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by Soupspoon
Sat Sep 17, 2016 12:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1734: "Reductionism"
Replies: 27
Views: 6116

Re: 1734: "Reductionism"

but any ring with the sort of power that one displayed would have been unlikely to be harmed by a common hearth-fire... "Well, well, well," uttered Gandalf in amazement, "It seems I was in error, for it melts so easily upon this simple hearth. I marvel only at the brightness of its p...
by Soupspoon
Fri Sep 16, 2016 11:42 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Fastest Minesweeper ever! What are the chances?
Replies: 14
Views: 4357

Re: Fastest Minesweeper ever! What are the chances?

Entropically, though, a cluster (whether rectangular in a corner, a 'full border' that you clicked within the empty centre of or a far wavier shape) is numerically more unique.. *cough* ...than all the possible slapdash 'noisy' distributions that defeat oneclickwinability by the 'surface' of neighbo...
by Soupspoon
Fri Sep 16, 2016 9:21 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Fastest Minesweeper ever! What are the chances?
Replies: 14
Views: 4357

Re: Fastest Minesweeper ever! What are the chances?

Oh, and Soupspoon, it is very possible to hit a bomb in the first click. Might depend on the version of (Windows) Minesweeper, but I am sure that it quite famously hasn't been possible. Even setting to Custom parameters with whatever settings gives you most mines per grid area for maximum challenge...
by Soupspoon
Fri Sep 16, 2016 7:42 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Fastest Minesweeper ever! What are the chances?
Replies: 14
Views: 4357

Re: Fastest Minesweeper ever! What are the chances?

I think you have to take into account that the first square you reveal is never a mine (whether or not that means it is a neighbour-square that only reveals a number or a non-neighbour from which a flood-reveal propogates). But whether that's because it shifts any first-click boom somewhere else bef...
by Soupspoon
Fri Sep 16, 2016 7:25 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Expected oldest person in history
Replies: 32
Views: 7698

Re: Expected oldest person in history

As this has popped up again (ressurected?) perhaps we might postulate what this example does to the longevity-relative-to-Bar-Mitzvah figures... ;) Yeah, not much. Especially given a certain historic skew against generations of Bar Mitzvahrers(?) aging. But that's less of a humorous take on the news...
by Soupspoon
Fri Sep 16, 2016 4:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1734: "Reductionism"
Replies: 27
Views: 6116

Re: 1734: "Reductionism"

squall_line wrote:That said, would the explainxkcd entry for this comic point back to the comic itself? Or is that circular rather than reductionist?

See here
by Soupspoon
Fri Sep 16, 2016 3:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1734: "Reductionism"
Replies: 27
Views: 6116

Re: 1734: "Reductionism"

The letter "i" is the only letter to feature twice in the word, and it is used differently on each occasion. In the former case it is a surrogate for "h" in a "sh" diagraph. In the second it is pronounced much like the "e", already described as being a post-15...
by Soupspoon
Fri Sep 16, 2016 8:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 523
Views: 79383

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

I'm amazed that a person so expert at physics could produce a graph whose values are so far off those described by its title. Do you mean "values" more as in recorded results or relative philosophy? And there are a number of different bits of text that can be considered the "title&qu...
by Soupspoon
Fri Sep 16, 2016 1:14 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Speed-reading?
Replies: 21
Views: 12044

Re: Speed-reading?

Seeing this thread appear under the Unread Posts listing, originating prior to my forum join-date but just now necroed to contemporaneousness, I zoomed straight to the top of the page and reviewed its development in both 'speed read' and 'skimming' modes, as far as I care to label things. My take-aw...
by Soupspoon
Thu Sep 15, 2016 12:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 523
Views: 79383

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

They're due to the natural orbital perturbations that come with any orbit in a n-body system (especially one as complicated as the solar system). Is it eventually going to revert? Not really revert, but it will continue changing. The solar system is very dynamic -- even with only 9 major bodies, th...
by Soupspoon
Wed Sep 14, 2016 10:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 523
Views: 79383

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

1) Making people give money to other people doesn't do a damn thing to actually reduce carbon. It just keeps politicians employed. If it keeps the employed as politicians, better than forcing us to watch them retraining to become Reality TV stars* or celebrity dancers. * Unfortunately, that's a two...
by Soupspoon
Wed Sep 14, 2016 9:21 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Pokemon Go
Replies: 123
Views: 23703

Re: Pokemon Go

Yakk wrote:I would walk a thousand miles and I would walk a thousand more
To turn my rare pokemon into their e-e-e-e-volv-ed form
wadapa wadapa wadapa wadapa bum bum de de bum bum bum bum bum bum bum

