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  1. I recently watched Episode 1, and not only did I have a very difficult time turning off my brain (the film makes so little sense), the spectacle really didn't look that good anymore, to the point my eyes felt some measure of pain. I hope with all these modern advancements in CGI, the sequel trilogy holds up better in the years to come than prequel trilogy at least visually. I'm waiting for Kenobi. Undoubtedly one of the best things to come out of the prequels is Ewan McGregor, and John Williams music, throwing those in with a Vader rematch with modern technology and you have a winning combination right there.
  2. Software versioning can be weird. Just because its "1.1" before/at/after release doesn't really mean anything besides whatever subjective metric is being applied to the versions, hopefully its at least consistent. This is the traditional "branch release model", that in a utopia always works, makes for sable on-time software and "doesn't break". Except we don't live in a utopia. Whats in branches could change, and even the smallest innocent change could break things. This also only assumes everything related to software is tied to the codebase, which isn't the case even for a game. This model even when used correctly can still create problems. If 1.4.2 issued a patch that fixed the Kraken in a specific scenario, as 1.4.0 got delayed a full physics engine overhaul until 1.5.0. Now when 1.5.0 rolls around you have 2 different changes you need to consolidate due to "divergent branches". If this sounds confusing, its because it is. This usually just results in delays while consolidation is going on to verify everything works with the "new" changes, but it does add complexity and does add more gaps where issues could occur with "fixed" code.
  3. I don't mind delays as long as the final product comes out better. That said time is money, and I hope all the compounded delays doesn't impact the final product for one reason or another. COVID delayed the game at least 1 year, and due to the complexities of the game itself I'd throw in another year. That's a lot of time, and thus extra resources invested into the game. I hope for the best and that this game holds up. Even if that means sectioning off a feature here or there for some paid for expansion. Or even more Jeb plushies being sold at higher costs to recoup some funds hahaha.
  4. I'm not really someone who watches a lot of TV, so I know the selection of shows I've watched through and through is limited. Out of the ones I've watched, I'd say: excrementst's Creek - funny and has heart, but somewhat of an acquired taste, and doesn't over stay its welcome. The Office - even though the latest seasons aren't that great once Michael leaves, but its the sorta show that still is popular simply because its so relatable, and still has a good story at its core. I'm actually re-watching this since I gained access to it thru its streaming service haha. Avatar the Last Airbender - not the god-awful live-action movie, but the original cartoon. I personally don't like anime, but even as a kid, I realized this show was something special. It's not every day a kid-cartoon really goes above and beyond and elevates itself into something that completely stands the test of time. You just have to admire the amount of care, thought and execution put into every aspect of the show. From the lore, themes, art, design, music, characters, and overall story, it's all top-notch and bundled up and shipped as a "kids cartoon". Sure there is silliness and "kids having fun" (especially in the earlier episodes), but stuff like Iroh singing a lullaby to his dead son to celebrate his birthday will make grown men cry like a baby: (Iroh's voice actor died after giving this performance, which makes things even more heavy in the feels department) I recently re-watched it after it got released back on Netflix and I was a little surprised the show held my attention so well after all these years because again, its a kids show. If you never watched this show, or think its for "little kids" I recommend watching the following episode to get an idea of it, and its core elements and why its easily one of the greatest shows of all time. Or at least the greatest kids show of all time. Watch Zuko Alone: https://avatar.fandom.com/wiki/Zuko_Alone Its an episode that can stand alone, provides enough lore to give you a decent background understanding of whats going on, and focuses on easily one of the most compelling and well written characters ever made.
  5. That would mean the number of flights for a fuel depot increases (since your need to bring up the depot itself), and you have to deal with boil-off right? This is in comparison with a direct refuel in orbit with the primary Starship that is going somewhere. I guess the main advantage of this fuel depot is your primary Starship (which is probably crewed) can get all the fuel from the depot and be off, rather than wait for multiple re-fueling Starships to come to it. Also, I'm not sure if this is a concept or the actual plan. Is SpaceX still planning multiple fights to fuel a single Starship, or using this fuel depot concept or something else? They change plans pretty often so I wont be surprised if things have already changed.
  6. I think the "web" part is the easy part (see amusing videos above). It's the "sticky" part that I think is really difficult. I think there is a limit to how strong something can be made to stick quickly for a given surface area. Not only that, but you'd somehow have to engineer the fluid to be "shootable" to even be practical in any of these scenarios. In the use-case of incapacitating an individual I think existing options are easier and more practical than trying to limit a person's mobility. Tasers and area-denial technologies can disorient or incapacitate people without trying to directly restrict their movement. I'm not sure if you could make Spider-Mans web shooters even with unlimited technical capabilities, it might be against the laws of physics IMO haha
  7. Wait... if that's the case wouldn't that mean everything, everywhere, for anything is happening instantly? multiverse confirmed!
