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Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Depressing Sci-fi You've Ever Read?

cranq Re:inane subject here (1365 comments)

Absolutely. I read it when I was in my early teens, and it left a mark.

more than 2 years ago

Russia Botches Another Rocket Launch

cranq Re:No Vodka! (119 comments)

I like the idea of laser propulsion http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laser_propulsion/. For example, how about the Heat Exchanger (HX) variant, where your rocket is just a big water tank with a nozzle on the bottom and a payload on top. You shine ground based lasers on the water tank (or dedicated heat exchanger) and the water heats up, squirts out the bottom, and you're off to the races.

It's nice because you leave all the complicated stuff on the ground, and if you use many lasers in parallel, an individual failure or two won't scratch the launch.

more than 3 years ago

Chinese Want To Capture an Asteroid

cranq Re:China, don't get ahead of yourself. (481 comments)

I am reminded of what I believe to be an old Chinese proverb: "Man who say it cannot be done should not get in way of man doing it."

more than 3 years ago

A High-Bandwidth Interplanetary Connection

cranq Re:Ping times (99 comments)

Speed of light is 299,792,458 metres per second, not km per second.

more than 3 years ago

What SciFi Should Get the Reboot Treatment Next?

cranq Re:A colder war (922 comments)

I just read this before Christmas and I agree, it's a skillfully done blend of alternate history, ancient terrors, and freaky tech.

about 5 years ago

Underground Freight Networks

cranq Re:Pneumatic Telegraph (284 comments)

"Never underestimate the bandwidth of a station wagon full of tapes hurtling down the highway"
- Tannenbaum

more than 6 years ago


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