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Old May 20 2013, 07:42 PM   #14
Re: New Treknology Into Darkness

Gary Seven's transport looked a bit different.
But apparently wasn't, since Kirk's hardware was so inconveniently compatible with it...

The problem I have with transwarp beaming is that something has to maintain the confinement beam until you reach the destination.
It clearly isn't the originating transporter, though, as transportees often rematerialize safely long after this transporter has been destroyed. Sounds like the confinement beam is self-maintaining, until the point where it no longer is, that is.

Well, except that it isn't clear why they can't just scan the volcano's interior and beam a device in with a timer, or why the volcano threatens the planet rather than just the local population, or what the device is actually supposed to do, since capping the volcano will just lead to pressure increasing until the volcano explodes with even greater force. Wibbly wobbly timey wimey.
We have previously seen that transporters have trouble penetrating about two kilometers of ordinary rock. Just add a smidgen of mysterium into the rock and you seriously reduce transporter performance. Not reliable enough for beaming a unique device into place - but reliability ceases to be a concern when it's the only way to extract a fellow officer.

As for what the device is supposed to do, it's probably best kept vague exactly because of what it eventually achieves. But we could well say that a single volcano could destroy the entire civilization of this planet, if a) it's a big volcano and b) it's a small civilization. We've seen those previously, after all; it wouldn't be all that unusual for some alien culture to dump a small number of people on the only habitable island on a waterworld...

As for the gym bag transporter, why couldn't it have two parts?
Clever idea, but we haven't really heard of a rule that would require two ends to a process, or prevent bootstrapping.

Timo Saloniemi
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