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by ericgrau
Thu Nov 24, 2016 11:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1763: "Catcalling"
Replies: 91
Views: 13348

Re: 1763: "Catcalling"

Noooo you fool! This opens the door for some crazy to easily trap and kill off cats.
by ericgrau
Fri Apr 11, 2014 2:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1353: "Heartbleed"
Replies: 99
Views: 26549

Re: 1353: "Heartbleed"

This is why you don't use C or similar languages for most applications. And with text data there is no performance excuse. I'm quite surprised that such irresponsible coding is still going on at all. After 30 years we should know better. Or at least have languages or libraries so lazy programmmers c...
by ericgrau
Tue Aug 16, 2011 6:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0938: "T-Cells"
Replies: 125
Views: 39296

Re: 0938: "T-Cells"

He has a disease where his cells are multiplying out of control. The T-cells we injected him with help, but they aren't enough. Let's alter them so that they multiply out of control, then we'll have enough! Ah... ya What bothers me more is that this was some breakthrough and then the problems come o...
by ericgrau
Wed Jul 27, 2011 3:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0930: "Days of the Week"
Replies: 126
Views: 21227

Re: 930: Days of the Week

Makes for a nice week: Tuesday: company meeting Wednesday: ladies night Thursday: just sucks Friday: break-up with bf/gf Saturday: get wasted (and laid, with some luck) Sunday: church Monday: work is due ... ... and another meeting on Tuesday. Is this the reality in Google-land? They're talking abo...
by ericgrau
Fri Apr 15, 2011 8:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0886: "Craigslist Apartments"
Replies: 137
Views: 40650

Re: 0886: "Craigslist Apartments"

so in november, i used craigslist, to find a roommate. in january, he hung himself at work. so i laughed a LOT at this one. you've pretty much summed up the entire craigslist experience for me. bravo! Did he at least have the courtesy to leave a month's rent? :P The answer to the strobe light one i...
by ericgrau
Fri Apr 15, 2011 4:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0886: "Craigslist Apartments"
Replies: 137
Views: 40650

Re: 0886: "Craigslist Apartments"

Dang a few miles further from Pripyat and it might actually be passable. I hear the cancer rates in the surrounding areas are nothing special.
by ericgrau
Tue Feb 01, 2011 3:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0854: "Learning to Cook"
Replies: 134
Views: 19637

Re: 0854: "Learning to Cook"

I've learned to never buy extra ingredients, even if sold for a better deal, use simple but high rated recipes, and most of all cook for multiple people. It's a shame that people can't cooperate more when it comes to mealtimes, then it'd save both time and money. Alone I still don't buy frozen dinne...
by ericgrau
Sun Jan 16, 2011 3:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0844: "Good Code"
Replies: 100
Views: 23998

Re: 0844: "Good Code"

At the last company where I worked I heard someone mention that you should never start too early on a project and if you do you never tell the client you're done until the day of submittal. The more time they have the more changes they want.
by ericgrau
Sun Jan 16, 2011 2:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0846: "Dental Nerve"
Replies: 135
Views: 31085

Re: 0846: "Dental Nerve"

Actually Jack Daniels and mouthwash are roughly the same. Alcohol is a decent enough solvent and disinfectant too. What you're really missing is the flouride and abrasives for whitening. Still people's teeth survived before flouride and Jack Daniels is unlikely to cause serious problems as long as y...
by ericgrau
Sat Oct 02, 2010 8:11 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Factorial Properties
Replies: 15
Views: 3213

Re: Factorial Properties

n/5 rounded down. Am I missing something? Doesn't work: n = 1000. Your estimate would be 200. The actual is 249, so it's off by a significant amount (25% actually)... Right. I didn't think about Numbers divisible by 25, 125, etc. I noticed that it would be based on the instances of 5 in...
by ericgrau
Fri Oct 01, 2010 5:27 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Switches and lights variant.
Replies: 10
Views: 2169

Re: Switches and lights variant.

