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  1. 13 minutes ago, AckSed said:

    The example I remember is the stripping down of the RS-25: they could probably have gotten away with less invasive inspections and increased the lifetime and reliability of the engines if it hadn't, but they had already gone to the trouble of installing the process, and no-one would or could argue for less caution on one of the most complex systems ever flown. So they were stripped down and rebuilt after every flight, even if nothing was wrong.

    Sometimes the propulsion unit from one shuttle was used on another one, and the actual number of flights per engine was iirc 9.

    So, probably their nailing to the ship was not an option.

  2. 2 hours ago, SunlitZelkova said:

    and then a Space Shuttle can launch every week.

    After calculating the cost, the USA declares bankrupcy and joins the USSR. Moon for peace! The Cold War is ended!

    2 hours ago, SunlitZelkova said:

    Well, for one thing, SRB recovery and refurbishment took a lot of time.

    They were assembling SRB out of the heap of details from different SRBs.

    2 hours ago, SunlitZelkova said:

    Starship doesn't have this issue as much because it

    has never been aerobraking at near-orbital speed.

    2 hours ago, SunlitZelkova said:

    The DC-3 was planned to be made out of aluminum and would not have this luxury: it would require a tight fitting TPS like the Shuttle.

    The niobium-shielded DynaSoar looks at them like at plebeians.

    2 hours ago, SunlitZelkova said:

    Big Gemini

    Its killer feature was the foldable Rogallo wing, which was allowing it horizontal landing at the airplane speed after aerobraking with simple heatshield.

    Hadn't become a stable and mature technology.

    At the same time, a similar paraglider system was tried for Saturn stages.

    So, the foldable paraglider wings were the whole system bottleneck.

    15 minutes ago, darthgently said:

    I think now with robotics removing burnt ablator and evenly spraying new layers could be done in an inexpensive way, but not back then as well as now

    The VA TKS heatshield was just soaked in the ablator, and could be used ten times. Not even a millimeter of its thickness was lost.

  3. Granted. The only difference you can see are sapient kangoorabbits. Every other Australian species already was a FEV mutant before.

    I desperately wish the coming Fallout ecranization won't be totally bad.

    21 hours ago, Scarecrow71 said:

    I wish I was patient zero in the zombie apocalypse. 

    Granted. Your zero patiency caused your zombification.

  4. 16 hours ago, SunlitZelkova said:

    Also, like modern day Gnosticism itself, such a world view would be predicated on people coming to this conclusion on their own, not a small group of men preaching dogma through an organization or social movement to the masses.

    No need in billions. Thousands of influential adepts; millions of motivated expendables, ready to self-sacrifice, relevant eschatological discourse, secret plan of eternal life and/or reincarnation.

    16 hours ago, SunlitZelkova said:

    Gnosticism disappeared

    Healthy and worthy like never before.
    Just the low-level crowd formally belongs to all religious and spiritual groups (and in 99% of cases doesn't know the very word "gnosticism"), following the p.1.

    16 hours ago, SunlitZelkova said:

    when it did was because of the lack of a centralized structure.

    The first rule of the Fight Club - you do not talk about Fight Club.

    16 hours ago, SunlitZelkova said:

    If not, it’d probably just be seen as a doomsday cult. Maybe it could catch on with the preceding catastrophic event like I mentioned earlier, but at that point, the backwards nature of technology and society in the aftermath of that would probably prevent these people from having enough power to actually wipe out all of civilization anyways.


    It could be a threat to a small colony though. But it wouldn’t kill the species.

    No need to affect everyone. The elite is enough.

    12 hours ago, SunlitZelkova said:

    I think not, but perhaps under the Great Man theory if a small number of major leaders happen to subscribe to this ideology they might though. It would be a very technological end though, like grey goo or something. It would not be possible to have a sort of civilization mass suicide, murder would be the name of the game.

    Reincarnation, regeneration, thin plane existence, other bonus options for the chosen.

    Show them a possibility, then have a deal.

    Still insisting that SETI should stop sending their silly pictures, and start translating Marx's Das Kapital at the neutral hydrogen frequency.
    Let's hit'em first!

