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by DanD
Fri Dec 09, 2016 7:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1770: "UI Change"
Replies: 56
Views: 6406

Re: 1770: "UI Change"

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Maybe it's just your workflow that is broken.
by DanD
Tue Dec 06, 2016 3:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1768: "Settling"
Replies: 50
Views: 6000

Re: 1768: "Settling"

Is it bad that I initially thought it was about suicide? There might be perfectly reasonable reasons for you to initially link it to suicide. There might also be not. It's hard to tell when you don't voice your whole environment, relations, identity, history and more. :roll: Do you use a Facebook a...
by DanD
Fri Nov 18, 2016 3:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1761: "Blame"
Replies: 138
Views: 13089

Re: 1761: "Blame"

EDIT: Since I'm not exposed to the whole US election thing as much as the locals are: is this comic almost definitely still about the election? I initially interpreted it as being about things like war, rape, oppression etc. in general. I think for most on the left side of the US political spectrum...
by DanD
Tue Nov 15, 2016 10:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1756: "I'm With Her"
Replies: 446
Views: 43014

Re: 1756: "I'm With Her"

For the few people voting for Trump to "bring the jobs back" -- well, the jobs are fucking gone, due to automation. Bringing them back will, at best, be heavily subsidized, mostly unproductive, and lead to a lot of disaster, as with the proposal to bring back coal mining. Better solutions...
by DanD
Tue Nov 15, 2016 10:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1756: "I'm With Her"
Replies: 446
Views: 43014

Re: 1756: "I'm With Her"

Trump got about 60 million votes, so there are 30 million KKK members in the USA? You're assuming that all 60 million people who voted for Trump actually support him. As Michael Moore stated, that is simply not true, for the majority of people he's a protest vote, a Human Molotov to blow apart the ...
by DanD
Mon Nov 14, 2016 6:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1759: "British Map"
Replies: 193
Views: 16082

Re: 1759: "British Map"

What's with the title? A normal native speaker would say "Map of Britain". Was he trying to avoid the whole England/Britain/UK minefield? I say again, did he accidentally invent real place names? The real Cadbury is pretty small, but Braintree, Essex is a place I was well aware of. I coul...
by DanD
Mon Nov 14, 2016 3:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1759: "British Map"
Replies: 193
Views: 16082

Re: 1759: "British Map"

ramblinjd wrote:I see a few categories emerging... feel free to edit/rearrange/discuss:
[...]

Others:
    [...]
    Blandford
    [...]


Put that one on the list of real places. Heck, if the dot were on the other side of the name, it would be in just about the right spot.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blandford_Forum
by DanD
Fri Nov 11, 2016 3:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1758: "Astrophysics"
Replies: 52
Views: 5312

Re: 1758: "Astrophysics"

But it does remind me of one of my favorite lines. Extra bonus internetz to anyone who recognizes the source. " I don't get it captain. How come we fell up ?" " Well, in this sector of the galaxy, gravity is not so much a law as more of a local ordinance." I'll admit to it being...
by DanD
Fri Oct 28, 2016 6:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1752: "Interplanetary Experience"
Replies: 47
Views: 3863

Re: 1752: "Interplanetary Experience"

By many accounts, the Mt. Everest experience of today is positively dreary – just shuffling along in an overcrowded lineup of rich people. Perhaps that will be the ultimate fate of the true "interplanetary experience"? (I bet there's a good short story plot in there somehow.) I liked Futu...
by DanD
Thu Oct 27, 2016 4:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1751: "Movie Folder"
Replies: 57
Views: 4627

Re: 1751: "Movie Folder"

Which series is it? In safehold the battlefleet is pretty much Ancient history by the time the story opens. Though it sounds like a similar concept. I am talking about Safehold, "Off Armageddon Reef" has a prologue that sets up the history and Nimue's back story. ETA: Although, thinking a...
by DanD
Thu Oct 27, 2016 3:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1751: "Movie Folder"
Replies: 57
Views: 4627

Re: 1751: "Movie Folder"

In the David Weber Safehold series, the "Church" had enforced Roman numerals as part of their ban on technological development. I think it was basically that Roman numerals were so cumbersome to use that it would basically prohibit the development of advanced mathematics since running lon...
by DanD
Mon Oct 24, 2016 9:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1750: "Life Goals"
Replies: 47
Views: 4794

Re: 1750: "Life Goals"

Plus Scrabble games rarely come down to who knows the biggest words with the most high-value tiles in them. At least in my experience, which admittedly doesn't include the pro scene. The two and three letter word-lists (and knowing what to do with them) are vastly more important. Back when I play W...
by DanD
Fri Oct 21, 2016 4:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1749: "Mushrooms"
Replies: 47
Views: 4538

Re: 1749: "Mushrooms"

thunk wrote:At least what the comic said is true, neither fungi nor animals photosynthesize.


