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by Ciber
Fri Nov 10, 2017 2:43 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Encryption for the Lich Queen's spys?
Replies: 17
Views: 7419

Re: Encryption for the Lich Queen's spys?

Sadly quest was ended bc too much work for author. Search for "What can sb teach an evil queen" on spacebattles. Author really put some work into it.
by Ciber
Mon Oct 10, 2016 9:10 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Encryption for the Lich Queen's spys?
Replies: 17
Views: 7419

Encryption for the Lich Queen's spys?

Say you are advising this evil lich queen one day and she requests an improved system of encryption as part of her overarching plan to stop all opposition. Now obviously the method you suggest must be possible to compute by hand, but luckily anyone trying to break your code would be similarly limite...
by Ciber
Sat Sep 13, 2014 8:07 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Building Portal (not about portals)
Replies: 7
Views: 6022

Re: Building Portal (not about portals)

My assumption is that portal surfaces require a sufficiently flat surface and that coating a surface in moon dust relaxes that requirement.
by Ciber
Fri Sep 12, 2014 4:40 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Building Portal (not about portals)
Replies: 7
Views: 6022

Building Portal (not about portals)

While the titular (hah) portals of Portal & Portal 2 are very iconic and a popular discussion topic, I thought it would be fun to discuss the numerous other silly things about Aperture Labs and perhaps make sense of them. Topics discuss include: Portal surface mechanics. What affects the ability...
by Ciber
Wed Aug 27, 2014 1:48 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: The road less traveled by
Replies: 36
Views: 6217

Re: The road less traveled by

Save following as: "STUBBORN"[ If interrupted to fight then: I strike first with Poison Axe. I then strike with Axe until my attacker dies or I could be killed by one hit from my attacker. If attacker still alive then flee. Else, call STUBBORN and return to previous task.] STUBBORN I attem...
by Ciber
Tue Aug 26, 2014 12:43 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: The road less traveled by
Replies: 36
Views: 6217

Re: The road less traveled by

I continue chopping at the lion until it is dead or I am injured.
by Ciber
Mon Aug 25, 2014 8:21 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: The road less traveled by
Replies: 36
Views: 6217

Re: The road less traveled by

I bring my axe down in a ferocious chop while trying to jump atop and put the lion in a choke hold.
by Ciber
Mon Aug 25, 2014 7:50 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: The road less traveled by
Replies: 36
Views: 6217

Re: The road less traveled by

As the Mountain Lion is recovering from its landing I aim for its hamstrings with my axe (which happens to be covered in poison for some reason).
by Ciber
Sun Aug 24, 2014 7:21 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: The road less traveled by
Replies: 36
Views: 6217

Re: The road less traveled by

While making my way toward some trees I am ambushed by a pouncing mountain lion.
I spin and bend backwards, channeling Neo. As the wild can passes over me, my upthrust axe carves into its underside.
by Ciber
Sun Aug 24, 2014 7:39 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: The road less traveled by
Replies: 36
Views: 6217

Re: The road less traveled by

I am Ciber, rouge extraordinar! I search for rocks that can be easily knapped into a decent blade, perhaps in the Mushroom Cavern? I knap two tools from these rocks, a short knife and an axe head. A handle is shaped using my knife. The end of the handle is split and strategically placed notches carv...
by Ciber
Tue Apr 08, 2014 2:34 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Cubic Gravity
Replies: 6
Views: 3099

Re: Cubic Gravity

Well thanks. I don't think I can really understand how to make the gravity inverse of distance work, so I figure I will just make g a constant and make the size finite. Perhaps I will try again once I have taken a higher math class. Do you think vector calculus is covered in calc II, calc III, or di...
by Ciber
Mon Apr 07, 2014 4:28 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Cubic Gravity
Replies: 6
Views: 3099

Re: Cubic Gravity

Should probably preface this by saying that my math level is at the point where I am only just now reading the section of my text that covers Riemann Sums and Definite Integrals. As you've described it it is not conservative. You could produce energy by moving a mass inwards along a pyramids center ...
by Ciber
Tue Apr 01, 2014 2:17 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Cubic Gravity
Replies: 6
Views: 3099

Cubic Gravity

What if, instead of gravity being a constant, omnidirectional force, it instead was constrained to six directions. It is somewhat hard to get the idea across without images... Ok, lets start with a point mass. Projecting from that mass are six (infinite) pyramids with square bases. The "point&q...
by Ciber
Tue Feb 25, 2014 3:23 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Why Galvanized Cheerios are the Next Big Thing
Replies: 10
Views: 4191

Re: Why Galvanized Cheerios are the Next Big Thing

Wow. You just gave me more suggestions than two entire pages of comments on the other forum I posted this on. Thanks.
by Ciber
Tue Feb 25, 2014 1:36 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Why Galvanized Cheerios are the Next Big Thing
Replies: 10
Views: 4191

Why Galvanized Cheerios are the Next Big Thing

I need to write a thousand words to convince the company that makes Cheerios of the many benefits of galvanizing their product. I have decided to ask the many great minds of XKCD for help brainstorming ideas. I need three reasons why Cheerios would directly benefit from being galvanized, as well as ...
by Ciber
Wed Feb 19, 2014 2:07 am UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: Mars / Space colonization site?
Replies: 1
Views: 8151

Mars / Space colonization site?

