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by ps.02
Sun Nov 20, 2016 9:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1761: "Blame"
Replies: 138
Views: 30610

Re: 1761: "Blame"

morriswalters wrote:And the Democrats are paying the price for killing filibusters.

All I can say is, good thing we all agreed a couple of years ago, amidst the howls of protest from Congress, that it was a good idea to let the President decide immigration issues by executive order. We did all say that, right?
by ps.02
Fri Nov 18, 2016 8:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1761: "Blame"
Replies: 138
Views: 30610

Re: 1761: "Blame"

So, in conclusion "friend" is an okay term for that use, but "acquaintance" might be better. From what I can tell from the outside, Facebook friend is its own term now, related to friend merely by etymology. A bit like breakfast cereal , which descends from cereal , but is at on...
by ps.02
Fri Nov 18, 2016 6:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1761: "Blame"
Replies: 138
Views: 30610

Re: 1761: "Blame"

I don't get it. Is that sort of reasoning or behavior common on Facebook?
by ps.02
Wed Nov 16, 2016 11:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1756: "I'm With Her"
Replies: 446
Views: 99480

Re: 1756: "I'm With Her"

The result of that gem would be a 7.7% tax increase on the middle class (I'm counting SS, Medicare, and Medicaid - aka FICA - not just SS). Businesses would pocket the savings, give nobody a raise except the VP's Yes, I meant all of FICA. Anyway, the flag day when the line item moves from the emplo...
by ps.02
Mon Nov 14, 2016 9:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1756: "I'm With Her"
Replies: 446
Views: 99480

Re: 1756: "I'm With Her"

I talked to a Californian the other day who voted in favor of raising taxes on those who make over $250k. She said, "Sure, that's not me!" I have a lot more respect for rich liberals who vote for higher taxes on the rich (themselves) than the middle/lower class ones who vote to raise taxe...
by ps.02
Mon Nov 14, 2016 8:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1759: "British Map"
Replies: 193
Views: 41412

Re: 1759: "British Map"

What's with the title? A normal native speaker would say "Map of Britain". Was he trying to avoid the whole England/Britain/UK minefield? Indeed, if he's trying to play ignorant foreigner, you'd think he would have titled it Map of England . As he really should have done - imagine the YHB...
by ps.02
Mon Nov 14, 2016 11:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1758: "Astrophysics"
Replies: 52
Views: 12382

Re: 1758: "Astrophysics"

Man, you say the word king enough times and it just loses its meaning. Sounds like a Germanic strong verb, doesn't it? King, kang, kung, or maybe kought.
by ps.02
Sat Nov 12, 2016 5:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1758: "Astrophysics"
Replies: 52
Views: 12382

Re: 1758: "Astrophysics"

Is it just me or do those door handles look like they belong on the inside of a building?
by ps.02
Wed Oct 26, 2016 10:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1751: "Movie Folder"
Replies: 57
Views: 12337

Re: 1751: "Movie Folder"

Am I missing a joke, or are you confused? Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is a real thing; Rocky Horror 1-6 , not so much. Well, while it's a "real thing," I believe Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is only a book, not a movie. It seems to fit into Randall's general joke. As for Rocky , I ...
by ps.02
Wed Oct 26, 2016 8:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1751: "Movie Folder"
Replies: 57
Views: 12337

Re: 1751: "Movie Folder"

Now do a joke about Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, or those Stallone classics Rocky Horror 1-6.
by ps.02
Mon Oct 24, 2016 4:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1750: "Life Goals"
Replies: 47
Views: 11540

Re: 1750: "Life Goals"

Angry Rooster wrote:Of course, most of these words won't work in Scrabble because they're proper nouns (and a couple are too long to statistically have any chance of making).

Plus, in English-language Scrabble, there's only one X, one Z, two Y's and two blanks.
by ps.02
Fri Oct 14, 2016 2:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1746: "Making Friends"
Replies: 12
Views: 4146

Re: 1746: "Making Friends"

As someone who lives in the heart of California condor territory, it's really weird to hear them called "vultures". Yeah, I was surprised to learn that. But, given that apparently their largest threat these days is lead poisoning from bullets in their carrion, it makes sense. (Don't use l...
by ps.02
Fri Oct 14, 2016 6:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1746: "Making Friends"
Replies: 12
Views: 4146

Re: 1746: "Making Friends"

Vultures are endangered. They need your help; join vulture conservation efforts today and make some fuzzy friends! Yes, famously, the California condor. Most other vultures, not so much. ObComic: Waiting for others to make me the center of attention has never really worked for me. Well, I mean, it ...
by ps.02
Sun Oct 09, 2016 9:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1742: "Will It Work"
Replies: 50
Views: 12290

