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by SuicideJunkie
Wed Nov 04, 2015 5:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1599: "Water Delivery"
Replies: 82
Views: 14879

Re: 1599: "Water Delivery"

I'm highly skeptical on this. The FAA currently forbids commercial use, with a very few exceptions (film companies). It also requires the operator to be in line-of-sight with the drone at all times, and that it fly below 400 ft AGL, unless the operator is a licensed pilot, and the UAV follows the s...
by SuicideJunkie
Tue Nov 03, 2015 9:06 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Favorite home experiments
Replies: 590
Views: 482516

Re: Favorite home experiments

Visit your local dollar store and see if they have any cheap vanity mirrors. Drop $5-$20 and you can make yourself a nice solar array. If you use thin wood such as from a carton of oranges, it will burst into flame quite easily. http://imagemodserver.duckdns.org/nick/tempstuff/16-fire.jpg Bonus: dri...
by SuicideJunkie
Mon Nov 02, 2015 3:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1598: "Salvage"
Replies: 103
Views: 16776

Re: 1598: "Salvage"

Whizbang wrote:And by "majority" you mean you, right? Please check with you.
Everybody knows that people tend to assume everyone else is just like themselves. You should know that! ;)
by SuicideJunkie
Tue Oct 20, 2015 1:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1589: "Frankenstein"
Replies: 103
Views: 17549

Re: 1589: "Frankenstein"

Somebody better get that loose infinity of monkeys back on the Shakespeare project before they fill the internet with poorly spelled fanfiction.
by SuicideJunkie
Tue Oct 06, 2015 1:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1586: "Keyboard Problems"
Replies: 61
Views: 11699

Re: 1586: "Keyboard Problems"

Alt-Space-M-Arrow-MouseMove still works for me.
Which workaround are you thinking of?
by SuicideJunkie
Fri Oct 02, 2015 2:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1576: "I Could Care Less"
Replies: 310
Views: 50904

Re: 1576: "I Could Care Less"

Unless the speaker is a gastronomical outlier, "I'm hungry enough to eat some pizza" indicates a fairly low lower bound on the speaker's hunger, and (dependent on the hat being worn) usually implies a hunger level close to that bound due to the choice of "pizza" over the other op...
by SuicideJunkie
Wed Sep 30, 2015 4:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1584: Moments of Inspiration
Replies: 49
Views: 9555

Re: 1584: Moments of Inspiration

Whizbang wrote:I am referring to the expression "Best thing since sliced bread".
I got it at least.

Since does not include the endpoint, at least in common usage.
EG: "I haven't eaten since breakfast"
by SuicideJunkie
Thu Sep 10, 2015 3:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1575: "Footprints"
Replies: 89
Views: 16865

Re: 1575: "Footprints"

mathmannix wrote:Christianity (and a few other religions) give hope, though. They are the only sources of hope.

This sounds to me equivalent to the statement "Two is the only prime number".

Did you mean something more like "Some of their members claim them to be the only sources of hope."?
by SuicideJunkie
Thu Sep 03, 2015 5:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1572: "xkcd Survey"
Replies: 366
Views: 130257

Re: 1572: "xkcd Survey"

Who even knows the most efficient rev speed of their engine? Presumably the car manufacturer. And that's pretty much the point as I understand it. CVT means if you're going 50km/h and the optimal gearing ratio to make your revs perfect is a bit higher than gear 3, the car can be in "gear"...
by SuicideJunkie
Wed Sep 02, 2015 7:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1572: "xkcd Survey"
Replies: 366
Views: 130257

Re: 1572: "xkcd Survey"

I am one more KSP player who can't spell how to drive a space car.
My people do get to go to space most days, even if the wrong end of the space car is sometimes pointing towards space for a little while on the way up.
by SuicideJunkie
Wed Sep 02, 2015 7:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1567: "Kitchen Tips"
Replies: 175
Views: 28806

Re: 1567: "Kitchen Tips"

Well... I have gotten in trouble from my wife for omitting to remove the pizza from the cardboard circle before putting it in the oven. But at least I took it out of the plastic bag (and yes, before that, the cardboard box!) Maybe I could have read the box, but I only cared about the temperature an...
by SuicideJunkie
Tue Aug 25, 2015 3:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1568: "Synonym Movies 2"
Replies: 50
Views: 22286

Re: 1568: "Synonym Movies 2"

thesingingaccountant wrote:Okay, I own my incompetence. What the HELL is "Hot and Cold Music"?! I figured out everything else. This will break me.

