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  1. I've recently been thinking about how humans would survive on long-term space voyages. And while it's definitely a fact that we can survive even without books, which I consider the bare minimum requirement for a human being to not be completely bored, it would still be best for travelers to have as much content at their disposal as possible. The limitations of the speed of light, of course, make easy access to the existing internet impossible once out of Earth's general area by a half light-minute or so, so it would be necessary to bring along a diverse and near-inexhaustible amount of informa
  2. A couple weeks ago I was utterly incapacitated by headaches due to a sinus infection. So I ended up on antibiotics, leaving me on a diet of saltine crackers for much of the following weeks. Once the sinus infection died, I thought I was home free. But then my father caught a nasty cold and brought it home to everyone. Now, I've got asthma, so colds really suck for me. Within days I'm barely able to stay awake as my throat and nose are clogged with disgusting goo. Today I went to a doctor, who told me I had bronchitis (which is to be expected) and an ear infection (which was not expected).
  3. Out of all the parts in KSP designed to carry Kerbals inside of them, the only one designed to look and feel even somewhat like a long-term living space for Kerbals is the Hitchhiker storage container, which provides free space to move about, cabinets full of useful stuff for work and play, etc. The only other habitat modules that aren't for command are the spaceplane parts, which internally look -- surprisingly -- like the interior of an airliner, with rows and rows of seats and very little in the way of living area for the passengers. I would suggest that the devs add some more long-ter
  4. toastytech.com is still going pretty strong. It's an OS review site/parody run by a guy with a serious hate-on for everything Microsoft after Windows 95. The site is formatted in good old HTML and displays properly in almost every browser I've ever run it in.
  5. I've dabbled with Oolite quite a bit. Though admittedly my main frustrations about the game are its tediousness (it can take forever to get anywhere) and the fact that pirates are everywhere. The mass-locking system is a pain in the ass without fuel injectors, too. But I do find myself sometimes hooked, and end up playing for hours -- and dying more than once. I save and load my game all the time, and I have zero shame.
  6. Wait, (sorry, I'm a bit out of the loop) did you say that we can launch from other planets now? Did SQUAD add this to the game or is it a mod?
  7. I don't see low-g as such a problem. Angled centrifuges could provide higher-g environments within the cities, for example. the half-ice part is a bigger problem IMO. How do you deal no land? Well, you could sand tiny crawler bots down to the seafloor to collect resources, bring them up and use them to assemble floating cities on the surface of the global-ocean, perhaps anchor the cities to the seafloor with long chains or girders to prevent them drifting off. You could also simply leave it frozen. Warm the moon up just enough to allow humans to exist more comfortably, perhaps as muc
  8. We like to live a certain way. Other worlds have the advantages of their positions, surroundings, mass, resources, etc. But very few people desire the idea of being forever isolated from a comfortable open-air shirtsleeve environment. A small minority of people could probably stomach the change to an extent, most of us can't; their children would be better adapted, of course, but there's only so much you can tweak about human DNA. If a world cannot support liquid water or provide oxygen to be breathed in some manner, then we cannot live there without technology. Sure, in the short-term it
  9. It is, in my opinion, almost a certainty that Saturn's largest moon, Titan, will be a major population center in a few centuries from now. It has a suitably thick atmosphere, abundance of natural resources (hydrocarbons and water); and is within close proximity of the resource-rich Saturnian system, which would make it a perfect center of in-system trade, as well as a great refueling outpost for interplanetary spacecraft. But Titan still isn't 100% habitable. It's air, while similar in composition to ours, is still unable to support human life due to a lack of oxygen. Furthermore, it is so co
  10. I envy you. My first foray into linux was Opensuse 11.3 in 2009. I was only a kid then, with no experience outisde of windows. So as you might expect I fell flat on my face many, many times -- which probably wasnt helped by the fact that I was using the KDE4 variant, and the Gnome alternative refused to play any kind of video. Luckily, I got an Ubuntu 10.10 install cd and havent stopped using linux since. I very much wish I had been born in the 90s or earlier so I could experience the height of the computer revolution firsthand, perhaps even participate in it. Also, anyone else think the
  11. Ah. Gentoo, the distro that makes even Arch users shrivel up in fear. The end of the tech-tree for any Linux afficionado's progression -- or is Linux From Scratch the end, I don't know.
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