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1  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / Starbase Café / Re: Why we should not strive for complete economic equality on: November 15, 2019, 12:03:30 pm
I don't like how the first paragraph there doesn't take into acount worker efficiency improvements even aside from automation or animal effort. if you're going to present a wrong argument, it helps to portray it as being wrong as you make it.
2  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / Starbase Café / Re: Outsider, SC inspired web comic... on: October 16, 2019, 02:10:23 pm
Suspected to smell like butt, anyway. They haven't tried.

They could also flip them over, which might help.
3  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / General UQM Discussion / Re: Balance Mod updated on: September 23, 2019, 01:42:17 am
FWIW, I do read these. I'd love to play it… maybe I can get it onto one of the PCs in my family.
4  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / Starbase Café / Re: Hymn to the great Black Hole on: September 21, 2019, 07:30:07 pm
Why do you value being crushed into nonthinkingness?

I remember when you said, "Defending mortality is like begging me to kill you." With the implication that you weren't.
5  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / Starbase Café / Re: Outsider, SC inspired web comic... on: September 04, 2019, 05:12:06 pm
Also… the answer to your question would be, COMBAT TRAINING. ffs, dude (not you, the character)
6  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / Starbase Café / Re: Temporal information assymtery on: September 03, 2019, 03:56:00 pm
A) Bosons don't stack. You're thinking of Fermions.  

We might not see any stacking of bosons in our 4 dimensional perspective of spacetime. But can't bosons be stacked in another 5th dimension that is hidden to us, and still appear to have the same location in our 4-dimensional perspective?

This is a very interesting question. The answer is, we can tell.

Suppose you have two identical bosons trapped in an infinitely deep square well; we'll label the two dimensions of this system X and Y. The state can be summarized by two quantum numbers - the number of half-wavelengths in the X direction, and the number of half-wavelengths in the Y direction. Suppose we can only actually see the first of these - we can only measure the number of half-wavelengths in the X direction.

The interesting bit is, even if we can't tell how many half-wavelengths the two bosons have in the Y direction, if they have the same number of half-wavelengths in the X direction, we can tell if they also have the same number of half-wavelengths in the Y direction - if they're in the exact same state in every dimension, that changes the statistics of any interactions.

So, adding a new dimension doesn't let you hide stacking where we can't see it. You might be able to go out of your way to create a janky theory which reproduces the effect at the cost of being much more complicated and not explaining anything new.
7  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / Starbase Café / Re: Temporal information assymtery on: August 30, 2019, 07:27:15 pm
Ok. What about this?



A) Bosons don't stack. You're thinking of Fermions. 
B) GR predicts black holes without reference to QM. 
C) the scaling is wrong. That is, if it were stacking, then energy would be proportional to volume. It's proportional to radius.
8  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / Starbase Café / Re: Temporal information assymtery on: August 29, 2019, 02:25:20 pm
No. Scale is firmly on the 'map' side of the 'map vs territory' distinction.

Even if there were a physical effect, it would be a property of the contents, not an independent dimension. ''Dimension' has a specific meaning, and scale doesn't fit it any better than temperature or magnetic field, neither of which are dimensions (if you are making a model, there is a specific way you can use a different kind of dimension to handle those quantities, but it's not what is meant by 'dimension' in the sense of physical dimensions).
9  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / General UQM Discussion / Re: SCII balancing "cracked" on: August 24, 2019, 04:29:56 am
Yeah, that's a rough one. Maybe let them escape and re-intrude? But the cruiser captain would still be able to just keep moving.

Make the laser quickly raster back and forth in a narrow cone? That'd help with shooting down nukes.

And that still assumes that the AI is smart enough to pull off the planet search strategy… but it doesn't need to be as good at it.
10  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / Starbase Café / Re: Valhalla on: August 20, 2019, 02:13:29 pm
Frankly, I do not see a trend of increasing moral confusion among atheists. And even if there were… the most moral confusion has arisen from stopping asking questions and putting abstractions ahead of just doing good things, which seems rather more like the kinds of things that creating a god would encourage rather than halt.
11  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / General UQM Discussion / Re: SCII balancing "cracked" on: August 16, 2019, 02:58:47 pm
Yeah, it's complicated.
12  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / General UQM Discussion / Re: SCII balancing "cracked" on: August 15, 2019, 03:24:28 pm
Yeah. But my real complaint isn't that the AI is bad, it's that he took his results as solid anyway. For isntance, he called out the Supox as 'actually' being weak right after showing how the AI was flying it in a completely ludicrously stupid way.

I wonder if we could do a PVP version of this with enough dedicated netplay…
13  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / General UQM Discussion / Re: SCII balancing "cracked" on: August 15, 2019, 04:36:44 am
He says the AI's defects won't have a big impact… but it definitely flies some ships well and some very, very poorly (Kohr-Ah, Earthling). I haven't watched the whole video to see if he notes this. I'll get to it…
14  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / Starbase Café / Re: Valhalla on: July 09, 2019, 09:05:29 pm
How does Hinduism strike you? They have a different breakdown.
15  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / General UQM Discussion / Re: Stardock Litigation Discussion on: June 18, 2019, 05:37:45 pm
should the forum take down the "News: Paul Reiche and Fred Ford want to continue the story they started when they created Star Control II — The Ur-Quan Masters. «Happy days and jubilation!» «But wait!» «There is something wrong here... something which makes my sheath retract and my talons ooze.» «Please, Captain, we need your help!»" at the top of the page now that everything is squared away?

I would but it seems to be beyond my admin level.
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