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Creation Station / I decided to take a shot at writing science fiction.
« on: October 01, 2010, 05:55:48 AM »
Ok, so tonight I came up with an idea for a far-future science fiction setting taking place in a different solar system (I haven't decided around which star, but I'm thinking possibly Epsilon Eridani). I'm trying to keep it as hard as possible, so no FTL travel or communication, no casual space travel, no single biome planets, etc.

The premise goes like this:

In the future, a sect of mankind decides to try and spread to the stars. They decide to use automated embryo ships because of less fuel needed for an interstellar voyage. One of these goes to the current system (I'll call it the Epsilon Eridani system for now). In this system, there are 5 planets viable for terraforming. Once the terraforming is complete, each planet has an Earthlike rotational time and all of them have at least 2 space elevators on their equators. At first, the civilizations on these 5 planets are united under one rule, but soon the planets all fragment into mutual independence, and then into separate nations. Unfortunately, only the equatorial nations can really thrive, having access to space and its mining resources. Since the non-equatorial nations have nothing that the equatorial nations can't get from space, they fall into poverty.

Centuries later, the equatorial nations have very little knowledge of how their elevators and spacecraft work, but they know how to use them. The knowledge exists, but no one really cares to read about it. The only spacecraft left are mining ships that all use fusion drives which, while efficient, aren't able to provide enough thrust to land on a planet with earthlike gravity and take off again. The space elevators are the only bridge between a planet and space. The equatorial nations are fat, dumb, happy, and still not sharing with the other nations.

One one planet (Planet A), a group from a non-equatorial nation (I'll refer to it as Nation A for now) gets pretty sick of getting shat on by their neighboring equatorial nation (Nation B), so they start researching what could be useful in taking down Nation B. Thanks to spies learning about, among other things, rocketry and nuclear fusion, they are able to develop their own spacecraft and nuclear missiles. They use these to sever Nation B's space elevator, and with its resources cut off, Nation B is soon taken over. Nation A uses its rockets to make it into orbit and commandeer Nation B's spacecraft, and then proceed to take out the other equatorial nation (Nation C), but this time they make an effort to keep the space elevator intact. Through a combination of war and diplomacy, the entire planet becomes united under one rule. However, the war-hungry leader of Nation A, and now Planet A, wants to spread his reign, and in taking over the planet he learned of the other 4 planets in the system.

On another planet (Planet B), a group from an equatorial nation (Nation D) has learned of the embryo ship which contains millenna worth of information about the great civilizations of the past, but also that no one knows what happened to the embryo ship after the terraforming of the planets was completed. They commission a search for the ship, but it's been inactive for so long that if they looked for it in space, it wouldn't appear significantly different from a common asteroid; and if they looked on the ground, there's a one-in-five chance that it's not even there.

This is where the story would begin.


/ Wow, just thought of something
« on: May 01, 2010, 11:34:33 PM »
The concept of an illegal plant is really silly.

/ Holy shit
« on: April 25, 2010, 08:26:36 PM »
The GEOCITIES banner flashes in my cell's crappy browser.


Computing / Obfuscation
« on: March 23, 2010, 07:43:22 PM »
I tried writing an obfuscated C program today after seeing a lot of much cooler obfuscated programs. It was a lot of fun to write.

Code: [Select]
int m\
char fo\

I want to learn a lot more C so I can do/understand some of the stuff I see in competitions.

So yeah, anyone else a fan of obfuscation?

EDIT: Suppose I should post links.

« on: February 04, 2010, 11:40:45 PM »
 _Π_  l  | The Riemann hypothesis is a conjecture about the distribution of the zeros of the Riemann    l  |

Computing / I am confused
« on: July 31, 2009, 12:00:19 AM »
Ok, so I was defragging my hard drive. The utility I use displays a scale representation of where the files are located on my hard drive and lets me look to see what is where. After a few random ones I came across some old recycled files and decided I'd check them out. Most of them were unfinished torrents and the like, but one of the files was an episode of Band of Brothers. It was a 2.18GB .mkv file with 720p output. It wasn't broken, either. It was the full file. It also had a corresponding .nfo file, so I'm assuming it came from a torrent.

I've never downloaded any episodes of Band of Brothers, though. I have no idea how this one made its way to my hard drive and then got itself deleted. Is there a utility I can use to check a file's local history?

/ asdf
« on: April 30, 2009, 07:55:11 PM »
Around the 15th century BCE, a comet or comet-like object (now called the planet Venus), having originally been ejected from Jupiter, passed near Earth. The object changed Earth's orbit and axis, causing innumerable catastrophes which were mentioned in early mythologies and religions around the world. Fifty-two years later, it passed close by again, stopping the Earth's rotation for a while and causing more catastrophes. Then, in the 8th and 7th centuries BCE, Mars (itself displaced by Venus) made close approaches to the Earth; this incident caused a new round of disturbances and disasters. After that, the current "celestial order" was established. The courses of the planets stabilized over the centuries and Venus gradually became a "normal" planet.

