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by Soupspoon
Wed Dec 06, 2017 12:30 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)
Replies: 252
Views: 49253

Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

If you'll forgive an image (used as link), rather than words…
Spoiler:
Image

…because it's probably the most iconic thing about her life, for most people.
by Soupspoon
Tue Dec 05, 2017 4:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1924: "Solar Panels"
Replies: 60
Views: 6010

Re: 1924: "Solar Panels"

Areas you probably shouldn't put solar panels - Scotland. Today sunrise is at 8:31 and sunset at 15:28. The answer is obvious. Power things around the road from Solar Roadways on the exact other side of the planet, and vice-versa, to take advantage of the correspondingly longer and complimentarily-...
by Soupspoon
Tue Dec 05, 2017 3:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1923: "Felsius"
Replies: 78
Views: 7934

Re: 1923: "Felsius"

There was a dot-matrix printer, somewhere I once worked, where one pin in the (vertical, horizontally dragged) head didn't work. It was exactly the right(/wrong) one to make an 8 look like a 0/O 1 (without obvious gap), amongst other oddities, and it meant that minus signs were effectively whitespac...
by Soupspoon
Mon Dec 04, 2017 7:25 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Fish Base is a Thing that Exists
Replies: 12
Views: 1901

Re: Fish Base is a Thing that Exists

Mutex wrote:
HES wrote:
p1t1o wrote:Or an obscure numerical system.

In this forum, that's exactly what I was expecting this to be.

Me too.

Me bream.

(Tang, snook, bream, dory, flier, ziege, bluefin, skate...)
by Soupspoon
Mon Dec 04, 2017 7:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1924: "Solar Panels"
Replies: 60
Views: 6010

Re: 1924: "Solar Panels"

Deserts (and other maybe hot/certainly empty landscapes) are also starting to be equipped with double-sided Pv-panels, to capture the ambient light reflected from the bare ground beneath (that missed all panels as it passed the upward-facing surfaces). More efficient, yet, after snowfalls (which als...
by Soupspoon
Mon Dec 04, 2017 6:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1923: "Felsius"
Replies: 78
Views: 7934

Re: 1923: "Felsius"

Below zero: Ice if there's water to freeze, wrap up. (If double-digits, it's probably already in the midst of visible snowfall, so visually assess the wisdom of being outside.) If I had to split, high single-figures is bitter, low single-figures quite manageable. Single digits (positive): Nippy. Try...
by Soupspoon
Sun Dec 03, 2017 8:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1923: "Felsius"
Replies: 78
Views: 7934

Re: 1923: "Felsius"

[Personally, I prefer giving my preferred room-temperature as 18-20 rather than 65-70 (yes, I know those are slightly different ranges - no-one would give "64.4-68" as a temperature range for something like this except as a conversion of numbers they'd originally created as rounded values...
by Soupspoon
Fri Dec 01, 2017 11:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1923: "Felsius"
Replies: 78
Views: 7934

Re: 1923: "Felsius"

Why stop with averaging just Celsius and Fahrenheit? Throw Rankine and Kelvin into the mix too. Call it RKCF. I leave the formula as an exercise for the reader. (Missed this.) I demand the right to add Delisle into the averaging! (edit: This demand made prior to seeing °D listed on the prior poster...
by Soupspoon
Fri Dec 01, 2017 6:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1923: "Felsius"
Replies: 78
Views: 7934

Re: 1923: "Felsius"

faubiguy wrote:The corresponding absolute scale is the Rankelvin, with the symbol °K for maximum confusion. 1 °K = 7×K / 5 = 7×°R / 9.

GOOMHFaubi

(Relvin, was to have been my suggestion. :P)

((And I knew exactly what the comic would be about, just by the title. I think that's good. Not sure for who, though.))
by Soupspoon
Fri Dec 01, 2017 11:25 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Count in Balanced Ternary
Replies: 475
Views: 15573

Re: Count in Balanced Ternary

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by Soupspoon
Fri Dec 01, 2017 1:33 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Let's talk about Net Nutrality in 2017
Replies: 120
Views: 14932

Re: Let's talk about Net Nutrality in 2017

Perhaps apart from those fibre lines (like I said, not applicable to me, leastways not far enough for me to bother looking into them in detail) the hardware infrastructure is overwhelmingly run by BT Openreach (split off from iteration of the time of the original everywhere-but-Hull denationalised m...
by Soupspoon
Fri Dec 01, 2017 1:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1071: "Exoplanets"
Replies: 176
Views: 44425

