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by speising
Tue Apr 18, 2017 1:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1825: "7 Eleven"
Replies: 85
Views: 9196

Re: 1825: "7 Eleven"

i feel this comic would have been better (in a double-takey way) without the caption. don't pander to lazy readers, Randall!
by speising
Mon Apr 17, 2017 4:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Military coup attempt in Turkey? [coup fails] [skullcracking!]
Replies: 126
Views: 16128

Re: Military coup attempt in Turkey? [coup fails] [skullcracking!]

pogrmman wrote:The two main opposition parties have already challenged the results.

You mean "the two main terrorist organizations?"
by speising
Fri Apr 14, 2017 12:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1823: "Hottest Editors"
Replies: 55
Views: 6211

Re: 1823: "Hottest Editors"

What made me really mad about N++ is that by default, it doesn't warn you if you close it with a changed document open that is still unsaved. Of course, it will open it on its next start again, with your edits. But that doesn't help you a lot if you expect those scripts you just wrote to work. Well...
by speising
Thu Apr 13, 2017 5:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 2942
Views: 143452

Re: Trump presidency

Well, of course he's changing course, nobody could have known politics is so complicated!
by speising
Thu Apr 13, 2017 5:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1823: "Hottest Editors"
Replies: 55
Views: 6211

Re: 1823: "Hottest Editors"

What made me really mad about N++ is that by default, it doesn't warn you if you close it with a changed document open that is still unsaved. Of course, it will open it on its next start again, with your edits. But that doesn't help you a lot if you expect those scripts you just wrote to work. Rath...
by speising
Thu Apr 13, 2017 12:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1823: "Hottest Editors"
Replies: 55
Views: 6211

Re: 1823: "Hottest Editors"

What made me really mad about N++ is that by default, it doesn't warn you if you close it with a changed document open that is still unsaved. Of course, it will open it on its next start again, with your edits.
But that doesn't help you a lot if you expect those scripts you just wrote to work.
by speising
Tue Apr 11, 2017 8:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"
Replies: 99
Views: 11148

Re: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"

This is a late response, but I get so confused: Rayleigh died in 1916, and scattering his ashes made the sky blue? What color was it before? Gray, of course: haven't you watched any old movies? :p So how come it's blue in old paintings then? I know artists are bit of loonies, but did all of them ju...
by speising
Mon Apr 10, 2017 5:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"
Replies: 99
Views: 11148

Re: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"

I don't expect them to notice anything. I expect them to be *dead*.
by speising
Thu Apr 06, 2017 8:12 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why is dog fighting morally wrong?
Replies: 60
Views: 6578

Re: Why is dog fighting morally wrong?

They say carnivore meat doesn't taste very good, and i believe there's a risk of getting prion deseases.
While pigs are omnivores and could probably pose the same problems, they are usually fed a vegetarian diet.
by speising
Thu Apr 06, 2017 2:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: AI discussion from The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 71
Views: 6486

Re: AI discussion from The Darker Side of the News

I propose we create a scale for AI level based on jobs they can replace.

Assembly line worker: check
bus driver: almost there
plumber: ??
by speising
Thu Apr 06, 2017 7:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1820: "Security Advice"
Replies: 36
Views: 4170

Re: 1820: "Security Advice"

jonhaug wrote:red text


please don't use red, that's the mod's prerogative.
by speising
Thu Apr 06, 2017 6:25 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: AI discussion from The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 71
Views: 6486

Re: AI discussion from The Darker Side of the News

I thought you are talking about Artificial Intelligence? The ability to cope with the unexpected would be precisely the differentiating quality to a stupid robot machine of today.
by speising
Wed Apr 05, 2017 5:45 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why is dog fighting morally wrong?
Replies: 60
Views: 6578

Re: Why is dog fighting morally wrong?

Nah, it's still tautologic unless you can define "excessively" and/or "needless".
Sorry, the rabbit hole goes deeper still.
by speising
Wed Apr 05, 2017 3:52 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why is dog fighting morally wrong?
Replies: 60
Views: 6578

Re: Why is dog fighting morally wrong?

