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Forum: Wargaming News and 40k Rumors   10-12-15, 02:52 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,958
Posted By el_machinae
I'm very much digging the 'blort' effect of the...

I'm very much digging the 'blort' effect of the fusion eradicator. That pleasant combination of under-killing and over-killing everything you shoot at.

I want to make sure there's no way for the...
Forum: 40k Fluff   07-21-15, 02:44 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,404
Posted By el_machinae
I might be missing something, what makes you...

I might be missing something, what makes you think there are no successor chapters? There are an incredible number of chapters with unknown founders.
Forum: 40k Rules Discussion   07-20-15, 01:57 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 616
Posted By el_machinae
Hmmmn, yeah. I think they're right. Now, the...

Hmmmn, yeah. I think they're right. Now, the 'movie' aspect of the game was ruined by your opponent claiming he was firing his assault cannon. But once they flickered away, he was allow to morph a...
Forum: Wargaming News and 40k Rumors   07-16-15, 03:44 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 5,570
Posted By el_machinae
Titan-creep aside, it's actually kinda sexy. I...

Titan-creep aside, it's actually kinda sexy. I think I'm liking the look of this super-heavy.

It would be nifty it if had to stay immobile to fire the top guns, but could use the other weapons...
Forum: General 40k   07-10-15, 06:34 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,131
Posted By el_machinae
Lectures on youtube, mainly. That way I'm more...

Lectures on youtube, mainly. That way I'm more educated than I was than when I started. My last run was the Stanford seminars.
Forum: 40k Fluff   07-10-15, 04:02 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,018
Posted By el_machinae
Well, the Imperium has to make the 'deliberate...

Well, the Imperium has to make the 'deliberate decision' to wipe out the Tau, and they're just not worth the effort compared to their other worries.

But for the 'nids and the Orks, I suspect that...
Forum: 40k Fluff   07-08-15, 06:27 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,018
Posted By el_machinae
They've got some amazing tech, so it's a question...

They've got some amazing tech, so it's a question of scaling up production. A 40k Terminator is impressive, but it's rare. The Tau battlesuits, otoh, seem like they'd do well under mass-production....
Forum: 40k Fluff   07-04-15, 05:31 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,857
Posted By el_machinae
I wonder how many upgrades are from tightly...

I wonder how many upgrades are from tightly hidden STC templates? Probably a lot, where only select societies have access, and the elite trade and steal knowledge to get better implants.

There...
Forum: Off Topic   07-01-15, 08:50 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,456
Posted By el_machinae
Yeah, there's no doubt that we can miss anyone...

Yeah, there's no doubt that we can miss anyone that's popped up 'relatively' recently. But when there are gazillions of planets that are much older than Earth out there, that still means there are...
Forum: Off Topic   07-01-15, 08:48 PM
Replies: 525
Views: 43,754
Posted By el_machinae
A company that built a fighting mecha is...

A company that built a fighting mecha is challenging another company to a duel.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_AAZgjbzEE4

This needs to happen.
Forum: 40k Fluff   07-01-15, 08:46 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,018
Posted By el_machinae
Yeah, sentience is a completely important...

Yeah, sentience is a completely important question too. There are good reasons to think that robotic sentience is (in theory) possible.

But intelligence needn't be sentient to be scary. It just...
Forum: 40k Fluff   07-01-15, 03:14 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,018
Posted By el_machinae
There are two major societal risks, as far as I...

There are two major societal risks, as far as I can see.
- the pace of automation going faster than humans can retrain
- the escape of a super-AI with a goal that we don't like

So, you lose a...
Forum: 40k Fluff   07-01-15, 02:04 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,018
Posted By el_machinae
It's a big thing. AI is going to do something...

It's a big thing. AI is going to do something this century. And it's going to be a combination of luck and skill that gets us to an endgame that we like. There are many excellent talks regarding...
Forum: Off Topic   06-23-15, 07:40 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,892
Posted By el_machinae
The machine that replaces a $15 job is only tech...

The machine that replaces a $15 job is only tech evolution from replacing the $7.50 job. Lowering your wage to compete against machines is madness.
Forum: 40k Fluff   06-19-15, 07:29 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,602
Posted By el_machinae
The problem with 40k in a video format is that...

The problem with 40k in a video format is that it's wonky. There's just too much under the hood, and things don't make sense without explanation. In a novel, a paragraph can be used to catch up the...
Forum: Off Topic   06-12-15, 01:06 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,456
Posted By el_machinae
Maybe. This technique wouldn't have detected...

Maybe. This technique wouldn't have detected type II civs.

The upcoming James Webb Telescope (JWST) changes the question from 'intelligent life?' to 'life?'. That will be really interesting!...
Forum: 40k Fluff   06-08-15, 04:54 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,857
Posted By el_machinae
That's my feeling too. At the lower levels, it's...