Re: 1742: "Will It Work"

No, you start from the purely sandboxed idea, have the massive duplication, and then symlink it away by letting the system know what's contained, in what version, in a given package. Some packages will sometimes cause duplication, instead of failing to install. Fair points, but installation success...
by ps.02
Sat Oct 08, 2016 7:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1742: "Will It Work"
Replies: 50
Views: 12290

Re: 1742: "Will It Work"

When two apps are written against different versions of the same library, which is where the repo model simply breaks and does not work , That is an interesting assertion that depends a great deal on how poorly the repository and its software are designed and maintained, say, on a scale of Debian t...
by ps.02
Sat Oct 08, 2016 7:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1742: "Will It Work"
Replies: 50
Views: 12290

Re: 1742: "Will It Work"

When two apps are written against different versions of the same library, which is where the repo model simply breaks and does not work , That is an interesting assertion that depends a great deal on how poorly the repository and its software are designed and maintained, say, on a scale of Debian t...
by ps.02
Fri Oct 07, 2016 6:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1742: "Will It Work"
Replies: 50
Views: 12290

Re: 1742: "Will It Work"

Old Bruce wrote:
Tyndmyr wrote:leaves out "obvious" twerking

I sure hope you meant tweeking.
damn that is hard spell.

They did. Pretty sure this forum has a filter that takes t w e a k and turns it into t w e r k. At some point, long ago, this was thought to be funny.
by ps.02
Fri Oct 07, 2016 6:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1743: "Coffee"
Replies: 77
Views: 16870

Re: 1743: "Coffee"

What I get from this: "Aren't Millennials cute when they move out and try to be grown-ups?" I think Homeownership was funnier, if equally implausible. As for non-coffee-drinkers entertaining guests, I like how my parents did it: they acquired a coffeemaker and a can of Folger's, and when t...
by ps.02
Wed Oct 05, 2016 9:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1742: "Will It Work"
Replies: 50
Views: 12290

Re: 1742: "Will It Work"

package managers can be great. The key word is "can". The packages are rarely the problem. The dependencies are. Especially with portage... I'm not familiar with portage, but with most package managers, in fact, dependencies are expressed as packages . Which transforms your statement into...
by ps.02
Wed Oct 05, 2016 3:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1741: "Work"
Replies: 53
Views: 12897

Re: 1741: "Work"

A guy on YouTube set out to make a sandwich from scratch...that is, make his own salt (from seawater), grow his own vegetables, milk a cow for the cheese, make the cheese, kill the chicken, etc. It cost him $1500 and 6 months: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=URvWSsAgtJE Shoulda used sudo , I guess....
by ps.02
Wed Oct 05, 2016 2:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 540
Views: 137453

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

They're a triumph of engineering cleverness; I read the Wikipedia page several times and couldn't fully grasp how they work, let alone how some genius came up with the design. Is it for some reason more complicated than just using a gas engine to drive the compressor, being careful to vent the hot ...
by ps.02
Wed Sep 28, 2016 4:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 540
Views: 137453

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

And a sail catches a lot more air than a turbine. True. But OTOH, if the wind direction requires significant tacking, that's a pretty huge efficiency hit as well. You can tack at 45 degrees to the wind, so the worst case scenario is that you multiply your trip length by √2. That's more than 70% eff...
by ps.02
Wed Sep 28, 2016 6:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1739: "Fixing Problems"
Replies: 26
Views: 9571

Re: 1739: "Fixing Problems"

He tried installing BSD again, didn't he?
by ps.02
Wed Sep 28, 2016 6:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 540
Views: 137453

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

I can't see how it could ever be more efficient than sailing with tacking. Effectively, a wind turbine blade is always tacking. A wind-farm-on-a-boat may or may not be more efficient than sails It seems like you are introducing a lot of loss into the system though, spinning turbines to spin magnets...
by ps.02
Wed Sep 28, 2016 1:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 540
Views: 137453

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

I can't see how it could ever be more efficient than sailing with tacking. Effectively, a wind turbine blade is always tacking. A wind-farm-on-a-boat may or may not be more efficient than sails, but you do get the flexibility of pointing your bow whatever direction you wish, even when navigating re...
by ps.02
Mon Sep 26, 2016 10:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1737: "Datacenter Scale"
Replies: 57
Views: 17779

Re: 1737: "Datacenter Scale"

Since when are hard drives EVER hot-swappable? I was trained that one ALWAYS does a controlled shutdown and power-off before swapping, or else the new drive will be damaged. To expand on what others have said: your training was correct - for older consumer-grade disks - specifically, MFM and ATA (a...
by ps.02
Fri Sep 23, 2016 12:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 540
Views: 137453

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

morriswalters wrote:Just to be clear for me, I object to the generic term scientist. Not science.