Sure, but it's only an animal. We accept pain and death in animals, and even humans, for various reasons. The thrill of the fight and the pleasure of the win can be ample justification. You did not present a convincing argument that the welfare of dogs is to be preferred over the human's gain, excep...
by speising
Wed Apr 05, 2017 2:21 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why is dog fighting morally wrong?
Replies: 60
Views: 6578

Re: Why is dog fighting morally wrong?

Does the dogs' rights to life and well being take precedence over your (impersonal you, here) right to take pleasure (and potential monetary gain from gambling) in their fighting? (or vice versa, however you want to phrase the question.) Yes. Clearly yes. [justification for tautology needed] What a...
by speising
Tue Apr 04, 2017 11:10 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4043
Views: 635578

Re: Today I Made:

Hu, funny, i made something like that yesterday, on a cake with apples, and i thought it was my own invention... I'll only get to taste it tonight, i'm eager to see how it turned out. Mine was also an own invention out of desperation (i.e. no powdered sugar for a cream cheese frosting) :) Mine earn...
by speising
Mon Apr 03, 2017 12:37 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4043
Views: 635578

Re: Today I Made:

Moo wrote:white chocolate cream cheese ganache

Hu, funny, i made something like that yesterday, on a cake with apples, and i thought it was my own invention...
I'll only get to taste it tonight, i'm eager to see how it turned out.
by speising
Sat Apr 01, 2017 8:37 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Miscellaneous Science Questions
Replies: 2835
Views: 535119

Re: RELATIVITY QUESTIONS! (and other common queries)

Assume instead of a song, the ship sends a ping at regular 1 second intervals. They'll be received, if i'm right, at longer intervals than that, eg. 2 second for v=0.866c. The thing is, the one on the ship will receive earth's pings at 2s intervals, also! As long as there's a relative movement, both...
by speising
Fri Mar 31, 2017 8:16 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Consequences of climate change
Replies: 23
Views: 2810

Re: Consequences of climate change

Also, the human population was never as large as it is now. A change that would have driven a few nomadic tribes to migrate to a new place will be absolutely disastrous to today's densely inhabited countries and their equally densely inhabited neighbours. What happens when only a few million people ...
by speising
Thu Mar 30, 2017 6:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 155
Views: 12337

Re: 1816: "Mispronunciation"

Also, Windows N(ew)T(echnology)
by speising
Wed Mar 29, 2017 12:06 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Consequences of climate change
Replies: 23
Views: 2810

Re: Consequences of climate change

One camp says many species will become extinct due to rapid changes in the environment and habitats. Another camp says "SO what? Extinctions occur all the time." Better hope we or species we depend on aren't among them. Also any change in flora and fauna has huge economic consequences. (T...
by speising
Tue Mar 28, 2017 12:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 155
Views: 12337

Re: 1816: "Mispronunciation"

GlassHouses wrote:bruschetta

That's also a problem for german speakers, due to the trigraph 'sch'.
by speising
Mon Mar 27, 2017 4:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 155
Views: 12337

Re: 1816: "Mispronunciation"

First book: a group of robotic probes leave from their home world shortly before its sun goes nova (memorable quote: "that sort of thing will ruin your whole day"). They set up a home for themselves on an ice-covered moon in the Sol system and developed into artificial lifeforms with stro...
by speising
Mon Mar 27, 2017 9:59 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Is terraforming Uranus and Neptune possible?
Replies: 22
Views: 2497

Re: Is terraforming Uranus and Neptune possible?

