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by KittenKaboodle
Tue Dec 06, 2016 2:18 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13475
Views: 1553710

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

You'd be surprised at how little even educated people know.. You ought to read the stuff Randle writes, e.g. https://what-if.xkcd.com/128/ https://xkcd.com/651/ My iPhone 4s (yes I need a new phone) has a battery that's 18000 joules. How much energy is that? Imagine a 40W incandescent light bulb, 1...
by KittenKaboodle
Thu Oct 27, 2016 9:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13475
Views: 1553710

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

"We've always been at war with Eastasia"
by KittenKaboodle
Thu Oct 27, 2016 9:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 446111

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

As elaborated here , that person appears to be using "voter suppression" to mean ad efforts aimed at demoralizing potential voters, not the placing of actual impediments to voting (as the term is usually understood). Although they may well be doing that too. Well, Trump has been televised...
by KittenKaboodle
Thu Sep 15, 2016 1:35 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 5234
Views: 609026

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Interesting to think about a system where an officer can "believe" you committed a crime and that's good enough for conviction. Note that an arrest technical only requires "probable cause" (though in practice that tends to be optional), a conviction is supposed to require much m...
by KittenKaboodle
Thu Sep 15, 2016 1:14 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1320
Views: 157677

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

Uber's driverless taxis began operation in Pittsburgh today . I realize that this might seem like old news, since a driverless taxi service has been operating in Singapore for three weeks already, but it still seems worth taking note of since they're the first driverless taxis in the U.S. Well, not...
by KittenKaboodle
Sat Aug 06, 2016 3:58 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 5234
Views: 609026

Re: Police misbehavior thread

An officer that misses like that with an assault rifle has no business touching one. There he is, touching... Give the guy a break, he's just a member of the SWAT team, it's not like he has any special train.... Oh,... wait,... Never mind. :roll: I would be suspicious of anyone who volunteers for t...
by KittenKaboodle
Sat Apr 02, 2016 1:48 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: How Far Can A Person Walk Into The Desert?
Replies: 27
Views: 3536

Re: How Far Can A Person Walk Into The Desert?

The Marathon des Sables Lets ask Big Brother Google about that; In 1984 Patrick Bauer - a French concert promoter - decided to set out for an epic walk. He chose one of the harshest environments on the planet - the Sahara desert and he chose to walk 200 miles with all he would need on his back. Wik...
by KittenKaboodle
Thu Mar 31, 2016 6:31 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: How Far Can A Person Walk Into The Desert?
Replies: 27
Views: 3536

Re: How Far Can A Person Walk Into The Desert?

Copper Bezel wrote:I really want the answer to be some formulation of the rocket equation, but that seems unlikely.


I think it kind of is, as long as the person is allowed multiple trips and establishing caches along the way.
by KittenKaboodle
Tue Mar 29, 2016 4:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1661: "Podium"
Replies: 30
Views: 3332

Re: 1661: "Podium"

Copper Bezel wrote:I have to assume Apeiron is joking or possibly trolling, if only for the "podiatrist."

I'm not sure if you are joking, but I think Apeirion is not: It derives from the Greek πόδι (foot)
by KittenKaboodle
Tue Mar 15, 2016 8:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1320
Views: 157677

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

Clearly this calls for research in to more advanced games that will baffle AI and keep Humanity ahead in the race to not be rendered redundant at playing games.... The Simpsons Randal did it! https://xkcd.com/1002/ And of course there is Global thermonuclear war, due to computers need for electrici...
by KittenKaboodle
Wed Mar 09, 2016 11:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1652 "Conditionals"
Replies: 77
Views: 6899

Re: 1652 "Conditionals"

Assuming the person in question never has beaten their [whatever], the logically correct answer to that is "no". But why would anyone assume that? the question clearly implies that they have. It would be one thing to have realized the error of one ways and stopped, but to not have stopped...
by KittenKaboodle
Tue Mar 08, 2016 11:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 446111

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

KnightExemplar wrote:grossly underestimating the power of SuperPAC negative campaign ads and their ability to sway the public.


