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by entropomorphic
Mon Feb 29, 2016 10:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1649: "Pipelines"
Replies: 91
Views: 18007

Re: 1649: "Pipelines"

Fun idea! I tried calculating eggs: a 21 cm diameter pipeline. I looks to be about as big as for wine, ice cream, or corn syrup; sounds about right. https://www.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=2*sqrt((us+egg+consumption+%2F+density+of+egg)+%2F+(4+meters+per+second+*+pi)) Did I do that right?
by entropomorphic
Fri Jul 02, 2010 2:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0761: "DFS"
Replies: 77
Views: 19894

Re: "DFS" Discussion

"A breadth-first search makes a lot of sense for dating in general, actually; it suggests dating a bunch of people casually before getting serious, rather than having a series five-year relationships one after the other."

RANDALL THIS COMIC IS FIVE YEARS TOO LATE!!!

:? :(
by entropomorphic
Mon Nov 23, 2009 3:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0666: "Silent Hammer"
Replies: 113
Views: 26204

Re: "Silent Hammer" Discussion

Man, I was sure the alt-text would have a Feng Shui joke. :roll:
by entropomorphic
Fri Apr 03, 2009 2:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0564: "Crossbows"
Replies: 171
Views: 68083

Re: "Crossbows" Discussion

Man, the first part of half-life would have been /so/ much easier if the scientists at Black Mesa were this prepared.
by entropomorphic
Mon Nov 17, 2008 2:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0505: "A Bunch of Rocks"
Replies: 406
Views: 117358

Re: "A Bunch of Rocks" Discussion

Someone's been reading A New Kind of Science...
by entropomorphic
Mon Sep 24, 2007 1:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0320: "28-Hour Day"
Replies: 142
Views: 85955

A few summers back, when I was still in school, I went without a summer job and just worked on personal projects (and computer games) all summer. It was then I discovered that I naturally gravitate toward a 36-hour schedule; awake for 24 hours, sleep for 12. I've never felt better since. Here's anot...
by entropomorphic
Tue Sep 11, 2007 2:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0314: "Dating Pools"
Replies: 214
Views: 106158

According to this (which I'm inclined to believe, despite the lack of citation), this rule was originally formulated by Hugh Hefner for an article in Playboy magazine. Although, it seems that it was intended as the ideal age for a woman, rather than a range going in either direction, for either sex...
by entropomorphic
Fri Jul 20, 2007 8:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0292: "Goto"
Replies: 157
Views: 44487

I make myself forget that goto is even a legal statement in C/C++, and I always think it looks out of place when I see it in other people's code. I don't miss it at all. A better way to handle exceptions is do { if(exception) { break; } } while(false); Why do peo...
by entropomorphic
Fri Jul 20, 2007 2:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0292: "Goto"
Replies: 157
Views: 44487

Goto Dengo had one of the best lines in Cryptonomicon... something like... Dengo said, "I am going to swim to New Guinea," and he did. I make myself forget that goto is even a legal statement in C/C++, and I always think it looks out of place when I see it in other people's code. I don't m...
by entropomorphic
Thu Jul 12, 2007 3:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0288: "Elevator"
Replies: 119
Views: 30230

I knew this was a bit familiar... took a little poking around to find out why though...

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Comic 73
by entropomorphic
Wed Jul 11, 2007 3:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0288: "Elevator"
Replies: 119
Views: 30230

I was gonna say the area near Bethel, Alaska or Sakha, Siberia. Geography sure is crazy!
by entropomorphic
Fri Jul 06, 2007 1:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0286: "All Your Base"
Replies: 102
Views: 24273

Why's the folder in the root of the system and not in a suitable home directory? :? I dunno, I thought that was the funniest part of the comic. That he is giving equal importance to his flash video memes as /etc/ or /dev/ I remember that meme well, since it made landfall in the PlanetTribes forums ...
by entropomorphic
Fri May 11, 2007 2:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0260: "The Glass Necklace"
Replies: 179
Views: 78166

