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by KittenKaboodle
Thu May 25, 2017 5:00 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Uses of 1:11 Million Gear Ratio
Replies: 15
Views: 1197

Re: Uses of 1:11 Million Gear Ratio

jewish_scientist wrote: What is an application of such an extreme reduction?


Click bait!

I wonder if it counts as a "view" if I only watched 10 seconds of the video?
by KittenKaboodle
Tue Mar 07, 2017 9:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 2244
Views: 110276

Re: Trump presidency

"We're going to open up libel laws and we're going to have people sue you like you've never got sued before" DJT
by KittenKaboodle
Wed Feb 08, 2017 12:12 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0153: "Hide the Atmosphere"
Replies: 46
Views: 8436

Re: What-if 0153: "Hide the Atmosphere"

That's before practical engineering 1 demands that hole-sides are non-vertical for reasons of preventing slumping inward, unless unobtanium-lining can be employed as (locally) vertical shoring... 1 Practical engineering? In a What-If ? Sorry, don't know what I was thinking... Even in What-if vertic...
by KittenKaboodle
Thu Feb 02, 2017 2:48 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0153: "Hide the Atmosphere"
Replies: 46
Views: 8436

Re: What-if 0153: "Hide the Atmosphere"

I know the question was about "digging a hole" but if one is going to compress the atmosphere into SCUBA tanks, wouldn't it be easier to just throw them into the ocean? If the goal is to suffocate everyone, drowning is perhaps somewhat similar so the rising (faster) sea level caused by the...
by KittenKaboodle
Thu Jan 26, 2017 9:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13758
Views: 1720991

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

So, er, maybe humorous: a policeman issued a fine to someone for using a hand-held mobile phone while driving. The idiot in question claimed to have thought it was alright to check Facebook, because, to quote, "I'm not using it as a phone." ... hominids. I wonder if the idiot was a Washin...
by KittenKaboodle
Thu Jan 26, 2017 5:24 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Samsung publishes Galaxy "Explosive battery" report
Replies: 6
Views: 2004

Re: Samsung publishes Galaxy "Explosive battery" report

[quote="KnightExemplar] if you somehow found a material that was 2x more rigid[/quote] Going to steel instead of aluminum gets you 3x, but as pogrmman mentions there would be a weight penalty, about 3x the mass for the frame (however the frame is only some fraction of the total, so the overall ...
by KittenKaboodle
Wed Jan 25, 2017 6:04 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 2244
Views: 110276

Re: Trump presidency

It seems excessive -- deleting things that have been posted? CRIME THOUGHT!! the tweets never existed! Also, we have always been at war with Eastasia. I once read (perhaps in one of these forums) someone's statement that 1984 was "a cautionary tale, not a how-to manual", but of course the...
by KittenKaboodle
Thu Jan 12, 2017 5:32 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 576004

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

sardia wrote:If you follow his tweets, he's saying that it's a witch hunt. Makes sense if you follow his logic.


Personally, I'd like to see Trump's birth certificate, not that I can read Cyrillic, but still...
by KittenKaboodle
Wed Jan 11, 2017 3:05 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science-based what-if questions
Replies: 286
Views: 20062

Re: Science-based what-if questions

No, it doesn't make any difference. No amount of simple lenses can do what you want. While the OP perhaps did imply using the water droplets as lenses, since they have "absurd amount of [magical] nanomachines" I think we can do better than "simple" and while the word "beam&...
by KittenKaboodle
Tue Dec 06, 2016 2:18 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13758
Views: 1720991

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: 13758
Views: 1720991

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: 576004

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: 5262
Views: 671568

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: 1465
Views: 186623

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: 5262
Views: 671568

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: 4540

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: 4540

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: 3880

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: 1465
Views: 186623

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: 8065

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: 576004

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: 8065

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: 5765

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: 8190

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: 576004

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: 27415

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: 27415

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: 27415

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: 6200

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: 10900

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: 43254

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: 1406

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: 1465
Views: 186623

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: 6719

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: 1465
Views: 186623

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: 4235

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: 5733

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: 24929

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: 7673

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: 7673

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...

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