History Headscratchers / HonorHarrington

19th Jul '17 2:00:48 PM jtgibson
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*** If they have a drive technology that's above 100% efficient, where are all the perpetual motion machines?

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*** If they have a drive technology that's above 100% efficient, where are all the perpetual motion machines?machines?
* I've never quite understood why they didn't incorporate the grav lance into well-nigh everything -- it was "disproven" effective except in isolated scenarios and then instead of engineering those scenarios, like they were so fond to do with everything else, they just quietly put it away forever. Mines, missiles, walls of battle, etc. When combat became largely a thing of pod-spam, the grasers generally went unused anyway, so it almost seems like introducing a grav lance into the energy weapon arsenal for use in knife range would become a practical reality. (Then again, maybe Weber is just keeping this one as an ace in the hole, a sort of circular completion to the series.)
28th Jun '17 8:12:57 AM jtgibson
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*** One more thing to mention: the bar was more or less co-opted as a Navy bar. If a Navy man were to back down from a challenge in a bar that's full of his own clique, it wouldn't just damage his own reputation or Honor's, but indeed that of the whole ''fleet''. Plenty of witnesses both civilian and military to that exchange would make it, as Weber is fond of saying, a media frenzy.
28th Jun '17 8:05:37 AM jtgibson
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*** U.S. submarines ''do'' [[RealityIsUnrealistic get excellent food]], or at least, that's what the military is officially telling the press. See [[http://articles.latimes.com/2003/jan/18/business/fi-submarine18 here]].
28th Jun '17 6:31:30 AM dalek955
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** Power budgets in general are pretty unrealistic across the board. I believe the HandWave for it is that Impeller Drives actually draw most of their energy from the interface between real space and hyperspace so the energy required to sustain an Impeller Drive is a lot lower than it should be for the amount of acceleration you're getting.

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** Power budgets in general are pretty unrealistic across the board. I believe the HandWave for it is that Impeller Drives actually draw most of their energy from the interface between real space and hyperspace so the energy required to sustain an Impeller Drive is a lot lower than it should be for the amount of acceleration you're getting.getting.
***If they have a drive technology that's above 100% efficient, where are all the perpetual motion machines?
26th Jun '17 3:27:39 PM OddHack
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* Can somebody ''please'' explain the Theisman Coup? This tropes seems to be missing some parts. Known facts: Theisman found info on who is in McQueen's secret secret cell, and then used this data. Cue ''[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Goodbye, Citizen Chairman]]''. But character pages indicate that way more characters were involved (Cachar, Usher) and even Giscard and Tourville had known something. Where is it in the books? And can someone explain the entire coup, stage by stage?

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* Can somebody ''please'' explain the Theisman Coup? This tropes seems to be missing some parts. Known facts: Theisman found info on who is in McQueen's [=McQueen=]'s secret secret cell, and then used this data. Cue ''[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Goodbye, Citizen Chairman]]''. But character pages indicate that way more characters were involved (Cachar, Usher) and even Giscard and Tourville had known something. Where is it in the books? And can someone explain the entire coup, stage by stage?
20th May '17 3:44:28 PM Adeon
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* [=MDMs=] physically can't contain the power budget to hit the speeds they're described as capable of. I think it said that the Mark 23 MDM could reach an attack velocity of .83''c'' from rest. At that speed, an object is carrying three-quarters of its own rest mass in accumulated kinetic energy (it's called relativistic mass, and it [[https://qph.ec.quoracdn.net/main-qimg-36fe23dc5f490c1325239b58970cfaef starts to snowball at around .6c]]). Even if the impeller drive is 100% efficient, that would mean an MDM converts almost half its initial mass entirely into energy, which there's no way in hell it could do with an onboard fusion plant. Not to mention that ''ships'' are described as reaching .8''c'' under impeller drive on occasion...

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* [=MDMs=] physically can't contain the power budget to hit the speeds they're described as capable of. I think it said that the Mark 23 MDM could reach an attack velocity of .83''c'' from rest. At that speed, an object is carrying three-quarters of its own rest mass in accumulated kinetic energy (it's called relativistic mass, and it [[https://qph.ec.quoracdn.net/main-qimg-36fe23dc5f490c1325239b58970cfaef starts to snowball at around .6c]]). Even if the impeller drive is 100% efficient, that would mean an MDM converts almost half its initial mass entirely into energy, which there's no way in hell it could do with an onboard fusion plant. Not to mention that ''ships'' are described as reaching .8''c'' under impeller drive on occasion...occasion...
** Power budgets in general are pretty unrealistic across the board. I believe the HandWave for it is that Impeller Drives actually draw most of their energy from the interface between real space and hyperspace so the energy required to sustain an Impeller Drive is a lot lower than it should be for the amount of acceleration you're getting.
17th Apr '17 8:48:03 PM dalek955
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* [=MDMs=] physically can't contain the power budget to hit the speeds they're described as capable of. I think it said that the Mark 23 MDM could reach an attack velocity of .83''c'' from rest. That's right around the point at which an object's kinetic energy adds up to three-quarters of its own rest mass (it's called relativistic mass, and it [[https://qph.ec.quoracdn.net/main-qimg-36fe23dc5f490c1325239b58970cfaef starts to snowball at around .6c]]). Even if the impeller drive is 100% efficient, that would mean an MDM converts almost half its initial mass entirely into energy, which there's no way in hell it could do with an onboard fusion plant. Not to mention that ''ships'' are described as reaching .8''c'' under impeller drive on occasion...

