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by niky
Thu Mar 23, 2017 8:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1814: "Color Pattern"
Replies: 61
Views: 6817

Re: 1814: "Color Pattern"

When you walk through the wood
Picking 'shrooms that taste good
That's a morel
by niky
Mon Feb 15, 2016 4:09 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0145: "Fire From Moonlight"
Replies: 157
Views: 30990

Re: What-If 0145: "Fire From Moonlight"

This is a fairly well-studied problem for engineers of solar thermal energy (those big power stations in the desert using mirrors to make steam to run a turbine & generator). In fact, it's very useful in that field that you can't light a fire using moonlight, as moonlight is used to calibrate t...
by niky
Thu Dec 11, 2014 2:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1458: Small Moon
Replies: 61
Views: 9949

Re: 1458: Small Moon

wumpus wrote:
orthogon wrote:Even if the Death Star is under 160km, I'm pretty sure it is at least 12.6km based on the trench run.


Abnormally long run sequences on film: Ref: Fast and Furious 6. /Ref.

Of course, Luke didn't have to downshift twenty or thirty times...
by niky
Mon Dec 08, 2014 7:21 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0120: "Alternate Universe What Ifs"
Replies: 94
Views: 33800

Re: What-If 0120: "Alternate Universe What Ifs"

"But the survival time is usually just a little bit more than the head-start time, so couldn't both timers start at the same time and the harvester just always takes a moment to catch up to the human no matter how far their head start?" "Then how are some survival times less than the...
by niky
Fri Nov 21, 2014 2:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1448: "Question"
Replies: 44
Views: 12942

Re: 1448: "Question"

Wait, Asimov wrote Sci-fi, too? (My parents had a copy of Lecherous Limerics , which I read thoroughly at a tender age. When I picked up the book again, many years later, they seemed rather objectionable: crude, misogynistic and thoroughly unreconstructed). He also wrote mysteries. Basically, I, Ro...
by niky
Tue Nov 18, 2014 4:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1448: "Question"
Replies: 44
Views: 12942

Re: 1448: "Question"

Basically, I, Robot was a series of crime mysteries set in a future with... robots. I'd imagined them turning it into a CSI-style movie with mind-bending feats of detective work... but... alas... they turned it into a commercial for sneakers and Audis that just happened to feature the main characte...
by niky
Tue Nov 18, 2014 2:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1448: "Question"
Replies: 44
Views: 12942

Re: 1448: "Question"

Wait, Asimov wrote Sci-fi, too? (My parents had a copy of Lecherous Limerics , which I read thoroughly at a tender age. When I picked up the book again, many years later, they seemed rather objectionable: crude, misogynistic and thoroughly unreconstructed). He also wrote mysteries. Basically, I, Ro...
by niky
Mon Nov 17, 2014 1:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1448: "Question"
Replies: 44
Views: 12942

Re: 1448: "Question"

"LET THERE BE LIKE!" IF there was a like button on this website, this post, and the comic that inspired it, would get my wholehearted spamming approval. *In other words, I would like and unlike both dozens of times in succession, as a symbolic gesture of liking them more than once. - I re...
by niky
Mon Sep 01, 2014 8:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1413: "Suddenly Popular"
Replies: 91
Views: 17554

Re: 1413: "Suddenly Popular"

I wasn't aware of the connection between gluten and autism until your post. The first page that came up on a Google search explains that although there is little research to confirm that gluten can make autism worse, there is some scientific merit to believing there may be a connection between auti...
by niky
Sat Aug 30, 2014 8:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1413: "Suddenly Popular"
Replies: 91
Views: 17554

Re: 1413: "Suddenly Popular"

Ugh... Gluten. Lump that in with autism and vaccines... No, see, the "Suddenly Popular" list is about words and terms that almost nobody knows, until one day somehow everybody knows them. Gluten seems to be such a word. I don't think most people had even heard of it until a few years ago,...
by niky
Thu Aug 28, 2014 5:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1413: "Suddenly Popular"
Replies: 91
Views: 17554

