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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 ...

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