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by Soupspoon
Thu Feb 04, 2016 10:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1309: "Infinite Scrolling"
Replies: 54
Views: 18077

Re: 1309: "Infinite Scrolling"

orthogon wrote:By the miracle of gTLDs, endless.horse is a thing.

Some jokes are only funny for a limited amount of time, but that one definitely has legs...
by Soupspoon
Thu Feb 04, 2016 12:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1638: "Backslashes"
Replies: 62
Views: 11738

Re: 1638: "Backslashes"

Regarding the -E "In GNU grep , there is no difference in available functionality between basic and extended syntaxes." But I'll test this when I'm not just on this Windows machine... I feel like re-sharing my excessive-escaping story from the last time this topic came up: I should use sed...
by Soupspoon
Wed Feb 03, 2016 7:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1638: "Backslashes"
Replies: 62
Views: 11738

Re: 1638: "Backslashes"

Not got a Bash shell handy, ATM, but I went to the old faithful Perl. There might well be differences. #!/bin/perl use strict; use warnings; #my $match=q{\\\[[(].*\\\[\])][^)\]]*$}; ## Didn't actually work, in the form of "$Test=~m/$match/", below... ## Couldn't be bothered to work out why...
by Soupspoon
Wed Feb 03, 2016 6:35 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0144: "Saliva Pool"
Replies: 18
Views: 10448

Re: What-If 0144: "Saliva Pool"

sevenperforce wrote:I was hoping he'd go through a "if we relax the 'single person' requirement, then what logistics are we looking at?" bit.

Just eight thousand or so of your closest friends spitting into the pool for a calendar year?

(I'm sure there's a 4chan/insert-similar joke in there somewhere.)
by Soupspoon
Wed Feb 03, 2016 5:07 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0144: "Saliva Pool"
Replies: 18
Views: 10448

Re: What-If 0144: "Saliva Pool"

HES wrote:Why is she standing in the pool?

So she doesn't accidentally dribble on the poolside. Because that would be disgusting.
by Soupspoon
Wed Feb 03, 2016 4:36 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0144: "Saliva Pool"
Replies: 18
Views: 10448

What-If 0144: "Saliva Pool"

Saliva Pool How long would it take for a single person to fill up an entire swimming pool with their own saliva? —Mary Griffin, 9th grade http://what-if.xkcd.com/imgs/a/144/question.png My most random thought about: I suppose you can make a pool that continues through to the other side of the Earth...
by Soupspoon
Wed Feb 03, 2016 4:28 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0141: "Sunbeam"
Replies: 81
Views: 32032

Re: What-If 0141: "Sunbeam"

Priceguy wrote:Presumably they can't see the ray coming as it's light; by the time you see it, it's already there.
*grumble grumble The Force Awakens grumble grumble Also Obviously Superliminal grumble grumble And Seen 'Live' From Way Off To The Side As Well! grumble grumble*
by Soupspoon
Wed Feb 03, 2016 3:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1638: "Backslashes"
Replies: 62
Views: 11738

Re: 1638: "Backslashes"

In EN-GB (maybe in the US too?), a slash is a urination session, and we used to call the / character "stroke". When the WWW first reached these shores, some of the primmer announcers used to say, for example "bbc dot co dot uk stroke radio four". Unfortunately backstroke is some...
by Soupspoon
Wed Feb 03, 2016 2:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1638: "Backslashes"
Replies: 62
Views: 11738

Re: 1638: "Backslashes"

It looks to me that the grep searches for {some or no leading text} \[( {some or no middle text} \[]])] {some or no ending text, just as long as it doesn't have closing brackets of square or round kind in it} . The minimum required matching text being that in red and the blue stuff all entirely opti...
by Soupspoon
Mon Feb 01, 2016 10:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1636: "xkcd Stack"
Replies: 37
Views: 8762

Re: 1636: xkcd Stack

I'm honestly surprised the CPU wasn't running in Dwarf Fortress. Ran out of spare Invaders, willing to run backwards and forwards across the relevant pressure plates that controls the fluid logic and gear-and-axle-and-pump elements. Redstone's a relative cinch (even outside of Creative mode). It mi...
by Soupspoon
Mon Feb 01, 2016 6:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1633: "Possible Undiscovered Planets"
Replies: 104
Views: 16235

Re: 1633: "Possible Undiscovered Planets"

Copper Bezel wrote:And what company on Earth do you think is likely to have registered trademarks in that category just in case?

