When using an ego bridge to egocast a live ego (as opposed to a halted fork or backup), how distant can the target be?
Eclipse Phase p. 269 says:
In this case, during the process of uploading, the ego bridge is also connected to another ego bridge and the new sleeve. This connection can even be made wirelessly or by farcaster link (with a maximum distance of 10,000 kilometers).
Later, on p. 275:
But for any trip longer than 1.5 million kilometers—the distance a fusion drive craft can cover in a day—people egocast. Egocasting is transhumanity’s most advanced personal transportation technology, though only the character’s ego actually travels. Egocasting combines the technologies of uploading and quantum farcasting to transfer a backup (or sometimes even a conscious ego, see Egocasting, p. 275) over interplanetary distances.
How can you send a conscious ego on a long trip when it seems limited to 10Mm? Unfortunately, the cross-reference seems to be to the very section doing the cross-referencing!
Uploading, the manual says (p. 269), takes "hours … or even longer if done via farcaster." There are no specifics given about time taken, that I could find.
- How far can one transfer an active ego?
- Is it the case, then, that egocasting beyond that is just sending the data composing a backup?
- How long does the long-distance transmission of an ego take?