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by TranquilFury
Sun Jul 01, 2018 10:33 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0157: "Earth-Moon Fire Pole"
Replies: 30
Views: 10433

Re: What-If 0157: "Earth-Moon Fire Pole"

What if the tether didn't break when we connected it to the ground? How much of the Earth and Moon would have to be magically anchored to the tether so it won't rip out? The Earth's rotation would be slowed, and the Moon's sped up until they matched, but would the tether wrap around the planet and s...
by TranquilFury
Fri Mar 11, 2016 5:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1654: "Universal Install Script"
Replies: 53
Views: 14206

Re: 1654: "Universal Install Script"

How do I install my keyboard?
by TranquilFury
Fri Mar 11, 2016 4:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1002: "Game AIs"
Replies: 241
Views: 80096

Re: 1002: "Game AIs"

No, you're not dead yet, little thread. AlphaGo is currently 2-0 in a 5 game series against Lee Sedol. Match 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFr3K2DORc8 Match 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-GsfyVCBu0 Anyone know how the best poker bots are performing these days? I know starcraft AIs are sti...
by TranquilFury
Fri Sep 04, 2015 6:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1572: "xkcd Survey"
Replies: 366
Views: 115081

Re: 1572: "xkcd Survey"

Ahh, I was looking for this. What the comic reminded me of: ad8-15-1-620x912.jpeg Courtesy of http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/2015/08/15/i-saw-it-advertised-one-day-what-do-you-think-about-alligators-cabbage-and-negroes/ . Hmm, I guess I fail. Or maybe the test fails. Anyway, here are my a...
by TranquilFury
Wed Sep 02, 2015 1:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1572: "xkcd Survey"
Replies: 366
Views: 115081

Re: 1572: "xkcd Survey"

I only buy one kind of socks, but I don't really care if my underwear match.
by TranquilFury
Sun Apr 20, 2014 6:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1356: Orbital Mechanics
Replies: 36
Views: 12723

Re: 1356: Orbital Mechanics

AdmiralJustin wrote:There's absolutely nothing like that moment where you totally blow your moon capture and slingshot yourself into the sun.

Again.

That's a lot like stubbing your toe in your living room and accidentally flying to Antarctica. There's either some missing steps, or some missing information.
by TranquilFury
Wed Aug 14, 2013 6:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1251: "Anti-Glass"
Replies: 147
Views: 26151

Re: 1251: "Anti-Glass"

Interesting idea. Does a 20mW laser targeting any security/facial recognition cameras count as a crime? It would at least block you out, and probably damage the sensor. Plus working out who did it would be difficult. How would it determine where the cameras are? Would it shine a laser at every obje...
by TranquilFury
Mon Jul 29, 2013 4:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1244: "Six Words"
Replies: 24
Views: 13316

Re: 1233: "Six Words"

Pff. That's not even a proper interplanetary transfer. Not unless you're making the burn with an ion engine running for months in KSP. The Eve gravity assist should take place 180° from the initial interplanetary burn.
by TranquilFury
Sat Jul 20, 2013 3:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1240: "Quantum Mechanics"
Replies: 201
Views: 41293

Re: 1240: "Quantum Mechanics"

Unless you're in physics class, and plan to go into physics, semiconductor, or superconductor research, this comic is probably true. Even if the sentence is completely accurate, it has no relevance to the decisions of the average person.
by TranquilFury
Wed Jun 19, 2013 3:39 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0050: "Extreme Boating"
Replies: 110
Views: 27040

Re: What-If 0050: "Extreme Boating"

I've seen liquid tungsten.

Through a welding hood, naturally.
by TranquilFury
Wed Feb 27, 2013 12:28 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0034: "Twitter"
Replies: 74
Views: 37265

Re: What-if 0034: Twitter

This reminds me of 2 things: 1) The Freefall comic (can't find the right one, but it is about tweeting all possible combination of letters and dictionary words and storage capacity limits) 2) There are leap years. =_,= (super evil grin) That conversation between Florence and Dvorak starts here: htt...
by TranquilFury
Sat Jan 19, 2013 9:38 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: From a rumor site: Intel making a big move this year?
Replies: 4
Views: 5428

Re: From a rumor site: Intel making a big move this year?

