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by charonme
Sun Apr 27, 2014 6:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1357: "Free Speech"
Replies: 1346
Views: 181942

Re: 1357: "Free Speech"

A search for "kyratzes" did not turn up any results, but I didn't read the whole thread, so I'm sorry if this was already mentioned here:

this guy is probably inviting strangers into his house and committing himself to listen to any bullshit they spew at him
by charonme
Wed Apr 16, 2014 7:57 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0079: "Lake Tea"
Replies: 59
Views: 17716

Re: What-if# 0079: Lake Tea

maybe we could industrially synthesize some of the components of tea in high concentrations for the lake to somewhat resemble a regular tea?
by charonme
Sat Oct 12, 2013 11:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1274: Open Letter
Replies: 162
Views: 40500

Re: 1274: Open Letter

why would anyone think they don't have the govt right where they want it? Come to think of it, this might suit them even better than when they pretend everything is working fine
by charonme
Wed Jul 31, 2013 12:27 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0056: "Restraining an Airplane"
Replies: 39
Views: 20027

Re: What-If 0056: "Restraining an Airplane"

a 747's four engines can each generate 281.57 kN of thrust is that also with air in front and around the engines being completely still or does the air need to move (for example if there was a strong opposite wind or if the plane was already moving forward) for the engines to generate that much thr...
by charonme
Mon Mar 11, 2013 11:53 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0035: "Hair Dryer"
Replies: 100
Views: 33689

Re: What-if 0035: "Hair Dryer"

All 1875 watts have to go somewhere. No matter what happens inside the box, if there’s 1875 watts of power being used, eventually there will be 1875 watts of heat flowing out.

Not always. Depends on the mass of the box (and its contents) and its rotation speed... :twisted:
by charonme
Thu Mar 07, 2013 8:13 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0035: "Hair Dryer"
Replies: 100
Views: 33689

Re: What-if 0035: "Hair Dryer"

If an unused charger isn’t warm to the touch, it’s using less than a penny of electricity a day. For a small smartphone charger, if it’s not warm to the touch, it’s using less than a penny a year. this makes me wonder: some cellphones after being charged full display a message (even if they are tur...
by charonme
Thu Dec 06, 2012 1:04 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0023: "Short Answer Section II"
Replies: 80
Views: 22146

Re: What If 23: Short Answer Section II

there's more to the world economy than the bills in circulation http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Money_supply As of November 17, 2011 the Federal Reserve reported that the U.S. dollar monetary base is $2,150,000,000,000. This is an increase of 28% in 2 years. The monetary base is only one component of m...
by charonme
Wed Nov 28, 2012 8:18 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0022: "Cost of Pennies"
Replies: 101
Views: 28765

Re: What-If 0022: Cost of Pennies

psychic income
by charonme
Tue Nov 20, 2012 7:12 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0021: "Machine Gun Jetpack"
Replies: 93
Views: 47392

Re: What-If 0021: Machine Gun Jetpack

The GAU8 is not mounted on the A10 plane. The plane is built around the gun :)
by charonme
Thu Nov 15, 2012 6:27 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0020: "Diamond"
Replies: 75
Views: 35588

Re: What-If 0020: Diamond

This is the first time I heard about the ohmygod particle, thanks! Anyway, how did they even detect it? And what happens when it hits a person?
by charonme
Tue Oct 30, 2012 9:23 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Troll Science: Pi
Replies: 45
Views: 26363

Re: Troll Science: Pi

HungryHobo wrote:with the troll pi one it's just 4,4,4,4,4,4,4.... unchanging until suddenly the limit of 3.14...
there are even some examples here where the sequence is larger and larger seemingly up to infinity "until suddenly" the limit is a small finite number
by charonme
Tue Oct 09, 2012 9:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1118: "Microsoft"
Replies: 134
Views: 38941

Re: 1118: "Microsoft"

fecebook


also, monopoly = coercive grant of exclusive privilege by the government, in the case of microsoft it would be the IP system
by charonme
Mon Sep 24, 2012 6:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1109: "Refrigerator"
Replies: 135
Views: 35382

Re: 1109: "Refrigerator"

in MY ideal fridge food doesn't go bad
by charonme
Tue Jul 31, 2012 9:22 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Why are so many animals symmetrical?
Replies: 44
Views: 15391

Re: Why are so many animals symmetrical?

