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Old August 19 2008, 04:09 AM   #67
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Re: How About Replacing the Galaxy saucer with dedicated weapons platf

My take on the situation is that given advances in the real world 400 years from now we'll avoid tolerance stacking and production tweeks between units and from a structural standpoint ships within a given block/flight will be near identical, frame and hullwise.

Internally, thanks to modular construction every ship will be different in some way.

Computerwise, docking the USS Venture's saucer with the USS Bright Star's engineering hull would lead to a massive reduction in capability while the primary and secondary computers figure each other out. There would be a basic set of commands that would remain the same (Microsoft Starship or Ubuntu Fleet Edition) but higher level stuff like library search and science research stuff and holodeck whatnot would be offline or degraded.
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