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30th Jan '16 4:21:04 PM Pseudoname
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* In ''Videogame/{{Evolve}}'' you have a four-man team armed with advanced weaponry and gadgets facing off against what is essentially a large and fairly intelligent animal. It is completely possible for the monster to tear the hunters apart, regardless of the technological differences. A literal example can occur if the Goliath uses rock throw against a hunter with a laser weapon.
28th Jan '16 10:05:07 AM TheCheshireCat
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* A note on military technology: New equipment is often designed to outperform or counter what is ''currently'' common, with effectiveness against even older technology being taken for granted as the current standard is always supposed to have superseded everything before it. Even if this assumption is not present, compromises have to be made during the design process and it is simply more logical to balance performance against the threats of today (which an army is almost certain to face on the battlefield) than those of a decade ago (which are likely to have been phased out altogether). In any case, armed forces tend to hold on to old equipment for a long time due to the sizable investment, so if someone is beating your lasers with rocks, you ''should'' still have some rocks of your own to send right back.
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* A note on military technology: New equipment is often designed to outperform or counter what is ''currently'' common, with effectiveness against even older technology being taken for granted as the current standard is always supposed to have superseded everything before it. Even if this assumption is not present, compromises have to be made during the design process and it is simply more logical to balance performance against the threats of today (which an army is almost certain to face on the battlefield) than those of a decade ago (which are likely to have been phased out altogether). As a simple example, medieval plate armour was designed to be effective against swords and spears, where the shape of the metal would cause the sharp edges/points to be deflected to the side rather than penetrate the armour. However, a good old fashioned club would simply deform the metal and crush right through to the person inside. Modern military armour is designed to be effective against bullet impacts, by spreading the impact force over a larger area. However, a stabbing weapon (like say, a sword) is based on sustained force rather than a single large impact, and thus will easily push right through the flexible kevlar. In any case, armed forces tend to hold on to old equipment for a long time due to the sizable investment, so if someone is beating your lasers with rocks, you ''should'' still have some rocks of your own to send right back.
23rd Jan '16 10:13:27 AM CornwindEvilman
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* In ''ComicBook/XStatix''/''[[ComicBook/TheAvengers Avengers]]'', the Mr. Sensitive fights ComicBook/IronMan armed only with an ''anvil'', of all things, as depicted above. Well, [[CoversAlwaysLie on the cover, at least]]. Mr. Sensitive ''did'' win the fight depicted in the issue itself, though.[[note]] [[RuleOfFunny]] By convincing Stark to take off the armor and fight him naked. This makes more sense when you realize Sensitive's mutant condition is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin and even throwing blades of grass at him hurts him. And Sensitive was also naked.[[/note]]
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* In ''ComicBook/XStatix''/''[[ComicBook/TheAvengers Avengers]]'', the Mr. Sensitive fights ComicBook/IronMan armed only with an ''anvil'', of all things, as depicted above. Well, [[CoversAlwaysLie on the cover, at least]]. Mr. Sensitive ''did'' win the fight depicted in the issue itself, though.[[note]] [[RuleOfFunny]] [[RuleOfFunny By convincing Stark to take off the his armor and fight him naked. naked.]] This makes more sense when you realize Sensitive's mutant condition is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin and even throwing blades of grass at him hurts him. And Sensitive was also naked.[[/note]]
23rd Jan '16 10:12:24 AM CornwindEvilman
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* In ''ComicBook/XStatix''/''[[ComicBook/TheAvengers Avengers]]'', the Mr. Sensitive fights ComicBook/IronMan armed only with an ''anvil'', of all things, as depicted above. Well, [[CoversAlwaysLie on the cover, at least]]. Mr. Sensitive ''did'' win the fight depicted in the issue itself, though.
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* In ''ComicBook/XStatix''/''[[ComicBook/TheAvengers Avengers]]'', the Mr. Sensitive fights ComicBook/IronMan armed only with an ''anvil'', of all things, as depicted above. Well, [[CoversAlwaysLie on the cover, at least]]. Mr. Sensitive ''did'' win the fight depicted in the issue itself, though.[[note]] [[RuleOfFunny]] By convincing Stark to take off the armor and fight him naked. This makes more sense when you realize Sensitive's mutant condition is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin and even throwing blades of grass at him hurts him. And Sensitive was also naked.[[/note]]

