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19th May '16 5:43:21 AM Morgenthaler
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* Niven's ''KnownSpace'' stories also use this pretty heavily, but with a good justification: The Thrintun and Tnuctpin artifacts are all held within [[TimeStop Slaver stasis fields]], which prevents them from aging.
* TimothyZahn's ''Spinneret'' book deals with a human colony planet with no metal whatsoever. It doesn't take long before it's discovered that alien machinery has been sucking up all the metal for purposes that become clear later. Said machinery is at least a hundred thousand years old, but works almost perfectly - a few ancillary machines have seized up, but the bulk of the system does its job as well as it used to when humans were still busy carving stone tools.

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* Niven's ''KnownSpace'' ''Literature/KnownSpace'' stories also use this pretty heavily, but with a good justification: The Thrintun and Tnuctpin artifacts are all held within [[TimeStop Slaver stasis fields]], which prevents them from aging.
* TimothyZahn's Creator/TimothyZahn's ''Spinneret'' book deals with a human colony planet with no metal whatsoever. It doesn't take long before it's discovered that alien machinery has been sucking up all the metal for purposes that become clear later. Said machinery is at least a hundred thousand years old, but works almost perfectly - a few ancillary machines have seized up, but the bulk of the system does its job as well as it used to when humans were still busy carving stone tools.
20th Mar '16 7:25:14 PM ultimomant
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* In the ''Planet Hulk'' storyline, basicly the whole planet of Sakaar is built on this. Every piece of technology the natives have is salvaged from crashes and wreckage that's fallen through a wormhole. Subverted, though, in that quite a bit of it is beyond their ability to reproduce.

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* In the ''Planet Hulk'' ''Comicbook/PlanetHulk'' storyline, basicly the whole planet of Sakaar is built on this. Every piece of technology the natives have is salvaged from crashes and wreckage that's fallen through a wormhole. Subverted, though, in that quite a bit of it is beyond their ability to reproduce.



* Subverted in ''Comicbook/CowboysAndAliens''. Zeke finds what appears to be an alien sidearm, and uses it to destroy a random alien object as a test. Turns out the sidearm is actually a welding tool, and the random object is an alien grenade. Its alternate modes of fire are also amusing.



* In ''Film/IndependenceDay''. Here it has been studied for the past 40 years - but not by the person who piloted it. And the ones who did study it got the diections reversed. Note that the craft has a convenient joystick when the aliens could ''control a human brain'' by touch.
* Subverted in ''Film/CowboysAndAliens''. Zeke finds what appears to be an alien sidearm, and uses it to destroy a random alien object as a test. Turns out the sidearm is actually a welding tool, and the random object is an alien grenade. Its alternate modes of fire are also amusing.

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* In ''Film/IndependenceDay''. Here it has been studied for the past 40 years - but not by the person who piloted it. And the ones who did study it got the diections directions reversed. Note that the craft has a convenient joystick when the aliens could ''control a human brain'' by touch.
* Subverted in ''Film/CowboysAndAliens''. Zeke finds what appears to be an alien sidearm, and uses it to destroy a random alien object as a test. Turns out the sidearm is actually a welding tool, and the random object is an alien grenade. Its alternate modes of fire are also amusing.
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16th Mar '16 9:05:12 PM SSJMagus
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* In ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED GundamSEED]]'', weapons designed for mobile suits of one side have energy and data interface plugs that can only work with HumongousMecha of that side. Some mobile suits are built later during the series that have a "Universal plug" that can allow weapons of all sides to work with that suit.

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* In ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED GundamSEED]]'', weapons designed for mobile suits of one side have energy and data interface plugs that can only work with HumongousMecha of that side. Some mobile suits are built later during the series that have a "Universal plug" that can allow weapons of all sides to work with that suit. A third, initially neutral side uses weapons that are compatible with one of the major combatants because they acquired that side's mobile suit technology via espionage. And in the manga side story ''[[Manga/MobileSuitGundamSEEDAstray Gundam SEED Astray]]'', one of the title "Astray" Gundams can use all sides' weapons prior to the invention of universal plugs via a cruder method: both types of plugs are mounted side by side on each hand.



*** Sam did get a bunch of knowledge from the tokra ( and once you know how to use a keyboard computers are much easier to use)

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*** Sam did get a bunch of knowledge from the tokra Tokra ( and once you know how to use a keyboard computers are much easier to use)
19th Dec '15 6:30:20 AM EDP
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* {{Subverted}} with Evronian hardware in ''ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures'': all of their technology is coded to the Evronian genetic code ''and'' elites' equipment to the specific user, meaning that, unless said weapon was specifically built for use by other races, only an Evronian can use an Evronian weapon, and the sidearm of an Evronian general can be used only by said general.




