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by Condor70
Fri Apr 12, 2013 4:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1198: "Geologist"
Replies: 44
Views: 11728

Re: 1198: "Geologist"

SO, for those of you who are feeling lost, I'm surprised no one's explained yet - sometimes, geologists set up listening equipment along the ground, then shoot the earth with a gun to create a time-localized sound wave. It is the ping in underground sonar. I assumed everybody knew or at least would...
by Condor70
Mon Feb 04, 2013 11:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1169: "Expedition"
Replies: 58
Views: 12654

Re: 1169: "Expedition"

nathanmacinnes wrote:Depends how far he was zoomed in...


I assume zoom level 14 or lower. Google only has partial images at zoom levels 15 till 18 an no images above that.

At zoom lever 14 my Google Maps view is about 3.1x2.1 miles (1600x1200 monitor), so traveling 300 miles south requires 350 clicks or 150 drags.
by Condor70
Mon Feb 04, 2013 7:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1169: "Expedition"
Replies: 58
Views: 12654

Re: 1169: "Expedition"

Half an hour? In that case our explorer probably missed Tropospheric radio relay station 4/102 "Ural" about 300 miles south of the Lena delta (also found by exploring Google Maps).
by Condor70
Fri Jan 18, 2013 2:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1162: "Log Scale"
Replies: 135
Views: 31104

Re: 1162: "Log Scale"

Oh, that's right — things like fat and coal are non-fissionable materials! (or if they are, we haven't yet figured out how to do it) Yes, we have figured it out! We can split carbon and oxygen atoms (on a very small scale). But splitting atoms lighter than iron (and nickel) requires energy instead ...
by Condor70
Fri Jan 18, 2013 10:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1162: "Log Scale"
Replies: 135
Views: 31104

Re: 1162: "Log Scale"

Can we use the others for nuclear fission? I ask because I know very little about this subject. The other fuels only contain hydrogen, carbon and oxygen. To my knowledge only atoms heavier than iron produce more energy when split than what is needed to split them. Using nuclear fusion with these fu...
by Condor70
Fri Jan 18, 2013 8:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1162: "Log Scale"
Replies: 135
Views: 31104

Re: 1162: "Log Scale"

zukenft wrote:this comparison was bad, because the energy density in uranium is due to nuclear fission, while the others are due to chemical reaction.


Completely true! Somebody care to calculate the energy density of sugar if used as nuclear fusion source (assuming all atoms could be fused to form iron)?
by Condor70
Wed Jan 16, 2013 1:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1161: "Hand Sanitizer"
Replies: 89
Views: 23582

Re: 1161 Hand Sanitizer

collinstocks wrote:Title text: "Hipster CDC Reports Flu Epidemic Peaked Years Ago"

Edit: I'm not sure I understand the title text...


If we ignore the Hipster association it's still a valid statement. The current flu epidemic is tiny in comparison to the influenza pandemics of the last century.
by Condor70
Fri Dec 07, 2012 8:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1144: Tags
Replies: 100
Views: 41700

Re: 1144: Tags

I have a few responses to that. One is that just because you don't hear complaints doesn't mean it isn't affecting your users - maybe some of them just get bored of waiting and leave. Others may just live with it without bothering to report it. Another consideration is SEO - Google is known to use ...
by Condor70
Fri Dec 07, 2012 4:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1144: Tags
Replies: 100
Views: 41700

Re: 1144: Tags

'); DROP TABLE users; wrote:A megabyte of JS? You're doing it wrong.


I know... I should really split that file and load the optional parts on demand, but so far the only complaints about speed have come from IE6 users and not about loading speed (after the initial load it stays in the local browser cache).
by Condor70
Fri Dec 07, 2012 3:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1144: Tags
Replies: 100
Views: 41700

Re: 1144: Tags

I bet you also don’t keep the proper indentation, and so can’t tell without doing way too much brain work which tag closes which, half the time. And I’m sure you also have your editor set to Windows line endings, so every time you save and re-open, the newlines double, resulting in huge empty space...
by Condor70
Fri Dec 07, 2012 12:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1144: Tags
Replies: 100
Views: 41700

Re: 1144: Tags

glasnt wrote:Alt: <A>: Like </a>this.&nbsp;

That only pisses off XHTML developers (where <A> should be <a> and &nbsp; should be &#160;).

HTML4 developers shouldn't be annoyed by perfectly valid HTML.
by Condor70
Wed Dec 05, 2012 11:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1143:"Location"
Replies: 84
Views: 50267

Re: 1143:"Location"

I don't own an Android phone. Does anyone want to recommend one that's intended to be rootable and back-up-able? I've played around with several Android phones and rooting and custom firmwares were always a hassle. I finally ended up buying a Galaxy Nexus, because rooting is allowed (and easy) and ...
by Condor70
Fri Nov 23, 2012 3:26 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0021: "Machine Gun Jetpack"
Replies: 93
Views: 47843

Re: What-If 0021: Machine Gun Jetpack

This has been explored in video games as well. There are laser jumps in halflife (1), megaman 9 has a level where you move around in gravity by firing the buster. I'm sure there's more examples but I know that this is something I try routinely in FPS's to try to get higher jumps. Although rocket ju...
by Condor70
Wed Sep 05, 2012 11:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1104: "Feathers"
Replies: 50
Views: 20528

Re: 1104: "Feathers"

Microraptors with four wings? The past is not only cool, but also looks remarkably like Avatar (Microraptor == Banshee/Ikran?)
by Condor70
Fri Aug 24, 2012 7:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1099: "Tuesdays"
Replies: 71
Views: 18098

Re: 1099: "Tuesdays"

Pfhorrest wrote:Better yet: what exactly would constitute a bottomless drink which is either half full or half empty? (Hurray for transfinite sets).


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by Condor70
Mon Aug 06, 2012 12:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1091: "Curiosity"
Replies: 70
Views: 19394

Re: 1091: "Curiosity"

The images of the people cheering in the control center reminded me of this commercial:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=neoUi4poCXI

(I wonder if Curiosity also contains this feature...)
by Condor70
Fri Jan 27, 2012 1:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1009: "Sigh"
Replies: 111
Views: 39329

Re: 1009: "Sigh"

Almost certainly. But this is England. Downton was probably named about 1000 years ago. Upton might as well be an archaeological site by now. No, Upton exists and is indeed located only a few miles from Downton Abbey (Highclere Castle): http://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=Highclere+Castle,+United+Kin...
by Condor70
Wed Jan 11, 2012 8:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1002: "Game AIs"
Replies: 251
Views: 110709

Re: 1002: "Game AIs"

As for Snakes & Ladders, it's very simple. Need to roll 4 to win game... ... ... COMPUTER ROLLS 4. I would expect that of a computer that uses Randall's Random Number generator (http://xkcd.com/221/). ps. I'm missing Rubiks Cube, solved July 2010 (http://cube20.org/). Or is the cube considered ...

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