Re: 1413: "Suddenly Popular"

Ugh... Gluten. Lump that in with autism and vaccines... If the ocean currents stop in 2022, crap... I haven't got much time to stock up for the climapocalypse... though if we're back down to controlled hydroplaning on melting glaciers by 2028, I won't have to stock up more than a decade's worth of f...
by niky
Wed Jun 04, 2014 7:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1377: "Fish"
Replies: 288
Views: 30560

Re: 1377: "Fish"

ah yes, the Great Filter, and/or the Berserker Hypothesis. That's one of the first things that came to mind when I saw this comic. Somehow every other first contact in science fiction starts with the "nice" aliens screaming at us to shut up (turn off all those broadcast emissions) before ...
by niky
Mon Sep 23, 2013 7:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1268: "Alternate Universe"
Replies: 200
Views: 23565

Re: 1268: "Alternate Universe"

lobster-fight-man.jpg http://i.imgur.com/g9Q9U.jpg Those are coconut crabs. They're pretty tasty. And they're pretty endangered now... which is why I haven't eaten one in over two decades. If you ever had any fear of giant insects... this is as close as you can get... - Always wondered what spider ...
by niky
Thu Sep 05, 2013 7:13 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0061: "Speed Bump"
Replies: 72
Views: 13195

Re: What-if 0061: "Speed Bump"

One thing bothered me about this article... While I agree that there are no road speeds at which a bump would kill the driver (because the suspension and wheels will tear themselves to shred absorbing the force of the impact), most modern cars have very low aerodynamic lift. Some have zero lift and ...
by niky
Wed May 22, 2013 6:26 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Invincible by science?
Replies: 34
Views: 9389

Re: Invincible by science?

In "I Have No Mouth...", all of the last people on Earth were near-indestructible. They could recover from broken bones and injuries quite easily, were virtually immortal and didn't age. And then the last man on Earth went and killed all his companions to put them out of their wretched mis...
by niky
Sat Apr 13, 2013 11:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1197: "All Adobe Updates"
Replies: 86
Views: 20582

Re: 1197: "All Adobe Updates"

I require at least 4 programs of the adobe suite for my job. So not installing them is not an option for me. And I am certainly never going back to Quark or CorelDRAW or any of those clunky programs. See, the easy fix for the adobe download manager is to simply...turn it off. If your programs work ...
by niky
Thu Apr 11, 2013 5:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1197: "All Adobe Updates"
Replies: 86
Views: 20582

Re: 1197: "All Adobe Updates"

I require at least 4 programs of the adobe suite for my job. So not installing them is not an option for me. And I am certainly never going back to Quark or CorelDRAW or any of those clunky programs. See, the easy fix for the adobe download manager is to simply...turn it off. If your programs work ...
by niky
Wed Apr 10, 2013 12:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1197: "All Adobe Updates"
Replies: 86
Views: 20582

Re: 1197: "All Adobe Updates"

Mirkwood wrote:
niky wrote:First thing I turn off when buying a new computer... Java and Adobe Download Management.


Instead of turning them off, why don't you avoid installing them in the first place :p


Two words: bundled software.
by niky
Wed Apr 10, 2013 8:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1197: "All Adobe Updates"
Replies: 86
Views: 20582

Re: 1197: "All Adobe Updates"

First thing I turn off when buying a new computer... Java and Adobe Download Management.