  8. I'm curious about the idea of having an "infinite" speed limit for light, does that mean it moves at infinite speeds instantly? Or that it could move that fast but moves... slower? I'm not sure if "infinite" speed is practical in the real world, or at least if we have any idea how it would work. AFAIK light particles need to be moving at some speed, as there isn't such thing as moving "infinitely fast" at least in our universe. Not only that but if you get anything moving that fast, let alone "infinitely fast" wouldn't that just destroy everything? Sure photons are small and light, but if your going stupidly fast, I'd assume bad things would happen once they run into something. The other aspect would be how relativity would be affected in a universe where the speed of light changes. My understanding of general relativity makes me think that having an infinite speed of light would mean you have essentially no time at all, as all things would be occurring simultaneously. Or more practically if the speed of light became higher/faster, that would mean light travels faster/further in the same amount of relative time, and thus I would assume this means the universe moves at a different relative speed. I can't wrap my head around it to know how that would affect us, but it would to a degree. I'll let someone with a better idea of general relativity respond haha. Simply put a universe with an infinite speed of light would probably not be anything like what we understand as our universe, but its an interesting thought experiment for sure! side-note The concept of a variable speed of light reminds me of a certain book I recently read ;D
  9. This assumes the Mriya was directly available immediately right? I assume shipping container ships are mostly interchangeable or at least part of larger fleets. I assume its easier and less risky to take into account all the possible delays in shipping through these bottlenecks, than it is to bet on a single vehicle to get your job done. I'm sure there are scenarios were this risk is worth it, as mentioned before if you need your shipment deeply inland, you can easily bypass large portions of other types of risk (like rail transportation). There is of course the risk that we ignited this whole thing, if something happens to the Mriya your now in the back of the "shipping logistic line" that you could of probably been mostly the way through. Finally this assumes what your shipping is near the Mriya in the first place. Most of the freight coming through the ports of LA are from Asia, where-as the Mriya would be most beneficial in and around Europe itself, as that is where its based AFAIK. There the logistics might be different due to the increased coastlines and totally different shipping routes. (I'm also not even sure if the Mriya could fly the Pacific even with refueling?)
  10. As I've mentioned in the past, I live in Southern California near semi-near Vandenburg Space Force Base. I'm actually closer to the ports, where 20% of all cargo enters the US. This was the location of one of those "bottlenecks" in the logistics supply chain. A few months ago there was over 100 cargo ships off the coast (!!!) I do believe using cargo planes can help dodge some of these supply chains. I don't know much about shipping, but I'm also sure this will const significantly more than cargo transportation, which is pretty affordable relative to flying a plane around. I don't know about other places in the world, but from where I can see, ports are still a huge bottleneck.
  11. I'm too lazy to go through all the previous posts so forgive me if this was already brought up. Without the AN-225 available for the foreseeable future, assuming someone does build a replacement/alternative, what sort of demand was there previously? From what I know of its history the AN-225 was brought out of essentially abandonment due to the need for what is essentially the "ultimately huge transport plane". Like if there was a lot of demand, was it in the realm that you could technically re-design a plane with a bunch of changes/enhancements to make it better/more-economical and actually be useful? Or was it more like bigger = better and having only 1 plane available covered enough market share its worth it? Also props to the mod team for keeping this topic open even though its essentially a "minefield topic" in regards to the nature of its destruction. I always found the AN-225 to be one of the most interesting planes ever made and this forum an excellent place to talk about such topics, so I really appreciate it staying open to talk about the plane itself
  12. There is a very distinct difference between an invisible virus and legit aliens indiscriminately killing people. The initial contact of the Ender's Game universe has the alien force essentially vaporizing anything and everything in their way all the way to the ground. It is actually true that initially humans didn't believe/corporate after initial contact, its also true nations still play geopolitics by withholding aid to the initially affected country, China. It isn't until China actually sends in nukes and realize they do nothing do special operation forces bypass geopolitics and get involved. It might not unite the worlds for peace, but it sure as hell will scare everyone to get their act together and form some force to fight the threat. I believe having the concept of "a physical identifiable enemy" is strong enough to unite the world against a common threat. Sure there will always be deniers (there are a few in the books if I remember correctly) and those that just want to make a buck, but by the time of book Ender's Game itself (decades after the first invasion) the world is on edge waiting for the threat to come back, and the world is built around that fear propaganda of the initial contact of the aliens returning. Also Independence Day is a blockbuster movie on the same level Armageddon. Eat popcorn, watch stuff explode, watch Will Smith punch an alien, smoke a cigar, and let the president of the US drop the best film speech ever. I don't hold it up high in regards to realism haha.
  13. I'd assume current space stations are vulnerable to this sort of attack, but any serious militarized station wouldn't be as reliant on ground control, at least before they can do their job. The same way during the cold war there would be multiple attack platforms that could launch their own nuclear payloads essentially by themselves. From subs, to b-52s, I'd assume a militarized station would be capable of holding out for sufficient time execute whatever it is for why its there (launch the rods from god?). There is of course the question of just hacking whatever your using to control whatever, but I'd apply that to satellites and drones as well, which would be probably just as difficult and probably more rewarding in regards to capabilities. There's no International Fleet because there is no alien invasion. In the book the moment the threat was eliminated, the world waged war on each other once more as detailed in the Shadow series.
  14. I never thought about this aspect of warfare, let alone heard about it. Then again I'm an American, so Marines are what I think of "amphibious* soldiers" If this is the case, going back to a sensible "large orbital station" lets assume the opposition forces need to actual enter/embark the station and thus need infantry action in 0g. Traditional guns wont work due to the risk it poses to the station itself, which would make things more problematic. I could imagine lower velocity weapons being used, to possibly indirect weapons, or maybe even lasers (!) I'd also assume combat would look similar to what is described in Ender's Game for the kids "battle room" techniques, where speed and maneuverability is everything.
  15. Interesting read about stuff I didn't know about. Very "bond-esque", and its somewhat interesting reading about how some designs where "left in the armory" since they are essentially useless outside of a very niche environment. All of them with the goal of getting you on the beach where you can use more conventional weapons. If we consider "space" the ocean, still none of these apply. If the "beach" would be say landing on the lunar surface we get into the realm of some kind of "space-drop" assault weapons which not only would be incredibly sci-fi cool, could technically work out in the open of space itself. Just good luck hitting anything beyond visual range haha. Maybe, a madman with a nuke would risk MAD to trigger the apocalypse to get what they want. I'm not sure if there could be a madman with their own launch capabilities... wait :O
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