Intel is pretty much forced into the mobile space, there isn't really any consumer software demanding and ubiquitous enough to keep driving regular desktop upgrades, and Intel needs high volumes to support it's fabs. Yes, Broadwell will be BGA only, which isn't really a problem if all the Broadwell ...
by TranquilFury
Wed Dec 19, 2012 12:26 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0024: "Model Rockets"
Replies: 44
Views: 16505

Re: What-If 0024: Model Rockets

For aerodynamic reasons it might be better to have a rocket shaped something like a starfish instead of a pancake, the problem is how to transmit the force of the rockets near the tips of the arms, or edge of the pancake, to the central spire without much additional mass.
by TranquilFury
Wed Nov 14, 2012 8:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1134: "Logic Boat"
Replies: 135
Views: 28126

Re: 1134: "Logic Boat"

Step 2.5:

Somebody stole my goat!
by TranquilFury
Wed Oct 24, 2012 8:13 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Graduated tax.
Replies: 237
Views: 29729

Re: Graduated tax.

The rich pay lower taxes than everyone else, because social security and sales taxes are all regressive. I would suggest a constant 30% income tax, and ban all the regressive taxes, like sales tax.
by TranquilFury
Wed Oct 24, 2012 8:08 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: For those of us in non-swing states
Replies: 23
Views: 7771

Re: For those of us in non-swing states

None of the above. I have better things to do than waste an evening at the polls. If I wanted to influence politics, I'd buy a lobbyist for an hour.
by TranquilFury
Wed Oct 24, 2012 8:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1124: "Law of Drama"
Replies: 67
Views: 16893

Re: 1124: "Law of Drama"

I have left a couple online communities due to drama, or more specifically, because there was nothing left in those communities EXCEPT drama.
by TranquilFury
Fri Oct 12, 2012 11:29 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Trying to upgrade CPU, seeking input
Replies: 9
Views: 4688

Re: Trying to upgrade CPU, seeking input

I'd suggest 3220/B75. It will be faster than any AMD chip single threaded, and roughly equivalent to a 4 core AMD chip multithreaded. If you want to play new games you'll need to upgrade the video card. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz ...
by TranquilFury
Fri Jul 27, 2012 8:57 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Voting Third Party.
Replies: 103
Views: 21641

Re: Voting Third Party.

Im not going to vote, it's pointless where I live. If I was going to vote I'd write in 'Cthulhu"

If you actually want to influence politics, give money to someone.
by TranquilFury
Tue Jul 24, 2012 1:57 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Animal Rights?
Replies: 283
Views: 32156

Re: Animal Rights?

Domesticated animals have no rights, wild animals have the right to anything that doesn't get them killed. Is that a statement of fact? If so, some kind of citation or explanation would be interesting. If it's just your opinion, how do you rationalize that with all of the laws against animal abuse ...
by TranquilFury
Mon Jul 23, 2012 1:48 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Need A New Comp, But Not Sure What Route To Take
Replies: 6
Views: 2470

Re: Need A New Comp, But Not Sure What Route To Take

Nice list, though I have a couple of questions. First, why two hard drives? I know one is solid state which is faster for programs to run, but I still feel like it's doubling the budget there to just get a little over 100GB more space. Also, what would be saved there, as opposed to the normal drive...
by TranquilFury
Sun Jul 22, 2012 8:48 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Animal Rights?
Replies: 283
Views: 32156

Re: Animal Rights?

Domesticated animals have no rights, wild animals have the right to anything that doesn't get them killed.
by TranquilFury
Sun Jul 22, 2012 8:26 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Need A New Comp, But Not Sure What Route To Take
Replies: 6
Views: 2470

Re: Need A New Comp, But Not Sure What Route To Take

Definitely build your own, I took the liberty of putting together a parts list: PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter) CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($75.98 @ Outlet PC) Motherboard...
by TranquilFury
Sun Jul 22, 2012 7:38 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is morality a bad thing?
Replies: 26
Views: 10909

Re: Is morality a bad thing?

Define "bad" without using morality? Well whether ANYTHING is good or bad depends on the goal with which you determine it's value. Any set of rules or guidelines, morality included, can sometimes be useful, but will never be universally optimal. What matters is acting competently on your m...
by TranquilFury
Sun Jul 22, 2012 7:26 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is it possible to have a rational debate on global warming?
Replies: 1714
Views: 295061

Re: Is it possible to have a rational debate on global warmi

The question isn't whether global warming is happening, whether it's man caused or whether we can prevent it. It's always going to be a question of what's in MY best interests. Climate change is good for those that can adapt, and bad for those that can't. Earth it's self is going to be fine, she's s...
by TranquilFury
Sun Jul 22, 2012 6:57 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: "The __ word"
Replies: 160
Views: 22973

Re: "The __ word"

It's quite possible to stop giving a fuck about the idiots that are incapable of challenging their prejudice. What I'm suggesting is that it's difficult if not impossible to control triggers to emotional responses. My terror of insects cannot be 'rationalized' away; the fact that a spider isn't goi...
by TranquilFury
Sat Jul 21, 2012 5:19 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: "The __ word"
Replies: 160
Views: 22973