And I am still uncertain what this is suggesting, insofar as symmetry is concerned. If the notion is that olfaction on the left and sight on the right isn't going to happen, then, sure, I'm not sure why that's relevant. I thought the question was why are most animals symmetrical. My point was that ...
by charonme
Mon Jul 30, 2012 5:12 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Why are so many animals symmetrical?
Replies: 44
Views: 15391

Re: Why are so many animals symmetrical?

the surrounding of a given individual is symmetric too (in the sense that for example threat or food is equally probable from left and right). An individual doesn't need different sensors for left and different for right, doesn't need to respond to different stimuli etc. Notice that this is complete...
by charonme
Mon Jul 30, 2012 4:53 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: calculate the cooling power of single hose portable ACs
Replies: 5
Views: 2314

Re: calculate the cooling power of single hose portable ACs

I'm sorry about the "per hour" confusion, the words somehow got lost thru multiple edits, I corrected the OP, thanks.
by charonme
Sun Jul 29, 2012 10:04 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Saladmaster Baking Soda Test
Replies: 23
Views: 104374

Re: Saladmaster Baking Soda Test

the water from the 316 Ti stainless steel pans that they provided tasted normal did you do this test at home with your own "316 Ti pan"? an unwarranted wild speculation in case everything else fails: the water should taste bitter (as Sizik suggested , try it in a glass container), but the...
by charonme
Sun Jul 29, 2012 8:37 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: calculate the cooling power of single hose portable ACs
Replies: 5
Views: 2314

calculate the cooling power of single hose portable ACs

Manufacturers give a cooling power rating when selling ACs. What does this number mean for single hose portable ACs? Say we have a unit that takes 700m^3 of air per hour * with temperature T_1 = 30deg.C from the room and a blows 400m^3 of air T_2 = 20deg.C back into the room (and the rest 300m^3 is ...
by charonme
Wed May 30, 2012 12:48 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Hugh Laurie:A Real American Doctor FROM AMERICA (House M.D.)
Replies: 711
Views: 109854

House M.D. s08e17 "We Need The Eggs"

how far into the episode did you realize that Henry's girlfriend Amy
Spoiler:
is a realdoll
?
by charonme
Mon Jan 02, 2012 8:40 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: 10 triangles with 10 matchsticks
Replies: 12
Views: 5185

Re: 10 triangles with 10 matchsticks

mfb: I admit I may have been too condescending in calling those kind of solutions "ugly". Generally I meant that it should not contain more shapes than required in the statement of the problem. Specifically I meant that there is a "much nicer" solution. skeptical scientist: I can...
by charonme
Sun Jan 01, 2012 12:24 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: 10 triangles with 10 matchsticks
Replies: 12
Views: 5185

Re: 10 triangles with 10 matchsticks

skeptical scientist: of course, if
Spoiler:
the one with 6 matches and 4 triangles in 3D
is OK, then I also consider the step-up OK :)
mfb: you're right, so I'll say they need to be equilateral. But you could show us some of the many other solutions anyway
by charonme
Sat Dec 31, 2011 12:31 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: 10 triangles with 10 matchsticks
Replies: 12
Views: 5185

10 triangles with 10 matchsticks

Make 10 triangles with 10 matchsticks. No bending, cutting, using additional objects, unusual matches, semiotics or other ugly solutions (eg. a {10/2} decagram or a pentagram). a hint if you're lazy and impatient to think OR an interesting restating of the problem if you already solved it : " m...
by charonme
Fri Sep 09, 2011 5:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0949: "File Transfer"
Replies: 194
Views: 85004

Re: 0949: "File Transfer"

skydrive
bayfiles
google docs
by charonme
Tue May 31, 2011 7:03 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Twins in a Maze
Replies: 81
Views: 21705

Re: Twins in a Maze

Kayomaro wrote:Could you clarify, please?
ok, go back to dedalus' post, but don't think about is as a "solution". It's not a solution, it's a different puzzle. If you can find an answer to his new puzzle, you'll find a solution to the original "twins in a maze" puzzle.
by charonme
Thu May 26, 2011 6:15 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Twins in a Maze
Replies: 81
Views: 21705

Re: Twins in a Maze

Chain their left hand... That would work, except... I too thought first that this was supposed to be an attempt at a solution, but then I realized it's a clever reformulation of the puzzle. It's even more mind boggling because the twins are now so close, they see each other where they are, can comm...
by charonme
Mon May 23, 2011 5:44 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Economics of time travel
Replies: 60
Views: 21236

Re: Economics of time travel

weeel, ok, but first, they don't "wait" for the inflation, they do the inflation. Second, they never pay everything back completely (when they pay back some part, they have already borrowed even more than they paid back). The debt constantly increases.
by charonme
Sun May 22, 2011 7:19 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Economics of time travel
Replies: 60
Views: 21236

