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by cryptoengineer
Thu Jun 11, 2015 2:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1536: "The Martian"
Replies: 128
Views: 40058

Re: 1536: "The Martian"

The martian is for people who wish the whole movie had just been more of that scene. Well shit, I want to see The Martian now. Me too. Just what I was waiting for. MacGyver was not enough. The Martian is "MacGyver on Mars" . 8-) 8-) Having now watched the trailer, I'm worried - it looks l...
by cryptoengineer
Thu Jun 11, 2015 2:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1536: "The Martian"
Replies: 128
Views: 40058

Re: 1536: "The Martian"

Based largely on the comments in this thread, I downloaded the Audible version today, and listened to the first couple of chapters on the way home. There's something I'm having a problem with: His radio is out, I can understand that (modulo the notion of a Martian wind that can actually blow so...
by cryptoengineer
Thu Jun 11, 2015 1:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1536: "The Martian"
Replies: 128
Views: 40058

Re: 1536: "The Martian"

Based largely on the comments in this thread, I downloaded the Audible version today, and listened to the first couple of chapters on the way home. There's something I'm having a problem with: His radio is out, I can understand that (modulo the notion of a Martian wind that can actually blow som...
by cryptoengineer
Tue Jun 09, 2015 2:25 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Avengers!
Replies: 279
Views: 63057

Re: Avengers!

To get the same energy as Chixulub, he'd have had to accelerate it to over 2 million mph (again, math on request). Your point is wholly valid, but I want to remind you the city was filled with a vibranium engine... How's that play into your math? YEAH! THATS WHAT I THOUGHT ::micdrop:: If the math s...
by cryptoengineer
Mon Jun 08, 2015 9:10 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Avengers!
Replies: 279
Views: 63057

Re: Avengers!

[quote="Carlington"]I'm not sure whether you guys picked up on this, it's not clear from how your posts have been worded, but the city-in-the-air thing was not just "let's destroy this one city, because fuck this thing in particular", but rather "I'll drop this city from hig...
by cryptoengineer
Fri Jun 05, 2015 3:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1534: "Beer"
Replies: 249
Views: 60941

Re: 1534: "Beer"

Bitterness is a bad thing. Human tastes evolved to associate "bitter"="bad" because bitter things are often bad, even poisonous, to us. So why on earth people would voluntarily line up to guzzle gallons of beer flavored with intense bitterness is simply beyond me. Because we enj...
by cryptoengineer
Fri Jun 05, 2015 1:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1534: "Beer"
Replies: 249
Views: 60941

Re: 1534: "Beer"

I'm among the crowd who are bothered that Munro seems unable to realize that people's tastes differ, and there is no objectively correct opinion on the subject. You could make a similar distinction over many things, such as milk chocolate vs dark chocolate; to me, the former is icky stuff that coats...
by cryptoengineer
Mon Apr 06, 2015 5:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1508: “Operating Systems”
Replies: 83
Views: 19759

Re: 1508: “beehives”

I'd have to add: AppleDos: 1980-1998 VMS: 1988-1990 (yes, at home) AmigaOS: 1985-1999 Any other graybeards out there? Only used VMS at college. Ran RT-11 briefly at home, but not seriously... [...] Did you hear VMS is being developed again? http://vmssoftware.com/ They're getting shupport for Itani...
by cryptoengineer
Mon Apr 06, 2015 2:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1508: “Operating Systems”
Replies: 83
Views: 19759

Re: 1508: “beehives”

I'd have to add:

AppleDos: 1980-1998
VMS: 1988-1990 (yes, at home)
AmigaOS: 1985-1999

Any other graybeards out there?
by cryptoengineer
Tue Jan 20, 2015 3:36 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0125: "Bowling Ball"
Replies: 46
Views: 18894

Re: What-If 0125: "Bowling Ball"

What if the bowling ball was made of neutron star matter? Yeah, I was kinda expecting it to go in that direction. He kind of did didn't he? at least as much as practical, with the osmium ball. In another thread about something else someone brought up neutron star material and someone else pointed o...
by cryptoengineer
Tue Dec 23, 2014 3:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1463: "Altitude"
Replies: 29
Views: 7287