That's my feeling too. At the lower levels, it's a reward. The MA is, in many ways, a mystery cult. And there are probably lots of diverging branches, since one piece of cybertech precludes...
Forum: Off Topic   06-08-15, 02:18 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,456
Posted By el_machinae
Nope :( Lots of people think that FTL would...

Nope :(
Lots of people think that FTL would prevent a civilization from going Type 3. Type 3 comes out of a slower-than-light colonization that ripples out of the home planet and maximally co-opts...
Forum: Black Library Fiction   06-08-15, 02:15 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 956
Posted By el_machinae
I don't see Thousand Sons on that list, even...

I don't see Thousand Sons on that list, even though it's not so new. I'm picking up Gods of Mars in July, but greatly enjoyed the first two books.
Forum: Off Topic   06-08-15, 02:50 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,456
Posted By el_machinae
Well, they're looking for evidence of a specific...

Well, they're looking for evidence of a specific hypothetical outcome. Other hypotheses would suggest different styles of evidence collection.
Forum: Off Topic   06-07-15, 02:19 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,456
Posted By el_machinae
[Whew] No Galactic Superpowers

Well, we looked. We cannot see any evidence ("near" us) of entire galaxies being colonized fully.

Search for advanced civilizations beyond Earth finds nothing obvious in 100,000 galaxies...
Forum: 40k Fluff   06-05-15, 03:03 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 6,436
Posted By el_machinae
Well, the waking of primarchs wouldn't cause an...

Well, the waking of primarchs wouldn't cause an endgame. They're not awesome enough to do more than give the Imperium a bit of a power bump. They all mostly already did their thang after the...
Forum: 40k Fluff   05-12-15, 11:33 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,607
Posted By el_machinae
He's getting tar-pitted. Chaos doesn't care...

He's getting tar-pitted. Chaos doesn't care about the points they're losing to him, since they're not in the main battlefield. He's being prevented from effectively defending humanity from targeted...
Forum: General 40k   05-12-15, 11:29 PM
Replies: 24
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Views: 1,308
Posted By el_machinae
When do I get to hear about a battle vs. an...

When do I get to hear about a battle vs. an Emperor-Class Titan?
Forum: 40k Fluff   04-26-15, 06:44 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 5,663
Posted By el_machinae
It strikes me that having armies composed of...

It strikes me that having armies composed of clones, with very similar training regimes, might be more risky than diversity (since each god only needs to figure out a generic method of corruption). ...
Forum: 40k Fluff   04-25-15, 08:57 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 5,663
Posted By el_machinae
Did we discuss whether the Force could be used to...

Did we discuss whether the Force could be used to defend against Chaos? Jedi Inquisitors keeping the Star Wars Universe free of Chaos so that they could bring their firepower to bear and we could...
Forum: General 40k   04-23-15, 03:20 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 4,082
Posted By el_machinae
Is WraithKnight something the 'nid players just...

Is WraithKnight something the 'nid players just have to play around? Like, we don't target it, and we don't make any units that we need to survive in order to win? It'll just kill our necessary...
Forum: General 40k   04-07-15, 04:41 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 627
Posted By el_machinae
The Skittari are high-jacked by memetic Necrons...

The Skittari are high-jacked by memetic Necrons worms, but these worms being in 'meat' bodies offends the sensibilities of 'true' Necrons. So, while the Skittari are slaves of the Necron Lord, the...
Forum: 40k Fluff   03-31-15, 01:59 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,100
Posted By el_machinae
Well, chances are they know more than the average...

Well, chances are they know more than the average bear, too. If they're independently sapient and don't want to rejoin the Hive Mind, that says something.

It also raises new questions about the...
Forum: 40k Fluff   03-20-15, 04:27 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,803
Posted By el_machinae
It's a major theme in the view of the inhabitants...

It's a major theme in the view of the inhabitants that Chaos feeds upon weaknesses of the soul and that a 'victim' isn't so much of a victim but willing participant. This is really mostly not true. ...
Forum: 40k Fluff   03-19-15, 01:13 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 5,663
Posted By el_machinae
Hmmmn, yeah, the Hulk himself may not be FTL...

Hmmmn, yeah, the Hulk himself may not be FTL capable. But, there are two possible 'allies' that would take him around. The orks might lure him onto an FTL barge and then drop him onto enemy...
Forum: 40k Fluff   03-19-15, 01:10 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,100
Posted By el_machinae
Did the fluff suggest that the genestealers flee...

Did the fluff suggest that the genestealers flee the Hive Mind out of fear? Or that they just sought to stay ahead of the wave?
Forum: 40k Fluff   03-17-15, 09:59 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,100
Posted By el_machinae
I like the OP's idea. There's a certain horror...