Just wondering what people think the best forum for discussing the colonization of space (mainly mars) is.
by Ciber
Wed Feb 05, 2014 7:45 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Defend the Quarry - The End is a Lie
Replies: 322
Views: 23753

Re: Defend the Quarry - The Diamonds are a Lie

Mine diamond until Monster% > Diamond%
by Ciber
Wed Feb 05, 2014 12:35 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9775
Views: 1576664

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

Well yeah, the site in general gives off the same kind of vibe as that one "The earth is actually flat" site.
by Ciber
Wed Feb 05, 2014 4:15 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9775
Views: 1576664

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

I found this kinda cool sounding programming language called Hoon at http://www.urbit.org/ It strikes me that it would be really cool to make a science forum game with an entire world coded in Hoon. Players would have to hack the work through a very limited sort of eval function. I am thinking givin...
by Ciber
Tue Feb 04, 2014 5:10 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Defend the Quarry - The End is a Lie
Replies: 322
Views: 23753

Re: Defend the Quarry - Unleash Hell

Approve

Gather 10 stone
Build 2 homes
by Ciber
Mon Feb 03, 2014 12:52 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: "Perpetual" Motion Engine
Replies: 40
Views: 10493

"Perpetual" Motion Engine

Assuming you have some sort of rock that move counter to the force of gravity due to some mechanism that you do not currently understand, illustrate to me how you could use it to create a machine that causes a wheel to rotate.
Drawings would be appreciated.
by Ciber
Mon Feb 03, 2014 4:45 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Defend the Quarry - The End is a Lie
Replies: 322
Views: 23753

Re: Defend the Quarry - Nothin'

Gather materials until we have enough to build three houses.
Build 3 houses.
by Ciber
Sun Feb 02, 2014 11:50 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Sufficiently advanced technology:
Replies: 10
Views: 4197

Re: Sufficiently advanced technology:

...
Would it not also pass through the target?
by Ciber
Thu Jan 16, 2014 11:20 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Using inductive charging as an internet connection.
Replies: 6
Views: 2229

Re: Using inductive charging as an internet connection.

well yeah, but then you would have to plug things in, and that adds a moving part.
by Ciber
Thu Jan 16, 2014 9:55 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Using inductive charging as an internet connection.
Replies: 6
Views: 2229

Using inductive charging as an internet connection.

I was thinking earlier today in a course I am taking that has every student using a laptop in the class room. Obviously internet speed is important, and since everyone in a class of like thirty people is connecting to the schools wifi at once we tend to get slowdowns, especially for assignments with...
by Ciber
Sat Jan 11, 2014 2:51 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Quantum Communication
Replies: 37
Views: 6716

Re: Quantum Communication

I feel like the complexity of the whole quantum entanglement thing is way overblown. All it's saying is that if you have two items that you know the state of, then you can infer the state of one of the items by looking at the other. It's like if you get two pennies that you know are both facing the ...
by Ciber
Tue Nov 19, 2013 1:52 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Molten Metal Bubble Blowing Contest, In Space!
Replies: 36
Views: 5889

Re: Molten Metal Bubble Blowing Contest, In spaaace!

The center of area of the ring itself does not rotate. However, the counter-rotating docking areas at each end of the ring do. The exact radius of the ring was chosen because I like the nice even number of 100 units at the heaviest gravity(1g) I have decided against blowing bubbles for habitable spa...
by Ciber
Sun Nov 17, 2013 5:38 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Molten Metal Bubble Blowing Contest, In Space!
Replies: 36
Views: 5889

Re: Molten Metal Bubble Blowing Contest, In spaaace!

Not sure what you mean about light incidence? We have no windows. There is no reason when we have relatively cheep and easy fusion power.
by Ciber
Sat Nov 16, 2013 11:37 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Molten Metal Bubble Blowing Contest, In Space!
Replies: 36
Views: 5889

Re: Molten Metal Bubble Blowing Contest, In spaaace!