Re: 1463: "Altitude"

I visited Mauna Kea a couple years ago. We went in a minibus specifically modified for the task - most car rental agreements specifically forbid taking the car up the mountain. We started at Hilo, at sea level, then stopped for an hour at 9000 feet to acclimate - that's where the observatory staff s...
by cryptoengineer
Fri Dec 05, 2014 3:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1456: "On the Moon"
Replies: 52
Views: 15353

Re: 1456: "On the Moon"

I've heard it argued that putting a man on the Moon with 60s technology was a massive stretch for the technology. We were very, very lucky that it worked, and we didn't lose one or more crews. We came very close to doing so a number of times. Essentially, the Space Race was an aberration, with ideol...
by cryptoengineer
Wed Aug 20, 2014 12:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107245
Views: 50237954

Re: BlindPost NP2069

cryptoengineer "TIME just won the Hugo for Best Graphic Story." - Link? Sequel? Time II? ED "Cory Doctorow accepted the award on GLR's behalf" - Okay, that'll work (as a link). Why GLR no show up ximxelf? I was watching the livestream of the award ceremony, and posted that withi...
by cryptoengineer
Sun Aug 17, 2014 8:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107245
Views: 50237954

Re: 1190: "Time"

TIME just won the Hugo for Best Graphic Story.
by cryptoengineer
Wed Aug 13, 2014 9:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1407: "Worst Hurricane"
Replies: 92
Views: 25060

Re: 1407: "Worst Hurricane"

I'm still pretty convinced that severe snowstorms/blizzards/ice storms are responsible for more deaths and damage in a year than hurricanes. It's quite difficult to find data on blizzard casualties, but I know that every year in southern Ontario there are dozens of people that die in weather-relate...
by cryptoengineer
Wed Aug 13, 2014 9:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1407: "Worst Hurricane"
Replies: 92
Views: 25060

Re: 1407: "Worst Hurricane"

As a tropical cyclone researcher, I dig this map. I could nitpick and second-guess both the comic and myself for hours, but taken at face value it seems quite accurate for most regions. There are a few randbob storms ("King" '47, 1941 in TX) that, while perhaps quantitatively the rainiest...
by cryptoengineer
Tue Aug 12, 2014 1:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1406: "Universal Converter Box"
Replies: 162
Views: 40734

Re: 1406: "Universal Converter Box"

Lots of Old School stuff missing. In particular. RS-232 Serial (DE-9 and DB-25 connectors) - the latter was The Standard serial connector in data centers for a very long time, more or less until USB came around. This definitely shouldn't have been skipped. External SCSI 20 mA current loop (for ASR-3...
by cryptoengineer
Thu Aug 07, 2014 1:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1404: Quantum Vacuum Virtual Plasma
Replies: 62
Views: 21641

Re: 1404: Quantum Vacuum Virtual Plasma

Its worth looking at the Wikipedia article on the issue: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quantum_vacuum_plasma_thruster It explains why, if it works according to the claim, it doesn't violate conservation of momentum. To a first approximation, its an MHD drive using the Dirac Sea of virtual particles a...
by cryptoengineer
Tue Jul 29, 2014 1:23 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0106: "Ink Molecules"
Replies: 43
Views: 12249

Re: What-If 106: "Ink Molecules"

Does anyone else feel that this page feels unfinished? Randall gathers the data (ignoring that 'carbon black' isn't single Carbon atoms), then doesn't really do the math to answer the original question.
by cryptoengineer
Wed May 21, 2014 2:16 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0097:" Burning Pollen"
Replies: 39
Views: 13292

Re: What-If 0097: Burning Pollen

Most of the 'pollen burning' videos in the first youtube link don't actually show burning pollen. They show burning mats of cottonwood seeds. These seeds have many thin fibers attached, which lets them loft in the air in a similar way to dandelion seeds.
by cryptoengineer
Mon Apr 21, 2014 1:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1358: "NRO"
Replies: 34
Views: 9574

Re: 1358: "NRO"

I've heard that at one point, one of the NRO office buildings had an inscription in Russian on the roof:

"If you can read this, you're where we were 20 years ago."

