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Old December 11 2012, 02:40 PM   #31
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Re: We petition the Obama Administration to:

So, you'd rather have the pretty sight of Jupiter in the night sky than clean energy for the rest of human civilization? As long as you got your priorities straight ...
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Old December 11 2012, 02:54 PM   #32
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Re: We petition the Obama Administration to:

^It's not necessary to dismantle the solar system in order to harvest solar energy... there should be enough material in the asteroid belt to build vast structures in space (and since asteroids are a hazard to both space travel and habitats (such as the Earth) within the system, I see only very little environmental damage done by using the matter from those).
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Old December 11 2012, 04:51 PM   #33
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^No, we're going to need it all. I'll settle for nothing less than a full Dyson Shell, none of this pansy Dyson Ring or Dyson Cloud bullshit. I know! The petition will be worded so that there's enough asteroids in the solar system to complete the project, and also to change some laws of physics that would make such a project problematic.

Although, the main reason I want a Dyson Sphere, aside from it being awesome, is that the aliens won't be able to just abduct and probe people whenever they want. They'd have to make an appointment and wait for us to open the hatch. Maybe it would be easier to start a petition that would prevent he aliens from abducting people? Or, at the very least, when they abduct people, to not have such cold hands.
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Old December 11 2012, 05:04 PM   #34
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^You're assuming that the aliens won't simply punch holes in our Dyson Sphere by tossing planets at it, like rednecks shooting at road signs.
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Old December 11 2012, 05:12 PM   #35
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Re: We petition the Obama Administration to:

While I love my cave-like flat I wouldn't like to live on (in?) a world that has no night or any stars in the sky -I'm not that much of a cave-dweller

For me the big O is (would be?) a nice place to live



Oh, while some of us do have cold hands, others have seen Star Wars and are adapting technology from that to do the probing...

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Old December 12 2012, 12:04 AM   #36
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True we don't use it to suck up stray asteroids as much as they used to in the olden days, but it's still very pretty and a nice thing to be able to catch a glimpse of in the night sky.
With a Dyson Sphere, there would be no night sky. I'm kidding, of course. I wouldn't want to dismantle the Solar System. There are plenty of other ways to harvest solar energy. We could just dismantle Texas.
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Old December 12 2012, 03:00 AM   #37
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We could just dismantle Texas.
Now, this is a plan I'd support.

Well, this, and Michelle Obama in slave Leia costume.
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Old December 12 2012, 11:00 AM   #38
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Okay, we're making progress here. If only Congress could get along so well.
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Old December 12 2012, 11:05 AM   #39
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Okay, we're making progress here. If only Congress could get along so well.
What they need is a team of unpaid hardworking freelance moderators with the power to ban!
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Old December 12 2012, 11:07 AM   #40
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Oooh, I'd go back to being green for that.
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Old December 12 2012, 12:58 PM   #41
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I still think this is one of the silliest petitions ever. If any space program deserves funding it would be the 100 Year Starship Initiative.
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Old December 12 2012, 01:18 PM   #42
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With a Dyson Sphere, there would be no night sky.
Which would make me that weirdo living on the 'wrong' side of the shell
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Old December 12 2012, 07:49 PM   #43
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This whole thing is silly. Besides the cost of it. Why build something when we are yet to get out of our solar system. Building and researching the spaceships and fuel sources are more important.
And even if you could build it, wtf would you do with it? What planet would you feel the need to blow up at some point, since we can't get out of the system? It's not like you could turn the superlaser on, say, Iran and just blow up Iran. "Silly" is putting it mildly.
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Old December 12 2012, 11:33 PM   #44
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With a Dyson Sphere, there would be no night sky.
Which would make me that weirdo living on the 'wrong' side of the shell
Actually, people living on the outside of a Dyson Sphere is a nice idea for a story.
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With a Dyson Sphere, there would be no night sky.
Which would make me that weirdo living on the 'wrong' side of the shell
Actually, people living on the outside of a Dyson Sphere is a nice idea for a story.
So, erhm, this civilization builds a Dyson-sphere around their sun and spend the next couple of million years filing it in with their kind.

Meanwhile a whole new civilization spawns from bacteria on the outside...

Which civilization will be victorious in The War of the Dyson Sphere?


-Just a thought.
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