Um, this looks to me a lot like the cure being worse than the disease.
But, sure, if Goldstein Trump is the reincarnation of Hitler, then, double plus good, the ends justify the means.
by KittenKaboodle
Tue Mar 08, 2016 9:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1652 "Conditionals"
Replies: 77
Views: 6899

Re: 1652 "Conditionals"

The variation of this that always annoys me is answering yes to an or-question. Q: "Do you want coffee or tea?" A: "Yes". Yes, I get it, you understand formal logic. Very good. I congratulate you on your superior intellect. Now please answer the fucking question. Next question; ...
by KittenKaboodle
Fri Mar 04, 2016 10:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1651 "Robotic Garage"
Replies: 30
Views: 5098

Re: 1652 "Robotic Garage"

Suspensions, yes, but I was talking about the valves that have to open and close over a dozen times per second with the freshly-burnt exhaust gas blowing over them. Probably more like a dozen times a minute, I suspect that in some cases a skilled archer could approach that rate with a wooden bow. N...
by KittenKaboodle
Thu Mar 03, 2016 4:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1650 "Baby"
Replies: 75
Views: 7147

Re: 1650 "Baby"

zjxs wrote:How is babby formed?


perhaps this will help
by KittenKaboodle
Thu Mar 03, 2016 3:37 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 446111

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

I definitely knew who Clinton and Dole were when I was 7 (although I had little idea of what they stood for), and I was acutely aware of the Gore-Bush debacle at age 11. Pretty much all I remember about Goldwater is his name (you kids get off my lawn). Though I do have a recollection of the "D...
by KittenKaboodle
Thu Feb 25, 2016 3:35 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0145: "Fire From Moonlight"
Replies: 157
Views: 20963

Re: What-If 0145: "Fire From Moonlight"

For me, the arguments about whether such a lens system is actually feasible are stronger. Since the original question involved a "magnifying glass", that would seem to be a reasonable stance. However, we are talking about "What if" here, where shooing a BB gun at a train escalat...
by KittenKaboodle
Fri Feb 12, 2016 1:42 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0145: "Fire From Moonlight"
Replies: 157
Views: 20963

Re: What-If 0145: "Fire From Moonlight"

Pretty sure this is all a giant trap to induce us to set the earth on fire with moonlight, just to prove a point. And yet, I wish to attempt it anyway. Well, it does seem to be a reoccurring theme: "Under those circumstances, it turns out Earth still catches fire . The reflected light from the...
by KittenKaboodle
Thu Feb 11, 2016 2:06 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0145: "Fire From Moonlight"
Replies: 157
Views: 20963

Re: What-If 0145: "Fire From Moonlight"

He got to here... The Moon's sunlit surface is a little over 100°C, so you can't focus moonlight to make something hotter than about 100°C. That's too cold to set most things on fire. ...and I kept waiting for the "but what if we..." part of the WhatIf. Most things?? What are the few thin...
by KittenKaboodle
Sun Feb 07, 2016 9:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1639: "To Taste"
Replies: 55
Views: 5502

Re: 1639: "To Taste"

My least-favourite recipe instruction is: Cook until done. Up there with 'cook until tender' (for a dish that's being baked in the oven ...). Well, my favorite cookbook of all time is: http://www.amazon.com/Cook-until-Done-Collection-Unexpected/dp/B002MXMHA4 I can't imagine why there are any used c...
by KittenKaboodle
Fri Jan 29, 2016 2:21 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0143: "Europa Water Siphon"
Replies: 52
Views: 8551

Re: What-If 0143: "Europa Water Siphon"

Revisiting note #5, I think the video demonstrates that siphoning works just fine in a vacuum, and not "at least a little bit." We don't know the exact viscosity of the ionic liquid, but it seems to be siphoning at a reasonably quick pace, in the same ballpark (or at least the same county...
by KittenKaboodle
Wed Jan 27, 2016 4:54 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bundyite militia seizes federal building
Replies: 414
Views: 33575

Re: Bundyite militia seizes federal building

It's right there in your link; "According to the Oregonian newspaper, Mr Bundy was en route to a community meeting in John Day, Oregon, where he was scheduled to be a guest speaker, when authorities stopped his vehicle." If one goes back to the first page of this thread, in between the ner...
by KittenKaboodle
Fri Jan 22, 2016 10:57 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: electromagnets motors and resistance question
Replies: 3
Views: 1290

Re: electromagnets motors and resistance question

The big difference between your nail and the armature of your toy motor is that the latter is moving in the filed of the permanent magnet, try stalling the motor and you could find that; " wire would get ridiculously hot - sometimes enough to melt the rubber coating on the wires." I could ...
by KittenKaboodle
Wed Jan 20, 2016 12:56 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1320
Views: 157677

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

woosh

at least I hope he was joking.
by KittenKaboodle
Tue Jan 19, 2016 10:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1631: "Longer Than Usual"
Replies: 39
Views: 6201

Re: 1631: "Longer Than Usual"

"Well this is embarrassing" seems to refer to Firefox's message when you restart after a crash. (As well as a typical reaction to problems in bed.) Oh, right. Chrome's would be "Aw, snap! Something went wrong." Which is ... a slightly different image. = o Not this image I hope. ...
by KittenKaboodle
Tue Jan 19, 2016 10:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1320
Views: 157677

