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by Soupspoon
Mon Jan 14, 2019 11:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: News in brief
Replies: 302
Views: 76603

Re: News in brief

55 million years? it's highly possible that I wouldn't think we'll be in Africa, anymore , Toto. (Also reminds me of the time I dumped some coins in and punched up the momentarily popular song "I Should Be So Lucky" a couple of dozen times into the jukebox queue just a few short minutes b...
by Soupspoon
Mon Jan 14, 2019 11:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2098: "Magnetic Pole"
Replies: 21
Views: 1435

Re: 2098: "Magnetic Pole"

Heimhenge wrote:https://www.nationalgeographic.org/encyclopedia/core/

So the field reversals "recorded" on the magnetic tape of sea floor magma might have a constant bias underlying those reversals.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Core

A disastrous film.


:P
by Soupspoon
Mon Jan 14, 2019 5:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15022
Views: 2433807

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

Someone now ought to post a picture of a chicken, to establish the true ranking.
by Soupspoon
Mon Jan 14, 2019 5:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2097: "Thor Tools"
Replies: 39
Views: 2015

Re: 2097: "Thor Tools"

Fresh new helm and cloak You gotta like that, now your army's gonna broke. So move, from the field unravel As I make fly girl, then catch my gavel. While it's moving, watch out Bump a little bit and you'll know it's gonna clout. Like that, like that Goes on a mission, then flies on back. The dwarves...
by Soupspoon
Mon Jan 14, 2019 4:04 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: BASIC vs. C (BASIC wins, obviously)
Replies: 172
Views: 37131

Re: BASIC vs. C (BASIC wins, obviously)

you just can't write complex algorithms in BASIC (you don't have recursion, abstract data types, dynamic allocation) Can't you? You could on the BBC Micro. All of those, albeit the middle one was fiddly by today's standards, but the other two were routine if not expected. Clearly the Gates-empire i...
by Soupspoon
Mon Jan 14, 2019 8:55 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4201
Views: 601045

Re: The Darker Side of the News

China's Communist government isn't too keen on Christianity, either It seems they're equal opportunity then. Why isn't this in the news? As far as I'm concerned, it's old news. Chinese Government is being Chinese Government. Though that people are unaware of the ideological battle for faith (Diety ...
by Soupspoon
Mon Jan 14, 2019 12:44 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: A Game of Commitment
Replies: 1416
Views: 49487

Re: A Game of Commitment

With
by Soupspoon
Sun Jan 13, 2019 5:11 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: A Game of Commitment
Replies: 1416
Views: 49487

Re: A Game of Commitment

Of
by Soupspoon
Sat Jan 12, 2019 7:14 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science fleeting thoughts
Replies: 151
Views: 25980

Re: Science fleeting thoughts

Eebster the Great wrote:
Sableagle wrote:Exoplanar mining.png

The negative 270 degree temperature might be a bummer.

Is that Kelvin, or Rankine?
by Soupspoon
Sat Jan 12, 2019 3:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2097: "Thor Tools"
Replies: 39
Views: 2015

Re: 2097: "Thor Tools"

Ok, so what exactly is a Dremel? I tried looking it up, but all I got was that it is a company that is known for "hand held rotary tools", but that doesn't really help me either, and honestly makes me think of phones. Also they apparently make such diverse other products as hot glue guns ...
by Soupspoon
Sat Jan 12, 2019 5:59 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: A Game of Commitment
Replies: 1416
Views: 49487

Re: A Game of Commitment

Worm
by Soupspoon
Sat Jan 12, 2019 5:56 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8235
Views: 656810

Re: Trump presidency

Heck, even with no-one attacking the wall, it's probably going to stop being an effective wall for various other reasons.
by Soupspoon
Fri Jan 11, 2019 5:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2097: "Thor Tools"
Replies: 39
Views: 2015

Re: 2097: "Thor Tools"

"Beware, enemies of Asgard! For I join you in battle wielding Flutningamaður, the IC Extractor Of The Gods!"

