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The Best Approach For Avoiding Zombies

samzenpus posted more than 5 years ago | from the stayin'-alive dept.

Science 15

BuzzSkyline writes "Last month, math students published a model of a zombie infestation that explained how the disease might spread. A new physics paper offers help for the more immediate problem — how to avoid being eaten. The paper, which recently appeared in the journal Physical Review E, considers where best to hide when being pursued by zombie-like predatory 'random walkers.' Although the researchers weren't thinking of zombies when they wrote the paper, the abstract describes the research as focusing on 'the survival probability of immobile targets annihilated by a population of random walkers.' (Sounds like a zombie movie premise to me.) The bottom line is you're better off the more labyrinth-like your hiding place is. So take a lesson from Dawn of the Dead, and hunker down in the mall, not in a farmhouse (as in Night of the Living Dead)."

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Fwap fwap fwap (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#29583841)


Wrong Story (1)

aaaantoine (1540357) | more than 5 years ago | (#29584743)

I think you were looking for this one [slashdot.org] .

Frist Prost (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#29584581)


I disagree with this article (3, Interesting)

Bearded Frog (1562519) | more than 5 years ago | (#29584875)

I honestly think a Whaling Ship would be the best possible place to hide. If you can secure the ship it is your best bet. Get far enough out to shore to avoid swimming zombies. You will need a few suplies other then defensive suplies first. Those being fishing equipment, gardening equipment, vegetable seeds of your choosing, and a distilation system. Then convert the ship's deck into a garden for food, and set up the distilation system processing the salt water into drinkable water. Then you have food, and water and even a varied diet (fish and vegetables). Now you ask why a whaling ship? The reason being if it is a zombie world it may be one with zombie animals. You cant rule that out. If this is the case you would want a good defense against zombie whales. However if it is a zombie animal world it does throw out your varied diet as fish will be zombified too. A military ship like a destroyer would be great too but probably harder to obtain.

Re:I disagree with this article (1)

jameskojiro (705701) | more than 5 years ago | (#29585529)

No, an Empty fully stocked with fuel and food cruise ship! Just go offshore a mile and drop anchor. Safe for at least a few years or the next Hurricane in which case by then all of the zombies have starved to death.

Re:I disagree with this article (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#29586123)

Safe until the zombies figure out how to walk across the ocean floor and climb up your anchor line, you mean.

Re:I disagree with this article (1)

blackfrancis75 (911664) | more than 5 years ago | (#29598903)

Unlikely, given that:
1. The zombies would have to first see your vessel from the shoreline and have the deductive powers to target it - without being able smelling your brains. Unless you're proposing random sea-floor walking zombies happen across your anchor, which I think would still take several years to occur by chance.
2. Walking across the ocean floor would be extremely difficult (especially the first bit), given the oceanic currents at play even underwater. Not having air to breathe is not the only reasons humans can't do this, in practice.

Re:I disagree with this article (1)

confused one (671304) | more than 5 years ago | (#29591241)

Nuclear aircraft carrier. Can outrun storms (or almost anything else for that matter) Mobile city. Unlimited nuclear power which lasts for years. Water from self-contained distillation plants. Plenty of anti-zombie firepower. Only limitations are spare parts, fuel for aircraft and backup generators, and food.

Re:I disagree with this article (1)

Hojima (1228978) | more than 5 years ago | (#29600649)

Actually, a high-tech modified zeppelin would be better, because you run the risk of your ship getting swarmed by zombie birds. Zeppelins can go much higher than birds can, but you might have to have a vegetarian diet. The zeppelin could divert the sunlight it receives into multiple growth decks, where the plants would sustain a small colony of people. You may wonder where the water comes from, but respiration actually generates water, so as long as you have a device that captures humidity and seal up the area, you should be good on water (a note to the less informed: the reason we need to intake water is because of the vast amounts of water vapor that we exhale, and some to urination and sweating as well). The whole place would pretty much be like a space station, however there would be one catch: they would all have to be females. The reason being that if we want to repopulate the earth, we need to have as little inbreeding as possible, and since sperm can be frozen, the variety yield can be much greater. Of course I would be the only exception, but I will sacrifice my ambitions of having a child during that time and use berth control, while teaching the rest of the women how to repopulate the old-fashion way.

A prison/jail is better than a mall (3, Interesting)

Isaac-1 (233099) | more than 5 years ago | (#29585521)

I would think a prison/jail would be the best defensive colony option. Give everyone the key to their cell, minimize group gathering. This way when on of the good guys turns into a zombie damage is minimized. The solid exterior doors, tall razor wire topped fences, guard towers, back up generators, air lock like entry systems, etc. are a nice bonus also.

Re:A prison/jail is better than a mall (1)

RobVB (1566105) | more than 5 years ago | (#29586267)

How about an army base? You'd have most of those security measures, and lots more firepower to start killing each other when you go crazy.

Re:A prison/jail is better than a mall (1)

OnomatopoeiaSound (1276560) | more than 5 years ago | (#29587163)

Read The Walking Dead. Covered this, and the prison worked pretty well against zombies. Against humans on the other hand... Not so well.

the best defense is offense (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#29590925)

It would only be a matter of time before something went wrong if a bunch of humans holed up together. It would be a losers game in the long run to just hole up. As the original thesis said, the best option would be attack: hard and fast, repeatedly and aggressively.

And this makes sense if you think about it, because in all Zombie films, the humans *always* fail in some way, eventually and the zombies get in and infect some humans then it's a fight for survival.

No! Don't tell the Zombies our Plan! (1)

WaywardGeek (1480513) | more than 5 years ago | (#29599377)

Great, just great. I WAS planning on hiding out at the MALL, rather than my farm house, but since you've alerted every zombie who reads slashdot (and ALL zombies read slashdot), I'll be hiding out in my farmhouse.

Re:No! Don't tell the Zombies our Plan! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#29605297)

Or will you? I'll check the mall first.

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