Creation Station / I sort of made a midi
« on: February 06, 2009, 06:51:09 PM »
Ok, all I really did was I took a midi of the champion battle music from Pokemon Red/Blue (When you fight Gary after the Elite Four) and I made a drum track for it. Took maybe 45 minutes. I'm using an image ZIP because I find it easier to just use Photobucket as a host:

/ Jupi's zebra
« on: February 03, 2009, 12:53:35 AM »
looks like a dalmation

|)|)R FR3|< / The Flat-Earth Society
« on: December 06, 2008, 03:31:27 AM »
Good places to start: and

Basically a forum for people who believe in a conspiracy theory bigger and more complex than is statistically possible.

Here's a map for reference:

And some quotes from the believers themselves:

Quote from: 6strings
Flatearthersareretards, I've decided that you're a government shill, spreading lies and discontent in the ranks of the beievers, and thus anything you say is invalid.  "Friends" flying from Australia to Africa through "Antarctica", psssh, your imaginary words don't fool me.

However, on the note of Occam's Razor; nice metaphore (analogy?).  There are only specific instances in which you can apply Occam's Razor, it only  comes into practice when a sufficient theory has something added to it which does not improve its predictive power.  Otherwise I could say the following:
There are two theories as to how people live:
A) We are kept alive by a complicated system of veins, nerves, organs, etc.
B) Magic
Ergo, by Occam's razor, people are kept alive by magic
Granted this isn't a great example, but I think it kinda gets the point across.

Quote from: flyingleaf
I'm working on the next version, which will have a little more details, if people would agree to the validity of the following:

The current FET should use a modified "geocentric" universe in that the center of the universe is an invisible point above the North Pole, except that the Sun also has an epicycle of North-South drift, creating seasons and 24-hour days in the Arctic circle (unfortunately not so for the Antarctic, but since it doesn't exist, nobody's hurt).

Of course any geocentrism has problems, but let's not discuss it here.  This rendering is meant to be the defining picture of FET.  An accurate rendition of something flawed is obviously going to contain the flaws, and perhaps magnify them.

Quote from: Erasmus
Quote from: fuzzy901
These renderings have me wondering, do FE'ers believe that the map, as accepted today (shape notwithstanding, obviously, but with 7 continents, 5 oceans, etc.) is accurate? If the globe is wrong, why not the continents on it?

Because the United Nations flag shows all the continents (except the fictitious Antarctica) and oceans.  Don't ask; just thinking about the astronomical degree of stupidity required for this sort of reasoning makes me nauseous.


Quote from: 6strings
lol A smaller sun *laughs*
You're right, this is just ridiculous, I mean, we've all been to the sun and seen just how big it is haven't we?  How could anyone believe that the sun isn't the size scientists say it is? I mean they're scientists...with lab coats and stuff...

These are just quotes from defenders, and if you go through some threads you'll see it seems they're vastly outnumbered, so it's not quite as bad as it looks. They're still using the same dodgy argument strategy that creationism proponents use ("I'm right." "Fuck evidence." "Your argument is invalid because I say so." "I'm going to pick apart your statement because of how it was phrased." etc.). There's no use in arguing with them, but roughly 9/10 of their members (from what I've seen) disagree. I like how Phil Plait of BadAstronomy puts it:
...[M]ost scientists find pseudoscientists to be very irritating. Sometimes it's because the pseudoscientists attack the work being done by real scientists, and sometimes it's because real scientists get tired of being asked about aliens, UFOs, Planet X and the Apollo Hoax. In fact, many real scientists think that pseudoscientists should be ignored. They reason that they don't want to give these guys publicity, and that taking them on legitimizes their theories.

/ Topic #667
« on: November 04, 2008, 04:22:06 PM »
The beast has been slain.


"I can't believe someone can be so petty. All I had done was left an honest opinion and everything I said was true. I thought that was why the feedback service was there. It's not like I wrote anything malicious or called him a conman."

The seller has defended his actions, responding: "Given that Chris received a no-quibble refund, the feedback was unfair, unreasonable and damaging.

"I am being punished by eBay because of it and the items I have for sale are being pushed down the search listings.  I'm losing money by the day and my business could go under because of it. I've been left with no option but to take legal action and I'm sure I'll be successful."


Random Chat / We're Fucked.
« on: October 10, 2008, 05:42:26 PM »

This website explains in detail "Peak Oil." Basically, oil production is reaching its limit, and very soon the production won't be able to meet up with the world's demand. Once the production peaks, it will only go downhill. In short, our modern civilization won't last more than a few years at this point. If you doubt this at first, keep reading the site.

Computing / Stepmania for Linux?
« on: September 04, 2008, 10:27:43 PM »
So I've never actually used the Linux version of Stepmania. I just downloaded and extracted the pre-compiled version to my Eee, but I don't know how to execute the file.

Computing / Is overvolting RAM a bad idea?
« on: August 09, 2008, 04:11:23 PM »
Simple question. In my new rig I have RAM and a motherboard ready for overvolting. I'm just wondering if I should.

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