Re: Economics of time travel

governments already use a kind of "time travel" economics: it's called deficit financing (or deficit spending). They "borrow" (effectively tax away) money from our grandchildren (ie. from future economies) and spend them today. Moreover, our grandchildren in the future (will) hav...
by charonme
Sat May 21, 2011 8:10 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Twins in a Maze
Replies: 81
Views: 21705

Re: Twins in a Maze

Take two random number generators and give them the same seed. Call next() on them and you should get the same sequence of output. That's the reason they're not called "random" generators. They are pseudo random generators . I like your observation that even with communication they wouldn...
by charonme
Wed May 11, 2011 4:18 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Twins in a Maze
Replies: 81
Views: 21705

Re: Twins in a Maze

balr wrote:angle of solar neutrino flow
haha I love this one
by charonme
Wed May 11, 2011 10:03 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Twins in a Maze
Replies: 81
Views: 21705

Re: Twins in a Maze

balr, your solution does not work if the maze is placed on an infinite featureless plane...
or even on earth if it is placed on a circle of latitude without a view of stars
by charonme
Fri May 06, 2011 11:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0895: "Teaching Physics"
Replies: 112
Views: 32372

Re: 0895: "Teaching Physics"

The rubber-sheet analogy is worthless if it is presented as an explanation of gravity. The space-time distortion story does not "explain" gravity, it just describes its effects in different terms from a different point of view than the usual "massive bodies attract each other" st...
by charonme
Wed May 04, 2011 5:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0894: "Progeny"
Replies: 97
Views: 18728

Re: 0894: Progeny

(some) humans are still better than IBM watson at jeopardy, because they achieve approximately the same results with just a fraction of: - the raw processing power (a single CPU is faster than a human at basic computing tasks) - storage space (eg. watson contains the whole wikipedia offline) - power...
by charonme
Tue May 03, 2011 6:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0893: "65 Years"
Replies: 226
Views: 90107

Re: 0893: "65 Years"

there needs to be government oversight of the projects to regulate those companies and make sure that they are not accidentally or intentionally harming others you're incorrectly assuming 2 things: 1) there is no other system possible for the production of services of justice and protection 2) it's...
by charonme
Mon May 02, 2011 5:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0893: "65 Years"
Replies: 226
Views: 90107

Re: 0893: "65 Years"

cultures which made the sensible economic decision
This stops being depressing the moment you realize cultures don't make economic decisions. Private individuals do.
by charonme
Mon May 02, 2011 12:29 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Twins in a Maze
Replies: 81
Views: 21705

Re: Twins in a Maze

I know this might be considered splitting hairs, but being identical in mind and body would probably mean that both having differing knowledge in the form of "my name (or age or any other property) is ... and the name of my other twin is ..." in their minds (or bodies) woul...
by charonme
Fri Apr 15, 2011 5:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Atlas Shrugged movie?
Replies: 203
Views: 38618

Re: Atlas Shrugged movie?

CorruptUser wrote:More exploitive than the systems that came before it?

or after it? democracy? fascism? corporatism? socialism?

as I see it, capitalism is the least of all tried systems both before and after it.
by charonme
Fri Apr 08, 2011 6:32 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Troll math: x^x^x^...=2=4
Replies: 10
Views: 4507

Re: Troll math: x^x^x^...=2=4

If you define the value of the infinite tower of x's as the limit of the sequence x n where x n = (root 2) x n-1 ... well yes, if you incorrectly redefine things that are already defined differently, you'll run into problems. The infinite tower of x's is defined as the limit of the sequence x n = x...
by charonme
Thu Apr 07, 2011 7:12 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Troll math: x^x^x^...=2=4
Replies: 10
Views: 4507

Troll math: x^x^x^...=2=4

was this already mentioned here?
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by charonme
Mon Apr 04, 2011 8:42 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Chernobyl operation lоng after the disaster
Replies: 10
Views: 3082

Re: Chernobyl operation lоng after the disaster

perhaps you meant "Inside Chernobyl's Sarcophagus" rather than "Fallout from Chernobyl"
by charonme
Sat Apr 02, 2011 10:17 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Chernobyl operation lоng after the disaster
Replies: 10
Views: 3082

Chernobyl operation lоng after the disaster

Recently I got quite interested in the Chernobyl disaster , I've read some articles on wikipedia, watched several documentaries etc. I always assumed the site was abandoned after the disaster was " liquidated ", but wikipedia says: After the explosion at reactor four, the remaining three r...

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