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by Moose Hole
Wed Apr 27, 2011 6:46 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Why do matter and anti-matter annihilate in the first place?
Replies: 38
Views: 7178

Re: Why do matter and anti-matter annihilate in the first pl

Yeah, quantum virtual particle thingies. But if those particles were to repel eachother (using gravitational forces), there'd be a whole lot of spontaneous matter/antimatter particles that survive, regardless of black hole proximity. I guess they could do that anyway, by hitting antiparticles from p...
by Moose Hole
Wed Apr 27, 2011 6:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0891: "Movie Ages"
Replies: 158
Views: 39804

Re: 891: Movie Ages

So the algorithm is:
1) Figure out the difference between now and when they were 10-11 years old.
2) Figure out a movie that came out at that time.
3) Find a way to make that difference sound like a long time.
4) Tell them about it.
by Moose Hole
Tue Apr 26, 2011 7:41 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Why do matter and anti-matter annihilate in the first place?
Replies: 38
Views: 7178

Re: Why do matter and anti-matter annihilate in the first pl

It looks like you know exactly as much as wikipedia. I don't know anything beyond that.
by Moose Hole
Tue Apr 26, 2011 5:30 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Death of all Regnum Plantae
Replies: 27
Views: 2472

Re: Death of all Regnum Plantae

I'd go with a weed killer designed to kill off weeds in front yards, except it worked too well.
by Moose Hole
Tue Apr 26, 2011 1:32 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Chemistry in Microgravity
Replies: 10
Views: 1014

Re: Chemistry in Microgravity

bigglesworth wrote:The Chinese sent some eggs to space in 2002 and then hatched them, but this stage happens while the egg is still in the hen.
And you can't get the hen into space because chickens can't fly.
by Moose Hole
Mon Apr 25, 2011 3:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0890: "Etymology"
Replies: 170
Views: 30430

Re: 0890: Etymology

Do you think C3PO said Millennium Falcon when he was telling the ewoks about it? Hell no, he said oo-cha-ri instead. Maybe they translated that part to English for us, I don't remember, but ewoks don't understand what mynocks are.
by Moose Hole
Fri Apr 22, 2011 5:31 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: God Particle?
Replies: 12
Views: 2248

Re: God Particle?

That would be the Higgs boson. It's a rare form of matter, and it is thought to possibly be related to dark matter, which is something astrophysicists made up to explain why their models of the universe don't work correctly.
by Moose Hole
Thu Apr 21, 2011 8:07 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: How similar is smell to radiation?
Replies: 7
Views: 3058

Re: How similar is smell to radiation?

Technical Ben wrote:One of the problems is, there is "radio active" material, and "radiation". Radio active material, is the stuff that blows about in the wind. "Radiation" is the stuff that comes off it.
Which one makes people have super powers?
by Moose Hole
Wed Apr 20, 2011 1:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0888: "Heaven"
Replies: 131
Views: 35331

Re: 0888: Heaven

What I have learned today: if having sex and almost getting to the good part, don't rotate.
by Moose Hole
Tue Apr 19, 2011 8:13 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Algorithm for friends on your Facebook profile?
Replies: 4
Views: 6867

Re: Algorithm for friends on your Facebook profile?

Pretty much all of my facebook friends who don't start a sentence with, "So yeah," are on my top 10. Hope that helps!
by Moose Hole
Tue Apr 19, 2011 6:56 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Multiple dimensions of time.
Replies: 8
Views: 1975

Re: Multiple dimensions of time.

Well if you consider that we normally work with a single dimensional time, consider single dimensional space (a line). If this line is placed in 2 dimensions, and you go outside the line, then the denizens of the single dimensional space don't know where you've gone. Similarly, if the line is placed...
by Moose Hole
Mon Apr 18, 2011 7:42 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Ultra-parallel computer
Replies: 12
Views: 2741

Re: Ultra-parallel computer

That is awesome. I figured the compiler could figure out the threading using optimization of some sort, I just used C syntax to illustrate the point. I wasn't aware that functional languages worked that way, so now I know.
by Moose Hole
Mon Apr 18, 2011 5:37 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Ultra-parallel computer
Replies: 12
Views: 2741

Re: Ultra-parallel computer

How can parallelization be even better? I was thinking maybe there could be some sort of future-processing technique. Imagine a program with a conditional statement that takes a few cycles to evaluate. While it is being evaluated by one processor, two other processors can start working on the next b...
by Moose Hole
Mon Apr 18, 2011 5:04 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: I am going on a spaceship, and I am bringing a...
Replies: 336
Views: 21864

Re: I am going on a spaceship, and I am bringing a...

