Search found 580 matches

by fusor
Sun Sep 04, 2016 3:26 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: HG 2e Solar Panel p. 36 question
Replies: 103
Views: 6657

Re: HG 2e Solar Panel p. 36 question

Even if it is perhaps a bit optimistic to pack that deployable 0,055 dT film into 0,5 dT without damaging anything, it would be theoretically possible to produce a solar film with the requisite power and volume. We cannot dismiss the MgT2 solar panels out of hand. The ISS has 27,000m² of solar pane...
by fusor
Sun Sep 04, 2016 6:36 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: The Perennial Robot Question
Replies: 123
Views: 9316

Re: The Perennial Robot Question

fusor, please don't twist my words, I didn't say ALL PHDs. I said some. You are right, I have meet some PHDs that are smarter than I ever will be and are well-rounded folk. I have also meet many who do not have higher degrees who are smart and well rounded as well. But as I said, *SOME* PHDs seem l...
by fusor
Sun Sep 04, 2016 5:54 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: The Perennial Robot Question
Replies: 123
Views: 9316

Re: The Perennial Robot Question

Oh my isn't that the truth. Some PHDs even seen limited to a single area of intelligence and lack any other abilities. :lol: If you're talking about being too specialised in a single area of knowledge? Perhaps you have a point. But general intelligence? No way. I've worked with a lot of people who ...
by fusor
Sun Sep 04, 2016 5:39 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: HG 2e Solar Panel p. 36 question
Replies: 103
Views: 6657

Re: HG 2e Solar Panel p. 36 question

I do agree that reducing fuel consumption might be a bit much. besides here is really no reason to use both to begin with. if you are running on only basic systems, and not spending power for thrust then you simply put the reactor into "sleep" mode. at which pint you only burn a tiny amount of fuel...
by fusor
Sun Sep 04, 2016 5:15 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: HG 2e Solar Panel p. 36 question
Replies: 103
Views: 6657

Re: HG 2e Solar Panel p. 36 question

Based on MgT, not the bloody real world, do I appear to have an understanding of the he instructions as written? If you really insist on believing that solar panels work totally differently in MGT to how they do in the real world, then sure. You got it, well done, thumbs up. For people who do actua...
by fusor
Sun Sep 04, 2016 3:51 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: HG 2e Solar Panel p. 36 question
Replies: 103
Views: 6657

Re: HG 2e Solar Panel p. 36 question

Yes, we have established that in our real world that solar panels as described in the Mongoose Traveller universe will not work. However, any Traveller Universe is not the real world, even though its background like a majority of science fiction stories starts out with links to the real world. I wa...
by fusor
Sun Sep 04, 2016 1:33 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: HG 2e Solar Panel p. 36 question
Replies: 103
Views: 6657

Re: HG 2e Solar Panel p. 36 question

however I did point out that quantum dot solar cells are only a few hundred nanometers thick, and an electroactive polymer fiber could form a semi-rigid framework...put the "dots" on a carbon nanofiber mesh and you have a film 1/10th the thickness of a sheet of paper that can self-deploy and remain...
by fusor
Sun Sep 04, 2016 12:27 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: HG 2e Solar Panel p. 36 question
Replies: 103
Views: 6657

Re: HG 2e Solar Panel p. 36 question

1. Per HG 2e p. 36 "The tonnage consumed by enough solar panels required to power a ship is equal to 10% that of the main power plant, to a minimum of 0.5 tons. Solar panels cost MCr0.1 per ton. A ship equipped with solar panels consumes power plant fuel at one–quarter the normal rate so long as it...
by fusor
Sat Sep 03, 2016 8:13 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: The Perennial Robot Question
Replies: 123
Views: 9316

Re: The Perennial Robot Question

To actually declare the machine culpable, would be to give it some sort of legal person-hood, or an independent status, at which point can it say no? What is it's remuneration? Is it free, indentured or a slave? It is almost like the chicken or the egg, legally, why build it if you can't use it? So...
by fusor
Sat Sep 03, 2016 6:46 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: The Perennial Robot Question
Replies: 123
Views: 9316

