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20th Jan '17 12:44:59 AM dvorak
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** Sufficiently powerful sub-light engines work out to, basically, [[KzintiLesson riding around on the recoil of a]] WaveMotionGun. A beam of superhot "Fuck you everything behind me" comes out the ass-end of the ship and the ship goes the other way at a gravity or two. This has two outcomes: The government sticks a bomb on every ship with such an engine, or [[GoingPostal a disgruntled employee realizes that he's got, basically, a nuclear weapon in his back pocket.]]

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** Sufficiently powerful sub-light engines work out to, basically, [[KzintiLesson riding around on the recoil of a]] WaveMotionGun. A beam of superhot "Fuck you everything and everyone behind me" comes out the ass-end of the ship and the ship goes the other way at a gravity or two. This has two outcomes: The government sticks a bomb kill switch on every ship with such an engine, or [[GoingPostal a disgruntled employee realizes that he's got, basically, a nuclear weapon in his back pocket.]]pocket]] (and ''then'' the government installs the kill-switches once everything's calmed down)
20th Jan '17 12:42:12 AM dvorak
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* ''Atomic Rockets'' has an entire chapter on Unintended Consequences ( and [[http://www.projectrho.com/public_html/rocket/respectscience.php links directly to this page]].
** Sufficiently powerful sub-light engines work out to, basically, riding around on the recoil of a WaveMotionGun. A beam of superhot "Fuck you everything behind me" comes out the ass-end of the ship and the ship goes the other way at a gravity or two. This has two outcomes: The government sticks a bomb on every ship with such an engine, or [[GoingPostal a disgruntled employee realizes that he's got, basically, a nuclear weapon in his back pocket.]]

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* ''Atomic Rockets'' has an entire chapter on Unintended Consequences ( and [[http://www.projectrho.com/public_html/rocket/respectscience.php links directly to this page]].
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** Sufficiently powerful sub-light engines work out to, basically, [[KzintiLesson riding around on the recoil of a a]] WaveMotionGun. A beam of superhot "Fuck you everything behind me" comes out the ass-end of the ship and the ship goes the other way at a gravity or two. This has two outcomes: The government sticks a bomb on every ship with such an engine, or [[GoingPostal a disgruntled employee realizes that he's got, basically, a nuclear weapon in his back pocket.]]
20th Jan '17 12:36:30 AM dvorak
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* Weaponized teleportation is given a nod in ''VideoGame/FTLFasterThanLight''. "Bomb" weapons use a self-contained teleporter to beam over a missile warhead, plus whatever nasty surprise it's programmed to put inside of it. However, since it appears inside the room you targetinstead of bashing into the hull, it only causes [[SubSystemDamage subsystem]] or crewman damage.
20th Jan '17 12:27:14 AM dvorak
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** TransportersAndTeleporters kill any sense of dramatic tension, because if they can get you in trouble in a heartbeat, they can get you out of it in the next heartbeat.
** The MatterReplicator would absolutely destroy the economy. Likewise, quantum computing, since the stock market's computer network ''needs'' processor delays to work right (an QC would also ruin all security measures for the same reason).
** The SubspaceAnsible would also kill dramatic tension by making it a better idea to just send robots.

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** TransportersAndTeleporters kill any sense of dramatic tension, because if they can get you in trouble in a heartbeat, they can get you out of it in the next heartbeat.
** The MatterReplicator would absolutely destroy the economy. economy, since you can just make whatever you want at the touch of a button (or verbal order; in fact that's exactly what happened in ''Franchise/StarTrek'' and why Federation citizens work to better society rather than accumulate wealth). Likewise, quantum computing, since the stock market's computer network ''needs'' processor delays to work right (an (and QC would also ruin all security measures for the same reason).
** The SubspaceAnsible would also kill dramatic tension remove the need for manned spaceflight by making it a better idea to just send robots.robots.
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20th Jan '17 12:20:46 AM dvorak
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* TransportersAndTeleporters kill any sense of dramatic tension, because if they can get you in trouble in a heartbeat, they can get you out of it in the next heartbeat.

