## Search found 78 matches

Mon Sep 26, 2016 6:41 pm UTC
Topic: 1738:"Moon Shapes"
Replies: 66
Views: 16302

### Re: 1738:"Moon Shapes"

#3 and #4 are both definitely possible, just not from the same geographic location. Picture the a crescent moon behind the earth (similarly crescent, for what it’s worth). Now rotate the image around the center of the earth. The crescents rotate with the image, and can be positioned in any orientati...
Wed Sep 07, 2016 4:03 am UTC
Topic: 1729: "Migrating Geese"
Replies: 33
Views: 8793

### Re: 1729: "Migrating Geese"

Hmm. Missing valence geese. Does that make the flock a free radical? I blame Kevin.
Fri Sep 02, 2016 5:18 am UTC
Topic: 1727: "Number of Computers"
Replies: 35
Views: 8365

### Re: 1727: "Number of Computers"

Growing up, I naively thought we'd just use the sun for that. Turns out it's actually easier to hurl things into Jupiter than it is the sun. Turns out it's about as easy to hurl things into Sirius as it is the sun... Would it actually be easier? I mean, Delta-V wise, certainly, but actually hitting...
Fri Sep 02, 2016 5:13 am UTC
Topic: 1727: "Number of Computers"
Replies: 35
Views: 8365

### Re: 1727: "Number of Computers"

Growing up, I naively thought we'd just use the sun for that. Turns out it's actually easier to hurl things into Jupiter than it is the sun. Well, yeah. I can't even start to imagine how you'd hurl the sun into Jupiter. It's all a matter of your frame of reference. Adjusting the frame of reference ...
Wed Aug 31, 2016 11:09 am UTC
Topic: 1727: "Number of Computers"
Replies: 35
Views: 8365

### Re: 1727: "Number of Computers"

Growing up, I naively thought we'd just use the sun for that. Turns out it's actually easier to hurl things into Jupiter than it is the sun. Well, yeah. I can't even start to imagine how you'd hurl the sun into Jupiter. It's all a matter of your frame of reference. Adjusting the frame of reference ...
Thu Aug 11, 2016 4:48 am UTC
Topic: 1718: "Backups"
Replies: 45
Views: 9227

### Re: 1718: "Backups"

nooooo! If you delete the copies on your computer, then the "backups" are not backups. They're the only existing copy. If you want to wipe your PC (god knows why...) then you need to make two backups on separate media. About eight years ago, my backup disk failed. I had a replacement on-h...
Wed Aug 03, 2016 5:36 pm UTC
Topic: 1715: "Household Tips"
Replies: 69
Views: 13019

### Re: 1715: "Household Tips"

My house has mostly vertical sliding windows, though there are a couple windows that are wider than they are tall that slide horizontally to open. There's also a tiny crank based window that opens outward in the master bathroom. Interestingly, we replaced some of the windows a few years back (they w...
Mon Jul 04, 2016 4:01 am UTC
Topic: 1701: "Speed and Danger"
Replies: 62
Views: 11514

### Re: 1701: "Speed and Danger"

I just had another thought: Since when are rocket launches fast? I guess it depends on how we define "launch". Fun fact: A Saturn V rocket is about as fast as an ordinary car on a highway, when it clears the tower. Generally when I hear "rocket launch" I think of the portion fro...
Mon Jun 13, 2016 8:00 am UTC
Topic: 1693: "Oxidation"
Replies: 46
Views: 9787

### Re: 1693: "Oxidation"

On the plus side, maybe she finally bought a better camera to take pictures of it with.
Wed May 25, 2016 11:55 pm UTC
Topic: 1685 : Patch
Replies: 40
Views: 11365

### Re: 1685 : Patch

Why bother with patch when you can have your computer generate your code for you??

http://karpathy.github.io/2015/05/21/rnn-effectiveness/

(Check toward the bottom. They have that thing generating C code after training on the source for a Linux kernel.)
Wed May 04, 2016 9:40 am UTC
Topic: 1676: "Full-Width Justification"
Replies: 64
Views: 19482

### Re: 1676: "Full-Width Justification"

It would appear that the primary reason for embellishment in medieval writen manuscripts was not, as commonly supposed, decorative, but was indeed a necessary element ensuring full-width justification. Who knew?
Tue Apr 26, 2016 2:30 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0149: "Pizza Bird"
Replies: 57
Views: 32485

