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Comic 744 - The long walk..

7th Jan 2013, 12:00 AM
The long walk..
Average Rating: 5 (13 votes)
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cattservant 7th Jan 2013, 12:02 AM edit delete reply

RE:
Long way;
AIs are deep characters.

("Anti-Matter"
Maybe it was a good thing the Revolution wasn't too successful...)
Centcomm 7th Jan 2013, 12:10 AM edit delete reply

it could have been far worse the reactors have LOADS of safety interlocks however.
cattservant 7th Jan 2013, 12:17 AM edit delete reply

Yes, the story could be taking place in boats on the Gulf of Old Nova Roma!
dpallee 7th Jan 2013, 12:05 AM edit delete reply

Yah! Datachasers Sunday....better than cake!
Centcomm 7th Jan 2013, 12:10 AM edit delete reply

Aww that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside ! :D
Rashala 7th Jan 2013, 12:33 AM edit delete reply

MEEP... an Antimatter Reactor THAT Size........If it breached.......Nova roma would be the center of a MOON sized crater if I did the math right...
Centcomm 7th Jan 2013, 12:41 AM edit delete reply

It all depends on how much anti-proton material is present. after all the antimatter reactor on the enterprise would only be a city sized explosion.
Rashala 7th Jan 2013, 1:17 AM edit delete reply

THe moons of Mars are city sized :) I did nto mean OUr moon
Centcomm 7th Jan 2013, 1:21 AM edit delete reply

hehe - true you didnt .. ( deleted the duped post )
lalverson 7th Jan 2013, 1:55 AM edit delete reply
I rather like acantha's line "Being me Sucks" She could try to be batman, or in her case Batgirl. All she'd need to do would be to paint her ride sparkley purple.
Centcomm 7th Jan 2013, 2:01 AM edit delete reply

she actually likes purple - not sure shes actually heard of batman or batgirl - but knowing her I think she would proably like them ( they have normal equipment that makes bat toys look like cheap knock offs :D it would give old bats a nerd-gasim)
Draginbeard 7th Jan 2013, 1:56 AM edit delete reply

oh wow...anti matter... I dont know the science, but I am envisioning a total party wipe if that thing springs a leak!
Centcomm 7th Jan 2013, 2:01 AM edit delete reply

if it sprang a leak there wouldnt BE a nova roma there would be a nova though :D
Death2Bravo 7th Jan 2013, 3:46 AM edit delete reply

Sheesh anti-matter reactors are no big deal. I have watched too much Star Trek. I expect Geordi LeForge to pop his head out from behind the reactor.
Centcomm 7th Jan 2013, 4:05 AM edit delete reply

Anti matter reactors are not used in DC much because of the potiential for explosions. so this is very old tech. thats why it has Lynn worryed. most vehicles and devices use micro fusion powercells or "e-clips" a very powerful battery device. larger installations also use Tri-fusion power plants basicly a far more safe and powerful system. A/M reactors are still common for Luna and some older areas.
CyberSkull 7th Jan 2013, 7:44 AM edit delete reply

My understanding of anti-matter reactors is they are a bit like fission reactors: As long as there is fuel in them they keep running. Otherwise the fuel must be kept safely contained or else.

So even when off it has to be drawing quite a bit of power to keep the matter and anti-matter from reacting.
Centcomm 7th Jan 2013, 8:40 AM edit delete reply

it depends keeping the magnetic fields running in the storage pods would require power. however this system actually creates A.P. on demand feeding it to the reaction chamber so - by being off theres nothing to contain. other than keeping it clean.
CyberSkull 7th Jan 2013, 11:36 AM edit delete reply

That's rather a relief.

So the main issue with this kind of system would be the start up energy cost?
Centcomm 7th Jan 2013, 11:43 AM edit delete reply

correct the system uses a HUGE amount of start up energy to produce and store the A/M material this is another reason these were discontinued - except as weaponized devices.
cattservant 7th Jan 2013, 8:24 AM edit delete reply

Looks like another Lynn life lesson;
"The future's uncertain,
And the end is always near."
Centcomm 7th Jan 2013, 8:41 AM edit delete reply

yup! but then that lesson is always there..
cattservant 7th Jan 2013, 9:49 AM edit delete reply

The nature of uncertainty,
By it's very nature,
Is of an uncertain nature.

(maybe)
Dragonrider 7th Jan 2013, 9:00 AM edit delete reply

OK the sixty four billion dollar question is; if this Anti-Matter Reactor is shut down, what the hell is powering everything?
Centcomm 7th Jan 2013, 9:12 AM edit delete reply

that would be the Geo-Tap system and the Sea-water fusion crackers. :D
cattservant 7th Jan 2013, 9:45 AM edit delete reply

One of the advantages of sea side living.
Rashala 7th Jan 2013, 7:00 PM edit delete reply

