Search found 250 matches

by SuicideJunkie
Wed Jul 25, 2018 10:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2024: "Light Hacks"
Replies: 18
Views: 1512

Re: 2024: "Light Hacks"

What I'm unclear on is what the (supposed) pros are of building your Dyson Sphere inside an existing one. The cons of literally casting shade at a more (technologically, not necessarily ethically) advanced civilisation are pretty obvious... All the parts you need to build it are convieniently provi...
by SuicideJunkie
Wed Jul 25, 2018 1:47 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Thoughts on Goa'uld: population growth and similarity to Yeerks
Replies: 16
Views: 1018

Re: Thoughts on Goa'uld: population growth and similarity to Yeerks

The Goa'uld are plainly following the pattern of "millions upon billions of spawned 'nymphs', only a few of which reach the 'adult' form, only a few of which earn rights to be the next generation of super-breeders", although I'd have to binge watch SG1 again (and I never did see much Atla...
by SuicideJunkie
Tue Jul 24, 2018 5:59 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)
Replies: 2632
Views: 470096

Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)

Roller Coaster Tycoon 1&2 are on sale at GoG at the moment. 2/3rds off in case you haven't gotten them already.
by SuicideJunkie
Mon Jul 23, 2018 9:00 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: I need a Game Recommendation
Replies: 1533
Views: 337964

Re: I need a Game Recommendation

Ixtellor wrote:Any recommendations for a multiplayer town building game, where you can fight each other, and made within the last 2 years? Could just be economic fights too.

Factorio would count. You probably won't ever get to the point of slinging nukes at each other, but tanks and laser turrets are likely.
by SuicideJunkie
Mon Jul 23, 2018 8:51 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Factorio - automate ALL the things!
Replies: 124
Views: 82309

Re: Factorio - automate ALL the things!

Something I set up just last week, which is quite nice; Train based bus service. 1) At various places around the map, I've got a pair of adjacent stops. a) One stop is named "Bus_Pickup" b) The other stop is named "Bus_{locationDescription}" 2) The bus_pickup is wired to a wall s...
by SuicideJunkie
Mon Jul 23, 2018 3:02 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Gaming fleeting thoughts
Replies: 672
Views: 103269

Re: Gaming fleeting thoughts

I'd say that building roads in general is a strategic decision. Having a road wind left or right around a particular tile vs driving through, and the exact distance from the mountain to the road is the tactical part of it. The topology of the map (such as mountains and open fields and the existence ...
by SuicideJunkie
Fri Jul 20, 2018 5:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2019: "An Apple for a Dollar"
Replies: 80
Views: 3692

Re: 2019: "An Apple for a Dollar"

My local Tesco's self-service machines are keen on handing out small coins for change - it gets a little annoying when I put in some small change to get a nice round total, and get 20 5p coins back... Sounds a lot like the Vending Machine Slots game. Put in a $20, then hit the return button. If you...
by SuicideJunkie
Fri Jul 13, 2018 5:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2016: "OEIS Submissions"
Replies: 28
Views: 2515

Re: 2016: "OEIS Submissions"

Yerushalmi wrote:An objection that was raised immediately on the OEIS mailing list :) I haven't checked if it's been resolved.
I really hope there is an online archive where we can read this assuredly amusing exchange, and that someone will link to it.
by SuicideJunkie
Fri Jul 13, 2018 5:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2018: "Wall Art"
Replies: 25
Views: 2018

Re: 2018: "Wall Art"

Why not timeshare some kids?
You'll rarely get the best days, but the fees are negative, and it provides the necessary wall art justification.
by SuicideJunkie
Fri Jul 13, 2018 5:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2019: "An Apple for a Dollar"
Replies: 80
Views: 3692

Re: 2019: "An Apple for a Dollar"

No. It's how many maths did people do. Jose How much maths did people do, surely? No, it's how many maths. How much of something you measure, how many of something you count. The 's' implies something you count. Jose You need more dimensions. How many types of math did you need, and how much did yo...
by SuicideJunkie
Wed Jul 11, 2018 6:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2018: "Wall Art"
Replies: 25
Views: 2018

Re: 2018: "Wall Art"

Moose Anus wrote:
Reka wrote:(Well, not really nephew: my cousin's kid, not my sibling's.)
He's your first cousin once removed.

