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by KittenKaboodle
Thu Sep 03, 2015 10:50 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Caseless, nozzleless rocket
Replies: 6
Views: 2348

Re: Caseless, nozzleless rocket

Was browsing old patents and came across this one: US Patent 4,170,875A: Caseless rocket design To take off from a standstill, of course, you'd need some sort of initial nozzle and shroud. Or one could follow the suggestion of the patent: "To provide the supersonic velocity required by rocket ...
by KittenKaboodle
Wed Sep 02, 2015 2:06 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1932
Views: 399836

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

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/02/technology/personaltech/google-says-its-not-the-driverless-cars-fault-its-other-drivers.html Google laments at the damage human drivers deals to it's autonomous cars as it looks forward to the day it wipes all humans from the road. “The real problem is that the car...
by KittenKaboodle
Mon Aug 24, 2015 6:51 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Doctor/Quack/Shill Vitamin D?
Replies: 14
Views: 3647

Re: Doctor/Quack/Shill Vitamin D?

I think you should probably get a second opinion, just based on the showering thing. That said, Wikipedia thinks that single-digit vitamin D levels are not a great thing, on the basis of more than one study: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypovitaminosis_D (it depends of the units, of course). I men...
by KittenKaboodle
Thu Aug 13, 2015 1:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1563: "Synonym Movies"
Replies: 112
Views: 27433

Re: 1563: "Synonym Movies"

("Henry Junior and the principality of the glass cranium" was considered, but actually never released) Am I missing something? a joke maybe? en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Junior_and_the_Principality_of_the_Glass_Cranium says: "was released worldwide on May 22, 2008 to generally positiv...
by KittenKaboodle
Wed Aug 12, 2015 7:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1563: "Synonym Movies"
Replies: 112
Views: 27433

Re: 1563: "Synonym Movies"

Kentucky Jim? Other than Kentucky being adjacent to Indiana, I don't quite see how Kentucky Jim ~ Indiana Jones, but anyway, Raiders, temple of doom and Last crusade are obvious, I haven't seen crystal skull, so I'm not so sure about "fuck this movie", though Wikipedia says: &q...
by KittenKaboodle
Fri Aug 07, 2015 9:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Zimbabwe Citizen: We don't cry for Lions (Cecil OpEd)
Replies: 20
Views: 7669

Re: Zimbabwe Citizen: We don't cry for Lions (Cecil OpEd)

Rhino horn is made up of the same chemicals as fingernails. We should just send the Chinese all our clippings and they can snort those or whatever. So, what you're saying is that there's an excellent potential here for capitalism to exploit this. All we gotta do is find folks willing to make fake, ...
by KittenKaboodle
Thu Aug 06, 2015 1:04 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0138: "Jupiter Submarine"
Replies: 33
Views: 26281

Re: What-If 0138: Jupiter Submarine

I get that air, or whatever mix that passes for air is used in Jupiter, is not water, and that ships might sink to the very bottom, but with subs being more or less perfectly enclosed, wouldn't they function like very heavy blimps? Which do float in air? This obviously assumes that the atmosphere g...
by KittenKaboodle
Wed Jul 22, 2015 4:58 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Puzzling artifacts and reasonable reasoning
Replies: 79
Views: 14496

Re: Puzzling artifacts and reasonable reasoning

Let's say you're a time traveler Eh, you only have an ordinary human lifespan and nothing too terribly futuristic compared to what we have now. Um, am I the only one who doesn't have a time machine around here? "Knowing that any physical clues you leave behind could easily be lost or destroyed...
by KittenKaboodle
Thu Jul 16, 2015 7:09 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0137: "New Horizons"
Replies: 62
Views: 41300

Re: What-If 0137: New Horizons

Indeed, closer to 8 inches That's not what she said :P Remember we are talking about "what If" here, where a mole weighs a pound because Randal can pick one up and throw it, and a pound is a kilogram, never mind that a typical mole is more like 75 grams. Also, the owner of the football fi...
by KittenKaboodle
Mon May 04, 2015 6:02 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1932
Views: 399836

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

^^That was good. I like the part about The Future Neighborhood Fission Plant. Should we plan for that? Apparently, no we shouldn't? sure it isn't fission (obviously) but as long as it can serve our needs I don't see us putting the kind of effort into fission that would be required for it to become ...
by KittenKaboodle
Thu Apr 16, 2015 10:56 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: going super fast
Replies: 19
Views: 3286