  5. 1. Make a lot of cannons.
    2. Invade Egypt.
    3. Defeat the bad sheikhs, become a friend of good sheikhs.
    4. Do big business with big sheikhs.
    5. Hire some Arabs with whips, get many Arabs with baskets as a gift from your friendly Sheikh (also a business partner on the Suez Channel construction, etc.).
    6. Mine the limestone at far South, burn it into lime on the local charcoal.
    7. Bring the lime to Cairo. Mine the sand at Nile.
    8. Make the Arabs with baskets bring the lime, the sand, the water to the place of your choice.
    9. Make them start building a bad concrete wall (lime+sand+water) around a flat stone hill (the pyramid basement).
    10. Make them fill it with ground inside.
    11. Get a ground hill with concrete block stones around, and a tricky set of internal chambers, forming a strange hydrostatic fountain system. Let the fools think that it's a stone monolith inside, rather than a pile of junk and ground.
    12. Dismiss the survivors, and utilize them in a nice pet cematary for a million of persons without any traces of proper mummifications-schmummifications.
    13. Repeat pp.1-12.

    14. Find the Copts. Explain them that they are true ancestors of the Ancient Egyptians (tm), unlike the Egyptian Arabs.
    15. Call their language Ancient Egyptian.
    16. Invent the aesthetically perfect Egyptian graphics and hieroglyphics, without any predecessors, with no ancestors.
    (No joke, it's a memetic masterpiece of art for further mass reproduction. Once seen, can be never forgotten, but can be easily reproduced by parts copypasting, by the laziest and silliest student of arts).
    17. Try to pick it up with a shovel and through into the fan as Horapollo's manuscripts.
    18. Say oops, after realizing that there are a lot of concepts which can't be represented graphically (abstract ideas, verbs, a hundred of crop names or fishes).
    19. Invent first simplified hieratic, then almost stenographic demotic scriptings, based on the failed hieroglyphics.

    20. Make the fake Rosette Stone, which would be called idiotic if it was not made from despair.
    Hieroglyphic, demotic, and Greek incriptions on the same memorial caption.
    Like if you make a memorial caption in Roman letters, Gothic letters, and stenographic scratches...
    (In more close analogy for Russian: in Ancient Greek, in Church Slavonic, and in stenography.)
    A cultured Ancient Egyptian would be happy with hieroglyphs, a Hellinistic person - with Ancient Greek.
    From what the hell could they take the idea to add the demotic text??? The only purpose is to present the demotics to the wide public, as a way to write long Ancient Egyptian (tm) texts.

    21. Find a talented linguist Champollion (and several others). Intrigue his professional vanity, let him "discover" the "Ancient Egyptian" language which you've just finished inventing. Huzza, huzza!
    22. Publish his works, intrigue everyone, let everyone touch the mystic world of hot Ancient MidEast beauty, make the Ancient Egypt a classic setting. Her Deity Isis in thin clothes with wings is our everything!
    23. Champollion and some of his colleagues suddenly die tragically, but right in time.
    24. Open the mummy market, make hundreds of thousands of them in Egypt, then sell in Europe as a medicine, an aphrodisiac, and just a funny toy.
    And khopesh! Make as many bronze khopeshes as you can. Screw the idea that the copper should be mined with iron pickaxes, melted on charcoal (yes, those three palms on the horizon), and the tin mining was absolutely rare until the iron age.

    25. Put the pyramid construction junk in four piles one-by-one, put a statue head on the first one, fill the gaps with junk and ground, cover it from side with bricks, call it Sphinx. In early XX add paws and tail for kittiness.

    26. Give funny names to the pyramids. Call the biggest "HF", which is either Cheops, or Khufu, or other versions. But probably just "Jefe" / "Chief", /HeFe/.


    Btw, they indeed were trying to make something working inside.
    Every pyramid has a hydrostatic sistem, formed by its chambers and "shafts". Their vertical positions match each other, like if they are to be filled with some viscous liquid from top.
    The "great gallery" looks similar to other same structures, like the "Ulugbek observatory" in Samarkand, or Fort Lippe near Elvas, Portugal. It's bad to climb up, but it's good to pour from top.