I like the OP's idea. There's a certain horror waiting for the souls of the dead, and this changes the nature of the 'benevolence' of the forced conversion. It doesn't create a post-life 'Heaven',...
Forum: 40k Fluff   03-17-15, 01:05 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 5,663
Posted By el_machinae
Well, it depends on what you mean by 'beat'. ...

Well, it depends on what you mean by 'beat'. Chaos is very outside of normal ways to measure relative power. But, we should remember that 40k is 'just' a fractured galaxy. Any fictional system...
Forum: 40k Fluff   03-15-15, 04:59 PM
Replies: 201
  Poll: 40k VS Star Wars
Views: 20,107
Posted By el_machinae
I'm reasonably sure they couldn't

I'm reasonably sure they couldn't
Forum: 40k Fluff   03-02-15, 05:54 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,096
Posted By el_machinae
What fluff am I missing? Where is it implied...

What fluff am I missing? Where is it implied that there's some larger plan that the Harlequins are part of?
Forum: 40k Fluff   02-23-15, 02:55 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,096
Posted By el_machinae
What makes you think the Harlequin plan is grand...

What makes you think the Harlequin plan is grand enough to save the Eldar? It seems like they don't really do all that much, in a cosmic sense.
Forum: Television and Movies   02-17-15, 12:53 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 8,294
Posted By el_machinae
When I have the energy, I am working my way...

When I have the energy, I am working my way through the Math of Finance course lectures at UCI.
http://ocw.uci.edu/lectures/math_176_lecture_08_math_of_finance.html

I was watching Stargate...
Forum: 40k Fluff   02-07-15, 02:30 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 790
Posted By el_machinae
Is there any new information? I've always...

Is there any new information? I've always assumed the pylons actually stretch the distance between the Warp and the Real, such that it's increasingly difficult for the Warp to affect the Real near...
Forum: Off Topic   01-27-15, 11:13 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 316
Posted By el_machinae
Now we're the Moties!

We saw this idea in Larry Niven's A mote in God's eye, so it's a pretty old idea (as such things go). There's a donation-funded organisation, the Planetary Society, that tried to do a similar...
Forum: 40k Fluff   01-22-15, 11:57 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,695
Posted By el_machinae
Well, even AIs can degrade if their housing is...

Well, even AIs can degrade if their housing is damaged severely enough and often enough. It's mostly a question of whether they can replicate. If there is a way for new entities to be created to...
Forum: 40k Fluff   01-17-15, 11:05 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,695
Posted By el_machinae
The 'dying race' seemed to be because it was a...

The 'dying race' seemed to be because it was a one-way street. Each bit of damage can only be repaired, and sometimes that repair is imperfect. So, damage accumulates over the spans of time. There...
Forum: 40k Rules Discussion   01-14-15, 12:54 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,344
Posted By el_machinae
I was very sad when GW stopped making fun little...

I was very sad when GW stopped making fun little Apoc datasheets.
Forum: 40k Fluff   01-02-15, 03:10 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,041
Posted By el_machinae
What you're thinking of is called an arcology, I...

What you're thinking of is called an arcology, I think. A hive city is like a super-robust city that then decided to build extra pedways between buildings, and then businesses on top of the pedways,...
Forum: 40k Rules Discussion   01-02-15, 03:05 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 746
Posted By el_machinae
In the older rules, it counts as Str 3 + 4D6 vs....

In the older rules, it counts as Str 3 + 4D6 vs. vehicles.
Forum: Off Topic   12-27-14, 02:14 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 793
Posted By el_machinae
The link url goes straight to nature.com! I...

The link url goes straight to nature.com!

I tried to explain to my dad how this works, but he couldn't get past how confounding he found the entire idea was. It's a bit of a physics...
Forum: Off Topic   12-24-14, 09:58 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 793
Posted By el_machinae
That's why I thought it was so nifty. It...

That's why I thought it was so nifty. It actually doesn't violate any laws of thermodynamics (it could hardly get published in Nature, one of the world's leading science journals if it did). I just...
Forum: 40k Fluff   12-20-14, 08:04 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 5,732
Posted By el_machinae
That's incredibly cool. What's that...

That's incredibly cool.

What's that anti-pirating commercial? "You wouldn't download a car"

Er, yeah. I just did. Tesla made their technology open-source, and they emailed me their new model.
Forum: Off Topic   12-20-14, 05:27 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 793
Posted By el_machinae
Zero-energy air conditioning

Sometimes it's like you looked at knives and bread for years. Sliced bread seemed so obvious in retrospect.

(Not a physicist, summarizing my best)
So, a material 'radiates' photons according to...
Forum: 40k Fluff   12-10-14, 09:58 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 5,615
Posted By el_machinae
But imagine those sweet anime tears every time a...

But imagine those sweet anime tears every time a Blood Angel cried after thinking about Sanguinus!
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