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by Vehrec
2014-08-16 02:39pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Gov. Goodhair Perry Indicted, Felony Abuse of Power Charged
Replies: 104
Views: 7705

Re: Gov. Goodhair Perry Indicted, Felony Abuse of Power Char

So if the chair of the board of education is convicted of a crime, it is appropriate to abolish that district's school system ? If the crime were something like engaging in sex with underage prostitutes, then every elected official would be justified to use whatever legal and political means they h...
by Vehrec
2014-05-05 01:18pm
Forum: Science, Logic, And Morality
Topic: How far back does the "Darwin = Hitler" meme go back?
Replies: 28
Views: 2441

Re: How far back does the "Darwin = Hitler" meme go back?

Speaking of Darwin, I'm looking for a good biography, so are there any recomendations?
by Vehrec
2014-04-18 03:58pm
Forum: Gaming, Electronics and Computers
Topic: Sid Meyer's Civilization - Beyond Earth
Replies: 74
Views: 4683

Re: Sid Meyer's Civilization - Beyond Earth

I'm sure if you threw Deep Blue money and programming time at the problem, and simplified the hell out of the game, the computer would be a much better strategist. Making computers good at 'strategy' is not easy, since they're not great at thinking ahead. And if you let each computer player think ha...
by Vehrec
2014-04-18 01:01pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Well paid women can't find good husbands
Replies: 37
Views: 3108

Re: Well paid women can't find good husbands

You know I find it fascinating how things like cooking, fashion, and nursing are all considereed 'feminine' and 'lesser' when compared to masculine occupations. But at the same time, these industries are utterly dominated by men. I mean, the restaurant industry's chefs are what, 90% or more male? Du...
by Vehrec
2014-04-12 09:12am
Forum: Science, Logic, And Morality
Topic: Lumper or Splitter - Species?
Replies: 15
Views: 1391

The problem with Lumping, as I see it, is that it requires some awfully strange compression. For example, most of the Galapagos finches would collapse into just three or fewer species if interbred-which they can do successfully, but rarely attempt in nature or captivity. And since species don't appe...
by Vehrec
2014-03-11 08:31am
Forum: Science Fiction
Topic: Bit of Analysis: Honor Harrington II
Replies: 620
Views: 52154

Re: Bit of Analysis: Honor Harrington II

Hmmm. It seems odd that the wedge of a ship that weighs less than the engines of a dreadnought can generate a wedge big enough to well, compensate for the size difference between the hardware. Gravity generating hardware must have a logarithmic scaling factor-small is efficient but big is not so you...
by Vehrec
2014-03-10 11:36pm
Forum: Science Fiction
Topic: Bit of Analysis: Honor Harrington II
Replies: 620
Views: 52154

Re: Bit of Analysis: Honor Harrington II

Hey, is there a definite reason why big ships accelerate slower than smaller ones? I mean, is there a reason you just can't use bigger engines and inertial compensators to create a fast dreadnought that runs with the battlecruisers or even destroyers?
by Vehrec
2014-03-01 12:21am
Forum: Science Fiction
Topic: Godzilla trailer
Replies: 160
Views: 15231

Re: Godzilla trailer

So, the following quotes all come off Tumblr, and I'm reposting them here for the smackdown contained within. They're all reacting specifically to the revelation that the US purposefully nuked Godzilla trying to kill it. This take seems to lionize the very thing the original Godzilla was trying to w...
by Vehrec
2014-02-15 10:39pm
Forum: User Fiction
Topic: Hull 721, plot arc the second
Replies: 892
Views: 204499

Re: Hull 721, plot arc the second

Andras wrote:There was a device in the Correllian Trilogy IIRC that allowed a starship to bypass a gravity shadow.
An artificially generated interdiction field. That was dealt with by throwing multiple sacrificial hyperdrive cores into it's maw.

Hardly an ideal solution.
by Vehrec
2014-02-10 02:12pm
Forum: User Fiction
Topic: By the Horns (A BattleTech Alternate Universe)
Replies: 174
Views: 43387

Re: By the Horns (A BattleTech Alternate Universe)

It's amazing how this is still relevant in the 3025 w.r.t. certain 'matriarchal' states.


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Though really, all these spies are just kinda horrible. Really.
by Vehrec
2014-01-04 10:08pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Predicting the Future - 1964 looks at 2014 (Asimov)
Replies: 35
Views: 2065

Re: Predicting the Future - 1964 looks at 2014 (Asimov)

His biggest miss-that there would be a world's fair in 2014.
by Vehrec
2014-01-03 12:40pm
Forum: Science Fiction
Topic: Bit of Analysis: Honor Harrington
Replies: 754
Views: 67432

Re: Bit of Analysis: Honor Harrington

Really? Damn, I feel sorry for the Naval designers who had to make those modifications while keeping the things the same 'class'. How on earth did they do that without loosing five chief designers to self-inflicted wounds and suicides?
by Vehrec
2013-12-21 11:05am
Forum: Science Fiction
Topic: Bit of Analysis: Honor Harrington
Replies: 754
Views: 67432

Re: Bit of Analysis: Honor Harrington

The amount of launchers one can fit inside a broadside is fixed based just as much on wedge fratricide by the missiles once their drives start up. Surely they use the miniaturized grav drivers inside the broadside tubes, but that just makes room for other things (ammunition, other new systems like ...
by Vehrec
2013-12-19 11:22pm
Forum: Pure Star Wars
Topic: Star Wars: Rebels
Replies: 2565
Views: 255565