No, I don't know how big it was.

pt
by cryptoengineer
Tue Mar 25, 2014 12:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1346: "Career"
Replies: 55
Views: 15712

Re: 1346: "Career"

The most contrived headline I'm aware of isn't from a tabloid, British or otherwise. It's from Variety, the Hollywood trade paper, which in the 1930's lead with: 'HICKS NIX STIX PIX' - ie 'rural people show little interest in movies set in the rural areas' The NY tabloids have done their part WALL S...
by cryptoengineer
Sat Feb 15, 2014 6:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1329: "Standing"
Replies: 66
Views: 12084

Re: 1329: "Standing"

Believe it or not, if he's reasonably fit, he probably will. Deer and most other 'prey animals' have evolved to deal with predators which can run very fast, but only in bursts. Humans (like wolves) can keep going for miles, and for hours. The deer will stop after a hundred yards or so, and the huma...
by cryptoengineer
Thu Feb 13, 2014 6:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1329: "Standing"
Replies: 66
Views: 12084

Re: 1329: "Standing"

Believe it or not, if he's reasonably fit, he probably will. Deer and most other 'prey animals' have evolved to deal with predators which can run very fast, but only in bursts. Humans (like wolves) can keep going for miles, and for hours. The deer will stop after a hundred yards or so, and the huma...
by cryptoengineer
Thu Feb 13, 2014 2:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1329: "Standing"
Replies: 66
Views: 12084

Re: 1329: "Standing"

Somehow I doubt he'll ever catch that deer... I still think the strapping your laptop to your belly and typing while walking is a better option (although it looks kinda geeky). Believe it or not, if he's reasonably fit, he probably will. Deer and most other 'prey animals' have evolved to deal with ...
by cryptoengineer
Tue Feb 11, 2014 2:08 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0082: "Hitting a Comet"
Replies: 59
Views: 15402

Re: What-if 0082: "Hitting a Comet"

By this rule, no bullet can travel more than 8790 times its length. This simply isn't true. No, the rule would imply that no bullet can travel supersonically more than 8790 times its length. (For a one inch bullet, this is a bit over 700 feet.) Then it becomes subsonic and continues traveling. I su...
by cryptoengineer
Sun Feb 09, 2014 4:24 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0082: "Hitting a Comet"
Replies: 59
Views: 15402

Re: What-if 0082: "Hitting a Comet"

you know now that a supersonic baseball will only get 130 feet. No, think of the 130 feet as a "half life" of sorts for velocity (assuming that the air that you push in front of you also has to push the other air in front of it too...) So you need to impart a total momentum to the basebal...
by cryptoengineer
Wed Feb 05, 2014 5:06 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0081: "Catch"
Replies: 54
Views: 14574

Re: What-if 0081: "Catch"

In reality, the guns center of mass is not on the axis of the barrel, so the shot will set the gun spinning, before it even leaves the muzzle. that seems a strange design decision to me. wouldn't a centered barrel increase precision? Yes, it would. However, gun mechanisms and human anatomy make suc...
by cryptoengineer
Wed Feb 05, 2014 3:11 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0081: "Catch"
Replies: 54
Views: 14574

Re: What-if 0081: "Catch"

...changing "bullet" to "tracer round" flips my argument on its head, of course. Now you're tracking something that's "trying" to be seen. Emitting more light than the muzzle flash, being as obvious as possible, working in a way that human persistence-of-vision and oth...
by cryptoengineer
Wed Jan 29, 2014 5:29 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0081: "Catch"
Replies: 54
Views: 14574

Re: What-if 0081: "Catch"