Wait....each person lives in a 3x3x3 m cube? That's....tight. Really tight. Smaller than a microapartment . Your population will go insane within weeks. I think you are looking at it wrong. Each person doesn't get an entire cube to themselves, thats more of how much space they get on average. Think...
by Ciber
Sat Nov 16, 2013 3:11 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Molten Metal Bubble Blowing Contest, In Space!
Replies: 36
Views: 5889

Re: Molten Metal Bubble Blowing Contest, In spaaace!

I perhaps use much more conservative estimates for the required space per person. We are after all rather constrained in our resources. My assumption is roughly 9m^2 per person and 3m high floors. Anyway, my final estimation work out to have a radius of about 1.5km with 100 units arrayed along it. E...
by Ciber
Fri Nov 15, 2013 1:41 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Molten Metal Bubble Blowing Contest, In Space!
Replies: 36
Views: 5889

Re: Molten Metal Bubble Blowing Contest, In spaaace!

Now I am wondering how to calculate the maximum size of a rotating torus in space. I assume this would require a good bit of math. Likely based mainly on the tensile strength of the material you use for the central spars. Probably want structures near the center for low g manufacturing and recreatio...
by Ciber
Thu Nov 14, 2013 5:37 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Molten Metal Bubble Blowing Contest, In Space!
Replies: 36
Views: 5889

Re: Molten Metal Bubble Blowing Contest, In spaaace!

New Questions: If you have a taught wire suspended in space and a blob of liquid contacts the wire, what shape does the blob assume? My intuition tells me that it will be related to the gravity of the liquid and its surface tension. I think it would wick along the wire to form a cylinder along the l...
by Ciber
Sun Nov 10, 2013 8:51 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Molten Metal Bubble Blowing Contest, In Space!
Replies: 36
Views: 5889

Re: Molten Metal Bubble Blowing Contest, In spaaace!

Well our current final plan is to have a cylindrical frame with a diameter of 1km and a rotation of about 1 rpm. We will anchor a number of the previously mentioned bubbles to the frame. Each bubble will have a diameter of 50 meters. There are 208 bubbles per section of frame. We will need a total o...
by Ciber
Fri Nov 08, 2013 10:25 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Molten Metal Bubble Blowing Contest, In Space!
Replies: 36
Views: 5889

Re: Molten Metal Bubble Blowing Contest, In spaaace!

Well the main advantage I see is that since we have a very limited starting industrial base and only 20 years to build housing for 10 million people, it would be best to build said housing in a way which is as fast as possible with as little infrastructure as possible. Using my laser idea means that...
by Ciber
Wed Nov 06, 2013 4:03 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Molten Metal Bubble Blowing Contest, In Space!
Replies: 36
Views: 5889

Re: Molten Metal Bubble Blowing Contest, In Space!

Thanks for that info, I will make sure to include it in my proposal. I just found out that we will be receiving a total of 10 million colonists. As a reminder we have 20 years to go from a single 50 person ship to an industrial base capable of taking care of all of these people. Now, the majority of...
by Ciber
Wed Nov 06, 2013 1:30 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Molten Metal Bubble Blowing Contest, In Space!
Replies: 36
Views: 5889

Re: Molten Metal Bubble Blowing Contest, In Space!

Laser is also being used for interstellar comms, micro-meteoroid defense, and refining the blobs of metal by heating them unevenly so that they outgas and start spinning up. The centrifugal force will separate the various metals.
by Ciber
Tue Nov 05, 2013 10:43 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Molten Metal Bubble Blowing Contest, In Space!
Replies: 36
Views: 5889

Re: Molten Metal Bubble Blowing Contest, In Space!

I have no idea how to do that kind of math. I did figure out how to calculate the needed thickness for a given radius of sphere though. For one with about the same pressurized volume as the ISS (1000m^3), I choose a shell with a thickness of 3cm (roughly 15x the actual value I calculated for 1atm of...
by Ciber
Tue Nov 05, 2013 9:40 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Molten Metal Bubble Blowing Contest, In Space!
Replies: 36
Views: 5889

Molten Metal Bubble Blowing Contest, In Space!

So I am in a forum RP on another forum, and we are supposed to prepare a colony for several million people within a 20 year timeframe. Anyway, I had this idea where we use a high powered laser so melt globs of asteroidal iron, then stick in a sort of heat tolerant straw and blow in air to inflate sa...
by Ciber
Mon Oct 14, 2013 11:38 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Physics of Everyday Life Books
Replies: 3
Views: 1338

Re: Physics of Everyday Life Books

What was the name of that one book with the mammoths?
by Ciber
Sun Sep 29, 2013 11:08 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: "Zombie" Apocalypse
Replies: 61
Views: 24766

Re: "Zombie" Apocalypse

Highschools make suprisingly good locations for a settelment.

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