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by DanD
Wed Sep 14, 2016 5:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 540
Views: 134266

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

I am...a little bemused at the arguments that "if we can't return to pre-1900 emissions levels, we might as well not try at all". It's not a binary, on/off, "we cause this event or we don't"; even if (as I believe is the case) we've long since passed the point where we could con...
by DanD
Wed Sep 14, 2016 5:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 540
Views: 134266

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

I half remember residual (non-crackpot but also, by that time, non-scientist too) fears of Global Cooling, before that. And then my childhood memories of winter snowfalls good enough to sledge in progress into winters with hardly enoughnto be worth getting the fancy new sledge with steering handles...
by DanD
Tue Sep 13, 2016 5:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 540
Views: 134266

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

On a side note, did it really take us 500 years to go from working copper to working gold? I mean, gold nuggets show up in riverbeds and you can melt the stuff in a campfire. What took them so long? There are error bars of (at least) 1000 years on both according to wikipedia. It's plausible some tr...
by DanD
Mon Sep 12, 2016 8:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 540
Views: 134266

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

I can't remember where I heard it but I'm sure that archaeologists now have evidence that the Americas were populated before the land bridge (that is now the Bering Straits) formed. I think this might be the source you are thinking about http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/prehistoric-hunt-suggests...
by DanD
Wed Aug 31, 2016 2:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1727: "Number of Computers"
Replies: 35
Views: 8174

Re: 1727: "Number of Computers"

http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2003-08-03

Moving Jupiter isn't all that hard. And as long as you have the proper reference frame, you're moving the universe, including the sun, around Jupiter.
by DanD
Thu Aug 25, 2016 9:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Puerto Rico Debt Crisis: $70+ Billion in Debt and counting
Replies: 29
Views: 15313

Re: Puerto Rico Debt Crisis: $70+ Billion in Debt and counting

As far as the back-up generation requirements, it's an excellent location for pumped storage, which would allow normalization of an irregular cycle. Also, offshore winds are much less prone to extended dead periods, which minimizes the amount of storage needed. There's this idea, that renewable ene...
by DanD
Thu Aug 25, 2016 8:55 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Fictional Economics - Deflation in Basic Goods prices
Replies: 65
Views: 15266

Re: Fictional Economics - Deflation in Basic Goods prices

Now, let me ask you this, if I offered you a job running a food cart, promised pay equal to your current profession, gave you a wide latitude on how to run your cart, and for some reason people would be impressed by your career; would you take the job? No, but then I hate people. However, your poin...
by DanD
Thu Aug 25, 2016 8:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1724: "Proofs"
Replies: 44
Views: 12035

Re: 1724: "Proofs"

I'm a Bachelor of Engineering and that's basically what I do. I don't do math, I use it. I'm fairly similar. Well actualy, as a software engineer I don't use much math these days. I used to when I did hydrological modelling software though, and I had little to no idea why or how most of the models ...
by DanD
Wed Aug 24, 2016 9:30 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Fictional Economics - Deflation in Basic Goods prices
Replies: 65
Views: 15266

Re: Fictional Economics - Deflation in Basic Goods prices

The fact that the vendor had a job means one or more of three things: ⋅ His labor is cheaper than a replicator. ⋅ The real product is hospitality. ⋅ Society has decided to pretend street vendors are more important than they are. More likely, D: The Star Trek economy is...
by DanD
Tue Aug 23, 2016 2:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1723: "Meteorite Identification"
Replies: 30
Views: 9684

Re: 1723: "Meteorite Identification"

taemyr wrote:http://www.iflscience.com/space/how-hunt-micrometeorites/


I'm pretty sure this technique will also pick up weld spatter. And pretty much any other case where you've got mists of molten iron flying around.
by DanD
Mon Aug 22, 2016 2:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1722: "Debugging"
Replies: 22
Views: 6125

Re: 1722: Debugging

Or, it's not identical. Industrial use. We ordered the same computer twice. All of the specs were identical. One worked, one didn't. It turned out that they used different chipsets on otherwise identical NICs, and that made the difference. If it's ordered as an industrial component via the part num...
by DanD
Fri Aug 19, 2016 3:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1722: "Debugging"
Replies: 22
Views: 6125

Re: 1722: Debugging

Or, it's not identical.

