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Questions tagged [communication]

The act of conveying information from a sender to a receiver.

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Why do these communicators from Star Trek differ? [closed]

In the picture below, the communicators buttons and pattern in the center differ from each other. Was there any direct intent to make them look different from although still similar to each other? I ...
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In the movie Arrival, were the visitors “playing dumb”?

It appears a clever trick the visitors were using...
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How do Starfleet comm badges know how to connect between personnel?

How do Starfleet comm badges work as far as connections? One user taps their badge and says “me” to “receiving person”. It’s obviously heard as an inter-comm on the ship, so I can understand how ...
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Do Starfleet communicators require a server?

Do we ever find out, anywhere in Star Trek, whether standard-issue Starfleet communicators (e.g. TOS-era handheld communicators or TNG-era commbadges) require a server to communicate (like a cell ...
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Do non-Starfleet communicators also have Prescient Routing Tech?

Followup to: Why is there no combadge lag on initiating inter-personnel comms? Many misunderstood the previous question, so I'll try to rephrase it. Sometimes we see Riker's perspective: his badge ...
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How do Atlanteans communicate underwater?

We have seen Atlanteans in both Marvel comics and DC. Beings who can live and breathe under water as well as on land, their physiology has been shown to be very different from humans. Sticking my ...
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Battlestar Galactica Communications

Do they have audio-visual communications in the 2004 series like they showed in the 1978 series? I know in the Galactica's CIC it shows them using old phone handsets that are hard wired. Did the ...
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Why the internet and PCs never became a staple of science fiction? [closed]

I just came out of a screening of Lo and Behold: Reveries of the connected world , a documentary by Werner Herzog about the past, present and future of the internet (very recommended indeed.) One of ...
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Short story with audible computer networks

I am looking for a short story where all the computer to computer communications were audible to humans. After being exposed to this for long enough the younger generations start creating music ...
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“Cause and Effect”: Why didn't the Enterprise check with a Starfleet “time beacon” earlier on?

I have seen this episode a number of times. I believe while it is mentioned that the Typhon Expanse (as being explored in the episode) is largely unexplored, there does not appear to be any issue ...
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What is the benefit of keeping an open com channel

Sorry if this has been asked before but this has bugged me for some time Usually to contact someone the badge is tapped and something is said like 'riker to bridge', yet when someone is in danger its ...
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Why didn't Sirius remind Harry about the mirror when he used Umbridge's fireplace?

I understand from this answer why not-so-bright Harry didn't understand the true usefulness or significance of the two-way mirror until it was too late. This was basically because Sirius described it ...
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Why don’t they switch to text communication when there’s a bad connection?

It happens sometimes in Star Trek that the quality of video chats is too bad. Why don't they switch to audio or text only? This would save bandwidth and they would communicate better.
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How do they hear incoming transmissions through their communicator?

I was wondering how people in Star Trek hear the incoming transmissions. I thought they used speakers located in the rooms and corridors of space ships, but they also work outside. Does the sound come ...
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Communcations and the MDV in “The Martian”

In the book "The Martian", communication is lost with Earth after the Mars Ascent Vehicle leaves. It seems to me the Mars Descent Vehicle (MDV), which they landed in, would have had some kind of a ...
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How do distant clones solve the simultaneity problem in Diaspora?

Maybe I misundertand something, but I find Greg Egan's treatment of the simultaneity problem between distant clones in Diaspora problematic, strangely at odds with the overall technically detailed ...
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How would the act of networking Galactica's computers allow the introduction of a computer virus?

In Battlestar Galactica, the Colonial fleet is separated from Galactica when they are forced to jump to the emergency FTL jump coordinates. Battlestar Galactica is left behind, and after they realize ...
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How is breaking news reported in the Harry Potter universe?

Throughout the Harry Potter series, we see several forms of journalism and communication. The most obvious is the Daily Prophet, represented by Rita Skeeter, which, as the name suggests, appears to be ...
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Alien communication via a Chess Knight piece

I'm looking for a short story, most likely written before 1985 about an alien being able to communicate with a man only because he was playing chess (by himself?) and thinking about his Knight move. ...
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Out-of-universe, how are Star Trek combadges attached?

How are combadges attached? (Is there any reference in-universe to how they stay on? This question primarily focuses on in-universe explanation -- there is a mention of out-of-universe in an ...
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First reference to a wireless communication technology in Science Fiction?

Considering we have a 'wireless communication technology' currently in the form of mobile phones and two-way radios, and have had so for quite some time, I was wondering what is the first reference to ...
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Location without combadge [duplicate]

In DS9 'Dax' they cannot find the location of the kidnappers of Dax. However, during the episode 'The Nagus', Sisko requests Jake's location from the computer, and it's given. In previous episodes, ...
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Why aren’t transport requests addressed to a specific transporter room instead of the ship?

