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by AJR
Thu Sep 04, 2014 10:41 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0110: "Walking New York"
Replies: 52
Views: 39418

Re: What-If 0110: "Walking New York"

As a real-life comparison, there is Noelle Poulson , who has just finished walking every street in "central London" (defined as the road congestion charging zone, which is 21 km².) She's walked just under 400 miles, with a total time of 175 hours, which if you walked for 6 hours each day w...
by AJR
Thu Aug 01, 2013 10:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Muslim organisations targetted by fires in London
Replies: 54
Views: 13459

Re: Muslim organisations targetted by fires in London

A lot of people feel that Britain, and perhaps Europe in general, is being colonized and handed over to foreigners, Yeah, those bloody Anglo-Saxons should bugger off back to Germany/Denmark/the Netherlands and leave Britain to the Britons . Or maybe you meant that those Norman (& Viking-descend...
by AJR
Wed Jul 24, 2013 12:27 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0055: "Random Sneeze Call"
Replies: 37
Views: 19207

Re: What-If 0055: "Random Sneeze Call"

The big unanswered question arising from this What-if is: if 58 hours is equal to 490 Hey Judes, how many Na, na na, na-na-na naas is that?
by AJR
Fri Mar 15, 2013 6:00 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Questions For The World
Replies: 2216
Views: 457396

Re: Questions For The World

We had the 'six and out' rule for cricket as well (in London), for pretty much the same reason.
by AJR
Wed Mar 13, 2013 1:30 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Firefox won't accept my SSL certificate
Replies: 2
Views: 6152

Re: Firefox won't accept my SSL certificate

If it's connecting OK once you've added the security exception and is just showing "could not verify this certificate for unknown reasons" when you view the certificate details, I think that's perfectly normal. With a self-signed certificate that's been manually accepted, it will say "...
by AJR
Wed Feb 06, 2013 1:29 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: UK Muslims demand gay marriage exemption...
Replies: 40
Views: 8719

Re: UK Muslims demand gay marriage exemption...

David Lammy's speech on why he's supporting the bill is wonderful - the whole thing is worth listening to if you've got a few minutes, but particularly his closing lines, where he talks about his own religious view: The Jesus I know, was born a refugee, illegitimate, with a death warrant on his nam...
by AJR
Sun Dec 09, 2012 6:12 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90225
Views: 9344498

Re: Screechings of the Great Unwashed (Meander to the Morgue

RIP Patrick.

In the unlikely event that there is an afterlife, I like to think that he's now actually playing his xylophone at a rave full of aliens.
by AJR
Mon Nov 05, 2012 12:28 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Sea level rise
Replies: 14
Views: 2799

Re: Sea level rise

One example of the "land-level" changes that dudiobugtron mentioned is post-glacial rebound , which can be (relatively) quite localised. For example, Britain is effectively pivoting about a line across the middle of the country , with northern areas rising and southern areas sinking. (The ...
by AJR
Sun Oct 28, 2012 1:33 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15188
Views: 2704062

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

That guy in the pic looks haunted by the discovery. I'd imagine that anyone who's job consists of going down sewers to remove congealed balls of fat, condoms, and small fluffy animals would have a permanent 1000-yard stare. (And an excellent knowledge of which soaps are best for removing persistent...
by AJR
Sun Oct 28, 2012 1:11 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15188
Views: 2704062

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

10 things you should never flush down your toilet - needless to say, this is not an article to read if you've just eaten, but will introduce you to the delightful "fatbergs" that can be found in sewers...
by AJR
Mon Oct 22, 2012 10:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15188
Views: 2704062

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

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mobileweb/2012/10/22/girl-mistaken-for-skunk-shot_n_2000340.html Just weird. I hope her injuries are minor, although partly because then I can laugh without feeling like a horrible person. The wonderful Tom Lehrer sang about this kind of incident , so just claim you're...
by AJR
Mon Aug 20, 2012 1:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Shooting at Christian organization in DC
Replies: 230
Views: 30444

Re: Shooting at Christian organization in DC

...Yes? Exactly? I'm not seeing how this is equivalent to trying to convince people that a particular sub-culture is inferior; so inferior that we must deny them the rights necessary to live their own lives as they see fit. They're both arguments. They're both ideas about how to live life as you se...
by AJR
Sun Aug 12, 2012 11:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: London Olympics 2012
Replies: 265
Views: 39702

Re: London Olympics 2012

Yep, the closing ceremony was utterly bonkers, and made utterly watchable by the running commentary on Twitter (and by playing "can I spot anyone I know?" - a friend was one of the people in blue with lightbulbs on their heads.)
by AJR
Tue Jul 03, 2012 11:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Jersey toys with independence
Replies: 33
Views: 6721

