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21st Apr '17 4:37:18 PM ryanasaurus0077
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* The war between content providers and pirates, at least outside of the legal realm of things, can be basically summed up as this, beginning with official videocassette releases which were way cheaper than pirated analog TV rips on 16mm film. Currently, the content providers look to have the upper hand for the foreseeable future now that the arms race has entered into the 4K Ultra HD stage, [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment and that's all we care to say about that]].

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* The war between content providers and pirates, at least outside of the legal realm of things, can be basically summed up as this, beginning with official videocassette releases which were way cheaper than pirated analog TV rips on 16mm film. Currently, As of 2017, the content providers look to have the upper hand for the foreseeable future now that the arms race has entered into the 4K Ultra HD stage, [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment and that's all we care to say about that]].
21st Apr '17 10:30:34 AM ryanasaurus0077
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* The war between content providers and pirates, at least outside of the legal realm of things, can be basically summed up as this, beginning with official videocassette releases which were way cheaper than pirated analog TV rips on 16mm film. Currently, the content providers look to have the upper hand for the foreseeable future now that the arms race has entered into the 4K Ultra HD stage, [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment and that's all we care to say about that]].
17th Apr '17 5:05:32 PM nombretomado
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* StephenBaxter's ''Ring'': The [[Literature/XeeleeSequence Xeelee]] use cosmic strings to build a [[OurWormholesAreDifferent Kerr metric]] with which they can [[spoiler:escape into another universe]]. This structure (the Ring) is so massive that it is pulling all ''galaxies'' for quite some distance towards it, at high speed. The Xeelee's antagonists, the Photino Birds, go one up on this by [[spoiler:arranging galaxies around the Ring to form a resonance cavity that will shake the Ring apart]].

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* StephenBaxter's Creator/StephenBaxter's ''Ring'': The [[Literature/XeeleeSequence Xeelee]] use cosmic strings to build a [[OurWormholesAreDifferent Kerr metric]] with which they can [[spoiler:escape into another universe]]. This structure (the Ring) is so massive that it is pulling all ''galaxies'' for quite some distance towards it, at high speed. The Xeelee's antagonists, the Photino Birds, go one up on this by [[spoiler:arranging galaxies around the Ring to form a resonance cavity that will shake the Ring apart]].
16th Apr '17 12:28:45 PM nombretomado
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* ''SpaceEmpires'', of course, being a FourX game. You start with wimpy proton cannons, advance through the orchard of {{Tech Tree}}s, and end up able to commit galactic genocide through scorched earth tactics by turning all your enemies' systems into black holes.

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* ''SpaceEmpires'', ''VideoGame/SpaceEmpires'', of course, being a FourX game. You start with wimpy proton cannons, advance through the orchard of {{Tech Tree}}s, and end up able to commit galactic genocide through scorched earth tactics by turning all your enemies' systems into black holes.
12th Apr '17 11:13:34 AM Yalsaris63
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* In a rare fantasy example, ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime''. The first book has fireballs and single bolts of lightning as enormous feats of power, and the idea of facing down 1500 [[AllTrollsAreDifferent Trollocs]] is an earth-shattering prospect. By the book 11, we're at uses of magic that can melt the planet if performed incorrectly, and an attack by 100,000 Trollocs is considered an assassination attempt.

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* In a rare fantasy example, ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime''. The first book has fireballs and single bolts of lightning as enormous feats of power, and the idea of facing down 1500 [[AllTrollsAreDifferent Trollocs]] is an earth-shattering prospect. By the book 11, 11th volume, we're at uses of magic that can melt the planet if performed incorrectly, and an attack by 100,000 Trollocs is considered an assassination attempt.
9th Apr '17 10:04:20 AM nombretomado
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* There's an absolutely hilarious parody of this in the fifth episode of the first season of ''RozenMaiden''. It has to be seen to be believed.