    The "Bent Pyramid" aka "Snofru Pyramid" is a monument of engineering fakeups.
    First they were trying to build it with the original, sharp angle, from the Cestius pyramid in Rome and "Nubian" pyramids.
    But then it began crushing under its weight. They quickly changed the angle, but soon had to do this again, getting the final angle which they use for Cheops and others.
    But as the thing became lower, the planned hydrostatic system appeared to not fit the actual size of the pyramid, so they had to put a half of it outside, building a satellite pyramid to place it inside.
    The sarcophagus is put on some another collapsed structure inside the pyramid.
    So, the "Bent/Snofru pyramid" should be named "Thousand Facepalm Pyramid".

    What's the purpose of the hydrostatic system inside?
    That's not enough clear. The only thing we may be absolutely sure, it's made by bad people for greater evil, because good people with good intentions don't build pyramids with mummies.

  6. Humans are simplified robots, which are easily programmed to use a shovel, a pickaxe, and at the same time manage various manual controls and visual interfaces.

    Also, you can easily combine the advantages of both methods by implanting a cheap control chip into the human labourer, and remotely managing him in general, letting him operate with his body in the way, optimal for the assigned task.

  7. 2 hours ago, Bej Kerman said:


    Any generation is based either or a predefined algorithm, or a precalculated table.

    I.e. there is no such thing as generation. There is only an expanded preset.

    2 hours ago, Bej Kerman said:

    Why would distant future civilizations go to the effort of building a 100% convincing simulation... and program the AI to generate polygons at the subatomic level instead of quarks?

    1. There is no such thing as "future". It's just a set of pre-rendered assets, associated with t+dt position on the time axis.

    2. Every next level of simulation requires by many orders of magnitude more resources to implement. Imagine Fallout with molecular level detalization..
    And you must store and update the info about all objects already resolved at your eyes, so the detalization level depth is by definition limited.

    2 hours ago, Bej Kerman said:

    I'm not saying we live in a simulation

    I do. We live. 
    And it's the ultimate level of simulation, the so-called reality.

  8. 10 hours ago, Bej Kerman said:

    Why wouldn't the simulation be capable of rendering bacteria the moment one looks under the microscope?

    If the bacteria simulation is defined before the rendering.

    Why not presume that whales are birds? Science is based on observed facts. While no fact about the bird nature of the whales is on table, the current iteration of their understanding is that whales are fishes mammal fishes.

    Until you see the polygons instead of subquarks, you don't have solid reasons to doubt that this simulation is the ultimate one, i.e. reality.

    10 hours ago, Bej Kerman said:

    Why not?

    Not what? The universe is a CD-R with superposition of all possible states already pre-rendered. You can just read it.

  9. 6 minutes ago, Bej Kerman said:

    Well hardware isn't a problem for the intents and purposes of our future civilisation.

    Would sound funny before the KSP2 release...

    Any step in hardware means two steps in the problems complexity.
    In any case, one can't preset the whole universe in the emulation, until the emulation asymptotically reaches the universe complexity level.
    This means that the only emulation having enough level of presets to indistinguishably emulate the universe is the universe, and the ultimate simulation is what the reality is.

    10 minutes ago, Bej Kerman said:

    How do you know those bacteria existed before you looked at them?

    No people reported that they can see only polygons in the microscope, if proper experiment conditions had been provided.
    Every positive makes the negative less probable.

  10. 43 minutes ago, Bej Kerman said:

    Define "with/out preparation"

    If take a microscope and watch a drop of dirty water, you'll see microbes.
    If take Skyrim with Hi-Res mods, you will see either polygons, or internal space of the object.

    Because in the world around the bacteria, the atoms, the quarks, etc. have been existed before you took the microscope, while the hardware to run Skyrim has limited capabilities, so the designer is limited in detalization. No bacteria, no atoms, only polygons, until somebody adds a microbe mod.

    The universe contains a full set of possible details from scratch, and the FPS doesn't fall, thanks to its parallel architecture.

    So, while originally you don't know if there is a simulation or a reality around, with every next level of detalization the probability of the latter is growing.
    Asymptotically, you come to the holographic universe, where all possible states have already been rendered, thus it provides infinite FPS.

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