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(Wired)   Rarely is the question asked: Should we build a supercomputer on the moon?   (wired.com) divider line 73
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2012-10-02 12:16:38 PM  
Now Oblig:

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2012-10-02 12:45:42 PM  
HEY! What about this. We all know the moon isn't made out of green cheese. But what if it were made of barbeque spare ribs, would ya eat it then?
 
2012-10-02 01:16:34 PM  
Brilliant idea, HOLMES.
 
2012-10-02 01:28:54 PM  
Is Submitter suggesting that we should not?
 
2012-10-02 01:40:56 PM  
Shut up, Newt.
 
2012-10-02 02:11:33 PM  
Hell yeah.
 
2012-10-02 02:12:30 PM  
Only of we name it Mike.
 
2012-10-02 02:14:12 PM  
How about you build an antenna on the moon that will beam the data back to Earth so that supercomputers here can decode it? That way we don't need to spend a trillion dorrers every two years in transport costs when they inevitably need to be upgraded.
 
2012-10-02 02:14:28 PM  

scanman61: Only of we name it Mike.


Came for this reference. Leaving satisfied.
 
2012-10-02 02:14:35 PM  
FTFA: "Nuclear-powered [...]

Why? There's so much lovely solar radiation up there...
 
2012-10-02 02:17:57 PM  
Why not just use nanobots and wizardry to turn moon into a super computer? I mean, there's the issue of spontaneous AI and stuff, but that can't be too horrible.

/obscure?
 
2012-10-02 02:19:14 PM  

albuquerquehalsey: How about you build an antenna on the moon that will beam the data back to Earth so that supercomputers here can decode it? That way we don't need to spend a trillion dorrers every two years in transport costs when they inevitably need to be upgraded.

You are truly a gullible dork if you fall for this

Upgrade it remotely via software. Problem solved.
 
2012-10-02 02:27:35 PM  
Will it be able to talk all four legs of an arcturan megadonkey and STILL convince it to go for a walk afterwards ?
 
2012-10-02 02:27:41 PM  
What we really need is a big radio telescope on the far side of the Moon. You could build it in a crater. We could listen to the Universe without all that noisy Earth chatter getting in the way.
 
2012-10-02 02:31:54 PM  

malle-herbert: Will it be able to talk all four legs of an arcturan megadonkey and STILL convince it to go for a walk afterwards ?



Hey, I sure wouldn't mind getting some more of that Arcturian poontang! Remember that time?
 
2012-10-02 02:33:48 PM  

scanman61: Only of we name it Mike.


Hey Man, that is a great name.
 
2012-10-02 02:37:40 PM  

Honest Bender: FTFA: "Nuclear-powered [...]

Why? There's so much lovely solar radiation up there...


Love in the middle of a firefight?
 
2012-10-02 02:45:29 PM  

scanman61: Only of we name it Mike.


One of my favorite books.

/you could also convince me to build a catapult on the moon
 
2012-10-02 02:48:59 PM  
Yes, do it, do it quickly, before any quantum based punctuation find out and start ridiculing it.
 
2012-10-02 02:49:55 PM  

kronicfeld: Brilliant idea, HOLMES.


A dinkum thinkum!

/I give you the credit you rightly deserve.
 
2012-10-02 02:51:26 PM  
derbyimages.woot.com
 
2012-10-02 02:53:42 PM  

Honest Bender: FTFA: "Nuclear-powered [...]

Why? There's so much lovely solar radiation up there...


For 14 days straight. Then nothing for 14 days. Although you could build some freakin' huge batteries.

I'd like to see the moon reserved for conversion into a nanonite-sculpted space station.
 
2012-10-02 03:08:45 PM  
images1.wikia.nocookie.net

Approves
 
2012-10-02 03:10:47 PM  

flaminio: What we really need is a big radio telescope on the far side of the Moon. You could build it in a crater. We could listen to the Universe without all that noisy Earth chatter getting in the way.


That is actually a kick ass idea.

also if / when we establish Moon Base Alpha i vote that it's inevitable AI Steward / Keeper / Overlord should be called N.E.W.T.

www.rushimg.com
 
2012-10-02 03:13:29 PM  
I hate to think of the cost of the upgrades.
 
2012-10-02 03:13:30 PM  
yea, but when it starts a revolution because it thinks it'll be a great prank, well don't be surprised
 
2012-10-02 03:15:48 PM  

wildcardjack: Honest Bender: FTFA: "Nuclear-powered [...]

Why? There's so much lovely solar radiation up there...

For 14 days straight. Then nothing for 14 days. Although you could build some freakin' huge batteries.

I'd like to see the moon reserved for conversion into a nanonite-sculpted space station.


damn mooninites
 
2012-10-02 03:20:40 PM  
First, why put the computers up there if what you are looking for are antennas? Second, the moon may be cold, but the atmosphere is very thin and thermal conductivity is poor, so don't think it solves all of your cooling problems. Why nuclear? The same face of the moon always faces the Sun and I don't think you would have a problem finding space for a solar array. Also, I hope you are planning on covering the place with a lot of rock. There will be no magnetosphere to protect from cosmic rays.

