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by wildgunman
Mon Apr 01, 2013 10:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1193: Externalities
Replies: 505
Views: 152559

Re: 1193: Externalities

rubseb wrote:Donation campaign or no, I don't like this invitation for Wikipedia vandalism.

Yeah, well the man in charge says you can lump it. https://twitter.com/jimmy_wales/status/318734598597115904
by wildgunman
Wed Nov 16, 2011 5:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0978: "Citogenesis"
Replies: 179
Views: 62217

Re: 0978: "Citogenesis"

There's a famous story that a former member of the New Yorker's famously diligent fact-checking department tells about this kind of thing. There was an army faction located in some country in Africa or South America that the New Yorker was writing a piece on. They were trying to come up with an esti...
by wildgunman
Mon Nov 14, 2011 4:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0977: "Map Projections"
Replies: 353
Views: 139576

Re: 0977: "Map Projections"

I love the Mercator projection. It is an elegant, simple mathematical solution to a complex problem. Moreover, nearly everyone ignores it's original intent which is that it is the correct North-South/East-West projection everywhere for navigational purposes, a function it fulfills marvelously. It is...
by wildgunman
Thu Jun 02, 2011 10:52 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Thermodynamics and the efficiency of heating a house
Replies: 15
Views: 3789

Re: Thermodynamics and the efficiency of heating a house

So if the heat was started during the day when the temperature is higher, it would be more likely that I could use the heat pump, which will save energy as long as my heat loss isn't too high. This explanation actually makes a ton of sense. Because of the problems with icing, heat pumps have seriou...
by wildgunman
Thu Jun 02, 2011 2:48 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Thermodynamics and the efficiency of heating a house
Replies: 15
Views: 3789

Thermodynamics and the efficiency of heating a house

Someone recently asked me a question about the efficiency of heating a house up to temperature. They said that people in the north will often leave the heat on for the day when they go out, because its wastes more energy turning the heat off, letting the room cool down, and throttling the heat all t...

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