Re: 1071: "Exoplanets"

How much fuel were these ships planning to take with them? A handwavium amount, obviously. :P P.S. I would define the size of a solar system, galaxy, etc. by the size of its gravity well in some way. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hill_sphere would probably be where to start that defining. Applied t...
by Soupspoon
Thu Nov 30, 2017 10:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6188
Views: 469392

Re: Trump presidency

The guy who temporarily deleted Trump…

Sounds exactly as simple as it probably was.
by Soupspoon
Thu Nov 30, 2017 10:22 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Let's talk about Net Nutrality in 2017
Replies: 120
Views: 14932

Re: Let's talk about Net Nutrality in 2017

Fun fact: I have a choice of who I pay for my mains electricity or mains gas. (Not water, yet, but in both cases I only have one supply infrastructure (cables/pipe), which is analogous). And the same is almost the same for voice and data landline. The same copper POTS cable can be paid for via diffe...
by Soupspoon
Thu Nov 30, 2017 1:21 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Random Questions
Replies: 119
Views: 3776

Re: Random Questions

Jones. Milton *Jones*

Is this thing on? <Tap tap tap>
by Soupspoon
Thu Nov 30, 2017 11:22 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Count in Balanced Ternary
Replies: 475
Views: 15573

Re: Count in Balanced Ternary

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by Soupspoon
Wed Nov 29, 2017 10:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1890: "What to Bring"
Replies: 70
Views: 11206

Re: 1890: "What to Bring"

It is if, I suspect, Randall is in the pay of Big Badger. There's very little evidence for the Deep Sett, I know, but only because the Deep Sett controls the media, and why not go so far as to knobble xkcd, amongst others 1 , making it appear as if a problem that very few people even know about isn'...
by Soupspoon
Wed Nov 29, 2017 10:32 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Count in Balanced Ternary
Replies: 475
Views: 15573

Re: Count in Balanced Ternary

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by Soupspoon
Wed Nov 29, 2017 7:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1071: "Exoplanets"
Replies: 176
Views: 44425

Re: 1071: "Exoplanets"

Wait, Project Orion allows interstellar travel? Just how fast can these ships suppose to go! Do you mean "allows interstellar travel within a reasonable length of voyage time ?"? We already got some Voyagers/Pioneers escaping the Solar system gravity well, and they're just drifting slowly...
by Soupspoon
Wed Nov 29, 2017 7:05 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Count in Balanced Ternary
Replies: 475
Views: 15573

Re: Count in Balanced Ternary

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by Soupspoon
Wed Nov 29, 2017 1:17 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Count in Balanced Ternary
Replies: 475
Views: 15573

Re: Count in Balanced Ternary

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by Soupspoon
Wed Nov 29, 2017 1:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1161
Views: 158840

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

And nobody (without a single-track mind and the luck to win the sweepstake on that lone item) will get what they want. Everybody will be disappointed.
by Soupspoon
Tue Nov 28, 2017 10:36 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Count in Balanced Ternary
Replies: 475
Views: 15573

Re: Count in Balanced Ternary

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by Soupspoon
Tue Nov 28, 2017 7:11 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Count in Balanced Ternary
Replies: 475
Views: 15573

Re: Count in Balanced Ternary

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cyanyoshi wrote:Glad that's sorted!

I think I went overboard in dealing with it. But when I double-checked, post-posting, I found my own apparent error and then got rather frantic trying to work out where it actually came from. Leaked a bit onto the page.
by Soupspoon
Tue Nov 28, 2017 3:41 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 559
Views: 78622

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

At the end of the day, it's a dog-eat-dog world, with billions and billions of phrases and not enough time in the day to do them all justice. The average man on the street would have to work time and a half, even assuming that this very issue is like a red rag to a bull, for them all to gain due pro...
by Soupspoon
Tue Nov 28, 2017 2:43 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Count in Balanced Ternary
Replies: 475
Views: 15573

Re: Count in Balanced Ternary

+--+0- Actually, scrap that: +--0+- …should have been +--00- (following on from +--0-+, with +- (+3-1) being 4 after -+ (-3+1) rather than next) +--0+0 …should have been +--000 +--0++ …should have been +--00+ +--+-- …should have been +--0+- +--+-0 …should have been +--0+0 +--+-+ …should have been +...
by Soupspoon
Tue Nov 28, 2017 2:42 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sleep-time holodeck experiences
Replies: 3342
Views: 654225

Re: Sleep-time holodeck experiences

Yesterday: An office building. It's in central London (random London landmarks visible from the windows; even in the dream I know that the geography is at best symbolically accurate) probably of a previous firm I worked for, that never had such central London premises, and it's a godawful concrete t...
by Soupspoon
Mon Nov 27, 2017 7:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14729
Views: 2253986

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

Do they even look like they desire peace?

