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by gmalivuk
Tue Nov 07, 2017 1:15 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science-based what-if questions
Replies: 413
Views: 35688

Re: Science-based what-if questions

If you're talking about the black hole, spinning it won't make an important difference.

If you're not talking about the black hole, you'd need something to keep it spinning for it to be drill-like, because otherwise it will lose its angular momentum too quickly to do any good.
by gmalivuk
Mon Nov 06, 2017 9:54 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science-based what-if questions
Replies: 413
Views: 35688

Re: Science-based what-if questions

It also needs to have no electric charge.
by gmalivuk
Mon Nov 06, 2017 4:44 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science-based what-if questions
Replies: 413
Views: 35688

Re: Science-based what-if questions

We can't make it too small though - it is going to be absorbing material on its journey through the Earth, and any material it does absorb will slow it down equal to that material's momentum. So it's got to be big enough that it can actually have enough speed to reach the other side. And you do nee...
by gmalivuk
Mon Nov 06, 2017 4:27 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science-based what-if questions
Replies: 413
Views: 35688

Re: Science-based what-if questions

Fire it at the ground at just over escape velocity, and it should exit the other side of the Earth going slightly slower, fulfilling your "through the Earth" requirement. There would be a colossal explosion for sure but I feel like the Earth would remain [largely] intact - since only a fr...
by gmalivuk
Mon Nov 06, 2017 2:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1911: Defensive Profile
Replies: 47
Views: 2976

Re: 1911: Defensive Profile

I'm surprised that Randall launched such a direct attack on Obama. "No Drama Obama", as he has often called himself, is surely the most famous person to describe themselves so frequently as being "No Drama". For Randall to say that Obama is "terrified of [making people sad]...
by gmalivuk
Mon Nov 06, 2017 2:38 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science-based what-if questions
Replies: 413
Views: 35688

Re: Science-based what-if questions

The problem is, the faster the bullet moves, the faster it has to push stuff out of its way, so an approximation that considers just the transfer of momentum doesn't depend on velocity at all.
by gmalivuk
Mon Nov 06, 2017 1:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1911: Defensive Profile
Replies: 47
Views: 2976

Re: 1911: Virtue Signalling Volume 7

Randall Monroe is better than you. Offense is only offered, it's up to you to take it or reject it. You don't have to be offended. People are usually most offended by things they fear are true... or that are true. And your posting history suggests that you're most offended by comics you interpret a...
by gmalivuk
Fri Nov 03, 2017 3:58 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1548
Views: 212298

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

Liri wrote:Edit again: they even said it in the damn article - from heel to head.
It's almost as if the text of news articles sometimes further explains statements made in their headlines or something!
by gmalivuk
Thu Nov 02, 2017 12:21 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Really Lucky's statistic
Replies: 13
Views: 628

Re: Really Lucky's statistic

Even if we could objectively define (and measure) all of those things, we'd still only end up with a probability. And in this case, even if they were independent of each other (which they aren't), the probability of one person randomly ending up with all five traits is about 10^-40, which is still f...
by gmalivuk
Wed Nov 01, 2017 5:48 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Really Lucky's statistic
Replies: 13
Views: 628

Re: Really Lucky's statistic

This is one of those discussions where you need a really rigorous definition of "blessed". To me, blessed and lucky mean the exact same thing. You would also need a specific definition of what counts as "lucky". But if you have both definitions in terms of probabilities, then yo...
by gmalivuk
Wed Nov 01, 2017 4:36 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Really Lucky's statistic
Replies: 13
Views: 628

Re: Really Lucky's statistic

You could never really know, you could only ever just state the statistics.