Neither do a very limited number of plants.

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

There's a reason why similarity in features has fallen out of favor for classifying life.
by DanD
Mon Oct 10, 2016 6:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1741: "Work"
Replies: 53
Views: 6204

Re: 1741: "Work"

In an ideal world that would be true, but we all know that in reality, no one in the industries actually cares. I'm guessing you've never actually worked in "the industries"? And aren't an engineer in general? Okay, it really was wrong of me to say, and you're right - an insane amount of ...
by DanD
Fri Oct 07, 2016 8:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1743: "Coffee"
Replies: 77
Views: 7242

Re: 1743: "Coffee"

As for non-coffee-drinkers entertaining guests, I like how my parents did it: they acquired a coffeemaker and a can of Folger's, and when their brother-in-law is there, they just have him make the coffee. I know how to make it. But my only concession to it is a hand me down two cup pot and a small ...
by DanD
Thu Oct 06, 2016 6:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 523
Views: 42233

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

I would suggest that that's the main problem with your own argument. "It exists, therefore it can be automated" is what I see it boiling down to. Um, yeah. Because it can. Sometimes it's simple. Sometimes it's not. Sometimes it's economical, sometimes it's not. But yes, it can be automate...
by DanD
Thu Oct 06, 2016 5:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 523
Views: 42233

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

No, I am saying there is substantial operational expense. When that kite fails to fly itself, somebody has to reel it in. Somebody has to clean it. Somebody has to fix it if it tears. Somebody has to monitor the weather and wind and make decisions about when to deploy it. Even an "automated&qu...
by DanD
Thu Oct 06, 2016 3:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 523
Views: 42233

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

The bigger point is that even if you can get these ideal figures the company claims and even if the cost is justifiable, it is still just 4 percent savings. It does not substantially change the picture of pollution from shipping. If a company wants to do this, that's fine. But I would not put much ...
by DanD
Wed Oct 05, 2016 9:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 523
Views: 42233

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

The bigger point is that even if you can get these ideal figures the company claims and even if the cost is justifiable, it is still just 4 percent savings. It does not substantially change the picture of pollution from shipping. If a company wants to do this, that's fine. But I would not put much ...
by DanD
Wed Oct 05, 2016 8:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 523
Views: 42233

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

I highly doubt that robotic space probes are a good model for affordable cargo ships. Automation is always great, and when possible to do so with savings, is wonderful. That doesn't negate the fact that sailing ships require more people than powered ships. Even if reverting to the age of sail were ...
by DanD
Wed Oct 05, 2016 7:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 523
Views: 42233

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

Just like Spirit and Opportunity needed human intervention? Spirit and Opportunity and the rest don't trail tethers all over the sky. Curiosity safely disposed of its trailing chords used in various stages of descent (parachute, sky-crane umbulical) away from it. It has been strongly suspected that...
by DanD
Wed Oct 05, 2016 6:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 523
Views: 42233

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

A computer controls the kite and flies it in a rough figure eight. The attachment point is low enough so it doesn't cause the ship to heel, which is at least one problem with a mast of any type. Whilst safely in flight (though even simple and uncomplicated flight needs some complexity of sense/cont...
by DanD
Tue Oct 04, 2016 7:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 523
Views: 42233

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

omgryebread wrote:So if you put sails or turbines on top of a cargo ship, where do you put the cargo?


Same place you did on a sailing cargo ship. Above it. In the specific case we were discussing, the sail is a kite, and the feed mechanism is a small structure in the bow, forward of efficient cargo space.
by DanD
Tue Oct 04, 2016 7:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 523
Views: 42233

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

I think this might be a US/UK thing, although it may also be regional in the US. In the US a stove does mean the complete unit, to a point, specifically, we still have wood stoves or pellet stoves. You might buy a stove or an oven at the store if you want the complete appliance with both. However, a...
by DanD
Mon Oct 03, 2016 9:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1741: "Work"
Replies: 53
Views: 6204

Re: 1741: "Work"

Heat is yet another reason to buy LED bulbs. Although it is actually the same reason as the main reason: LEDs are efficient. Sure. For those of you who see with what you laughably call visible light. For those of us who see in the IR... Oh wait. Forget you read that. The invasion isn't until next w...
by DanD
Mon Oct 03, 2016 7:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1741: "Work"
Replies: 53
Views: 6204

Re: 1741: "Work"

Heat is yet another reason to buy LED bulbs. Although it is actually the same reason as the main reason: LEDs are efficient. Sure. For those of you who see with what you laughably call visible light. For those of us who see in the IR... Oh wait. Forget you read that. The invasion isn't until next w...
by DanD
Mon Oct 03, 2016 5:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1741: "Work"
Replies: 53
Views: 6204

Re: 1741: "Work"