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* {{Averted}} in ''Series/BabylonFive'': alien technology of unknown origin or use has a tendency to either not work properly or backfire if used without understanding, as shown when someone tinkered with a device from the now extinct and was turned into a monster bent on killing everyone who didn't fit in a very restrictive definition of a "pure Ikarran" written by racists with little scientific knowledge ([[GoneHorriblyRight and now you know what killed the Ikarrans). [[GenreSavvy That's why government entities prefer to reverse-engineer any alien technology they find]].
17th Oct '15 3:52:05 PM nombretomado
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* ''PlanetSide'' has the [[PreCursors Ancient Vanu]] [[EldritchLocation Caverns]]. All the technology in them still functions perfectly fine, despite the Vanu being [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence gone]] for god knows how long. After [[ApocalypseHow The Bending]], many of the caverns were relocated from under the surface of Auraxis to truly odd locations - such as being inside an asteroid in the depths of interstellar space. This has had no effect on the cavern systems, courtesy of their [[NanoTechnology self-repairing nanites]]

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* ''PlanetSide'' ''VideoGame/PlanetSide'' has the [[PreCursors Ancient Vanu]] [[EldritchLocation Caverns]]. All the technology in them still functions perfectly fine, despite the Vanu being [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence gone]] for god knows how long. After [[ApocalypseHow The Bending]], many of the caverns were relocated from under the surface of Auraxis to truly odd locations - such as being inside an asteroid in the depths of interstellar space. This has had no effect on the cavern systems, courtesy of their [[NanoTechnology self-repairing nanites]]
13th Oct '15 4:16:14 AM Catprog
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*** Sam did get a bunch of knowledge from the tokra ( and once you know how to use a keyboard computers are much easier to use)
24th Aug '15 4:03:25 PM Fluid
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* Lampshaded in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamUnicorn''. Both sides can equip their mobile suits with enemy weapons [[WarForFunAndProfit because they are made by the same company.]]
30th Jun '15 9:14:46 AM nombretomado
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* In ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}'', the reboot. Starbuck flies a craft that, not only was "alien", but designed to operate without a pilot at all. Especially ridiculous as she was able to out fly another, albeit slightly less hotshot, pilot comprehensively and yet no one else could even figure out how to get the thing moving without her.

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* In ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}'', Galactica|2003}}'', the reboot. Starbuck flies a craft that, not only was "alien", but designed to operate without a pilot at all. Especially ridiculous as she was able to out fly another, albeit slightly less hotshot, pilot comprehensively and yet no one else could even figure out how to get the thing moving without her.
19th Apr '15 7:28:56 PM nombretomado
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* RealLife: The US Air Force ran a program during the ColdWar codenamed Constant Peg, which basically involved Soviet aircraft, primarily of the [=MiG-21=] and [=MiG-23=] varieties, acquired from a number of sources (e.g. Egypt, which changed sides in the late 1970s) for analysis and pilot training. The pilots had to write their own checklists and one piece of advice was "You can touch the shiny switches, but don't touch the red or rusty ones". A number died in accidents.

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* RealLife: The US Air Force ran a program during the ColdWar UsefulNotes/ColdWar codenamed Constant Peg, which basically involved Soviet aircraft, primarily of the [=MiG-21=] and [=MiG-23=] varieties, acquired from a number of sources (e.g. Egypt, which changed sides in the late 1970s) for analysis and pilot training. The pilots had to write their own checklists and one piece of advice was "You can touch the shiny switches, but don't touch the red or rusty ones". A number died in accidents.
1st Apr '15 7:57:03 AM Morgenthaler
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* Played with, but decidedly subverted in ''{{District 9}}''. The Prawns are shaped very similarly to humans. So it makes sense that in District 9 all the Prawn-made guns were very similar to human guns. Despite picking them up, aiming them at a target and pulling the trigger being relatively intuitive for humans, firing them was impossible. Play around with it all you want, but nothing but Prawn DNA running through your blood will get a Prawn gun to actually fire.

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* Played with, but decidedly subverted in ''{{District ''Film/{{District 9}}''. The Prawns are shaped very similarly to humans. So it makes sense that in District 9 all the Prawn-made guns were very similar to human guns. Despite picking them up, aiming them at a target and pulling the trigger being relatively intuitive for humans, firing them was impossible. Play around with it all you want, but nothing but Prawn DNA running through your blood will get a Prawn gun to actually fire.
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