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by vvn
Thu Jul 17, 2014 1:41 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0103: "Vanishing Water"
Replies: 86
Views: 16800

Re: What-If 0103: "Vanishing Water, Staying Ice"

Hi, Not that I want to interrupt the fun... Assuming the polar ice does not disappear with the water: The north polar cap becomes 9000 km^3 of ice that averages 1000m above the seabed/new surface. Falling would release approx 385 times the energy of the largest H-bomb ever produced. - Would the ice ...
by vvn
Tue Jul 30, 2013 3:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 104991
Views: 30342204

Re: 1190: "Time"

The Geekwagon link was added and the title-text changed on newpix m3089 : http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/time/351e96e07d8ee65025853f9715054fb009cf2b8292c190623bcc558e815be15e.png Aargh, how can you just post the frame-that-must-not-be-named like that :shock: :cry: Fear of a frame only increases fear o...
by vvn
Mon Jul 29, 2013 5:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 104991
Views: 30342204

Re: 1190: "Time"

Hi, Blindpost, as I am not catching up well. ------------------------ There was much talk about the water still rising after the bad words. I think the floating was supposed to represent the full filling of the Med, and quite a lot of floating around. They got off at full land height. The raft will ...
by vvn
Thu Jul 04, 2013 5:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1232: "Realistic Criteria"
Replies: 104
Views: 18787

Re: 1232: "Realistic Criteria"

This means that there are already more of us than the world can support on a long term basis. We can fix this by having more energy or fewer people. All renewable energy comes from the sun. To get more than hits the earth, we have to go to space. Your post ignores the fact that a LOT of sunlight hi...
by vvn
Wed Jul 03, 2013 4:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1232: "Realistic Criteria"
Replies: 104
Views: 18787

Re: 1232: "Realistic Criteria"

You have two children, Alice and Bob. Bob is very sick with Cancer, and is not expected to live long. Alice is fine, healthy and needs help with her homework. "We shouldn't be spending time helping Alice with her homework until we have cured Bob's Cancer." Sound silly? --------------------...
by vvn
Wed Jun 26, 2013 2:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1229: "Screensaver"
Replies: 51
Views: 15724

Re: 1229:Screensaver

Can anyone find a smaller one? Or do we need to design our own? Ideally the spout and handle would deploy once it was in orbit, then we'd have a chance of fitting it in 1U. This one fits. It's supposed to be china... Edit: The second one is ceramic, but I'd rather go with a more classic shape. Yes,...
by vvn
Tue Jun 25, 2013 8:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1229: "Screensaver"
Replies: 51
Views: 15724

Re: 1229:Screensaver

Can anyone find a smaller one? Or do we need to design our own? Ideally the spout and handle would deploy once it was in orbit, then we'd have a chance of fitting it in 1U. This one fits. http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31fxvM8PaoL._SY355_.jpg But, this one would be better. http://ecx.images-...
by vvn
Sat Jun 22, 2013 6:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1226: "Balloon Internet"
Replies: 66
Views: 15149

Re: 1226: "Balloon Internet"

Now, parachutes designed for human beings seem to have a malfunction rate of somewhere from 1 in 1000 to 1 in 5000. Of course, human parachutists usually have a secondary chute, making the fatality rate much closer to 1 in a million, but I assume Project Loon will not be using backup chutes. So, I'...
by vvn
Mon Jun 10, 2013 11:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 104991
Views: 30342204

Re: 1190: "Time" Ian M. Banks

charlie_grumbles wrote:Raise a glass to the memory of Iain Banks, who has just died of cancer at age 59.

Indeed, Farewell and Rest in Peace.
by vvn
Fri Jun 07, 2013 3:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 104991
Views: 30342204

Re: 1190: "Time"

A wrinkle in time is a great book You mean that story where Meg goes on an adventure in Time to a place where Time runs at a different speed and searches for IT? (In the movie, Munro Chamber plays Sandy Murry. So Munroe = sand?) In both Gaiman's American Gods and Pratchett's Small Gods, a religion ...
by vvn
Thu May 23, 2013 4:02 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: US Fast Food Strikes
Replies: 327
Views: 77342

Re: US Fast Food Strikes

If wages were a dollar a day there was either massive deflation or massive hoarding of money by limited individuals effectively causing deflation. Either way in those conditions a dollar would go far further as it is worth far more. The transition period would be hell however. I think $1/day is ext...
by vvn
Thu May 23, 2013 2:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1214: "Geoguessr"
Replies: 102
Views: 27160

Re: 1214: "Geoguessr"

5th Earth wrote:Anyone else get a hit to a place they've been?

