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Old April 4 2013, 10:34 PM   #31
indolover
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Re: How widespread is transporter technology?

Transporters must be like air travel is today.

Think about it. One can transport literally in a second from NYC to London. In the real world, a flight would take hours. And obviously it is applicable anywhere in the world, and underground to an extent (say to a depth of 1 kilometre, which is quite deep).

There must also be restrictions in use though. Most likely there are public transporter pads, operated by the Federation and/or planetary government. And private residences may have shields to prevent unauthorised transporter beams.
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Old April 7 2013, 08:25 PM   #32
Lt. Cheka Wey
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Re: How widespread is transporter technology?

They are probably complicated to operate, why else would you need a transporter chief?
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Old April 7 2013, 08:50 PM   #33
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Re: How widespread is transporter technology?

For the same reason automobiles need expensive specialists? Operating them is a no-brainer; keeping them running is hard work for a team of professionals.

We never met anybody in Star Trek who would have been at a loss to operate a transporter. Heck, even the near-caveman Captain Christopher almost got away with it, and Kirk certainly seemed to think his prisoner would be fully capable of using a transporter for his getaway. And that is with military hardware; civilian models would no doubt be much more user-friendly.

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Old April 9 2013, 10:15 PM   #34
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Re: How widespread is transporter technology?

You would also need people to perform upgrades and other corrective or adaptive maintenance.

It's like in an average company today, I'd bet many people don't know the rudiments of sending an e-mail or the TCP/IP functions involved, but that despite that ignorance there still needs to be an IT staff present to troubleshoot a network if e-mails cannot be sent or perform maintenance and/or upgrades in the event of new hardware and technologies.
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