Apple.

(But possibly the Beatles one...)
by Soupspoon
Sat Jan 30, 2016 3:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1633: "Possible Undiscovered Planets"
Replies: 104
Views: 16235

Re: 1633: "Possible Undiscovered Planets"

Do you really want Disney to own the trademark to a dwarf planet? Disney is mythical remember. You haven't got the hang of this conspiracy. Depends, does that mean we'd get seven dwarf planets named Happy, Dopey, Grumpy, Sneezy, Bashful, Sleepy and Doc? If I get any choice in the matter, the first ...
by Soupspoon
Sat Jan 30, 2016 2:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1633: "Possible Undiscovered Planets"
Replies: 104
Views: 16235

Re: 1633: "Possible Undiscovered Planets"

Do we also change the name of the element "plutonium" to something else, or stop calling it a "transuranic" element? That'll only really matter if we end up calling Planet X/Ix something like "America", etc... Tail wagging the dog, and all that. Talking of dogs, we can...
by Soupspoon
Sat Jan 30, 2016 11:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1633: "Possible Undiscovered Planets"
Replies: 104
Views: 16235

Re: 1633: "Possible Undiscovered Planets"

I forgot that this was another recent thing I meant to reply to... But not sure now which post above that it was I specifically wanted to reply to.. I'd like to propose an unstable compromise regarding the new object's ordinal classification and Pluto's (lack of) planetary classification. We design...
by Soupspoon
Fri Jan 29, 2016 12:38 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0143: "Europa Water Siphon"
Replies: 52
Views: 20617

Re: What-If 0143: "Europa Water Siphon"

Barring the very things that define a molecule as distinct from individual atoms? Yes, I didn't say things the way I wanted to. I'm a bit rusty, and maybe outdated anyway. Chemical hydration (e.g. an -O converting to -(OH) 2 ) would not guarantee the same O pops back off when later de'hydrated', ev...
by Soupspoon
Fri Jan 29, 2016 11:25 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD
Replies: 10916
Views: 2163880

Re: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

Yes, that's what I was thinking. It wasn't a link (I was scrupulous in not doing that!), and pasting the extracted test in below and re-Previewing does not tell me I am in danger of spamming, this time round, so I lost my chance to find the keyword(s) that may have prohibited it. (Though it no longe...
by Soupspoon
Thu Jan 28, 2016 11:53 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0143: "Europa Water Siphon"
Replies: 52
Views: 20617

Re: What-If 0143: "Europa Water Siphon"

New business idea: selling bottled water that I got from my tap, which I just say is from Europa. Some bottled waters advertise something along the lines of 'primordial' water. Often because it is tapping an aquifer that has been apparently filtered through a mountain for so-many-thousand years. Bu...
by Soupspoon
Thu Jan 28, 2016 11:40 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0143: "Europa Water Siphon"
Replies: 52
Views: 20617

Re: What-If 0143: "Europa Water Siphon"

Second, I love any reference to 2001: A Space Odyssey. If that's the "All These Worlds Are Yours, Except Europa..." bit, that's 2010: Odyssey Two 1 . But they're both good, IMO, so it diminishes not my equivalent love for the reference. On-topic , something like a litre bottle of water dr...
by Soupspoon
Thu Jan 28, 2016 11:14 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD
Replies: 10916
Views: 2163880

Re: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

This is the "Hi, I'm here; don't mind me" thread, yes? I wrote a quick and somewhat vague introduction to myself, but it appears that something there hit the newbie spam-word filter, when I previewed. Not sure what (not going to experiment, and I already know nobody will tell me), so I'll ...
by Soupspoon
Thu Jan 28, 2016 10:34 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0142: "Space Jetta"
Replies: 21
Views: 16523

Re: What-If 0142: "Space Jetta"

What if we built a big tube - sort of like a hydraulic lift - and then lifted the Jetta up out of the atmosphere by pumping CO 2 in underneath it? That way we kill two birds with one bush: Shoot the cause into space, and flush the symptom out along with it. (Reasonably-long-time-reader, first-time-...

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