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Suggestions / Re: Hull Mod: Flux Converter
« on: September 28, 2012, 12:04:31 PM »
Hey folks, remember a little old suggestion called a Flux Converter?

I know it's really hard to remember, seeing how many of you are busy with going full-bore into considerable off-topic minutiae about the Fortress Shield, etc. A little meandering is sometimes OK, but this is more than enough. Kindly cut the detours and get this thread back on-topic.

Discussions / Re: Rage venting thread.
« on: September 28, 2012, 09:28:56 AM »
LordHerpDerpington, Upgradecap, Rowanas, Pataroo, K-64, CopperCoyote:

Regardless of anyone's orientation in any direction, sexually-themed content does not belong on this website. We've got nothing against folks having opinions about that sort of thing. However, we definitely do have a problem with anyone bringing those opinions up on the website, no matter how innocuous you believe it to be. Find someplace else to discuss it. Huge fail, folks; huge fail.

Put in your contact lenses and read the site rules again. It seems that for some of you, saying "read it for the first time" instead of "again" would be more accurate. The fact that nobody reported this multi-post, multi-user rules violation to the moderation team make me even more angry. It seems much easier to hurrr-durrr along with the mob, eh?

This thread will be taking a nap now.

General Discussion / Re: Hi All
« on: September 28, 2012, 08:54:57 AM »
Not sure if I wanted to necro this thread or not, but it is the earliest thread that a regular member can access, so it holds a special place in all our hearts as the first thread. :)

So hello all, I never did introduce myself. ;D

And zombies turn out to code extremely fast.  Take Alex, for instance. :P

You've been here long enough to know that necro-ing a 1.3-year-old thread purely for the sake of blurting the equivalent of "look at me" is not allowed here. Don't do it again.

Suggestions / Re: Endgame Battle
« on: September 24, 2012, 06:28:35 PM »
is EVERY habitable planet found? Do we actually know that?

Things are subject to change anyway.

I think that somewhere in a chat window far, far away, Alex and Ivaylo are having a good chuckle about this thread and our blindfolded methods of trying to describe something which only they know. ;)

Discussions / Re: Warp drive more feasible than first thought
« on: September 24, 2012, 06:14:16 PM »
" can hope that Alcubierre-type warp drives can be physically realized by clever engineering taking advantage of such quantum effects."

Naufrago found a really interesting feature to quote from. The excerpt above is always the part in such blue-sky dream schemes which makes me sigh with dismay: the required, unprecedented engineering / materials science breakthrough that everything else eventually relies upon. One may as well substitute the above-quoted phrase with something akin to "---and then a miracle happens". :-\

I want this to succeed just as much as you guys do, but since the 1970s I have read optimistic blurbs such as multiple excited rumors, premature news reports, and articles in OMNI magazine (back when OMNI was really awesome) promising us the stars "real soon now, just as soon as we can get a million tons of unobtainium to harness these energies." Hence my jaded tone.

Oh, and somebody earlier in this thread mentioned wormholes as one possibility for FTL travel. Alas, that appears to be unlikely, if Wikipedia is to be believed. I quote:

"The Einstein–Rosen bridge was discovered by Albert Einstein and his colleague Nathan Rosen, who first published the result in 1935. However, in 1962 John A. Wheeler and Robert W. Fuller published a paper showing that this type of wormhole is unstable if it connects two parts of the same universe, and that it will pinch off too quickly for light (or any particle moving slower than light) that falls in from one exterior region to make it to the other exterior region.

The motion through a Schwarzschild wormhole connecting two universes is possible in only one direction."

What a bitter irony, to safely use this method of FTL travel at all, you will already require some other reliable method of FTL travel. Man, it makes one's head hurt to chase the logic bunnies like this. ::)

The thought of us being marooned on this warm rock until a big enough asteroid crosses our orbit at the wrong time just chills my spirit. If we cannot find a realistic means to spread self-sustaining colonies of H. sapiens throughout the stars, we're likely going to perish right where we began. I greatly doubt that our shared distant future is going to even remotely resemble Star Trek, but even a comparatively inefficient, under-performing method of travel at very low multiples of c would change everything. Everything.

Discussions / Re: Warp drive more feasible than first thought
« on: September 24, 2012, 05:46:22 PM »
You are all now under survailance by the CIA.

Regarding surveillance: the CIA is very powerful indeed, but this site's moderation team is one heck of a lot closer to this subforum. ;)

Seriously, though -- interesting discussion, folks. Kindly continue, please, but without more of the warfare off-topic detour.

Discussions / Re: Favorite Book
« on: September 24, 2012, 05:33:26 PM »


It was in the OP. I'm sorry you never saw it. I thought most people looked at that before replying to threads.

Me, too. [-shrug-] When bumping into an unfamiliar thread I've never posted in previously, I like to read the OP in full; it's a good way to avoid complications.

Some of the literary choices that have been mentioned here are a real eye-opener. I look forward to updating my to-be-read list; thanks, folks. :)

Announcements / Re: Starfarer 0.54a (In Development) Patch Notes
« on: September 22, 2012, 03:10:26 PM »
So much arguing going on around here. I can barely keep my head straight.

I happen to agree. Folks, dial-down the acrimony and [bill and ted] be excellent to each other [/bill and ted].

The above whirlwind re: 'hullmods with penalties' got way out of hand. I now regret voluntarily standing back from this thread for a bit in order to gauge the community's ability to regulate itself. If the patchnotes threads keep devolving like this, I am going to resort to sterner measures again to keep them on-track.

Modding Resources / Re: Trylobot's ship editor (2.4.5)
« on: September 22, 2012, 02:33:22 PM »
Trylobot, I wanted to thank you yet again for your amazingly full-featured ship editor. In all seriousness, if it did not exist I am unsure I would have returned to this game before it was much closer to version 1.0. To me, the moddability of a game is more than half of the interest it offers, and your program makes such modding vastly easier. Thanks for your persistence and hard work on our behalf!

Discussions / Re: Well... :)
« on: September 22, 2012, 02:21:28 PM »
He belongs to them now. -solemn- -eyes down-

Oh, you. ::) I wouldn't trade that particular aspect of life for anything, believe me. Sdmike1 and his new belle are indeed lucky folks.

Discussions / Re: Well... :)
« on: September 20, 2012, 05:35:41 PM »
Nice one, love is a tricky business so keep strong :P

Speaking from the perspective of someone who's likely about triple your age, I second sproginator's advice to you. OMG, you have no idea.

I'd best just leave it at that & end by saying, congratulations. :)

Discussions / Re: Favorite Book
« on: September 20, 2012, 05:31:00 PM »
Dune, by Frank Herbert.

Mods / Re: Project Titan by Uomoz & Elate
« on: September 17, 2012, 09:35:53 PM »
"Page Not Found

Sorry, the video at this URL has either been deleted or never existed in the first place."

Please advise; thanks.

Discussions / Re: FTL
« on: September 17, 2012, 06:29:03 PM »
I think that FTL is doing great at its actual (not its stated) function: to act an an infinite time-sink which threatens to engulf us all.

Oh, and those Slugs can be treacherous lying devils. Can't wait until I unlock the Mk1 Salt Shaker Autocannon (j/k), because afterwards they're gonna be the first folks I pay a visit to. :P

Lore, Fan Media & Fiction / Re: Hyph's Welcome
« on: September 17, 2012, 06:14:20 PM »
It's amazing what lithium and lots of therapy can accomplish; even with the really delusional patients. ;D

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