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by Barstro
Fri Mar 18, 2016 12:19 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0148: "Eat the Sun"
Replies: 40
Views: 14548

Re: What-If 0148: "Eat the Sun"

While you could interpret that as only the energy that reaches Earth it does not literally say that. I was not interpreting it, I explicitly saw that as what was written. I reread it several times. I was incorrect each and every time. Apparently reading is not fundamental for me. :cry: At least I g...
by Barstro
Wed Mar 16, 2016 12:21 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0148: "Eat the Sun"
Replies: 40
Views: 14548

Re: What-If 0148: "Eat the Sun"

Did Randal answer the question that was asked?

He addressed the energy output of the Sun, but not what fraction of it is directed at the Earth in a single day (unless it is somewhere implied that those figures are actually Earth figures and not Sun figures).
by Barstro
Wed Mar 09, 2016 9:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1653: "United States Map"
Replies: 106
Views: 14782

Re: 1653: "United States Map"

Does Wyoming still mean "no state here"?
by Barstro
Wed Mar 18, 2015 12:30 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0133: "Flagpole"
Replies: 70
Views: 18624

Re: What-If 0133: "Flagpole"

What about a spherical flag pole in a vacuum? Then could it be done? The question reminded me of this; Two men are sitting drinking at a bar at the top of the Empire State Building, when the first man turns to the other and says "You know, last week I discovered that if you jump from the top of...
by Barstro
Mon Mar 16, 2015 8:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1499: "Arbitrage"
Replies: 164
Views: 19121

Re: 1499: "Arbitrage"

But I'm pretty sure that sign's been photoshopped by someone to be more broken English complaining about people than what was actually on the sign, which was probably the lunch special. Maybe, but it seems like an homage to John Pinette. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vAkXPpBnSkM Three minute mark.
by Barstro
Wed Nov 05, 2014 1:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1443: "Language Nerd"
Replies: 78
Views: 14668

Re: 1443: "Language Nerd"

It just occured to me that as many 'nouns used as verbs' I've seen, I've never seen a verb used as a noun. And yet, I've always been taken by the fact that people often noun verbs. I find it interesting that "verb" is a noun. Sure, it makes sense when you think about it, but it's not quit...
by Barstro
Wed Oct 15, 2014 7:20 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0115: "Into the Sun"
Replies: 100
Views: 22436

Re: What-If 0115: "Into the Sun"

I just realized that in our ongoing debate of apples and oranges, we have delved into discussing how temperature is arbitrary but time is not. The last part of that argument because we have a standard definition for second, which is based on minutes, based on hours, based on days, based on earthly r...
by Barstro
Wed Oct 15, 2014 2:35 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0115: "Into the Sun"
Replies: 100
Views: 22436

Re: What-If 0115: "Into the Sun"

Fahrenheit also has useful natural-language temperature ranges. "It's in the teens"; I should wear my parka. "It's in the twenties"; I should wear my leather coat and gloves. "It's in the thirties"; leather coat, but maybe no gloves. "It's in the low forties"...
by Barstro
Tue Oct 14, 2014 2:58 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0115: "Into the Sun"
Replies: 100
Views: 22436

Re: What-If 0115: "Into the Sun"

Anyway, so long as we plan to keep 8-bit bytes or 128-bit IPv6 addresses, octal (base 8) is kinda ridiculous compared to hexadecimal (base 16). If you wanted to retrain your brain to make life easier for your computers (rather than the converse, as I would suggest), hex is the way to go. Convenient...
by Barstro
Thu Oct 09, 2014 2:37 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0115: "Into the Sun"
Replies: 100
Views: 22436

Re: What-If 0115: "Into the Sun"

That would be far more arbitrary than the current definition, since most people don't work with hydrogen or in binary. Most people do care about what time of day it is on Earth. Of course, there are some arbitrary things about how a second is chosen, but it's less arbitrary than most of the SI unit...
by Barstro
Thu Oct 09, 2014 2:32 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0115: "Into the Sun"
Replies: 100
Views: 22436

