Heteromeles

Heteromeles

  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    Ooh, two of my heroes, Randall Munroe and Derek Lowe. And Things I won't work with. Thanks!...
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    You mean, "I've got an offer for you that you can't refuse?" is the same thing as spacetime breaking? The situation described is very unpleasant, especially if Bob knows that he's in a many-worlds universe, so he knows that the...
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    I think the point of using heavy weapons is that the inertia helps them go through armor. For example, if your interplanetary spacesuit has whipple shielding to stop micrometeroids, a big slow axe will go right through it. The axe...
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    Geobacter is one of those interesting bacteria that people have been playing with for awhile. The "nanowires" are bacterial structures called pili that occur in some species. Their electrical oddities have been known for some time, and they've been looked...
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    Is there a way to get in touch with out about some development issues/questions? Sorry I didn't see this earlier. Respond to a post on my blog site and give me your email address there (as well as any other...
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    Thanks Bill. For those who can't visualize it, google "Boarding Axe" or "Fire Axe" and add 25 pounds of attitude and magic metal alloy. The closest thing available to terrestrial civilians is The fubar, which honestly isn't a weapon. Honestly....
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    Believe it or not, I actually did read my parents' E.E. Smith collection when I was far too young to appreciate all the, erm, subtleties. As for the problem of heat in a warp bubble, I like your take. Mine...
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    EE "Doc" Smith has addressed fighting in zero-g pretty thoroughly - both with and without inertia. Since space armour has screens which increase in resistance with the cube of the velocity of the thing hitting it, neither projectile guns nor...
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    Yes, that's why the information warfare and psyops approaches are more likely to be effective in space war. These attacks can be as simple as corrupting crew members to mutiny, to as complex as using FTL time travel to change...
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    The problem is that you're using the model of a sailing ship the starship, and I agree that going through defenses in an unexpected direction is one simple solution. The problem is that starships, especially ones that spend time in...
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    Fine, be that way! :P Kudzu is edible (which is why it ended up in the US in the first place. Like Eucs and Ailanthus, someone heard these were miracle plants, and the rest is history misery). Since kudzu...
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    If you're fighting in freefall, I'm not sure how well a sword would work, especially against armor. If you're not braced, you may scratch the target as you knock yourself backwards, and getting the blade properly aligned to cut would...
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    Again, this is all under the assumption that relativity is true and there is no "absolute time". If you re-introduce an absolute time then you can make an FTL that avoids actual paradoxes, although there may be apparent ones. Here...
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    No, I think the grandfather paradox is a real problem, unless the universe is some version of many worlds. What we've failed to do so far is to determine whether that a grandfather paradox is even possible. For example, if...
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    No, it's different. It's not that people's beliefs about the timeline and past differ, but that the actual facts do, too. Ultimately, what's the difference? I'm not some political hack here, but one of the normal comments on this blog...
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    What I'm trying to get at is that there seems to be this notion that paradoxes break the world, and therefore the world prevents them. My point is that we deal with these sorts of paradoxes all the time. Therefore,...
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    It isn't a question of when we observe the cause and effect, it really is a question of effect coming before cause. In the bullet example everyone agrees on the order of events: the bullet leaves the gun first, then...
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    Like I've said before, there really is no unique "past" or "future" that applies everywhere. If you don't believe me, then consider again the train experiment. You have to realize that in real life, I'm an environmental activist dealing with...
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    Then we return to the problem of the Alcubierre drives and wormholes, neither of which violate relativity as we understand it. In the Alcubierre drive, the ship experiences zero acceleration, while space moves around it (metric shrinking in front of...
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    AH, I like the lazy defenses. Of course sound is slower than light. I'm not that ignorant or stupid. What I'm pointing out is that you're privileging your sense of light reception over your sense of sound reception. You're saying...
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    Just remember the problem with sniper bullets. We're okay in real life with victims dying from being hit by a bullet before they hear the explosion from the gun. This is so normal that there are military sayings about it...
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    Orion's Arm is fully the titled "Orion's Arm Universe Project." It's a 20 year-old open, shared universe where the only FTL they allow is wormholes. Admittedly, the framework is late 90s SF, so nanotech is magic dust, Kurzweil is god,...
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    Orion's Arm has a bit of an explainer on empire time, which it looks like they're now calling common time. It looks like they've edited their universe pretty substantially since I first found documents on empire time relating to wormholes...
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    That's what I thought too, until almost exactly two years ago. You may remember we had a recent quantum physics grad in here who decided to prove he was better than all us randomly-shaved apes, and was a bit arrogant...
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    The general response to this particular paradox is (AFAIK) the idea of "empire time" (or "empire-time" to make it searchable on Google, that distorter of language). The notion is that if you can communicate/look through/pass photons through a wormhole, then...
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    Hypothetically it's possible, but the equal problem is that you spend a huge number of trips running up a significant time travel, it fails to raise the money, and then to get home, you've still got to pay for and...
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    Agreed. I'd simply add that, if the clock difference is less than, say, 0.1 seconds (the time it takes a human to start to notice something), then the difference is probably unimpactful. Yes, here is where we argue about "what...
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    It's actually much goofier than that, if I understand correctly. And that's goofy in a way that's useful to storytelling. Yes, every time a wave function collapses, there's the outcome of both quantum states showing up as separate world lines....
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    I've got to (mostly) agree with erturs on this one. Normal STL space is not a single frame of reference in its entirety. Where the argument starts is that the single frame of reference for large objects (humans, stars, planets)...
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    For any mathematicians who want a genuine time waster with no subtext, Quanta Magazine just published A Map of Mathematics to play with. Have fun!...
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