Industrial use. We ordered the same computer twice. All of the specs were identical. One worked, one didn't. It turned out that they used different chipsets on otherwise identical NICs, and that made the difference.
by DanD
Thu Aug 04, 2016 8:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1715: "Household Tips"
Replies: 69
Views: 12756

Re: 1715: "Household Tips"

On the no screens in Europe thing, they don't, generally, have the level of human pest insects that we do. That being said, biting flies in rural areas can be a problem, and one mosquito in your hotel room can be enough of a problem. Especially when it's in the upper 30s C, humid, and you're having ...
by DanD
Thu Aug 04, 2016 2:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1715: "Household Tips"
Replies: 69
Views: 12756

Re: 1715: "Household Tips"

After you've gotten the windows off their hinges, can't you just set them on the floor or something instead of holding them up? Not typically. The bottom half usually remains connected. On some, you can let the window rest downwards and it's supported, but the usual approach is "tip them in, u...
by DanD
Wed Aug 03, 2016 5:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1715: "Household Tips"
Replies: 69
Views: 12756

Re: 1715: "Household Tips"

Curiosity question: are windows that slide upwards common in the US? In London and other UK cities, lots of older houses have wooden sash windows that work like that, but they're seen as a bit of a period feature and most are being replaced with uPVC windows that hinge outwards (with the hinge eith...
by DanD
Wed Jul 27, 2016 4:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1712: Politifact
Replies: 30
Views: 8368

Re: 1712: Politifact

Keyman wrote:Politfact is the Snopes of American politics?


Them and factcheck.org. Including the claims by conservatives that they have a liberal bias.
by DanD
Mon Jul 25, 2016 2:52 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Obama says it's easier to get a gun than a book.
Replies: 186
Views: 47523

Re: Obama says it's easier to get a gun than a book.

The difference between "we won't fund you for advocacy" and "we won't fund you for results we don't like" is vanishingly small. The "advocacy" was that they believed that gun violence in the US was a public health crisis. Because gun violence in the US is a public heal...
by DanD
Thu Jul 21, 2016 7:26 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Obama says it's easier to get a gun than a book.
Replies: 186
Views: 47523

Re: Obama says it's easier to get a gun than a book.

We've gone over this repeatedly. A SINGLE US agency was banned from using it's funding for advocacy. Because it was doing exactly that. Show proof FIRST. It's hardly fair to complain that lack of rigor is necessary when the restrictions originate from the aforementioned lack of rigor and downright ...
by DanD
Mon Jul 18, 2016 7:58 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Dropping a Cloud Nine From Orbit
Replies: 38
Views: 7431

Re: Dropping a Cloud Nine From Orbit

Practically speaking, if helium becomes too expensive, then people will use hydrogen in flame-retardant sacs. The reason for the notorious hydrogen airship fires (e.g. Hindenberg) was because their hydrogen bags and outer skin were made of flammable material, which allowed a spark on the outside to...
by DanD
Thu Jul 14, 2016 8:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: First Tesla Autopilot Death
Replies: 304
Views: 58199

Re: First Tesla Autopilot Death

The trouble with this thread's headline case is that it didn't know it couldn't see. Blindfold a human, and he knows not even to attempt to drive, probably, Similarly, set him on an unlit road at night with no headlights of his own and he shouldn't drive off into the dark without a great amount of ...
by DanD
Tue Jul 12, 2016 5:38 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Dropping a Cloud Nine From Orbit
Replies: 38
Views: 7431