Re: going super fast

Answer in km please. 42km (per about 1.4 milliseconds. but it's all relative (LOL relativity joke) But as gmalivuk pointed out you are already going about that fast) Joking aside, where did you get the Mach 4? While astronauts do use vehicles to get into space, once there they can do "space wa...
by KittenKaboodle
Thu Apr 09, 2015 11:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1021: "Business cat"
Replies: 70
Views: 26347

Re: 1021: "Business cat"

Pfhorrest wrote:Kittens, obviously.


Well, yes, it is obvious that Remaong and Ferra are kittens, but more specifically, they seem to be leopard kittens. http://www.berlin.de/tourismus/zoos-und ... tml?page=1
by KittenKaboodle
Mon Apr 06, 2015 10:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Mars Colonization Thread
Replies: 471
Views: 45453

Re: Easy enough, just step a ship into the gap, then head on

The Bigelow ones are half-metre thick kevlar. we don't think they'll wear out all that fast. Did you really write 0.00248 furlongs thick, or was the moderators* goofing off? Are you expecting your colonists to be manufacturing Kevlar on Mars? Sure the density of Kevlar is not very high, but a few h...
by KittenKaboodle
Thu Apr 02, 2015 5:36 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0134: "Space Burial"
Replies: 16
Views: 11370

Re: What-If 134: "Space Burial"

if someday there are more than a trillion thinsats in MEO orbits. Stop me if you've heard this before; What could go wrong? I don't know much about phased arrays, and of course only a small fraction of your thinsats will be within view of any give point on earth any any given time, but even a small...
by KittenKaboodle
Wed Apr 01, 2015 5:38 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Mars Colonization Thread
Replies: 471
Views: 45453

Re: Mars Colonization Thread

However you look at it it adds up. So I'll stay with 5 MW. ... And a larger reactor was tested in space, I'm too tired to find the link. It hit half a KW. This one? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SNAP-10A 5000000 > 0.5 by several orders of magnitude, however the SNAP-10A had a thermal output of 30kW ...
by KittenKaboodle
Wed Apr 01, 2015 12:55 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Mars Colonization Thread
Replies: 471
Views: 45453

Re: Mars Colonization Thread

Can you do the math? One trillion for 100 colonists? Isn't that about 10 billion per colonist? Isn't that what he said? 300,000 kilograms of gold per person. Well, yes he did omit he units but I thought they were implied. I mean, would you take a check for 10 billion form someone who wants to die l...
by KittenKaboodle
Tue Mar 24, 2015 1:44 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Fake Gun Store
Replies: 69
Views: 16887

Re: Fake Gun Store

- guns are MUCH more effective at inflicting lethal injuries than pretty much anything else most peoplke have access to. ... Except, of course, automobiles. However this prank wouldn't work so well with automobiles, no one wants a car that has been in a collision in any case, they probably won't ev...
by KittenKaboodle
Mon Mar 23, 2015 4:22 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0133: "Flagpole"
Replies: 70
Views: 24456

Re: What-If 0133: "Flagpole"

Oops! I did make a mistake, though not quite THAT large of a mistake. It should be 1m * 0.15m/2*3.14=0.2355m 2 , because 0.15 is the diameter, not the radius. I must have exponentiated when I should have divided. err, um, well, you did reduce your error by an order of magnitude, which is good. But....
by KittenKaboodle
Thu Mar 12, 2015 1:53 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Mars Colonization Thread
Replies: 471
Views: 45453

Re: Mars One / Mars Colonization Thread

And... again... thankfully the planet provides an abundance of CO2, which can be converted into ethylene, which is, I shit you not, the base of a huge portion of the plastics industry. You can make thermoplastics from ethylene. And of course, C 2 H 4 has got to be flammable. Since the only likely s...
by KittenKaboodle
Thu Jan 29, 2015 7:21 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: New Desktop recommondations
Replies: 13
Views: 10586

