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Old December 16 2012, 10:53 AM   #15
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Re: Diet Cards vs. Food Synthesizers

It is possible that TOS food synthetiser cannot produce any meal desired on the spot, but it needs somehow prepare the food. The crewmwmbers order their weekly meals beforehand (from the computer console in their room, for examle), and the card identifies who the person ordering the food is. So when Kirk sticks his card in the machine, the machine gives him the meal he had preselected for that day beforehand. And Chapel just had preprogrammed few cards for the kids to play with.
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