### Re: What-If 0149: "Pizza Bird"

Bar headed geese might be a good canidate for the carrier bird. They migrate over the Himalayas at altitudes of greater than 20,000 feet, so that's in reach if the plane dives down a bit to receive the pizza. Having multiple birds carrying the line would be important. You'd want some sort of breakaw...
Mon Apr 18, 2016 2:21 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0149: "Pizza Bird"
Replies: 57
Views: 32485

### Re: What-If 0149: "Pizza Bird"

Hmm. I can't help but think of this:

Fulton Surface-to-Air Recovery System FTW!
Wed Nov 11, 2015 9:38 pm UTC
Topic: 1602: Linguistics Club
Replies: 117
Views: 25964

### Re: 1602: Linguistics Club

THIS is a job for:

Etymology-Man!!!
Mon Oct 12, 2015 10:42 am UTC
Topic: 1586: "Keyboard Problems"
Replies: 61
Views: 11883

### Re: 1586: "Keyboard Problems"

Eh, my last experience with Linux ended up with me bricking the system (well, it could still boot into terminal mode...) while trying to install Nvidia graphics drivers so I could do cuda development. Driver updates should *not* require you to touch xconf in the command prompt. Nor should they need ...
Fri Jun 19, 2015 10:57 pm UTC
Topic: 1540: "Hemingway"
Replies: 71
Views: 15270

### Re: 1540: "Hemingway"

I can write a story with three words: Veni, Vidi, Vici
Fri Dec 26, 2014 12:25 pm UTC
Topic: 1465: "xkcd Phone 2"
Replies: 32
Views: 9012

### Re: 1465: "xkcd Phone 2"

I can't help but imagine the bug tray being like the lint trap in a dryer. You take it out after running the phone in order to dump out the bugs encountered during use. A very useful feature, especially for developers!
Tue Oct 28, 2014 6:42 pm UTC
Topic: 1439: "Rack Unit"
Replies: 63
Views: 20270

### Re: 1439: Rack Unit

Silly Black Hat Guy. Honeycomb was Android 3.x. He's totally out of date.
Mon Jun 16, 2014 3:09 pm UTC
Topic: 1382: Rocket Packs
Replies: 36
Views: 8402

### Re: 1382: Rocket Packs

You see, this is the problem with free healthcare - the rest of us end up being the ones to pay for his jetpack-related injuries.
Sat Apr 12, 2014 4:36 pm UTC
Topic: 1354: "Heartbleed Explanation"
Replies: 71
Views: 32864

### Re: 1354: "Heartbleed Explanation"

Oh dear, EVE is an administrator? Alice and Bob should be careful what information they send through that server, heartbleed vulnerability notwithstanding.
Thu Apr 10, 2014 6:56 pm UTC
Topic: 1353: "Heartbleed"
Replies: 99
Views: 32482

### Re: 1353: "Heartbleed"

As an just an example of what I mean about about STL containing optimizations that most people don't do, allowing switchovers to STL to gain performance increases: how many people do you know that make a regular habit of using the restrict keyword all throughout their code when not dealing with thr...
Thu Apr 10, 2014 6:50 pm UTC
Topic: 1353: "Heartbleed"
Replies: 99
Views: 32482

### Re: 1353: "Heartbleed"

As an just an example of what I mean about about STL containing optimizations that most people don't do, allowing switchovers to STL to gain performance increases: how many people do you know that make a regular habit of using the restrict keyword all throughout their code when not dealing with thr...
Thu Apr 10, 2014 6:28 am UTC
Topic: 1353: "Heartbleed"
Replies: 99
Views: 32482

### Re: 1353: "Heartbleed"

Fun fact: hotmail used to plop your username and password right on the url created on login, not obscured in any way (IIRC the url read something like 'hotmail.com/uid=<username>&pwd=<password>' or something equally as absurd). I could actually tell when my mom was lying about triple-checking t...
Tue Mar 18, 2014 12:30 am UTC
Topic: 1343: "Manuals"
Replies: 34
Views: 15541

### Re: 1343: "Manuals"

My mother provides the following anecdote: I "installed" a sump pump once--I use the word installed very loosely because the diagram of the pump numbering the parts just barely resembled the actual pump; the number of items on the parts list did not match the numbers shown on the diagram o...
Tue Jan 28, 2014 6:01 pm UTC
Topic: 1322: Winter
Replies: 125
Views: 28864

### Re: 1322: Winter

I'm surprised no one's brought this up yet:

http://xkcd.com/191/
Sat Jan 18, 2014 11:44 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0079: "Lake Tea"
Replies: 59
Views: 18011