Infinite correct answers was the goal. There was no predetermined solution nor necessarily a purpose for anything. Though I thought about it for a little bit and got an answer similar to a couple here. Maybe next people could think up the simplest / fastest / easiest / least chance of a mistake solu...
by ericgrau
Fri Oct 01, 2010 7:03 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Ceiling Fan Direction
Replies: 25
Views: 3727

Re: Ceiling Fan Direction

Anyhow, all of these arguments seem to be re: passing air over people's skin. My original question still stands: in an environment that is not closed (ie, forced air, open windows, multiple stories, etc.), is reversing the conventional wisdom a sensible way to help actually maintain a cooler/warmer...
by ericgrau
Fri Oct 01, 2010 6:55 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Solar Panel Simulator for a Cubesat Picosatellite Project
Replies: 10
Views: 2499

Re: Solar Panel Simulator for a Cubesat Picosatellite Projec

There are sophisticated ways to write the program but the simplest way is to write a list of x,y numbers for the curves you want to imitate. Then you start by outputting some voltage, measure the current, then if it's higher than what the curve says it should be you increase the voltage slightly. If...
by ericgrau
Fri Oct 01, 2010 6:47 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: problem with basic physics
Replies: 10
Views: 1813

Re: problem with basic physics

The setup is stationary, so all the forces must be balanced so the total force in the X and Y directions must be zero. At the bag of cement that's pretty easy: C down means the force exerted by the rope (which equals its tension) must be C upwards and T3 = C, to make the total y force zero. The forc...
by ericgrau
Fri Oct 01, 2010 6:13 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Create a Card: MTG
Replies: 3761
Views: 327077

Re: Create a Card: MTG

Ambrosia 1GW Artifact T, Sacrifice Ambrosia: Target creature gains "0: Regenerate" (this effect is permanent) . If you control a legendary creature and the targeted creature is not legendary, exile it. When you no longer control a legendary creature, return the card exiled with Ambrosia to...
by ericgrau
Fri Oct 01, 2010 5:59 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Pinocchio Paradox
Replies: 42
Views: 17599

Re: Pinocchio Paradox

Disney-type answer: He isn't deceiving anyone so nothing happens. After all, the whole thing was about lying being bad. Time paradox answer: The nose is hardwired into whether or not a statement is true, and responds accordingly. This is amazingly useful, because now Pinocchio may say statements abo...
by ericgrau
Fri Oct 01, 2010 5:43 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Switches and lights variant.
Replies: 10
Views: 2169

Re: Switches and lights variant.

The light bulb room has neither an ethernet port nor 3 pronged outlet. Though accessing the bulbs and standard lightbulb sockets shouldn't be difficult. Those are the only things you know are in that room ahead of time. Technically you only know about the screw-in bulbs, but bulb sockets are probabl...
by ericgrau
Fri Oct 01, 2010 4:11 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Switches and lights variant.
Replies: 10
Views: 2169

Switches and lights variant.

Instead of 3 switches there are 10 switches... and 10 corresponding lights in a random order. The switches are in one room, the lights are in the next room, following a convoluted hallway and a closed door. You may fiddle with the switches as much as you want, go to the light room, examine the light...
by ericgrau
Fri Oct 01, 2010 3:34 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Cat and mouse
Replies: 29
Views: 11705

Re: Cat and mouse

2, 2: mouse caught or did not start in space 1 nor move to space 1 on first move. Mouse must now move from 3, 4, or 5 to 2, 3, 4 or 5. 3: Mouse caught or moved to 2, 4 or 5. Mouse must now move from there to 1,3, 4 or 5. Can't reach 2 because wasn't in 1 or 3. 4: Mouse caught or moved to 1,...
by ericgrau
Fri Oct 01, 2010 2:57 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Solid or Hollow?
Replies: 20
Views: 8100

Re: Solid or Hollow?

If you put a vise on the hollow one you might be able to get it to bend without breaking, whereas the solid one won't give.

Ya, difference in angular momentum is the easy answer.
by ericgrau
Fri Oct 01, 2010 2:48 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Anyone feel they can crack this code?
Replies: 50
Views: 13193

Re: Anyone feel they can crack this code?

The reason it's so easy to make so many different words is because the letters are so common. It's like a boggle set. Doesn't mean someone's sending you a secret message every time you shake a boggle. Because the letters are so common I don't think it's a cipher or number thing. I'm guessing there's...
by ericgrau
Wed Sep 29, 2010 9:51 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: I've been working on this for weeks, could really advice
Replies: 19
Views: 4844

Re: I've been working on this for weeks, could really advice

Many repeated 2-3 letter sequences near each other. They're just banging on the keyboard.
by ericgrau
Wed Sep 29, 2010 8:34 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Straw power
Replies: 42
Views: 7709

Re: Straw power

Silly physicists making overly idealized problems.
by ericgrau
Wed Sep 29, 2010 3:39 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Picture Pwn4ge!
Replies: 8368
Views: 1017421

Re: Picture Pwn4ge!

