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by ijuin
Sat Nov 24, 2018 12:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2076: "Horror Movies 2"
Replies: 41
Views: 2245

Re: 2076: "Horror Movies 2"

Meh, literature awards have nothing to do with how entertaining the story is and everything to do with whatever the literary critics consider to be “high art”.
by ijuin
Wed Nov 21, 2018 3:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2073: "Kilogram"
Replies: 97
Views: 4847

Re: 2073: "Kilogram"

America is a country where the normal serving size for beer is neither one glass nor one bottle, but rather the pack of bottles in which they are sold. Drinking six to twelve bottles or tins at once is quite common among enthusiasts.
by ijuin
Wed Nov 21, 2018 5:11 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7962
Views: 603351

Re: Trump presidency

Yes, it would likely be used to justify Trump’s claim that journalists in general are conspiring against him.
by ijuin
Tue Nov 20, 2018 5:27 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7962
Views: 603351

Re: Trump presidency

So then, should we continue to settle California? Maybe we should consider moving industries such as Hollywood and Silicon Valley to other states? Sounds great. Let's revisit it when we've found the funding to relocate several million of the nation's wealthiest people and their businesses and the i...
by ijuin
Mon Nov 19, 2018 6:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2073: "Kilogram"
Replies: 97
Views: 4847

Re: 2073: "Kilogram"

Having separate nautical and aeronautical miles would create unnecessary confusion in coordinating between surface ships and aircraft especially with regards to naval aviation.
by ijuin
Mon Nov 19, 2018 5:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2074: Airplanes and Spaceships
Replies: 40
Views: 2180

Re: 2074: Airplanes and Spaceships

Unobtanium remains unobtainable for the time being. As for the slow pace of spacecraft development relative to aircraft development, aircraft had the advantage that the two biggest and most financially expensive wars of the twentieth century saw massive investment in aircraft as warfighting platform...
by ijuin
Mon Nov 19, 2018 4:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2073: "Kilogram"
Replies: 97
Views: 4847

Re: 2073: "Kilogram"

...the standard kilogram is known to have changed mass over time (exactly how much is unclear) Well no, the standard kilogram has always stayed at exactly the same mass. Everything else in the universe has slightly changed mass over time. :D Well, kind of. I mean, there's the physical concept of ma...
by ijuin
Sun Nov 18, 2018 5:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7962
Views: 603351

Re: Trump presidency

I’d go with the germophobia idea—he’s already showing paranoia similar to the later days of Howard Hughes.
by ijuin
Fri Nov 16, 2018 7:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1853
Views: 319623

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

Zohar wrote:
Soupspoon wrote:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Fiat_buses

:P

What am I looking at?

Buses created by Fiat.
by ijuin
Fri Nov 16, 2018 7:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2072: "Evaluating Tech Things"
Replies: 35
Views: 2541

Re: 2072: "Evaluating Tech Things"

If you are ok with only getting your video from a fixed altitude, then it may be more expedient to mount cameras to metal poles sufficiently well-anchored to the ground in the tornado’s likely path.
by ijuin
Fri Nov 16, 2018 7:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2073: "Kilogram"
Replies: 97
Views: 4847

Re: 2073: "Kilogram"

Wasn’t the original basis of the kilogram equal to the mass of one thousand cubic centimeters of pure water at one gravity under standard atmospheric conditions?
by ijuin
Fri Nov 16, 2018 12:29 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science fleeting thoughts
Replies: 119
Views: 21547

Re: Science fleeting thoughts

That seems to invoke a circular definition—any current is also going to have a specific voltage, and the volt is defined in terms of amperes and Newtons—the Newton itself being defined in terms of kilograms.
by ijuin
Thu Nov 15, 2018 1:55 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6473
Views: 969282

Re: Police misbehavior thread

So in other words, nervous people are up to no good, as opposed to being, say, afraid of flying due to phobia or fear of terrorist attacks?
by ijuin
Wed Nov 14, 2018 7:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2072: "Evaluating Tech Things"
Replies: 35
Views: 2541

Re: 2072: "Evaluating Tech Things"

Meh, the only danger (aside from the drone operator maybe being too close to the center fot his own safety) is that of the drone itself becoming hazardous airborne debris when it inevitably breaks/crashes.
by ijuin
Tue Nov 13, 2018 9:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7962
Views: 603351

Re: Trump presidency

Does “after midnight” mean between midnight and dawn? Because even 11:59 PM is “after” the previous midnight...
by ijuin
Tue Nov 13, 2018 5:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14990
Views: 2381194

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

I’m still trying to wrap my mind around Walmart selling sex toys.
by ijuin
Tue Nov 13, 2018 6:32 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14990
Views: 2381194

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

Easy. If it benefits Trump for it to be true, then it’s real news. Otherwise, it’s fake news.
by ijuin
Sun Nov 11, 2018 4:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4190
Views: 577133

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Winter? What is this “winter” you speak of? We are still having 80 Farenheit days here.
by ijuin
Sun Nov 11, 2018 7:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 532
Views: 88977

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

Yes, why burn the gas far away to produce electricity and then use the electricity to produce heat when you can get better efficiency by burning the gas for heat directly?
by ijuin
Sat Nov 10, 2018 8:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6473
Views: 969282

Re: Police misbehavior thread

It’s not that cops who are fired for violence should never be hired for any job ever again—it’s that they should not be hired for jobs that involve potential violence as part of the job—e.g. law enforcement and security jobs. They should be employed in nice safe desk jobs instead where they won’t be...
by ijuin
Sat Nov 10, 2018 9:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2069: "Wishlist"
Replies: 35
Views: 2616

Re: 2069: "Wishlist"

Maybe he’s driving without power steering?
by ijuin
Fri Nov 09, 2018 10:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14990
Views: 2381194