This comic leads to an interesting question... what other materials would make fulgurite-like formations? Obviously, in the wild, lightning is by far the most likely to hit silica (sand) than any other fusible particulate. But with artificial construction, other materials could be used. Iron or copp...
by entropomorphic
Fri May 04, 2007 3:15 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: [ Poll ] Infinite loops
Replies: 185
Views: 40445

Gawd, I can't stand it when people don't use at least two of three parameters in a for-loop. JUST USE WHILE PEOPLE! IT'S THERE FOR A REASON AND IT USUALLY SCANS SYNTACTICALLY! There, sorry. I'm done. while(1) {} while(1) { fork(); } It's not infinite, but my favorite loop is Duff's Device. This form...
by entropomorphic
Fri May 04, 2007 2:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0257: "Code Talkers"
Replies: 71
Views: 11134

:) I laughed. An excellent demonstration of why running the results of one form of encryption through another does not always make your code stronger.
by entropomorphic
Wed Apr 25, 2007 2:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0253: "Highway Engineer Pranks"
Replies: 112
Views: 44374

This comic made me literally laugh out loud... not easy since I'm usually a quiet laugher... Aaahh Boston , how I love thee. $14.6 billion never bought so... much! Actually, where I live now (Baltimore, previously in Boston) has some pretty choice examples from my daily commute... one two Note the i...
by entropomorphic
Thu Apr 12, 2007 3:41 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: what would you choose as your super power?
Replies: 636
Views: 73687

As an alternative to time manipulation, I'd like a super-powerful reality-simulating computer built into my brain. Based on my (and/or its) sensors, it would calculate the possible outcomes of all major time branches in my vicinity during a sliding window into the near future. I would therefore inst...
by entropomorphic
Fri Apr 06, 2007 2:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0245: "Floor Tiles"
Replies: 252
Views: 70297

I suppose it's no surprise that people with mathematically oriented brains do this kind of stuff more than other people... It's all about seeing patterns everywhere and forming order out of entropy. I wouldn't be surprised if musicians (and especially drummers) did similar things. Just don't get too...
by entropomorphic
Fri Apr 06, 2007 2:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0245: "Floor Tiles"
Replies: 252
Views: 70297

I've done all this kind of stuff too... but I've mostly kicked the habit as I've grown up. Mostly. I guess we're all a little xkOcd. When the windshield wipers are on in the car (and I'm riding), I sometimes trace the tip of the wiper as the car is moving in a kind of a skewed sine wave. Then I move...
by entropomorphic
Thu Apr 05, 2007 9:25 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Proof-of-work
Replies: 12
Views: 7197

Borrowing a tactic from public-key crypto, the sender (Alice) could factorize some largeish number supplied to them by the receiver(Bob). Factorizing large prime products is not impossible , only very hard . In this case, you only need to pick a key size that requires the desired amount of work to f...
by entropomorphic
Thu Apr 05, 2007 2:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0244: "Tabletop Roleplaying"
Replies: 212
Views: 47319

scwizard wrote:Draining the ocean. Ya that's pretty much it. Stuff goes in one side and magically comes out the other.


For added effect, put the other ring on a cord and give it to a female party member as an "Amulet of Purity" or some such.
by entropomorphic
Mon Apr 02, 2007 4:06 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Moore's law
Replies: 65
Views: 25398

There are lots of ways we can continue increasing computing power density even after transistor density has maxed out... While quantum computing probably won't be suitable for general-purpose use in the near future, mainstream computers might adopt quantum coprocessors to solve very hard problems in...
by entropomorphic
Mon Apr 02, 2007 3:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0243: "Appropriate Term"
Replies: 89
Views: 41977

I swear by my clit mouse. And it loves me back :D The killer feature that makes it superior than either regular mice or trackpads (for general use, websurfing, word processing, coding, and certain games) is that you don't need to move your fingers from their standard typing position on the homerow. ...

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