Re: Dropping a Cloud Nine From Orbit

Well, strictly speaking, a hot hair balloon is working off similar principles. Exact minimum will depend on details, like heat differential and material, but...you can get fairly small and still have a viable hot-air lifting mechanism. It's not so much hot air, as passive hot air, combined with liv...
by DanD
Mon Jul 11, 2016 8:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1705: "Pokémon Go"
Replies: 57
Views: 14424

Re: 1705: "Pokémon Go"

Yup, I'm officially an old fart. I've only heard of this game today and I already hate it. Multiple people also suffered minor injuries from falling while playing...the app led players to congregate near strangers' homes...eleven teenagers became the victims of an armed robbery by four individuals....
by DanD
Mon Jul 11, 2016 2:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1705: "Pokémon Go"
Replies: 57
Views: 14424

Re: 1705: "Pokémon Go"

It is interesting, why is this so different than the Ingress players (the game engine it uses ). Been an ingress player for a few years now and there weren't near the number of articles about the distraction of the game or the crime opportunity. OR is this because Pokemon is a much bigger and well ...
by DanD
Thu Jul 07, 2016 2:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1703: "Juno"
Replies: 38
Views: 6566

Re: 1703: "Juno"

Any adjustment factor for lateness also needs to take into account the type of event, and schedule. If you're 30 minutes late to an all day event with no set schedule, it's no big deal. That same thirty minutes late to an all day sporting event, where you were supposed to be in the first round is pr...
by DanD
Thu Jul 07, 2016 2:23 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Obama says it's easier to get a gun than a book.
Replies: 186
Views: 47523

Re: Obama says it's easier to get a gun than a book.

I keep bringing up the ATF because the ATF is the agency with responsibility for enforcing the laws against the dealers in particular. So their lack of resources, the restrictions that are aimed at them, are what drive how well current laws against illegal sales are enforced. Yes, the FBI can invest...
by DanD
Wed Jul 06, 2016 7:40 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Obama says it's easier to get a gun than a book.
Replies: 186
Views: 47523

Re: Obama says it's easier to get a gun than a book.

Except that background checks can only be kept for 24 hours, at which point the FBI is required to destroy them. Which means the purchaser can wait 1 day, re-submit, and the FBI has no evidence. Again, they are permitted to keep rejections. Only if they determine that the rejection was an illegal a...
by DanD
Wed Jul 06, 2016 2:37 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Obama says it's easier to get a gun than a book.
Replies: 186
Views: 47523

Re: Obama says it's easier to get a gun than a book.

Except that background checks can only be kept for 24 hours, at which point the FBI is required to destroy them. Which means the purchaser can wait 1 day, re-submit, and the FBI has no evidence. The ATF is also not allowed to require inventories from gun dealers, and the dealers are not required to ...
by DanD
Thu Jun 30, 2016 9:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Puerto Rico Debt Crisis: $70+ Billion in Debt and counting
Replies: 29
Views: 15313

Re: Puerto Rico Debt Crisis: $70+ Billion in Debt and counting

Cost of energy/kwh https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/c/cc/LCOE_comparison_fraunhofer_november2013.svg/1280px-LCOE_comparison_fraunhofer_november2013.svg.png Note that it's in euros, so it's between 17 to 25 cents per Kwh, which is still cheaper than current electric prices in Pue...
by DanD
Mon Jun 27, 2016 9:37 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Math without calculators
Replies: 34
Views: 44341

Re: Math without calculators

Just don't use the explanation that most of out teachers did growing up. The "you won't have a calculator with you everywhere you go" thing kind of failed around a decade ago.
by DanD
Mon Jun 27, 2016 9:25 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Is there a monopoly on federal student loan management?
Replies: 1
Views: 5726

Re: Is there a monopoly on federal student loan management?

Navient is Sallie Mae's loan servicing division, so Sallie Mae is out of the servicing business (they may have residual loans, not sure how that worked).

