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by mishka
Thu Aug 09, 2018 12:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2030: "Voting Software"
Replies: 45
Views: 12648

Re: 2030: "Voting Software"

by mishka
Tue Aug 18, 2015 6:19 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0139: "Jupiter Descending"
Replies: 30
Views: 22316

Re: What-if 0139: Jupiter Descending

I must say that there's a problem with this What if. Why not use a glider? Use a ram air turbine for power. It seems very strange to focus on heatshields when those aren't completely required. For instance, the space shuttle uses a heatshield and also glides for reentry. Autopilot for Jupiter's stor...
by mishka
Mon Jul 07, 2014 5:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1390: "Research Ethics"
Replies: 69
Views: 17441

Re: 1390: "Research Ethics"

One company introduces a product in a new area to see reactions.

Is that ethical?
by mishka
Sun Mar 23, 2014 6:11 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: How fast can a cell phone travel before cellular networks
Replies: 3
Views: 4376

Re: How fast can a cell phone travel before cellular network

Flumble wrote:
*11 is arguably the largest number, since it's one more than 10.

Har.
by mishka
Tue Mar 18, 2014 1:02 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: How fast can a cell phone travel before cellular networks
Replies: 3
Views: 4376

How fast can a cell phone travel before cellular networks

How fast can a cell phone travel before cellular networks cannot maintain a call?
by mishka
Mon Nov 18, 2013 8:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1292: Pi vs. Tau
Replies: 124
Views: 31360

Re: 1292: Pi vs. Tau

Multiple Standards

We have 3 standards now.
by mishka
Wed Nov 06, 2013 9:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107154
Views: 48903287

Re: 1190: "Time"

Time should be spun off as it's own comic.
by mishka
Wed Nov 06, 2013 7:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1286: "Encryptic"
Replies: 102
Views: 32111

Re: 1286: "Encryptic"

Okay, since it's out now, my password for adobe is crayola.
No, I didn't use it elsewhere.
No, I didn't even use the same username as on xkcd.
by mishka
Fri Oct 18, 2013 4:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1279: "Reverse Identity Theft"
Replies: 144
Views: 39509

Re: 1279: "Reverse Identity Theft"

My god, it happens to me too. Exactly like that.
The weird thing is my email address isn't even based on my name, it's completely made up. Somehow someone has the last name of yacko.
by mishka
Sun Oct 13, 2013 7:43 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Reversing an electric motor
Replies: 7
Views: 2812

Re: Reversing an electric motor

Would the same be true for an alternating current traction motor?
by mishka
Fri Oct 11, 2013 6:03 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Reversing an electric motor
Replies: 7
Views: 2812

Re: Reversing an electric motor

Zamfir wrote:Do you mean by physically rotating the shaft against the driving torque, or by switching the electric supply? In both cases, the answer depends somewhat on the type of electric motor.

The first.
A 600 DC permanent magnet traction motor.
by mishka
Fri Oct 11, 2013 5:23 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Reversing an electric motor
Replies: 7
Views: 2812

Reversing an electric motor

What would happen if I were to have an electric motor suddenly reverse direction when it's rotating in full speed.
by mishka
Tue Jul 23, 2013 6:27 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0055: "Random Sneeze Call"
Replies: 37
Views: 18619

Re: What-If 0055: "Random Sneeze Call"

Wait... if you call a person just as they're calling you... would the phone system be able to handle that???
by mishka
Mon Jul 01, 2013 9:09 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Is Summer the New September?
Replies: 2
Views: 2996

Is Summer the New September?

You may not know of it, but the Eternal September began in 1993 from the flood of noobs caused by AOL. In recent times, a new term (meme rather) has emerged, "summer is here." This term pretty much means that all the school kids have come out and begin trolling various major forums. Would ...
by mishka
Mon May 27, 2013 11:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1217: "Cells"
Replies: 57
Views: 29351

Re: 1217: "Cells"

The cells wouldn't die however. Most of the cells would simply be sprayed outward.
by mishka
Sun May 19, 2013 6:57 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Surge Protectors
Replies: 1
Views: 3407

Surge Protectors

If I attach a motor to a surge protector, will other devices on the strip be protected from surges or line noise from the surge protector?
Still assuming the above, would other electronics in the house be protected?
by mishka
Mon May 13, 2013 6:54 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Railguns, Dangerzone
Replies: 11
Views: 3369

Re: Railguns, Dangerzone

vbkid wrote:Trial and Error?

Sounds like I have a willing volunteer.
by mishka
Mon May 13, 2013 6:48 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Railguns, Dangerzone
Replies: 11
Views: 3369

Railguns, Dangerzone

Now, railguns fire projectiles at seven times the speed of sound.

