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by speising
Fri Jan 11, 2019 6:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2097: "Thor Tools"
Replies: 38
Views: 1673

Re: 2097: "Thor Tools"

far to the left: Chainsaw.
by speising
Thu Jan 10, 2019 11:22 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Stars in background of deep-sky photos are in foreground
Replies: 21
Views: 670

Re: Stars in background of deep-sky photos are in foreground

You could actually make a plane change from equatorial to polar Earth orbit via a lunar swing-by maneuvre for less delta-v than doing it directly. (~4 km/s vs. ~11 km/s)
by speising
Wed Jan 09, 2019 3:25 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: quarkcosh1's miscellaneous science posts
Replies: 73
Views: 5253

Re: quarkcosh1's miscellaneous science posts

more to the point, it means nothig if it doesn't help you create new knowledge. A physical theory must be able to predict the outcome of new experiments to be of any value. I fail to see any predictive (or other) value in any mathematical construction of nature's constants (or rather, approximations...
by speising
Wed Jan 09, 2019 12:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2095: "Marsiforming"
Replies: 31
Views: 1436

Re: 2095: "Marsiforming"

zjxs wrote:Mixing Martian into English is an even worse idea.


I don't grok that.
by speising
Wed Jan 09, 2019 9:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2094: "Short Selling"
Replies: 44
Views: 2013

Re: 2094: "Short Selling"

If the roles in this strip were reversed, it would probably be called "mansplaining". Cueball only expresses a sentiment, he doesn't ask for an explanation.
by speising
Mon Jan 07, 2019 9:59 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Cobra Kai (Is that a rattlesnake?)
Replies: 1
Views: 93

Re: Cobra Kai (Is that a rattlesnake?)

Directed by Barney Stinson?
by speising
Sun Jan 06, 2019 1:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 536
Views: 98315

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

PTHirth wrote:The graph is fascinating and in FAR more detail than anything I have encountered before. What is the source of such accurate data?

the sources are mentioned on the side of the graphic.
by speising
Thu Jan 03, 2019 8:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Town Builds its own Internet Network
Replies: 40
Views: 1519

Re: Town Builds its own Internet Network

https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/wifi_vs_cellular.png that just seems like selection bias to me. if you're at home and your wifi funks out, you can just quickly switch to mobile. it's improbable that that is out of service at the same time. But if you're somewhere outside and your mobile connection fai...
by speising
Wed Jan 02, 2019 8:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2093: "Reminders"
Replies: 10
Views: 774

Re: 2093: "Reminders"

She includes how old the individual will be and/or which anniversary of what event. They are religiously transferred to the next year's calendar in the November time frame, with the numbers advanced appropriately (though deaths and divorces are not moved). mindless repetitive tasks like this are ex...
by speising
Wed Jan 02, 2019 7:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Town Builds its own Internet Network
Replies: 40
Views: 1519

Re: Town Builds its own Internet Network

wow, that's pretty steep. i pay about $40 for 35MBs plus TV and phone which is the smallest package of my cable company.
by speising
Wed Jan 02, 2019 7:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1854
Views: 333096

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

Ultima Thule (at a distance of 6 lh) is the first known contact binary (aka. snowman) https://youtu.be/PpxTUCE1drQ
by speising
Thu Dec 27, 2018 1:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2089: "Christmas Eve Eve"
Replies: 37
Views: 2153

Re: 2089: "Christmas Eve Eve"

Being the bored me, I counted all the eve's. It's a total 364 of them. Feel free to review it, but given the fact that I counted it again to check myself you probably don't have to. That makes me wonder: why is the second day of last year's Christmas his favorite (ignoring the 25% chance of it bein...
by speising
Tue Dec 25, 2018 9:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Teachers being trained to kill kids
Replies: 108
Views: 5247

Re: Teachers being trained to kill kids

i'm in no way arguing for armed teachers. if i had kids i wouldn't let them go to a school in which were roaming armed persons, uniformed or not. i was merely pointing out that there are in fact justifications to arm teachers instead of hiring armed personnel, whether the idea is a good one overall ...
by speising
Tue Dec 25, 2018 4:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Teachers being trained to kill kids
Replies: 108
Views: 5247

