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    Exactly. We know from the dinosaur-impact meteor that a large impact causes a "bell ringing" effect at the other end of the planet which can trigger volcanoes.

    So, you kill 90+% of the population from evacuation, and the rest suffer a massive volcano explosion.
    Thing is, the meteor that killed the dino's is estimated to be a couple of order of magnitudes heavier than all of humanity (7 billion times 70 kg gets you in the order of 10^11 kg), and hits a far smaller surface area then all of humanity jumping would. So all of humanity jumping likely wouldn't do all that much.

    edit: and far more importantly, that impactor also hit the earth far harder than a jumping human would. A jumping human could maybe hit at 2 m/s or something like that? That meteor hit at about 20 km/s.
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    "My cabbages!"
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    "My cabbages!"
    Man, I missed that reference. Thanks for pointing it out!
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    What reference is that?
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    What reference is that?
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    Today's page feels like a reprise of a previous comic about hurricanes.

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    Star Types (https://xkcd.com/2360/) is completely missing things like the silent star, the radio star, the magnetic star, and the tempermental ones that explode regularly.

    As well as objects in the sky that have nothing special, or give off massive radio waves, or magnetospheres, or the type-1a (do I have that right?) nova pairs.

    What? I'm thinking Hollywood, radio, Broadway, old Vaudeville, etc.
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    Star Types (https://xkcd.com/2360/) is completely missing things like the silent star, the radio star, the magnetic star, and the tempermental ones that explode regularly.

    As well as objects in the sky that have nothing special, or give off massive radio waves, or magnetospheres, or the type-1a (do I have that right?) nova pairs.

    What? I'm thinking Hollywood, radio, Broadway, old Vaudeville, etc.
    Some of those indeed should have made the list, but radio star? Video killed that quite a while ago.
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    https://xkcd.com/2363/

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    Quote Originally Posted by keybounce View Post
    https://xkcd.com/2363/

    I'm not the only one to commit thread necromancy resurrection.
    I am honestly impressed that the 13-year-old figured out how to do that. I am more surprised that a niche board on mopeds is still running after 20 years.
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    The combination scan - shred function, if the scan is actually guaranteed to be good, is very useful.

    Sadly, I can't think of a single scanner I've ever used that I trust that much.

    Serious question: We have cameras that take multiple exposures, and combine them for a high resolution / high detail / high dynamic range. Why do we not have multipass scanners for better capture?

    I mean, a scanner bed isn't moving, so it's more accurate than an HDR camera capture.
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    I wish I had this recording every time turn-based tactics games are discussed. So many people think an 80% chance is a guaranteed hit and two 80% misses in a row means the computer is cheating.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rodin View Post
    I wish I had this recording every time turn-based tactics games are discussed. So many people think an 80% chance is a guaranteed hit and two 80% misses in a row means the computer is cheating.
    Two or three misses in a row?
    Nah, it happens.
    Even with a few more I'm gonna be annoyed and grumble a bit, but I'd call it a streak of bad luck.

    If it keeps happening and/or the computer keeps nailing those 20% chances?
    I might get suspicious.

    But yeah, how did the joke go?
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    Screen time report.

    Reading articles and watching videos that just confirm the opponent of my candidate is a duck: 216d19h03m. Yes, "duck" is used to avoid the profanity filter.
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    Thinking back to Masks https://xkcd.com/2367/

    The mouseover text (... hmm, how do you display those on mobile phones?) syas (... ok, how do you copy/paste it?) something aboutevil masks that bind to your skin and turn you evil.

    Isn't that the black spiderman mask? Well, the mouseover claims 80%, and it's already listed higher than cloth and less than n95.
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    Quote Originally Posted by keybounce View Post
    Thinking back to Masks https://xkcd.com/2367/

    The mouseover text (... hmm, how do you display those on mobile phones?) syas (... ok, how do you copy/paste it?) something aboutevil masks that bind to your skin and turn you evil.

    Isn't that the black spiderman mask? Well, the mouseover claims 80%, and it's already listed higher than cloth and less than n95.
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    The dialect quiz threw me a bit because the answers to the first question were almost legitimate. "Hey You" does work for a group of people that are together, although I would typically add a "guys" on there. I still use "Y'all" for a group of people although that isn't correct terminology either. The correct usage is "Y'all" for a single person and "All Y'all" for a group.

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    The dialect quiz threw me a bit because the answers to the first question were almost legitimate.
    That's pretty on-brand.
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    To the last question I say "Gezundheit" the first time, "Salud" the second, "Dinar" the third, "Amor" the fourth, "gato" the fifth, "mas gato" the sixth, and "seniora vieha con gatos" the seventh. Actually, I am liable to say "gesundheit" and then explain the rest if someone sneezes once in my presence.
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    Screen time report.

    Reading articles and watching videos that just confirm the opponent of my candidate is a duck: 216d19h03m. Yes, "duck" is used to avoid the profanity filter.
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    That map (1688) is really interesting. Especially if you go two lines down from the start, to where there's a "what?" response, and then say "no" to the next one.

    The rest of this really looks like a lot of research went into the construction.
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    Oh lordy why did I google worst ladder? Those are just... auuuuuugggggghhhhhhhh why
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    I'm missing something in the new comic. If the probability of a randomly drawn scrabble tile beating a d6 roll is 14%, how are the odds of a random scrabble tile beating a random dice roll 71%? Randall has a whole bunch of d2's, so he has an 80% chance of rolling one of those? Does the wording random rather than randomly drawn mean that the odds of getting a Y are now the same as tgose of getting an E?
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    I haven't run those numbers, but explainxkcd.com says this is an error, and that the 71% is the probability that the die roll will beat the tile, with the remaining probability of 100% - (14% + 71%) being the probability of the die roll equaling the point value of the tile.

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    Has anyone else ever seen Seth Meyers's "The kind of story we need right now" bit, because this:
    https://xkcd.com/2386
    It is so sweet, and I am so happy for them.
    I will now go off to smilecry.
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    Came here to see if anyone else had posted about this, but also to laugh at the alt-text.
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    Yep, I'm also happy for them. There had been a page on this when it started long ago. It's good that it's going well.
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    Forgive my ignorance, but is this the state of his actual wife?
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    Forgive my ignorance, but is this the state of his actual wife?
    Yes. She was diagnosed in 2010, after which there was a string of somewhat morbid but heartfelt and well researched comics on cancer survival rates and the importance of trusting science (as well as a detailed blog post explaining why the comic had relatively suddenly turned to focus on cancer), which eventually turned into intermittent, very hopeful and happy comics about his wife's continued survival and success against the disease.

    EDIT: Also, on a completely unrelated note but because I can't stop thinking about it because I am so excited, DeTess, I notice your avatar. Are you as excited about Rhythm of War as I am?
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    So the alt text of https://xkcd.com/903/ says "Wikipedia trivia: if you take any article, click on the first link in the article text not in parentheses or italics, and then repeat, you will eventually end up at "Philosophy""

    To be honest my first thought was "there's no way that works" but I got it in 19 clicks on the first try.
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