Re: What-If 0115: "Into the Sun"

1) 60 and 24 are horrible numbers to work with. I believe it comes from society starting with base 12 (joints on four fingers of a hand; if only we did my base 8 for fingers on each hand (instead of 10 for digits on each hand)). On the contrary, 60 and 24 are beautiful numbers to work with, they di...
by Barstro
Thu Oct 09, 2014 1:53 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0115: "Into the Sun"
Replies: 100
Views: 22436

Re: What-If 0115: "Into the Sun"

. It's chosen so that 24*60*60 of them occur each day. It would be very awkward telling time if there weren't some even number of seconds in a day. 1) 60 and 24 are horrible numbers to work with. I believe it comes from society starting with base 12 (joints on four fingers of a hand; if only we did...
by Barstro
Thu Oct 09, 2014 12:10 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0115: "Into the Sun"
Replies: 100
Views: 22436

Re: What-If 0115: "Into the Sun"

Teleporter: Assuming it does work the way Randall says; swapping matter (instead of converting it). The round trip takes one second*. Even with the sun particles creating a large explosion, the core of that explosion would be teleported back. How much damage would the aborted explosion do compared t...
by Barstro
Thu Oct 02, 2014 1:50 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0114: "Antimatter"
Replies: 52
Views: 12647

Re: What-If 0114: "Antimatter"

As you will be able to tell, I am not a physicist. I always thought matter and antimatter were in the same quantities, but settled in different areas of the universe because, on the large scale, they repelled each other. Small bits of matter can collide with antimatter to create explosions, but any ...
by Barstro
Tue Sep 30, 2014 6:23 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0113: "Visit Every State"
Replies: 87
Views: 27887

Re: What-If 0113: "Visit Every State"

With a really really wide satellite, you would only need one line to cover all the states. One big satellite with a footprint the same size and shape as the USA, not even a line would be required, just a single point. I believe that, mathematically, a line has no width. Changing the parameters of t...
by Barstro
Thu Sep 25, 2014 5:34 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0113: "Visit Every State"
Replies: 87
Views: 27887

Re: What-If 0113: "Visit Every State"

It kind of makes a bit of sense that what is basically a grid with a whole lot of vertical lines and a couple horizontal (with three intersecting at one point) could be trumped by getting rid of two horizontal and adding a vertical. Sure, that's in hindsight, And relies on the layout of the country ...
by Barstro
Fri Mar 28, 2014 3:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1348: "Before the Internet"
Replies: 166
Views: 36404

Re: 1348: "Before the Internet"

I never had this problem.... or else drawing pictures of the stars of the science fiction movies That's where I initially stopped reading. I thought it was so weird awesome that you would copy the stars of particular movie scenes that you liked. But, that's not what you did. So you're just some per...
by Barstro
Wed Feb 26, 2014 1:58 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0085: "Rocket Golf"
Replies: 51
Views: 10538

Re: What-If 0085: "Rocket Golf"

Thanks for pointing out my error in logic before. Can I get another quick lesson? Why would hitting a single golf ball from a ship in orbit not be enough to get it to the moon (eventually)? If it's at a perfect orbit and I am able, despite how little the change is, to decrease the mass of the ship b...
by Barstro
Tue Feb 25, 2014 7:00 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0085: "Rocket Golf"
Replies: 51
Views: 10538

Re: What-If 0085: "Rocket Golf"

It's been a long time since I even had basic physics; Does the formula boil down to; MA=F=MA; "The force necessary to increase the ship's velocity enough is the same force of N-golf balls times a given ball speed" or M(mass of ship)(x)V(velocity of ship(change of ve...
by Barstro
Tue Jan 28, 2014 6:48 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0081: "Catch"
Replies: 54
Views: 11654

