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2024: "Light Hacks"

Posted: Wed Jul 25, 2018 1:31 pm UTC
by Soupspoon
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Title text: Life hack: Wait for an advanced civilization to be briefly distracted, then sneak in and construct a slightly smaller Dyson sphere inside theirs.



And Dysonivov Spheres. Within the smaller sphere, someone has built an even smaller sphere, inside which..?

Re: 2024: "Light Hacks"

Posted: Wed Jul 25, 2018 1:51 pm UTC
by Jaaxter
Strictly speaking, I believe the title text suggestion would not be a "life hack," but rather an "unethical life pro tip."

Re: 2024: "Light Hacks"

Posted: Wed Jul 25, 2018 4:00 pm UTC
by pkcommando
Life Hack: Grocery stores let you take food home that you can eat later when you give them money.

Life Hack: You can avoid damaging your eyes by not staring directly into the sun.

Re: 2024: "Light Hacks"

Posted: Wed Jul 25, 2018 5:11 pm UTC
by cellocgw
I seem to have managed to avoid forums and feeds and web pages that talk about "life hacks" in the first place.

Thus I need to ask:

What's the difference between a life hack and a life crack?

Are there White Hat and Black Hat life hackers?

Do I need Kaspersky to protect my life from being hacked?

Re: 2024: "Light Hacks"

Posted: Wed Jul 25, 2018 5:20 pm UTC
by orthogon
The Viz has been publishing lifehacks for decades, known as "Top Tips". One of my all-time favourites was "Don't waste money on expensive binoculars. Simply stand closer to the object you wish to view!"

Re: 2024: "Light Hacks"

Posted: Wed Jul 25, 2018 6:00 pm UTC
by Keyman
orthogon wrote:The Viz has been publishing lifehacks for decades, known as "Top Tips". One of my all-time favourites was "Don't waste money on expensive binoculars. Simply stand closer to the object you wish to view!"
We have a similar family saying for picture taking. "Zoom with your feet."

Re: 2024: "Light Hacks"

Posted: Wed Jul 25, 2018 6:04 pm UTC
by tms
smaller

A perpetual motion sickness machine.

Re: 2024: "Light Hacks"

Posted: Wed Jul 25, 2018 6:36 pm UTC
by cellocgw
Keyman wrote:
orthogon wrote:The Viz has been publishing lifehacks for decades, known as "Top Tips". One of my all-time favourites was "Don't waste money on expensive binoculars. Simply stand closer to the object you wish to view!"
We have a similar family saying for picture taking. "Zoom with your feet."


There's a famous New Yorker cartoon on that topic. In this case the person with the camera (fixed focus) says to his/her spouse, "back up a couple steps so I won't cut your head off the photo." Said spouse is one step in front of the edge of the cliff.

Re: 2024: "Light Hacks"

Posted: Wed Jul 25, 2018 8:30 pm UTC
by anian
Is he suggesting they have small Dyson spheres at Ikea, or just describing reflective lampshades?

Re: 2024: "Light Hacks"

Posted: Wed Jul 25, 2018 8:45 pm UTC
by Soupspoon
anian wrote:Is he suggesting they have small Dyson spheres at Ikea, or just describing reflective lampshades?

I don't know about Dyson Spheres (I didn't see any, on my first visit to one, just a couple of weeks ago), but they've definitely got a Hilbert Curve!

Re: 2024: "Light Hacks"

Posted: Wed Jul 25, 2018 8:45 pm UTC
by rmsgrey
What I'm unclear on is what the (supposed) pros are of building your Dyson Sphere inside an existing one. The cons of literally casting shade at a more (technologically, not necessarily ethically) advanced civilisation are pretty obvious...

Re: 2024: "Light Hacks"

Posted: Wed Jul 25, 2018 9:50 pm UTC
by sotanaht
rmsgrey wrote:What I'm unclear on is what the (supposed) pros are of building your Dyson Sphere inside an existing one. The cons of literally casting shade at a more (technologically, not necessarily ethically) advanced civilisation are pretty obvious...

Well you wouldn't have to build a scaffold for one. Also it means they are NOT getting the energy, which in spite of their technological advancement if this is their only dyson sphere that puts you on the advantage over them.

Re: 2024: "Light Hacks"

Posted: Wed Jul 25, 2018 10:47 pm UTC
by SuicideJunkie
rmsgrey wrote:What I'm unclear on is what the (supposed) pros are of building your Dyson Sphere inside an existing one. The cons of literally casting shade at a more (technologically, not necessarily ethically) advanced civilisation are pretty obvious...

All the parts you need to build it are convieniently provided nearby. Like all such products with some assembly required, the instructions will be in an incomprehensible foreign language and you'll inevitably find you have some mysterious plates and screws and other widgets left over when you finish.

Re: 2024: "Light Hacks"

Posted: Thu Jul 26, 2018 12:50 am UTC
by Heimhenge
SuicideJunkie wrote:
rmsgrey wrote:What I'm unclear on is what the (supposed) pros are of building your Dyson Sphere inside an existing one. The cons of literally casting shade at a more (technologically, not necessarily ethically) advanced civilisation are pretty obvious...

All the parts you need to build it are convieniently provided nearby. Like all such products with some assembly required, the instructions will be in an incomprehensible foreign language and you'll inevitably find you have some mysterious plates and screws and other widgets left over when you finish.


... kinda like what happens if you buy it at Ikea.

Re: 2024: "Light Hacks"

Posted: Thu Jul 26, 2018 10:37 am UTC
by pkcommando
Soupspoon wrote:
anian wrote:Is he suggesting they have small Dyson spheres at Ikea, or just describing reflective lampshades?

I don't know about Dyson Spheres (I didn't see any, on my first visit to one, just a couple of weeks ago), but they've definitely got a Hilbert Curve!

You were probably looking in the Lighting section when they're in Storage. It's a common mistake.

Re: 2024: "Light Hacks"

Posted: Thu Jul 26, 2018 11:35 am UTC
by orthogon
pkcommando wrote:
Soupspoon wrote:
anian wrote:Is he suggesting they have small Dyson spheres at Ikea, or just describing reflective lampshades?

I don't know about Dyson Spheres (I didn't see any, on my first visit to one, just a couple of weeks ago), but they've definitely got a Hilbert Curve!

You were probably looking in the Lighting section when they're in Storage. It's a common mistake.

I'd never buy a Dyson sphere now, following his pro-Brexit stance and general all-round arsiness.

Re: 2024: "Light Hacks"

Posted: Fri Jul 27, 2018 4:18 am UTC
by niauropsaka
Is that the mad person from the planetarium?

Re: 2024: "Light Hacks"

Posted: Fri Jul 27, 2018 4:20 am UTC
by serutan
sotanaht wrote:Well you wouldn't have to build a scaffold for one. Also it means they are NOT getting the energy, which in spite of their technological advancement if this is their only dyson sphere that puts you on the advantage over them.


Yeah, but even building one at the equivalent of Venus orbit instead of Earth orbit will take long enough
that they'd likely twig in time. And as Arthur C. Clarke liked to put it they could well show up, slightly annoyed, at your construction site.

Re: 2024: "Light Hacks"

Posted: Sun Jul 29, 2018 3:41 am UTC
by zjxs
Any sufficiently advanced life hack is indistinguishable from magic - Arthur C Clarke.