For just a hint:
Reverse the order of the words first and then consider the "synonyms".
by SuicideJunkie
Sun Aug 23, 2015 1:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1567: "Kitchen Tips"
Replies: 175
Views: 28806

Re: 1567: "Kitchen Tips"

If you're anything like me, you only step on tiles with an even number of same-colored tiles adjacent to it, and keep score as you travel.
Instead, try walking carelessly so you blend in with the normals!
by SuicideJunkie
Fri Aug 21, 2015 2:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1567: "Kitchen Tips"
Replies: 175
Views: 28806

Re: 1567: "Kitchen Tips"

I don't trust it to not shutdown cleanly when I do a soft restart, and both the power switch and wall outlet are too far away from my chair.
by SuicideJunkie
Fri Aug 21, 2015 2:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1567: "Kitchen Tips"
Replies: 175
Views: 28806

Re: 1567: "Kitchen Tips"

But accidents seem to be a strict subset of emergencies, or can you name a counter example whcih requires A&E/ER/ED care?
Pregnancy.

If you're anything like me, you close your browser by sending a kill signal so that it recovers your tabs when you restart.
Instead, try using bookmarks.
by SuicideJunkie
Fri Jul 17, 2015 5:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1550: "Episode VII"
Replies: 60
Views: 11420

Re: 1550: "Episode VII"

It will take 4.5 hours from our perspective, but from the probe's perspective:
4.5h * sqrt(1- (0.9999999999999999 / 1)^2)
= 2.3 milliseconds

Just enough time for its log file to flash before its CPU.
by SuicideJunkie
Mon Apr 13, 2015 4:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1505: "Ontological Argument"
Replies: 278
Views: 43345

Re: 1505: "Ontological Argument"

All your donut talk is making me hungry. Is there a God, you know of, that makes donuts? Thinking of God is all fine and dandy. Thinking of donuts is good, too. Now; Find me a God that makes good donuts, is kind and fair... And! I want those donuts to be Real! It is much easier to find a baker that...
by SuicideJunkie
Mon Apr 06, 2015 5:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1508: “Operating Systems”
Replies: 83
Views: 19971

Re: 1508: “beehives”

You should get an old IBM mainframe to run iDOS on. That way it will be Big Irony
by SuicideJunkie
Mon Mar 23, 2015 9:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1499: "Arbitrage"
Replies: 164
Views: 25530

Re: 1499: "Arbitrage"

What's not part of society is things that don't exist yet. A new car, or v0.95 of Kerbal Space Program, for example. At a very basic level, you've got to turn dirt into (useful) things faster than you turn things back into dirt (or worse, garbage) if you want to increase wealth. Farmers directly tur...
by SuicideJunkie
Tue Mar 10, 2015 8:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1043: “Ablogalypse”
Replies: 91
Views: 31077

Re: 1043: “Ablogalypse”

March 2015: Brazil and France are the last major strongholds of blagging on the planet. The defenses of North America and Australia have tumbld, and Brazil is under siege. Morale is falling and the supplies of spellcheck have been cut off, but as long as we can type there is still hope! PS: Internet...
by SuicideJunkie
Mon Mar 09, 2015 7:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1476: Ceres
Replies: 54
Views: 18139

Re: 1476: Ceres

Better yet, go to the address shown in that screenshot: http://eyes.nasa.gov/dsn/dsn.html

1.25 day ping time to VGR2!
39b/sec download rate from KPLR!

