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About radonek

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  1. Supercarrier help

    It is actually quite easy to avoid laser beam - you just move out of it's way. It's just matter of staying at distance where light lag is larger then oomph of your propulsion. You can't dodge laser beam, but you can move at random. This would obviously be bonecrushingly uncomfortable for crew. And guess what - a drone can handle high-g maneuvring just fine while making smaller target. Armed with equivalent laser weapon, I don't see how crewed ship could stand a chance even in one-on-one fight with something cheaper and easier to produce.
  2. Supercarrier help

    There is even automaton (I'd prefer to avoid term AI here until it gives itself snarky name) that can outfly professional fighter pilot.
  3. Excitonium!

    Yes, but OP makes it sound like there is no atom involved. Which makes me think that either there are no real holes (no positive charge) or that there is atomic nucleus somewhere around. .
  4. Excitonium!

    So where does the positive charge come from?
  5. Supercarrier help

    It would have to be super secured anyway. If there is a way to penetrate your defenses, it's not really much of difference between hacked drone/torpedo and crewed ship with hacked control system. And no, can't do without computers. If your crew have to resort to basic automation and their own senses, they are no longer a threat to anyone except themselves.
  6. Supercarrier help

    yeah, catapults are nonsense and even downright harmful if not aimed at desired burn vector. And captain of the big ship will be much more interrested in minimizing crossection and thermal signature then shaving a little bit of dV. (Unless catapult in question is big and loaded with projectiles, i.e. long range kinetic weapon. But then you have dreadnaught instead of carrier.) No, launch is not a problem, you just have your drones/torpedoes/fighters/whatever hung on hull parasite style, ready to detach. Retrieval will be much more fun. Undamaged ones may simply head back to outside clamps, but ones in need of servicing/repair may pose a real challenge. Damaged thruster systems, leaking fuels, live nuclear ordnance… For instance, crew of carriers in CotDE must have excessive amount of fun handling all those drones using fluorine as oxydizer.
  7. Supercarrier help

    Miliary tends to prefer sturdines over functional excelence for obvious reasons. So if it came to three bays, first logical requirement would be to have them usable or at least configurable to any purpose. Crew may keep it in some prefered configuration most of the time, but ther ewill be a way to handle emergencies. Or one can go completely other way, drop the idea of "carrier" which IMO does not make much sense outside of drones and torpedoes and have it as "moving drydock" in which case bigger the main bay, bigger ships it can service.
  8. Zuma Discussion

    Wouldn't such investigation be, you know, secret?
  9. Low Gravity & High Atmo Density Question

    Given the inputs, I guess underlying question is really about flying on Titan.
  10. No control rods? No problem!

    This just blew my mind. I knew this from theoretical advanced design, but never realized it was actually tested. But it begs a question - if I understand it correctly, these designs are generaly cooled by pumping hydrogen through zone after "active" burn until fuel elements cool down. But if this increases reactivity, that kind of defeats the idea? How is that thing supposed to shut down? (I can see neutron poison injection in one of diagrams, but that looks like emergency feature only).
  11. Nah. It depends on application and will be hardly visible for desktop users . 30% figure cited was actually 5-30% range and I don't know of any CPU bound desktop app performing huge number of context switches. Certainly not any game, browser or office app.
  12. End of world. Really. People may be able to bump their CPUs to what silicone is capable of instead of what they paid for. What a horrible, horrible day. I don't want to sound overly optimist, but agencies sure have cracked it long ago, SMM exploits are known for years, ring -3 access is already known… bad stuff happened already, now we are getting to good parts (begining with getting idea of how bad that bad stuff really is). Of course there is possibility that serious "in silicone" security issue will be found, but as we are seeing now, Intel can provide us with this kind of entertainment even without ME :-)
  13. It's a conspiracy! After conspiracy theorist will flock on this one like flies on dung, TLA will hit them with a giant swatter secretly constructed in area51 to keep ME secret :-) Seriously though, if Intel knows about this from June, I wonder what were people fielding pointed questions about ME thinking at a time. That depends on your definition of "normal heavy use". Games stay in ring3 most of the time so it's obvious they would not be affected. Databases, webservers, anything that does a lot of syscalls will be hit harder. Register mentions observed ~20% hit in postgress with current linux patch (KPTI one), which is really disconcerting. (Folks on LKML mentioned there are better ways to it, but that will take time.Like, months or years). Yes, most people wont see this on their computers, but that only shows most of actual computing is done elsewhere these days.
  14. Asymmetric Aircraft

    I've seen it happen within two weeks, I know people who were even less lucky. It's much worse with RAID arrays, because such disks are also under similar stress all the time. Just like in airplane. So Green Barons story seems plausible to me.