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by ericgrau
Wed Oct 25, 2017 1:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1905: "Cast Iron Pan"
Replies: 108
Views: 18547

Re: 1905: Cast Iron Pan

HES wrote:But does the monkey have bluetooth?

This one does but I'd rather he have hands to flip the meat.
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by ericgrau
Wed Oct 25, 2017 1:18 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Why do they ship with dry ice instead of salted ice?
Replies: 30
Views: 7342

Re: Why do they ship with dry ice instead of salted ice?

Just yesterday I ate some frozen shrimp cakes that the package said to store at -18ºC, which requires 260 g/kg for saltwater. ↶ Specific Heat of Carbon Dioxide 800ish... but effectively zero because it gets vented out of the package. By what mechanism does CO 2 get vented out of the package? And if...
by ericgrau
Tue Oct 24, 2017 4:58 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Computer Dying Randomly [Seems it was the PSU]
Replies: 12
Views: 9419

Re: Computer Dying Randomly [Seems it was the PSU]

Researched a bit further and turns out the motherboard was eating PSUs by causing power surges with faulty capacitors. Maybe it fried the video card too. If it happens again or anything else fails I'd look at the mobo. I mean hardware is pretty reliable. So if hardware fails on you twice within a c...
by ericgrau
Tue Oct 24, 2017 1:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1902: "State Borders"
Replies: 61
Views: 13328

Re: 1902: "State Borders"

Ah I was referring more to southeast texas which had a low dollar value. North texas has the big money and west texas isn't as good but still ok. So I suppose East of the I-35 and a limited distance West of it. I saw a lot of trees in Google Maps satellite view. It was hard to get street view on mos...
by ericgrau
Tue Oct 24, 2017 1:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1905: "Cast Iron Pan"
Replies: 108
Views: 18547

Re: 1905: Cast Iron Pan

It automatically controls the heat and a monkey could cook with it. Unattended. But, kids, don't ever leave cooking unattended, mkay? :wink: It won't let the temp get higher than what's proper, and far from what will start a fire. It tells you when it's done and also shuts the heat off. Etc. Though...
by ericgrau
Mon Oct 23, 2017 3:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1905: "Cast Iron Pan"
Replies: 108
Views: 18547

Re: 1905: Cast Iron Pan

lol, looks who's being snooty about pans now. The hotspot thing is real...until you wait another few minutes. Thermal conductivity eventually heats up the whole pan (unfortunately including the handle) and the whole pan becomes ripping hot. Oh the bluetooth pan is totally snooty. But it's convenien...
by ericgrau
Sun Oct 22, 2017 5:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1902: "State Borders"
Replies: 61
Views: 13328

Re: 1902: "State Borders"

Thanks, copy pasted to my travel notes for future reference. I'll move my edit to previous post down here for less confusion: Outside of the federal owned lands the next least populous and low farm production area is Missouri. It's green on the satellite. At least the average temperature is normal, ...
by ericgrau
Sun Oct 22, 2017 4:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1905: "Cast Iron Pan"
Replies: 108
Views: 18547

Re: 1905: Cast Iron Pan

Lol. But more seriously if you're stuck on using cast iron then what you can do is buy a temperature gun. Preheat to 390F, drop in the steak. When you lift it to flip, check the temp on the pan under the steak. Make sure it's around 385F or otherwise adjust heat as needed. +/-20F is fine, just shoot...
by ericgrau
Sun Oct 22, 2017 4:40 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Why do they ship with dry ice instead of salted ice?
Replies: 30
Views: 7342

Re: Why do they ship with dry ice instead of salted ice?

