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by ericgrau
Fri Mar 09, 2018 7:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1965: "Background Apps"
Replies: 33
Views: 6442

Re: 1965: "Background Apps"

For everyone wondering if this is really true: Based on a Google search it neither helps nor hurts to close background apps. Technically it hurts slightly due to the time it takes to close and reopen them, but that's just a technicality. Which makes flying a plane to tell people it that much more si...
by ericgrau
Mon Jan 08, 2018 12:41 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Controversial opinions about food
Replies: 1028
Views: 175754

Re: Controversial opinions about food

Oh "good" in terms of healthy. And since I was saying before healthiness tends to taste good not bad. He was thinking tastes good automatically means it must be unhealthy. I'm thinking he should load up on more curried veggies if he likes them.
by ericgrau
Mon Jan 08, 2018 12:06 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Controversial opinions about food
Replies: 1028
Views: 175754

Re: Controversial opinions about food

Veggies good, curry sauce good. Sounds healthy. Lettuce isn't that special, even the better ones. Curried veggies sound a lot better for you, stick with that. Dunno what recipe I used but the few recipes I saw used much more colorful and healthier veggies than what's put in most salads. The spices a...
by ericgrau
Sun Jan 07, 2018 11:56 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Controversial opinions about food
Replies: 1028
Views: 175754

Re: Controversial opinions about food

Ooh on that note I have one to add. Real healthy stuff usually tastes way better than unhealthy stuff. Not that kale kombucha BS, but sashimi, fresh anything, a nicely made fancy mushroom or butternut squash or sunchoke or brussel sprouts or etc. veggie dish, forbidden rice, etc., etc. Problem is w...
by ericgrau
Sun Jan 07, 2018 8:39 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Controversial opinions about food
Replies: 1028
Views: 175754

Re: Controversial opinions about food

Ooh on that note I have one to add. Real healthy stuff usually tastes way better than unhealthy stuff. Not that kale kombucha BS, but sashimi, fresh anything, a nicely made fancy mushroom or butternut squash or sunchoke or brussel sprouts or etc. veggie dish, forbidden rice, etc., etc. Problem is we...
by ericgrau
Sat Dec 30, 2017 9:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1935: "2018"
Replies: 66
Views: 5769

Re: 1935: "2018"

Um, "Except only every 4th '00 is a leap year" is easier to remember. 400,800,1200,1600,2000,2400 are still leap years. So we really dodged a bullet in the year 2000. I might have had to waste time learning about the exception. Except I just did... dammit. Something tells me this still isn...
by ericgrau
Sat Dec 30, 2017 9:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1935: "2018"
Replies: 66
Views: 5769

Re: 1935: "2018"

1900 and 2100 are divisible by 4 but not leap years. (Googles) Ah of course 3/4 of every '00 year breaks the rule. Because being off by 0.75 days a century would have been horrible come the year 3000. "Winter came a week early, noooo" Ok, I'll worry about it in 83 years. I think... teachi...
by ericgrau
Sat Dec 30, 2017 7:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1935: "2018"
Replies: 66
Views: 5769

Re: 1935: "2018"

Wait, so everyone can't do 2018/4 in their heads? I guess arithmetic isn't that big of a thing. You don't need to do any arithmetic to work out leap years. You just have to look at the digits of the year and follow a checklist. Like this... ⋅ If the final two digits of the year are zero, ...
by ericgrau
Sat Dec 30, 2017 2:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1935: "2018"
Replies: 66
Views: 5769

Re: 1935: "2018"

Wait, so everyone can't do 2018/4 in their heads? I guess arithmetic isn't that big of a thing.
by ericgrau
Tue Dec 12, 2017 2:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1927: "Tinder"
Replies: 18
Views: 2444

Re: 1927: "Tinder"

This could be a clever real Tinder profile for a pilot looking for pilots.
by ericgrau
Sat Dec 09, 2017 1:37 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: What's the best battery cell?
Replies: 23
Views: 8687

Re: What's the best battery cell?