Re: New Desktop recommondations

It's not particularly difficult. If you can put together a Lego kit, you can put together a PC. While that is no doubt true, it does not, however, follow that if one is capable of buying a Lego kit, one is also capable of buying a properly matched set of components to put together a PC by one's sel...
by KittenKaboodle
Mon Jan 19, 2015 1:32 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0125: "Bowling Ball"
Replies: 46
Views: 19236

Re: What-If 0125: "Bowling Ball"

What if the bowling ball was made of neutron star matter? Yeah, I was kinda expecting it to go in that direction. He kind of did didn't he? at least as much as practical, with the osmium ball. In another thread about something else someone brought up neutron star material and someone else pointed o...
by KittenKaboodle
Mon Jan 19, 2015 12:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1474: "Screws"
Replies: 96
Views: 40568

Re: 1474: "Screws"

I'll just leave this here, here's a Neji-saurs GT video too.
I have a pair, they have worked well the few times I've used them, but as they are a bit expensive and I'm worried about wearing out the serrations only use them as a last resort (if I even remember I have them)
by KittenKaboodle
Sun Jan 18, 2015 7:07 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Long-term longevity of computer hardware
Replies: 14
Views: 8424

Re: Long-term longevity of computer hardware

At the density of data physically punched plates gets you, why not just print the actual text? It was a joke, too subtle I guess, sorry. Flooded submarine wasn't enough? (hint, a Nazi submarine) I even added the diamond DVD player as a clue (not that there were any DVD players in that book, but as ...
by KittenKaboodle
Sun Jan 18, 2015 6:23 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: "connecting" the earth and the moon
Replies: 24
Views: 6042

Re: "connecting" the earth and the moon

We seem to be ignoring the elephant in the room... Why? I mean, seriously what good does it do? "It's cold outside, there's no kind of atmosphere" Well, ok, I suppose one could fill the tunnel with atmosphere, but still what's the point? If one had that kind of technology why not make some...
by KittenKaboodle
Sat Jan 17, 2015 7:34 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1932
Views: 399836

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

I know it's a stupid question. Still...Converted to horse power; How much Horse Power is 40 amps? 40 amps? Does 40 amps buzz? You say stupid, I say naïve, "Things have come to a pretty pass," The question is incomplete, they are incompatible units, "Goodness knows what the end will b...
by KittenKaboodle
Fri Jan 09, 2015 6:12 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Long-term longevity of computer hardware
Replies: 14
Views: 8424

Re: Long-term longevity of computer hardware

The problem with optical storage is that a very precise optical and mechanical hardware is needed to read them. While one might imagine certain solid state devices still being in working condition in 500 years, or some largish mechanical devices (say a well made and carefully stored wrist watch, dev...
by KittenKaboodle
Thu Jan 08, 2015 6:59 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1932
Views: 399836

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

Hey, I didn't mean to start a shit storm (pun totally intended) I just wanted to say Dinosaur piss , which was a comment on Addams' "eeewww factor". Water that was cooked out of sewage a few minutes ago has the eew factor, but that is not the first time those oxygen and hydrogen atoms have...
by KittenKaboodle
Wed Jan 07, 2015 6:20 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1932
Views: 399836

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

Living in the future? I think the sun has been evaporating water from stuff animals left behind for some time now. Though, compared to poo water, dinosaur piss at least sounds funny. Even incinerating sewage sludge is not all that new. Not to mention that the sludge contains only a small fraction of...
by KittenKaboodle
Fri Nov 14, 2014 10:58 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0119: "Laser Umbrella"
Replies: 46
Views: 22625

Re: What-If 0119: "Laser Umbrella"

There were several rockets that exploded because engineers mixed US and metric (or inches and liters (i.e decimeter cube)). For the sake of humanity (and for my eyes :D ), please don't do that. Mixing units seems to be a "What if" thing, maybe part of the joke ? " What if we randomly...
by KittenKaboodle
Fri Oct 10, 2014 12:01 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0115: "Into the Sun"
Replies: 101
Views: 58514

Re: What-If 0115: "Into the Sun"

Actually, there are benefits to working base-p where p is a prime - I used to know specific examples, but it's been a while since I looked at it... I believe 2 is prime :wink: There seems to be some confusion as to whether it is the largest even prime, but then, others are advocating for base 8 alr...
by KittenKaboodle
Thu Sep 18, 2014 4:05 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4620
Views: 721862