Re: What-if 0081: "Catch"

jozwa wrote:"Goodnight, Moon" made me laugh. :D


My vote is for "we're in the northern hemisphere", but the moon was a close second.
by Barstro
Mon Jan 27, 2014 6:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1322: Winter
Replies: 125
Views: 24661

Re: 1322: Winter

English has a much larger number of morphemes than German - eg the German for gloves actually is Handschuhe, Again, going off of things from over 20 ago that I think I heard; Hitler tried to do away with words that were not German in origin. "nose", coming from some other language, was to...
by Barstro
Mon Jan 27, 2014 2:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1322: Winter
Replies: 125
Views: 24661

Re: 1322: Winter

1. German (has the largest vocabulary) Interesting. I wonder if that's because it has the largest actual vocabulary, or because the language (IIRC) keeps adding smaller words together to make new words, when English keeps them separate. ("Betäubungsmittelverschreibungsverordnung" vs. &quo...
by Barstro
Mon Jan 27, 2014 2:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1322: Winter
Replies: 125
Views: 24661

Re: 1322: Winter

people who butcher the language and attempt to dismiss it with the excuse that "well, you know what I meant" look like fools on a par with the people who come up with the "creative spellings" found in text-speak. While I do not disagree with that argument, language is merely a s...
by Barstro
Tue Jan 21, 2014 4:56 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0080: "Pile of Viruses"
Replies: 95
Views: 17744

Re: What-If 0080: "Pile of Viruses"

"...across all the people in the world, there probably exists about a spoonful worth of HIV." I am frightened by the thought that there are people out there who would consider HIV to not be a problem since there is such a small amount in the world. If we could just get a worldwide fish HIV...
by Barstro
Wed Dec 04, 2013 2:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1299: "I Don't Own a TV"
Replies: 99
Views: 15342

Re: 1299: "I Don't Own a TV"

cellocgw wrote:Maybe "SMUG" stands for "Smug Means Unjustified Glee"

I feel that the general popularity for the show "Glee" is unjustified. Having that opinion makes me smug.
by Barstro
Fri Nov 01, 2013 1:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1285: "Third Way"
Replies: 163
Views: 24984

Re: 1285: "Third Way"

Please forgive any improper vocabulary... Having grown up in the dawning age of home computers and learning to type on my dad's typewriter; when each character takes up the same amount of space (kerning?) it can become difficult to read without the double spaces after full-stops. Now that we have be...
by Barstro
Wed Oct 16, 2013 12:03 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0067: "Expanding Earth"
Replies: 62
Views: 11704

Re: What-if 0067: "Expanding Earth"

... Mt. Everest would ...would be taller—climbing would be more work. Why would Mt. Everest be taller? Wouldn't it be the same height relative to the new sea level, since the earth is expanding at a constant rate? If you doubled the radius of the Earth, then the new top of Mount Everest would presu...
by Barstro
Tue Oct 15, 2013 3:39 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0067: "Expanding Earth"
Replies: 62
Views: 11704

Re: What-if 0067: "Expanding Earth"

... Mt. Everest would ...would be taller—climbing would be more work.


Why would Mt. Everest be taller? Wouldn't it be the same height relative to the new sea level, since the earth is expanding at a constant rate?
by Barstro
Fri Sep 13, 2013 2:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1264: "Slideshow"
Replies: 79
Views: 18188

Re: 1264: "Slideshow"

Locoluis wrote:Agh, Youtube is polluted with this nonsense.

It's an horribly inconvenient way to tell a story with text and still photographs.