Leaning tower of Pisa

My favorite though: An empty country road with two Google cars following.
by vvn
Mon May 20, 2013 6:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1209:"Encoding"
Replies: 52
Views: 9187

Re: 1209:"Encoding"

ucim wrote:
severach wrote:Why are we not using Dot Matrix Sky Writing?
For the same reason some people use a fountain pen. :)

Jose


Or, like Kurt Braunohlers, our kickstarter project didn't reach our stretch goal.

FYI: He wrote “How do I land?” over Los Angeles, and it was on local news.
by vvn
Mon May 13, 2013 2:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 104991
Views: 30342204

Re: 1190: "Time"

Please stick to the needle-pulled thing rules. Not to argue with the rules, but I think mscha's comment was specific to posting the ONG. I am not sure if it's easier for the newpixbot, or the rest of us, but this is a special case. The hourly ONG doesn't exist anywhere else. I think the...
by vvn
Mon May 13, 2013 1:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 104991
Views: 30342204

Re: 1190: "Time"

Please stick to the needle-pulled thing rules. Not to argue with the rules, but I think mscha's comment was specific to posting the ONG. I am not sure if it's easier for the newpixbot, or the rest of us, but this is a special case. The hourly ONG doesn't exist anywhere else. I think the occasional ...
by vvn
Mon May 13, 2013 1:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 104991
Views: 30342204

Re: 1190: "Time"

Please stick to the needle-pulled thing rules. Not to argue with the rules, but I think mscha's comment was specific to posting the ONG. I am not sure if it's easier for the newpixbot, or the rest of us, but this is a special case. The hourly ONG doesn't exist anywhere else. I think the occasional ...
by vvn
Sun May 12, 2013 11:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 104991
Views: 30342204

Re: 1190: "Time"

Discussion of algorithm... Since we are talking algorithms... The general quality and reliability of the newpixbot has made me assume you have handled pretty much all eventualities. However, I am curious what is does in certain situations. - ONG is not on time. (Specifically, more than 10 mins ...
by vvn
Sun May 12, 2013 5:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 104991
Views: 30342204

Re: 1190: "Time"

It's incredibly difficult to without defaulting to star-trekian clichés like sliding doors and talking computers, and it's easy to forget we have all those things already. I guess my generation's responsible for the aesthetical changes, and maybe the warp drives. It's hard to predict the future. We...
by vvn
Sun May 12, 2013 4:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 104991
Views: 30342204

Re: 1190: "Time"

. Y'alls who used a commodore 64 are old ;)[/size] Not only did I use one, but it was my second computer. Yes, ChronosDragon. And it amuses us that the Arduino running my basement fan is faster than the machine made available to the student body, with dozens of terminals/users, when I was in school...
by vvn
Sun May 12, 2013 3:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 104991
Views: 30342204

Re: 1190: "Time"

The part of me that doesn't trust backups until they've been used to do restores wants newpixbot to look for a newpix every fifteen or twenty minutes after finding a newpix ... but that's approaching paranoia. Excellent work, mscha. I totally understand this feeling. I have seen MANY times that bac...
by vvn
Sun May 12, 2013 2:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1205: "Is It Worth the Time?"
Replies: 76
Views: 22470

Re: 1205: "Is It Worth the Time?"

In that particular case, I would be surprise that "worrying a lot" actually constitutes a significant time sink, if Randall's pathfinding optimization comes as naturally as my own. For me, I think first "walk straight at where I'm going", and then "oh right there's a buildi...
by vvn
Sun May 12, 2013 2:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 104991
Views: 30342204

Re: 1190: "Time"

mscha answers my questions: Since we are talking algorithms... The general quality and reliability of the newpixbot has made me assume you have handled pretty much all eventualities. However, I am curious what is does in certain situations. - ONG is not on time. (Specifically, more than 10 mins ...
by vvn
Sun May 12, 2013 1:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 104991
Views: 30342204

Re: 1190: "Time"

I'm going to poke a bit here: I agree that it's not very nice to try to impose rules on other contributers. The flip side of this, is that those blindposting want to be read, and they can't force others not to skip their posts. I think that's why PhoenixRising was looking for some input - so that p...
by vvn
Sun May 12, 2013 1:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 104991
Views: 30342204

Re: 1190: "Time"

mscha -- will newpixbot save the image and hexcode across the forum's being gone for extended newpix slots? (I'm fairly sure it already does, but these strange thoughts occur to me.) Not sure what you mean, but the bot certainly grabs the hash and the image every newpix and stores it here ↓, no mat...
by vvn
Sun May 12, 2013 12:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 104991
Views: 30342204

Re: 1190: "Time"

mscha wrote:So, either Cueball is too stupid to notice that Megan is all covered in sand, or too polite.

Blends right in with her skin color.
by vvn
Sun May 12, 2013 12:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 104991
Views: 30342204

Re: 1190: "Time"

edfel wrote:fork(scenario)
curious.png

That must be the way the camera arrived. It explains the length of a newpix. It's transmission delay.

pelrigg wrote:At least I'm not using Windows 3.1 on a Commodore 64 with dial-up.......