And they aren't a monopoly, though the list of servicers is limited.

https://studentloans.gov/myDirectLoan/a ... ion.action
by DanD
Mon Jun 27, 2016 9:19 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Help with a "research paper"
Replies: 16
Views: 14149

Re: Help with a "research paper"

The Great Gatsby and the Scarlet Letter sucked. Candide was great when I read it on my own, long before it was assigned. Much less so when I read it for class as a refresher. Shakespeare should never be read, but acted. At a minimum, read aloud by parts. I have to agree, literature courses tend to d...
by DanD
Mon Jun 27, 2016 9:05 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Obama says it's easier to get a gun than a book.
Replies: 186
Views: 47523

Re: Obama says it's easier to get a gun than a book.

Someone has to purchase the gun for the kid. Access is possible, but it essentially requires an adult to vouch for the child. This is not generally required for a book, so with respect to the original claim, I believe that a book is still obviously easier to access. But it is possible for young fol...
by DanD
Fri Jun 24, 2016 5:42 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Obama says it's easier to get a gun than a book.
Replies: 186
Views: 47523

Re: Obama says it's easier to get a gun than a book.

Someone has to purchase the gun for the kid. Access is possible, but it essentially requires an adult to vouch for the child. This is not generally required for a book, so with respect to the original claim, I believe that a book is still obviously easier to access. But it is possible for young fol...
by DanD
Wed Jun 22, 2016 9:54 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Obama says it's easier to get a gun than a book.
Replies: 186
Views: 47523

Re: Obama says it's easier to get a gun than a book.

One comment. Several people early in the discussion indicated that it was illegal for a 13 year old to own a gun. Under federal law, it is illegal for a licensed dealer to sell a handgun to anyone under 21, and a long gun to anyone under 18. However, to the best of my knowledge I can, under federal ...
by DanD
Fri Jun 10, 2016 3:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 1167190

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

I would prefer to see Warren or Sanders in Health and Human Services, Commerce, Housing and Urban Development, or Labor in preference to VP. It might not be as appeasing to many followers as VP, but it's a lot more in line with them being able to do what they are focused on, and wield some actual po...
by DanD
Thu Jun 09, 2016 3:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 1167190

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

No. Hispanic is racist, Mexican is a nationality. There's a very, very fine point here, and yes, one can extremely easily infer that someone making this argument is doing so as the thinnest of covers for racism, but *that* particular statement ends up being a poor example. (Rest assured that Trump ...
by DanD
Wed Jun 08, 2016 2:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1691: "Optimization"
Replies: 53
Views: 10600

Re: 1691: "Optimization"

Premature optimization means you're spending a lot of time making something perfect when there's still a decent chance you're going to throw it out before launch.

Make it work first, then make it perfect.
by DanD
Tue Jun 07, 2016 2:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Society pays tab for personal liberty
Replies: 70
Views: 15373

Re: Society pays tab for personal liberty

Diadem, if the US has anything to spare, it's space. The densest city is 1/10 of the highly packed global cities. Tyndmyr, the biggest difference with libertarians is that a libertarian wouldn't mandate an eviction nor help with the aftermath. Though given the difficulties passing legislation, I'm ...
by DanD
Tue Jun 07, 2016 2:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Society pays tab for personal liberty
Replies: 70
Views: 15373

Re: Society pays tab for personal liberty

Maybe that's the way to phase it out then: Have a 'one-strike-and-you're-out' policy: If you get flooded, government-backed insurance will pick up the tab once and once only; Any rebuilt property must be flood resistant by law, and thereafter will be insured on the open market only. This allows for...
by DanD
Mon Jun 06, 2016 8:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Society pays tab for personal liberty
Replies: 70
Views: 15373

Re: Society pays tab for personal liberty

Because, as long as flood insurance exists, it isn't an unreasonable risk. However, most of the people involved are dependent on that flood insurance because a significant portion of their assets are tied up in a home that retains it's value because of flood insurance. So removing it is, practicall...

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