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25th May '16 7:49:23 PM FloydPinkerton
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** One notable bit is that the Republic Venator Class Star Destroyer is notably more advanced looking than it's sucessor, the Imperial Class (The iconic "Flying Triangle") Star Destroyer, with a more effective placement of fighter bays, engines, and bridge, and an overall "Sleeker" appearance. On the other hand, the Imperial is [[OurWeaponsWillBeBoxyInTheFuture a triangular box with a box on the top]] and 3 engines.

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** One notable bit is that the Republic Venator Class Star Destroyer is notably more advanced looking than it's sucessor, successor, the Imperial Class (The iconic "Flying Triangle") Star Destroyer, with a more effective placement of fighter bays, engines, and bridge, and an overall "Sleeker" appearance. On the other hand, the Imperial is [[OurWeaponsWillBeBoxyInTheFuture a triangular box with a box on the top]] and 3 engines.


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*** Also note that the Venator and Acclamator classes are shown inside a planetary atmosphere, giving them a reason to be more streamlined than the Imperial class, which operates in a vacuum.
20th May '16 9:54:55 PM RurikWolfe
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Design aesthetics also change over time, totally independent of technology. In the 1950s, people thought that flares and tail fins looked futuristic. But we have just reached the [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture impossibly far-off AD 2016]], and very few things have tail fins, aside from actual fish, airplanes, and the Batmobile.[[note]]Even the Batmobile [[Film/TheDarkKnightSaga recently got rid of 'em.]][[/note]] Ironically, things like flares and tail fins now [[{{Zeerust}} look decidedly retro]]: recent models of the Ford Thunderbird have fins to keep the ''vintage'' '50s feel.

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Design aesthetics also change over time, totally independent of technology. In the 1950s, people thought that flares and tail fins looked futuristic. But we have just reached the [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture impossibly far-off AD 2016]], and very few things have tail fins, aside from actual fish, airplanes, and the Batmobile.[[note]]Even the Batmobile [[Film/TheDarkKnightSaga recently got rid of 'em.]][[/note]] Ironically, things like flares and tail fins now [[{{Zeerust}} look decidedly retro]]: recent models of the Ford Thunderbird have fins to keep the ''vintage'' '50s feel.feel[[note]]...or would, if they had fins. They're shaped more like bars of soap[[/note]].
18th May '16 9:39:08 PM StevieC
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*** The [[https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/7a/Dream_Chaser_pre-drop_tests.6.jpg SNC DreamChaser]] is the odd-man-out in next-gen manned-spacecraft designs, being a derivative of NASA's cancelled [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HL-20_Personnel_Launch_System HL-20 Personnel Launch System]], which was a proposed "space-taxi" designed to launch vertically and land on a runway like the Space Shuttle, and carry up to 7 astronauts like the Shuttle, but without expending fuel for all that extra cargo-haul capability.

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*** The [[https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/7a/Dream_Chaser_pre-drop_tests.6.jpg SNC DreamChaser]] is the odd-man-out in [[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers odd man out]] among next-gen manned-spacecraft designs, being a derivative of NASA's cancelled [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HL-20_Personnel_Launch_System HL-20 Personnel Launch System]], which was a proposed "space-taxi" designed to launch vertically and land on a runway like the Space Shuttle, and carry up to 7 astronauts like the Shuttle, but without expending fuel for all that extra cargo-haul capability.
18th May '16 9:36:45 PM StevieC
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*** The [[https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/7a/Dream_Chaser_pre-drop_tests.6.jpg SNC DreamChaser]] is the odd-man-out in next-gen manned-spacecraft designs, being a derivative of NASA's cancelled [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HL-20_Personnel_Launch_System HL-20 Personnel Launch System]], which was a proposed "space-taxi" designed to launch vertically and land on a runway like the Space Shuttle, and carry up to 7 astronauts like the Shuttle, but without expending fuel for all that extra cargo-haul capability.
15th May '16 12:43:22 PM Kirayoshi
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** This appears in other Film/MarvelCinematicUniverse films as well. In ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'', when Tony Stark talks privately with [[ComicBook/SpiderMan Peter Parker]], he kids him on his makeshift homemade-looking Spider-Man suit (calling it a "onesie") and the fact that the only computer Peter can afford is an old Apple [=MacIntosh=] he salvaged from the trash. On the other hand he expressed admiration that Peter was able to synthesise spider silk. When Tony convinces Peter to join him in Germany against ComicBook/CaptainAmerica and his fugitive Avengers, he upgrades Spider-Man's suit, making it more high-tech and also more closely resembling the webspinner we all know and love.
23rd Apr '16 7:37:19 PM SkyHavenPath13
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** Averted with weapons. For example, plasma weapons: in the Imperial they're rare but not uncommon (which is relative - thousands of plasma guns are made each year, while ''billions'' of lasguns are made), and hand held. Tau have hand held plasma weapons in the form of the Pulse Rifle. But are nowhere near as powerful, the closest can only be mounted on MiniMechs or tanks and are still less powerful (but don't overheat).