When somebody requests a beam-out, they say: [officer’s name] to [ship], [amount of people] to beam up I know the AI would know to route this channel to a working transporter room after the word “...
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What is the limit of the Farscape communication (“comms”) device?

The Farscape Wiki says: "Comms or communication devices were integrated systems connected to and controlled by Leviathans such as Moya. The devices had a fairly wide range, but a distinct ...
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Need Name of Children's Short Story (1970s SRA, maybe) - Boy Fixes Radio of a Crashed Alien Craft

I'm interested in the title and/or author of this story. I was in grade school from 1971 to 1978. The story collections we read were SRA (reading laboratories). Usually boring stuff. But I found back ...
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Science fiction short story about a Schwarzchild radius growing

I read this short story in an anthology from NMSU library in the 1980s. It had adult themes, and I still can't forget how shocked I was. Possible author was Stanislaw Lem but I might be wrong. The ...
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How do non-officers communicate on board Federation ships?

In the middle of "Starship Mine" I'm surprised to find out that non-officers don't have their own comm-badges. How do they communicate with each other in all these situations, where officers use ...
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Why don't they use short wave radios in The Walking Dead?

Charging the batteries using solar powered chargers could work right?
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Maximum distance and speed for communication in StarTrek franchise [duplicate]

In the middle of TNG: "Transfigurations" an alien ship is detected on long-range sensors. Worf says, that it travels with Warp 9.72 on interception course and it will take 10.53 hours to meet it. We ...
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How can there be different languages with universal translators?

I've not watched every episode of Star Trek or read every book, but I was wondering why there are still different languages amongst different species, groups, etc ? For example, if a group of people ...
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Are communications jammers common in the Star Wars universe?

During the speeder bike chase in Return of the Jedi, Luke Skywaker instructs Leia to jam the communications of the Imperial Scout Troopers they are chasing/being chased by. The jammer seems to be ...
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Story about extraterrestrial slug trying to communicate

As a child circa the late 1970s, I read a poignant science fiction story that I would love to be able to identify. As best I can recall after all these years, the story went something like this: A ...
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How come so many species in Star Trek universe have compatible communications technologies?

In-universe, I mean. I understand about universal translators, but how come ship-to-ship communications are compatible, right down to the 3D presentations on their view screens? For example, Janeway ...
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Meaning of the term - in the blind

Various characters in the movie Gravity use the term 'in the blind' at the end of a transmission. This is said most often by Lieutenant Matt Kowalski after the initial incident. It is also heard ...
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Was there any kind of meaningful communication between humans and Tyranids in Warhammer 40k?

Although Orks, Chaos marines, etc. are always hostile to humans, they can be talked with, even if not reasoned with. Very rarely, even a (very short-lived) truce can be made with them. However, was ...
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Is there filtering on Star Trek audio/video communication channels?

Occasionally in Star Trek Enterprise, a visual or audio communication channel will be open between Enterprise and an adversary. While the com is open, the crew will tell the captain things that they ...
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Is there an in-universe explanation for how mobile communicators stop listening in TNG?

In Star Trek: The Next Generation, DS9, and Voyager, it seems common for officers to touch their communicators to initiate a conversation but it's unclear when the person on the other side stops ...
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What is the point of the hand signals in “Close Encounters”?

In "Close Encounters of the Third Kind", the aliens communicate with a sequence of 5 musical notes. Lacombe, the UFO expert, is shown in a conference room showing a sequence of hand signals ...
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Short story of a lone person at a military outpost/station that may have the quote “Hello, Brother” near the beginning

This was published in an anthology I read in 1975. The anthology may have been fairly recent at that time (new or 2-3 years old). Plot: The lone person is viewing a video of the person who was there ...
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Is there faster-than-light communication in the Star Wars universe (other than hyperdrive)?

Especially in the original trilogy, there are several plot points that imply that there is no faster-than-light communications in the Star Wars universe, other than using a hyperdrive-equipped ship to ...
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What is the name of the movie from the 80's about scientists that build a machine that helps people share their experiences?

My boyfriend remembers parts of this movie, but not any actors or the name. He said that there is a machine that they put on their heads and it takes their experiences and gives them to another person....
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In Dune, how do they communicate between planets?

In the Dune books, I couldn't understand how interplanetary communications work. Is there a real-time way of communications, or do they depend on Guild ships to make the trip, and thats how they get ...
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Why are transmissions in StarTrek sometimes real-time, but sometimes require significant time to reach the destination?

Watching TNG again I realized that some subspace transmissions are occurring in real-time, but some reports require significant time to be delivered. The odd thing is that this doesn't seem to be ...
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What SF novel or short story features characters that can only communicate with musical instruments?

I would like to find out the title of the book or short story that meets this criteria. Science Fiction novel that the characters use only musical instruments (eg. saxophone, guitar, violin, piano, ...