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by mccdyl001
Wed Mar 18, 2015 5:29 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0133: "Flagpole"
Replies: 70
Views: 21431

Re: What-If 0133: "Flagpole"

Came to say the same as SuperSteve. Some quick estimating has 3kN = 700lb or 350kg in proper units. So 10kN = 1 ton. 100kN = 10 tones. Of nearly instant downward force. On a flagpole sticking out the side of a building? That thing is either bending or pulling out the wall long before the arms are to...
by mccdyl001
Fri Mar 13, 2015 12:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1498: "Terry Pratchett"
Replies: 43
Views: 12531

Re: 1498: "Terry Pratchett"

I probably need a couple of recommendations since I'm not realistically going to read them all. There are several guides around if you'd like to drop into just a part of the Discworld series and don't want to read them all in published order. One example can be found here http://www.lspace.org/book...
by mccdyl001
Fri Mar 13, 2015 8:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1498: "Terry Pratchett"
Replies: 43
Views: 12531

Re: 1498: "Terry Pratchett"

The twitter sign off moved me to tears.

If anyone hasn't seen it, shortly after he passed on, Sir Pterry's official account posted the following tweets:

Spoiler:
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by mccdyl001
Fri Mar 06, 2015 6:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1495: "Hard Reboot"
Replies: 56
Views: 11775

Re: 1495: "Hard Reboot"

I'd like to know too - a kitchen timer usually only goes up to 1 hour (at least for the mechanical ones) and when it finishes its countdown rings a bell or has an alarm tone? I've never come across a kitchen timer which restarts itself.
by mccdyl001
Wed Mar 04, 2015 8:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1494: “Insurance”
Replies: 81
Views: 15691

Re: 1494: “Insurance”

I've had the misfortune of arriving when my bags did not on a domestic flight. I was promised the bags would be there on the very next flight down (about 2 hours later), so went off home and then came back a couple hours later. Just walked straight into the baggage claim hall - the security person a...
by mccdyl001
Wed Mar 04, 2015 7:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1494: “Insurance”
Replies: 81
Views: 15691

Re: 1494: “Insurance”

Taking bags on an international flight wouldn't be easy as you still go through customs *after* getting the bag, but for domestic flights it could be possible. In my time flying, I've come across two types of baggage conveyor systems. One is where the belt goes through a little doorway to the outsid...
by mccdyl001
Fri Feb 27, 2015 1:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1492: "Dress color"
Replies: 362
Views: 52738

Re: 1492: "Dress color"

No one is mentioning it but was this filtered to hell-and-back before it was uploaded to tumblr as in the standard "instragram post" these days? Could explain how the black gets shifted to look like gold?
by mccdyl001
Tue Nov 12, 2013 9:55 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0071: "Stirring Tea"
Replies: 71
Views: 36619

Re: What-If 0071: "Stirring Tea"

As a side question. in the scenario of a tea cup without baffles, would it be possible to stir fast enough that you could accelerate the speed of the rotating tea until centrifugal forces pushing outward (on the inside of the tea cup) could shatter a standard porcelain tea cup?
by mccdyl001
Fri Nov 01, 2013 9:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1285: "Third Way"
Replies: 163
Views: 28489

Re: 1285: "Third Way"

How do we know that "Double spacers" weren't just taught wrong as a joke? It would be like having a child and teaching them colours wrong as a joke. i.e. "Johnny, go fetch the blue brick." <Johnny returns with a blue brick.> "No Johnny, thats a green brick. Fetch the blue br...
by mccdyl001
Fri Oct 18, 2013 7:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1279: "Reverse Identity Theft"
Replies: 144
Views: 37238

Re: 1279: "Reverse Identity Theft"

I've had a situation where someone updated their online stockbroker account login details and changed it to my email. My guess is they used an initial between their names and forgot to put it in, but one morning i received an email from the stockbroker with all the login details (password and userna...

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