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by tomsing
Thu Jul 23, 2015 2:06 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0137: "New Horizons"
Replies: 62
Views: 42224

Re: What-If 0137: New Horizons

Exactly. "Notable" doesn't mean "without tables", "carpet" is not a pet car, "notice" is not the opposite of frozen, "championship" is not the hip of a champion, "discontent" is not brought about by placing discs on tents, "magnets&qu...
by tomsing
Thu Jul 16, 2015 3:44 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0137: "New Horizons"
Replies: 62
Views: 42224

Re: What-If 0137: New Horizons

Remember we are talking about "what If" here, where a mole weighs a pound because Randal can pick one up and throw it, and a pound is a kilogram, never mind that a typical mole is more like 75 grams. Right, but there's no reason to do anything like that here. It's trivial to get an exact ...
by tomsing
Tue Jul 14, 2015 8:53 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0137: "New Horizons"
Replies: 62
Views: 42224

Re: What-If 0137: New Horizons

New Horizons is going 14 km/s. 1 yard is about 1 m, and a football field is 100 yd long. So New Horizons travels the length of a football field in 100 m / 14000 m/s, so something more than 5 ms. 60 mph, or 100 km/h, is a typical highway speed, certainly not what I would call speeding without any con...
by tomsing
Wed Apr 25, 2012 1:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1047: "Approximations"
Replies: 159
Views: 71008

Re: 1047: "Approximations"

Using several different calculators, I'm getting the Whitehouse Switchboard # as one digit off: .2024561414923965799[...] which works of you truncate but not if you round as would be expected. (The Whitehouse switchboard is 202-456-1414.) But then, I guess it is an approximation... --SMQ If you jus...

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