Re: Teachers being trained to kill kids

that's not really true. if you arm teachers you have an armed person, ready to shoot kids, in every classroom. a single police officer is much less likely to be in the right place should the need arise. (and if i were a student on a killing spree, i'd make sure to start with them) also, a police off...
by speising
Fri Dec 21, 2018 2:41 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: quarkcosh1's miscellaneous science posts
Replies: 73
Views: 5253

Re: quarkcosh1's miscellaneous science posts

You could call them coincidences but thats just another name for correlations.. Oh me yarm NO! That is precisely , not science. (ok why is "oh em gee", literally the 3-letter acronym, censored with "oh me yarm" which sounds like gibberish? I find my words being replaced with gib...
by speising
Thu Dec 20, 2018 11:39 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: quarkcosh1's miscellaneous science posts
Replies: 73
Views: 5253

Re: The fine structure constant and the quark mass ratios derived from the j invariant

the title is highly misleading. you're not deriving anything.
by speising
Tue Dec 18, 2018 5:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2086: "History Department"
Replies: 23
Views: 2306

Re: 2086: "History Department"

Soupspoon wrote:That would be a historic development!

leave that problem to future generations.
by speising
Fri Dec 14, 2018 7:32 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Biology: Wolves vs. Humans
Replies: 45
Views: 2451

Re: Biology: Wolves vs. Humans

enough for what? hold it up in the air, taking care it can't reach any part of you with teeth or claws by any wiggling, until it calms down somehow? even the scrotum yanking, if you read the post, was only a temprary distraction. the woman could tie him down because he was concentrated on the man, n...
by speising
Sun Dec 09, 2018 10:39 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Will robots replace programmers?
Replies: 14
Views: 1250

Re: Will robots replace programmers?

why should anyone build a robot to replace programmers? so they can handle mouse and keyboard?
by speising
Thu Dec 06, 2018 4:01 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Biology: Wolves vs. Humans
Replies: 45
Views: 2451

Re: Biology: Wolves vs. Humans

a single bite could be quite serious if it's from a real dog, not a house rat. and dogs have additionally four nasty claws whith which they can bother you while you try to get a hold on their neck. i don't think it's as clear as that. we don't have any natural weapon which could pierce a wolf's ski...
by speising
Thu Dec 06, 2018 7:50 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Biology: Wolves vs. Humans
Replies: 45
Views: 2451

Re: Biology: Wolves vs. Humans

a single bite could be quite serious if it's from a real dog, not a house rat. and dogs have additionally four nasty claws whith which they can bother you while you try to get a hold on their neck. i don't think it's as clear as that. we don't have any natural weapon which could pierce a wolf's skin...
by speising
Mon Dec 03, 2018 4:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: AI discussion from The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 124
Views: 36411

Re: AI discussion from The Darker Side of the News

Descendants of your cousins, no. However, I would think that if you died leaving behind underage children who were financially reliant upon you for support, you would want to provide for them till they were finished with school. That is why I would support a fifty year term (from date of publicatio...
by speising
Tue Nov 27, 2018 4:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2077: "Heist"
Replies: 40
Views: 3657

Re: 2077: "Heist"

Tatsächlich ist es eines der wenigen englischen wörter, die so ausgesprchen werden, wie man sie schreibt. :p
by speising
Tue Nov 20, 2018 7:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0042: "Geico"
Replies: 8
Views: 1434

Re: 0042: "Geico"

What David are you talking about?
by speising
Mon Nov 19, 2018 6:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2074: Airplanes and Spaceships
Replies: 40
Views: 4097

Re: 2074: Airplanes and Spaceships

i just read a story by Stephen Baxter playing in an alternative reality where apollo 11 was (allegedly) sabotaged by the russians and this led to a massive space war program with daily shuttle flights by 84 and the end of the world as we know it (by blowing up part of the moon as a demonstration of ...
by speising
Wed Nov 14, 2018 5:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1854
Views: 333096

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

AI is a somewhat misleading term here. I don't mean anything philosophical about intelligence or whatever. Just that "ai", at the moment, is mostly used for large scale machine-lesrning algorithms. Algorithms that take a dataset, identify patterns in that dataset, and use those patterns t...
by speising
Wed Nov 14, 2018 1:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15021
Views: 2428952

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

ObsessoMom wrote:
ijuin wrote:I’m still trying to wrap my mind around Walmart selling sex toys.