I personally think all non-rechargable batteries are a horrendous waste, and should be banned as soon as possible. Other than that I have no clear opinion (mostly because I haven't even heard of some of these options), but the Lithium-ion batteries in my phone and laptop serve me well. That's a com...
by ericgrau
Sat Dec 09, 2017 12:59 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Assumptions of Searle’s Chinese Room Thought Experiment
Replies: 64
Views: 6443

Re: The Assumptions of Searle’s Chinese Room Thought Experiment

I don't know about the feasibility of A.I., but the thought experiment seems extremely weak. The paper filing cabinet itself could have A.I. The filing cabinet (and/or pencil & paper for writing data files) may fill a city and take thousands of years of years for a human running it to respond to...
by ericgrau
Sat Dec 09, 2017 12:43 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Bill Gates regrets
Replies: 6
Views: 5296

Re: Bill Gates regrets

Sounds like the solution for you is to likewise disable the F1 and use the help menu. Because you actually need help infrequently enough for a menu to to be worth the effort. If you really need a key for context driven help, make it an obnoxious key combination that software maps to F1. It's worth t...
by ericgrau
Sat Dec 09, 2017 12:36 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Controversial opinions about food
Replies: 1028
Views: 175754

Re: Controversial opinions about food

Oh this is gonna be too fun.

Bacon is meh.
Carbs, protein and fat don't matter.
Ahi tuna sashimi is great with a hint of soy sauce and a lot of French's mustard.
Anything can be curried.
by ericgrau
Sat Dec 09, 2017 12:03 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: The Pronunciation of Sudo
Replies: 90
Views: 39910

Re: The Pronunciation of Sudo

King Author wrote:lol at the fact that more people are voting sue-doe, but more people are posting in favor of sue-doo

Lazy people call it how they see it and are instantly done. Bored people with lots of time to type get into the nitty gritty details of its superhero origin story.
by ericgrau
Sat Dec 09, 2017 12:00 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Repairing a Digital Multimeter?
Replies: 5
Views: 2979

Re: Repairing a Digital Multimeter?

First take out your multimeter and... dammit. Ok but seriously it's a ~$25 multimeter. Unscrew the thing, check the fuse. Hopefully you have a way to check connectivity. If not with a multimeter, then stick it in a quick circuit. If the fuse is fine: drive Uber for 2-4 hours (up to 4 due to costs of...
by ericgrau
Fri Dec 08, 2017 11:39 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Bill Gates regrets
Replies: 6
Views: 5296

Re: Bill Gates regrets

Do you think he was actually right to appropriate the historic Ctrl-Alt-Del firmware interrupt for his OS-level interrupt, or should he have vehemently requested yet another key on increasingly non-standard keyboards besides the Windows-flag key(s) and the Windows-menu one, just one inadvertent mis...
by ericgrau
Fri Dec 08, 2017 2:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1917: "How to Make Friends"
Replies: 35
Views: 4473

Re: 1917: "How to Make Friends"

1. Find other person(s). 2. Do stuff with other person(s). 3. You're over-complicating it if there's a 3, but it's ok to have a 0 to cheat the meet-ups. Saying hi and grabbing a meal out of the blue is difficult. Clubs and other organizations are an easy way out. One good nerd way is a dungeon's an...
by ericgrau
Fri Dec 08, 2017 4:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1925: "Self-Driving Car Milestones"
Replies: 22
Views: 2875

Re: 1925: "Self-Driving Car Milestones"

Been quietly lurking for some time, but I had a dream where I was working on autonomous vehicles a week or two ago (really), and in it I said "Just say into here where you want to go, and it will take you somewhere that sounds vaguely like that". Can you imagine all the drunken navigation...
by ericgrau
Wed Dec 06, 2017 4:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1924: "Solar Panels"
Replies: 60
Views: 4787