Your home internet service doesn't sound so bad by comparison.
by SuicideJunkie
Mon Mar 09, 2015 6:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1495: "Hard Reboot"
Replies: 56
Views: 13102

Re: 1495: "Hard Reboot"

Minimizing downtime, by keeping uptime down!
by SuicideJunkie
Fri Mar 06, 2015 5:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1494: “Insurance”
Replies: 81
Views: 17956

Re: 1494: “Insurance”

How many any people don't bother with Baggage Claim? They simply walk out of the Airport; Change their name and forget the last ten years ever happened? Digital will not allow people to do that. Once upon a Time not all that long ago, people did that. That's mostly how I travel. But it is enabled b...
by SuicideJunkie
Fri Mar 06, 2015 5:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1492: "Dress color"
Replies: 362
Views: 61074

Re: 1492: "Dress color"

All this sounds like we need another color survey, with a focus on the white end of the cube.
by SuicideJunkie
Thu Mar 05, 2015 3:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1489: "Fundamental Forces"
Replies: 93
Views: 27613

Re: 1489: "Fundamental Forces"

I think you're grossly underestimating the surface gravity of a neutron star. A neutron star has a surface gravity on the order of 100 billion gees. But of course that is only an average neutron star and says nothing about a neutron star fragment. Unfortunately I'm not entirely sure how the equatio...
by SuicideJunkie
Thu Mar 05, 2015 12:54 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0131: "Microwaves"
Replies: 61
Views: 23193

Re: What-If 0131: "Microwaves"

Flumble wrote:I love our "new" microwave: it has a rotary switch for the power level (one pet peeve: it reads "max" instead of the actual power consumption) and a rotary switch for the time.
That problem is easily solved!
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by SuicideJunkie
Thu Mar 05, 2015 12:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1489: "Fundamental Forces"
Replies: 93
Views: 27613

Re: 1489: "Fundamental Forces"

What is the smallest possible neutron star fragment? As far as I know, the minimum mass requirements for getting a neutron star have more to do with the collapse mechanics (supernova, etc.) than the stability of the final state. In an unlikely-but-hypothetically-possible glancing blow between two n...
by SuicideJunkie
Mon Mar 02, 2015 4:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1489: "Fundamental Forces"
Replies: 93
Views: 27613

Re: 1489: "Fundamental Forces"

I think there might be a problem there in that the force would be pressing on the surface rather than the surface pressing on the core. If your surface converts to neutronium, you'd be in trouble. Also, beyond some intensity limit, wouldn't the magnetic field start creating particles instead of addi...
by SuicideJunkie
Mon Mar 02, 2015 2:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1489: "Fundamental Forces"
Replies: 93
Views: 27613

Re: 1489: "Fundamental Forces"

It's sometimes said that neutronium is held together by gravity, but that's not quite right. The formation of neutron-degenerate matter requires very high pressure , gravity is merely a way of achieving that pressure. But neutron-degenerate matter will not remain in a bound state except under the i...
by SuicideJunkie
Fri Feb 27, 2015 8:39 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0126: "Stairs"
Replies: 67
Views: 25601

Re: What-If 0126: "Stairs"

Inorganic butter would probably go well with Beret-guy's lug-nut scones.
by SuicideJunkie
Mon Feb 23, 2015 4:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1490: "Atoms"
Replies: 92
Views: 19732

Re: 1490: "Atoms"

snowyowl wrote:I'm never quite sure to what extent Beret Guy is screwing with us and to what extent he actually has weirdly niche superpowers.

Laser spectrometer vision is a fairly common superpower. The famous cases have much higher beam intensities, but not everybody can be the strongest.
by SuicideJunkie
Sun Feb 22, 2015 3:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1489: "Fundamental Forces"
Replies: 93
Views: 27613

Re: 1489: "Fundamental Forces"

Consider the amount of energy you have to spend to get it. If you want 1N of force at 1mm from electromagnetic effects, you will end see a respectable bill from the electric company to run your collider and generate some fresh electrons and positrons. If you want 1N of force at 1mm from gravitationa...

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