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by Wnderer
Fri Jan 01, 2016 2:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1624: 2016
Replies: 82
Views: 11045

Re: 1624: 2016

http://www.people-press.org/2015/09/03/the-whys-and-hows-of-generations-research/ The Greatest generation (those born before 1928) “saved the world” when it was young, in the memorable phrase of Ronald Reagan. This is the generation that fought and won World War II, and became the subject of a best-...
by Wnderer
Sat Aug 29, 2015 1:34 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Windows 10 worth the upgrade?
Replies: 12
Views: 4719

Re: Windows 10 worth the upgrade?

It looks like just staying with Windows 7 is going to require some diligence since Microsoft seems more interested in using updates to advance their business model than to improve their product. Not sure that's entirely fair. They are improving their product and advancing their business model. And ...
by Wnderer
Wed Aug 26, 2015 1:38 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Windows 10 worth the upgrade?
Replies: 12
Views: 4719

Re: Windows 10 worth the upgrade?

I have a 4G router with a limited data plan so updating to Windows 10 is definitely out for me. I can't afford the 6gig download and I don't want the addition bandwidth vampires that come with Windows 10. Even staying with Windows 7 I removed some updates that didn't do anything but bug my computer ...
by Wnderer
Sat Jan 10, 2015 9:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1357: "Free Speech"
Replies: 1346
Views: 133884

Re: 1357: "Free Speech"

addams wrote:This is a serous subject, for a comic.


Yes. Charlie Hebdo is a serious subject for a comic. :)
by Wnderer
Sat Jan 10, 2015 3:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1357: "Free Speech"
Replies: 1346
Views: 133884

Re: 1357: "Free Speech"

shieldsbrooks-768x491.jpg http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/shields-brooks-paris-terrorism-tolerance-gop-takeover-congress/ DAVID BROOKS: When I think back home, I think of how we think about tolerance. And the point I try to make that everyone was saying, I am — Je suis Charlie, or I am with Charlie ...
by Wnderer
Thu Sep 25, 2014 11:50 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13989
Views: 1888916

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

India's $74 million Mars mission cost less than 'Gravity' movie

Wait the 'Gravity' movie grossed $716 million. Movies don't cost money. They make money. The costs reflect that. The people who work on the movie want a cut of the take. Kudos to India, but it's a stupid comparison.
by Wnderer
Mon Sep 15, 2014 4:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13989
Views: 1888916

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

The South Dakota National Guard is helping build a polar bear enclosure in Scotland. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-29207898 A female polar bear is expected to be brought to a Scottish zoo next spring as a mate for one of the site's two males. Sixty Army personnel have start...
by Wnderer
Fri Sep 12, 2014 2:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Scottish Independence
Replies: 239
Views: 28070

Re: Scottish Independence

It's all Mick Jagger's fault. On Thursday August 7 2014 , Dan Snow presented an open letter signed by English celebrities. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-28687880 http://www.economist.com/news/britain/21617063-sundering-united-kingdom-has-come-look-much-more-likely-rise-ayes 2...
by Wnderer
Thu Sep 11, 2014 10:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Scottish Independence
Replies: 239
Views: 28070

Re: Scottish Independence

I wonder if it's true that Braveheart played a major role in that, and by extension the independence referendum. Weird to think of Mel Gibson having that much influence. You're joking, right? Around the time the parliament formed I remember articles speculating that Braveheart played a role in gene...
by Wnderer
Sat Sep 06, 2014 2:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Neanderthal Cave Art: Is it a hashtag?
Replies: 6
Views: 3375

Re: Neanderthal Cave Art: Is it a hashtag?

It's the original Tic Tac Toe Board. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/02/neanderthal-cave-art-intelligence_n_5751508.html ... and happened on the etchings, carved on a horizontal platform that is elevated 40 centimeters from the bedrock, like a natural coffee table Seriously. I question whether...
by Wnderer
Thu Sep 04, 2014 2:29 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Oculus Rift and Virtual Reality in general
Replies: 186
Views: 71324

Re: Oculus Rift and Virtual Reality in general

infernovia wrote:http://www.engadget.com/2014/09/03/samsung-virtual-reality/

Well, fuck. I expected a Samsung collaboration but I really thought it would be available for other products as well. :(


There are already cardboard versions of this out there.

http://www.engadget.com/2014/06/25/google-vr-cardboard/
by Wnderer
Sat Aug 30, 2014 10:45 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89767
Views: 6369264

Re: Fluff

Through rigorous experiment and empirical analysis, I have concluded that my phone charges up more quickly using a very short USB cable than when using a long USB cable. On the short cable, I get approximately 1% of total capacity per minute. On the long cable, I get about 1% every 4 minutes. Is th...
by Wnderer
Fri Aug 29, 2014 9:34 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Games you can't remember the title of.
Replies: 1841
Views: 407682

Re: Games you can't remember the title of.