I looked into current shipping techniques and it seems to be based on guessing and testing. Most of the techniques are ballpark recommendations and packaging methods. Often shippers do screw up and do things a more expensive way, but at least it still arrives in good shape. Then via trial and error ...
by ericgrau
Sat Oct 21, 2017 9:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1902: "State Borders"
Replies: 61
Views: 13328

Re: 1902: "State Borders"

All interesting points, but what caught my eye the most is that you seem to know a lot of nice parks. Perhaps you could offer suggestions for one of my future vacation spots?
by ericgrau
Sat Oct 21, 2017 3:40 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Computer Dying Randomly [Seems it was the PSU]
Replies: 12
Views: 9419

Re: Computer Dying Randomly [Seems it was the PSU]

Of note I had a similar issue on a computer I had for several years and warrantied a few PSUs. I wondered why so many PSUs were so unreliable. Eventually lost a video card too and wondered if that was the cause. Researched a bit further and turns out the motherboard was eating PSUs by causing power ...
by ericgrau
Sat Oct 21, 2017 3:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1902: "State Borders"
Replies: 61
Views: 13328

Re: 1902: "State Borders"

Align to grid: in general, I'm less concerned about drawing neat lines than ease of administration and cultural unity. I wonder what Randall's graphic designers would make of Europe You mean what would happen if someone drew Europe's borders the way Europe drew Africa's? europemap.png Regarding sta...
by ericgrau
Sat Oct 21, 2017 2:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1905: "Cast Iron Pan"
Replies: 108
Views: 18547

Re: 1905: Cast Iron Pan

I do enjoy cooking on a cast iron. It holds heat well, gives an incredible sear to meat , and like has been said before is actually easier to clean than most nonstick cookware. Plus, it's heavy enough on the stovetop that I don't have to hold on to it with one pan while stirring with the other. And...
by ericgrau
Sat Oct 21, 2017 6:07 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Why do they ship with dry ice instead of salted ice?
Replies: 30
Views: 7342

Re: Why do they ship with dry ice instead of salted ice?

Even outside of science applications, I can't think of any reason why one wouldn't opt for the colder option, even if only for "better safe than sorry". If your ice cream freezes just a couple degrees above your cold packs, heterogeneity of the sample could lead to some uneven melting as ...
by ericgrau
Fri Oct 20, 2017 11:44 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Why do they ship with dry ice instead of salted ice?
Replies: 30
Views: 7342

Re: Why do they ship with dry ice instead of salted ice?

Because even though your food is frozen, the enzymes and whatnot continue to do their thing down to -20 C (0 F). According to the University of Missouri : "Frozen foods require low storage temperatures because quality continues to change after harvest or slaughter. The higher the temperature, ...
by ericgrau
Fri Oct 20, 2017 2:49 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Why do they ship with dry ice instead of salted ice?
Replies: 30
Views: 7342

Re: Why do they ship with dry ice instead of salted ice?

Medical stuff sure. But what about shipping frozen food like ice cream? With -5 C salted gel packs that are well sealed. Ice creamfreezes at -3 C.

What’s the salt concentration at -5C and are there any downsides vs dry ice? Why the heck would I want -20 C and not -5 C or -10 C?
by ericgrau
Fri Oct 20, 2017 6:32 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Google Search vs Bing
Replies: 61
Views: 94014

Re: Google Search vs Bing

95% of people prefer Google and 4% Bing, but when Bing started they really wanted that 4% to give them a shot. 4% is more than 0%. Plus the suggested searches helped a little so it's probably more than 4% in the challenge. Now that they've exceeded 4% of actual searches they don't want people to do ...
by ericgrau
Fri Oct 20, 2017 5:41 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Uranium more Common than Zinc
Replies: 10
Views: 4158

Re: Uranium more Common than Zinc

If the heavier elements sink to the core, would that mean uranium sinks to the core too? Its density is almost the same as gold. Is most of the uranium in the core perhaps? What's the ppm of uranium in the entire earth and/or core? Also found this, which bodes well for core uranium: https://www.rese...
by ericgrau
Fri Oct 20, 2017 4:55 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Why do they ship with dry ice instead of salted ice?
Replies: 30
Views: 7342

Re: Why do they ship with dry ice instead of salted ice?

