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by Soupspoon
Wed Nov 21, 2018 4:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2073: "Kilogram"
Replies: 97
Views: 8207

Re: 2073: "Kilogram"

Which dimensions did you think I was referring to? Even if you stick with Cartesian coordinates for the space definition, look at your chosen X, Y and Z for space-coordinates. Choose a line from the origin that is none of these (you have a doubly-infinitely free choice), choose a second line that i...
by Soupspoon
Wed Nov 21, 2018 4:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0042: "Geico"
Replies: 8
Views: 1365

Re: 0042: "Geico"

The title text is "David did this". I had to go and check, myself. OP: you might want to add this info, as per the current template, even if other (long-time threaded) older comics may remain deficient. It first looked to me like the "Hmm" bit was the Title/Hover/Alt*-text, rath...
by Soupspoon
Wed Nov 21, 2018 1:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2074: Airplanes and Spaceships
Replies: 40
Views: 3866

Re: 2074: Airplanes and Spaceships

Eccentric bicycles? For use on (very specificly regular) bumpy roads, no doubt.
by Soupspoon
Wed Nov 21, 2018 6:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2074: Airplanes and Spaceships
Replies: 40
Views: 3866

Re: 2074: Airplanes and Spaceships

It would be certainly be a gamble.
by Soupspoon
Tue Nov 20, 2018 11:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8181
Views: 646208

Re: Trump presidency

It's the MM… of course they're in collusion, and are constantly receiving radio signals bounced down off of gay-frog chemtrails from Soros's Nazi Socialist Islamic Illuminati HQ, somewhere under the South Pole, just beyond the ice wall that surrounds the flat Earth's edge.
by Soupspoon
Tue Nov 20, 2018 4:33 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: InspiroBot
Replies: 20
Views: 1902

Re: InspiroBot

Interesting experiment: try inserting various forms of punctuation in this one.Image
by Soupspoon
Tue Nov 20, 2018 4:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2071: "Indirect Detection"
Replies: 29
Views: 4264

Re: 2071: "Indirect Detection"

They should lose their internet privileges! And remove the vowels from their keyboards so we can tell who they are if they sneak back on!!
by Soupspoon
Tue Nov 20, 2018 4:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8181
Views: 646208

Re: Trump presidency

Insurance (state-assured cover) only for homes that are at least ?twice? as old as the last flood event that struck? Covers complete rebuilds on existing foundations after that flood event (if there was 'continuous occupancy', apart from mandatory relocation of the owners during the rebuild - non-tr...
by Soupspoon
Tue Nov 20, 2018 10:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2073: "Kilogram"
Replies: 97
Views: 8207

Re: 2073: "Kilogram"

and there's inertial mass - how a body responds to forces (including gravitational) You could say otherwise (than the parenthetical). A bigger (gravitational) mass in a gravitational field (of another mass) is feeling a bigger pull because it is more mass being pulled (and, in turn, pulling back, i...
by Soupspoon
Mon Nov 19, 2018 10:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2074: Airplanes and Spaceships
Replies: 40
Views: 3866

Re: 2074: Airplanes and Spaceships

There will be passenger spaceships when there are casinos (and hookers) on Mars and Venus. Futurama is 19 years old. 19 years before that, Voyager I passed Saturn. Frank Sinatra's Fly Me To The Moon was 64 years ago. 64 years previously, the steam-powered Ader Éole flew. A decade before the Wright ...
by Soupspoon
Mon Nov 19, 2018 10:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2073: "Kilogram"
Replies: 97
Views: 8207

Re: 2073: "Kilogram"

There's a Is The Universe A Black Hole? thread out there. ;)
by Soupspoon
Mon Nov 19, 2018 9:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2073: "Kilogram"
Replies: 97
Views: 8207

Re: 2073: "Kilogram"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Geodetic_System

(I mostly have to consider OSGB conversion, myself.)
by Soupspoon
Mon Nov 19, 2018 6:22 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: HEXATTACK 4.0 (now moderated by emlightened)
Replies: 273
Views: 15698

Re: HEXATTACK 4.0 (now moderated by emlightened)

Moves
Spoiler:
1: Attack Left-Down
2,4,W: Move Down
3: Move Left-Down
5: Rattle chains, groan and shriek as the bells ring midnight.
by Soupspoon
Sun Nov 18, 2018 7:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2073: "Kilogram"
Replies: 97
Views: 8207

Re: 2073: "Kilogram"

