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by Tobias
Fri May 01, 2009 8:25 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Hi Pop Worlds
Replies: 232
Views: 23549

Which of the following would prove economically efficient: "Efficient", I don't know. Feasible, all of them. Besides, this is not the scale we are talking about here. All these things cost a miniscule part of the economic output of the civilizations that built them, over a limited number of years. ...
by Tobias
Thu Apr 30, 2009 8:30 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Hi Pop Worlds
Replies: 232
Views: 23549

In my opinion, something more interesting than Ringworlds or Dyson Spheres would be to move planets into shared orbits. At TLs close to the OTU, this is bound to be just as economically unfeasible as a ringworld is, if not more. Drive systems are expensive. Furthermore, it's an incredible waste. Co...
by Tobias
Thu Apr 30, 2009 3:32 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Hi Pop Worlds
Replies: 232
Views: 23549

You claim you posted something about ringworlds and dyson spheres - I looked back on the thread It's the post saying nothing but EDIT right now. It said something different until recently. Like when you said that a size 1 world with a dense breathable atmosphere was unrealistic because you can't ro...
by Tobias
Thu Apr 30, 2009 8:41 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Hi Pop Worlds
Replies: 232
Views: 23549

Speaking of "under-analyzing", why do you claim that he is trying to prove that ringworlds That's the most disillusioning part of it. Post something which is meant to material for open, SF-geeky discussion: People can't be arsed to even read it. Post something argumentative and/or snarky: People wi...
by Tobias
Thu Apr 30, 2009 4:42 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Hi Pop Worlds
Replies: 232
Views: 23549

We tend to over-analyze this stuff. If only you did. I'm disillusioned because you under-analyzed it, as this lengthy response again shows. I mean, why the heck are you trying to prove to me that ringworlds don't exist in the TU when my post essentially said: "Nobody would build a ringworld in the ...
by Tobias
Wed Apr 29, 2009 11:56 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Hi Pop Worlds
Replies: 232
Views: 23549

EDG wrote:He didn't.
Oh yes he did. (Concerning my assertion that the original post was entirely in vain.)
And I'm not being confrontational. I'm just disillusioned.
by Tobias
Wed Apr 29, 2009 11:42 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Hi Pop Worlds
Replies: 232
Views: 23549

I was not being particularly serious at that point.
by Tobias
Wed Apr 29, 2009 11:28 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Hi Pop Worlds
Replies: 232
Views: 23549

What? My entire point was based around the UK having a population density of exactly 246 persons per km². And now you're telling me it might me as little as 242 persons per km² or - gasp - as many as 250? That shatters my convictions.
by Tobias
Wed Apr 29, 2009 11:07 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Hi Pop Worlds
Replies: 232
Views: 23549

Knowing fandom, I'm sure the structural needs of a material like scrith have been dissected online somewhere. The need to have any size Ring react as a rigid body is paramount for stabilization, and while we don't know the engineering characteristics of Bonded Superdense, assuming that it can retai...
by Tobias
Wed Apr 29, 2009 10:33 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: How do Gravity drives work??
Replies: 22
Views: 2993

rust wrote:gravitic thruster plates are used to accelerate the re-
action mass
That's exactly how I would do gravitic drives. Also reduces some of the hassle resulting from reactionless drives.
by Tobias
Wed Apr 29, 2009 10:27 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Hi Pop Worlds
Replies: 232
Views: 23549

rust wrote:As for the civilization, I do not remember that you did mention a ring-world currently still inhabited by its creators
... :x :(
by Tobias
Wed Apr 29, 2009 10:04 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Hi Pop Worlds
Replies: 232
Views: 23549

I did read that, I just do not believe that bonded superdense would be a sufficiently strong material. :D Why not? As you could see, I proposed a really small ringworld around a really small star. (And if it did use a scrith-like substance, I would question the wisdom of going to war with a civiliz...
by Tobias
Wed Apr 29, 2009 9:40 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Hi Pop Worlds
Replies: 232
Views: 23549

GypsyComet wrote:If its only the land area equivalent of 8-10 planets it isn't really a ringworld. That's more of a Halo around a normal planet.
No, around an M star, or maybe a brown dwarf or other suitably dim object. But I'm gonna stop now. Thanks for proving me right, anyway.
by Tobias
Wed Apr 29, 2009 9:25 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Hi Pop Worlds
Replies: 232
Views: 23549

While I also doubt that the surface area would be a sufficient reason for a war, I could well imagine that the technology used to build the construct could be considered valuable enough to start a war - just think what a material like the Scrith of Niven's Ringworld could mean for the first one abl...
by Tobias
Wed Apr 29, 2009 9:14 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Hi Pop Worlds
Replies: 232
Views: 23549

Both constructs, if capable of supporting "life as we know it", are setting breakers. Why the hell would a Dyson sphere in the form of a Dyson swarm be a setting breaker? Any advanced civilization could be in the process of building one - or several. Likewise the small Ringworld I proposed. Interst...
by Tobias
Wed Apr 29, 2009 9:03 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Hi Pop Worlds
Replies: 232
Views: 23549

EDG wrote:You miss my point completely, which was that "plausible" is not the same as "realistic".
I also knew that I should have appended one of those digital clown masks aka smilies.
by Tobias
Wed Apr 29, 2009 8:45 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Hi Pop Worlds
Replies: 232
Views: 23549

EDG wrote:e.g. some people may think that a size 1 world in the habitable zone with a dense breathable atmosphere that isn't being constantly maintained by active terraforming is plausible,
Of course it's not plausible. You can't roll a 14 on 2d6.
by Tobias
Wed Apr 29, 2009 8:24 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Hi Pop Worlds
Replies: 232
Views: 23549

I just knew I wrote all the stuff about ringworlds and Dyson Spheres in vain...
by Tobias
Wed Apr 29, 2009 5:52 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Hi Pop Worlds
Replies: 232
Views: 23549

atpollard wrote:Clearly this is part of some nefarious plot to inflate post counts by talking past each other ...
Sigh.
by Tobias
Wed Apr 29, 2009 5:37 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Hi Pop Worlds
Replies: 232
Views: 23549

alex_greene wrote:In Mongoose' Charted Space, the entire human population was recently described as being one trillion people - that's pop C.
Really? That seems to be too low for the TU. The Imperium has ~10000 world, of which ~300 should be Pop A worlds with ~50 billion each. That alone would make 15 trillion.