Yeah, here it is: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MythBusters_(2006_season)#Bullets_Fired_Up Right, yeah, I'm still not seeing the part where Mythbusters claimed that terminal velocity > muzzle velocity? I was referring to squall_line's earlier post, where he said: Also, I think that the Mythbusters p...
by cryptoengineer
Wed Jan 29, 2014 12:54 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0081: "Catch"
Replies: 54
Views: 14574

Re: What-if 0081: "Catch"

Does the third image contain the classical mistake of drawing a bullet with a case soaring through the air? It sure looks like it. I shoot recreationaly, both pistol and rifle. The muzzle velocity of a bullet is affected by many factors, including (but not limited to) weight of the slug, how much a...
by cryptoengineer
Fri Jan 17, 2014 6:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1318: "Actually"
Replies: 76
Views: 15895

Re: 1318: "Actually"

The exact shape of the Earth is indeterminate - once you get down to the atomic level and below, the concept of a solid surface gets more than a little fuzzy... The best anyone can (accurately) say about the shape of the Earth is that it's within a narrow error of a given surface... You're right. I...
by cryptoengineer
Fri Jan 17, 2014 3:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1318: "Actually"
Replies: 76
Views: 15895

Re: 1318: "Actually"

Actually, it's Earth-shaped. The only accurate model would be another identical Earth. ce !This :twisted: Actually there can't be an identical Earth due to the Pauli exclusion principle. It might look the same but its quantum numbers will be different. We don't have to put Earth and model-Earth clo...
by cryptoengineer
Fri Jan 17, 2014 2:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1318: "Actually"
Replies: 76
Views: 15895

Re: 1318: "Actually"

Actually, it's Earth-shaped. Seriously, it is what it is. All the characters are trying to claim it's shaped like something else, something which can be described more simply. In every case, their simplification is inaccurate. 'The map is not the territory.' - Korzybski The only accurate model would...
by cryptoengineer
Thu Dec 26, 2013 3:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1308: "Christmas Lights"
Replies: 42
Views: 19825

Re: 1308: "Christmas Lights"

I think it's hydrogen. The hydrogen emission lines in your picture are in the ultraviolet, with wavelengths between 900 and 1300 Angstroms. Visible light is between 4000ish Angstroms (purple) and 7000ish (red). The emission peak we see in Mr. Munroe's fireplace is well into the infrared, somewhere ...
by cryptoengineer
Wed Dec 18, 2013 7:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1305: "Undocumented Feature"
Replies: 89
Views: 62525

Re: 1305: "Undocumented Feature"

I have to say, this makes me think of usenet. Not a chat room, but a little slower; a fully distributed p2p bulletin board. It dates back to around 1980. For a decade before the web appeared in the early 90s, usenet was the Internet's killer app, with more sub-boards than reddit, and very heavy and ...
by cryptoengineer
Wed Dec 11, 2013 4:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1302: "Year in Review"
Replies: 31
Views: 7722

Re: 1302: "Year in Review"

I was disappointed this morning to find that some preacher was Time's 'Person of the Year', rather then Snowdon. To hijack the thread; what's the smart money say on where to view the Aug 21 2017 eclipse? It crosses the lower 48 from coast to coast. I'm guessing eastern Oregon, in the rain shadow ea...
by cryptoengineer
Wed Dec 11, 2013 3:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1302: "Year in Review"
Replies: 31
Views: 7722

Re: 1302: "Year in Review"

Now really... 2013: The Big Beards went from worst in division to winning it all. How could she have skipped that? Other items not to be overlooked, in no particular order: -- 1190 -- Steam -- 3-D printed self-aware nanobots (Ok I made that one up. I think.) -- lab-grown hamburger I was disappointe...
by cryptoengineer
Fri Nov 01, 2013 5:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1285: "Third Way"
Replies: 163
Views: 31550

Re: 1285: "Third Way"

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by cryptoengineer
Mon Oct 07, 2013 10:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1274: Open Letter
Replies: 162
Views: 39554

Re: 1274: Open Letter

Kit. wrote:
cryptoengineer wrote:as evidence that we don't control things; we wouldn't mess it up that badly.

Have you tried?


That would be telling :P

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