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by azfish
Wed Feb 10, 2016 9:23 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0145: "Fire From Moonlight"
Replies: 157
Views: 75368

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 th...
by azfish
Fri Jan 29, 2010 6:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0695: "Spirit"
Replies: 337
Views: 219592

Re: "Spirit" Discussion

Nawwww. *Sniff* I remember the day I was in Tidbinbilla, at the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex as they were tracking Spirit as it was landing... It's the closest I'll ever be to the landing of a space probe. It's more romantic if you overlook the fact that due to transit time of the signa...
by azfish
Thu Nov 23, 2006 10:27 am UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: Spam bots
Replies: 297
Views: 64180

An 'are you human?' checkbox on the registration page could achieve much the same level of bot-filtering.
by azfish
Mon Nov 20, 2006 8:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0186: "Console Lines"
Replies: 69
Views: 38754

Relsqui wrote:Is that an easel between two of the Nintendoids, or is that just a Freudian misparse?

'Tis chair.
by azfish
Thu Nov 16, 2006 4:38 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Annoyance: truncated tooltips in firefox- solution
Replies: 4
Views: 4179

All my tooltips, for everything in all of Firefox, have disappeared. I did nothing to cause this, to my knowledge. Oh well. I'm sure they'll come home one day.
by azfish
Sat Nov 04, 2006 1:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0179: "E to the Pi times I"
Replies: 161
Views: 54476

Ah, reminds me of the Old MacDonald formula: e^i-e^i=0.
by azfish
Fri Oct 27, 2006 10:04 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Armadillo Run!
Replies: 33
Views: 11150

Has anyone heard of Pontifex? It's similar from what I can gather, except you construct a bridge for a train to cross. The game is only ~900kB. Pontifex 2 includes several other things, like hydraulics to make your bridge retract to allow passage for ships in another direction. There are a couple of...

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