Or so you proclaim...
by Soupspoon
Wed Sep 14, 2016 8:18 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Uxbridge English Dictionary
Replies: 126
Views: 27626

Re: Uxbridge English Dictionary

Treble - A six-horned beast. Fissile - Where the carbonated drinks are arrayed in the store. Tangent - Dark-skinned fellow. Rhombus - Less stressful than driving past the Colosseum. Train - The weather in Yorkshire. Sage - Supersymmetric superannuation. Succinct - To graphologically derive the origi...
by Soupspoon
Wed Sep 14, 2016 5:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 523
Views: 79383

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

trpmb6 wrote:
cellocgw wrote:The first residents of the first Zion did.
FTFY. (If we even trust the anti-Oracle/Architect, that is, regarding the Beta 2 Matrix ejectees.)

edit: Brainfart. It was before even them.
by Soupspoon
Wed Sep 14, 2016 9:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 523
Views: 79383

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

It's political. It comes down to "Why should I stop eating meat, just so you can have more children?" An oversimplification? Sure. But it illustrates the basic problem. Whereas "Why should I have more children, just so you can eat meat?" illustrates a completely different proble...
by Soupspoon
Wed Sep 14, 2016 4:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 523
Views: 79383

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 Soupspoon
Tue Sep 13, 2016 5:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 523
Views: 79383

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

Now, obviously it is likely that there might be the occasional new person to the forums (we were all new once, and I still consider myself as such, despite extensive pre-registration lurking), but I hope all the commentators who have made one, two, maybe a handful of messages purely word-of-mouth (<...
by Soupspoon
Tue Sep 13, 2016 1:27 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Quotes game
Replies: 24
Views: 2935

Re: Quotes game

flicky1991 wrote:
Alaska Girl wrote:
I was hoping this was another game where you carry on a conversation using entirely movie quotes.
You can do that if you want!

You talkin' to me?
by Soupspoon
Tue Sep 13, 2016 1:12 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: have you ever...
Replies: 94
Views: 7666

Re: have you ever...

No, I don't like blocking, irredeemably. Nor am I on Facebook. And if anyone is stalking me on Facebook, they're stalking an impersonator. (So tempted to now ask if anyone has ever impersonated anyone... ;) ) Have you ever been a member of a political party that you were, or ended up as, not actuall...
by Soupspoon
Mon Sep 12, 2016 10:32 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Tonic Water
Replies: 17
Views: 5677

Re: Tonic Water

nash1429 wrote:The solubility of CO2 in water is higher at higher temperatures.

Is it? I always thought it was lower (for gases in solution, higher for solids)...

Maybe I'm thinking of something else, though...
by Soupspoon
Mon Sep 12, 2016 9:53 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science-based what-if questions
Replies: 622
Views: 86063

Re: Core orbiting planet.

Gotta catch the core!
by Soupspoon
Mon Sep 12, 2016 6:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1185
Views: 165571

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

Echo244 wrote:I mean, the best suggestion from Channel 4 News was that he was going to devote more of his time to the Big Society idea.
Any normal politicianmwould be spending more time wirh their family, but they've probably been left, forgotten, in one or more pubs.
by Soupspoon
Mon Sep 12, 2016 5:20 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: IT Hare: Infographic - Operation Costs on CPU Clock Cycles
Replies: 4
Views: 5450

Re: IT Hare: Infographic - Operation Costs on CPU Clock Cycles

Interesting.

Couldn't find NOP, though...
by Soupspoon
Mon Sep 12, 2016 5:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 523
Views: 79383

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

Confirmed: Internet causes rapid global warming. Everyone please stop using the Internet! I shall keep on posting about this until I see that you all do!!
by Soupspoon
Mon Sep 12, 2016 3:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1185
Views: 165571

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

Can't see him being enobled, either. International talk circuits, like Blair? (Not sure he 'qualifies' as UN Ambassador/whatever, in any capacity, so he might have more time to talk wirh less time needed to sort out the Middle East, right?) He must have had a plan for four years' time, though... Won...
by Soupspoon
Sun Sep 11, 2016 10:17 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science-based what-if questions
Replies: 622
Views: 86063

Re: Core orbiting planet.

But I could probably continue claiming Geohashes, for as long as maps (paper if necessary) still sufficiently match the reforming geography. And with the stock exchanges on permanent hiatus, I can calculate a long string of future hashes, in advance, at least for while the date part still makes any ...
by Soupspoon
Sat Sep 10, 2016 6:18 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: have you ever...
Replies: 94
Views: 7666

Re: have you ever...

Yeah yeah yeah <click> <click> <clickety-click> Oh come on, install already!
Neil_Boekend wrote:Have you ever fully read a TOS before checking the mark that you've read it?

…huh?