Re: The Darker Side of the News

In part, it's a matter of circumstance. People dying in Africa certainly is no less horrific than people dying in America, but it affects us differently. It's been perceived as the course of events for Africa for quite a while and while still abhorrent, has almost been come to be expected as the tr...
by KittenKaboodle
Thu Sep 18, 2014 3:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1422: "My Phone is Dying"
Replies: 32
Views: 8128

Re: 1422: "My Phone is Dying"

Okay, why would charging it make it die faster? I assume there's an astrophysics parallel, but I'm not thinking what that would be. More massive stars burn faster. Mass is also star fuel. So adding fuel to a star makes it burn faster -- and of course hotter and brighter in turn. I knew that, but wi...
by KittenKaboodle
Wed Oct 19, 2011 5:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0966: "Jet Fuel"
Replies: 168
Views: 40864

Re: 0966: "Jet Fuel"

Oh My God, GOMHR, I’ve been thinking about why people keep at the totally ridiculous "controlled demolition" "theories when they are so patently ridiculous, and I realized a possible logical explanation is that the government is starting the stories to make anyone who might reveal the...
by KittenKaboodle
Fri Sep 30, 2011 3:08 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15151
Views: 2661235

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

None of this is humorous! (Though I am kind of shocked by this proposed law. Doesn't America have a Bill of Rights precisely so things like this don't happen?) I was eating bugs before it was cool. By Bill of Rights do you mean the first ten ammendments to The Constitution Of The United States Of A...
by KittenKaboodle
Fri Sep 16, 2011 1:39 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Cooling requirements for 50W carbon dioxide laser tube.
Replies: 6
Views: 6105

Re: Cooling requirements for 50W carbon dioxide laser tube.

10% efficiency? That's wildly optimistic. A looong time ago when I did laser shows for a living a typical 2w-4w output KrAr laser needed a supply of ~340VDC at 35A. Straight Ar lasers would put out about 7w with about the same input power. I'm sure that CO2 laser are significantly more efficient bu...
by KittenKaboodle
Wed Sep 07, 2011 10:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Fox News Poll- Majority of Americans believe in faith healin
Replies: 63
Views: 6228

Re: Fox News Poll- Majority of Americans believe in faith he

The exact question and answers can be found here . The same questions were asked this time as were asked 12 years ago: 29. Do you personally believe prayers can literally help someone heal from an injury or illness, or don’t you believe that? 77% Yes 20% No 3% Don’t know Note that for question 29, ...
by KittenKaboodle
Mon Sep 05, 2011 10:59 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Cooling requirements for 50W carbon dioxide laser tube.
Replies: 6
Views: 6105

Re: Cooling requirements for 50W carbon dioxide laser tube.

1) Very critical. For a first approximation one might assume the power input is about 10 times the optical output. So, assuming 450J/s waste heat, and the specific heat of water at about 4.2J/cm 2 /K then, 0.01l/s (0.6l/min) would give a temperature rise of about 10k which sounds reasonable. The 200...
by KittenKaboodle
Fri Aug 19, 2011 6:36 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: New Florida law requires drug test to collect welfare
Replies: 39
Views: 4973

Re: New Florida law requires drug test to collect welfare

Whateva, I had to take a drug test to get a job that efectivly paid less than minimum wage, welcome to the real world. Chances are fairly good that they will have to take a drug test to get off wefare, so why is such a big deal to take a test to get on? The government mandate part. The treating of ...
by KittenKaboodle
Fri Aug 19, 2011 1:46 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Is energy faster than light?
Replies: 8
Views: 2759

Re: Is energy faster than light?

"Random thought on transmitting info @ C+ velocities" http://fora.xkcd.com/viewtopic.php?f=18&t=73157 still on the first page of "Science", almost precisly the same question, and got some decent answers, videlicet , movement travel at the speed of sound which is allways less ...
by KittenKaboodle
Fri Aug 19, 2011 1:11 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Responsibility of abusive/neglectul parent to adult children
Replies: 16
Views: 3443

Re: Responsibility of abusive/neglectul parent to adult chil

mom is totally brain damaged but still "functional" and works as a cashier at a hardware store (and can hardly count change without a calculator). it's a question of social injustices that go unpunished. Hmm, I think i know some people who I'd like to see go "unpunished" Where's...

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