Re: Jersey toys with independence

Are we really saying it would be acceptable for Britain to impose punitive import tax on Jersey to punish them for choosing to become independent, personally I find such an idea revolting, an idea from a century ago. Import taxes are just what the status quo is for foreign countries. Nothing puniti...
by AJR
Sun Jun 17, 2012 7:02 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90225
Views: 9344498

Re: Screechings of the Great Unwashed (Meander to the Morgue

All this talk of apocalyptic ponies, but what about horses?
by AJR
Fri Jun 15, 2012 5:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: English court allows doctors to force-feed anorexic woman
Replies: 30
Views: 6040

English court allows doctors to force-feed anorexic woman

A judge at the English Court of Protection has ruled that doctors should be allowed to force-feed a 32-year old woman who has "extremely severe anorexia" who was close to death. A former medical student who suffers from extremely severe anorexia can be force fed against her wishes, a high ...
by AJR
Thu Jun 14, 2012 12:35 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90225
Views: 9344498

Re: Screechings of the Great Unwashed (Meander to the Morgue

In track cycling, one of the major achievements is the hour record (i.e. furthest distance ridden in an hour.) This is an entry in the record books though, rather than actual races. And then there are six-day races , which are basically "who goes the furthest" events, although not quite as...
by AJR
Wed Jun 13, 2012 11:39 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Did Bill Gates really say this..?
Replies: 18
Views: 4138

Re: Did Bill Gates really say this..?

The 99.99% in the OP's quote may be a bit exaggerated, but it's probably also partly down to definitions. For example, if a third-party provided hardware driver causes a Windows BSOD, the user may well perceive this as Windows crashing, but Microsoft could reasonably argue that the bug is in the thi...
by AJR
Wed Jun 13, 2012 11:18 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Questions For The World
Replies: 2216
Views: 457396

Re: Questions For The World

In the UK it is perfectly possible to make direct transfers between most bank accounts, and usually this is available over the phone and online, you just need the recipient's account number & sort code (essentially part of the account number which identifies (originally, at least) the specific b...
by AJR
Tue May 29, 2012 10:00 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90225
Views: 9344498

Re: Screechings of the Great Unwashed (Meander to the Morgue

Just noticed that the next post in this thread will be the 77,777th one!
by AJR
Tue May 29, 2012 9:50 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Naviagting by the moon
Replies: 1
Views: 1836

Naviagting by the moon

I've seen the following claim made in a magazine article that refers to "nature's compass": Moon: Best for navigation when there's a crescent moon positioned reasonably high in the sky. Draw an imaginary line connecting the two lunar horns and continue it down to the horizon. At that point...
by AJR
Sat Mar 17, 2012 5:38 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13423
Views: 1767907

Re: Learned.

Today I learned If you put a good quality pencil portrait in front of a camera, the face-detection algorithm will pick it up. I have confirmed this with several examples on DeviantArt, but my picture is the only one I've found so far that works from just an outline. IMG_20120312_015456.jpg Related:...
by AJR
Fri Feb 17, 2012 12:38 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: things to do before you die
Replies: 46
Views: 8140

Re: things to do before you die

Travel the Trans-Siberian Railroad from start to finish Think bigger, how about around the world without flying? (It is possible, and includes the Trans-Siberian railway.) I don't think I could do something like that all at once. I have social tolerance limits and I think the Trans-Siberian trip is...
by AJR
Tue Feb 14, 2012 1:21 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: things to do before you die
Replies: 46
Views: 8140

Re: things to do before you die

lucrezaborgia wrote:Travel the Trans-Siberian Railroad from start to finish

Think bigger, how about around the world without flying? (It is possible, and includes the Trans-Siberian railway.)
by AJR
Mon Jan 30, 2012 10:55 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90225
Views: 9344498

Re: Screechings of the Great Unwashed (Meander to the Morgue

At least they're being more honest (sort of) than the 419 scammers - "please send me money because I'm batsh*t crazy" rather than "please send me money to help me shift this big load of stolen cash".
by AJR
Mon Jan 30, 2012 10:34 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Uh-oh. It's a Youtube party and you're up next. What do you show 'em?
Replies: 2151
Views: 747950

Re: Something on Youtube

The Muppets respond to comments on Fox News that their new film is "pushing a dangerous liberal agenda and trying to brainwash children" ("Miss Piggy's" response is the best bit :D)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8YhED4IgQA
by AJR
Mon Jan 30, 2012 12:23 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90225
Views: 9344498

