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Old September 22nd, 2020, 06:26 PM
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Is there 'canon' on the extent of the Virus 'infection'?

Mainly, how far toward the rim did it go? Or did it just peter out once it consumed the Sol Confed?
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No idea...but what would cause it to peter out? Provided R>=1 it just keeps going until it runs out of hosts.
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Can the Virus infect a vacuum tube computer?
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what would cause it to peter out? Provided R>=1 it just keeps going until it runs out of hosts.
Running out of hosts and hitting those "evolutionary" endpoints that cause it to stop looking for hosts.

In the rimward direction, my feeling is that it would hit the wall of too little traffic by the time it was approaching one sector-width beyond the official map. That would make those systems extraordinarily dangerous to enter, what with an unknown local population of impatient Virus waiting for a target to come along.
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Can the Virus infect a vacuum tube computer?

I would say no, since as a form of silicon-based life its propagation is tied to its ability to "write/overwrite" itself onto a silicon chip using the already existing silicon-based AI-hardware in a ships transponder box.
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Can the Virus infect a vacuum tube computer?
No, it can't.

The problem is that tube computers aren't very useful since most of the utility of a computer comes from its density.

Who's to say if a tube computer that can, say, calculate a Jump route, is even practical.

It may even be the case that for something "routine" like a Jump calculation, a mechanical solution may be more reliable, compact, and/or energy efficient than a tube version.
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Indications are that we're moving into carbon based chips.
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Rules as written? if it's big enough to count as a model 0, it can;. if it isn't, it can encapsulate a base code in just about any computerized device to infect the next big enough one.



The way the rules work, it can imprint on any big enough computer it's in electronic comms with.

The only way this makes sense to me is if the virus is psionic and uses telekinetics via a radio or wired comms focus to function.
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Psionics isn't needed to explain Virus, the original authors never suggested that Virus had any psionic component to it at all. They did state that Virus could take control of machines that can replicate psionic effects though

It is simply silicon based life that we can not understand at our current TL. The 'DNA' from said lifeform can be encoded as data - much like a human DNA pattern could be encoded as data.

If the data can be unpacked and run on a suitable computer then it can replicate the silicon organism within the machine and become the machine.

What is the architecture of a TL9+ computer? Is there any silicon in it at all?

Consider this - how does a wafer overwrite the memories and personality of a host brain and take control of it? Is that psionic? Or is the wafer personality temporarily replicated within the host by remapping the neural structure of the host brain. How does the host brain remember its original patterns once overwritten?

Virus is the computer analogue of wafer technology.

As to its range and extent I would imagine it would spread as far as ships could carry it and therefore the whole area of charted space and then a few worlds or subsectors beyond providing there is a technological society sufficiently advanced for computers hosts to be available.

I can't help but think that some Virus strains will evolve that seek to explore the galaxy...
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It is simply silicon based life that we can not understand at our current TL. The 'DNA' from said lifeform can be encoded as data - much like a human DNA pattern could be encoded as data.
Fortunately all my ship electronic components weren't of silicon but rather gallium arsenide and thus were immune.
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