Re: "The __ word"

I suspect you can't be offended by someone that has zero power over you Humans just aren't wired this way. Everyone has some power over you, even if it's just a sliver. We care about what other people think. It takes a lot for us to stop caring. It's quite possible to stop giving a fuck about the i...
by TranquilFury
Sat Jul 21, 2012 2:54 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: "The __ word"
Replies: 160
Views: 22973

Re: "The __ word"

Actually, some people do have control over what triggers an emotional response, but it's a frame of mind that's taken before the trigger is present, not a reaction to the event. You can't give offense, it must be taken. The word alone isn't enough, there must be some other context for it to be offen...
by TranquilFury
Fri Jul 20, 2012 4:26 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Upgrading a ancient PC.
Replies: 9
Views: 4044

Re: Upgrading a ancient PC.

If I try super hard I can muster four hundred. My budget is tight with Otakon coming up. Here's a very low budget gaming parts list, but you may be able to find something cheaper used: PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks CPU: Intel Celeron G540 2.5GHz Dual-Core Process...
by TranquilFury
Fri Jul 20, 2012 4:10 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Upgrading a ancient PC.
Replies: 9
Views: 4044

Re: Upgrading a ancient PC.

It has an AGP slot, but you're probably better off just building a new computer. Even an i3 with integrated graphics is going to be better than any video card you can put in that machine. What's your budget?
by TranquilFury
Sun Jun 03, 2012 2:15 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The effect of religion upon morality
Replies: 124
Views: 19733

Re: The effect of religion upon morality

Then there's the moral value of irresponsibility, that someone else can take guilt for your own transgressions. Like someone that died thousands of years ago, or your descendants, still unborn. I find the whole idea rather despicable.
by TranquilFury
Sat Jun 02, 2012 9:22 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Nuclear energy
Replies: 545
Views: 84798

Re: Nuclear energy

Outages caused by severe weather are not blackouts in the classic sense. In most cases the grid never completely goes down, including the disruptions in the North East. They are service interruptions are caused by local damage, power lines down, breakers tripped and so on, last mile issues. Long li...
by TranquilFury
Fri Jun 01, 2012 10:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1063: "Kill Hitler"
Replies: 278
Views: 64469

Re: 1063: "Kill Hitler"

I'm pretty sure hat guy just jumped forward enough to check the lotto numbers, or the time machine was fake and he's just trolling.
by TranquilFury
Tue May 22, 2012 9:23 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Diablo III
Replies: 2188
Views: 339811

Re: Diablo III

boss fights are WAY easier than blues or yellows in inferno.

with bad gear(12k dps) I can solo izual or diablo, but i can't even touch a blue or yellow mob.
by TranquilFury
Wed May 16, 2012 5:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1056: "Felidae"
Replies: 170
Views: 40865

Re: 1056: Felidae

To be honest, Tiger was a better OS than Leopard or Snow Leopard. Not sure where lion and ML fall as I have never used them.
by TranquilFury
Sat May 05, 2012 5:23 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Morality of Serving in the U.S. Military
Replies: 23
Views: 7458

Re: The Morality of Serving in the U.S. Military

The problem is that control of information is a big part of the chain of command, you don't always know whether or not the order is lawful.
by TranquilFury
Wed May 02, 2012 4:03 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Nuclear energy
Replies: 545
Views: 84798

Re: Nuclear energy

Everywhere where lives hang in the balance (hospitals, the nursing home I worked at, that kind of thing) have back-up power and extra generators in case something like this happens, and as far as I know nobody has died as a result. Is this different outside of Australia? We had deaths from out rece...
by TranquilFury
Wed May 02, 2012 3:41 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is monotheism a non-doctrinal rational stance?
Replies: 178
Views: 19743

Re: Is monotheism a non-doctrinal rational stance?

Good luck bullying the monotheist into giving you a precise enough definition of god to make this judgement.
by TranquilFury
Mon Apr 30, 2012 11:50 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Morality of Serving in the U.S. Military
Replies: 23
Views: 7458

Re: The Morality of Serving in the U.S. Military

It's never a nice or good thing to declare war, on occasion it's a smart thing. When deciding whether to engage in war or not a leader should weigh the costs and risks of war against the potential benefits, and likelihood of success, whether the war is defensive or offensive doesn't really matter, w...
by TranquilFury
Mon Apr 16, 2012 7:46 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Are we on the brink of passing the Turing test?
Replies: 71
Views: 13837

Re: Are we on the brink of passing the Turing test?

I don't think so, not until the bot can properly associate context with identity and personality, you don't need to emulate "humanity" you need to build a consistent character with much limited scope. While humans may talk about the consequences of war and science, squee over shoes and Twi...

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