Put on a happy face...

wow. are they selling the drugs the people in the ad oviously took too?
by speising
Mon Nov 12, 2018 2:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"
Replies: 110
Views: 10652

Re: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"

Law requires temporary contracts to become unlimited after some years of chained temporary contracts? Don't prolong the contract, hire a new worker. Reminds me of the law we had here a while ago, that limited rent contracts automatically become unlimited when the renter lives in that apartment for ...
by speising
Tue Nov 06, 2018 9:43 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28552
Views: 3206030

Re: Blistering blue barnacles

somitomi wrote:Okay, I do have to ask: what the devil is "4H"?

Ha! I know that, there was a Simpsons episode:

4-H wrote:4-H is a club for children. Its focus is farming and its headquarters is at the Cheddarbarrel Farm and 4-H Center.


(i just assume the real one is similar)
by speising
Fri Nov 02, 2018 5:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15021
Views: 2428952

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

it seems the 50£ hold a similar spot in the ecosystem as the 500€. the 200€ note, however, really is a bit of a unicorn. i don't know if i've ever seen one, as the ATMs only give up to 100's and for large cash transactions, 500's would be more adequate.
by speising
Wed Oct 31, 2018 6:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8215
Views: 651849

Re: Trump presidency

to turn this argument around, why is this phrase even in the amendment text? are there people inside the US which aren't subject to it's jurisdiction? and if so, how are they currently regarded under this law?
by speising
Tue Oct 30, 2018 10:45 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Asimov's 3 laws
Replies: 17
Views: 3677

Re: Asimov's 3 laws

the reasoning capability needed to think through all of these consequences would of course be staggering. it's quite absurd to limit beings with a brain the size of a planet with such simple laws.
by speising
Thu Oct 25, 2018 6:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2061: "Tectonics Game"
Replies: 69
Views: 12129

Re: 2061: "Tectonics Game"

the translator apparently likes flowery language.
by speising
Wed Oct 17, 2018 9:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2060: "Hygrometer"
Replies: 35
Views: 4411

Re: 2060: "Hygrometer"

J%r wrote:I have a meter that measures a character in Star Trek: DS9. Or was it overdoses? I forgot, I left it in the car.

no, that's for measuring how much you stink.
by speising
Tue Oct 16, 2018 6:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2059: "Modified Bayes' Theorem"
Replies: 23
Views: 4203

Re: 2059: "Modified Bayes' Theorem"

with some fairly catastrophic environmental side effects.
by speising
Tue Oct 16, 2018 2:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1854
Views: 333096

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


well chicken nuggets are a very low bar to clear, considering that they aren't very chickeny in the first place.
by speising
Thu Oct 04, 2018 8:41 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: A Truly Massive Star
Replies: 16
Views: 2422

Re: A Truly Massive Star

if course, the thing would also have to have a diameter of billions of ly. that means that fusion would start, and burn out, in the center (or maybe in multiple places, if it's not completely isotropic) while the collapse is still going on in the outer regions.
by speising
Thu Oct 04, 2018 8:27 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: A Truly Massive Star
Replies: 16
Views: 2422

Re: A Truly Massive Star

or, in other words, the lifetime of a star is a function of its mass: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/a/a9/Representative_lifetimes_of_stars_as_a_function_of_their_masses.svg/640px-Representative_lifetimes_of_stars_as_a_function_of_their_masses.svg.png a massive object wouldn't ...

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