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by Cougar Allen
Wed Sep 27, 2017 4:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1894: "Real Estate"
Replies: 28
Views: 2576

Re: 1894: "Real Estate"

This is a fundamentally flawed analysis. The US government owes money to the bond holders, and debt repayment can be delayed by borrowing money to rebuy the bond. Now why would someone want to pay off their debts within a short or medium time frame? Because they're afraid their income might decline...
by Cougar Allen
Thu Jul 27, 2017 3:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1867: "Physics Confession"
Replies: 182
Views: 13771

Re: 1867: "Physics Confession"

Sleeping cats don't purr. Purring is not really a sign of feeling happy; it's a sign of feeling sociable. Cats who are in pain purr. If snow is very cold skis don't work. The friction isn't enough to melt it and it's like trying to ski on sand. I'm not sure that applies to ice skates. That might req...
by Cougar Allen
Mon Jul 24, 2017 3:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1860: "Communicating"
Replies: 60
Views: 6066

Re: 1860: "Communicating"

The political meaning of the word is irrelevant. People who imagine evolution is progress from "lower" to "higher" forms, with themselves as the highest, often also imagine organisms can also degenerate or "devolve" to a "lower" form (less like themselves).
by Cougar Allen
Fri Apr 07, 2017 2:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1820: "Security Advice"
Replies: 36
Views: 6169

Re: 1820: "Security Advice"

fibonacci wrote:"If a border guard asks to examine your laptop, you have a legal right to challenge them to a chess game for your soul."
Or ping pong, as the case may be.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8lsWeBNb_eI


Death plays with a nunchaku.
by Cougar Allen
Wed Mar 01, 2017 5:39 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0155: "Toaster vs. Freezer"
Replies: 43
Views: 9057

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

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 How much wind was there? In my experience of camp cooking wind has a lot more effect than cold. Testing a camp stove indoors ...
by Cougar Allen
Wed Mar 01, 2017 4:24 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0154: "Coast-to-Coast Coasting"
Replies: 34
Views: 7153

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

So what would the ratio be (distance over drop) to keep a bike going fast enough where it could self-stabilize? 500/1 gets you moving but it does not keep you from falling over. Is it 250/1? Less? With a little practice you can learn to balance a bicycle even if you're holding still. https://www.yo...
by Cougar Allen
Tue Feb 28, 2017 3:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1802: "Phone"
Replies: 33
Views: 5052

Re: 1802: "Phone"

Oh c'mon! Nobody's yet said "I'm not really into Pokémon"?? Why bother? The comic isn't about Pokemon, or Ubuntu. I'm here to discuss the comic. When someone talks about something I'm not really into, usually it's easier (and more polite) to just not reply, than to point out that I'm not ...
by Cougar Allen
Wed Feb 08, 2017 2:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1792: "Bird/Plane/Superman"
Replies: 76
Views: 10309

Re: 1792: "Bird/Plane/Superman"

sonar1313 wrote:
StCredZero wrote:Superman, as portrayed in various Justice League animated shows, is often seen flying in groups of superheroes.


Yeah, but that would be like a flock of birds consisting of a goose, a duck, a swan, a robin, a blue jay, a mockingbird, etc.


Birds frequently fly (and feed) in mixed species flocks.
by Cougar Allen
Sat Jan 28, 2017 5:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1791: "Telescopes: Refractor vs Reflector"
Replies: 99
Views: 10546

Re: 1791: "Telescopes: Refractor vs Reflector"

Reflecting telescopes actually have two mirrors. What if the effects cancel out?
by Cougar Allen
Sat Jan 28, 2017 5:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1791: "Telescopes: Refractor vs Reflector"
Replies: 99
Views: 10546

Re: 1791: "Telescopes: Refractor vs Reflector"

OK, assume a spherical and totally naked vampire placed at the center of a perfectly reflecting, perfectly evacuated, and non-silvered spherical mirror with a radius of one light year. Question: Would he really give a shit? If he is a Western vampire who drinks blood, yes, he will have to excrete. ...
by Cougar Allen
Fri Dec 16, 2016 4:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1770: "UI Change"
Replies: 56
Views: 10815

Re: 1770: "UI Change"

x7eggert wrote:Off cause if you change things, they aren't the same as the default, but that's why you do it.