Yeah, I dunno. I hardly think scientist is any worse in popular (read: mass media) use than experts or authorities.
by ps.02
Thu Sep 22, 2016 3:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 540
Views: 137453

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

There are times when I think the use of the word scientist should be banned. It gives a sense of false equivalence. About 20 years ago someone pointed out to me that, just as a place having City in its name is a strong signal that it's not a real city*, a discipline having Science in its name is a ...
by ps.02
Wed Sep 21, 2016 10:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"
Replies: 269
Views: 41410

Re: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"

Why is this thread all about grammar? Where are the fashion police? Where are all the people who are outraged because they think they're being labeled as fashion police when in fact they just care about fashion? Where's the outrage from the fashion police that Randall literally thinks they are also ...
by ps.02
Mon Sep 19, 2016 6:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 540
Views: 137453

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

Wind and solar are not virtually free. They kind of are in one sense: they produce more energy than they take to make. That's still true even if you take into account the full lifecycle of all the materials. For years I've been wondering why I can't find any information about solar-powered solar ce...
by ps.02
Mon Sep 19, 2016 6:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 540
Views: 137453

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

I believe cargo ships are huge to save on crew. Large ships also make loading and unloading much faster, which is a very important economic consideration. And I believe they are more fuel efficient. While the available solar power for a ship depends on surface area, so does the water (and air) resi...
by ps.02
Mon Sep 19, 2016 5:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"
Replies: 269
Views: 41410

Re: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"

new slang almost always comes from minority (read: of color) communities before being adopted by the majority (read: white). [Citation needed] I don't buy that. Certainly, new coinages have to come from a minority. Some smaller group has to be the first to start circulating a word. But plenty of ne...
by ps.02
Mon Sep 19, 2016 4:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"
Replies: 269
Views: 41410

Re: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"

Dark_T_Zeratul wrote:Given the topic, I feel it only fair to point out that it's spelled "judgmental."

True. What is not true is the implication that this is the only correct way to spell the word. (Look it up.)
by ps.02
Mon Sep 19, 2016 4:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"
Replies: 269
Views: 41410

Re: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"

Well, the important thing is that you've found a way to feel superior to both.
ETA: (That's one of the great xkcd quotes that becomes topical again from time to time. Along with "Not really into Pokemon.")
Also: putting "literally" in the alt text was a nice touch. That is all.
by ps.02
Mon Sep 19, 2016 5:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 540
Views: 137453

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

Be fair. A major reason utility companies aren't crazy about net metering is that they're being asked to buy electricity at retail , not wholesale , rates. This is not a trivial difference Citation needed. Where does net metering require a utility company to buy at retail? Not where I live (Massach...
by ps.02
Sun Sep 18, 2016 3:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 540
Views: 137453

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

As far as I know, building high (above where animals fly) is a good idea, also it gives you more profit _and_ is supposed to be less noisy because of the distance to the ground. Quite. The rule of thumb I read somewhere was to aim for the low point of the turbine blade to be at least 10m higher tha...
by ps.02
Sat Sep 17, 2016 6:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 540
Views: 137453

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

Energy companies want solar so long as it's concentrated solar, or alternatively if they have a monopoly on the solar cells. Distributed solar is scary to some of these guys because it means the number of suppliers they have will go way up while the number of paying customers they have will go way ...
by ps.02
Fri Sep 16, 2016 4:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 540
Views: 137453

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

Battery technology is fairly mature, and has stabilized down to about a 5-8% energy density improvement per year. It seems improbable that this will suddenly be the year when we have a massive breakthrough and gain ridiculous battery power. Except the breakthrough has already happened, and it's not...
by ps.02
Fri Sep 16, 2016 4:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 540
Views: 137453

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

A "Sisyphus battery," using gravitational potential with solids instead of liquids, seems less practical at scale. But it's not like I've really thought about it. Here is a serious looking proposal to use railroad technology to store hundreds of megawatt hours by moving many railroad car ...
by ps.02
Fri Sep 16, 2016 3:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 540
Views: 137453

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

how feasible is hydroelectric storage of solar/wind/etc power on the domestic scale? Pumped hydro energy storage is very much a thing, for exactly these purposes. As I understand, it is the most cost-effective method of grid energy storage, by far. Just like hydro itself is the cheapest renewable e...

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