I would have said one hell of a giant genetically engineered Hamster on one big ass wheel but yeah those two work
Centcomm 7th Jan 2013, 7:02 PM edit delete reply

hahah thats a good one !
velvetsanity 17th May 2017, 10:04 AM edit delete reply

It's an army of normal hamsters being chased on normal hamster wheels by genetically engineered miniature scythe lizards :D
Hornet 7th Jan 2013, 11:17 AM edit delete reply
With all that outside material to feed on an anti-matter explosion wouldn't leave much of a planet.
Centcomm 7th Jan 2013, 11:24 AM edit delete reply

actualy thats not true. the main thing to remember is that a A/P atom can only act on a equal amount of real matter.and the reaction is total annilation so once that happens the A/M partical is gone and so is the danger. so once the A/M is gone so is the 'fuel' this is why you control the amount on hand at any given point yes a blast would be significant but no more so than a nuclear blast.
Dragonrider 7th Jan 2013, 1:49 PM edit delete reply

My Lady, would not that be dependent upon what materials were reacting? While in general the one-to-one ratio may be true however the material reacting can cause subsequent reactions independent of the original inter-action, making the result potentially much more deadly than a one on one. For instance were the reaction to affect the Geo Thermal Tap the deep resulting disruption could cause tectonic plate shifts and far ranging earthquakes. Of course the explosion is going to do that also and the fusion crackers would not go quietly I would estimate that the continent might well loose a sizable portion of the eastern seacoast and Canada.
Centcomm 7th Jan 2013, 1:55 PM edit delete reply

the geo tap system is well buried ( yes im working on technical art ) the fusion crackers are rather sedate and the contribution to the distruction would be rather nigligible - all in all if everything was running at 100% AND the geo failsafes did not kick in you would be looking at roughly a blast radius of 50 miles in all directions. and secondary effects down the line. remember the blast is controlled by how MUCH material is present at the time of the fail. it would be a holocaust thats for sure. another reason the plant is offline. and totally empty.
cattservant 7th Jan 2013, 2:02 PM edit delete reply

Sort of like having an unloaded howitzer in the back of your closet.
Centcomm 7th Jan 2013, 2:06 PM edit delete reply

exactly - good analogy cat :D
Rashala 7th Jan 2013, 7:04 PM edit delete reply

oh teh humanity...all those killed narnians
cattservant 7th Jan 2013, 9:16 PM edit delete reply

(It's a wet low pressure night here on The Mountain.)
How do Narnians fall victim to anti-matter?

>^OO^<?
Centcomm 7th Jan 2013, 9:25 PM edit delete reply

im wonderng that too ! and I dont know what it is here . but its darn cold for this desert rat!
cattservant 7th Jan 2013, 10:19 PM edit delete reply

The problem with wet cold low pressure is:
1. The damp makes you creaky.
2. The cold impedes your blood flow.
3. The low pressure causes your brain to expand,
thereby increasing the size of the synaptic cleft,
therefore decreasing the transmission of nerve impulses.

In other words, makes you Slow & Stupid!

RE:Here
Centcomm 7th Jan 2013, 10:29 PM edit delete reply

I have but one thing to say to that.. BRRRR! and you seem nither so there. thanks for the link.
cattservant 7th Jan 2013, 11:00 PM edit delete reply

Maybe because I spent most of the day with a cranked up electric blanket ballasted with Cats pulled up over my head!
cattservant 7th Jan 2013, 10:55 PM edit delete reply

In the spirit of low pressure;
An android* version of This would make you a good avatar.
(The details.)

(Not to mention the Frank Herbert connection.)
*(Maybe rodentoid would be more correct?)
Centcomm 7th Jan 2013, 11:09 PM edit delete reply

oh thats awesome ! :D giggles :D and you stay warm My kitty has decided sleeping UNDER the covers is warmer than above and HES got a fur coat >_<
cattservant 7th Jan 2013, 11:25 PM edit delete reply

Cats are expert about everything except dieting!
KarToon12 7th Jan 2013, 3:32 PM edit delete reply

Nah; if there were gamma radiation, you wouldn't blow up; you'd turn into the Hulk. XDXD
Centcomm 7th Jan 2013, 3:44 PM edit delete reply

hahah - only in the comics .. hey wait a min .. XD
Kuratenshi 7th Jan 2013, 5:46 PM edit delete reply

I'm gonna have to quote a John Ringo character here....

"You have HOW MUCH ANTIMATTER ON MY PLANET?!?!?!?!"
Centcomm 7th Jan 2013, 6:16 PM edit delete reply

enough to make TD shiver in her boots.. :D
mushroomisland 10th Jan 2013, 4:54 PM edit delete reply

so this like...

"hey, a nuke! I'm gonna go play with it!"
"O_O IT'S A NUKE"
"....Yeah? So?"
GhostRider 13th Nov 2015, 11:58 AM edit delete reply
But gamma radiation gives you a combat advantage. You get hit, it makes you angry, you turn large and green, and you smash who or whatever hit you. Cool, right!
antrik 7th Oct 2016, 10:45 PM edit delete reply
Here's one thing I don't understand: Acantha is best friends with an A.I.S., yet she still holds all this prejudice against Androids? Doesn't really add up...
velvetsanity 17th May 2017, 10:07 AM edit delete reply

Her exposure to and experience with androids to this point has been primarily if not entirely the cassians.
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