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Very special circumstances only - Spacepunk The disadvantages of Dark Ages weaponry are that the weapons are: short-ranged; only as powerful as the muscle power used by the wielder; and typically affect a single target only. In most environments these are disadvantages. However, if combatants are fighting in an environment where collateral damage will ...


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I actually agree. No way in hell that happens without major changes like you mentioned. It's good to see that you are aware of the problem. But allow me to complicate things further. Weapons are tools of change. Here is how I though to solve it. Let's have two major empires controlling most of the world and they just decide to throw their arsenal of weapons ...


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The world could have reverted back to medevial weapons because... They wanted to preserve the honor code In war, the object is never to kill as many people as possible. The object is to win, or at least, resolve the conflict. So if you are a good ruler who cares about your subjects, you will want to protect them. You can kill a lot more people with an ...


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Ok so here is my take on this since nobody else seems to answer. In short, no there was never a point in History where anyone thought it might be a good idea to switch back to dark age style weapons when Hellfire Missiles are flying around. I dont think i have to explain why exactly nobody thought of this as a good idea. But here is the TLDR of why. As they ...


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Accidental Agriculture -OR- An Orc's Farm: I read this and tried to think what pressures would lead to a world like this. The solution? Evolution. Not human evolution, but plants and animals. This is somewhat definitional, but the intent for the society isn't to get more food, but to destroy everything else. In such a society (and humans may not be the best ...


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An answer for current times: how about some sort of pandemic that induces deafness. If a substantial portion (20%?) of the population, especially older adult population (those with the money) were deaf, telex would soon become more popular, particularly if discrimination laws were passed mandating that any business with a telephone also had a telex.


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The main driver for a popular telex system would have been the price of copper. Copper was required for telephone lines but radio transmission of telexes avoided this.


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Encryption declassified Telex was how the Lorenz machines communicated. After WWII, the Lorenz and Enigma encoders were kept classified, as was the work of Bletchley Park. Some documents are still not available, but it is widely suspected that these were given to friendly nations who had no crypto themselves, as a "good enough" solution to get them ...


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Your want a tech approach so that is what I will give you. A lot of World War Two era tech was actually made out of stamped sheet metal which was used in earlly mechanical calculators. Multistampe to form shapes and die cutting to cut out the parts. Now change that to happenning 60 years earlier and throw in some dicoveries that happened to late to really ...


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It would have taken cheap telex terminals that could be placed on every desk. In real life, I have had the choice between sending a telex or making a phone call. I had a phone on my desk, but would have to take a telex message to a central communications office. Unless there was some complication such as international calling and time zone differences, it ...


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Essentially you'd have to invent most of the modern cell phone: an input system and display that doesn't depend on mechanical devices printing things on paper. This was basically the email system of the 1990s. Had cell phones not been developed, a more widespread email system linked to "phones" could have easily replaced a lot of calling. Indeed,...


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Digital telegraphy gets an earlier start. 1943 - The Colossus Computer is invented. This is the first digital computer and is used to break codes. timeline diverges.. It is realized that multiple Colossi working in parallel can greatly reduce the time for computation, and the redundancy also reduces the impact of mechanical failures. The parallel ...


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An obsessive need for a permanent record. You need a trained person to translate it, and so either to learn it yourself (at the expense of at least time and probably money) or to pay someone else to do it. It's slower than the telephone. Its only possible advantage is that you can preserve the tape.


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Western Union sets up Japanese or Chinese offices after WW2. With a US occupation force in Japan after the WW2, this could've even been ordered by the US president. The ITA2 system (from 1924 onwards) had 5 bits per character, and was really only suitable for the English language and those sharing its alphabet, it had 2 channels of 32 characters, one for A-Z,...


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Yes My son has a plastic curly drinking straw. I discovered the hard way that it becomes ductile at somewhere less than 100 degC when it went through the dishwasher the first time. All was not lost though - I dunked it in boiling water repeatedly to reshape it. Ash in his answer has made the classic mistake of using an uncontrolled temperature, namely a ...


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Let's try it and see! So I didnt have any Lego bricks free, So I used abs 1.75mm filament from my 3d printer, (which is thicker than the wall of a Lego brick so actually harder to melt) I put it on a ceramic plate on my bbq (fire and ceramic are both neolithic), and it melts down to a sticky blob. I'm able to form it with other ceramic tools (buts of broken ...


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Have someone discover the chemistry and physics of photography several generations earlier than happened in our world. Why is that difficult? It’s true the camera didn't exist until way into the 19th C but don’t you think that’s a co-incidence? Why could it not have been discovered/invented, say, 500 years earlier even in this our world, let alone yourn? ...


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There is a cave far on the edges of the known kingdom. Inside this cave are crystals and a type of plant that has large, dark leaves. When exposed to the sun, these leaves will bleach out to white. However, if you were to contain these leaves inside of a box, where the only light is adjusted by a small lever that snaps a shutter in front of a crystal from ...


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