Re: Screechings of the Great Unwashed (Meander to the Morgue

Yeah. You need special software just to open them :-( It's an extremely high resolution buddhabrot render. Last summer I did one that was 20,000 x 20,000 pixels. This is a 500x500 pixel slice of that. https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-D3kyKN7dDK0/TiFoQcm7f5I/AAAAAAAAAOw/L-e4uLSeMnU/frac3.png The f...
by AJR
Sun Dec 18, 2011 11:05 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13423
Views: 1767907

Re: Today I Learned

The names site says that there are only 180 people in the US with my surname, and "1 or fewer" people in the US with my name (they say "We have information on both names, but chances are low that someone has this combination of names.") Also, the are apparently over 1300 people i...
by AJR
Sat Dec 03, 2011 7:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: SOPA talk, yo.
Replies: 620
Views: 94745

Re: SOPA talk, yo.

In that case the only bodies with sufficient power are foreign governments (likely UK, France, Germany would be acceptable) or the UN. If the US does one widely publicised manipulation of DNS, even to a site which is 99% certain was infringing, we will see one of those try and make something. There...
by AJR
Tue Nov 15, 2011 11:12 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13423
Views: 1767907

Re: Today I Learned

I believe I have a solution to that problem, to be applied in the traditional manner (i.e. repeatedly, to the forehead of the offending individual)
by AJR
Sat Nov 12, 2011 5:26 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: 1000th XKCD Comic
Replies: 65
Views: 13076

Re: 1000th XKCD Comic

That was the starting point for my numbers, yes (the lack of #404 will make #1000 then 999th numbered comic on the site, and if you include the two (that I know of) IBM "A Smarter Planet" comics then it's the 1001st.) The other factors that I was taking into account have been hinted at in ...
by AJR
Sat Nov 05, 2011 1:25 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Count to a Million
Replies: 96038
Views: 7708990

Re: Count to a Million

35885
by AJR
Sat Nov 05, 2011 1:22 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Splitting Ethernet
Replies: 13
Views: 2947

Re: Splitting Ethernet

Also routers tend to serve DHCP so your devices might get confused trying to break through two subnets. Well, if both were offering IP addresses in the same range and with the same default gateway, you probably wouldn't have problems. (Of course, if they're offering the same default gateway then th...
by AJR
Sat Nov 05, 2011 12:47 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: 1000th XKCD Comic
Replies: 65
Views: 13076

Re: 1000th XKCD Comic

I aim to infuriate please :)
by AJR
Sat Nov 05, 2011 12:42 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: 1000th XKCD Comic
Replies: 65
Views: 13076

Re: 1000th XKCD Comic

You are, of course, calculating the date of comic #1000, not of the 1000th xkcd comic. Depending on what you include in the count, #1000 will be the 989th, 991st, 994th, 996th, 999th, or 1001st xkcd comic. (The basis for these numbers is, of course, left as an exercise to the reader.)
by AJR
Thu Nov 03, 2011 12:13 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15188
Views: 2704062

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

Time to go to the US equivalent and demand a repeal on the Second Law before the entropy bubble collapses, sending energy markets through the roof. Unprecedented entropy growth must be curtailed! But then you'd be opening the door to there being an entropy recession. And you wouldn't want yet anoth...
by AJR
Wed Nov 02, 2011 10:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15188
Views: 2704062

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

Petition to "Repeal the First Law of Thermodynamics" created on UK government site Responsible department: Department for Energy and Climate Change For too long, scientists and innovators in the UK have toiled under the yoke of the undemocratic and unfair First Law of Thermodynamics. Rela...
by AJR
Fri Oct 28, 2011 10:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15188
Views: 2704062

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

Yep, we certainly do. I'm one of those weirdo vegetarians who doesn't like meat - anyone who tries to convert me to meat-easting by offering bacon will be met with a resounding "meh". I'm always slightly amused when people try to get me to argue about the morals of meat-eating, because I d...
by AJR
Wed Oct 26, 2011 10:36 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How can I find the gepgraphic center of a list of addresses?
Replies: 2
Views: 984

Re: How can I find the gepgraphic center of a list of addres

You can use your Google Maps approach, if you have a Google account. (When logged in, click "My Places" and then "Create Map", although you'll need to enter the addresses manually, I think.)
by AJR
Tue Oct 25, 2011 11:16 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Spacky Woonerisms
Replies: 41
Views: 17045

Re: Spacky Woonerisms

One that's cropped up a few times during live TV/radio is the name of British politician Jeremy Hunt, who is the culture secretary. It's happened enough times that the spoonerism is sometimes deliberately referenced, for example by mentioning him as "Jeremy Hunt, the hulture secretary"...

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