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by jimhsu
Sat Feb 28, 2015 5:15 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0131: "Microwaves"
Replies: 61
Views: 22467

Re: What-If 0131: "Microwaves"

Microwaves with inverter technology actually do provide constant levels of power at N%, rather than use an on/off duty cycle. This is limited to newer/semi-fancy Panasonic, GE, and some other microwaves. Just so you know.
by jimhsu
Fri Jan 30, 2015 4:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1478: "P-Values"
Replies: 34
Views: 11681

Re: 1478: "P-Values"

p<0.03 "highly significant"? Maybe in the imagination of some scientific disciplines with questionable analysis methods. I don't find the study now, but there was one that got more than 50% probability that a study with "typical" analysis methods can find some p<0.05-effect in t...
by jimhsu
Sat May 17, 2014 6:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1348: "Before the Internet"
Replies: 166
Views: 42962

Re: 1348: "Before de Internet"

Okay, so not only durable but also usable longer even without physical degradation. But apart from long-term projects where you can't make frequent backup copies, digital is superior for most everyday uses. As far as high density digital storage goes, you probably can't do better than microengravin...
by jimhsu
Sat May 17, 2014 6:30 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0095: "Pyramid Energy"
Replies: 52
Views: 35435

Re: What-if 0095: "Pyramid Energy"

Hm, I confess I was thinking of the other form of pyramid energy when reading the title of the article. If all the energy people spent promoting (and chasing) Ponzi schemes was spent building rockets... where would we go? Stats?
by jimhsu
Sun Apr 14, 2013 8:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1197: "All Adobe Updates"
Replies: 86
Views: 25495

Re: 1197: "All Adobe Updates"

We would indeed be better off installing Foxit Reader or whatnot for everything, if it weren't for the tiny percentage of files that actually use all the stupid scripting stuff and absolutely require it. They also happen to be the most important files (I'm looking at you, NIH grant form SF 424).
by jimhsu
Wed Jan 23, 2013 4:09 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0028: "Steak Drop"
Replies: 82
Views: 55378

Re: What-If 28: Steak Drop

I would recommend a copy of Modernist Cuisine as well, but they're pretty pricy, $500 each. Having multiple sources is good, I should check on it too. Or Modernist Cuisine at Home (MC@H), which is $150 (a LOT cheaper) and is a good way to wet your appetite for the whole MC series if you are not sur...
by jimhsu
Wed Aug 15, 2012 10:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1094: "Interview"
Replies: 59
Views: 20796

Re: 1094: "Interview"

Never saw John Malkovich, but I can't help but be reminded by this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yL_-1d9OSdk

See the linked PDF for extra hilarity.
by jimhsu
Thu Apr 05, 2012 4:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1038: "Fountain"
Replies: 78
Views: 21344

Re: 1038: "Fountain"

3. If it wouldn’t be ripped out, it would break his arm. (1500N! That’s more than the biggest monster of a supercar on Top Gear!) 4. If he would have monster arms, a monster grip and a monster umbrella, he’d still break his neck after coming down. You are way off. 1500N is about twice the weight of...
by jimhsu
Sat Dec 10, 2011 4:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0988: "Tradition"
Replies: 175
Views: 64274

Re: 988: "Tradition"

A Charlie Brown Christmas, Vince Guaraldi. I'll vote that as "most listenable" here as well. Currently digging the alternative rendition of Greensleeves on the remaster - not often you hear a decent bossanova-inspired mix for a Christmas song. Christmas Time is Here (the non-vocal edition...
by jimhsu
Tue Dec 06, 2011 2:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0986: "Drinking Fountains"
Replies: 115
Views: 24797

Re: 0986: "Drinking Fountains"

Now I have to pee again. Another thought is why is urine excreted separately to faeces? if urine was excreted directly into the intestines, some water could be reclaimed, and it might be a more efficient system, but then I guess it's also possible the the bowels would reabsorb substances that were ...
by jimhsu
Tue Dec 06, 2011 2:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0986: "Drinking Fountains"
Replies: 115
Views: 24797

Re: 0986: "Drinking Fountains"

This comic reminds me to go back and study renal. Oh god, a comic directly relevant to my classwork ... horrors. I concur with the opinion that this is only possible with a catheter. Normal urine production is something like 2L/day, though this can be increased to 18L/day or so with maximally dilute...
by jimhsu
Fri Jun 10, 2011 6:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0910: "Permanence"
Replies: 121
Views: 32537

Re: 0910: "Permanence"

That gives me a really good idea; naming computers after anatomical features. In fact, it makes me want to set up a wi-fi node at home, just so I can call it Ranvier. Wow, medical terms actually make good server names. Just thought of these in under 30 seconds: Arachnoid Decussation Plexus Sacrum M...
by jimhsu
Wed Jun 01, 2011 3:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0906: "Advertising Discovery"
Replies: 69
Views: 16088

Re: 0906: "Advertising Discovery"

In fact, not only does wikipedia hate original research (understandable), but they also hate primary sources for almost every topic (???). Given a choice between a Nature or Science article describing a research finding, and a review article in some crappy journal describing the same thing, they'd r...
by jimhsu
Wed Mar 02, 2011 7:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0867: "Herpetology"
Replies: 72
Views: 19914

Re: 0867: "Herpetology"

ehhh.... I like the world we are allowed to manipulate better. Besides, DNA is a closed source, so genetic engineers are breaking our bodily license agreement when they are hacking our birth. DNA is totally open source. The code's right there. It's just hard to figure out what to do with it because...
by jimhsu
Wed Feb 23, 2011 4:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0864: "Flying Cars"
Replies: 117
Views: 23486

Re: 0864: "Flying Cars"

AFAIK the lack of flying cars has zero to do with any inability of industry to manufacture them at a competitive price (as with all technology, when they're cranking out ten million of them a year to supply entire nations, the price drops considerably compared to when they're making a few hundred a...
by jimhsu
Tue Jun 29, 2010 1:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0759: "3x9"
Replies: 135
Views: 41394

Re: "3x9" Discussion (#759)

Re. the alt text, you just described the actual strategy used to solve those horribly complicated synthesis problems that organic chem professors like to give on exams. In fact, they even encourage it -- calling it "retrosynthetic analysis" or some similar buzzword. It's been too long thou...
by jimhsu
Sat May 08, 2010 10:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0737: "Yogurt"
Replies: 97
Views: 19043

Re: "Yogurt" Discussion

I don't understand the making of dairy products. When milk goes bad, it starts to become solid; curdled milk is partially solid milk, it's sort of gloppy. So in theory, if the milk continues to spoil, it will become completely solid and become flavorless yogurt. By that logic, since yogurt is spoil...
by jimhsu
Sun Feb 28, 2010 8:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0520: "Cuttlefish"
Replies: 202
Views: 36356

Re: "Cuttlefish" Discussion

The more I learn about DNA, the more amazed I am at how similar it is to machine code. I'm really surprised some CS people haven't gotten on making an assembly language for DNA. Or at least writing straight machine code / base pairs like Woz did for the Apple II... Start from scratch, just make a b...

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