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I'd rather pay for my space latte with ...

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Galactic credits standard
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Agatean rhinus
  227 votes / 1%
Flanian Pobble Beads
  893 votes / 7%
  3980 votes / 32%
  594 votes / 4%
Brandar tiles
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  • by mfearby (1653) on Sunday December 29, 2013 @06:37PM (#45814001) Homepage

    I thought "gold pressed latinum" was the preferred currency of moneyed-types in the alpha quadrant? I couldn't imagine Quark dealing in any other kind, certainly not the ordinary non-gold pressed variety.

    • by Chris Mattern (191822) on Sunday December 29, 2013 @06:41PM (#45814039)

      "Latinum" as short for "gold pressed latinum" is acceptible. As in the Fortieth Rule of Acquisition: "She can touch your lobes but never your latinum".

    • by SumDog (466607)

      Latinum is encased in the gold. The gold is actually pretty worthless in the Star Trek Universe. It's just a container.

      • by sanosuke001 (640243) on Monday December 30, 2013 @11:30AM (#45818583)
        Yes, the latinum is so precious that each bar has a very small amount mixed with the gold; without the gold pure latinum would either be excessively expensive for a bar that could be handled or so small that handling it for transactions would be impractical.
      • by Applehu Akbar (2968043) on Monday December 30, 2013 @09:36PM (#45824619)
        I prefer the convenience of the Latinum Card. And for my monthly spend, I get Federation Kilometers that are good for travel upgrades. I'm going Sol - Tau Ceti jammed into a center seat in coach.
  • Latinum of course (Score:5, Interesting)

    by msobkow (48369) on Sunday December 29, 2013 @06:43PM (#45814065) Homepage Journal

    Primarily because it comes from a universe where there is a relatively high living standard for Earth humans. Pretty much every other "future" envisioned that I've ever read was rather bleak and depressing compared to Star Trek's.

    I rather like the idea of a world where all your needs are taken care of automatically, and all you have to work for are perks and extras.

    Then again, I live in such a world today -- I'm on disability. My needs are taken care of without working, but I have the option of earning up to $200 a month without penalty for perks and spending money. Maybe Star Trek isn't so much fantasy after all, at least in Canada.

    • I wouldn't brag about being on disability. I mean you must have to build yourself up to keep going along being disabled, but bragging I think crosses some social taboo.

      • I don't think he was bragging - but to some I think it is a taboo to openly discuss disabilities.
        • by aliquis (678370)

          His actual point is pretty good though.

          Take natural resources for instance, lots of companies profit from them, nature is ruined forever. Should it be private profit?

          What about land and things like farming?

          Banks/lending generate money for people for nothing too.

          For whatever reason it's ok if someone get billions for not doing much but not if someone get thousands.

          In a society where the basics can be done by a few or robots or whatever would it be all that wrong if people would be more free to do what they w

          • If I could afford to scratch work off the to-do list,

            I could post on /. AND have a girlfriend.

      • Sounds like he's bragging about Canadian social support, not about being disabled.

    • by RogueyWon (735973)

      Much more fun to go to the other end of the spectrum - something as ludicrously grim and dark as possible. Say... Warhammer 40k?

      In which case, your Space Latte will cost you 30,000 eternally tortured souls of the damned. Or if you have a loyalty card, you can get it discounted to 15,000 litres of blood for the blood god and 3,000 skulls for the skull throne.

    • by barlevg (2111272) on Monday December 30, 2013 @02:00PM (#45819989)
      If you're a human in the ST universe, and you're having to actually pay for your latte, you're probably not living in the utopian part. [] []
      • by Z00L00K (682162)

        Unless you have to get it from Quark.

        • You're probably a Starfleet officer or a trader if you're buying in Quark's, in which case you either get a latinum stipend from the Federation or have trading profits. In either case you voluntarily adopted an unusual, high-risk lifestyle and represent something of an oddity.

          You could probably get something at the replimat for for free* as well. In Quark's you're mostly paying for the atmosphere and the Dabo girls.

          * in an environment like DS9 with a limited supply of energy and mass there are probably rati

    • by Kjella (173770)

      Primarily because it comes from a universe where there is a relatively high living standard for Earth humans.

      Not to mention the holodeck, obviously a lot of untapped (pun intended) potential. Including every fantasy you couldn't or wouldn't do in real life, I guess a space latte might become involved but it's not exactly at the top of my list.

  • Cubits (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday December 29, 2013 @07:01PM (#45814199)

    Because Battlestar Galactica 2003 is the best sci-fi, and possibly the best TV show of all time.

  • by toygeek (473120) on Sunday December 29, 2013 @07:02PM (#45814203) Homepage Journal []

    I looked up the ones I didn't know, thought I'd share (link).

  • by 54mc (897170) <> on Sunday December 29, 2013 @07:04PM (#45814211)
    It doesn't matter anyway. Some asshole jedi will come along and try to tell me that credits will do fine. []
    • by jd (1658)

      Ah, but how will the Force size up against my psychic paper telling the Jedi that his powers were eaten by a small dog?

  • How is Multipass [] not an option?