### Re: What-if# 0079: Lake Tea

The boiling vessel referred to on British armoured vehicles is an FV706656 (actually referred to as a CV, not a BV, nowadays). As to the correct temperature for tea, I'll leave it to The Royal Society of Chemistry to educate the interested reader. Another of the benefits of using the loose tea meth...
Fri Jan 17, 2014 9:25 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0079: "Lake Tea"
Replies: 59
Views: 18011

### Re: What-if# 0079: Lake Tea

To heat up Ullswater to 80°C would take 6.6×10 16 joules of energy—about 20 days worth of British electricity consumption. which is roughly what would be released if you dropped a water bottle full of antimatter in the lake. What an odd coincidence. I was reading Wikipedia articles on nuclear weapo...
Fri Jan 17, 2014 12:16 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0079: "Lake Tea"
Replies: 59
Views: 18011

### Re: What-if# 0079: Lake Tea

Asking Britain to go without electricity for 20 days just to fill one of their lakes with tea seems like it might be a hard sell. The ex-SAS Andy McNab in his autobiographic "book" immediate action tells that when he was in ireland fighting the IRA they used to attach big barrels outside ...
Mon Jan 13, 2014 9:30 am UTC
Topic: 1316: "Inexplicable"
Replies: 99
Views: 18451

### Re: 1316: "Inexplicable"

(At this point I came up with a plot outline for a corporate computer that does this, the hero finding some mysterious program a little too suspicious for his liking ends up taking a fire axe to the disk drive units, and the next morning the system is running again as if nothing had happened. In th...
Mon Jan 13, 2014 6:37 am UTC
Topic: 1316: "Inexplicable"
Replies: 99
Views: 18451

### Re: 1316: "Inexplicable"

I had a computer like this once. It ran Windows Vista. However, after an *incident* involving trying to make it dual-boot Linux, it would eventually refuse to boot up unless there was a hard drive with Windows XP installed. When it had the XP drive in, it would boot normally straight to Vista. Take...
Sun Dec 08, 2013 7:50 pm UTC
Topic: 1294: "Telescope Names"
Replies: 89
Views: 23583

### Re: 1294: "Telescope Names"

@cjmcjmcjmcjm: yes, I believe that's exactly what happened. But the "modern" period of art ended 40 years ago, and the "modern" period of philosophy ended 60 years ago, we've had plenty of time to rename them. …yet people got lazy and called the next stuff post-modern, once they...
Sat Oct 12, 2013 6:39 pm UTC
Replies: 101
Views: 23930

Penumbra, it is the middle ground between light and shadow (between science and superstition) ...it is an area which we call, The Twilight Zone. I thought this was the realm of "weight loss diets" and "natural dietary supplements"? Or for that matter, any of those things where t...
Thu Oct 10, 2013 2:58 am UTC
Topic: 1275: "int(pi)"
Replies: 95
Views: 29461

### Re: 1275: "int(pi)"

Well, in PASCAL, exponentiation is **, i.e. x**c.
Thu Oct 10, 2013 12:57 am UTC
Topic: 1275: "int(pi)"
Replies: 95
Views: 29461

### Re: 1275: "int(pi)"

Back to "why is 3 cursed?" I think it's because 3 and E are close on the keyboard so it's easy to type e when you mean 3. But, when you try to find it, your brain sees E as 3 because that's what you MEANT. So avoiding 3 avoids that problem. Or maybe it's just me. But that's easy to fix! E...
Tue Aug 13, 2013 2:53 pm UTC
Topic: 1250: "Old Accounts"
Replies: 54
Views: 51219

### Re: 1250: "Old Accounts"

Deleting them in reverse order of creation? Shouldn't the standard destructor already take care of that? You only really need to manually do that if you have html links on your account. Or if you have children, of course. (So sorry, I did way too much c++ lately) If you just delete an object like t...
Wed Jul 10, 2013 12:52 pm UTC
Topic: 1236: "Seashell"
Replies: 40
Views: 15508

### Re: 1236: "Seashell"

I've picked up seashells, but never at the seashore. Which makes sense, since I've only visited a seashore about twice in my life, and never actually found any shells while there.

Tue May 07, 2013 1:57 am UTC
Topic: 1185: "Ineffective Sorts"
Replies: 180
Views: 67261

### Re: 1185: "Ineffective Sorts"

Presenting: SuperBogoSort! superBogoSort(input) { while (true) { // generate a list of random elements candidate = generateRandomList(input.length); // is our list sorted? if (isSorted(candidate)) { //does our list match the input? check = shuffle(candidate); if (input.equals(check)) return candidat...
Thu Jan 26, 2012 9:24 am UTC