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Quantum Vibe / Re: Various technologies and their application
« Last post by PeterH on Today at 11:10:04 am »
I have to agree that feeding antimatter into a micro-singularity doesn't make much sense.  You should get the same result feeding normal matter, without the added difficulty of handling the antimatter.  As for using a micro-singularity as a power source, going by current leading physics theory you have 2 methods: Hawking radiation, which increases as the singularity looses mass.  And heating of matter as it spirals into the gravity well.  Both are expected to produce far more gamma radiation than usable gravitons.
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Quantum Vibe / Re: Various technologies and their application
« Last post by MirrorField on Today at 08:51:16 am »
And we continue with blatant expy of of Romulan D'deridex-class warbird's main power source.  8)

Have to criticize the technobabble a bit: Breaks my suspension of disbelief. Feeding antimatter to miniature black hole? Not a good idea and should not give any special effects with current understanding. Feeding normal matter to miniature black hole, carefully controlled and in plasma form? Certainly. You could even get interesting and exploitable gravitic effects out of that one.

Also, harvesting gravitons? Possibly poor translation software.
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Quantum Vibe / Re: "Telepathy" transmissions....Interceptable?
« Last post by MirrorField on Today at 08:35:38 am »
Any encryption system can, in theory, be cracked.  With a long enough key the chances of that being done before the value of cracking decays to near zero can be very low.  Of course that presumes the enemy doesn't have a viable quantum computer that can beat P != NP for the relevant algorithm.

Bzzt! Wrong. You cannot crack One-time Pad, which Seamus and his compatriots IMHO should  be using: They can exchange electronic "pads" beforehand securely and if someone can pwn their brains, the fight is already lost.

Radio link is interceptable and if you're un-diplomatic enough, you could raise the issue. But you're probably not that stupid, even if the intercepted messaging resembles white noise.
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Quantum Vibe / Re: "Telepathy" transmissions....Interceptable?
« Last post by PeterH on April 22, 2017, 11:52:53 am »
Any encryption system can, in theory, be cracked.  With a long enough key the chances of that being done before the value of cracking decays to near zero can be very low.  Of course that presumes the enemy doesn't have a viable quantum computer that can beat P != NP for the relevant algorithm.
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Quantum Vibe / Re: "Telepathy" transmissions....Interceptable?
« Last post by DrakBibliophile on April 22, 2017, 09:25:46 am »
Nod.

Note, in a very early strip Seamus was concerned that even his communications security could be broken.

While that was centuries ago (in universe time) and communication security has likely been improved, our heroes are still taking a calculated risk.

Although the "land line link" is possible.
 

I presume some kind of radio link.  If spread spectrum it may be undetectable over the ambient noise for anyone without the spreading sequence.  And safe bet it uses some good encryption, likely with a session key.
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Quantum Vibe / Re: "Telepathy" transmissions....Interceptable?
« Last post by Sean Roach on April 21, 2017, 08:57:14 pm »
Seamus has demonstrated the ability to hack on contact. Since they're sitting side by side, they may have opted to use a landline.
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Quantum Vibe / Re: "Telepathy" transmissions....Interceptable?
« Last post by PeterH on April 21, 2017, 06:56:52 pm »
I presume some kind of radio link.  If spread spectrum it may be undetectable over the ambient noise for anyone without the spreading sequence.  And safe bet it uses some good encryption, likely with a session key.
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Quantum Vibe / Re: "Telepathy" transmissions....Interceptable?
« Last post by Redwood Elf on April 21, 2017, 09:32:10 am »
It pretty much has to be encoded radio signals. If it were something like the Tanglenet ala "Escape from Terra", it wouldn't be limited by the speed of light, and they would still be in contact with Pixie Girl.
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Quantum Vibe / "Telepathy" transmissions....Interceptable?
« Last post by cj95 on April 21, 2017, 09:05:19 am »

How exactly are the telepathic transmissions between Murphy , Seamus, and the rest actually transmitted? 
Via Carrier wave of some sort?   

How is it that nobody ever seems to be able to intercept or at least detect the fact that the protagonists are secretly talking to each other?


Even if the transmission are magically completely encoded and undecipherable, it could be considered rude to be caught 'whispering behind your hosts backs"


"We don't know what you are signaling to each other but we'd appreciate it if you'd stop doing it right in front of our faces...very suspicious"
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Quantum Vibe / Re: ...several thousand seconds of entertainment broadcasts
« Last post by Drolekirts on April 20, 2017, 09:58:09 pm »
Androids seem to be big on large metric prefix units of seconds. Either that or Scott.

Today's strip (1575) may explain why they like to express everything in seconds. The entirety of panels 1-3 happened while Sleestak Prime was saying the word "however".

I guess this represents how fast the androids are "overclocked."

Yeah, I remember Land Of The Lost. Good times... :)

However, from the way they're acting, these new saurians are more reminiscent of the Ferengi than the Romulans, judging from their apparent willingness to barter. Also I can't imagine Romulans holding a first-contact conference in a galley. Perhaps it's a sign that the lizards don't take the Amazing AndroidsTM seriously, sharing the Glutean's bio-centric bias. Treachery ensues, I'm sure...
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