Then I spend the next few weeks fighting with websites I can't view... whoops.
by niky
Sat Apr 06, 2013 6:16 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Best proofs of evolution
Replies: 392
Views: 44592

Re: Best proofs of evolution

I'd like to be able to do the same here. If I cannot, I cannot say with confidence if evolution fits the observation in all areas. This is the problem. You happily deduce that fusion is not happening in Jupiter because you have data on what signs to look for in fusion. Yet, you cannot accept that e...
by niky
Mon Mar 18, 2013 6:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1186: "Bumblebees"
Replies: 90
Views: 17557

Re: 1186: "Bumblebees"

A small high GI snack combined with a larger low GI snack may be the best option: the high GI snack kicks in right away, and as it fades, the low GI snack kicks in to prevent snacking. Probably some truth to that, though as a diabetic, GI definitely IS important to me, as I can't eat as much when I...
by niky
Sat Mar 16, 2013 10:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1186: "Bumblebees"
Replies: 90
Views: 17557

Re: 1186: "Bumblebees"

oops, I mean carbs (cause starches are totally different and not just a chain of glucose that gets broken down to glucose pretty much as soon as it hits your intestines) Yeah, but the glycemic index of the carbohydrate in question and the sweetener in question have a big effect on how quickly the s...
by niky
Fri Mar 08, 2013 5:42 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Best proofs of evolution
Replies: 392
Views: 44592

Re: Best proofs of evolution

I've written this elsewhere: Thanks to what they've learned from television, when people say "I have a theory", what they really mean is "I have a hypothesis". What followed when I wrote that down was a debate on whether that's properly "a hypothesis" or "an hypoth...
by niky
Tue Mar 05, 2013 3:04 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Best proofs of evolution
Replies: 392
Views: 44592

Re: Best proofs of evolution

Bananas. You know... because they're perfectly shaped to be held by humans, they come with a conveniently unzippable wrapper and holder, and the packaging is biodegradable. Or eyes. Because, you know, they're too complex to have evolved. - Oh... for evolution... gotcha. I've always held that anyone ...
by niky
Thu Feb 21, 2013 1:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1173: "Steroids"
Replies: 156
Views: 23841

Re: 1173: Steriods

We've had millenia to breed for alcohol addiction and the amazing way it can keep a soldier from being scared spitless.

We haven't had that long to breed for meth-heads. And meth-fueled barbarians aren't toppling the Roman Empire, so the point may be moot. :mrgreen:
by niky
Wed Feb 20, 2013 7:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1173: "Steroids"
Replies: 156
Views: 23841

Re: 1173: Steriods

I bet someone could come up with a better example involving sumo... Retired sumo wrestlers suffer from a whole crapload of problems, including diabetes, liver disease and heart problems. If cocaine was used as commonly as alcohol the statistics would be very different. Well, opium (from which we ge...
by niky
Fri Feb 15, 2013 4:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1173: "Steroids"
Replies: 156
Views: 23841

Re: 1173: Steriods

Our current attitude is about par for the course, and I think it sorta-kinda works in a "Democracy is a terrible form of government, but it's better than the alternatives" way. Officially ban steroid use, and nab the people who are stupid and get caught. Everyone else gets a free pass. Ne...
by niky
Wed Feb 13, 2013 5:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1173: "Steroids"
Replies: 156
Views: 23841

Re: 1173: Steriods

I've always thought they should just have two contests... one for regular athletes, and one for "all natural" athletes... just like in body-building. Next thing you know, they'll be banning surgical modification. Of course, if that prevents tennis players from getting breast reductions, I'...
by niky
Tue Feb 12, 2013 5:12 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Swartz prosecutor attempts to steal $1.5 million property
Replies: 11
Views: 3024

Re: Swartz prosecutor attempts to steal $1.5 million propert

Hmm. The defendant in the Caswell trial is a member of a forum I moderate. His story is posted here: http://www.gtplanet.net/forum/showthread.php?t=225597 The govt is basing the forfeiture case on 6 arrests that resulted in drug arrests over a 15 year peroid and the fact that my family resides next ...
by niky
Mon Jan 07, 2013 7:44 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Sufficiently Advanced Technology
Replies: 18
Views: 8494

Re: Sufficiently Advanced Technology

Slower clockrate means far fewer eons of virtual life while waiting for entropy to take you all. Then again, you could go into an energy saving loop for a few billion years and never know the difference. :mrgreen:
by niky
Thu Jan 03, 2013 12:09 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Sufficiently Advanced Technology
Replies: 18
Views: 8494

