Diche Bach

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  • Location Beyond the vast public, static, void . . .
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  1. What a lovely planet. A real vacation spot.
  2. Diche Bach

    For Questions That Don't Merit Their Own Thread

    Yep! Good points. In any event, thanks for the feedback guys! Watch out Harry Turtledove! Here I come!
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    For Questions That Don't Merit Their Own Thread

    Good stuff Intriguing that Szilard's thinking was 'sparked' by Wells Sci Fi . . . and that suit though!
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    Wow . . . So ~1825-26 Photography: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Photography#Invention_of_photography Taxonomy of elements: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Periodic_table#History sounds like that was more or less a constant "work in progress" from 1790s through till the 1970s! There really IS value to thinking outside the box it seems. Imagine if the prevailing standards of today (negative results are almost never worth publishing) had held true in 1887 and the Michelson-Morley experiments null results had not been published
  5. I don't think spacecraft or rover production volumes are sufficient to "host" a true "planned obsolescence" design and marketing philosophy. Rather, as others have stated in more indirect terms: these projects are about designing to meet specifications and reduce unintended bad outcomes. In order for planned obsolescence to be an advantageous strategy there needs to be a high enough volume that future needs are highly probable.
  6. So, to you guys who are buffs or experts on this stuff: why did they send rovers to Mars without a radioisotope generator? That tech is like what . . . 45 year old? Was it just cost? It seems it was always pretty obvious Mars is a dusty place, and thus solar power was problematic
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    For Questions That Don't Merit Their Own Thread

    0.2 is about the best conceivable without ridiculous energy capture technology eh? So ~22 years to Alpha/Proxima, ~80 years to Gliese832, ~110 years to Gliese667C ADDIT: so here is my next question that doesn't warrant its own thread: given that the Faraday's work on electromagnetism was 1820s, why was there such a long delay till Roentgen's controlled creation of X-rays (1895), but then very rapid discoveries about nuclear physics in the last decade of the 19th century culminating in Rutherford and Einstein's works ~1900 to 1904? I don't know enough about the details of the experiments physicists and engineers were conducting in the latter half of the 19th century to say with certainty, but it seems to me that there were NOT real technical barriers to the "discoveries" made by Roentgen, Becquerel, the Curies, etc. and which laid the ground work for the theory of atomic energy? And then another curious delay: 35 years until the first actual controlled nuclear fission reaction by Fermi (1935).
  8. Diche Bach

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    Are you sure about that!? I seem to recall stumbling onto some web page or another some months/years back and the value 0.1 c was definitely in print, possibly more. Well then how fast IS possible by 2038!? If by some marvel of philanthropy, a willing national space agency could liberate immense sums from the assets of every billionaire on Earth, how fast do current physics and tech suggest we humans could be propelling our hunks of metal through space by say 2038? 0.1 c? 0.237c? What?
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    *Crickets Chirping . . . for days . . .* RIGHT! Nuclear pulse propulsion it is then!
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    Bad science in fiction Hall of Shame

    OMG! THAT IS HILARIOUS! Can I take that as my new signature!? What about smart bullets that have some degree of navigational capacity?
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    For Questions That Don't Merit Their Own Thread

    I'm curious about the most promising propulsion technologies for the first 50 years of interstellar probing (whenever that might initiate). Stuff that is speculative is certainly interesting, but for my purposes, I am more interested in the actual feasible stuff. If several billionaires (lets say Bezos, Persson, Gates and Buffet and Zuckerberg) all promised (in a legally binding contract) to provide up to 50% of their net worth to fund the contractor who could come up with a prototype 2000kg interstellar probe that could make it to say Alpha Centauri by say 2038 (50% c = ~8 year journey which would leave two years for proposal development, 10 years for prototype development, and ~8 years for journey): what would be the top 5 systems of propulsion that competitors for the contract would propose? I say 2000kg cause that is the mass of the planned Mars 2022 orbiter and I figure, something in that ballpark might be sufficient to actually survive to orbit the Alpha system, make close observations and transmit back data?
  12. Interesting; thanks guys. What about nuclear power generation, or fabrication of uber superconductors, which might then have implications for a wide range of tech: super powerful magnets, mass spectrometry, digital signal processors, magnetometers, etc., etc., etc.?? I get the impression that: it is difficult to speculate exactly what such hypothetical elements might or might not be useful for, but they MIGHT be useful for such a broad range of things that they could conceivable revolutionize civilization?
  13. I have read a bit about the "island of stability" concept in chemistry/physics. But given my understanding of those physical sciences is probably below that of a Freshman, I'm still a bit unclear on what the possible significance of such isotopes might be? So "unbinillium" As a layman . . . well . . . a social/behavioral/biological scientist with minimal capacity in physical sciences . . . that is all very interesting, but I'm left to wonder: "So what?" What are the possible implications of these "hypothetical" elements and why is it worthwhile to try to synthesize them? Is it possible than in 150 years or something, we will be able to fashion some kind of "unobtainium" material that will revolutionize one or more technologies as a result of these experiments?
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    Watched a very good movie on Amazon prime: Salyut 7: The True Story of the Soviet 'Apollo 13' Highly recommended, even though non-Russian speakers will have to read sub-titles.
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    Updated Terms Notice & Privacy Policy

    LOL Well if they want to TRY to scan my machine they are welcome to try! I'm equipped to prevent such things, as we all SHOULD be. Having said that, I suspect that such a scheme would be beyond the capabilities of the programmers at TT. Game development is a high art, to be sure, but it is not the same art as "hacking." In fact, I would imagine that the only really viable means to carry out such hypothetical "scanning" would be if an application installed itself with administrator privileges and then commandeered the network port and began transmitting the contents of every single byte on all connected disks; which is pretty much impossible. Software to to scan through all those hard drives to try to find useful information like banking data MIGHT exist, but I doubt it. If it did exist, I am confident it would require far more infrastructure than could be concealed on the average end-users machine. Not to mention the enormous burden that would be placed on the users network. Even without a proper end-user security setup, such a "hack" would cause so many symptoms on end-users machines that it would reveal itself very soon. ADDIT: what most non-technical people don't know: MOST high-value hacks are "inside jobs." Massive data rakes that just pull in everything are pretty much useless and "filters" to sift through EVERYTHING and only find the "good bits" are not an easy thing to pull off. Instead, you dupe users into GIVING you their information in a text entry cell. You gain access to a database that has the data you want for hundreds or thousands of people already nicely configured in a tabular format, that sort of thing.