The rule is that it's too hard and John Citizen wins/loses the game.
by Moose Hole
Mon Apr 18, 2011 4:21 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: The Light Saber problem
Replies: 122
Views: 66771

Re: The Light Saber problem

Assuming Anakin knows what he's talking about, it's made out of lasers (though I'm not sure how it's visible).

"I saw your laser sword. Only Jedi carry that kind of weapon." -- Anakin Skywalker
by Moose Hole
Mon Apr 18, 2011 3:33 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Yo Sun is SO Stupid that...
Replies: 18
Views: 2443

Re: Yo Sun is SO Stupid that...

Yo sun so red it made Superman weak.
by Moose Hole
Mon Apr 18, 2011 2:19 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Yo Sun is SO Stupid that...
Replies: 18
Views: 2443

Re: Yo Sun is SO Stupid that...

Yo sun so tiny I had to roll it around in flour and look for the black spot.
by Moose Hole
Fri Apr 15, 2011 4:59 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: How much air is needed for wind?
Replies: 25
Views: 3784

Re: How much air is needed for wind?

Wait, the "sun" is kind of like a ceiling in the center, right? Is it just a thin tube, or is it huge? What I'm getting at is, could the "sun" be hundreds of km in diameter, leaving 50km for air and people and junk?

Separately, what happens when people dig holes?
by Moose Hole
Thu Apr 14, 2011 5:38 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: How much air is needed for wind?
Replies: 25
Views: 3784

Re: How much air is needed for wind?

So is it big enough to break wind?
by Moose Hole
Wed Apr 13, 2011 8:19 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Okapi, excellent genes and evolution.
Replies: 24
Views: 3276

Re: Okapi, excellent genes and evolution.

0.0, don't listen to these trolls. We can help evolution out by killing off lesser members of species so that only the ones with the best genes are left. I suggest we set up concentration camps and gas chambers for lazy cheetahs.
by Moose Hole
Wed Apr 13, 2011 1:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0885: "Recycling"
Replies: 59
Views: 15392

Re: 0885: "Recycling"

I don't recycle, I reuse. For example, I wear a hat made out of old cans and bottles, and I fixed my broken car window using a pizza box. The rest is in the garage just waiting to be reused!
by Moose Hole
Tue Apr 12, 2011 6:06 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: An Open Appeal to Mr. Munroe (and anyone else reading)
Replies: 5
Views: 1638

Re: An Open Appeal to Mr. Munroe (and anyone else reading)

Did you just invent myspace?
by Moose Hole
Mon Apr 11, 2011 7:44 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Food science - beaver anal sacs
Replies: 22
Views: 7953

Re: Food science - beaver ar*e

Great, now we're going to have ribbon-shaped-stickers on the backs of cars for boobs AND beavers.
by Moose Hole
Mon Apr 11, 2011 5:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0884: "Rogers St."
Replies: 241
Views: 71854

Re: 0884: "Rogers St."

Iranon wrote:Discuss: Would Mr. Rogers prefer to be associated with porn
I'm not gay or anything, but I'd pay to watch that man pork Mr. McFeely all day long.
by Moose Hole
Mon Apr 11, 2011 4:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0884: "Rogers St."
Replies: 241
Views: 71854

Re: 0884: "Rogers St."