And businesses that use these to demonstrate their products have the nerve to call them "videos".
by Barstro
Mon Sep 09, 2013 12:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1262: "Unquote"
Replies: 100
Views: 15233

Re: 1262: "Unquote"

Given the fact that we're still quoting literature and religious books that are several millennia old, and given the impact that Star Wars has left in this time compared to that of other works released since quite a while, I don't think it's going to be unquoted any time soon. Same with: - The Lord...
by Barstro
Wed Aug 28, 2013 6:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1257: "Monster"
Replies: 84
Views: 15909

Re: 1257: "Monster"

Hmm.. trying the dictionary of numbers myself: 33.3 m/s ≈ Land speed record for a human powered vehicle I laughed until I realized that a bike is a human powered vehicle. That's odd. Even the unpaced cycling records go up to 133km/h (37m/s) and they go up to 335km/h (93m/s) when using slipstream or...
by Barstro
Wed Aug 28, 2013 12:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1257: "Monster"
Replies: 84
Views: 15909

Re: 1257: "Monster"

Let's see. A cheetah's top speed is 120 kph (33.3 m/s) (EDIT: I think I have the correct figure now) A blue whale has a mass of 170,000 kilograms Momentum is P= 20,400,000 5,666,667. I have no idea what that translates into. Anyone have a good comparison? However, with the mass of a blue whale, but ...
by Barstro
Thu Aug 15, 2013 1:45 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0058: "Orbital Speed"
Replies: 106
Views: 40969

Re: What-If 0058: "Orbital Speed"

Whose premise is incorrect? WIMP seems to have explained it accurately, correcting segundus's mistake. You are correct. I mean to quote only segundus to demonstrate that he needed to only think of rpm instead of mph to find the logic. Crossing out the extra quote, but leaving it in to show why you ...
by Barstro
Wed Aug 14, 2013 1:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1251: "Anti-Glass"
Replies: 147
Views: 23490

Re: 1251: "Anti-Glass"

Maybe an upcoming Star Trek movie will feature the Borg. There's the movie tie-in. They'll make one eventually, probably. Good enough excuse. I'm stunned that there was never an episode (or ten) of the Borg vs. the Founders. I don't think that changelings could be assimilated, so the Borg might wan...
by Barstro
Wed Aug 14, 2013 1:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1251: "Anti-Glass"
Replies: 147
Views: 23490

Re: 1251: "Anti-Glass"

Kit. wrote:No need to shoot a laser to detect a camera. Any point source of light will do.


Could you not simply have some UV LEDs constantly projecting from your person? It shouldn't bother people too much (although, people are easily offended), but would make things too bright for the camera.
by Barstro
Wed Aug 14, 2013 12:57 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0058: "Orbital Speed"
Replies: 106
Views: 40969

Re: What-If 0058: "Orbital Speed"

I don't understand this. Geostationary satellites orbit at the same speed the earth revolves. So if you launch one of them, why would you need to gain any speed in addition to the speed you already have from being on the surface of the earth? The Earth spins at something like 1000 miles/hr at the e...
by Barstro
Tue Aug 06, 2013 12:08 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0057: "Dropping a Mountain"
Replies: 61
Views: 15772

Re: What-If 0057: "Dropping a Mountain"

"A total collapse of modern civilization would be a serious blow to the already sluggish economy"

Great line. I hope that some people in D.C. read this comic and actually use the above argument in discussions on the environment or nuclear (nukular) war.
by Barstro
Tue Aug 06, 2013 12:02 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0057: "Dropping a Mountain"
Replies: 61
Views: 15772

Re: What-If 0057: "Dropping a Mountain"

If you put a lump of coal under the meteor, the impact

Should be "mountain".
by Barstro
Tue Jul 16, 2013 5:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1238: "Enlightenment"
Replies: 171
Views: 30160

Re: 1238: "Enlightenment"

(unlike "irregardless", which is a direct result of people murdering a language). Maybe people will stop saying it near you if you consistently take it as a double negative and comment about how their story doesn't make sense. Nah. Better to give up the fight. (see comic 1108; Not sure ho...
by Barstro
Tue Jul 16, 2013 3:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1238: "Enlightenment"
Replies: 171
Views: 30160

Re: 1238: "Enlightenment"

In fact it looks as though flammable is the more recent word, coined specifically to avoid the ambiguity of inflammable . That makes me feel better about humanity. It bothers me that irregardless is a word now just because the public kept using it until better minds gave up. That might be why infla...

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