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by solune
Fri Nov 14, 2014 8:50 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0119: "Laser Umbrella"
Replies: 46
Views: 22637

Re: What-If 0119: "Laser Umbrella"

There were several rockets that exploded because engineers mixed US and metric (or inches and liters (i.e decimeter cube)). For the sake of humanity (and for my eyes :D ), please don't do that.
by solune
Mon May 05, 2014 3:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4629
Views: 723753

Re: The Darker Side of the News

with whales, you kill one and have a shit ton of meat (well, more like an actual metric ton, but still, that's a lot of chicken per whale). It'd be about a 100 tonnes of meat. But you would get close to a ton of shit. Regarding migration : both buffalo and cows used to be migratory before we put th...
by solune
Mon May 05, 2014 12:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Article: WarkaWater: basket uses condensation to make water
Replies: 39
Views: 10264

Re: Article: WarkaWater: basket uses condensation to make wa

notxkcd wrote:gravity seems to do the rest.


I'm wondering about this part. A small dropplet on a thin mesh would have a large surface tension. How do you convince the dropplet to ignore that tension and go in the bucket with the other dropplets ?
by solune
Mon May 05, 2014 12:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15151
Views: 2664762

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

Can't find any english link but: Corrupt politician is aquitted; Population takes the matter in their own hands and tie him to a stake. http://acajutibanews.com/portal/noticia.php?id=2932 I don't know enough about the story to know if he was actually guilty, but I sure wish some of our politicians w...
by solune
Mon Apr 28, 2014 9:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1361: "Google Announcement"
Replies: 43
Views: 31823

Re: 1361: "Google Announcement"

Am I the only one who took this as a 2048 mind-bomb ?
by solune
Fri Apr 25, 2014 8:33 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15151
Views: 2664762

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

Personally, I don't think that the Eggshell Skull doctrine is wrong (although feel free to convince me), but either way I don't think this is a case of it — by making the call he had to be aware that a police response would be launched, and being forced to recompense the state for paying for such a...
by solune
Thu Apr 24, 2014 3:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15151
Views: 2664762

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

Most worrying is this:
The caller could face multiple charges and may also be required to foot the bill for Tuesday’s police response, which is estimated at $100,000.


Isn't that a classic example of the (very wrong) Eggshell skull doctrine ?
by solune
Wed Mar 26, 2014 1:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15151
Views: 2664762

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

Steax wrote:So... Facebook buys Oculus Rift for $2b.


Is that 2e9 actual dollars or is it Facebook shares ? I think that a significant part of the WhatsApp money was just an exchange of shares, so somewhat vaporous.
by solune
Mon Dec 30, 2013 1:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1310: Goldbach Conjectures
Replies: 65
Views: 15745

Re: All odd numbers are prime.

jc wrote:There were a lot more, but I've forgotten most of them. I wonder if they're collected somewhere on the Web ...


I had the computer scientist: "3 is prime, 5 is prime, 7 is prime, 9 is not prime, 9 is not prime, 9 is not prime ..."
by solune
Wed Nov 06, 2013 10:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1287: "Puzzle"
Replies: 70
Views: 18916

Re: 1287: "Puzzle"

Speicus wrote:Who made the opening move in this game?

It's white's turn ("white to continue") and they both made 5 moves, so I believe white played first.
by solune
Wed Sep 04, 2013 1:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1260: "LD50"
Replies: 46
Views: 12850

Re: 1260: "LD50"

, it will hit the surface at the escape velocity. Yes I thought of dropping it just at escape velocity, but for a stack of paper if would just burn up in the atmosphere. In fact the range of mass where a bunch of paper will hit the ground, but not hard enough to kill 50% of a stadium must be very s...
by solune
Wed Sep 04, 2013 11:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1260: "LD50"
Replies: 46
Views: 12850

Re: 1260: "LD50"

eviloatmeal wrote:dropping a stack of 1200 A4 size XKCD strips on it


If you're considering dropping, then "dropping" a stack of paper at 90% of the speed of light can easily kill half of the population of a stadium.

...