Image


:P
by Soupspoon
Mon Nov 27, 2017 6:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1917: "How to Make Friends"
Replies: 35
Views: 5360

Re: 1917: "How to Make Friends"

It could well have been an accepted system-level alias for fsck , given that fsck is a RL alias for it... (The best command-level error message I ever encountered was the one on a particular system I used that intercepted attempts to "alias unalias FOO" to tell me it didn't want to do that...
by Soupspoon
Mon Nov 27, 2017 11:17 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Count in Balanced Ternary
Replies: 475
Views: 15573

Re: Count in Balanced Ternary

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(I'm trying to Id the spaceships by their silhouettes. We've not had a proper Discovery yet, and only low-accuracy CR90 Corvette. But there's been some others…)
by Soupspoon
Mon Nov 27, 2017 1:46 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Count in Balanced Ternary
Replies: 475
Views: 15573

Re: Count in Balanced Ternary

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by Soupspoon
Mon Nov 27, 2017 1:43 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Let's talk about Net Nutrality in 2017
Replies: 120
Views: 14932

Re: Let's talk about Net Nutrality in 2017

I didn't say you couldn't navigate the minefield (in fact, I gave ways of doing so, from the "chosen" bit when talking about the Search Engine to personalising the hardware/cloud's default response to a command, where possible), but it's a minefield not so clearly marked. NN similarly (tho...
by Soupspoon
Mon Nov 27, 2017 12:08 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Count in Balanced Ternary
Replies: 475
Views: 15573

Re: Count in Balanced Ternary

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by Soupspoon
Mon Nov 27, 2017 12:07 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if: chat thread
Replies: 120
Views: 100414

Re: What-if: chat thread

Roughly and readily reckoning with a copy'n'paste'n'edit (see Spoiler), as a distracting and diverting several minutes after other things got done that need doing again (why does my Tablet keep shedding random App icons whenever I restart it? It's annoying to have to replant them every time…) it's a...
by Soupspoon
Sun Nov 26, 2017 10:17 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Count in Balanced Ternary
Replies: 475
Views: 15573

Re: Count in Balanced Ternary

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by Soupspoon
Sun Nov 26, 2017 10:16 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Let's talk about Net Nutrality in 2017
Replies: 120
Views: 14932

Re: Let's talk about Net Nutrality in 2017

The future is already a minefield of invisibly poor choice, the way things are going. Already fed up with your chosen Search Engine possibly dictating the on-the-first-page order of the things the Search Engine of choice may or may not have an invisible hand in promoting (above those similar things ...
by Soupspoon
Sun Nov 26, 2017 1:53 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: How do you define..."you"?: Question about Infinite Universe
Replies: 22
Views: 3409

Re: How do you define..."you"?: Question about Infinite Universe

morriswalters wrote:There is only one you, the mind looking out through your eyes.

You would say that. All of You.

(Determinism FTW!)
by Soupspoon
Sun Nov 26, 2017 5:34 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: How do you define..."you"?: Question about Infinite Universe
Replies: 22
Views: 3409

Re: How do you define..."you"?: Question about Infinite Universe

Even if there are an infinite number of Yous, that's across an infinitely more infinite number of worlds, therefore there are, on average, zero Yous anywhere. You, yes you, therefore don't exist. QED.
by Soupspoon
Sun Nov 26, 2017 5:26 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Count in Balanced Ternary
Replies: 475
Views: 15573

Re: Count in Balanced Ternary

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by Soupspoon
Sat Nov 25, 2017 11:23 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: How do you define..."you"?: Question about Infinite Universe
Replies: 22
Views: 3409

Re: How do you define..."you"?: Question about Infinite Universe

It wouldn't matter much if there are Infinite Yous, as you'd never meet. Distributed as you are around the Infinite Volume, the True Yous that are exact copies will be product of identical light-cones, and never so close as to meaningfully share existence. Even if one went and travelled to another '...

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