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by speising
Tue Sep 11, 2018 7:54 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Avengers: Infinity War
Replies: 142
Views: 12428

Re: Avengers: Infinity War

Anyway, wherever she is, it's unlikely she isn't aware of what's happening across the whole universe currently. So pinging her seems superfluous.
by speising
Mon Sep 03, 2018 4:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2041: "Frontiers"
Replies: 11
Views: 2332

Re: 2041: "Frontiers"

Heimhenge wrote: My intuition is to put mind over matter.

of course intuition would say that.
by speising
Fri Aug 31, 2018 5:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0970: "The Important Field"
Replies: 136
Views: 33117

Re: 0970: "The Important Field"

the problem is that you are forced to have the same, predictable username on many different sites (unless you go to some trouble aquiring many email addresses). And why is that a problem when it's not public-facing? You're not giving the website any information they aren't getting already (and you ...
by speising
Fri Aug 31, 2018 4:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6467
Views: 953564

Re: Police misbehavior thread

The tense is confusing because the information that the shoplifter shot through the garage came out recently via the affidavit, but the incident itself happened last week. So the house wasn't destroyed until after he barricaded himself in it. that makes sense. i still think they could have ordered ...
by speising
Fri Aug 31, 2018 4:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0970: "The Important Field"
Replies: 136
Views: 33117

Re: 0970: "The Important Field"

the problem is that you are forced to have the same, predictable username on many different sites (unless you go to some trouble aquiring many email addresses).
by speising
Fri Aug 31, 2018 3:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6467
Views: 953564

Re: Police misbehavior thread

A suspected shoplifter who holed up in a random Greenwood Village home that was destroyed during a standoff last week fired a handgun through a garage door at a police officer and later fired several more rounds after police entered the home, an affidavit says. can anyone explain the sequence of ev...
by speising
Fri Aug 31, 2018 11:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0970: "The Important Field"
Replies: 136
Views: 33117

Re: 0970: "The Important Field"

Sigh at this whole thread. The reason you are required to type your password twice is that it is obscured and so you can't tell if you mistyped it. Requiring you to type an email address, which is generally not obscured and you can see if you mistype, is just idiotic. I have seen websites with regi...
by speising
Thu Aug 30, 2018 12:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2039: "Begging the Question"
Replies: 145
Views: 11304

Re: 2039: "Begging the Question"

That depends on the tensile strength of the english language.
by speising
Tue Aug 28, 2018 10:20 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Gravitation 'Beach'
Replies: 11
Views: 1340

Re: Gravitation 'Beach'

here's another apocalyptic scenario:
Gravitational Waves Pose a Bizarre New Threat That Could Destroy Earth

To be clear, we can file this into the 'very maybe probably not' category of potential apocalypse scenarios.
by speising
Thu Aug 23, 2018 6:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2036: "Edgelord"
Replies: 35
Views: 4567

Re: 2036: "Edgelord"

The contrail CT must have started in California or some other place without winters. in every place where it gets cold sometimes, we can all see the condensing vapours streaming from every car tailpipe. And it's pretty cold up there at the cruising altitude of airplanes. see also https://www.kernene...
by speising
Mon Aug 20, 2018 8:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2035: "Dark Matter Candidates"
Replies: 55
Views: 6218

Re: 2035: "Dark Matter Candidates"

Why should it collapse, without friction?
by speising
Mon Aug 20, 2018 4:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2035: "Dark Matter Candidates"
Replies: 55
Views: 6218

Re: 2035: "Dark Matter Candidates"

Dyson spheres would emit black body radiation of the average temperature of themselves and their contents, and so glow detectably and not be dark. So we think. Anyone advanced enough to actually build a Dyson Sphere though might have technology that effectively "cloaks" them if you can de...
by speising
Sun Aug 19, 2018 3:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4173
Views: 564010

Re: The Darker Side of the News

I remember the times when earthquake machines were doomsday devices of mad supervillains in goofy comics...
by speising
Fri Aug 03, 2018 6:08 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books fleeting thoughts
Replies: 40
Views: 11530

