Synonym Movies"
Replies: 112
Views: 27983

Re: 1563: "Synonym Movies"

Is "czar" really quite a synonym for "king"? A male, hereditary, autocratic ruler? Seems fairly legitimate to me. The best direct translation of Tsar/Czar (and the German Kaiser) would be Emperor, as they all derive from Caesar, used as a title in the Roman Empire. King and Empe...
by ElWanderer
Fri Jul 24, 2015 8:12 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Grand Tours (cycling) talk
Replies: 80
Views: 35517

Re: Grand Tours (cycling) talk

What a boring stage today. That said, it's kinda nice how the three French guys who've been most visible in (at least the Eurosport) live broadcasts are second, third and fourth in the young rider classification. Some up-and-comers they have. That final ascent with all the hairpin bends made for so...
by ElWanderer
Thu Jul 16, 2015 1:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Pluto flyby
Replies: 49
Views: 14306

Re: Pluto flyby

Thanks for the links and information! Could the lack of craters be explained by the inclination of its orbit? Pluto spends so much time "outside" the plane of the Solar System , maybe it stays out of the path of many asteroids? Add its relative small size and it might be unlikely to be hi...
by ElWanderer
Thu Jul 16, 2015 9:19 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Pluto flyby
Replies: 49
Views: 14306

Re: Pluto flyby

There is a lot more data and lots more images to come, but the probe can only transmit at 1-4kb/s so it will take a long time (over a year) before we have it all. I don't know if there will be a better shot of Hydra in the full dataset; that's something I've wondered myself. The surface really is a ...
by ElWanderer
Tue Jul 14, 2015 11:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Grand Tours (cycling) talk
Replies: 80
Views: 35517

Re: Grand Tours (cycling) talk

This feels a lot like two years ago to the day when Froome powered his way up Mont Ventoux with carnage in his wake. He does seem well-suited to 'sting-in-the-tail' stages. Everyone has such ground to make up now it's hard to see a different result to 2013, but there is still a long way to go.
by ElWanderer
Fri May 01, 2015 8:49 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Kerbal Space Program
Replies: 728
Views: 343324

Re: Kerbal Space Program

Version 1.0.2 is out (following hot on the heels of v1.0.1)... still not had the chance to play, but at least I've not had to suffer the heatshield weirdness or rapidly-overheating nuclear engines that a lot of people were complaining about. The changelist for v1.0.1 is pretty long - they must've ha...
by ElWanderer
Wed Apr 29, 2015 10:51 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Kerbal Space Program
Replies: 728
Views: 343324

Re: Kerbal Space Program

Woohoo, version 1.0 is available, with a massive raft of changes! Seems a lot of relearning how to play will be required. Due to the recent birth of my son (an even more woohoo!-worthy event for me, of course), I haven't even had the computer on since the launch. I may have some time to play it in t...
by ElWanderer
Wed Apr 29, 2015 10:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1518: "Typical Morning Routine"
Replies: 126
Views: 19343

Re: 1518: "Typical Morning Routine"

speising wrote:I actually had the problem of panel two. Somehow i managed to dismiss the alarm app without shutting it up. The only thing i could do was reboot.

I've had this too with at least one of my previous phones. It's particularly bewildering when you're barely awake. Loving the comic as a result though!
by ElWanderer
Wed Apr 22, 2015 9:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1515: "Basketball Earth"
Replies: 48
Views: 13699

Re: 1515: "Basketball Earth"

snowyowl wrote:In the first panel, is BHG pushing the Earth closer to the Moon to create ridiculous tides? Or is he just poking the ocean to watch the pretty ripples?