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** Averted with weapons. For example, plasma weapons: in the Imperial they're rare but not uncommon (which is relative - thousands of plasma guns are made each year, while ''billions'' of lasguns are made), and hand held. Tau have hand held plasma weapons in the form of the Pulse Rifle. But are nowhere near as powerful, the closest can only be mounted on MiniMechs {{Mini Mecha}}s or tanks and are still less powerful (but don't overheat).
7th Apr '16 5:45:21 PM WillKeaton
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Design aesthetics also change over time, totally independent of technology. In the 1950s, people thought that flares and tail fins looked futuristic. But we have just reached the [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture impossibly far-off AD 2016]], and very few things have tail fins, aside from actual fish, airplanes, and the Batmobile [[note]]and even the Batmobile [[Film/TheDarkKnightSaga recently got rid of 'em]][[/note]]. Ironically, things like flares and tail fins now [[{{Zeerust}} look decidedly retro]]: recent models of the Ford Thunderbird have fins to keep the ''vintage'' '50s feel.

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Design aesthetics also change over time, totally independent of technology. In the 1950s, people thought that flares and tail fins looked futuristic. But we have just reached the [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture impossibly far-off AD 2016]], and very few things have tail fins, aside from actual fish, airplanes, and the Batmobile [[note]]and even Batmobile.[[note]]Even the Batmobile [[Film/TheDarkKnightSaga recently got rid of 'em]][[/note]]. 'em.]][[/note]] Ironically, things like flares and tail fins now [[{{Zeerust}} look decidedly retro]]: recent models of the Ford Thunderbird have fins to keep the ''vintage'' '50s feel.
27th Mar '16 11:16:10 AM Morgenthaler
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The viewer's own standard will, in these cases, not actually map directly to the viewer's own life-experience, but will be surprisingly weighted toward {{Zeerust}}: high technology is expected to look high-technological, so a visually complex special effect implies more technology than a visually simple special effect. [[ForbiddenPlanet Robbie the Robot]] has lots of flashing lights and moving parts, so to many he looks more advanced than [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Commander Data]], who just looks like a plain old human with a funny skin tone.

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The viewer's own standard will, in these cases, not actually map directly to the viewer's own life-experience, but will be surprisingly weighted toward {{Zeerust}}: high technology is expected to look high-technological, so a visually complex special effect implies more technology than a visually simple special effect. [[ForbiddenPlanet [[Film/ForbiddenPlanet Robbie the Robot]] has lots of flashing lights and moving parts, so to many he looks more advanced than [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Commander Data]], who just looks like a plain old human with a funny skin tone.
26th Mar '16 1:59:23 PM valos
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* This has been invoked with the old-school-looking ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' technology and warships, which look like ancient Gothic and baroque steam-powered machines. The big, clunky and primitive-looking Leman Russ or Land Raider battle tanks have ''insane'' weapons yields and are far more maneuverable than any modern tank could hope to be, and those box, boxy and inelegant bolters are actually rapid-fire armor-piercing rocket-propelled grenade launchers.

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* This has been invoked with the old-school-looking ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' technology and warships, which look like ancient Gothic and baroque steam-powered machines. The big, clunky and primitive-looking Leman Russ or Land Raider battle tanks have ''insane'' weapons yields and are far more maneuverable than any modern tank could hope to be, be[[note]]Unless Games Workshop actually bothers to list hard numbers, in which case the Imperium tanks [[http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/16459878/images/1317266840303.gif are unwhelming compared to real-life technology]][[/note]], and those box, boxy and inelegant bolters are actually rapid-fire armor-piercing rocket-propelled grenade launchers.
29th Feb '16 10:31:00 AM Slimek
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Design aesthetics also change over time, totally independent of technology. In the 1950s, people thought that flares and tail fins looked futuristic. But we have just reached the [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture impossibly far-off AD 2015]], and very few things have tail fins, aside from actual fish, airplanes, and the Batmobile [[note]]and even the Batmobile [[Film/TheDarkKnightSaga recently got rid of 'em]][[/note]]. Ironically, things like flares and tail fins now [[{{Zeerust}} look decidedly retro]]: recent models of the Ford Thunderbird have fins to keep the ''vintage'' '50s feel.

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Design aesthetics also change over time, totally independent of technology. In the 1950s, people thought that flares and tail fins looked futuristic. But we have just reached the [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture impossibly far-off AD 2015]], 2016]], and very few things have tail fins, aside from actual fish, airplanes, and the Batmobile [[note]]and even the Batmobile [[Film/TheDarkKnightSaga recently got rid of 'em]][[/note]]. Ironically, things like flares and tail fins now [[{{Zeerust}} look decidedly retro]]: recent models of the Ford Thunderbird have fins to keep the ''vintage'' '50s feel.
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