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Iterate. Set up a webcam pointed at your computer screen with the browser open, use another computer to watch the webcam through another instance of the browser, set up another webcam and another computer with another instance of the browser..... Each additional computer that you add to the chain will give you a further 5 seconds insight into the future. ...


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Assuming that the web browser is compatible with modern web standards... Get an account with a web-based electronic stock trading platform, for example, E*Trade or TD Ameritrade. Use your 5 seconds insight to buy low and sell high. Enjoy your filthy lucre.


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If you can deploy a good quality, wide-angle telescope and take photos of the night sky over a period of more than a few days, you can determine the time down to seconds over a wide range of history. It would probably be good in the range of a million years pastward or futureward. The technique would be, first, to get a basic orientation by finding ...


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Instead of having the device determine the time it is sent to, have it leave something in place, that you can find in the present to determine exactly when in the past it traveled. This is best if your location is very isolated (or underground in a stable rock formation) to minimize the chance of disturbance during the intervening million years. The ...


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There is a huge number of delicious fruits that are rarely eaten outside the regions they grow because they either don't transport well or go bad way too fast or both. Examples Cherimoya : a fruit with a taste that is hard to describe. Citrusy strawberry vanilla pudding does not do it justice. Also called the ice cream fruit for how well it is served ...


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No Barring the existence of some Illuminati-type organization who watches for people like you, anyway. Most of these tech companies succeeded because they had the good fortune to introduce a service or good into the market at the right time and had the right strategies to defeat all their competitors. It would be difficult to see how an influx of money ...


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In modern physics, the only thing which is capable of altering the flow of time with respect to two points in space is gravity. In general relativity, the passage of time and gravity are inherently entwined, so "time travels slower" near massive objects. If you have a very massive object (as in black-hole massive), you can noticeably distort time. Of ...


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No. It would not prove that this was a simulation for you alone, as there are other strong possibilities. This is a simulation, but not for you. Your memory of previous loops are due to a bug. Where your state should be reset at the beginning of each loop, for some reason your experience has been carried over to the next loop. This is not a simulation, you (...


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The technology / magic you're describing may well make some foods possible in a restaurant context, but as I see it what you've really created is a form of 'hot freezer', or in other words a system of taking a perfectly prepared hot meal on a plate and storing it AS a hot meal almost indefinitely. Traditionally most hot buffets use some form of Bain Marie ...


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The Character is Taken Back to a Spot in His/Her History In Edge of Tomorrow the character is set back to the first day of enlistment, several days away from where most of the action is. In Groundhog Day the character is sent back to bed at the beginning of the morning. In either event, the character has to re-win all the little victories between; and can ...


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Crack any password, ever. Any problem (and there are a LOT) that is hard to solve but easy to verify, and be solved instantly by being able to look into the future. For a simple example: cracking a combination padlock. Create a simple website, with a form, where you type in a number, click submit, and it displays it back to you. Make a plan: You will open ...


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You need to know when you are sending stuff, not how much time they stayed in the past (from their perspective). So sending clocks is a no-no. One way you could do it is by collecting air samples from the past. When it comes back, compare the concentration of atmospheric gases against those of Antarctica's ice cores. The oldest ones are 2.7 million years ...


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You're dead fairly quickly in this scenario And it's cool that you've brought this to our attention. The force required to move air in and out of your lungs isn't the problem. The air in the pocket immediately surrounding your body is in the same time frame as your lungs. Therefore, breathing is quite normal. The real problem is the exchange of ...


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If nothing, neither light nor matter, can interact with the region, I see three possibilities: total specular reflection The region acts as a perfect mirror at all wavelengths. It looks like a shiny silver sphere or cube. The surface feels warm to the touch, since you feel your own warmth reflected back at you The region feels perfectly smooth and rigid. ...


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Y1900 problem. Time machine software has a bug that prevents it from correctly handling years before 1900. Despite all efforts, people still think it's a hardware issue.


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JBH has an excellent answer. I thought I'd add a different issue: freezing to death. You exist in thermal equilibrium with your environment: the amount of heat you export through radiation/convection/conduction is equal to the amount you absorb, and the net allows you to maintain your body temperature. Since you are generating heat internally, your body ...


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Maybe The new owner of your house may have been destined to become a gifted programmer in the company you buy into, if she had only moved out to Southern California instead of buying that house.


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Assuming you can't take a star fix for whatever reason (during some of these time periods, Earth's surface could be pretty hazardous, and I'm not sure what precautions your time machine uses to avoid popping up in the middle of a rock, or a cave, or a sea of lava), your probe should still be able to take measurements of the atmosphere and magnetic field ...


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This is a bit strange, but maybe time starts in the year 1900. For some reason, the universe began in the year 1900, and everything that appeared to happen before that actually didn't. Since you can't time travel to where there was no time, you hit a barrier at the year 1900.


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This isn't 100% what you want, but Seafood Seafood is often best fresh and I've heard that the fishy smell you often get is due to the Fish slowly rotting. Since you have a magic time stopping fridge, you could literally throw live fish into there and then eat it at a later date as fresh as possible. Stuff like Oysters or Tuna would be very valuable ...


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Truffles. These things are a nightmare ingredient. They're a rare type of delicious fungus (supposedly - I've never had any and you'll see why shortly), and only a handful of types are actually edible. They're hard to harvest, as they are very picky about where they grow and required trained pigs / dogs to find and dig up. And here's the nightmare part - ...


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Possible limitations for the resetting-ability: Destination limited to special points The protagonist can't use his ability to jump back to any point in time, there are some restrictions. For example it has to be any midnight. Startingpoint limited to special points The protagonist can't use his ability to jump back from any point in time, there are some ...


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It uses a nickel-iron signature as a lock-on to stabilize Time machines don't really exist, handwavium all around to justify them. The real question here is just how to justify picking any given year and using it as a backstop for the time machine. So I did some digging, and the nickel-iron battery was invented in 1899 by Waldemar Jugner, later improved by ...


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I'd say go back as far as you could possibly want to and leave an atomic clock (or several for redundancy). When it wears out / breaks replace it with another. Eventually you'll have a continuous line of clocks from the dawn of time Once you have a line of clocks right up to modern time, you can tell exactly when you are down to the microsecond. You can ...


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Case A Assumption #1: The transition from one perspective of time to another perspective of time is instantaneous. In other words, the walls of the bubble are infintely thin. Assumption #2: Things happen more quickly inside the bubble than outside (time is "faster" by comparison). In this case, as my body passes through the bubble, the chemical ...


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There are a few flaws in your logic... 1). How would you convince yourself that you weren't merely dreaming or hallucinating? The simplest explanation for what you are experiencing is that you are dreaming. Ruling that out just for argument, the next most likely explanation is that your brain is broken; you are delusional and what you are perceiving is ...


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Making aged wine would be simpler than aged liquor. Both wine and liquor can benefit from the ageing process. However, producing aged liquor (brandy, whiskey etc.) is technologically more complex and depends on the expertise of the distiller. I recommend the following approach: After the harvest, when young wine starts to hit the market, buy samples of ...


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Get an augmented reality headset, and install a custom firmware on it, which contains the browser open to a page that shows the incoming feed from the camera on the headset. Project this image in front of one (or both, as a sort of overlay) of your eyes. You now have the ability to constantly see 5 seconds in the future. You can call every coin flip. Tell ...


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Ask yourself. No, seriously, ask yourself. You've got a time travel machine. Why are you asking the internet whether your scheme will work? Go forward in time and ask yourself whether it worked. (To be honest, if you've got access to a time machine and your scope of usage is simply "make some money with the stock market", you've got a critical failure ...


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