Douwe
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Is it possible to bind multiple ships together on open water?
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Would the makeshift platform be doomed as soon as they hit a storm or strong winds, or is there a way that they survive indefinitely (assuming plentiful food)? It would be doomed. Disclaimer: I've ...

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How can I ensure my Evil Tower is always stormy?
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It's gonna take cotton candy, lots of cotton candy. (And possibly glitter) Now before you go all "but I'm an Evil Overlord" consider this: Being an Evil Overlord is one thing, being considered an ...

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As a super-natural, how do I really transfer into a school
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What age is she? Where I live undocumented children will have no problem getting into elementary school as it is considered a human right. She will have to be able to convince the school that she is ...

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How are post apocalyptic police/paramilitary force funded?
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It depends on what you call "blackmail" The simple answer would be that the settlements would be happy to share some of their resources in exchange for protection. If they're not willing to share, ...

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Mcguffins, everyone wants them
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How do I explain why the mcguffin evolved to be wanted by humans in the first place? All evolutionary traits are, or where at some point, beneficial to a species survival. This includes traits that ...

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How do I make a space battle both realistic, with physics in play such as no sound and weird motion, but also very epic and intense still?
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Go for suspense, not spectacle In addition to some excellent answers already given I would like to add that a realistic space battle might not lend itself very well for "Saving Private Ryan" like ...

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Why would an elder god who depends on human worship limit the amount that it gets?
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Simple, this hypothetical site (which of course bears no resemblance to any real site anyone would know) would suffer long term consequences if they don't enforce some kind of quality control. So ...

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How useful would a giant centipede-like creature be as a mount?
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Awesome idea, and others have answers for your main question. (It does however immediately bring to mind the Worm Riders of Dune, though these are giant worms, not centipedes.) But you also ask this: ...

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From a software testing perspective, what quality-analysis tests would justify using a single world-war simulation?
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We are using a world war to test our software because: Testing is all about finding these pesky 'edge cases'. Like in real life, where we usually know that our software performs well during normal ...

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What mandates travel in an interstellar society?
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Because people want to It has always been a little curious to me why people, whenever this question comes up, assume that since there are few rational reasons to travel between the stars (other than ...

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What is the earliest point in history that Big Brother could exist?
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It depends I guess. If the telescreens are a mandatory attribute, this would put the earliest possible time somewhere in the beginning of the 20th century, when television and a lot of other needed ...

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How would a ship defend against a sea creature, and possibly win?
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Introducing the dual purpose mast. In our world masts of ships are either static, or they can be folded along the length of the ship. In this world, the mast are socketed in a tube that extends all ...

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How can medieval-like coalition defeat or force a modern army into submission?
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The way it is done in real life. No magic or super strength needed, although "a deep understanding of the modern army" is paramount. They would never ever engage this modern army in a full frontal ...

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What event would cause a huge, dominant nation to adopt the language of a smaller, inferior one?
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LC's usefulness as a formal language It turns out that LC's language, in spite of all it's complexities (or maybe because of it), is a perfect fit to be used as a formal language for BC's science and ...

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How to decimate enemy armies without mutilating them?
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Mace Humanity (and vampirity) has always been very inventive in killing others, and while swords, daggers and arrows have always been a staple of warfare, they are far from the only options. There is ...

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What transfer of goods would require a large military escort these days?
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All of the above. I have a (smallish) frame challenge for you: While it might be true that things like priceless art, gold etc etc are not regularly moved by military escorts, they very much can be (...

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Which would a good way to defend from mind controlling aliens?
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We get the heck out of Dodge, and send in the drones. I think you've more or less answered your own question already, but maybe not to the full extend. Remember when we prohibited autonomous kill/no ...

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What resources would underground creatures look for in the surface?
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I find it hard to find a strong reason (resource or otherwise) for underground creatures to be on the surface. Vacation Why do we all flock to the beaches every summer? Because it's cooler there, and ...

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What kind of non-lethal attacks can a robot use against humans?
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Sonic weapons If your android has the possibility to make any sound it wants, and if it can do so loud enough, sonic weapons could be an option. Extremely high-power sound waves can disrupt or ...

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How can medieval-like coalition defeat or force a modern army into submission?
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The way it is done in Starwars. Bonus points if they are cuddly, teddy bear like creatures. They will use their primitive slings to tackle the enemies walkers. They will use the terrain to their ...

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Building muscle in high G to be stronger in normal gravity levels?
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It would work, within limits It would more or less do for your muscle strength what altitude training does for your oxygenation, ie give a noticeable boost. Like others have said it would put an ...

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Building my Flat Earth, how to make my Ice walls last for eternity
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snow Disclaimer: I hope to provide something to help suspension of disbelieve, as there is imho no way something like this could ever survive real scrutiny. As the center of your world is warmer ...

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why would a priesthood only accept young children into its ranks?
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Because their religion commands them I'm aware this sounds a bit like a cop-out, but why does a religious order do anything really? Why do they congregate on Friday/Saturday/Sunday? Why don't they ...

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What are some alternatives to magic and technology?
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You don't need magic or technology to build a society If it's building blocks of society you're after, there is no need for either technology or magic. Society is defined as "the aggregate of people ...

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What Purpose Would a Unicorn's Horn Serve in the Wild?
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To protect it from drop bears But seriously, if you are introducing a new species (the unicorn), why not introduce another species that, during their joint evolution, necessitated the horn? Just like ...

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Plausible reason why the government would not discipline its policemen?
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Because punishing those involved implies wrongdoing Punishing those involved means that you admit your police force has been in the wrong. But how could the unsung heroes of the state ever be wrong? ...

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How would a century of disuse affect this structure?
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Does it freeze? In these mild winters, does it occasionally freeze? If so, depending on material, weathering can go a lot faster, especially when combined with a lot of rain. Concrete and mortar can ...

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How can digital uploaded beings reform a religion that thinks they are gods? (Part I)
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Kill one of their own. Or two, or more. The quickest way for gods to fall off their pedestal is for them to die, to be wrong, to loose or otherwise display the kind of ineptness and/or frailty usually ...

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How to give a rationality-inducing drug to an entire software company?
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Within the constraints of your question, you can simply round them up at gunpoint and force-feed them whatever you want. It's what software engineers call the KISS principle.

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