/Debby downer
 
2012-10-02 03:26:23 PM  

GameSprocket: Why nuclear? The same face of the moon always faces the Sun


That turns out not to be the case.

(The same side of the Moon always faces the Earth.)
 
2012-10-02 03:26:30 PM  

InsaneChemE: scanman61: Only of we name it Mike.

Came for this reference. Leaving satisfied.


kronicfeld: Brilliant idea, HOLMES.


That was the first reference. If you're going to give credit to an obscure? reference, give it to the first one in the thread, not some johnny-come-lately.
_________________________________________

Adam and/or Selene would be my vote to give credit to the source, since Mycroft was a reference to Sherlock Holmes' brother.
 
2012-10-02 03:27:20 PM  
 
2012-10-02 03:29:22 PM  
My dear Expolaris, that image is a vile and perverted blasphemy.

Behold the One True Way:

behance.vo.llnwd.net
/hotlinked
 
2012-10-02 03:33:21 PM  

InsaneChemE: scanman61: Only of we name it Mike.

Came for this reference. Leaving satisfied.


scroll up to post #3 then. you missed it.
 
2012-10-02 03:34:22 PM  

scanman61: Only of we name it Mike.


This.
 
2012-10-02 03:34:45 PM  

Ambitwistor: GameSprocket: Why nuclear? The same face of the moon always faces the Sun

That turns out not to be the case.

(The same side of the Moon always faces the Earth.)


Serves me right. I knew that and turned it around in my head for some reason.
 
2012-10-02 03:34:51 PM  
a network cable is unpluged.
 
2012-10-02 03:36:03 PM  
A Supercomputer on the moon?

zachery.path.med.umich.edu

"Try having omelets now, Denver."
 
2012-10-02 03:45:10 PM  

GameSprocket: The same face of the moon always faces the Sun


Uh...
 
2012-10-02 03:45:41 PM  

Kittypie070: My dear Expolaris, that image is a vile and perverted blasphemy.

Behold the One True Way:

[behance.vo.llnwd.net image 600x530]
/hotlinked


The moon is no mistress of mine!

i2.cdn.turner.com

We must ascend our Dark Lord to his throne upon the moon where he will remain until the stars align.

theswash.com 

/But seriously i think Newt is awful
//I miss these Moonbase memes
 
2012-10-02 03:54:30 PM  

Expolaris: /But seriously i think Newt is awful


Well, she grew up to be a little on the plain side, but I'd still hit it:

img3.hoysater.no
 
2012-10-02 03:57:42 PM  

GameSprocket: The same face of the moon always faces the Sun and I don't think you would have a problem finding space for a solar array.


[notsureifserious.jpg]

The same side of the moon always faces US, but the moon itself experiences 360 degree solar insolation.
 
2012-10-02 04:23:35 PM  

MrEricSir: I hate to think of the cost of the upgrades.


Can't be any worse than dealing with IBM here on Earth...
 
2012-10-02 04:25:02 PM  
How were they planning to communicate with this supercomputer? Several thousand miles of cable laid around the moon? Drilling a deep deep hole right through? A lunar satellite that can only store a small amount of data?

Lol.

Idiocy.
 
2012-10-02 04:39:52 PM  
Using the dark side is a bad idea. The power, cooling, and defense requirements are prohibitively high. I'd take a different approach, using four facilities placed near the lunar north or south pole.

The actual computing facility goes in a crater. There are places around these areas that never see sunlight, so in addition to being EM-shielded and relatively well shielded from incoming objects, the ground will also be very cold: enough that you can radiate excess heat into it. Even the so-called "dark side" gets sunlight for half the year, and during that time it can't be used as a heat sink, so dark craters provide a better solution.

There are mountain peaks not too far from these craters that actually get continuous sunlight: not enough to see from Earth, but enough to heat things up. These are where you put the other three facilities, each of which provides a solar power plant and an antenna array. Putting a solar plant in a place with continuous sunlight means not having to worry about storing power during dark times, and the antenna arrays won't have to worry so much about radio silence. Having three of them provides redundant backup in case one gets smacked by an incoming object.
 
2012-10-02 04:51:14 PM  
scanman61: Only of we name it Mike.

Came for this reference. Leaving satisfied.

Me too.
 
2012-10-02 05:30:15 PM  
I read that Choose Your Own Adventure book (#159, The Computer Takeover) I died, a lot.
 
2012-10-02 05:30:24 PM  

scanman61: Only of we name it Mike.


And if we can teach it the difference between Not Funny, Funny Once, and Always Funny.
 
2012-10-02 06:22:33 PM  

Millennium: Using the dark side is a bad idea.


There is no dark side. You mean the far side?

I'd take a different approach, using four facilities placed near the lunar north or south pole.

The guy is suggesting to put it near a lunar pole (on the far side).
 
2012-10-02 06:25:04 PM  
Of course not. We should 3D print it on the Moon. Free helium-3! Nanofusion power plants will be the first thing to be 3D printed.
 
2012-10-02 06:53:06 PM  

Millennium: Even the so-called "dark side" gets sunlight for half the year month


Well, it's only completely dark for about 18 hours out of every 29.5 days, but mainly it were so.
 
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