If he gets removed twice more, then he'll be perma-banned from the family under the three strikes rule.
by SuicideJunkie
Thu Jul 05, 2018 9:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2013: "Rock"
Replies: 42
Views: 3205

Re: 2013: "Rock"

The stone may have been enjoying success by sitting on that shore for some time, and the last deglaciation wasn't too long ago. Or maybe it is just a lazy rock and hasn't actually been trying for very long. Rocks going through certain phases (as this one clearly is), will lack all motivation for a l...
by SuicideJunkie
Fri Jun 22, 2018 6:02 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Metric versus US Customary/Imperial for Everyday Use
Replies: 109
Views: 33403

Re: Metric versus US Customary/Imperial for Everyday Use

WanderingLinguist wrote:This is also the secret to unlimited free energy.
Specifically; convert in a cycle from Joules to BTUs to Horsepower-Hours and back, skim off the fractional rounding errors to charge a battery.
by SuicideJunkie
Fri Jun 22, 2018 5:32 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0157: "Earth-Moon Fire Pole"
Replies: 30
Views: 9410

Re: What-If 0157: "Earth-Moon Fire Pole"

One trick I'm studying is accelerating packets of Deimos dust to 2 km/s while it is travelling prograde relative to Mars orbit. With very high precision aiming and timing , the packets will smack into the heat shield of a vehicle arriving from Earth, and speed it up to match orbits with Mars; speci...
by SuicideJunkie
Fri Jun 22, 2018 5:10 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28398
Views: 2981183

Re: Blistering blue barnacles

Every Windows 10 update is pushing me closer to wiping the damn thing and installing Linux instead. I recommend that you start playing around on an older PC or in a VM. Start getting used to things in a low pressure environment where you still have google on a second screen and can keep it relative...
by SuicideJunkie
Fri Jun 22, 2018 4:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2009: "Hertzsprung-Russell Diagram"
Replies: 33
Views: 2567

Re: 2009: "Hertzsprung-Russell Diagram"

There's an empty space between the cooler Supergiants and the cooler main sequence stars. Why's there an empty space? Because a cool star on the main sequence is also a very small star and vice versa (red dwarfs). A supergiant, as the name implies, is quite large. With both being at the same blackb...
by SuicideJunkie
Wed Jun 20, 2018 2:01 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Repetitive Coin Flip Probability
Replies: 16
Views: 1856

Re: Repetitive Coin Flip Probability

Well, the raw thing to do is just add up all the probabilities of it being flipped an odd number of times.

I'd also note that for the 95% case, it smells like it should be the inverse probability of the 5% case but only on odd numbered days. While being the same as the 5% case on even numbered days.
by SuicideJunkie
Fri Jun 15, 2018 5:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2007: "Brookhaven RHIC"
Replies: 32
Views: 3492

Re: 2007: "Brookhaven RHIC"

speising wrote:shouldn't those be gold for cash stores?

They're trying to save money by rapidly selling their used gold.
by SuicideJunkie
Fri Jun 15, 2018 5:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2006: "Customer Rewards"
Replies: 40
Views: 3601

Re: 2006: "Customer Attention"

I think what's weird about sales taxes in the U.S. isn't that they exist, or which levels of government levy them, or how high they are, but that stores are not required to show prices that include them on their price tags. Personally I hate that. Like an embedded culture of lies. (It costs this mu...
by SuicideJunkie
Wed Jun 13, 2018 2:55 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science-based what-if questions
Replies: 620
Views: 81963