Have you had your appendix removed?
by Soupspoon
Sat Sep 10, 2016 1:06 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Are "logical thinking" tests reliable/meaningful?
Replies: 19
Views: 4440

Re: Are "logical thinking" tests reliable/meaningful?

"Which is the odd one out: House, Kennel, Tent, Cave?" That was an (alleged) MENSA test question. Even better than the fact that every one of those has a perfectly good reason to be the odd one out, it was hidden behind a layer of puzzle in which each word was given in a jumbled form. Whic...
by Soupspoon
Fri Sep 09, 2016 5:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1731: "Wrong"
Replies: 42
Views: 9646

Re: 1731: "Wrong"

I once momentarily thought I was wrong. But it turned out that I was wrong, I was right.
by Soupspoon
Fri Sep 09, 2016 1:43 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: have you ever...
Replies: 94
Views: 7666

Re: have you ever...

Difficult to say for certain. That's actually a deep-seated philosophical question, at heart. I don't tend to mod in advantages (allowing War Elephant training in early-version Dwarf Fortress, perhaps, or hex editing the '94 version XCOM base savefiles to shortcut exploration of the deve...
by Soupspoon
Fri Sep 09, 2016 1:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1730: "Starshade"
Replies: 18
Views: 4942

Re: 1730: "Starshade"

Eternal Density wrote:We've got less than 4 years to prepare for the next 20s. Wow.
Too late for that! A lot of people have been laying the groundwork for the return of the glorious '30s, already!
by Soupspoon
Fri Sep 09, 2016 12:12 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should We Try Solar Radiation Management?
Replies: 89
Views: 18990

Re: Should We Try Solar Radiation Management?

Ice-wall technology isn't unknown in sinking mineshafts through sodden layers (and not just in Dwarf Fortress!). Although concrete-injection would seem to me to be the more permanent solution. (See especially salt-concrete, for saltmine shaft sealing.)
by Soupspoon
Wed Sep 07, 2016 6:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1730: "Starshade"
Replies: 18
Views: 4942

Re: 1730: "Starshade"

It's not just the one, but (at least) a triumvirate of widely-spaced probes passing lasers between them. And the floating within the other craft is (if I'm thinking of the same experiment) in order to maintain the ultimate isolating shock-absorber (LIGO goes to great pains to hang its components fro...
by Soupspoon
Wed Sep 07, 2016 6:23 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: have you ever...
Replies: 94
Views: 7666

Re: have you ever...

No. (Sorry, I tend towards longer answers. See spoiler.) I've barely skated on the flat, except that I ended up inclining over until I was flat on my back both times, the moment I let go of the nearest wall. (OTOH, I've ice-skated fairly ok. I don't understand why the difference in a...
by Soupspoon
Wed Sep 07, 2016 9:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1730: "Starshade"
Replies: 18
Views: 4942

Re: 1730: "Starshade"

One colour on one side, another colour on the flip-side. Rotate according to current tastes.

No, wait... that's so 1960s-reversable-plastic-macs... Remind me when the '60 are due to come round again?
by Soupspoon
Wed Sep 07, 2016 12:05 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science-based what-if questions
Replies: 622
Views: 86063

Re: 2600 km in 1/30 second.

(Reminded of http://stargate.wikia.com/wiki/Fail_Safe - at least obliquely...)
by Soupspoon
Tue Sep 06, 2016 11:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1185
Views: 165571

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

I find it more amusing that it looks like he's being labelled as one of Vaz's 'hired helpers'. (But I still find it troubling that by saying <Insert Figure Of Hate Here> at one time supported <Insert Viewpoint Here> at one time you're then instantly taken as saying that <IVH> and people who are asso...
by Soupspoon
Tue Sep 06, 2016 10:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1719: "Superzoom"
Replies: 41
Views: 10731

Re: 1719: "Superzoom"

They're not, but there's spacio-temporal warping already that renders the central sun appear to move around and the 'horizon' to show curving-downwardness of the Earth (thus some sort of lenticular sightlines, up curving away from up, horizontal curving up from 'horizontal') and if we're seeing anci...
by Soupspoon
Tue Sep 06, 2016 9:02 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: have you ever...
Replies: 94
Views: 7666

Re: have you ever...

Never, glasses for...more than three decades, never tempted to poke myself in the eyes.

Have you taken a library book out without checking it out, properly?
by Soupspoon
Tue Sep 06, 2016 3:05 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science-based what-if questions
Replies: 622
Views: 86063

Re: 2600 km in 1/30 second.

I rather think that it would have to be an (effectively) uncurved path of destruction. Whether it started high up to skim the surface at a tangent or dove as a chord through the topmost crust of the Earth, I envisage that even the secondary energies from the transit would carve a groove in the plane...

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