TL;DR: I calculated that salted ice keeps frozen things frozen longer than dry ice. Which makes me wonder why they don't use it instead to ship frozen things. So now I am asking if I made a mistake somewhere. Hmm actually I better copy this to post 1. Bagging the ice in thick plastic keeps the melte...
by ericgrau
Fri Oct 20, 2017 4:23 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Why do they ship with dry ice instead of salted ice?
Replies: 30
Views: 7342

Why do they ship with dry ice instead of salted ice?

TL;DR: I calculated that salted ice keeps frozen things frozen longer than dry ice. Which makes me wonder why they don't use it instead to ship frozen things. So now I am asking if I made a mistake somewhere below. I'm doing some calculations for shipping frozen items and something's confusing me. I...
by ericgrau
Wed Oct 18, 2017 7:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1904: Research Risks
Replies: 62
Views: 10024

Re: 1904: Research Risks

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by ericgrau
Fri Oct 13, 2017 2:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1902: "State Borders"
Replies: 61
Views: 13328

Re: 1902: "State Borders"

The pan handle is an abomination that must be wiped from existence. The 3 states to the North should be brought down South to fix it. Also yes I counted right, they should be 3 states not 4. Utah likewise needs to merge with that silly mini-state. There's actually an entire "How the States Were...
by ericgrau
Wed Oct 11, 2017 7:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1901: "Logical"
Replies: 24
Views: 5645

Re: 1901: "Logical"

Guaranteed flame-war comic. It does bring to mind a couple sentences near the start of a short SciFi story from the late '60s about some neuro-scientists who find a way to bump up their intelligence by a couple thousand points. One of them is not-all-that-happily married, and the story goes that on...
by ericgrau
Wed Sep 20, 2017 2:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1891: "Obsolete Technology"
Replies: 63
Views: 12408

Re: 1891: "New Technology"

LEDs are still a bit expensive. And rather than being damaged from being turned on and off, their weakness is that the briefest of power surges can permanently destroy them. I have had problems in my house with incandescent bubs blowing absurdly often, on one floor, with no obvious issues identifie...
by ericgrau
Wed Sep 20, 2017 2:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1891: "Obsolete Technology"
Replies: 63
Views: 12408

Re: 1891: "New Technology"

If it ain't broke, don't fix it. If it is broke, fix it only as much as is necessary. Unfortunately, this attitude can lead to situations where people are complacent and don't realize that something actually is broken, but not in an obvious way. Case in point: Light bulbs. For their primary functio...
by ericgrau
Sat Sep 16, 2017 7:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1890: "What to Bring"
Replies: 70
Views: 16719

Re: 1890: "What to Bring"

MDS_Dan wrote:See, it's never specified how much water you can bring. If you bring enough water, you win every time

The same is true if you bring enough gun.

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by ericgrau
Wed Sep 13, 2017 5:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1888: "Still in Use"
Replies: 34
Views: 8238

Re: 1888: "Still in Use"

I actually remember the day that "in use" first started. Yes, there was a time when it simply didn't exist. You could delete a file that a program had open and that program could suck it. The day it started was a horrible, horrible day and the situation has never improved to "better-t...
by ericgrau
Sat Sep 02, 2017 11:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1884: "Ringer Volume/Media Volume"
Replies: 38
Views: 9237

Re: 1884: "Ringer Volume/Media Volume"

Oh so it's not just my phone. Yeah I got around this incredibly stupid bug forever by changing my settings to make my volume control only change media volume. Even when media is not playing. My ringer volume never changes nor does it need to. If I want it quiet then I flip the switch to vibrate. I s...
by ericgrau
Thu Nov 24, 2016 11:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1763: "Catcalling"
Replies: 91
Views: 21109

Re: 1763: "Catcalling"

Noooo you fool! This opens the door for some crazy to easily trap and kill off cats.
by ericgrau
Fri Apr 11, 2014 2:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1353: "Heartbleed"
Replies: 99
Views: 32144

Re: 1353: "Heartbleed"

This is why you don't use C or similar languages for most applications. And with text data there is no performance excuse. I'm quite surprised that such irresponsible coding is still going on at all. After 30 years we should know better. Or at least have languages or libraries so lazy programmmers c...
by ericgrau
Tue Aug 16, 2011 6:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0938: "T-Cells"
Replies: 125
Views: 46273