How do I calculate the radius in which the shockwave from the projectile would kill a person?
by mishka
Thu May 09, 2013 8:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107154
Views: 48903287

Re: 1190: "Time"

Techincally, 1190 is composed of more comic strips then the resto f Xkcd combined.
by mishka
Thu May 09, 2013 8:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107154
Views: 48903287

Re: 1190: "Time"

Techincally, 1190 is composed of more comic strips then the resto f Xkcd combined.
by mishka
Thu May 09, 2013 6:10 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Redneck Whale Fishing
Replies: 4
Views: 4643

Redneck Whale Fishing

http://25.media.tumblr.com/351d3cdf8ea0a2a28dec51e5e4c38118/tumblr_mlkkp7BQmz1rj82r7o1_500.jpg Gotta nuke something, right? Okay, based on information from here: http://www.alternatewars.com/BBOW/ABC_Weapons/Nuke_Underwater_Tests_Effects.htm How many whales could I kill with the blastwave?
by mishka
Thu May 09, 2013 2:46 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Density of Seawater
Replies: 3
Views: 5942

Density of Seawater

I know water doesn't compress well, but what is the density of seawater at deep depths?
by mishka
Sat May 04, 2013 8:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1207: "AirAware"
Replies: 39
Views: 9509

Re: 1207: "AirAware"

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by mishka
Thu Apr 25, 2013 7:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0936: "Password Strength"
Replies: 893
Views: 311870

Re: 0936: "Password Strength"

The point is having high entropy in an easy-to-remember form. Eight random alphanumeric characters will have the same entropy as Randall's method, but will typically be far harder to remember. A hash of a password, on the other hand, adds no security on top of the original password, assuming (as we...
by mishka
Thu Apr 25, 2013 1:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0936: "Password Strength"
Replies: 893
Views: 311870

Re: 0936: "Password Strength"

If the point is having a long character length and high entropy, then have a forty character hash generated through SHA-1 will add a lot.
by mishka
Thu Apr 25, 2013 12:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0936: "Password Strength"
Replies: 893
Views: 311870

Re: 0936: "Password Strength"

The worst case scenario is that someone hacks into your website, and figures out a way to have the login script save passwords to a file. It happened to a web site I use. Ways to make Randall's proposal more secure: run your password phrase through Vigenerre's cipher, it will give the appearance tha...
by mishka
Tue Apr 16, 2013 6:21 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0040: "Pressure Cooker"
Replies: 117
Views: 57730

Re: What-If 0040: "Pressure Cooker"

Armada651 wrote:Now we know that science is not the worst thing that can happen in a pressure cooker.

No... no.

It's still science.
by mishka
Sat Mar 30, 2013 2:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107154
Views: 48903287

Re: 1190: "Things that are on my side for 600, Alex!"

I am certain this will end in an immense troll.
by mishka
Tue Mar 26, 2013 5:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107154
Views: 48903287

Re: 1190: "Time"

It ended with "later, bye"

...
I bet in an hour the tides will wash it away.
In any case, we've been trolled.
by mishka
Fri Mar 22, 2013 3:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1189: "Voyager 1"
Replies: 119
Views: 52231

Re: 1189: "Voyager 1"

The crew of the Voyager 1: "Are we there yet?"
by mishka
Tue Mar 12, 2013 5:04 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0036: "Cornstarch"
Replies: 36
Views: 16483

Re: What-If 0036: "Cornstarch"

Is snow a liquid or a solid? How is it different from an avalanche of molasses?
by mishka
Thu Feb 21, 2013 6:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1176: "Those Not Present"
Replies: 139
Views: 25616

Re: 1176: "Those Not Present"

You know, that guy that just scooted away? Yeah. He's like that.
by mishka
Wed Feb 20, 2013 5:49 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0033: "Ships"
Replies: 43
Views: 14257

Re: What-If 0033: Ships

What would happen if you removed all of the continents from the ocean?
by mishka
Tue Feb 19, 2013 7:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1175:"Moving Sidewalks"
Replies: 78
Views: 20836

Re: 1175:"Moving Sidewalks"

Won't they be going fast enough to break an arm?
by mishka
Sat Feb 16, 2013 2:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1166: "Argument"
Replies: 177
Views: 35922

Re: 1166: "Argument"

The first corollary of Godwin's law implies that the discussion thread cannot continue in perpetuity. With probability one, someone will eventually invoke a reference to Nazis or Hitler. At which point the thread ends. Actually, a perpetual motion machine could be devised by which it is fueled by h...
by mishka
Fri Feb 15, 2013 6:52 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0032: "Hubble"
Replies: 35
Views: 12564

Re: What-If 0032: Hubble

Simplest solution.

Move the hubble to a higher orbit. It will move slower in relation to the earth if you do. I think 5,000 km would do it, just guessing.
by mishka
Sun Feb 10, 2013 9:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1166: "Argument"
Replies: 177
Views: 35922

Re: 1166: "Argument"

That explains the duckbill platypus.

No, nothing explains that thing.

Most likely though, we are in SimEarth 2.
by mishka
Thu Feb 07, 2013 1:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1166: "Argument"
Replies: 177
Views: 35922

Re: 1166: "Argument"

There seems to be evidence that we live in a computer simulation.

So I propose using a cheat code to spawn a perpetual motion machine.
by mishka
Mon Feb 04, 2013 8:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1166: "Argument"
Replies: 177
Views: 35922

Re: 1166: "Argument"

I thought the universe existed within the multiverse.
by mishka
Thu Jan 31, 2013 1:01 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0030: "Interplanetary Cessna"
Replies: 108
Views: 34882

Re: What-If 0030: Interplanetary Cessna

http://www.x-plane.com/x-world/lawsuit/

And it turns out that the flight simulator that was used is being sued.

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