(And if that doesn't work, I have Kýlaniður, the Krone Tool Of The Gods.)
by Soupspoon
Fri Jan 11, 2019 4:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2096: "Mattresses"
Replies: 35
Views: 2307

Re: 2096: "Mattresses"

IIRC, the distinction between burglary and robbery is that in robbery, the offender confronts the victim and uses intimidation pr violence to get them to hand over the goods, whereas burglary involves an attempt to abscond with the goods before the victims even know that a theft has occurred. Exact...
by Soupspoon
Fri Jan 11, 2019 4:39 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: A Game of Commitment
Replies: 1416
Views: 49487

Re: A Game of Commitment

Brunch
by Soupspoon
Fri Jan 11, 2019 12:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2096: "Mattresses"
Replies: 35
Views: 2307

Re: 2096: "Mattresses"

This "sale" must have been running for a decade now. This discussion from 2009a decade shows you how world-weary it already was, then. ;) (The placenames "Thorp Arch, Carcroft and Hull" eternally resonate to me, either as DFS's original locations or of the prexecessor/parent com...
by Soupspoon
Thu Jan 10, 2019 12:32 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: quarkcosh1's miscellaneous science posts
Replies: 73
Views: 5583

Re: quarkcosh1's miscellaneous science posts

I like that summary. But also I am reminded of this, which may or may not have relevance.
by Soupspoon
Thu Jan 10, 2019 9:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2094: "Short Selling"
Replies: 44
Views: 2407

Re: 2094: "Short Selling"

Archgeek wrote:strange sandwich arbitrage scheme.

That's going to be the name of my band's first album…
by Soupspoon
Thu Jan 10, 2019 9:13 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: A Game of Commitment
Replies: 1416
Views: 49487

Re: A Game of Commitment

Your
by Soupspoon
Thu Jan 10, 2019 9:09 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: quarkcosh1's miscellaneous science posts
Replies: 73
Views: 5583

Re: quarkcosh1's miscellaneous science posts

↶ ²Umm, except for if they're entirely irrational and don't conveniently overlap-to-infinity with everything else, I suppose. But to arbitrary precision well beyond any usefulness they pretty much will. Eh, I'm sure you can just come up with some arithmetic progression dictating the digits you need...
by Soupspoon
Wed Jan 09, 2019 9:14 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1266
Views: 90120

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 1263 is an eternal festival to the container: including bags, jars, bottles and boxes.
by Soupspoon
Wed Jan 09, 2019 8:41 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: A Game of Commitment
Replies: 1416
Views: 49487

Re: A Game of Commitment

Egg
by Soupspoon
Wed Jan 09, 2019 7:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2096: "Mattresses"
Replies: 35
Views: 2307

Re: 2096: "Mattresses"

Underwear is not an advertising trope I've personally come across, but it wouldn't surprise me in the least. The post office is in reference to stamps.com, which is incredibly prolific with its podcast advertising. I seem to avoid the 'sponsored podcasts' most of the time (maybe because I subscribe...
by Soupspoon
Wed Jan 09, 2019 6:39 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: quarkcosh1's miscellaneous science posts
Replies: 73
Views: 5583

Re: quarkcosh1's miscellaneous science posts

The true ratios (that we currently don't even know) of quark masses, not just the up/down one, will ² feature in Pi. By stating that (pi - e) is the first ratio¹ can you then, @qc, logically extend that to a prediction of charm to strange (hovers loosely around 13.5, or its inverse if there's reason...
by Soupspoon
Tue Jan 08, 2019 5:11 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: A Game of Commitment
Replies: 1416
Views: 49487

Re: A Game of Commitment

Out
by Soupspoon
Tue Jan 08, 2019 4:17 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: HEXATTACK 4.0 (now moderated by emlightened)
Replies: 273
Views: 16882

Re: HEXATTACK 4.0 (now moderated by emlightened)

Oooh…
Spoiler:
1,3: Move Up
2: Move Right-Up
4. Move: Down
W: Push Left-Down

(To get this out of the way. No rush, those who are busy.)
by Soupspoon
Tue Jan 08, 2019 3:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2095: "Marsiforming"
Replies: 31
Views: 1650

Re: 2095: "Marsiforming"