Image
by ericgrau
Wed Sep 29, 2010 2:33 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Ideas for a "Quadratic Equation" class demonstration/game?
Replies: 13
Views: 6369

Re: Ideas for a "Quadratic Equation" class demonstration/gam

If they don't already know the equation I agree that the game should revolve around memorizing it. You only have 30 minutes after all. If they do know the equation then this has got to be the equation I use more than everything else for everything. Find anything in the world that can be represented ...
by ericgrau
Wed Sep 29, 2010 2:25 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Attack and Defend
Replies: 2904
Views: 223162

Re: Attack and Defend

I defend with a bricklayer's union strike which leads to shoddy materials which leads to a complete brick-hover-drive systems failure.

I attack by grabbing your mother and hurling her at you.
by ericgrau
Tue Sep 28, 2010 10:32 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Picture Pwn4ge!
Replies: 8368
Views: 1017421

Re: Picture Pwn4ge!

Image
by ericgrau
Tue Sep 28, 2010 6:27 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Create a Card: MTG
Replies: 3761
Views: 327077

Re: Create a Card: MTG

Trollface
2G
Artifact - Equipment
G: Regenerate equipped creature
Equip 2
The mask found those who desired power over beauty

Next: Peristeronic Defenestration (peristeronic: of or pertaining to pigeons, defenestration: throwing out a window)
by ericgrau
Tue Sep 28, 2010 5:58 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Can you produce [X] in less than 15 seconds?
Replies: 7072
Views: 505229

Re: Can you produce [X] in less than 15 seconds?

No the rock doesn't have a hole that goes all the way through it.

Can you obtain a roll of duct tape or a pair of pliers in less than 15 seconds? Shows you're always prepared.
by ericgrau
Tue Sep 28, 2010 5:54 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: The "Thread Necromancy" Game
Replies: 17086
Views: 1272926

Re: The "Thread Necromancy" Game

5 minutes to me.
by ericgrau
Tue Sep 28, 2010 5:47 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Unnecessary Censorship
Replies: 114
Views: 9365

Re: Unnecessary Censorship

Mazuku wrote:[CENSORED] like that makes [CENSORED] Jesus cry you [CENSORED].

I'm sure he also doesn't like it when you call people those kinds of names.
by ericgrau
Tue Sep 28, 2010 5:42 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Falling Elevator of Dooooom!
Replies: 20
Views: 8639

Re: Falling Elevator of Dooooom!

There is effectively little or no gravity (relative to the elevator) in freefall, there is therefore no bouyancy, zero acceleration of air, zero pressure exerted by the air, zero acceleration of the balloon, and the answer is A. B would require a downward acceleration greater than gravity, ...
by ericgrau
Tue Sep 28, 2010 5:17 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Straw power
Replies: 42
Views: 7709

Re: Straw power

On the matter of blowing on it: Sand has a specific gravity of 2.5 give or take, so the volume of the sandbag is about 300 / 2.5 = 120 liters = 0.12 cubic meters. At 1 meter tall it might be 1x0.3x0.4 for a surface area of 1x0.4=0.4 square meters. Both the drag and blowing force on the sandbag is pr...
by ericgrau
Tue Sep 28, 2010 4:28 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Milk and Coffee
Replies: 10
Views: 3878

Re: Milk and Coffee

It's rather simple because the greater the temperature difference the faster it cools. So it's better to add the milk immediately for a lower cooling rate. Even if the milk is also warming, the rate of convection near the (initially) boiling hot coffee is much greater than the rate ...
by ericgrau
Tue Sep 28, 2010 3:54 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Visual puzzle
Replies: 31
Views: 7625

Re: Visual puzzle

Not really a spoiler but just to be safe, relating to the "interesting point" above: What about the fact that the start/end points for each row are shifted. Could that be used to produce a different alignment of columns? I tried shifting them over and it didn't seem to give any recogn...
by ericgrau
Sun Dec 14, 2008 4:11 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Electric Skateboards - A Merg'd Topic
Replies: 20
Views: 1371

Re: electric skateboards

Something I could get away with using on sidewalk or bike lane might be better (and cheaper). I already have a car. Parking is an issue.

Hmmm, I think I'll just pick up a bicycle. With a spare b/c 90% chance it'll get stolen in this area.
by ericgrau
Sat Dec 13, 2008 7:21 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Electric Skateboards - A Merg'd Topic
Replies: 20
Views: 1371

electric skateboards

Registered just for this. I couldn't find a specific forum section for gadgets; sorry if there is one. So can anyone recommend a good cheap electric skateboard? Doesn't need to be fast or even remote controlled. Just one for getting around, maybe 5 miles or so round trip. Minor hill climbing power i...

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