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by HES
Wed Mar 22, 2017 5:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 2459
Views: 252113

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Mutex wrote:"Terrorist" incident outside Parliament in Westminster. At least one person confirmed dead.

Reports are that the officer has also died.

It very much seems that the vehicle attack is the new vector of choice.
by HES
Tue Mar 21, 2017 10:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 102933
Views: 23954634

Re: 1190: "Time"

Yeah, my dropbox is chirped as I mentioned. Part of the reason I trimmed my sig.
by HES
Mon Mar 20, 2017 11:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 102933
Views: 23954634

Re: 1190: "Time"

A not annual, annual. My mother has a lot of those. Plants in her garden flower when they want to, not when they're supposed to. Unrelated, for prosperity: http://forums.xkcd.com/download/file.php?id=37186 - https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/91011134/OTT/Award%20Funniest%20OTTer2_s.png - http://f...
by HES
Mon Mar 20, 2017 11:45 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Gaming fleeting thoughts
Replies: 539
Views: 38909

Re: Gaming fleeting thoughts

Fallout 4 35GB
Arkham Knight 39GB
Bioshock Infinite 42GB
Mankind Divided 59GB
Just Cause 3 62GB

Games are big now. (Flip side: VVVVVV 64MB)
by HES
Mon Mar 20, 2017 10:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1812: "Onboarding"
Replies: 32
Views: 1975

Re: 1812: "Onboarding"

"Welcome"
by HES
Mon Mar 20, 2017 10:14 am UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: Broken Images in "xkcd Forum Rules"
Replies: 2
Views: 427

Re: Broken Images in "xkcd Forum Rules"

Same for me; Judging by the file path it's probably been that way since the forum software was updated.
by HES
Wed Mar 15, 2017 10:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1045
Views: 41009

Re: Trump presidency

pogrmman wrote:Also, whatever happened about...

Something else happened to distract everyone.
by HES
Wed Mar 15, 2017 9:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 102933
Views: 23954634

Re: 1190: "Time": _BUNGALOWS 2: ELECTRIC BAGALOO_

lmjb1964 wrote:It's been like summer where I am.

I went to the beach today. In a t-shirt. In March. In England.

ETA: Oh, it's happened. Dropbox have changed how sharing works and now aaaalll my links are broken :roll:
by HES
Tue Mar 14, 2017 1:15 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science-based what-if questions
Replies: 233
Views: 10135

Re: Load bearing

bridge parapets, anti-terror bollards, railway buffers, impact resistant barriers I deliberately left regular crash barriers and standard bollards off the list, as those work differently. Have several sticks, spaced at intervals. Tie them together. The first will fail, the tie then spreads the impa...
by HES
Tue Mar 14, 2017 10:42 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science-based what-if questions
Replies: 233
Views: 10135

Re: Load bearing

The same way we build bridge parapets, anti-terror bollards, railway buffers, impact resistant barriers, etc.

Make the stick stronger.

If you know which way the ball is coming from, put a strut behind it.

If there's only one ball, put something expendable in front of it.
by HES
Mon Mar 13, 2017 9:37 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 240
Views: 13959

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

Mega85 wrote:You may say "trailer trash", but you wouldn't say "trailer garbage".

Only because it doesn't alliterate.
by HES
Fri Mar 10, 2017 11:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1809: "xkcd Phone 5"
Replies: 29
Views: 1688

Re: 1809: "xkcd Phone 5"

Wee Red Bird wrote:The toll booths for the Dartford Crossing (down somewhere in England) no longer uses cash or electronic passes. It uses your numberplate and bills you later.

As do most of the road tolls in Norway. At least with those ones you do have weeks to pay.
by HES
Thu Mar 09, 2017 9:12 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0156: "Electrofishing for Whales"
Replies: 20
Views: 2342

Re: What-If 0156: "Electrofishing for Whales"

gmalivuk wrote:so just 20 kW, not MW.