The LD50 of an anti matter printout of xkcd should be even lower. :D
by solune
Wed Aug 28, 2013 11:51 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0060: "Signs of Life"
Replies: 71
Views: 39990

Re: What-if 0060: "Signs of Life"

how many life-bearing planets have intelligent life that tested nuclear weapons a few decades ago then stopped, versus how many were near a recent supernova How many planets are near a recent supernova: many How many life-bearing planets are near a recent supernova: very few. Given only these two h...
by solune
Wed Aug 28, 2013 8:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1257: "Monster"
Replies: 84
Views: 19654

Re: 1257: "Monster"

Philip Thomas wrote:A nuclear weapon with the power of the Hiroshima Bomb? Pretty tiny by today's nuclear weapon standards...


As long as we don't measure it in tons of TNT...
by solune
Tue Jun 25, 2013 8:43 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0051: "Free Fall"
Replies: 29
Views: 15688

Re: What-If 0051: "Free Fall"

Azkyroth wrote:...but the questioner said "FREE fall." Surely some of those places require permit fees to access?


The only above ground place on earth where you can get without a visa is Antarctica, and I'm not even sure about that.
An iceberg in international waters should be fine though.
by solune
Tue Jun 11, 2013 8:36 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0049: "Sunless Earth"
Replies: 69
Views: 23991

Re: What-If 0049: "Sunless Earth"

I recommand the brilliant short story "A Pail of Air" (google it), in which air is frozen solid, and people live to tell the story.
by solune
Thu Oct 25, 2012 12:09 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: For those of us in non-swing states
Replies: 23
Views: 8137

Re: For those of us in non-swing states

There are people who do actually like what the major parties offer =P. You may approve of one of the candidates, and still disapprove of the 2-party system. In France it is very common for people to vote for a more extreme position than their own, not for gaining a majority, but to create a vocal m...
by solune
Tue Oct 16, 2012 9:54 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0016: "Lightning"
Replies: 58
Views: 30332

Re: What-if 0016: Lightning

I'd like to make a distinction between submarine - "under the sea" and subaquatic - "under water".
I doesn't help in any way but I feel better by saying it.
by solune
Fri Aug 03, 2012 8:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1090: "Formal Languages"
Replies: 90
Views: 30269

Re: 1090: "Formal Languages"

I'm eager to know what this definition will look like after the hordes of xkcd readers come on wikipedia
by solune
Tue Jul 24, 2012 1:41 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0004: "A Mole of Moles"
Replies: 89
Views: 93853

Re: What-If 0004: A Mole of Moles

And if there were no initial atmosphere, the ones one the outside would immediately freeze and die... but then the air expelled from their lungs would create a thin atmosphere, right? Since moles tunnel anyway, those ten to a hundred feet down might be okay for a while. if a while is not longer tha...
by solune
Tue Jul 24, 2012 1:19 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0004: "A Mole of Moles"
Replies: 89
Views: 93853

Re: What-If 0004: A Mole of Moles

I think Randall has taken the wrong science to analyse the planet: it's not governed by biology but by chemistry: * The energy gained by removing the space between the moles and general compression is enough to bring the temperature in the core to 600K or more * There is also some radioactivity (Car...
by solune
Thu Jul 12, 2012 9:12 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0001: "Relativistic Baseball"
Replies: 167
Views: 124661

Re: What-If 0001: Relativistic Baseball

Frankly, that pitcher's facing a hell of a fine. After all, he's just thrown at the batter ... the umpire, the on-deck hitter, the entire bench for both teams ... every fan in the stands ... and every living creature within a square mile. I think the commissioner is going to have something to say a...
by solune
Thu Jul 21, 2011 1:14 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Metric versus US Customary/Imperial for Everyday Use
Replies: 109
Views: 48668

Re: Metric versus US Customary/Imperial for Everyday Use

my 0.20 euros: On the inch/foot/yard issue, it's true that a base 3 is good for everyday use, but it doesn't cover all the range of every day uses: if you have to talk about 3 eights of an inch or even a 16th of an inch, you've got a problem (why did we switch to base 2 btw ?). There's also a hole b...

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