* In ''Franchise/WonderWoman: ComicBook/AmazonsAttack'', the Amazons repeatedly take down tanks and jet fighters using bows and arrows.
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* In ''Franchise/WonderWoman: ComicBook/AmazonsAttack'', the Amazons repeatedly take down tanks and jet fighters using bows and arrows.[[note]]Though considering DC's Amazons, it's a fair idea to think magic was involved.[[/note]]
12th Jan '16 10:46:56 AM spoonofevil
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* In a rather famous engagement, the USS O'Bannon found itself alongside a Japanese submarine. Because the submarine was too close for their main guns to target, and since the crew had no sidearms, the O'Bannon's crew resorted to pelting the Japanese submarine crew with potatoes. The Japanese, thinking the potatoes were hand grenades, were too distracted trying to dispose of them to man their own deck gun, giving the O'Bannon the time it needed to gain distance and subsequently sink the submarine.
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* In a rather famous WWII engagement, the USS O'Bannon found itself alongside a Japanese submarine. Because the submarine was too close for their main guns to target, and since the crew had no sidearms, the O'Bannon's crew resorted to pelting the Japanese submarine crew with potatoes. The Japanese, thinking the potatoes were hand grenades, were too distracted trying to dispose of them to man their own deck gun, giving the O'Bannon the time it needed to gain distance and subsequently sink the submarine.submarine. * US nuclear missile silos are controlled by computers that still run on 8-inch floppy disks. The reason is because not only were these silos built decades ago when more advanced computers were unavailable, but also the fact that because practically nobody else uses floppy disks and the computers cannot connect to external networks like the internet, they are essentially impossible to remotely hack.
12th Jan '16 10:29:34 AM spoonofevil
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* In a rather famous engagement, the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_O'Bannon_%28DD-450%29 USS O'Bannon]] found itself alongside a Japanese submarine. Because the submarine was too close for their main guns to target, and since the crew had no sidearms, the O'Bannon's crew resorted to pelting the Japanese submarine crew with potatoes. The Japanese, thinking the potatoes were hand grenades, were too distracted trying to dispose of them to man their own deck gun, giving the O'Bannon the time it needed to gain distance and subsequently sink the submarine.
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* In a rather famous engagement, the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_O'Bannon_%28DD-450%29 USS O'Bannon]] O'Bannon found itself alongside a Japanese submarine. Because the submarine was too close for their main guns to target, and since the crew had no sidearms, the O'Bannon's crew resorted to pelting the Japanese submarine crew with potatoes. The Japanese, thinking the potatoes were hand grenades, were too distracted trying to dispose of them to man their own deck gun, giving the O'Bannon the time it needed to gain distance and subsequently sink the submarine.
12th Jan '16 10:27:07 AM spoonofevil
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* In a rather famous engagement, the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_O'Bannon_%28DD-450%29 USS O'Bannon]] found itself alongside a Japanese submarine. Because the submarine was too close for their main guns to target, and since the crew had no sidearms, the O'Bannon's crew resorted to pelting the Japanese submarine crew with potatoes. The Japanese, thinking the potatoes were hand grenades, were too distracted trying to dispose of them to man their own deck gun, giving the O'Bannon the time it needed to gain distance and subsequently sink the submarine.
11th Jan '16 5:47:09 PM jormis29
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* The terrorist faction in ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerGenerals'' repeatedly routs the United States and China in a 21-century war using Cold War-era technology, with supersonic planes being shot down by machine guns and Molotov-wielding mobs of rioters blowing up scores of tanks with lasers.
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* The terrorist faction in ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerGenerals'' repeatedly routs the United States and China in a 21-century war using Cold War-era technology, with supersonic planes being shot down by machine guns and Molotov-wielding {{Molotov|Cocktail}}-wielding mobs of rioters blowing up scores of tanks with lasers.

* The woefully underequipped Finnish army destroyed hundreds of Soviet tanks during the Winter War, using such equipment as Molotov cocktails and wooden logs. Hell, the Finns named the Molotov Cocktail after the Soviet foreign minister who claimed that [[BlatantLies the Red Air Force was dropping breadbaskets, not cluster bombs]] ([[{{Pun}} thus, the Finns made a cocktail to go with the bread]]).
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* The woefully underequipped Finnish army destroyed hundreds of Soviet tanks during the Winter War, using such equipment as Molotov cocktails {{Molotov cocktail}}s and wooden logs. Hell, the Finns named the Molotov Cocktail after the Soviet foreign minister who claimed that [[BlatantLies the Red Air Force was dropping breadbaskets, not cluster bombs]] ([[{{Pun}} thus, the Finns made a cocktail to go with the bread]]).
11th Jan '16 3:27:22 PM Arkadi
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** Not true. The An-2 prototype first flew in 1946. An improved version, the An-3, appeared in 1980s. These are quite modern rocks. It is true, however, that their development was inspired by successful use of old biplanes for all sorts of missions by USSR during UsefulNotes/WorldWar2, however.

** Not true. The An-2 prototype first flew in 1946. An improved version, the An-3, appeared in 1980s. These are quite modern rocks. It is true, however, that their development was inspired by successful use of old biplanes for all sorts of missions by USSR during UsefulNotes/WorldWar2, however.
11th Jan '16 3:25:40 PM Arkadi
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* The Polikarpov Po-2, a 1928 wooden biplane used mainly for flight training and dusting during peacetime, was successfully fielded by Soviet night bomber units in WWII: they could glide over German army camps with the engines turned off, undetected until they actually started dropping bombs on the barracks. The Po-2's top speed was also lower than the stall speed of German planes (the slowest speed a plane can do without actually losing the ability to stay airborne): which meant that pursuing German fighters would only be able to shoot a short burst of fire at the Po-2 before actually overtaking it; then they'd have to turn around in order to be able to get a second shot.
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