Re: The Perennial Robot Question

No, it is the culpability issue today. As well for the 3i too, http://wiki.travellerrpg.com/Shudusham_Concords robots aren't afforded culpability. While the systems are not so reliable, then sure, a human should be there to make the decision (right now, driverless cars are still a bit flaky. In a p...
by fusor
Sat Sep 03, 2016 6:36 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: The Perennial Robot Question
Replies: 123
Views: 9316

Re: The Perennial Robot Question

I suggested that if there is a sophont guiding the robot, it can have an Effect greater than +1 and even Exceptional Success; and the sophont can lend the robot its Boon dice to the robot's skill check. That can be a human doctor, an organic engineer or even a sophont Ship's Captain responsible for...
by fusor
Sat Sep 03, 2016 6:29 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: The Perennial Robot Question
Replies: 123
Views: 9316

Re: The Perennial Robot Question

Robots could be ubiquitous; but where faced with a human making a judgment, they need to be able to defer to human overrides on the grounds that the robot cannot be the one to make a decision. There's your fallacy, right there. They don't "need" to defer to humans at all. What's the point of having...
by fusor
Sat Sep 03, 2016 6:24 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: The Perennial Robot Question
Replies: 123
Views: 9316

Re: The Perennial Robot Question

Robots should never replace humans except for tasks that are too dangerous for humans or of such a repetitive nature to be detrimental to mental and/or physical health. Humans should always take priority in any job function and robots must be TOOLS to assist human labor. When robots replace humans ...
by fusor
Sat Sep 03, 2016 5:45 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: The Perennial Robot Question
Replies: 123
Views: 9316

Re: The Perennial Robot Question

Consider the scenario where a human doctor and a machine doctor, both with a +2 Edu DM and Medic-5, are arguing over a prognosis. The machine's knowledge base indicates a terminal prognosis - six months, consulting the actuarial tables. The doctor's experience tells him that the patient's going to ...
by fusor
Sat Sep 03, 2016 4:00 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: The Perennial Robot Question
Replies: 123
Views: 9316

Re: The Perennial Robot Question

That is mightily arrogant presumption. A robot could work out an algorithm and compute things like optimal courses of action, but they cannot and should not be considered to be "infallible" even if they seem to be working out solutions more quickly and efficiently than people. Where there is decisi...
by fusor
Sat Sep 03, 2016 6:40 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Ship Design Philosophy
Replies: 2691
Views: 250236

Re: Ship Design Philosophy

I think you're losing the plot a bit - scotts, centimes, megaschmuckers? I have no idea what your last post is even saying either.

How do you expect anyone to understand what you're talking about here? Clarity is good, you know?
by fusor
Sat Sep 03, 2016 4:21 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: HG 2e Solar Panel p. 36 question
Replies: 103
Views: 6657

Re: HG 2e Solar Panel p. 36 question

I guess one would have to pick a fusion power plant from MGT HG2e, try to find the equivalent in terms of size/volume from MT or TNE, find that plant's output in MW, and then use that as an equivalent for PPs? (gah, too many acronyms!) Assuming it's even constant or consistent. So if (let's say) an ...
by fusor
Fri Sep 02, 2016 11:05 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: HG 2e Solar Panel p. 36 question
Replies: 103
Views: 6657

Re: HG 2e Solar Panel p. 36 question

Which is all great for those editions, but do we have a MW value specifically for the MGT HG2e Power Point?
by fusor
Fri Sep 02, 2016 5:51 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: TL to justify a Jump 6
Replies: 38
Views: 2219

Re: TL to justify a Jump 6

I don't think there's much about jumpspace that makes logical sense: 100D limits based on radius, misjumps throwing you further than your fuel and engine could possibly allow, short in-system jumps taking the same amount of time as 6 parsec jumps. I think the idea was that jumpspace had layers and t...
by fusor
Fri Sep 02, 2016 5:37 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: HG 2e Solar Panel p. 36 question
Replies: 103
Views: 6657

Re: HG 2e Solar Panel p. 36 question

That's all very well, but MT and TNE went with realworld units and they somehow managed to pull it off, didn't they? Yes, it does require more thought and research as to what power requirements could be considered "reasonable" when designing the technology, and if that's done properly that can avoid...