Re: Science-based what-if questions

If your finger/arm deforms to seal well, doesn't leave the barrel or leak air, then the pressure and force will rise towards infinity as the fingertip/hand gets deformed to match the shape of the bullet/shell and the remaining volume of barrel-air drops. An explosive shockwave and crushed finger/lim...
by SuicideJunkie
Tue Jun 12, 2018 6:39 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Awesome Student Quotes
Replies: 866
Views: 174328

Re: Awesome Student Quotes

Not exactly a student quote per se, but the day I learned what "Mitglied" means is kind of funny. We were reading a collection of article titles and suchlike, and one of them included this word we haven't seen before. All we knew is that some artists painted the "Mitglieder" of ...
by SuicideJunkie
Tue Jun 12, 2018 5:19 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sleep-time holodeck experiences
Replies: 3342
Views: 654201

Re: Sleep-time holodeck experiences

While the glide ratio provided by outstretched human arms has always been very impressive, I discovered last night that a bald eagle costume is an order of magnitude better. However, it is also uncomfortably tangly and far more difficult to climb to a good launch point. PS: Business tip - Hybrid pla...
by SuicideJunkie
Mon Jun 11, 2018 6:11 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: FTL - ohcrapshieldsaredown!
Replies: 357
Views: 73578

Re: FTL - ohcrapshieldsaredown!

I was just playing some more of this last weekend, and I've been reminded of how much I love fire beams. It was a questionable purchase at the store, costing all my money plus a drone sale, used up all 3 of my weapon power bars available, but also came with a small breach chance. Then I tried it, an...
by SuicideJunkie
Fri Jun 08, 2018 7:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2004: "Sun and Earth"
Replies: 7
Views: 1986

Re: 2004: "Sun and Earth"

Interestingly, the thin layer where we live is a completely- boiled massive convective system which blasts us with heat occasionally.
by SuicideJunkie
Mon Jun 04, 2018 2:15 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: How much is 1e340 j of energy?
Replies: 19
Views: 1578

Re: How much is 1e340 j of energy?

gd1 wrote:Note: It did occur to me that something that re-awakens in its previous position from a planet that rotates around a sun would likely be in outer space after 8 hours.
Depending on your choice of reference frame, each chapter could start with a sleepy creature being woken up by the flames of reentry.
by SuicideJunkie
Fri Jun 01, 2018 5:59 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Philosophy and science of gender and sex
Replies: 118
Views: 6218

Re: Philosophy and science of gender and sex

Pfhorrest wrote:That's not really a reverse of my example, it's the other side of the same example, because equality is commutative.
I read it as starting from A implies B, reversing that to check B implies A, and then concluding equality rather than assuming equality and using the implies as an example.
by SuicideJunkie
Tue May 22, 2018 9:37 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0157: "Earth-Moon Fire Pole"
Replies: 30
Views: 9410

Re: What-If 0157 "Earth-Moon Fire Pole"

That last image eloquently illustrates one of the problems inherent in a 2 dimensional world. The only option for the poor surface folk is to attempt to outrun the pole or find an underground bunker instead of simply stepping to the side.
by SuicideJunkie
Fri May 18, 2018 5:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14728
Views: 2253615

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

CorruptUser wrote:I think you are confusing it with the comic about ... ... ... .
Hmm.
I scored 50% on that test without looking anything up. I'm curious as to where I fit on the curve.
by SuicideJunkie
Fri May 18, 2018 5:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3995
Views: 512853

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Sableagle wrote:Own_v_use.png

Dividing by population on one side and not the other makes that chart quite biased.
Germany at around 80M vs US around 300M, puts that much closer to the ownership ratio.

