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Re: Things That Made You Happy Today

1. Long Gamma Ray Burst (GRB) from a supernova within ~500 light-years 2. Short GRB from a neutron star merger "kilonova" within ~50 light-years 3. Rogue star or black hole nears the solar system and alters planetary orbits 4. Rogue black hole "eats" material within solar system, emitting system-wi...

Re: Nvidia Quadro RTX

I paid a bit extra for the Pro version of Win 10 specifically so that I could control when to download and install updates. Worth every penny. I do still have to go back and disable Microsoft's horrible phone-home "analytics" after each major update. Fortunately those don't happen too often. OK, bac...

Re: Things That Made You Happy Today

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Dg4pgKWX4AYHaKe.jpg The universe is inimical to all life. Or to put it another way, the universe hates our existence and we are all living on borrowed time. A few months ago I got curious about the ways that reality could extinguish life on this one little piece of rock ...

Scaling a Game Simulator with Cloud Dataflow

One of the tricky things about highly procedural games is testing their many varied outputs. Among the goals of this are: checking for out-of-bounds results, and looking for undesired peaks/valleys in results as they accumulate over time. If you've got a really procedural game, how do you test for a...

Re: Things That Made You Happy Today

Well done, fox! Congratulations! It makes me happy today knowing that your community will be in good hands -- sometimes literally. Thank you for your service. Side note: I'm fairly good at writing. But words fail me when I try to express the respect I have for those who train hard to help their fell...

Re: Engine Damage

I have an idea for engine damage if the engine of a ship is destroyed or damaged irreparably because of the environment or due to an attack, it should work at 1/4 capacity (400 m/s top speed for a certain fighter engine down to 100 m/s) and will have smoke and fire pouring out (too much realism is ...

Re: SPAAACE

It's only a little nuclear. :ghost: And we've left RTGs all over the place already. Heh. True. RTG tech is pretty well developed at this point. Clearly what we really need is a high-powered orbital laser platform that burns a hole in the southern polar ice cap, which a specially-designed rover can ...

Re: SPAAACE

The Martian equivalent of Lake Vostok, perhaps? I just read this news a little while ago. Wow. Apparently these instruments are the only ones that have been able to detect this buried southern polar lake, so this conclusion needs to be replicated independently before we get too excited. If it can b...

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