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

Largest prime number found. I suppose there are various ways to parse that statement, but I'm having a hard time believing it is true when parsed correctly. Now if one added a word or two, say, "yet" or "to date", or as the source says; "known". So, you made me look, c...
by KittenKaboodle
Wed Jan 13, 2016 8:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1629: "Tools"
Replies: 22
Views: 3800

Re: 1629: "Tools"

I press buttons on one device in order to cause patterns of light on another device to change. If I do it right, then I can also indirectly cause patterns of light on lots of other devices to change, but only if the people near them press the right buttons in the right order. I think you forgot thi...
by KittenKaboodle
Fri Jan 08, 2016 12:17 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bill Gates owns the book "What if?"
Replies: 11
Views: 4863

Re: Bill Gates owns the book "What if?"

If the book exists in digital form, Gates owns it. http://www.theonion.com/article/microsoft-patents-ones-zeroes-599 The '90 called, they want their "joke" back. That was pretty weak, I expect more from the Onion. In their attempt to pad the piece they made it nonsense, for example: "...
by KittenKaboodle
Sun Dec 06, 2015 4:25 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0140: Proton Earth, Electron Moon
Replies: 50
Views: 22546

Re: What-If 0140: Proton Earth, Electron Moon

Killing him would ensure that the answer to "Will there be more What Ifs?" is "no". Therefore, if we want there to continue to be any remaining chance of a "yes", then we will have to keep him alive. The first part of that is not true at all, lots of things have been p...
by KittenKaboodle
Fri Dec 04, 2015 5:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1611: "Baking Soda and Vinegar"
Replies: 43
Views: 6744

Re: 1611: "Baking Soda and Vinegar"

Oh, and the adds for Platinum! "When anything else is too expensive" (for crucibles and the like) "When anything else is too expensive"? Isn't platinum more expensive than gold? Unless you're dealing with really rare elements like iridium or the "rare earths", it's pre...
by KittenKaboodle
Fri Dec 04, 2015 2:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1611: "Baking Soda and Vinegar"
Replies: 43
Views: 6744

Re: 1611: "Baking Soda and Vinegar"

I found the perfect project in a book of old Scientific American "Amateur Scientist" columns...it involved building a particle accelerator. I remember that from the original magazine! well, it was oldish copy my father had, I didn't see it on the news stand. Once you have your mercury dif...
by KittenKaboodle
Wed Nov 25, 2015 11:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13475
Views: 1553710

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

Speaking of things going viral, how about going fungal for a change ? ( Warning: do not click the link if you're easily disgusted. ) Forget clicking, don't even let your mouse pointer linger on the link. Still, sounds even more fake than it is disgusting. But I guess there is a reason that rule 34 ...
by KittenKaboodle
Tue Nov 03, 2015 3:03 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 2308
Views: 239895

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Then would he rather be fucked by his company or by justice? Considering that his company is being fucked by the internet (1.1 stars on Google, 1 on Yelp, and their website is down) while on the other hand, "justice" doesn't give a damn about public opinion, I think he'd be much better of...
by KittenKaboodle
Wed Oct 28, 2015 4:17 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 446111

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

CorruptUser wrote:He wasn't famous for being just a brain surgeon, but the best brain surgeon in the world who developed multiple new surgeries. So the stupid that flows from his mouth is all the more jarring.

Not that I know anything, but I'll just leave this here.
by KittenKaboodle
Sat Oct 17, 2015 7:08 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1320
Views: 157677

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

Darn! Those guys got 3 million dollars for a pocket full of promises. What a bunch of amateurs!, Madoff made Billions!!, of course he is in prison... Which brings up a question, why Is this in the "future" thread, surly con artists are nothing new. Did these guys actually get anything? I ...
by KittenKaboodle
Fri Oct 09, 2015 2:53 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: External hard drive speeds, and other considerations
Replies: 4
Views: 3740

Re: External hard drive speeds, and other considerations

The Toshiba 5TB is the cheapest per-TB drive I know of: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822149570. Although $150 is a bit steep for a single drive, Oh, you kids these days! :roll: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple_ProFile ; "The 5 MB ProFile was Apple's first hard drive...
by KittenKaboodle
Tue Oct 06, 2015 8:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 2308
Views: 239895

Re: The Darker Side of the News




Replace "gun" with "automobile" and that wouldn't be an Onion article.
by KittenKaboodle
Thu Sep 03, 2015 10:50 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Caseless, nozzleless rocket
Replies: 6
Views: 1640

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: 1320
Views: 157677

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: 2685

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...

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