Re: Sufficiently Advanced Technology

So, if you really wanted to get the most cycles of computation done before the end of the universe, you'd want to encase or dismantle every single star as soon as you can, to prevent all that energy from going to waste. :) This seems to me an exceptionally good idea for an enemy for sci-fi literatu...
by niky
Wed Dec 12, 2012 5:38 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Effect of hydrogen cars on the environment. (hypothetical)
Replies: 19
Views: 2992

Re: Effect of hydrogen cars on the environment. (hypothetica

Well.. we could always power our civilization, or what's left of it, off of the radiation from evaporating black holes...
by niky
Mon Dec 10, 2012 6:32 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Effect of hydrogen cars on the environment. (hypothetical)
Replies: 19
Views: 2992

Re: Effect of hydrogen cars on the environment. (hypothetica

Well, everything is, technically, "renewable", if you can wait long enough for more of it to form. :mrgreen:
by niky
Mon Dec 10, 2012 6:24 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Effect of hydrogen cars on the environment. (hypothetical)
Replies: 19
Views: 2992

Re: Effect of hydrogen cars on the environment. (hypothetica

Going by global oil consumption, estimated at 89.94 million barrels per day, and that each barrel makes about 19.5 gallons of gas, each of which is equivalent to 0.997 kilograms of hydrogen, which takes about 8.9 kilograms of water to make... you're looking at a yearly requirement of 5.7 billion ton...
by niky
Sun Nov 25, 2012 1:06 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0021: "Machine Gun Jetpack"
Replies: 93
Views: 39031

Re: What-If 0021: Machine Gun Jetpack

If you have the technology to block the lasers, why not build an entire suite using that, making the laser completely useless. If you were having trouble seeing through them, you may as well leave only the eyes exposed so the enemy has to get a perfect shot at your eyes. Although the idea of blindf...
by niky
Fri Nov 23, 2012 11:16 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: (All) Possible Methods of FTL
Replies: 19
Views: 7386

Re: (All) Possible Methods of FTL

Niven, Rainbow Mars. There were plans to send a spacecraft back in time, have it slowboat to Alpha Centuari, and make it there in "present" time. Unfortunately, the "time machines" didn't have the ability to send a load that large that far back in time.
by niky
Sat Nov 17, 2012 1:32 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wiley sues student for infringing copyright on resold book
Replies: 489
Views: 31258

Re: Wiley sues student for infringing copyright on resold bo

Open-source textbooks would be nice. But good luck finding enough people willing to give away knowledge and concepts that they spent decades and hundreds of thousands of dollars to acquire. Surely a few years ago you could have made the same argument: "An open-source encyclopedia would be nice...
by niky
Sat Nov 17, 2012 12:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1135: "Arachnoneurology"
Replies: 107
Views: 20809

Re: 1135: "Arachnoneurology"

The 21st edition, really? Chapter 17 reprints several of the popular myths about the famous Liocranid sac spider experiments, and chapter 94 only briefly mentions the emerging field of neuroarachnoarachnology. It's not worth your money, you really should stick with the 20th, and given the recent de...
by niky
Fri Nov 16, 2012 6:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1135: "Arachnoneurology"
Replies: 107
Views: 20809

Re: 1135: "Arachnoneurology"

I'm pretty sure you want that to be a rotating framework to get good coverage.

Easier to make socks. Just not toe socks.
by niky
Sun Nov 11, 2012 2:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wiley sues student for infringing copyright on resold book
Replies: 489
Views: 31258

Re: Wiley sues student for infringing copyright on resold bo

The big problem with shipping books cross-border is not just that you are taking money from the publisher, it's that you are disincentivizing the sale of products which carry socialized pricing... priced lower in markets where customers can't afford them. $50 for a textbook in the US is painful. $50...

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