[LMB] You're going to the Vorkosiverse. What do you want to get while you're there?

Marc Wilson marc.wilson at gmx.co.uk
Thu Sep 14 12:11:57 BST 2017

On Thu, 14 Sep 2017 11:57:56 +0100, "James M. BRYANT G4CLF"
<james at jbryant.eu> wrote:

>Marc & William mention batteries:-
> >The rechargeable power packs mentioned for stunners,
> >plasma arcs, and the comm unit with a year long
> >power unit. They're about as good as shipstones.
> >And equally... interesting if breached.
>Assume the com unit has a continuous Watt of output
>and the Barrayaran year is roughly like ours (~10,000
>hours) then we have something which can store 10 kWH.
>This is 3.6E7 J or the energy of approximately 8.6 gm
>(just under a third of an ounce) of TNT, which is one
>eighth of the charge of a Mills Bomb (WWII hand grenade).
>Interesting, but probably not disastrous.

You wouldn't want it to "do a Samsung" in your pocket, though.
>Nothing like shipstones which, from what I deduce from
>their use in FTL travel, have something approaching
>10^4 to 10^7 that energy density.
>James - who just wasted too long on research

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out and destroying each other to prove once and for all who has the best
imaginary friend.  - Alia

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