Considering population shows Canada isn't as far ahead of the US on this as we'd like to think.
by SuicideJunkie
Wed May 16, 2018 6:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1994: "Repairs"
Replies: 29
Views: 5309

Re: 1994: "Repairs"

I've got an IBM Thinkpad in better than new condition myself. It started having problems with the power supply after a while, having to lean the plug one way to get it to run. I took things quite slow and the worktable turned into an exploded diagram of the guts, in concentric layers. Turned out the...
by SuicideJunkie
Wed May 16, 2018 3:19 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Gaming fleeting thoughts
Replies: 672
Views: 103269

Re: Gaming fleeting thoughts

I like StarCraft and all... but... managing all my li'l bugs/Zergs, my base AND expanding my territories with patrolling soldiers? No. No way. I can barely keep up with upgrading my main hive, spawning new and creative Zergs... I just get to Hydralisks stages of development and it seems like my ene...
by SuicideJunkie
Mon May 14, 2018 9:24 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sleep-time holodeck experiences
Replies: 3342
Views: 654201

Re: Sleep-time holodeck experiences

I was trying to punch in at my job, using an ancient radio-button & spinning-labels punch clock gizmo at the door to the concrete bunker. While I was desperately trying to focus on getting it right, the bridge crew of ST:TNG showed up at the door in front of me, and started arguing that they sho...
by SuicideJunkie
Mon May 14, 2018 5:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1992: "SafetySat"
Replies: 28
Views: 4970

Re: 1992: "SafetySat"

That wouldn't affect the CoM at all. It could make the body of the satellite body jerk around randomly across a fairly small distance. I imagine you'd be better off if it waved around a long stick with a radar reflector on it. Unless you're just trying to jitter around to keep astronauts from gettin...
by SuicideJunkie
Fri May 11, 2018 6:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1992: "SafetySat"
Replies: 28
Views: 4970

Re: 1992: "SafetySat"

GreatLimmick wrote:In this context, what is the minimum threshold for "high" resolution?

420p
by SuicideJunkie
Fri May 11, 2018 6:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1982: "Evangelism"
Replies: 109
Views: 14947

Re: 1982: "Evangelism"

Having an intuitive sense is great indeed, but that depends entirely on what you grow up with. I know how much a kilometer or a kilogram is and I handle miles and pounds by converting them to metric. I grew up with it, and I'm now way off on my estimations of how much a kilogram weighs. Apparently ...
by SuicideJunkie
Fri May 11, 2018 1:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1991: "Research Areas by Size and Countedness"
Replies: 30
Views: 3679

Re: 1991: "Research Areas by Size and Countedness"

Soupspoon wrote:
gmalivuk wrote:What was asked is if there's a difference between what the words refer to, which generally there isn't.

That'll probably change when we learn more.

Also when planetary immigration and emigration eventually becomes a hot topic.
by SuicideJunkie
Fri May 11, 2018 1:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"
Replies: 147
Views: 19498

Re: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"

Perhaps this is a sign that you are reacting rather than responding, which is a danger in any political discussion. I very much doubt it. The line between emotion and reason can be a little blurred, but when there is that strong a pattern, it's easy to get used to it. I didn't read that as implying...
by SuicideJunkie
Thu May 10, 2018 6:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1991: "Research Areas by Size and Countedness"
Replies: 30
Views: 3679

Re: 1991: "Research Areas by Size and Countedness"

Seems like theology is another one. Theologists tend to know exactly how many Gods or gods they're studying. A lot of the ones I've heard of have a 300% margin to start with, and while they have invested themselves heavily in their predictions, there has been a distinct lack of actual counting goin...
by SuicideJunkie
Thu May 10, 2018 5:56 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Formally, What is P and NP?
Replies: 18
Views: 4295

Re: Formally, What is P and NP?

Thank you all for helping me understand the machine definition of the N = NP problem. Can we now discuss the verifier definition? The gist of that as I understand it; If you can verify that any particular solution is correct in polytime, then you can trivially make a brute force NFS that simply tri...
by SuicideJunkie
Wed May 09, 2018 7:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1989: "IMHO"
Replies: 111
Views: 10610

Re: 1989: "IMHO"

I pronounce that as dodgy-coin in my head. I've never had cause to speak it aloud and likely never will.

Go to advanced search