How do they make metal shapes like that lamp anyway? Is it pressed? I'm no metal worker, but the internet implies it's mostly pressing/stamping and spinning. It seems to me that spinning is more of a quality/luxurious method though, since a good press is done in a couple of seconds whereas spinning...
by DanD
Mon Oct 03, 2016 3:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1741: "Work"
Replies: 53
Views: 6204

Re: 1741: "Work"

In an ideal world that would be true, but we all know that in reality, no one in the industries actually cares. I'm guessing you've never actually worked in "the industries"? And aren't an engineer in general? I'm not actually on the consumer products side of things, but I routinely work ...
by DanD
Fri Sep 30, 2016 5:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"
Replies: 269
Views: 17399

Re: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"

My point with MFL is that it is set in a place and time where "racial culture" was practically unheard of: the poor underclass and the wealthy ruling class were both white Brits. Racial discrimination in such a setting is impossible. I would suggest you double check the status of Indian i...
by DanD
Wed Sep 28, 2016 10:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 523
Views: 42233

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

The fact is that feasible alternatives exist. We have existing carbon-free power generation, but I keep seeing people pushing wave power and solar roads and other patently inefficient alternatives. We have nuclear ships and biodiesel, but people still want to put rotors on their ships. This can be ...
by DanD
Wed Sep 28, 2016 9:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 523
Views: 42233

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

Some people seem to be missing that you can travel faster, tacking, than you can directly downwind. In fact, many racing vessels will tack even when sailing downwind, because their net speed is faster. This is because windpower is the cube of wind speed. The sail can never travel faster than the wi...
by DanD
Wed Sep 28, 2016 9:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 523
Views: 42233

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

Some people seem to be missing that you can travel faster, tacking, than you can directly downwind. In fact, many racing vessels will tack even when sailing downwind, because their net speed is faster. This is because windpower is the cube of wind speed. The sail can never travel faster than the wi...
by DanD
Wed Sep 28, 2016 9:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 523
Views: 42233

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

Dan, at what point does it become obvious that it is more efficient to put those turbines on the land somewhere and use the energy to chemically make diesel? Or better yet, find a carbon neutral plan for biodiesel? Just because you can stick sails on a container ship doesn't mean that you should. Y...
by DanD
Wed Sep 28, 2016 7:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 523
Views: 42233

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

How many windmills to move 170,000 tons at 20 knots? Don't know. Don't really care either. Even if all you manage to do is reduce fuel consumption by 20%, or 10%, you've knocked out a huge amount of fuel consumption. Maybe you manage to bring it down to something reasonable for battery storage. The...
by DanD
Wed Sep 28, 2016 6:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 523
Views: 42233

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

How many windmills to move 170,000 tons at 20 knots? Don't know. Don't really care either. Even if all you manage to do is reduce fuel consumption by 20%, or 10%, you've knocked out a huge amount of fuel consumption. Maybe you manage to bring it down to something reasonable for battery storage. The...
by DanD
Wed Sep 28, 2016 5:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 523
Views: 42233

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

And a sail catches a lot more air than a turbine. Some people seem to be missing that you can travel faster, tacking, than you can directly downwind. In fact, many racing vessels will tack even when sailing downwind, because their net speed is faster. This is because windpower is the cube of wind s...
by DanD
Tue Sep 27, 2016 9:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1737: "Datacenter Scale"
Replies: 57
Views: 7570

Re: 1737: "Datacenter Scale"

More likely they come prebuilt in boxes from Dell or whomever Then how does Dell assemble servers? Robots, Elves, Oompa Loompas? It's not like outsourcing magically removes the human cost. Yes, it kind of is. Two reasons. First of all, Dell isn't building one at a time. They're building thousands. ...
by DanD
Fri Sep 23, 2016 6:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1737: "Datacenter Scale"
Replies: 57
Views: 7570

Re: 1737: "Datacenter Scale"

Do datacenters use RAID storage attached to compute nodes at all? I suspect they only attach a tiny (non-RAID) HDD/SSD to each node (for fast node-local caching aka /tmp) and use dedicated NAS hardware for durable storage. In which case throwing away a NAS node does not make sense at all. That soun...
by DanD
Fri Sep 23, 2016 6:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1737: "Datacenter Scale"
Replies: 57
Views: 7570

Re: 1737: "Datacenter Scale"

Tub wrote: Oh, and the cost ratio between parts and human work is slightly different for light bulbs and servers. Slightly.


Yeah. The technician who can diagnose and replace parts in a server is considerably more expensive.
by DanD
Fri Sep 23, 2016 2:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"
Replies: 269
Views: 17399

Re: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"

(Also, as mentioned, you're factually wrong about British history. There have always been people of color in Britain.) This is true, but, especially during the time period in which the movie was set, "people of color" have not been anywhere near as sharply culturally-isolated from "p...

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