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News: Paul & Fred have reached a settlement with Stardock!

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46  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / Starbase Café / Re: Game of Thrones sucks on: October 22, 2018, 03:41:43 pm
Speculative fiction (fantasy or science fiction) is at its best when it sets up interesting hypotheticals and then explores the consequences. If these are socially relevant hypotheticals, all the better. It doesn't need to be a literal prediction, nor does it need to be a science lesson.
47  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / Starbase Café / Re: Game of Thrones sucks on: October 22, 2018, 04:03:27 am
The world of GoT is hellish; I don't think it makes the time seem more appealing. What it does have is emotional intensity due to all the terrible stuff that's happening.
48  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / General UQM Discussion / Re: Stardock Litigation Discussion on: October 17, 2018, 04:36:54 pm
Wait, on what basis are P&F trying to stop sale of SCO? I thought the infringing stuff was gone.
49  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / General UQM Discussion / Re: Stardock Litigation Discussion on: October 17, 2018, 03:50:58 am
Paul and Fred are going to have to prove every scrap of copyrighted material is under their control to prove the open source license is valid either now or when possibly when released as open source.  -- Yes ugly stuff, and no matter how much we scream on walls it'll come down to the court to determine everything.

If SC2 is a joint work, which seems most likely, P&F need only prove they contributed something copyrightable. That gives them (and every other author) copyright in the whole work, and the open source licenses (being non-exclusive) are valid.

Wouldn't Stardock love that? Then they'd only need one author to grant them a license to use the whole thing. Assuming they could find one who was willing to.
50  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / Starbase Café / Re: New release of TW-Light (0.5) on: October 17, 2018, 03:47:22 am
Yeah, there were some really creative ship designs. So many it was a bit overwhelming to sort through and figure out what was good for what.
51  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / Starbase Café / Re: New release of TW-Light (0.5) on: October 16, 2018, 05:42:01 pm
Wow, that's… unexpected!

I'll see how well it works in wine for Mac.
52  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / Starbase Café / Re: Dimensional fatigue projectors on: October 13, 2018, 03:17:59 am
Well, I do have a PhD in physics, so his faith isn't entirely misplaced.

So what? Eliezer Yudkowsky doesn't have any higher education, and I think you would agree that he is just as smart and well-informed as yourself.

I was saying you were right that I know a few things about physics, that's all.
53  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / General UQM Discussion / Re: Stardock Litigation Discussion on: October 12, 2018, 03:42:34 pm
Wait, seriously, your name is based off of 'cirrhosis'?
54  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / Starbase Café / Re: Dimensional fatigue projectors on: October 12, 2018, 03:39:55 pm
Well, I do have a PhD in physics, so his faith isn't entirely misplaced.

And with any of that influence you grant me, Zanthius:

1) Your concern with uncontrolled and/or unethically used AI is actually a very good one. But I really doubt that starting a vaporware project is a good strategy. If that is your primary concern, offer to volunteer for MIRI or the FHI, or in the likely event that your skill set does not line up with what they need, give them money.

2) The existence of a 'spiritual molecule' seems to be an interesting fact about our brains, not about the structure of the universe.
55  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / Starbase Café / Re: Augmented reality game to save the world on: October 11, 2018, 01:09:58 pm
Fair warning: I'm not helping.
56  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / Starbase Café / Re: Dimensional fatigue projectors on: October 09, 2018, 11:35:54 pm
That isn't exactly helping your case. r/totallynotrobots intersects r/trumpmemes is a different direction, I grant.
57  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / Starbase Café / Re: Slylandro missing in real life? Why? on: October 02, 2018, 03:49:45 pm
But self-replication in a different system also means that that probe has to create an industrial basis in that new system (taking a lot of time)

Not on the time-scale of the universe, though. If it takes 10 000 years to set up an industrial base in a new system and then made enough new probes to colonize only 10 new systems, it'd still blanket the galaxy in well under a billion years.
58  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / General UQM Discussion / Re: Stardock Litigation Discussion on: October 02, 2018, 03:47:59 pm
Wait, did P&F try to get them kicked off of Steam and GoG entirely? Last I checked, they just demanded to have SC1&2 removed.
59  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / Starbase Café / Re: Slylandro missing in real life? Why? on: October 01, 2018, 11:53:18 pm
Once you have the capability to send one self-reproducing probe to another system, you have unlimited industrial capacity within-system anyway, so…
60  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / Starbase Café / Re: Slylandro missing in real life? Why? on: September 27, 2018, 02:34:47 pm
Lets make a few assumptions,
1) AI similar enough to human life can exist
2) Technology can be advanced to the point that interstellar travel is possible within reasonable time frames
3) Aliens exist and in plentiful quantities (see Fermat's paradox)
Then
Why haven't we (humanity) seen more probes like the Slylandro? Even within our star system?
Given enough aliens with enough technology, and AI then it becomes almost certain that an interstellar virus like the Slylandro seems inevitable.

(Feel free to doubt assumptions [I for one doubt 1])

Nitpick - Fermi, not Fermat. Fermat's the number theorist most famous for something proven 400 years later by Prof. Wiles. Fermi was a nuclear physicist.

The whole post could be retitled "Fermi's Paradox" which is, where are they?

Now. AI could definitely exist, but where would it come from? In order to be artificial, it would have to be made by someone else. So we're basically back down to biological life being very infrequent in the universe, or it usually not developing to sapience, or something predictably coming along and wiping out sapient civilizations. More-diligent Eternal Ones would be an instance of this last, or nuclear war, or sheer impracticality of interstellar travel combined with local resource exhaustion on timescales short enough that we wouldn't see alien civilizations before they used their systems up, or any of a wide variety of things.

Also see: the Great Filter
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