A fairly early 3D game, worked on a 286 computer 12mhz I believe. You controlled, in third person, a polygonal spaceship that flew at constant height above a landscape. Simple gradient as the sky. There were pyramids on the landscape that you had to defend from octahedral enemies, and some other an...
by Wnderer
Thu Jul 24, 2014 7:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1344: "Digits"
Replies: 86
Views: 32722

Re: 1344: "Digits"

CharlieP wrote:I managed to make the 4096 tile yesterday. Unfortunately nobody had a clue what I was boasting about, so I had to come here to brag about it.


Keep going. 8192 is possible.

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by Wnderer
Fri Apr 18, 2014 2:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1357: "Free Speech"
Replies: 1346
Views: 133884

Re: 1357: "Free Speech"

Constitution aside. Remember in 'Driving Miss Daisy' when Dan Aykroyd says he agrees with Martin Luther King but if he is seen supporting him, it would destroy his business. Or that after Gore Vidal wrote a book about homosexuality, he had to publish under a pseudonym in order to get his books revie...
by Wnderer
Thu Apr 17, 2014 12:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The United States is an Oligarchy
Replies: 68
Views: 9915

Re: The United States is an Oligarchy

Okay. I see. I didn't google it or register. I don't know if I want to register.

What I thought was funny was this.

This is the CCES home page.
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You can see it goes 2012, 2010 thru 2006. They even have a nice pdf version of the 2006 questions.

Spoiler:
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by Wnderer
Thu Apr 17, 2014 2:02 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The United States is an Oligarchy
Replies: 68
Views: 9915

Re: The United States is an Oligarchy

Interesting. Let's take a closer look at the data. Some evidence for this proposition comes from the 2011 Cooperative Congressional Election Study. 34 footnote 34 This study is one of the few surveys that meets the two criteria of having a sufficiently large sample size (n=20,150) and a high enough...
by Wnderer
Thu Apr 17, 2014 1:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1356: Orbital Mechanics
Replies: 36
Views: 11670

Re: 1356: Orbital Mechanics

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Spoiler:
Yes. I had to flip the image to get the comic to display correctly.
by Wnderer
Thu Apr 17, 2014 12:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1344: "Digits"
Replies: 86
Views: 32722

Re: 1344: "Digits"

mathmannix wrote:A mere 25 days of knowing about this game, and 4096 achieved!
Spoiler:
It was the same color as a 64.

Spoiler:
No it's not. 64 is red and 4096 is black.
4096end.png


And you can see how I lost. I got blocked and had to shift down and the 2 got stuck over my 4096 and I never recovered.
by Wnderer
Wed Apr 16, 2014 11:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The United States is an Oligarchy
Replies: 68
Views: 9915

Re: The United States is an Oligarchy

Interesting. Let's take a closer look at the data. Some evidence for this proposition comes from the 2011 Cooperative Congressional Election Study. 34 footnote 34 This study is one of the few surveys that meets the two criteria of having a sufficiently large sample size (n=20,150) and a high enough ...
by Wnderer
Wed Apr 16, 2014 7:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1356: Orbital Mechanics
Replies: 36
Views: 11670

Re: 1356: Orbital Mechanics

ToadofSteel wrote:Please tell me the JPL is going to print out a huge poster of this... we already know a bunch of them already dick around in Kerbal to begin with.


Of course not. That would be silly. They're going to put the comic on coffee cups.
by Wnderer
Wed Apr 16, 2014 5:05 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0092: "One-Second Day"
Replies: 41
Views: 9413

Re: What-if 0092: "One-Second Day"

Use to get fries with cheese and gravy at both Rutt's Hut in New Jersey and Original Hot Dog's in Pittsburgh going back more than 30 years ago. We just didn't give it a fancy French name. It's the kind of thing that got lost when chain store fast food replaced the local burger and hot dog joints.
by Wnderer
Tue Apr 15, 2014 9:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: A former leftwing radical has been appointed to lead NATO
Replies: 39
Views: 5831

Re: A former leftwing radical has been appointed to lead NAT

One more thing about Putin and the invasion of Crimea; Who’s to say that Putin would have done the same thing if the US had a strong president, and not the indecisive buffoon that’s in the white house at the moment? Regardless of what the answer is, it’s pretty naive to dismiss that this pretty sig...
by Wnderer
Mon Apr 14, 2014 10:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1355: "Airplane Message"
Replies: 84
Views: 17380

Re: 1355: "Airplane Message"

Adria Mycen is the first person whose name we know comes from the dirt of an Italian castle.
by Wnderer
Mon Apr 14, 2014 2:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1355: "Airplane Message"
Replies: 84
Views: 17380

Re: 1355: "Airplane Message"