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* [=MDMs=] physically can't contain the power budget to hit the speeds they're described as capable of. I think it said that the Mark 23 MDM could reach an attack velocity of .83''c'' from rest. That's right around the point at which At that speed, an object's kinetic energy adds up to object is carrying three-quarters of its own rest mass in accumulated kinetic energy (it's called relativistic mass, and it [[https://qph.ec.quoracdn.net/main-qimg-36fe23dc5f490c1325239b58970cfaef starts to snowball at around .6c]]). Even if the impeller drive is 100% efficient, that would mean an MDM converts almost half its initial mass entirely into energy, which there's no way in hell it could do with an onboard fusion plant. Not to mention that ''ships'' are described as reaching .8''c'' under impeller drive on occasion...
17th Apr '17 8:43:37 PM dalek955
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* [=MDMs=] physically can't contain the power budget to hit the speeds they're described as capable of. I think it said that the Mark 23 MDM could reach an attack velocity of .83''c'' from rest. That's right around the point at which an object's kinetic energy adds up to equal its rest mass (it's called relativistic mass, and it [[https://qph.ec.quoracdn.net/main-qimg-36fe23dc5f490c1325239b58970cfaef starts to snowball at around .6c]]). Even if the impeller drive is 100% efficient, that would mean an MDM converts half its initial mass entirely into energy, which there's no way in hell it could do with an onboard fusion plant. Not to mention that ''ships'' are described as reaching .8''c'' under impeller drive on occasion...

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* [=MDMs=] physically can't contain the power budget to hit the speeds they're described as capable of. I think it said that the Mark 23 MDM could reach an attack velocity of .83''c'' from rest. That's right around the point at which an object's kinetic energy adds up to equal three-quarters of its own rest mass (it's called relativistic mass, and it [[https://qph.ec.quoracdn.net/main-qimg-36fe23dc5f490c1325239b58970cfaef starts to snowball at around .6c]]). Even if the impeller drive is 100% efficient, that would mean an MDM converts almost half its initial mass entirely into energy, which there's no way in hell it could do with an onboard fusion plant. Not to mention that ''ships'' are described as reaching .8''c'' under impeller drive on occasion...
17th Apr '17 8:38:58 PM dalek955
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* [=MDMs=] physically can't contain the power budget to hit the speeds they're described as capable of. I think it said that the Mark 23 MDM could reach an attack velocity of .83''c'' from rest. That's right around the point at which an object's kinetic energy adds up to equal its rest mass (it's called relativistic mass, and it [[https://qph.ec.quoracdn.net/main-qimg-36fe23dc5f490c1325239b58970cfaef starts to snowball at around .6c]]). Even if the impeller drive is 100% efficient, that would mean an MDM converts half its initial mass entirely into energy, which there's no way in hell it could do with an onboard fusion plant. Not to mention that ''ships'' are occasionally described as reaching .8''c'' under impeller drive on occasion...

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* [=MDMs=] physically can't contain the power budget to hit the speeds they're described as capable of. I think it said that the Mark 23 MDM could reach an attack velocity of .83''c'' from rest. That's right around the point at which an object's kinetic energy adds up to equal its rest mass (it's called relativistic mass, and it [[https://qph.ec.quoracdn.net/main-qimg-36fe23dc5f490c1325239b58970cfaef starts to snowball at around .6c]]). Even if the impeller drive is 100% efficient, that would mean an MDM converts half its initial mass entirely into energy, which there's no way in hell it could do with an onboard fusion plant. Not to mention that ''ships'' are occasionally described as reaching .8''c'' under impeller drive on occasion...
17th Apr '17 8:37:37 PM dalek955
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* MDMs physically can't contain the power budget to hit the speeds they're described as capable of. I think it said that the Mark 23 MDM could reach an attack velocity of .83''c'' from rest. That's right around the point at which an object's kinetic energy equals its rest mass (it's called relativistic mass, and it [[https://qph.ec.quoracdn.net/main-qimg-36fe23dc5f490c1325239b58970cfaef starts to snowball at around .6c]]). Even if the impeller drive is 100% efficient, that would mean an MDM converts half its initial mass entirely into energy, which there's no way in hell it could do with an onboard fusion plant.

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* MDMs [=MDMs=] physically can't contain the power budget to hit the speeds they're described as capable of. I think it said that the Mark 23 MDM could reach an attack velocity of .83''c'' from rest. That's right around the point at which an object's kinetic energy equals adds up to equal its rest mass (it's called relativistic mass, and it [[https://qph.ec.quoracdn.net/main-qimg-36fe23dc5f490c1325239b58970cfaef starts to snowball at around .6c]]). Even if the impeller drive is 100% efficient, that would mean an MDM converts half its initial mass entirely into energy, which there's no way in hell it could do with an onboard fusion plant. Not to mention that ''ships'' are occasionally described as reaching .8''c'' under impeller drive on occasion...
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