Pi as a mathematical entity …is what I was alluding to. Going slightly over-the-top. Non-flat space gives effectively-altered Pi at the same point (in space and time) depending on which radii you're testing against, and as you tend to zero radius it'll tend to the theoretical perfection. Which SF n...
by Soupspoon
Sun Nov 18, 2018 6:44 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8181
Views: 646208

Re: Trump presidency

I suspect you could make this post in nearly any thread in any forum at any time anywhere on the internet and it would have a pretty decent shot at coming off as relevant? Maybe, and I'm sure I've not got clean hands myself. But this one was particularly getting on my wick. Not people saying things...
by Soupspoon
Sat Nov 17, 2018 9:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8181
Views: 646208

Re: Trump presidency

I just now read maybe three cumulative pages'-worth overwhelmingly of no-one budging in an "immovable object leaning against another immovable object" so-called-discussion. And that was just the fall-put from the prior bits of 'discussion' that remains unresolved. I haven't got coloured-t...
by Soupspoon
Sat Nov 17, 2018 8:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2073: "Kilogram"
Replies: 97
Views: 8207

Re: 2073: "Kilogram"

This assumes the fundamental constants do remain constant, of course. I know people are on the look-out for such temporal/spacial differences (assuming that they haven't been seen but been misidentified as cosmic inflation or somesuch) but we could be exactly on the verge of getting good enough to f...
by Soupspoon
Sat Nov 17, 2018 7:43 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Proprioceptive string microscopy
Replies: 10
Views: 1156

Re: Proprioceptive string microscopy

I was thinking along the lines of either a simple elastic bowing* of a (semi-stiff) strand length, or else a sort of Mean Free Path signature (albeit constrained within the current kinks) as photons navigate whatever compound kinks currently kink in the kinkily kinked strand. But, as loose a concept...
by Soupspoon
Sat Nov 17, 2018 12:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2072: "Evaluating Tech Things"
Replies: 35
Views: 4088

Re: 2072: "Evaluating Tech Things"

3077 semi-randomly scattered camera-poles, left set up for a year. Evens chance (give or take statistical quibbles). Sounds worthwhile. :mrgreen:
by Soupspoon
Fri Nov 16, 2018 5:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2073: "Kilogram"
Replies: 97
Views: 8207

Re: 2073: "Kilogram"

krabcat wrote:that really does make things easier now 1 kilogram is exactly equal to 0.45359237 kilograms

Or €1.12.
by Soupspoon
Fri Nov 16, 2018 1:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1238
Views: 194039

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

when even Fox and Gove are getting behind her now. The far more traditional place from which to backstab. (Not sure about Fox, off the top of my head, but Gove's got form.) I do think it would lead to the break-up of the UK though, with Scotland going independent and Ireland reuniting within a gene...
by Soupspoon
Fri Nov 16, 2018 10:36 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science fleeting thoughts
Replies: 147
Views: 24633

Re: Science fleeting thoughts

(In this week's David Baddiel thing, he actually spent a paragraph apologising for the main WiFi error. And he seemed to blame the expert, whereas I think she might not have been quite so much to blame. - But that's not why I'm back here.) The Kilogram to be redefined ? (To a method involving electr...
by Soupspoon
Fri Nov 16, 2018 2:39 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Digging away at numbers.
Replies: 1
Views: 1013

Digging away at numbers.

I had wondered if this were a Logic Puzzle, but I'm not sure if there's a Logical Answer. And while I'm thinking of trying some coding-based tests it's not strictly Coding or programming at heart. Maybe here? I have just had what boils down to a trivial but slightly repetitive task to take a set of ...
by Soupspoon
Thu Nov 15, 2018 10:20 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Fleeting Thoughts: Movie and TV Shows
Replies: 145
Views: 24347

Re: Fleeting Thoughts: Movie and TV Shows

like, why does every Gerard Butler movie since 2009 look like a second tier block buster from the mid 90's? They! Are! Spartan?!? (I had to check. I've only seen one post-300 film with him in, and that was the 300 sequel. Though I've seen four (maybe five) of his pre-300 films, it seems. Without pr...
by Soupspoon
Thu Nov 15, 2018 10:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2072: "Evaluating Tech Things"
Replies: 35
Views: 4088

Re: 2072: "Evaluating Tech Things"

I hope "and was 200% better than requested." means triple the original spec (for "higher is better" zero-based values, that is).
by Soupspoon
Thu Nov 15, 2018 9:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1238
Views: 194039