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Redundant Cats are redundant
by Cougar Allen
Fri Oct 14, 2016 12:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1122: "Electoral Precedent"
Replies: 167
Views: 38292

Re: 1122: "Electoral Precedent"

No major party candidate with orange skin has ever been defeated! We're about to make history. :D
by Cougar Allen
Thu Oct 06, 2016 3:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 523
Views: 64311

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

Sails don't scale indefinitely. That's why we stopped using them. For what it's worth, we stopped using sails because wages for the crew of a sailing ship cost more than coal for a steamship. That doesn't necessarily apply any more; now we could automate most of the work. The shipping industry has ...
by Cougar Allen
Tue Sep 20, 2016 3:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"
Replies: 269
Views: 28231

Re: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"

the war crime known as the "skort" It took only a little bit of googling to find out you didn't literally mean a war crime (never encountered the word "skort" before) but now I am stuck with some indignation and no real atrocity to direct it at. When you're looking for a new war...
by Cougar Allen
Tue Sep 20, 2016 1:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"
Replies: 269
Views: 28231

Re: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"

Here's the thing. You said "a grammar cop is a pedant". Is it in the same family? Yes. No one's arguing that. As someone who is a scientist who studies pedants, I am telling you, specifically, in science, no one calls grammar cops pedants. If you want to be "specific" like you s...
by Cougar Allen
Tue Sep 20, 2016 1:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"
Replies: 269
Views: 28231

Re: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"

ucim wrote:
gmalivuk wrote:Fuck every kind of police, basically.
Won't that generate... like, more police?

Jose


Hmm ... what if the police gene is recessive?
by Cougar Allen
Tue Sep 20, 2016 1:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 523
Views: 64311

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

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Thank you; that answers my question. I am quite surprised. :shock:
by Cougar Allen
Mon Sep 19, 2016 3:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 523
Views: 64311

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

Be fair. A major reason utility companies aren't crazy about net metering is that they're being asked to buy electricity at retail , not wholesale , rates. This is not a trivial difference - I think it's like a factor of 3 or 4. Of course there's more to it - net metering encourages distributed gen...
by Cougar Allen
Sun Sep 18, 2016 8:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 523
Views: 64311

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

I wonder how people even find this forum anymore since there's no link on the XKCD page. Google I guess. I poked around trying to find the link for a few minutes, then punched in forum.xkcd.com in the address bar, and when that failed, tried forums.xkcd.com, and here I am. Yeah, but you knew there ...
by Cougar Allen
Sun Sep 11, 2016 12:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1731: "Wrong"
Replies: 42
Views: 7982

Re: 1731: "Wrong"

rmsgrey wrote:But most "empty" space is only half-empty...


Only the pessimists say that.
by Cougar Allen
Sat Sep 03, 2016 3:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1727: "Number of Computers"
Replies: 35
Views: 6047

Re: 1727: "Number of Computers"

I mean, it was just as radioactive overall before you took it out of the ground in the first place, wasn't it? The problem is fission is random. We have no control of where the atom will split. So we're taking uranium (which does happen to be mildly radioactive in the first place, but that's irrele...
by Cougar Allen
Tue Aug 30, 2016 1:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1719: "Superzoom"
Replies: 41
Views: 8595

Re: 1719: "Superzoom"

And don't get me started on the hollow Earth scenario - that would be plain weird, no privacy anywhere. Doesn't the hollow Earth scenario adjust the way light propagates to explain our everyday observations? In that case, it wouldn't change the line of sight. There's more than one hollow Earth theo...
by Cougar Allen
Tue Aug 30, 2016 1:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1720: "Horses"
Replies: 55
Views: 8251

Re: 1720: "Horses"

In real life people welcomed the advent of the automobile age because they thought automobiles would be so much safer - no more runaway horses! They also thought cities would smell much better - fresh air, just like being out in the country! No more horse manure all over the streets....
by Cougar Allen
Sat Jan 09, 2016 3:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1625: Substitutions 2
Replies: 33
Views: 7386

Re: 1625: Substitutions 2

I suggest candidate ---> weasel
hydrogen bomb ---> vinegar & baking soda volcano
by Cougar Allen
Thu Dec 31, 2015 4:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1623: "2016 Conversation Guide"
Replies: 94
Views: 16638

Re: 1632: "2016 Conversation Guide"

San Fran Sam wrote:About this "hoverboard"-like thing... isn't just a Segway without the handles?


No handles, but it does have an ignitor....
by Cougar Allen
Thu Dec 24, 2015 5:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1620: "Christmas Settings"
Replies: 36
Views: 7378

Re: 1620: "Christmas Settings"

I've never actually live in a house with a functional chimney. Father Christmas always entered our house with a magic key, I believe... When I was a small boy I noticed our apartment didn't seem to have a chimney, and I asked how Santa would get in. My father explained that although we had no firep...

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