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* ** TransportersAndTeleporters kill any sense of dramatic tension, because if they can get you in trouble in a heartbeat, they can get you out of it in the next heartbeat.
20th Jan '17 12:20:24 AM dvorak
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** Sufficiently powerful sub-light engines work out to, basically, riding around on the recoil of a WaveMotionGun. A beam of superhot "Fuck you everything behind me" comes out the ass-end of the ship and the ship goes the other way at a gravity or two. This has two outcomes: The government sticks a bomb on every ship with a fusion torch engine, or [[GoingPostal a disgruntled employee realizes that he's got, basically, a nuclear weapon in his back pocket.]]

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** Sufficiently powerful sub-light engines work out to, basically, riding around on the recoil of a WaveMotionGun. A beam of superhot "Fuck you everything behind me" comes out the ass-end of the ship and the ship goes the other way at a gravity or two. This has two outcomes: The government sticks a bomb on every ship with a fusion torch such an engine, or [[GoingPostal a disgruntled employee realizes that he's got, basically, a nuclear weapon in his back pocket.]]



** The MatterReplicator would absolutely destroy the economy. One example given is an excerpt from a novel where a Priest is triggered into a kicking, screaming fit by people paving their driveways with gold.
** The SubspaceAnsible would also kill dramatic tension by making it a better idea to just send robots

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** The MatterReplicator would absolutely destroy the economy. One example given is an excerpt from a novel where a Priest is triggered into a kicking, screaming fit by people paving their driveways with gold.
Likewise, quantum computing, since the stock market's computer network ''needs'' processor delays to work right (an QC would also ruin all security measures for the same reason).
** The SubspaceAnsible would also kill dramatic tension by making it a better idea to just send robots
robots.
20th Jan '17 12:15:18 AM dvorak
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* The Computer, a machine capable of performing incredibly complex arithmetic and decision logic, primarily sees use doing a workless infinite loop and managing resources that may one day be used. Even in the case of people who actually use computers for things, most of the time it's the same old boring stuff over and over again. They want to do their accounts, or write a letter, when the machine may be capable of creating sapient or sentient thought, or just comparing your personal data to millions of other people and trying to figure out what kind of beer you'd want. Right now you have access to the largest computer network in existence, containing over 200 TB of information, and you're using it to read TV Tropes.
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* The Computer, a machine capable of performing incredibly complex arithmetic and decision logic, primarily sees use doing a workless infinite loop and managing resources that may one day be used. Even in the case of people who actually use computers for things, most of the time it's the same old boring stuff over and over again. They want to do their accounts, or write a letter, when the machine may be capable of creating sapient or sentient thought, or just comparing your personal data to millions of other people and trying to figure out what kind of beer you'd want. Right now you have access to the largest computer network in existence, containing over 200 TB of information, and you're using it to read TV Tropes. \n[[/folder]]\n And that's not counting such things as listening to music or running an IdleGame as well.
* ''Atomic Rockets'' has an entire chapter on Unintended Consequences ( and [[http://www.projectrho.com/public_html/rocket/respectscience.php links directly to this page]].
** Sufficiently powerful sub-light engines work out to, basically, riding around on the recoil of a WaveMotionGun. A beam of superhot "Fuck you everything behind me" comes out the ass-end of the ship and the ship goes the other way at a gravity or two. This has two outcomes: The government sticks a bomb on every ship with a fusion torch engine, or [[GoingPostal a disgruntled employee realizes that he's got, basically, a nuclear weapon in his back pocket.]]
* TransportersAndTeleporters kill any sense of dramatic tension, because if they can get you in trouble in a heartbeat, they can get you out of it in the next heartbeat.
** The MatterReplicator would absolutely destroy the economy. One example given is an excerpt from a novel where a Priest is triggered into a kicking, screaming fit by people paving their driveways with gold.
** The SubspaceAnsible would also kill dramatic tension by making it a better idea to just send robots
17th Jan '17 2:51:31 AM CountDorku
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** Another Spider-Man encounter has Spidey yelling that pterodactyl-man Sauron could have cured cancer with the technology he's using to turn people into dinosaurs.
--->'''Sauron:''' But I don't ''want'' to cure cancer. I want to turn people into dinosaurs.