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* There's an absolutely hilarious parody of this in the fifth episode of the first season of ''RozenMaiden''.''Anime/RozenMaiden''. It has to be seen to be believed.
22nd Mar '17 12:40:11 AM pcw2727
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** Replicators, however, take the cake. This race of sentient lego bricks which form into spiders and endlessly build more of themselves were a threat so advanced even the Asgard, a race that could pimp smack the Goa'uld, have to devote most of their resources to fighting them. At first it is mankind's more primitive way of thinking that allows us to stand toe to toe with this menace. Since their replicator blocks are based on "kiron" pathways, an energy particle humans had not even discovered, [=SG1=] decided the best response to a replicator threat was [[KineticWeaponsAreJustBetter flying chunks of metal]]. This seems to work until the Asgard decide to screw it up by trapping the replicators in a time dilation field. Their stupidly brilliant plan backfires when the replicators are able to reverse the time dilation device just before it activates and advance thousands of years, creating new humanoid replicators (made up of nanobots instead of cells) that are immune to shotgun blasts! Not to worry though, because thanks to [=SG1=] the device was reset properly, freezing the replicators in time just long enough for humanity to learn how to make a weapon that destroys kiron pathways.

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** Replicators, however, take the cake. This race of sentient lego bricks which form into spiders and endlessly build more of themselves were a threat so advanced even the Asgard, a race that could pimp smack the Goa'uld, have to devote most of their resources to fighting them. At first it is mankind's more primitive way of thinking that allows us to stand toe to toe with this menace. Since their replicator blocks are based on "kiron" pathways, an energy particle humans had not even discovered, [=SG1=] decided the best response to a replicator threat was [[KineticWeaponsAreJustBetter flying chunks of metal]]. This seems to work until the Asgard decide to screw it up by trapping the replicators in a time dilation field. Their stupidly brilliant plan backfires when the replicators are able to reverse the time dilation device just before it activates and advance thousands of years, creating new humanoid replicators (made up of nanobots instead of cells) that are immune to shotgun blasts! Not to worry though, because thanks to [=SG1=] the device was reset properly, freezing the replicators in time just long enough for humanity to learn how to make a weapon that destroys kiron pathways. They first build a single kiron disruptor cannon, but later combine this device with Ancient technology to simultaneously wipe out all the Replicators in the Galaxy.
** At this point the Goa'uld are all but destroyed and no longer a threat to Earth so a new villain is introduced, the Ori. Whereas the Goa'uld were aliens posing as gods the Ori basically are gods. They're immortal incorporeal beings with vast power that grows from people worshiping them. In their final bout of Lensman style ingenuity SG-1 defeat the Ori with a device that "neutralizes" them. They later have to strip the last surviving Ori of its power with an ancient brainwashing device and an arsenal of Asgard technology.
28th Feb '17 5:54:45 PM ErikModi
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** And that's not even getting into all the various plans, ranging from the [[BoringButPractical plausible]] to the CrazyEnoughToWork to the AwesomeButImpractical to the [[StupidJetpackHitler completely ludicrous]] and back again that never even made it off the drawing boards.
17th Feb '17 11:47:41 AM Jhonny
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** The naval arms race actually runs back much farther. During the UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar, the first battle of the [[CoolBoat "ironclads"]] between the ''USS Monitor'' and the ''CSS Virginia'' sparked this around the world, as one European newspaper after battle noted that entire wooden Navies of countries around the world had just become "obsolete", and there was a huge movement to copy and improve these "ironclad" ships around the world, making more of them, and making them bigger, faster and better. By World War I, there were still ships using ''CSS Virginia'' style rams.

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** The naval arms race actually runs back much farther. During the UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar, the first battle of the [[CoolBoat "ironclads"]] between the ''USS Monitor'' and the ''CSS Virginia'' sparked this around the world, world; as one European newspaper after the battle noted that noted: entire wooden Navies of countries around the world had just become "obsolete", and there was a huge movement scramble to copy and improve these "ironclad" ships around the world, making more of them, and making them bigger, faster and better. By World War I, there were still ships using ''CSS Virginia'' style rams.
17th Feb '17 1:42:14 AM JBsteeple
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** The naval arms race actually runs back much farther. During the UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar, the first battle of the [[CoolBoat "ironclads"]] between the ''USS Monitor'' and the ''CSS Virginia'' sparked this around the world, as one European newspaper after battle noted that entire wooden Navies of countries around the world had just become "obsolete", and there was a huge movement to copy and improve these "ironclad" ships around the world, making more of them, and making them bigger, faster and better. By World War I, there were still ships using ''CSS Virginia'' style rams.
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