Sorry to say that changing a banner for airplane advertising would be dangerous and almost impossible. Every banner is thoroughly checked pre-flight. The airplane takes off first and picks up the banner in a (very) low pass. Nobody is allowed in the plane but the pilot, because it's more dangerous ...
by Wnderer
Fri Apr 11, 2014 8:22 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28314
Views: 2532408

Re: Pant Thread (because we need more panting)

I've got the opposite problem, in that I've read so many "You won't BELIEVE what blah blah blah" that, with the example of This robot will FREAK YOU THE FUCK OUT! I'll assume it's a six legged robot that has more trouble walking than Big Dog and still needs a tether for power. See the wil...
by Wnderer
Fri Apr 11, 2014 4:20 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0091: "Faucet Power"
Replies: 36
Views: 8730

Re: What-If 0091: "Faucet Power"

by Wnderer
Tue Apr 08, 2014 5:51 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Kerbal Space Program
Replies: 718
Views: 283732

Re: Kerbal Space Program

I really hope 0.24 fixes lots of bugs, it's getting difficult to play now. I keep either falling through planets or having ships suddenly explode when I go into timewarp, or having ships suddenly stop responding to controls (nothing broken or out of electricity), or the maneuver node stops being ac...
by Wnderer
Mon Apr 07, 2014 9:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13989
Views: 1888916

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

Crimea-related, but it's funny, so whatever. "The farther their guesses were from Ukraine’s actual location, the more they wanted the U.S. to intervene with military force." Survey results of where people think Ukraine is: I think the people guessing Greenland and Canada had to be f***ing...
by Wnderer
Mon Apr 07, 2014 7:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1352: "Cosmologist on a Tire Swing"
Replies: 87
Views: 21194

Re: 1352: "Cosmologist on a Tire Swing"

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JWBC_A1_Carl_Cannon_thefts.jpg (20.15 KiB) Viewed 9072 times


Damn cosmologists
by Wnderer
Sat Apr 05, 2014 10:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: US Supreme Court - Brought to you by Koch Industries
Replies: 84
Views: 10272

Re: US Supreme Court - Brought to you by Koch Industries

If Congress believes – as it apparently does – that there is no risk of corruption for someone like McCutcheon to give the base limit to nine candidates, how is there suddenly a risk of corruption if he gives the base limit to a tenth candidate? This reasoning is absurd. Sure, the 9 candidate limit...
by Wnderer
Thu Apr 03, 2014 10:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: US Supreme Court - Brought to you by Koch Industries
Replies: 84
Views: 10272

Re: US Supreme Court - Brought to you by Koch Industries

Charles Koch defends himself in the Wall Street Journal. http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303978304579475860515021286?mg=reno64-wsj&url=http%3A%2F%2Fonline.wsj.com%2Farticle%2FSB10001424052702303978304579475860515021286.html Charles Koch: I'm Fighting to Restore a Free Soc...
by Wnderer
Thu Apr 03, 2014 9:06 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How to know you're truly old.
Replies: 156
Views: 53033

Re: How to know you're truly old.

All those people who don't know cursive are going to be screwed when they perfect those cursive reading touchscreens.
by Wnderer
Tue Apr 01, 2014 9:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1350: "Lorenz"
Replies: 176
Views: 63872

Re: 1350: Lorenz

The Pikachu Fainted!
by Wnderer
Tue Apr 01, 2014 6:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1350: "Lorenz"
Replies: 176
Views: 63872

Re: 1350: Lorenz

What does Lorenz mean?
by Wnderer
Tue Apr 01, 2014 3:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Scientists discover 8th colour of the rainbow
Replies: 12
Views: 4392

Re: Scientists discover 8th colour ah de rainbow

Another discovery from Randall Monroe University released today is that fossils grow with a time. The skeleton of a mouse after 10 million years becomes the size of an elephant. It turns out dinosaurs were really really small.
by Wnderer
Tue Apr 01, 2014 3:51 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89767
Views: 6369264

Re: Fluff

by Wnderer
Fri Mar 28, 2014 9:20 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89767
Views: 6369264

Re: Unfetched hashes and turtle-excluding devices

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NIMBY#BANANA BANANA BANANA is an acronym for "Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anything" (or "Anyone").[10][11] The term is most often used to criticize the ongoing opposition of certain advocacy groups to land development.[12] The apparent oppo...
by Wnderer
Fri Mar 28, 2014 4:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Ukraine Crisis [New Title]
Replies: 891
Views: 136297

Re: Україна Crisis [New Title]

Thought this was an interesting article on Putin worth posting here somewhere. I see fairly little indication that our(the west in general) sanctions are having an impact. Are russian stocks tanking? Is their currency dropping through the floor? If the answer is no, then clearly, the market is unim...
by Wnderer
Thu Mar 27, 2014 7:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1347: "t Distribution"
Replies: 65
Views: 20369

Re: 1347: "t Distribution"

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