Re: 1924: "Solar Panels"

mocking It's easier to install panels off the road than on them. Any justification is just a made up excuse that could be done better off the road. Any off road problem is worse on road and easier to fix off road. That's it. The one reason is space saving which is not necessary at all. Foundations ...
by ericgrau
Wed Dec 06, 2017 3:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1924: "Solar Panels"
Replies: 60
Views: 4787

Re: 1924: "Solar Panels"

The U.S. has 306,662 square feet per person. 1,840 square feet of that is roads. 65,340 square feet feeds that person. A few hundred provides him with places to live and work. The rest is wild land and poor land. Solar roads are complete nonsense because there is no reason at all to conserve that sp...
by ericgrau
Sat Dec 02, 2017 5:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1923: "Felsius"
Replies: 78
Views: 6529

Re: 1923: "Felsius"

I feel that Felsius gives me a more useful size degree-ish while describing-ish real world temperatures between 0 and 100. Yet 0 is, eh, close enough to freezing. 100 isn't anywhere near boiling but it's pretty dang hot and any hotter will burn my mouth. However Rankelsienheit (the arithmetic-geomet...
by ericgrau
Thu Nov 30, 2017 4:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1905: "Cast Iron Pan"
Replies: 108
Views: 10811

Re: 1905: "Cast Iron Pan"

I blast them with heat but I soak and clean only with a sponge, no implements; I don't even own any. If it's super bad and won't come off within a few seconds, I soak again after rinsing and wiping and then it does the next time. If I burn something I include vinegar when soaking. Takes literally se...
by ericgrau
Fri Nov 24, 2017 10:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1920: "Emoji Sports"
Replies: 23
Views: 4249

Re: 1920: "Emoji Sports"

Candle eating looks like it could be a real emoji for fancy dinner for two.
by ericgrau
Thu Nov 23, 2017 4:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 4795
Views: 368777

Re: Trump presidency

The Democratic establishment decided that, against everyone's wishes, only Clinton and a living strawman were allowed to run in the race, but somehow, the living strawman was far more relatable and likable than her, so the Dems had to pull some dirty tricks to prevent the living strawman from upset...
by ericgrau
Thu Nov 23, 2017 4:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1917: "How to Make Friends"
Replies: 35
Views: 4473

Re: 1917: "How to Make Friends"

xtifr wrote:Of course, advances in AI should soon give us a whole new set of answers to the question "how do I make friends?" :)


I dunno, I feel awkward starting a conversation out of the blue with an AI.
by ericgrau
Thu Nov 23, 2017 1:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1905: "Cast Iron Pan"
Replies: 108
Views: 10811

Re: 1905: "Cast Iron Pan"

Normally I also just give a regular pan a quick scrub if even that.

Now let’s say both are greasy and gunky and you soak, thinking it will be a few minutes . If you forget cast iron in the sink and leave it all day will it rust?
by ericgrau
Thu Nov 23, 2017 6:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1905: "Cast Iron Pan"
Replies: 108
Views: 10811

Re: 1905: Cast Iron Pan

The big problem with teflon is that it doesn't stick to the metal very well (not sticking to things is rather its selling point), and it's not very strong, so once you scratch or chip it, it tends to continue to disintegrate and add teflon chips to the things you cook in it. And it can't easily be ...
by ericgrau
Thu Nov 23, 2017 5:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1917: "How to Make Friends"
Replies: 35
Views: 4473

Re: 1917: "How to Make Friends"

1. Find other person(s). 2. Do stuff with other person(s). 3. You're over-complicating it if there's a 3, but it's ok to have a 0 to cheat the meet-ups. Saying hi and grabbing a meal out of the blue is difficult. Clubs and other organizations are an easy way out. One good nerd way is a dungeon's and...
by ericgrau
Mon Nov 20, 2017 5:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1905: "Cast Iron Pan"
Replies: 108
Views: 10811