Nowhere on the linked pages does it say that blasting of the athmospheres might be possible. In fact, it says Blasting off the gaseous layers of Uranus would be far beyond current technology. and, in a bit of understatement Blasting off much of its layers and leaving the core would currently be impr...
by speising
Sat Mar 25, 2017 10:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1815: "Flag"
Replies: 49
Views: 4738

Re: 1815: "Flag"

... And I was wrong about that last one. The stars ARE centered in each field, but the flag's proportion is 8:5, not 14:9. The following is a proposed construction sheet for the flag: https://o.lgm.cl/xkcd1815/xkcd1815.sm.png SVG source of the above map This misses a rather important feature of the...
by speising
Fri Mar 24, 2017 5:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Oroville Dam (CA) and crumbling infrastructure
Replies: 36
Views: 4001

Re: Oroville Dam (CA) and crumbling infrastructure

Bisnett, the DWR spokeswoman, said... "Through the decades, the spillway has been inspected repeatedly and been found to be well maintained and satisfactory for continued use.” That is, if true, worrying in itself. Since it cannot be denied that the spillway was *not* performing satisfactorily...
by speising
Fri Mar 24, 2017 1:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Oroville Dam (CA) and crumbling infrastructure
Replies: 36
Views: 4001

Re: Oroville Dam (CA) and crumbling infrastructure

Bisnett, the DWR spokeswoman, said... "Through the decades, the spillway has been inspected repeatedly and been found to be well maintained and satisfactory for continued use.” That is, if true, worrying in itself. Since it cannot be denied that the spillway was *not* performing satisfactorily...
by speising
Thu Mar 23, 2017 3:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13807
Views: 1774398

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

See this nice Numberphile video about curvature: The Remarkable Way We Eat Pizza
by speising
Wed Mar 15, 2017 3:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"
Replies: 117
Views: 12076

Re: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"

Why is watermelon on the pink and green bars?
if the pink is for the flesh, why is the green rind so good?
by speising
Tue Mar 14, 2017 1:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1810: "Chat Systems"
Replies: 38
Views: 4851

Re: 1810: "Chat Systems"

I assume there are tons of crucial resources, like animated meme gif's in those packages.
by speising
Tue Mar 14, 2017 9:16 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science-based what-if questions
Replies: 317
Views: 24825

Re: Load bearing

You have to channel the qi.
by speising
Fri Mar 10, 2017 1:06 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: A Compact Sized "Why?-BOOM" machine.
Replies: 7
Views: 1694

Re: A Compact Sized "Why?-BOOM" machine.

Maybe you could strap the battery of an S7 in place of the CPU cooler of a PC. And then induce some CPU intensive computation (the "logic bomb"). After a while, you'll get some nice pyrotechnics. Anyway, the problem with logic bombs is that any computer advanced enough to even understand t...
by speising
Wed Mar 08, 2017 12:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1808: "Hacking"
Replies: 32
Views: 4806

Re: 1808: "Hacking"

itaibn wrote:Does gcc have any features that let you run arbitrary code? After all it's a compiler, not an interpreter.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Template_metaprogramming
by speising
Tue Mar 07, 2017 4:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1807: "Listening"
Replies: 47
Views: 15580

Re: 1807: "Listening"

Who is at first base?
by speising
Mon Mar 06, 2017 6:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1807: "Listening"
Replies: 47
Views: 15580

Re: 1807: "Listening"

Aka "telemetry to improve your customer experience"
by speising
Fri Mar 03, 2017 10:27 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 2942
Views: 143452

Re: Trump presidency

elasto wrote:AOL account
by speising
Thu Mar 02, 2017 7:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13807
Views: 1774398

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

Zohar wrote:Roadkill?

Image
by speising
Thu Mar 02, 2017 1:46 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Musing about the village people songs
Replies: 2
Views: 1253

Re: Musing about the village people songs

yvan eht nioj!
by speising
Thu Mar 02, 2017 9:51 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 5291
Views: 692543

Re: Police misbehavior thread

I support everybody getting a defense. It would be horrible to have a legal system in which this wasn't the case. However, the defense they are using doesn't seem particularly strong here... Granted, I didn't see the event, so I don't know the full story, just what has been reported. I agree, but w...
by speising
Wed Mar 01, 2017 8:28 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0155: "Toaster vs. Freezer"
Replies: 43
Views: 6245

Re: What-If 0155: "Toaster vs. Freezer"

I suspect, with no evidence backing me, that you people who don't dislike frozen then unfrozen bread are simply fast eaters. I've been subjected to frozen unfrozen bread before, and let me tell you, for about 3 seconds the bread is nice and soft and good. But once it restores back down to room temp...

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