You got Windows 3.1 running on a Commodore 64? Cool. I wanna see!!
by vvn
Sat May 11, 2013 6:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 104991
Views: 30342204

Re: 1190: "Time"

Counter-intuitively, this thread seems to get the least amount of attention on weekends. I guess people have places to be, summer sunshine to enjoy, etc. And there's plenty of people I've seen who post from work, and may not spare the time at home. I, on the other hand, have much more opportunity t...
by vvn
Sat May 11, 2013 6:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 104991
Views: 30342204

Re: 1190: "Time"

Copernicium112 wrote:But yeah, the numbers get pretty low during the wee newpix of the night. I haven't kept track, but I feel like I have been on when only 6+guests have been around.

Yes. Wee newpix. I should probably do some coma inducing exercise. Wonder what might work... (Stares at hammer.)
by vvn
Sat May 11, 2013 6:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 104991
Views: 30342204

Re: 1190: "Time"

Anne E Moose, Copernicium112, FayZee, ggh, Google Feedfetcher, MobTeeseboose, mqmsju22, PreseeTug, Sandor, vvn and 16 guests I think this is the fewest number of people I have ever seen on the OTT. Edit: Until now. 2 dropped off during my post. It's almost like people have other things to do ate Fr...
by vvn
Sat May 11, 2013 6:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 104991
Views: 30342204

Re: 1190: "Time"

Also, I guess it depends on the definition of "noticeable," as previous jumps have noticeably (albeit slightly) moved the ground. That is what I meant. Basically same as before. Of course, she should fall. But, I figure that is more likely with Cueball. Mostly I was being sarcastic. Girl-...
by vvn
Sat May 11, 2013 6:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 104991
Views: 30342204

Re: 1190: "Time"

EXQUISITE JUMPONG G G G http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/time/cdece959b63eb466a914271fdb4e4e7753fa7c83aba30b04297b6ad2efac30dd.png Wow. I get the Ong on the OTT before the OTC. First Time that happened. (For me.) Edit: My first prediction: A slide with noticeable sand movement... (Any bets?)
by vvn
Sat May 11, 2013 4:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 104991
Views: 30342204

Re: 1190: "Time"

Non-ketchup wondering: should I keep posting/following the OTT? My coma/work schedule means I'm pretty consistently 10 Newpages back, and based on some of the recent complaining about reply walls I have to wonder if I'm irritating some of you. >_> I'd rather let myself fade out than do that. At the...
by vvn
Sat May 11, 2013 3:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 104991
Views: 30342204

Re: 1190: "Time"

Might be a crosspost, but it's slow. The previously mentioned random book had reviews on Amazon.... “ J. M. Powers creates an enthalling story in which she brings to life her characters, her plot and her setting. ” princess | 53 reviewers made a similar statement “ Once you've read it from start...
by vvn
Sat May 11, 2013 3:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 104991
Views: 30342204

Re: 1190: "Time"

Reading the comments about "Random", I ran across this:
SeySayux wrote:Those digits aren't random. In fact, they're copied directly from this book.

It makes me wonder if the "hash" values are from the same book, but translated to hex...
by vvn
Sat May 11, 2013 3:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 104991
Views: 30342204

Re: 1190: "Time"

Yeah, newpixbot.
by vvn
Sat May 11, 2013 3:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 104991
Views: 30342204

Re: 1190: "Time"

It is very nice. I too like the hat being the Avatar. I stared at it convinced that the spiral images were derived from the avatar as well. But, I can't make that work, so I now think not. Looks like the LHC to me. Sure makes a pretty pattern! <3 buffygirl It sure is! Good catch. Higgs will be jeal...
by vvn
Sat May 11, 2013 2:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 104991
Views: 30342204

Re: 1190: "Time"

For descor http://forums.xkcd.com/download/file.php?id=36270 http://forums.xkcd.com/download/file.php?id=36271 OK, I am not feeling the love .... do y'all like my hats or not?!??? a little insecurity, control-freakishness, and possible power-tripping involved here It is very nice. I too like the ha...
by vvn
Sat May 11, 2013 12:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 104991
Views: 30342204

Re: 1190: "Time"

SBN wrote:The best thing for dipping fries in is chocolate shake.

Pudding? No, wait that's fish fingers.
by vvn
Fri May 10, 2013 11:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 104991
Views: 30342204

Ramp

hill.png
hill.png (5.31 KiB) Viewed 7700 times

After a long climb, it's all worth it.
by vvn
Fri May 10, 2013 2:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 104991
Views: 30342204

Re: 1190: "Time"

Opiboble wrote:My problem is I live to far north to ever see one :/ The one downside of living in Alaska.

Does this mean you can never see an eclipse from Alaska? This seems counter intuitive...

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