  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday December 29, 2013 @07:10PM (#45814247)

    As I would assume a few other people are or have encountered, I didn't know from what source the currency choices came from. So, here's a short reference:

    Galactic credits standard: Star Wars
    Kalganids: Second Foundation
    Agatean rhinus: Discworld
    Flanian Pobble Beads: Hitchhiker's Guide To the Galaxy
    Latinum: Star Trek (Ferengi)
    Dollarpounds: Red Dwarf
    Brandar tiles: Farscape
    Spacebucks: Spaceballs


  • by hutsell (1228828) on Sunday December 29, 2013 @07:14PM (#45814279) Homepage

    From what I understand, with this, you can have pretty much have anything you want from anyone. An insignificant latte: Gratis; no payment required.

    • by mendax (114116) on Sunday December 29, 2013 @07:32PM (#45814411)

      Indeed, I get my drinks from a replicator so I don't pay, you insensitive clods! But I don't drink lattes, I drink raktajinos! Only the Klingons know how to make coffee.

      • by Jeremi (14640)

        Indeed, I get my drinks from a replicator so I don't pay, you insensitive clods!

        Share and enjoy!

      • by jd2112 (1535857) on Tuesday December 31, 2013 @02:24AM (#45826475)

        Indeed, I get my drinks from a replicator so I don't pay, you insensitive clods! But I don't drink lattes, I drink raktajinos! Only the Klingons know how to make coffee.

        Lucky you, I get my drinks from a Nutri-Matic, which makes a concoction that is almost, but not quite, entirely unlike tea.

    • by rossdee (243626)

      But if you go to Arrakis, you can buy your spice with water

    • by barlevg (2111272)
      I wonder what a Spice Latte would taste like in the Dune universe.

      This latte will literally open your mind to a whole new plane of existence. And I literally mean literally.
      • by Z00L00K (682162)

        You will taste the bending and fluctuation of space and view the foldings made by the guild members.

    • by westlake (615356)

      From what I understand, with this, you can have pretty much have anything you want from anyone.

      The problem with commodity based currencies is that they assume an essentially static society where scarce and valuable commodities will always remain scarce and valuable.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday December 29, 2013 @07:22PM (#45814337)

    Bitcoins obviously.

  • Why should I want to pay for Space Lattes? They should be free!
    • by jd (1658)

      Only information wants to be free. Brownian motion generators are random, thus devoid of information.

  • by Laserfuzz (157714) on Sunday December 29, 2013 @07:43PM (#45814479)


  • Wow. So crypto. Much currency.

  • Quatloos! (Score:5, Funny)

    by PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) on Sunday December 29, 2013 @07:47PM (#45814507)

    Best Star Trek currency ever . . . plus you get to see Kirk battle a chick with funky hair in a tinfoil bikini wielding an over-sized can opener.

  • Sorry, I only carry crindar.


  • by SumDog (466607) on Sunday December 29, 2013 @08:17PM (#45814651) Homepage Journal

    Buckazoids...for those of us Space Quest fans out there.

  • I wanna pay with nuyen! Or woolongs! Or Barrayaran marks!

  • by AbRASiON (589899) * on Sunday December 29, 2013 @08:52PM (#45814879) Journal

    I'll wager $400 on the newcomers.

  • ... you insensitive clod!

    • Then you don't have to pay for it, even with latinum. Just say into the magic scarcity elimination box, "Tea, Earl Grey, hot."
  • by shugah (881805) on Monday December 30, 2013 @01:19AM (#45816109)
    Isn't it obvious?
  • If you exchange your Foundation credits for kalganids you get a lot of kalganids. Sounds like a good deal to me!

    What good are quatloos? All you can do is place bets with them. I'm confused.

    ...laura, probably showing her age

  • Inter-Stellar Kredits (not so much Icelandic Kroner). Litecoin wouldn't be bad either. Whatever I already have more than most people would be good.
  • If that's refused, perhaps they'd prefer a five-star review...
  • ...using one of my own fab-drones, from raw atoms freshly mined out of one of my asteroid belt claims.

  • Buckazoids.

  • Thanks for ignoring the most successful science fiction book series ever written []...

    • by yoshi_mon (172895)

      Well er...not to say that by the numbers that it might be up there, even #1 by some metric. But really? I've never even heard of the thing!

      Further that the ubiquitous "credits" is not on the list is kinda more silly IMO. My main man Harry Harrison should have had some reps!

  • Seriously? It's gotta be Kongbucks....

  • Ok, so getting enough Ningis to make up one Pu is kind of a challenge, which means your average mutl-pu space-latte is liable to take quite some time to afford.

  • As long as the currency is widely used, and if it does not require that I carry around large quantities of paper or valuable metal/minerals, I don't care. It seems to me that our current monetary system (mostly electronic) is just as practical as most sci-fi systems, and far superior to any fantasy system which still uses lots of valuable metals carried around in bags, just waiting to be stolen in The Shades or some other part of a fantasy universe with a particular high density of alleyways.

    For the rest, t

  • QUIDs []

  • What am I going to do with all these bottlecaps now?

  • I prefer Pobble Beads, but you can't pay for a latte with Pobble Beads so I went with Spacebucks.

  • Space Quest reference, thank you.

  • Surely, they have bitcoins in space!

  • like I do when I play Phantasy Star.
  • Where are the quatloos?

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