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by BlueSloth
Thu Sep 14, 2017 10:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1889: "xkcd Phone 6"
Replies: 31
Views: 5297

Re: 1889: "xkcd Phone 6"

our phones will never store or transmit images of your face. This promise/limitation is utterly fascinating. Apart from making the centered front camera pointless, I also have to wonder how the phone will know when its camera is even seeing your face when it can't store it for identification purpos...
by BlueSloth
Mon Jul 24, 2017 8:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1866: "Russell's Teapot"
Replies: 78
Views: 12097

Re: 1866: "Russell's Teapot"

Something I've been wondering is whether Bertrand Russell actually owned any teapots (I'm guessing yes), and if so, where are they now? Is one of them sitting on a collector's shelf, with said collector waiting for the perfect moment to make a Russell's Teapot joke? This made me think of an SF story...
by BlueSloth
Wed Jan 13, 2016 10:09 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0141: "Sunbeam"
Replies: 81
Views: 34138

Re: What-If 0141: "Sunbeam"

Collimating incoherent light, reaching millions of degrees when the photosphere is only thousands... I think thermodynamics would have something to say about this. (The corona is over a million degrees, but it's too sparse and transparent to do much.) It does, however, seem like something like this ...
by BlueSloth
Fri Feb 21, 2014 8:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1331: "Frequency"
Replies: 148
Views: 36438

Re: 1331: "Frequency"

Coincidentally, last night I was trying to remember what kind of creature Pegasus was - is there an actual proper description other than just "winged horse"? Pterippus. What is the etymology of that word? I would expect something more like "hippopteron" ("wing-horse", ...
by BlueSloth
Thu Feb 20, 2014 8:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1331: "Frequency"
Replies: 148
Views: 36438

Re: 1331: "Frequency"

CharlieP wrote:Coincidentally, last night I was trying to remember what kind of creature Pegasus was - is there an actual proper description other than just "winged horse"?

Pterippus.
by BlueSloth
Sat Nov 23, 2013 5:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1292: Pi vs. Tau
Replies: 124
Views: 29392

Re: 1292: Pi vs. Tau

Wnderer wrote:We take each digit of Pi and Tau and divide and truncate so the digits from 0 to 9 are changed to 0 to 4

Why not use base 5?
by BlueSloth
Tue Nov 19, 2013 8:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1292: Pi vs. Tau
Replies: 124
Views: 29392

Re: 1292: Pi vs. Tau

Ok, wait.. Octal digits of pau according to bc (with a few extra digits beyond 200 since bc was having trouble getting the last 3 digits right): echo "scale=190; obase=8; 6*a(1)" | bc -l 4.554574376314416443236234514475050122425471573015650314763354527003\ 043167712611655054674757031331252...
by BlueSloth
Thu Mar 28, 2013 12:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106542
Views: 41620120

Re: 1190: "Time"

There's no reason it couldn't have always been set up not to give out images early, just in case. I'm sure missing something, but it already served an image early; I can't imagine how it could have glitched and then been repaired unless somebody was tending to it live. Unless the 'error' was planne...
by BlueSloth
Thu Mar 28, 2013 12:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106542
Views: 41620120

Re: 1190: "Time"

The flag png link now gives a 404 - Not Found. Which confirms something interesting: the operation is definitely being watched by somebody in real-time. Or the server has become self-aware, we seems reasonably likely at this point. There's no reason it couldn't have always been set up not to give o...
by BlueSloth
Thu Mar 28, 2013 12:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106542
Views: 41620120

Re: 1190: "Time"

404. That's what I suspect would happen if anybody cracks the hash and tries to see the future. Personally I'm taking this as an opportunity to relax and watch a beach without obsessing over it. I'm not doing a good job though, since I dreamed about it last night and woke up thinking in terms of ha...
by BlueSloth
Wed Mar 27, 2013 5:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106542
Views: 41620120

Re: 1190: "Time"

TheMulattoMaker wrote:That and "new-member-registration" pegging out this week.

Yeah... I didn't want to be part of that group, so I went back and registered about 5 years ago instead. Just to be different.

I checked some of the comics while I was back there. They looked about the same, from what I can tell.

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