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

The frigate being the one to leak fuel after the collision makes sense when you realize that modern frigates generally do not have armored hulls, whereas modern oil tankers have various anti-leakage protections such as self-sealing tanks and double-layered hulls. The tanker may well be more impact-r...
by ijuin
Tue Nov 06, 2018 7:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"
Replies: 110
Views: 6620

Re: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"

There's no friggin' way this kind of thing should be out before Election Day, clearly influencing those who haven't voted yet. I could come up with reasons either way that it'd energize one side or the other, but any kind of influence that early voters might have on later voters is plain wrong. Wor...
by ijuin
Tue Nov 06, 2018 8:55 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4190
Views: 577133

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Coming years? We have ALWAYS been at war with Eastasia.
by ijuin
Sun Nov 04, 2018 8:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1509: "Scenery Cheat Sheet"
Replies: 80
Views: 16711

Re: 1509: "Scenery Cheat Sheet"

Only in our imaginations, unfortunately.
by ijuin
Sat Nov 03, 2018 1:21 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14990
Views: 2381194

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

Yes, I live in Silicon Valley, and here a three-bedroom place goes for about three thousand dollars per month.
by ijuin
Thu Nov 01, 2018 4:32 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science fleeting thoughts
Replies: 119
Views: 21547

Re: Science fleeting thoughts

Your phone being pressed up against your brain for hours every day could plausibly be a hazard, but unless you walk around or sleep with your wi-fi hub against your head, then the risk from wi-fi radio waves is about a thousand times less than from your phone.
by ijuin
Thu Nov 01, 2018 12:09 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science fleeting thoughts
Replies: 119
Views: 21547

Re: Science fleeting thoughts

Bah, any EM radiation longer than ultraviolet-A is virtually harmless at intensities below several watts per square meter.
by ijuin
Wed Oct 31, 2018 7:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7962
Views: 603351

Re: Trump presidency

The original purpose of the phrase “subject to the jurisdiction thereof” was to exclude autonomous American Indian communities from being granted citizenship (and thus the right to vote against the mass appropriation of their entire continent by European-descended people).
by ijuin
Mon Oct 29, 2018 9:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7962
Views: 603351

Re: Trump presidency

Your best bet is the Democrats shame the GOP away from the worst war crimes . I wouldn't consider that a terribly good bet. Democrats shaming republicans seems more likely to result in "this is a terrible idea, but if we do it, it'll bother the democrats, which means it's a GREAT idea". H...
by ijuin
Mon Oct 29, 2018 7:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7962
Views: 603351

Re: Trump presidency

At this point I’ll settle for getting just enough votes in the Senate and House to prevent the Trumpists from railroading their stuff through until we can get a sane President of either party to succeed him.
by ijuin
Mon Oct 29, 2018 2:38 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ethics of Research
Replies: 76
Views: 5106

Re: Ethics of Research

I would say that the obligation to share is dependent on the content of the research. Stuff pertaining to the security of one’s own organization/nation should generally not be shared with those outside of that organization. On the other hand, if the research results seem likely to save lives (e.g. s...
by ijuin
Sat Oct 27, 2018 6:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2063: "Carnot Cycle"
Replies: 27
Views: 3575

Re: 2063: "Carnot Cycle"

How about if I don’t want to feel old?
by ijuin
Fri Oct 26, 2018 2:52 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14990
Views: 2381194

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

The problem with having an all-in-one aircraft is that the mission requirements for anti-ground and air interception are mutually opposed. Anti- ground missions require an airframe with a low stall speed and engines that are fuel-efficient at low airspeeds in order to maximize loiter time where the ...
by ijuin
Fri Oct 26, 2018 2:28 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7962
Views: 603351

Re: Trump presidency

¹ Or Liberal Democrat, but they're all pinko lefty trotskyite commies, to you, I'm sure. ;) I mean, if they're singing about politics, it's definitely some kind of leftist hippie nonsense. :D Though I'd love to see presidential debates happen via song. There's some untapped potential in there, I kn...
by ijuin
Fri Oct 26, 2018 2:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2061: "Tectonics Game"
Replies: 69
Views: 9662

Re: 2061: "Tectonics Game"

The biggest flaw in the example given, as I can see, is the attribution of the cause to a figure from their religion (this “Morubi”). Generally, even if the archaeologists subscribe to a religious world-explanation style, they will still scoff at invocations of a religion that is unrelated to their ...
by ijuin
Thu Oct 25, 2018 2:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2063: "Carnot Cycle"
Replies: 27
Views: 3575

Re: 2063: "Carnot Cycle"

Flumble wrote:Either way I care not: I'm driving a huge ass-truck, not a car.

As opposed to a huge-ass truck?
by ijuin
Thu Oct 25, 2018 1:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2061: "Tectonics Game"
Replies: 69
Views: 9662

Re: 2061: "Tectonics Game"

If they don't know about radioactivity, this won't work, but it's at least working from basic principles. (As a bonus, if they are able to check the isotope mix safely, it also gives them a nice clock of how long ago you existed). If they know about radioactivity, then the next thing to convey is t...
by ijuin
Thu Oct 25, 2018 1:24 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7962
Views: 603351

Re: Trump presidency

On the general rightward shift in recent decades, consider Richard Nixon. In his time he was considered a hardline right-winger, yet today’s Republican Party would scream that he is a pinko. Regularizing diplomatic relations with Communist China? Creating a federal Environmental Protection Agency wi...
by ijuin
Wed Oct 24, 2018 2:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2061: "Tectonics Game"
Replies: 69
Views: 9662

Re: 2061: "Tectonics Game"

Sure you can—if you can first dig, drill, or blast your way through the overlying two hundred meters of solid rock—or break through the archeological dig that is set up after someone else has done that part for you.

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