I was wondering how 50 fishing boats added up to a nuclear power plant.
by HES
Thu Mar 09, 2017 5:03 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0156: "Electrofishing for Whales"
Replies: 20
Views: 2342

Re: What-If 0156: "Electrofishing for Whales"

I'm surprised Randall didn't know about the clove oil thing.

Actually, on second thoughts, I'm surprised that I did know about the clove oil thing. Why the hell do I know that?
by HES
Fri Mar 03, 2017 2:15 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Today I Learned
Replies: 13088
Views: 1000052

Re: Today I Learned

Very. It's probably the most widely recognisable sign in the world.
by HES
Fri Mar 03, 2017 1:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1806: "Borrow Your Laptop"
Replies: 57
Views: 3022

Re: 1806: "Borrow Your Laptop"

I always screw up when I try to use Fn. It occurs to me that the laptop I'm using right now is in a docking station, and my computer at home is a desktop, so my solution to using laptop keyboards is "don't". The Caps Lock key is great; abc uses uppercase and lowercase to distinguish octav...
by HES
Fri Mar 03, 2017 11:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1806: "Borrow Your Laptop"
Replies: 57
Views: 3022

Re: 1806: "Borrow Your Laptop"

da Doctah wrote:taskbar on the left edge of the screen with auto-hide.

Even without auto-hide, vertical taskbars are enough to fuck with most people.
by HES
Wed Mar 01, 2017 5:47 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0155: "Toaster vs. Freezer"
Replies: 42
Views: 2388

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

Toast from frozen.
by HES
Wed Mar 01, 2017 1:21 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0155: "Toaster vs. Freezer"
Replies: 42
Views: 2388

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

adonoman wrote:Winnipegger here. The cold has a stronger effect than Randall seems to think. We ran the comparison between indoor (18C) and outdoor (-14C) tonight.
http://imgur.com/a/iwpLM

Cool.

How does it compare if you use frozen bread indoors vs frozen toaster outdoors?
by HES
Tue Feb 28, 2017 5:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1804: "Video Content"
Replies: 64
Views: 2961

Re: 1804: "Video Content"

balthasar_s wrote:
gd1 wrote:I just scroll down to the comment section.
Wait until they invent video comments...

Didn't youtube have "video responses" back in the day?
by HES
Sat Feb 25, 2017 2:28 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 521
Views: 145984

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

I've only heard it in both.
by HES
Sat Feb 25, 2017 2:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 102933
Views: 23954634

Re: 1190: "Time"

addams wrote:back in your warm blanket with your carrot

<3

Things are more or less back to normal over here.
by HES
Sat Feb 25, 2017 1:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 102933
Views: 23954634

Re: 1190: "Time"

I meant to spend some time straightening up my shed, but instead I'm here trying to catch up. As well, the shed isn't going anywhere. As far as I know. If I had a shed, it may well have gone elsewhere yesterday. In the grand scheme of things, the storm could have been worse ("only" one fa...
by HES
Sat Feb 25, 2017 12:51 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: ANGRY NATTERINGS
Replies: 28220
Views: 2045478

Re: ANGRY NATTERINGS

Also, wear and tear on roads is proportional to the fourth power (IIRC, here on the boards) of the vehicle weight. That's certainly the figure I was taught at MSc level. One does however have to factor in the benefit to the economy of the movement of goods. The current system is certainly biased to...
by HES
Fri Feb 24, 2017 12:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 102933
Views: 23954634

Re: 1190: "Time"

Rakhal wrote:It's Doris Day today!

I got stranded after a conference and lost half my day off doing the travelling I was supposed to do yesterday :(
by HES
Mon Feb 20, 2017 1:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Oroville Dam (CA) and crumbling infrastructure
Replies: 36
Views: 1754

Re: Oroville Dam (CA) and crumbling infrastructure

Chen wrote:~28k dams that server "recreation" as the primary purpose. What does that mean?