Re: Star Wars: Rebels

Time for a panorama of the Shadow of the Empire over Lothal. This image was uploaded on Star Wars' offical Tumblr which just started today, so take a good look-but I have to say, I love this style.
by Vehrec
2013-12-07 03:22pm
Forum: Science Fiction
Topic: Bit of Analysis: Honor Harrington
Replies: 754
Views: 67432

Re: Bit of Analysis: Honor Harrington

Well obviously they know they can do that-the existence of Home Fleet implies the existence of a fleet that is Not-Home. The question is, how long can Manticore ignore this, or what are the consequences if they respond by recalling their stationed forces? There can't really be a blockade here, since...
by Vehrec
2013-12-06 03:32pm
Forum: Science Fiction
Topic: Bit of Analysis: Honor Harrington
Replies: 754
Views: 67432

Re: Bit of Analysis: Honor Harrington

Re-reading this with some of the details fuzzy, I thought they were trying to provoke Manticore, but were mostly cruising in to check in with the Argus arrays. Possible, I suppose, but less likely now I think of it, the idea would be to draw the locals' attention away from their secret spy sats. Th...
by Vehrec
2013-11-14 12:21pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Six tons of illegal ivory to be crushed
Replies: 75
Views: 4567

Re: Six tons of illegal ivory to be crushed

You do know that lifting that ban is basically the same thing as telling poachers to go ahead and kill all the elephants they want, right? Yeah, I'm against most conservationist efforts. There are too many big, stupid mammals in the world. Anything that gets rid of a few is a good thing in my book....
by Vehrec
2013-11-09 07:29am
Forum: Science Fiction
Topic: Question about StarForce: Alpha Centauri
Replies: 4
Views: 916

Re: Question about StarForce: Alpha Centauri

Look, you can't just genetically engineer this talent into people, and test-tube babies made from two women are too expensive and GENETICALLY ENGINEERED. :D But this wouldn't be the first time an obvious all-woman state could have existed in a fiction without the authors noticing.
by Vehrec
2013-10-31 08:02pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: CHART: 'Winners And Losers From Obamacare'
Replies: 23
Views: 3118

Re: CHART: 'Winners And Losers From Obamacare'

I'm not sure why you expect the costs of the american health-care system to be anything like logical when they obviously aren't. I mean, people with pre-existing conditions make nice scapegoats, but they even when they didn't have insurrance, the cost of health care in this country was still really ...
by Vehrec
2013-10-24 01:07pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: US Government may have tapped Angela Merkel's Mobile Phone.
Replies: 84
Views: 5440

Re: US Government may have tapped Angela Merkel's Mobile Pho

The scale is a bit off though. It feels like the resources devoted to spying on allies are completely out of line. Look, the NSA grabs all the phone records, right? Why should anyone be surprised that they are investigating Merkel's phone for terrorism, she's using the same model and the same netwo...
by Vehrec
2013-10-24 10:05am
Forum: Science Fiction
Topic: Bit of Analysis: Honor Harrington
Replies: 754
Views: 67432

Re: Bit of Analysis: Honor Harrington

In what universe does Haven have a "better set of officers" then Napoleonic France? The Legislaturist officer corp is stated to be poor to middling, and after the purge and People's Commissioners it's even worse. I'm specifically talking about Naval officers here-and as bad as Haven is, Poor to Mid...
by Vehrec
2013-10-23 08:12pm
Forum: Science Fiction
Topic: Bit of Analysis: Honor Harrington
Replies: 754
Views: 67432

Re: Bit of Analysis: Honor Harrington

Maybe, but I don't think that my suggestion is that out of place. A limited stock of missiles is inherently limited-they can't build more. Arms sales are decidedly an old-hat thing, even to dubious states. And I didn't suggest 'modern' missiles, but pre-modern types like first generation laser head...
by Vehrec
2013-10-23 07:32am
Forum: Science Fiction
Topic: Bit of Analysis: Honor Harrington
Replies: 754
Views: 67432

Re: Bit of Analysis: Honor Harrington

Aside of the points mentioned by others, Thunder of God/Saladin and Principality/Breslau are, from Haven's perspective, easier to control than general tech transfers (since the majority of both ships' critical personnel, and their COs (plus Saladin's Marines) are regular Havenite personnel "on shoo...
by Vehrec
2013-10-23 12:41am
Forum: Science Fiction
Topic: Bit of Analysis: Honor Harrington
Replies: 754
Views: 67432

Re: Bit of Analysis: Honor Harrington

I can think of a few uses for towing a couple of LAC-sized hulls around-not as attack boats necessarily, but if you strip out all the offensive weapons, and fit some decent sensors, they might make good forward deployed anti-missile nodes. A box-launcher or two of countermissiles, a couple of point ...
by Vehrec
2013-10-22 07:25pm
Forum: Science Fiction
Topic: Bit of Analysis: Honor Harrington
Replies: 754
Views: 67432

Re: Bit of Analysis: Honor Harrington

So....why in that box-launcher ambush didn't the Havenites provide their allies with at least marginally upgraded missiles? I'm thinking not even first-gen laserheads, but an off-the-shelf guidance component and some of last decade's pen-aids from their own scrapped stockpiles? Something like Argen...