Without a prior probability of being blessed (i.e. "A randomly selected person has a 1 in N chance of being truly blessed"), we can't even say, "This lucky person has an M in N chance of being blessed."
by gmalivuk
Wed Nov 01, 2017 12:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1909:"Digital Resource Lifespan"
Replies: 61
Views: 3013

Re: 1909:"Digital Resource Lifespan"

Please do not double (or sextuple) post.
by gmalivuk
Tue Oct 31, 2017 5:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1909:"Digital Resource Lifespan"
Replies: 61
Views: 3013

Re: 1909:"Digital Resource Lifespan"

This is why we need more monks majoring in computer science. Not the monks! They destroyed more classical works of science for their stupid fairy stories than fire and flood. OK, probably not that many, but many. Some Greek works only survive because the monk involved wasn't very good at washing th...
by gmalivuk
Mon Oct 30, 2017 3:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1908: Credit Card Rewards
Replies: 22
Views: 1618

Re: 1908: Credit Card Rewards

Also, if for example it takes me an hour to get to and from work on a Saturday, then I might want at least double time to make one lone hour of work worthwhile. (Quite apart from the simple fact that even when people aren't tired they may have other plans that conflict with working additional hours ...
by gmalivuk
Sun Oct 29, 2017 1:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1908: Credit Card Rewards
Replies: 22
Views: 1618

Re: 1908: Credit Card Rewards

The Synologist wrote:If you have a set work schedule, it's not like you could work more hours and get paid more money
Because as we all know it's totally impossible to get a second job or even to hypothesize about whether you'd want to get a second job?
by gmalivuk
Sat Oct 28, 2017 11:56 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science-based what-if questions
Replies: 413
Views: 35688

Re: Science-based what-if questions

Sableagle wrote:1923946413407821 N.
You probably don't need quite so many significant digits when the end result is eleven orders of magnitude greater than what you're comparing it to.
by gmalivuk
Sat Oct 28, 2017 6:55 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Thread Necromancy SlowMode
Replies: 298
Views: 140298

Re: Thread Necromancy SlowMode

+1
by gmalivuk
Sat Oct 28, 2017 3:24 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science-based what-if questions
Replies: 413
Views: 35688

Re: Science-based what-if questions

andykhang wrote:Well, thing kinda get to this point, as I wondered...So what would happen if you swing a normal sword at that speed anyway?
It would quickly break apart because no part of it is strong enough to handle those forces.
by gmalivuk
Fri Oct 27, 2017 3:44 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science-based what-if questions
Replies: 413
Views: 35688

Re: Science-based what-if questions

Yeah, it would probably be easier to follow (and more scientific) if the question had just been, "What would happen if we somehow broke all the molecular bonds in an apple?" instead of bringing a magical sword into the mix. (Sure, the mechanism by which the bonds are broken is still handwa...
by gmalivuk
Fri Oct 27, 2017 1:28 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science-based what-if questions
Replies: 413
Views: 35688

Re: Science-based what-if questions

What do you mean "vacuum blade"?
by gmalivuk
Thu Oct 26, 2017 10:48 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science-based what-if questions
Replies: 413
Views: 35688

Re: Science-based what-if questions

↶ Even 35 kPa overpressure is enough to demolish many fortified structures, and this is more than 70,000 times that, so the immediate area around the apple is going to have problems. I'm not sure whether there is not enough energy in the blast to compare to a nuke, but it sure looks like it. Not ev...
by gmalivuk
Thu Oct 26, 2017 5:33 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science-based what-if questions
Replies: 413
Views: 35688

Re: Science-based what-if questions

Even 35 kPa overpressure is enough to demolish many fortified structures, and this is more than 70,000 times that, so the immediate area around the apple is going to have problems. I'm not sure whether there is not enough energy in the blast to compare to a nuke, but it sure looks like it. Not even...
by gmalivuk
Tue Oct 24, 2017 8:27 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Why do they ship with dry ice instead of salted ice?
Replies: 29
Views: 1127

Re: Why do they ship with dry ice instead of salted ice?