I vote for making Pluto a better planet. You mean making Pluto a better dwarf planet. No, it's Ok as a dwarf planet, so far as I'm currently aware. I'd like to make it a better planet. First, let's sweep its orbit clear We can probably even use Neptune for something else, because nobody actually ne...
by Soupspoon
Mon Jan 07, 2019 9:41 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9907
Views: 1856599

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

(Snap! That's exactly the list *I* was using, and your figures don't look different to what I quickly got before the weekend took me away from it. But you got to the pathfinding bit before me. Fair enough. Maybe I'll optimise and nicify the script for others' consumption. It's an unreadable munge-me...
by Soupspoon
Mon Jan 07, 2019 9:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2095: "Marsiforming"
Replies: 31
Views: 1650

Re: 2095: "Marsiforming"

I vote for making Pluto a better planet.
by Soupspoon
Mon Jan 07, 2019 8:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2095: "Marsiforming"
Replies: 31
Views: 1650

Re: 2095: "Marsiforming"

Kim Stanley Robinson used "areoforming", I believe (I'll check the books later), but that wasn't 'terraforming Mars' or 'Marsifying Earth', rather making people suited to Mars (with futuretech biological tweaks) while applying measures to make Mars something (not totally Earthlike) that th...
by Soupspoon
Mon Jan 07, 2019 7:48 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science fleeting thoughts
Replies: 151
Views: 25980

Re: Science fleeting thoughts

Onboard power would be one factor. Decrease the size and the output of the cell(s) you can use reduces, with fewer watts (by way of volts and/or amps, depending on what you sacrifice). And they're likely to to have the same thickness of casing/internal partitioning, eating up more 'power volume', wi...
by Soupspoon
Mon Jan 07, 2019 4:31 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: A Game of Commitment
Replies: 1416
Views: 49487

Re: A Game of Commitment

Without
by Soupspoon
Mon Jan 07, 2019 4:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2094: "Short Selling"
Replies: 44
Views: 2407

Re: 2094: "Short Selling"

And verse-vica?
by Soupspoon
Mon Jan 07, 2019 4:07 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Doctor Whom
Replies: 4990
Views: 701996

Re: Doctor Whom

Some people, I know*, will have downright detested this series like they detested the recent Ghostbusters*. And they* throw around the term meaniehead ( edit: <= it seems that currently the forum 'corrects' to "meaniehead" from "Ess Jay Doubleyou", and I have no objection at all ...
by Soupspoon
Sun Jan 06, 2019 12:58 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: A Game of Commitment
Replies: 1416
Views: 49487

Re: A Game of Commitment

That
by Soupspoon
Sat Jan 05, 2019 2:06 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Replacing laptop bottom screws
Replies: 6
Views: 698

Re: Replacing laptop bottom screws

Well, sounds good (so far). Often laptop screens are hinged with deliberate friction between the hinge-plates (to keep the screen isat the chosen open angle), and maybe the laptop screws in the base case that were missing allowed the base hinge plate halves to move excessively in their seats when po...
by Soupspoon
Sat Jan 05, 2019 1:04 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: A Game of Commitment
Replies: 1416
Views: 49487

Re: A Game of Commitment

Vials
by Soupspoon
Fri Jan 04, 2019 10:40 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Replacing laptop bottom screws
Replies: 6
Views: 698

Re: Replacing laptop bottom screws

Click? As in high frequency fan-rub/spokey-dokey-like? Random mechanical sounds when sat still (possibly accompanying hard disk access)? A rattle when you manhandle it (on or off)? Speaking of which, it sounds like you throw it around (comparatively). Maybe invest in a better bag that stops you thro...
by Soupspoon
Fri Jan 04, 2019 8:13 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9907
Views: 1856599

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

Additional possibly optimisation: I'd sort of havered over the "build the net from the start" bit, because lists-of-lists-of-nodes-of-a-net is getting highly structural. But when you have the net, it's likely (though not definite) that a longest-chain will have terminator nodes with just a...
by Soupspoon
Fri Jan 04, 2019 7:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2094: "Short Selling"
Replies: 44
Views: 2407

Re:

It's a good thing he didn't ask about naked short selling . That's going out onto a trading floor wearing only the "nevernude" items from the series Arrested Development, isn't it? Wouldn't the person you borrowed them from be annoyed that their stocks are now worth less than they were? W...

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