Re: 0938: "T-Cells"

He has a disease where his cells are multiplying out of control. The T-cells we injected him with help, but they aren't enough. Let's alter them so that they multiply out of control, then we'll have enough! Ah... ya What bothers me more is that this was some breakthrough and then the problems come o...
by ericgrau
Wed Jul 27, 2011 3:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0930: "Days of the Week"
Replies: 126
Views: 29179

Re: 930: Days of the Week

Makes for a nice week: Tuesday: company meeting Wednesday: ladies night Thursday: just sucks Friday: break-up with bf/gf Saturday: get wasted (and laid, with some luck) Sunday: church Monday: work is due ... ... and another meeting on Tuesday. Is this the reality in Google-land? They're talking abo...
by ericgrau
Fri Apr 15, 2011 8:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0886: "Craigslist Apartments"
Replies: 137
Views: 48805

Re: 0886: "Craigslist Apartments"

so in november, i used craigslist, to find a roommate. in january, he hung himself at work. so i laughed a LOT at this one. you've pretty much summed up the entire craigslist experience for me. bravo! Did he at least have the courtesy to leave a month's rent? :P The answer to the strobe light one i...
by ericgrau
Fri Apr 15, 2011 4:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0886: "Craigslist Apartments"
Replies: 137
Views: 48805

Re: 0886: "Craigslist Apartments"

Dang a few miles further from Pripyat and it might actually be passable. I hear the cancer rates in the surrounding areas are nothing special.
by ericgrau
Tue Feb 01, 2011 3:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0854: "Learning to Cook"
Replies: 134
Views: 25291

Re: 0854: "Learning to Cook"

I've learned to never buy extra ingredients, even if sold for a better deal, use simple but high rated recipes, and most of all cook for multiple people. It's a shame that people can't cooperate more when it comes to mealtimes, then it'd save both time and money. Alone I still don't buy frozen dinne...
by ericgrau
Sun Jan 16, 2011 3:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0844: "Good Code"
Replies: 100
Views: 28622

Re: 0844: "Good Code"

At the last company where I worked I heard someone mention that you should never start too early on a project and if you do you never tell the client you're done until the day of submittal. The more time they have the more changes they want.
by ericgrau
Sun Jan 16, 2011 2:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0846: "Dental Nerve"
Replies: 135
Views: 36721

Re: 0846: "Dental Nerve"

Actually Jack Daniels and mouthwash are roughly the same. Alcohol is a decent enough solvent and disinfectant too. What you're really missing is the flouride and abrasives for whitening. Still people's teeth survived before flouride and Jack Daniels is unlikely to cause serious problems as long as y...
by ericgrau
Sat Oct 02, 2010 8:11 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Factorial Properties
Replies: 15
Views: 3527

Re: Factorial Properties

n/5 rounded down. Am I missing something? Doesn't work: n = 1000. Your estimate would be 200. The actual is 249, so it's off by a significant amount (25% actually)... Right. I didn't think about Numbers divisible by 25, 125, etc. I noticed that it would be based on the instances of 5 in...
by ericgrau
Fri Oct 01, 2010 5:27 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Switches and lights variant.
Replies: 10
Views: 2559

Re: Switches and lights variant.

Infinite correct answers was the goal. There was no predetermined solution nor necessarily a purpose for anything. Though I thought about it for a little bit and got an answer similar to a couple here. Maybe next people could think up the simplest / fastest / easiest / least chance of a mistake solu...
by ericgrau
Fri Oct 01, 2010 7:03 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Ceiling Fan Direction
Replies: 25
Views: 4567

Re: Ceiling Fan Direction

Anyhow, all of these arguments seem to be re: passing air over people's skin. My original question still stands: in an environment that is not closed (ie, forced air, open windows, multiple stories, etc.), is reversing the conventional wisdom a sensible way to help actually maintain a cooler/warmer...

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