Re: Books fleeting thoughts

I know I’m supposed to give a book some time before deciding to chuck it, but this sentence in the first paragraph of Outpost by W.M. Gear just about did me in. “Donovan (planet on which book is set) rotated in the same direction as Earth, so sunrise was still in the east.” The amount of wrong in t...
by speising
Wed Aug 01, 2018 1:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2027: "Lightning Distance"
Replies: 44
Views: 4730

Re: 2027: "Lightning Distance"

jc wrote:And then you multiply by 8/5 to get the distance in km, if you're among the 95% of the population who uses SI units.

or rather, take the seconds times 3, which is closer to reality.
by speising
Tue Jul 31, 2018 10:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0327: "Exploits of a Mom"
Replies: 210
Views: 97687

Re: 0327: "Exploits of a Mom"

is that really legal in NC? having special characters in licence plates aught to make life for the police a lot more complicated. It's legal in a few states. It would completely trip up ANPR over here, but the US isn't so big on automated surveillance. even a cop typing it into a computer will have...
by speising
Tue Jul 31, 2018 10:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0327: "Exploits of a Mom"
Replies: 210
Views: 97687

Re: 0327: "Exploits of a Mom"

is that really legal in NC? having special characters in licence plates aught to make life for the police a lot more complicated.
by speising
Sat Jul 21, 2018 6:56 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Thoughts on Goa'uld: population growth and similarity to Yeerks
Replies: 16
Views: 2908

Re: Thoughts on Goa'uld: population growth and similarity to Yeerks

if you meant the jaffa, as i understood it they were entirely controled by the Goa'uld and carried the symbiotes because they were ordered to do so (or rather, because it was a religious ritual created by their gods)
by speising
Sat Jul 21, 2018 6:08 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Thoughts on Goa'uld: population growth and similarity to Yeerks
Replies: 16
Views: 2908

Re: Thoughts on Goa'uld: population growth and similarity to Yeerks

the Goa'uld don't carry symbiotes. they *are* the snakes.
by speising
Fri Jul 20, 2018 11:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2022: "Sports Champions"
Replies: 44
Views: 4758

Re: 2022: "Sports Champions"

Fltspk Blurns (3000)
by speising
Fri Jul 20, 2018 7:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2021: "Software Development"
Replies: 31
Views: 5603

Re: 2021: "Software Development"

is this Wingmaster at least open-source? or what's the license scheme?
by speising
Thu Jul 19, 2018 5:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2019: "An Apple for a Dollar"
Replies: 80
Views: 6962

Re: 2019: "An Apple for a Dollar"

i'm paying nearly everyhing with NFC now, but for some obscure reason, the copper still accumulates in my purse. and of course it doesn't get spent, because i never pay in cash...
but when i do, i try to do it like somitomi and hand out the small change first.
by speising
Mon Jul 16, 2018 2:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4173
Views: 564010

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Musk: "This remote controlled submarine will help save the kids!" Diving expert: "Thanks, but this wouldn't be suitable for this particular mission" Musk: "PEDO!" https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-44846945 EDIT: I guess this belongs in the humorous news thread real...
by speising
Mon Jul 16, 2018 10:20 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Consequences of climate change
Replies: 80
Views: 14121

Re: Consequences of climate change

6. Higher temperature will affect people's fertility. Sperm activity decreases with increasing temperature. . 7. The speed of the satellite will also accelerate, and the mountains will be higher. [citation needed] on point 6. i mean, yes, temp affects sperm activity, but AFAIK Norway ("12.2 bi...
by speising
Fri Jul 13, 2018 6:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7694
Views: 575381

Re: Trump presidency

i'd just like to interject that a vector can be converted to a scalar by calculating its length. you just need conversion factors for all dimensions.
by speising
Fri Jul 13, 2018 2:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14950
Views: 2350395

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

this is where i work. we are two persons in there. untitled.jpg Are you both on the desk visible in that pic, or is there another desk on the other side of the room? Two-four people in an office would be a dream, guess it takes a decent amount of floor space though. The trend in London is to pack p...
by speising
Fri Jul 13, 2018 11:39 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14950
Views: 2350395

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

Well, other than the lack of daylight you get all those things with open plan too. Which is the only other option I've seen, in fact the ONLY kind of office I've worked in. Cubicles at least muffle the sound of other conversations and give people a little more privacy. What other office layouts hav...
by speising
Fri Jul 13, 2018 9:24 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14950
Views: 2350395