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

Wash your mouth out! This is a Local Word, for Local People! We'll have no Franglais here! ("Shard'n'Froyd 'er". Or, for certain Midlands accents, possibly the word "Fried".) Came across this user comment to a news item about some aspect or other: You see that ludicrous display l...
by Soupspoon
Thu Nov 15, 2018 8:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"
Replies: 110
Views: 10306

Re: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"

I had a very interesting read of a number of interesting documents, including this one . Very near the end, there's this: There is a safeguard to prevent the ballot paper numbers on the corresponding number list being linked with the marked ballot papers. At the close of poll, the corresponding numb...
by Soupspoon
Thu Nov 15, 2018 7:10 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Proprioceptive string microscopy
Replies: 10
Views: 1156

Re: Proprioceptive string microscopy

My original thought when I first found this thread (NPI!) unanswered was that maybe an optical fibre thread could, bowed by the pressure of the changing surface topography it was forced at an angle against, produce a readable change of bounced-through-and-back light according to how it is disturbed....
by Soupspoon
Thu Nov 15, 2018 6:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1238
Views: 194039

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

If I weren't (at least by location) right in the middle of it, I'd be chuckling with schadenfreude* about how it's satisfying mostly nobody, as I always said it would. Roll on the next referendum! (Or a general election, as a somewhat flawed proxy for such referenda as we now need.) * I'm using that...
by Soupspoon
Thu Nov 15, 2018 5:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2072: "Evaluating Tech Things"
Replies: 35
Views: 4088

Re: 2072: "Evaluating Tech Things"

I'm designing my tornado-camera to be light , and not currently self-moving (but maybe self-orientating/stabilising, after a fashion). A tough but reasonably transparent flexible membrane (which I imagine is going to be quite the design compromise) as a sphere around the camera unit, perhaps a small...
by Soupspoon
Thu Nov 15, 2018 1:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2072: "Evaluating Tech Things"
Replies: 35
Views: 4088

Re: 2072: "Evaluating Tech Things"

I've seen video footage from houses of friends of Dorothy. NSFW.
by Soupspoon
Thu Nov 15, 2018 1:28 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sleep-time holodeck experiences
Replies: 3387
Views: 695826

Re: Sleep-time holodeck experiences

Last night, amongst all the other interesting things, I dreamt I was hanging out with the actor who played Lando Calimari. Not Lando Calrissian or a Mon Calimari, but the 'famous' character of Lando Calimari. Who is neither black, nor a fish. We didn't make a big fuss about it, because we were long-...
by Soupspoon
Wed Nov 14, 2018 12:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"
Replies: 110
Views: 10306

Re: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"

In UK voting, you are given a ballot to take to the booth (no 'blanks' in the booth) and you'd probably, because I've never had to do it, have to go back to the desk and ask for a new form. Any significant vote-buying followed by this logical counter would probably see an uptick in 'redo requests' t...
by Soupspoon
Wed Nov 14, 2018 12:34 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Post number N wins 5: Will it finish slower?
Replies: 153
Views: 5349

Re: Post number N wins 5: Will it finish slower?

I'm not supposed to post again yet…
by Soupspoon
Tue Nov 13, 2018 9:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8181
Views: 646208

Re: Trump presidency

It's why his hair is so sparse. Uncertainty as to when it can be fed.

Also the 3:30am Twitterthons, when he's got no risky food at hand to otherwise distract him.
by Soupspoon
Tue Nov 13, 2018 3:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15017
Views: 2421753

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

Lock Her Up?

Don't blame me if you're now thinking about what I think you're thinking about…
by Soupspoon
Tue Nov 13, 2018 12:21 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: What to learn to be able to make some money?
Replies: 23
Views: 8486

Re: What to learn to be able to make some money?

Last touched that, myself, in the early '90s. Slightly too early to benefit from the Y2K revival/boom in demand, which didn't happen while I was still confident enough, that might have been a good earner. (Also I was in another steady job, ending up doing Y2K prep stuff at other levels, but on the s...
by Soupspoon
Mon Nov 12, 2018 9:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)
Replies: 305
Views: 75391

Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

I heard about Stan Lee on the way back home, and wondered if he'd have been noted by the time I got here. On leaving home, earlier tonight, I had also heard about the voice of HAL9000, and here I am ensuring his being mentioned.
by Soupspoon
Sun Nov 11, 2018 11:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"
Replies: 110
Views: 10306

Re: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"

Mikeski wrote:As an American, I'd just like to say that I find it humorous that other nations also use "-gate" naming for their political scandals. The hotel break-in heard 'round the world.

https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Gategate

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