Just yesterday I ate some frozen shrimp cakes that the package said to store at -18ºC, which requires 260 g/kg for saltwater. ↶ Specific Heat of Carbon Dioxide 800ish... but effectively zero because it gets vented out of the package. By what mechanism does CO 2 get vented out of the package? And if ...
by gmalivuk
Mon Oct 16, 2017 1:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1902: "State Borders"
Replies: 53
Views: 3607

Re: 1902: "State Borders"

Align to grid: in general, I'm less concerned about drawing neat lines than ease of administration and cultural unity. I wonder what Randall's graphic designers would make of Europe You mean what would happen if someone drew Europe's borders the way Europe drew Africa's? europemap.png Regarding sta...
by gmalivuk
Mon Oct 16, 2017 4:11 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Every hour, on the hour
Replies: 11759
Views: 780834

Re: Every hour, on the hour

points
by gmalivuk
Mon Oct 16, 2017 4:11 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Longest time as the last post
Replies: 20865
Views: 722315

Re: Longest time as the last post

Tchedatche.
by gmalivuk
Sun Oct 15, 2017 1:44 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Was the Moon Lander or Space Shuttle harder to fly?
Replies: 8
Views: 695

Re: Was the Moon Lander or Space Shuttle harder to fly?

jewish_scientist wrote:
because computers were doing all the flying
He does know it happened almost 50 years ago, right? Like, you can now wear more computing power on your wrist than existed in all of NASA at that time. How much does he think the computers were really capable of?
by gmalivuk
Sun Oct 15, 2017 1:35 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Longest time as the last post
Replies: 20865
Views: 722315

Re: Longest time as the last post

Tso churely the chells che tsells are tsea chore chells.
by gmalivuk
Fri Oct 13, 2017 6:36 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Longest time as the last post
Replies: 20865
Views: 722315

Re: Longest time as the last post

don't start that again
by gmalivuk
Fri Oct 13, 2017 3:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1902: "State Borders"
Replies: 53
Views: 3607

Re: 1902: "State Borders"

I wanted to see what the corrected version looked like. Looks like Two new states are created, but it does clean up the east coast https://i.imgur.com/0iJvC35.png Aligning to grid isn't supposed to create any new states, because the original borders are eliminated, so Utah and Kansas just extend fa...
by gmalivuk
Fri Oct 13, 2017 3:46 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Longest time as the last post
Replies: 20865
Views: 722315

Re: Longest time as the last post

it seems like
by gmalivuk
Thu Oct 12, 2017 9:49 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Thread Necromancy: Exponential edition
Replies: 1
Views: 525

Re: Thread Necromancy: Exponential edition

Bump to let people know I'm only going to count by minutes, and to call attention to the fact that double posts do in fact count.

Also to get 2^(35565/1440) points (rounded down minus one): 27215337
by gmalivuk
Thu Oct 12, 2017 9:44 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Longest time as the last post
Replies: 20865
Views: 722315

Re: Longest time as the last post

Yeah, but on the other hand not having one gives me an excuse for not being terribly good at any of the games I play.
by gmalivuk
Thu Oct 12, 2017 8:15 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Longest time as the last post
Replies: 20865
Views: 722315

Re: Longest time as the last post

Yeah I often think I posted in this thread when actually I only caught up on the every hour or every day thread or something.
by gmalivuk
Thu Oct 12, 2017 5:10 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Every hour, on the hour
Replies: 11759
Views: 780834

Re: Every hour, on the hour

point
by gmalivuk
Thu Oct 12, 2017 5:09 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Longest time as the last post
Replies: 20865
Views: 722315

Re: Longest time as the last post

my damn phone wasn't loading the page earlier so I let you get away with almost 12 hours
by gmalivuk
Wed Oct 11, 2017 8:02 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Longest time as the last post
Replies: 20865
Views: 722315

Re: Longest time as the last post

late afternoon
by gmalivuk
Wed Oct 11, 2017 8:01 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Every hour, on the hour
Replies: 11759
Views: 780834

Re: Every hour, on the hour

points
by gmalivuk
Wed Oct 11, 2017 3:29 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Longest time as the last post
Replies: 20865
Views: 722315

Re: Longest time as the last post

Yeah it's just whatever font the forum always uses.
by gmalivuk
Tue Oct 10, 2017 8:14 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Longest time as the last post
Replies: 20865
Views: 722315

Re: Longest time as the last post

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