I took it to mean he'd stopped it rotating with his hand (the water would continue rotating, causing massive flooding)...
by ElWanderer
Wed Nov 26, 2014 3:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1450: "AI-Box Experiment"
Replies: 200
Views: 67758

Re: 1450: "AI-Box Experiment"

Once the grenade is in the air, the robot doesn't have to catch it, because these robots don't have to proactively save humans from harm, they just have to not actually act to harm them themselves. You must be misremembering details of this story, as the First Law states that "a robot may not ...
by ElWanderer
Wed Nov 12, 2014 7:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1446: "Landing"
Replies: 1143
Views: 224179

Re: 1446: "Landing"

The comic has (finally) made it on to the BBC's live page.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/science- ... t-29985988

Will there be cake?
by ElWanderer
Wed Aug 06, 2014 9:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1167: "Star Trek into Darkness"
Replies: 156
Views: 59024

Re: 1167: "Star Trek into Darkness"

Ran into this cartoon unexpectedly today, in the middle of a BBC article about edit wars:
http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-28426674
by ElWanderer
Mon May 19, 2014 12:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Actual (Association) Football Talk.
Replies: 1114
Views: 210640

Re: Actual (Association) Football Talk.

Fantasy Football End-of-Season Update With 13 points more in the final week than the guy previously leading the table, I won by 11 points! Also Liverpool finished second in the Prem and I'm incredibly excited about next season. That was me in second place, I think. Belated congratulations! I thorou...
by ElWanderer
Thu Mar 13, 2014 12:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Flight from Malaysia disappeared
Replies: 181
Views: 49937

Re: Flight from Malaysia disappeared

It feels like every new piece of information relating to this flight is denied 12 hours later. In the rush to publish "breaking news" there seems to be a distinct lack of fact checking. The press conference this morning (UK time) said the Chinese satellite photos weren't of the plane and t...
by ElWanderer
Fri Oct 25, 2013 10:48 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Magnitude of celestial body bright enough to cast shadow
Replies: 12
Views: 5849

Re: Magnitude of celestial body bright enough to cast shadow

How about comets? I'd have thought they can be much brighter than Venus (citation needed). They can, an upcoming one might get as bright as the moon. But they are much more spread out, so if you get a shadow it will be much more diffuse. Also really bright ones are rare. Good point. Just edited my ...
by ElWanderer
Fri Oct 25, 2013 10:31 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Magnitude of celestial body bright enough to cast shadow
Replies: 12
Views: 5849

Re: Magnitude of celestial body bright enough to cast shadow

How about comets? I'd have thought they can be much brighter than Venus (citation needed).

Edit: Wikipedia says Venus has a max apparent magnitude of -4.6, much brighter than Comet Hale-Bopp or the great comet of 1811 (magnitude 0). But Wikipedia also suggests Mars and Jupiter can cast shadows...
by ElWanderer
Sat Oct 12, 2013 2:36 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Are there any genuine bomb shelters around where you live?
Replies: 42
Views: 26535

Re: Are there any genuine bomb shelters around where you liv

There is an abandoned missile silo with an enormous door in a town near mine. It's actually for sale for a very large amount of money right now. (it was converted into a gigantic basement for a house, it can still withstand quite a bit though) The local school also has a fallout shelter, because pa...
by ElWanderer
Sat Oct 12, 2013 7:57 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Are there any genuine bomb shelters around where you live?
Replies: 42
Views: 26535

Re: Are there any genuine bomb shelters around where you liv

(Southern UK) A lady we know who's heavily involved in the local history society has a fairly typical WWII, family bomb shelter (Anderson shelter?) in her garden. It's very suspectible to flooding, though, being not a great deal more than a glorified hole in the ground with a roof!
by ElWanderer
Wed Oct 09, 2013 8:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1274: Open Letter
Replies: 162
Views: 41123

Re: 1274: Open Letter

Kit. wrote:
CBusAlex wrote:
Kit. wrote:Can freedom be free?


No. It costs folks like you and me.

So, there's no such thing as "free as in freedom", isn't there?

Fuck, yeah.
Spoiler:
I think it depends on whether you've noticed that CBusAlex was quoting lyrics from Team America:
World Police
or not...
by ElWanderer
Tue Oct 08, 2013 11:59 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: EU wants to ban e-cigs - part 2
Replies: 54
Views: 15460

Re: EU wants to ban/restrict e-cigarettes

The proposal to class e-cigarettes as medicinal was rejected by the European Parliament. They did vote to ban menthol cigarettes, though with a five year delay. It's likely there will be more negotiations before anything is enacted. Note that the unelected European Commission can suggest laws (the B...

Go to advanced search