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

i don't find this surprising at all. it's easy to go over to a colleague's office to chat, but when there a 20 other people around, you'll want to keep noise level to a minimum, and 10 parallel conversations are a little bit distracting.
by speising
Wed Jul 11, 2018 5:47 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28528
Views: 3100503

Re: Blistering blue barnacles

he. checks. like in the time of the Fuggers.
by speising
Wed Jul 11, 2018 3:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2018: "Wall Art"
Replies: 25
Views: 3419

2018: "Wall Art"

https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/wall_art.png Title text: At first, I moved from pokémon posters to regular oil paintings, but then these really grumpy and unreasonable detectives from the Louvre showed up and took them all. They wouldn't even give me back my thumbtacks! Happy Intersection Day! While i...
by speising
Wed Jul 11, 2018 3:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1202
Views: 177638

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

Just saw a feature today about the problems of people from EU countries living in GB, not knowing how things will develop for them. What i haven't heard yet is how GB citizens in other EU countries will fare; will they be thrown out or require visas and working permits? or will they get special disp...
by speising
Wed Jul 11, 2018 2:50 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 90038
Views: 8011486

Re: Thoughts for ships

waiting could be made more bearable if you'd get announcements of your place in the queue and / or estimated remaining waiting time. what i really hate is music which stops mid-tune - then a little pause - you get all excited (yay, i'm through!) - then a "your call is important to us..." m...
by speising
Wed Jul 11, 2018 11:50 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4173
Views: 564010

Re: The Darker Side of the News

stupid of them. if they hadn't created the press attention, they could have quietly collected the debt from her widower (and heir, i assume). “We may close the Credit Account and demand repayment of the full amount you owe us if you die or become of unsound mind.” how can you be in breach of that?
by speising
Tue Jul 10, 2018 11:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2017: "Stargazing 2"
Replies: 5
Views: 1776

Re: 2017: "Stargazing 2"

And if you limit the triangles to just the really bright stars, say magnitude <+2.5, (maybe 46 at a time), then you get 15,180 triangles. So triangles are easy. She should be looking for squares or pentagons. Problem with that is: any 3 noncollinear points make a triangle. To make a square or highe...
by speising
Mon Jul 09, 2018 8:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2016: "OEIS Submissions"
Replies: 31
Views: 5826

Re: 2016: "OEIS Submissions"

Yerushalmi wrote:One of the sequences was approved: https://oeis.org/A316599

and when reading the description, we now know why randall's submissions get rejected: not because they're dumb, but because they're not precisely enough defined.
by speising
Wed Jul 04, 2018 12:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14950
Views: 2350395

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

Trump annoyed that Fake News like to pour over his tweets looking for spelling mistakes.

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/sta ... 4805987330 (since corrected)
by speising
Wed Jul 04, 2018 8:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0563: "Fermirotica"
Replies: 169
Views: 49614

Re: 0563: "Fermirotica"

Sableagle wrote:"About 24,500,000 results" for flouridation.


actually, i get only 31,300 for that. Not a lot people seem to be concerned about ground cereal additives.
by speising
Tue Jul 03, 2018 6:14 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: News in brief
Replies: 273
Views: 63014

Re: News in brief

(News? But not humorous or futuristic? Language or Schools or Books or elsewhere? Let's try here.) If this be error and upon me proved, …I never writ, nor no man ever loved. ((The forum connection is glitching on me at the moment. Don't know whether to hope it's just me, or not.)) i, too, vote for ...
by speising
Mon Jul 02, 2018 2:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14950
Views: 2350395

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

Soupspoon wrote:A man gets really high, illegally. (I bet he was feeling light-headed.)

Spoiler:
And "This could of ended very differently..." in the official tweet about it. Grrr…

"the 32ft (10m) lamp-post"
why does the bbc use feet? i thought the UK was metric.
by speising
Fri Jun 29, 2018 6:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2013: "Rock"
Replies: 42
Views: 5304

Re: 2013: "Rock"

I think the art is equally interpretable as her being a left or a righty, them being stick figures and all. Since we can't tell the orientation of her shoulders or hips or anything. consider the motion lines. for her to be using her right hand, they would mean she used a backhand throw, which seems...

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