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* The ''Franchise/WallaceAndGromit'' comics' first story had Wallace invent a time machine in order to ''find his missing slipper''.
5th Nov '16 1:14:28 PM chopshop
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* ''{{Anime/Patlabor}}'' famously averted this in regards to {{Mecha}}. While you do see some mechs built for military purposes like most anime depicts, the majority of them are used for more practical, menial purposes. They're common sights at any workplace that requires heavy lifting and transport, police often use them in operations and have departments trained in their use, and security firms and crime families pay top dollar to have mechs for use as enforcers.



* Happens a fair bit in ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'':
** Played for laughs on [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/13p9 this page]]: "James! The leader of our group. He invented jet boots, and he used them to kick people."
** And then there's Martin, who is basically the Hulk, who uses his ability to...advertise his chain of super-markets. [[spoiler:Oh, and do work for the mafia]].
** But easily topping them both: Using a [[TimeTravel Time Portal]]... for [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/21p36/ garbage disposal.]] And a septic tank, somehow.

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* Happens a fair bit often in ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'':
** Played
''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'' and PlayedForLaughs. The comic is set in a world where the utterly bizarre coexists comfortably with the mundane and reasonable, so weird stuff gets used for laughs on even weirder purposes:
** The main character is, essentially, a powerful ninja superhero who has chosen to go into a medical career instead of becoming an assassin like his parents explicitly trained him to.
** A group of Mexican criminals have found a pack of surviving velociraptors. They use this monumental discovery worth millions to rob people like stereotypical banditos from an old western movie.
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[[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/13p9 this page]]: This gem]]: "James! The leader of our group. He invented jet boots, and he used them to kick people."
** And then there's Martin, who Martin is basically the Hulk, who Hulk and uses his ability great powers to...advertise his chain of super-markets. [[spoiler:Oh, and do work for the mafia]].
** But easily Easily topping them both: Using all the other examples is King Radical's use of a [[TimeTravel Time Portal]]... Portal]] for [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/21p36/ garbage disposal.]] And a septic tank, somehow.
5th Nov '16 7:22:36 AM narm00
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*** Given how frequently those spell can be cast (and require a rather powerful priest to begin with), they mostly end up AwesomeButImpractical. Magic items (''Decanter of Endless Water'', ''Urn of Water Purification'') are better, but very expensive. In the same way, [[MadeOfPhlebotinum magic-rich]] settings like [[TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms Netheril]] may have full set of plane-gating plumbing.
*** Due to the nature of ''TabletopGame/DarkSun'', create water was reduced to a fraction of its normal efficiency in the setting from the start. It was better than nothing, but it wouldn't save anyone unless you were both high level and devoted a lot of spell slots to it. The game designers wanted an apocalyptic setting where the players actually had to struggle.

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*** Given how frequently those spell spells can be cast (and require a rather powerful priest to begin with), they mostly end up AwesomeButImpractical. Magic items (''Decanter of Endless Water'', ''Urn of Water Purification'') are better, but very expensive. In the same way, [[MadeOfPhlebotinum magic-rich]] settings like [[TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms Netheril]] may have full set sets of plane-gating plumbing.
*** Due to the nature of ''TabletopGame/DarkSun'', create water Create Water was reduced to a fraction of its normal efficiency in the setting from the start. It was better than nothing, but it wouldn't save anyone unless you were both high level and devoted a lot of spell slots to it. The game designers wanted an apocalyptic setting where the players actually had to struggle.



* In ''TabletopGame/GeniusTheTransgression'' [[MundaneUtility using Wonders for mundane tasks]] is a minor Transgression. In most TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness gamelines, using your magic powers for mundane tasks is a KarmaMeter violation. But it's usually one so small that only a [[IncorruptiblePurePureness living saint]] would even need to roll for degeneration for doing it.

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* In ''TabletopGame/GeniusTheTransgression'' ''TabletopGame/GeniusTheTransgression'', [[MundaneUtility using Wonders for mundane tasks]] is a minor Transgression. In most TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness gamelines, using your magic powers for mundane tasks is a KarmaMeter violation. But it's usually one so small that only a [[IncorruptiblePurePureness living saint]] would even need to roll for degeneration for doing it.
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