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19th Nov '16 5:34:20 AM RAMChYLD
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* ''[=ReactOS=]'', an attempt to implement an open-source OS capable of running Windows programs, has been hit by this from the get-go. It started out as ''[=FreeWin95=]'' back in 1996 with the goal to implement Windows 95 support. Then it went silent and was revamped into it's current form in 1998, with the goal changed to implement Windows NT 4 support. Then it just kept moving forward from there. The team currently aims to implement Windows XP support.

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* ''[=ReactOS=]'', an attempt to implement an open-source OS capable of running Windows programs, has been hit by this from the get-go. It started out as ''[=FreeWin95=]'' back in 1996 with the goal to implement Windows 95 support. Then it went silent and was revamped into it's current form in 1998, with the goal changed to implement Windows NT 4 support. Then it just kept moving forward from there. The team has currently aims agreed to implement keep their target locked at implementing Windows XP support. support to prevent this trope from affecting them further.
7th Nov '16 5:01:34 AM Vir
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* LampShaded by combining this with ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem in ''Manga/ElementalGelade'', in regards to a fighting match. Up to this point, the character's been winning every 1-1 fight she's been in; then her creditor, who also owns the arena, says "Since I make the rules, I'll just change them." and has her fight two guys at once, to ensure she'll never be rid of him. She beats them handily (with a little help from Coude and the gang), and beats the creditor to death backstage (I think, the last we see of him is his unmoving body with his eyes rolled back in his skull).

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* LampShaded {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d by combining this with ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem in ''Manga/ElementalGelade'', in regards to a fighting match. Up to this point, the character's been winning every 1-1 fight she's been in; then her creditor, who also owns the arena, says "Since I make the rules, I'll just change them." and has her fight two guys at once, to ensure she'll never be rid of him. She beats them handily (with a little help from Coude and the gang), and beats the creditor to death backstage (I think, the last we see of him is his unmoving body with his eyes rolled back in his skull).
20th Oct '16 4:49:15 PM NoNickname
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* When the Wright Brothers snubbed the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale, founded in France in 1905 to verify aviation records, by refusing their invitation to demonstrate their flying machine for them, they added rules that an aircraft should be able to take off under its own power in order to qualify for a record. Thus they were able to discount the Wright Brothers' aircraft, which had been flying for more than a year at that point, because it reportedly used a system employing a falling weight to launch it along rails until it reached takeoff speed, and allowed them to claim that a Brazilian-born Frenchman (Alberto Santos-Dumont) was ''really'' the first man to fly. No one outside of France and Brazil cared, and they themselves have since stamped the Wright Brothers as the first to fly a heavier than air craft successfully.

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* When the Wright Brothers snubbed the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale, founded in France in 1905 to verify aviation records, by refusing their invitation to travel to France and demonstrate their flying machine for them, them they added rules that an aircraft should be able to take off under its own power in order to qualify for a record. Thus they were able to discount the Wright Brothers' aircraft, which had been flying for more than a year at that point, because it reportedly used a system employing a falling weight to launch it along rails until it reached takeoff speed, and allowed them to claim that a Brazilian-born Frenchman (Alberto Santos-Dumont) was ''really'' the first man to fly. No one outside of France and Brazil cared, and they themselves have since stamped the Wright Brothers as the first to fly a heavier than air craft successfully.
20th Oct '16 4:45:25 PM NoNickname
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* The Fédération Aéronautique Internationale, founded in France in 1905 to verify aviation records, stated among its rules that an aircraft should be able to take off under its own power in order to qualify for a record. Thus they did not count the Wright Brothers' aircraft, which had been flying for more than a year at that point, because it used a system employing a falling weight to launch it along rails until it reached takeoff speed, allowing them to claim that a Brazilian-born Frenchman (Alberto Santos-Dumont) was ''really'' the first man to fly. No one outside of France and Brazil cared, and they themselves have since stamped the Wright Brothers as the first to fly a heavier than air craft successfully.

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* The When the Wright Brothers snubbed the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale, founded in France in 1905 to verify aviation records, stated among its by refusing their invitation to demonstrate their flying machine for them, they added rules that an aircraft should be able to take off under its own power in order to qualify for a record. Thus they did not count were able to discount the Wright Brothers' aircraft, which had been flying for more than a year at that point, because it reportedly used a system employing a falling weight to launch it along rails until it reached takeoff speed, allowing and allowed them to claim that a Brazilian-born Frenchman (Alberto Santos-Dumont) was ''really'' the first man to fly. No one outside of France and Brazil cared, and they themselves have since stamped the Wright Brothers as the first to fly a heavier than air craft successfully.successfully.
**This all came to a head during a 1908 competition in France, when an FAI judge disqualified a new time to altitude record set by the Wright Brothers because they had used a catapult. The Wrights responded by repeating their feat without it, and getting an even faster time in the process. The Wrights then revealed that the catapult was just a safety measure, and they hadn't used it during their first flights anyway. The FAI's response? To rule that the Wright Brother's craft wasn't an "airplane" because it didn't have wheels.
13th Oct '16 4:19:00 AM bwburke94
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** Feudalism worked on a similar basis, as did indentured servitude and the system of sharecropping used to keep black Americans (as well as many poor whites) in servitude in the South between the Civil War and the Civil Rights movement.
*** Actually feudalism averted this trope, it was _really_ hard to move the goalposts, even if economic facts changed massively. The serfs got a horrible deal, but it was the same horrible deal their grandfathers and their grandfather's grandfathers got.