I would presume it is the reservoir, rather than the dam itself, that provides the recreation, and that they were initially built for some other purpose that has now taken a back seat.
by HES
Sat Feb 18, 2017 9:43 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 521
Views: 145984

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

That site is so nineteen-ninety-nine, and it's clear from the about page that the author was just being an entitled ass.
by HES
Sat Feb 18, 2017 1:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13564
Views: 1583427

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

addams wrote:oh, Deer!

FTFY ;)

addams wrote:There has been a marked increase in large bird vs plane incidents.

There has also been a marked increase in air travel
by HES
Fri Feb 17, 2017 11:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Oroville Dam (CA) and crumbling infrastructure
Replies: 36
Views: 1754

Re: Oroville Dam (CA) and crumbling infrastructure

Ah, but does that include the Army Corps of Engineers?
by HES
Thu Feb 16, 2017 7:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Oroville Dam (CA) and crumbling infrastructure
Replies: 36
Views: 1754

Re: Oroville Dam (CA) and crumbling infrastructure

http://i.imgur.com/QaDbboN.png What else can be done other than pump money into it? For roads, and I presume this extends to other infrastructure, it costs far more in the long run to keep a barely-servicing road operational than it would to properly repair it. You just have to spend money to save ...
by HES
Thu Feb 16, 2017 1:40 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0154: "Coast-to-Coast Coasting"
Replies: 34
Views: 3099

Re: What-If 0154: "Coast-to-Coast Coasting"

Flumble wrote:Then again, it was Randall who turned "without pedaling" into "coasting".

I mean, if we're relaxing that one there are plenty of motorised bicycles (which are a different thing to motorcycles) that would suffice.
by HES
Thu Feb 16, 2017 12:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 102933
Views: 23954634

Re: 1190: "Time"

How could I forget? In fact, just the other day, something reminded me of that whole episode, and I was once again marveling at the irony of it. For those who weren't there, we had traveled miles by railcastle to visit a chocolate museum, but when we got there, it was closed. We were commenting...
by HES
Thu Feb 16, 2017 12:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1799: "Bad Map Projection: Time Zones"
Replies: 70
Views: 4233

Re: 1799: Bad Map Projection: Time Zones

NeatNit wrote:It also bothers me that he didn't actually mark the timezones... That was the whole point of this map!

Here you go.
Image
by HES
Wed Feb 15, 2017 11:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13564
Views: 1583427

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

They're certainly capable of VL
by HES
Wed Feb 15, 2017 11:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13564
Views: 1583427

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

The tab heading for that link is "Deer hits plane". Pretty sure it would have been the other way round...
by HES
Tue Feb 14, 2017 9:40 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Escape the Frictionless Circle
Replies: 136
Views: 18574

Re: Escape the Frictionless Circle

That's what kickstarter is for!
by HES
Tue Feb 14, 2017 10:39 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Random natterings
Replies: 89482
Views: 4876537

Re: Random natterings

slinches wrote:most dimensions are listed in decimal notation with tight tolerances often referred to in mils or "thou"

New User wrote:Where I work, everyone reads measurements in thousands of an inch.


In which case, there is a huge market for calculators that default to decimal results. Just make it a setting!
by HES
Mon Feb 13, 2017 10:24 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Steering showdown
Replies: 20
Views: 2232

Re: Steering showdown

I was taught 10&2, both when learning to drive and in later training, which I think is the universal stance over here.

That said, I drift to the bottom in slow traffic.
by HES
Mon Feb 13, 2017 6:32 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Random natterings
Replies: 89482
Views: 4876537

Re: Random natterings

somitomi wrote:The rational form is useful, but I need the decimal form much more often.

So much this. I'm nearly always working to millimetre precision (and even that's overkill most of the time).

Might be less of a problem for American engineers, don't they use fractions for sub-inch measurements?
by HES
Mon Feb 13, 2017 1:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 102933
Views: 23954634

Re: 1190: "Time"

Randamnit, I'll miss the eclipse by about a wip. I'll still be in the States, but the wrong corner.

Which reminds me, I'll be hopping over the pond in August to drive from one sea to the other. Look out for a pm if the ottermap puts you near my path.

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