They call me Buster Nut.
by Moose Hole
Mon Apr 11, 2011 2:46 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Food science - beaver anal sacs
Replies: 22
Views: 7953

Re: Food science - beaver ar*e

I don't always eat ass, but when I do, I prefer beaver ass.
by Moose Hole
Fri Apr 08, 2011 5:09 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Skydiver
Replies: 39
Views: 4269

Re: Skydiver

Think of it this way. If you want to slow down while moving in air, you should try to keep moving through air that has stuff in it, because the stuff will gradually slow you down and the mostly-air will keep you mostly in the same medium you're already in. Snow is air with ice particles in it. Trees...
by Moose Hole
Fri Apr 08, 2011 4:58 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Help! Impossible hardware problem
Replies: 35
Views: 10086

Re: Help! Impossible hardware problem

Did you try turning it off and on?
by Moose Hole
Fri Apr 08, 2011 3:12 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Skydiver
Replies: 39
Views: 4269

Re: Skydiver

Deep Thoughts by Jack Handey wrote:If you go parachuting, and your parachute doesn't open, and your friends are all watching you fall, I think a funny gag would be to pretend you were swimming.
by Moose Hole
Fri Apr 08, 2011 1:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0883: "Pain Rating"
Replies: 136
Views: 48950

Re: 0883: "Pain Rating"

Most people don't realize that the pain scale is presented logarithmically.
by Moose Hole
Thu Apr 07, 2011 2:29 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Propositional Logic
Replies: 10
Views: 3645

Re: Propositional Logic

He didn't immediately accept the inverse, he questioned it. This means that he didn't know whether the inverse was true or not, because you didn't explicitly say so, though it was weakly implied. I think your son has a firm grasp on logic.
by Moose Hole
Tue Apr 05, 2011 6:28 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: What is heat?
Replies: 6
Views: 1747

Re: What is heat?

In a 2004 lecture, Friedrich Herrmann mentioned that the confusion may result from the modern practice of defining heat in terms of energy, which is at odds both with the historic scientific definitions and with the modern lay concept of heat. He argues that the quantity heat as introduced by Josep...
by Moose Hole
Tue Apr 05, 2011 4:47 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Computing the color that "best" represents an image
Replies: 19
Views: 3638

Re: Computing the color that "best" represents an image

I find that fully saturated colors are the most exciting, if you're going for excitement you might want to do something like that. Saturated means that for R, G, and B, one is at 255, one is at 0, and another is any value. So find the most prominent of R, G, and B, and set that to 255 (or randomly c...
by Moose Hole
Tue Apr 05, 2011 3:42 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: What will happen if all the forces in the universe reverse?
Replies: 10
Views: 1525

Re: What will happen if all the forces in the universe rever

We'd be dead so it doesn't matter what would happen.
by Moose Hole
Mon Apr 04, 2011 1:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0881: "Probability"
Replies: 326
Views: 108459

Re: 0881: "Probability"

Thoughts and prayers have been scientifically shown to be futile in this situation. Send money instead.
by Moose Hole
Fri Apr 01, 2011 8:01 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Suddenly Dead Wireless Mouse
Replies: 6
Views: 1643

Re: Suddenly Dead Wireless Mouse

Have you tried rebooting your computer?
by Moose Hole
Thu Mar 31, 2011 6:16 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: I want to track my stuff
Replies: 8
Views: 1981

Re: I want to track my stuff

That cost seems prohibitive if he's trying to track individual items of clothing, which are probably less than $100 each. Here are a few other options: 1) Add a small bomb encased in dye. Make a button that must be pressed at least once per day, and if it isn't pressed, the dye is released. The dye ...
by Moose Hole
Thu Mar 31, 2011 6:01 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: FBI NEWS / decryption
Replies: 9
Views: 2814

Re: FBI NEWS / decryption

Possible. I don't think we're thinking of anything new here. If the FBI told the series of tubes (old joke is old) what they've already tried, we could help them. Thor's discussion on the Escapist that these are parts of a one-time pad . If that's the case, then Thor's very little we can do. If it ...
by Moose Hole
Thu Mar 31, 2011 4:54 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Looking at The Art of Computer Programming
Replies: 7
Views: 2992

Re: Looking at The Art of brainbox Programming

Assembly language is pretty easy to understand. Basically there are a few variables available for math and stuff (these are called registers), so you end up needing to do a lot of bookkeeping to keep up. But you can do it.

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