Re: 1905: Cast Iron Pan

The big problem with teflon is that it doesn't stick to the metal very well (not sticking to things is rather its selling point), and it's not very strong, so once you scratch or chip it, it tends to continue to disintegrate and add teflon chips to the things you cook in it. And it can't easily be ...
by ericgrau
Tue Oct 31, 2017 3:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1905: "Cast Iron Pan"
Replies: 108
Views: 10811

Re: 1905: Cast Iron Pan

I was a bit scared of teflon so I looked it up and high heat creates the biggest risk of breaking it down and releasing dangerous compounds into your food. Super high searing temps, high enough to leave some charcoal in the crust, can release some teflon and cause minor danger. To cause major danger...
by ericgrau
Tue Oct 31, 2017 2:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1902: "State Borders"
Replies: 61
Views: 7996

Re: 1902: "State Borders"

Thanks, also copy pasted saved.
by ericgrau
Mon Oct 30, 2017 3:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1908: Credit Card Rewards
Replies: 22
Views: 2947

Re: 1908: Credit Card Rewards

That first hour after your needs are paid off can't be so crazy valuable that you wouldn't work it for any amount. Rarely would anyone even refuse the +50%. Where did you get that statistic? It's not at all rare in my experience; in fact I think the majority of workers choose not to work overtime a...
by ericgrau
Sun Oct 29, 2017 4:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1908: Credit Card Rewards
Replies: 22
Views: 2947

Re: 1908: Credit Card Rewards

I never understood considering your time as being worth as much as you can make per hour. If you have a set work schedule, it's not like you could work more hours and get paid more money, so your time is basically worthless as far as money is concerned. At minimum it's a good ballpark. You are alre...
by ericgrau
Sat Oct 28, 2017 3:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1908: Credit Card Rewards
Replies: 22
Views: 2947

Re: 1908: Credit Card Rewards

I never understood considering your time as being worth as much as you can make per hour. If you have a set work schedule, it's not like you could work more hours and get paid more money, so your time is basically worthless as far as money is concerned. At minimum it's a good ballpark. You are alre...
by ericgrau
Fri Oct 27, 2017 1:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1905: "Cast Iron Pan"
Replies: 108
Views: 10811

Re: 1905: Cast Iron Pan

96,000/126 million = 0.0008 hassles a year, sorry. 1 every 1250 years. From "wanton carelessness" leaving appliances unattended on a regular basis.
Conservatively. It's probably a lot less house fires than that.
by ericgrau
Thu Oct 26, 2017 3:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1905: "Cast Iron Pan"
Replies: 108
Views: 10811

Re: 1905: Cast Iron Pan

Also 0.008 hassles a year. Conservatively, it's probably a lot lower.

EDIT: miscalculation, 96,000/126 million is 0.0008 not 0.008.
by ericgrau
Thu Oct 26, 2017 1:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1907: "Immune System"
Replies: 11
Views: 2043

Re: 1907: "Immune System"

I call shenanigans. When was the last time you saw a meeting where everyone was not only paying attention to the presenter, but nary a tablet, laptop, or phone in sight? Fake News! There are only 3 people in the audience and they are less than 10 feet away, so it would be a bit rude to do it to the...
by ericgrau
Wed Oct 25, 2017 9:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1905: "Cast Iron Pan"
Replies: 108
Views: 10811

Re: 1905: Cast Iron Pan

Cars kill thousands ever year but they're not banned because they're worth it. Similarly let's look into the cost benefit of leaving appliances running. 9,600 fires a year from appliances. Unknown% people leave them unattended but it's a rather high number. Much higher than 10% I bet, so let's use 1...
by ericgrau
Wed Oct 25, 2017 4:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1905: "Cast Iron Pan"
Replies: 108
Views: 10811

Re: 1905: Cast Iron Pan

Whether they should or shouldn't, there must be a good number of people who leave the house with the dishwasher running. I looked it up and saw recommendations against it. Within 2 articles I also saw a recommendation to not charge your cell phone overnight. A few more down a recommendation to leave...

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