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** Feudalism worked on a somewhat similar basis, as did indentured servitude and the system of sharecropping used to keep black Americans (as well as many poor whites) in servitude in the South between the Civil War and the Civil Rights movement.
*** Actually feudalism averted this trope, it was _really_ hard to move In feudalism's case, the goalposts, goalposts weren't moved, even if economic facts changed massively. The serfs got a horrible deal, but it was the same horrible deal their grandfathers and their grandfather's grandfathers got.



* An actual incident in the government siege of Mount Carmel (recording appearing in the documentary WACO: THE RULES OF ENGAGEMENT): David Koresh, on the phone to an FBI spokesman, complains of a helicopter firing at them. The spokesman first asserts "there were no guns on that helicopter", then "there were no guns MOUNTED on that helicopter", finally that there may have been a gun or two mounted, but nobody fired it.

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* An actual incident in the government siege of Mount Carmel (recording appearing in the documentary WACO: THE RULES OF ENGAGEMENT): ''Waco: The Rules of Engagement''): David Koresh, on the phone to an FBI spokesman, complains of a helicopter firing at them. The spokesman first asserts "there were no guns on that helicopter", then "there were no guns MOUNTED ''mounted'' on that helicopter", finally that there may have been a gun or two mounted, but nobody fired it.



* ConspiracyTheorist[=s=] are absurdly fond of this. When pressed, they will claim that they don't have to prove their theories correct, they only have to poke holes in the official story (see the point above).

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* ConspiracyTheorist[=s=] {{Conspiracy Theorist}}s are absurdly fond of this. When pressed, they will claim that they don't have to prove their theories correct, they only have to poke holes in the official story (see the point above).
7th Oct '16 12:24:01 AM Lightning4119
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** Got some voluntary work? That'll look good on your resume. Unpaid internships? Even better. Wait, is everyone doing volunteering and interning now, just to get better resumes...? Add it all up, and you'll have some companies who will only hire bachelors' graduates for their ''internship positions'' due to demand there too. And then only honours' graduates...

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** Got some voluntary work? That'll look good on your resume. Unpaid internships? Even better. Wait, is everyone doing volunteering and interning now, just to get better resumes...? Add it all up, and you'll have some companies who will only hire bachelors' graduates for their ''internship positions'' due to demand there too. And then only honours' graduates...Even better, they'll add the requirement "minimum X years experience," with numbers that get higher and higher. Odd enough to apply for an entry-level position that requires you to have five to seven year's experience in the job.
15th Sep '16 10:21:24 PM DoctorSleep
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* The ususal response Free Speech advocates have for social justice warriors is that they don't have to listen to viewpoints that they know will offend them. When One Nation senator Pauline Hanson delivered her maiden speech, several Greens senators walked out in protest. Cue One Nation supporters claiming that not listening is a form of censorship, even though nobody prevented Pauline Hanson from speaking.
4th Sep '16 5:07:03 PM bombadil211
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* [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement While opinions of her policies are beyond the scope of this wiki]], some view this as hitting UsefulNotes/HillaryClinton twice. Her husband was extremely popular in office as a fairly conservative Democrat, so in 2008 she ran her campaign with a sense that she would govern in a manner similar to her husband. Unfortunately, the Democratic Party has moved to the left and the nomination went to UsefulNotes/BarackObama. Eight years later, having spent time as Secretary of State and becoming something of TheDragon to Obama she effectively ran as an extension of Obama's legacy...however, the Democratic base had now shifted to the Left of him as well. While she won the nomination to run for president, this was only after an intensely heated Primary against Senator Bernie Sanders.

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* [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement While opinions of her policies are beyond the scope of this wiki]], some view this as hitting UsefulNotes/HillaryClinton twice. Her husband was extremely popular in office as a fairly conservative Democrat, so in 2008 she ran her campaign with a sense that she would govern in a manner similar to her husband. Unfortunately, the Democratic Party has moved to the left and the nomination went to UsefulNotes/BarackObama. Eight years later, having spent time as Secretary of State and becoming something of TheDragon to Obama she effectively ran as an extension of Obama's legacy...however, the Democratic base had now shifted to the Left of him as well. While she won the nomination to run for president, this was only after an intensely heated Primary against Senator Bernie Sanders.Sanders and getting a concession by pledging to adopt some of Sanders' positions as her own.
2nd Sep '16 12:48:47 AM ArcaneAzmadi
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* In the 2015 reboot series of ''Series/BattleBots'' the #1 seed Tombstone, a devastatingly powerful bar spinner tipped to win the entire contest, was defeated via judges' decision in the Grand Final by #3 seed Bite Force, a control robot equipped with clamping/lifting arms and a thick frontal armour wedge they added to deal with spinners. For the 2016 series the producers [[ExecutiveMeddling changed the rules]] so robots that used "defensive additions" like the one Bite Force had used would actually ''lose'' points for aggression and would not score any damage points for damage opponents did to themselves with the recoil of their own weapons against these, basically rendering control bots competitively inviable, in a painfully transparent attempt to prevent a control-bot from winning over a pure damage bot like Tombstone again. [[DownerEnding They got their way]] when, with almost nothing left in the tournament tough enough to stand up to Tombstone's weapon[[note]]beta came closest with their thick frontal armour below their hammer weapon, but still lost the judges' decision due to the damage Tombstone did to their hammer when they rode up the front wedge[[/note]], Tombstone won the 2016 series fairly easily.
1st Sep '16 10:17:36 PM Stealth
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* Mercenary players are warned of this as a possible screw-job tactic by unscrupulous employers in ''TabletopGame/BattleTech''. In an effort to save money, some employers may claim that mercenaries 'failed to do their utmost' even if the mercenary unit successfully completed their mission (for instance, claiming that mercenaries failed a defensive mission by not [[KillEmAll killing or destroying every enemy on the field]] even when they drove off the opponent and kept their objective safe).
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