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Old May 8 2013, 03:18 PM   #16
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Re: Jem'Hadar Strength

Data frequently dwells outside established UFP territory without starving. For all we know, his batteries could last for years, and it still wouldn't contradict the concept of him constantly recharging from an outside source.

When Data listened to several overlapping musical pieces, none of them was particularly quiet; the ability to hear them would not equate to the ability to hear footsteps from afar, then.

(As an aside, sound is sound: Data wouldn't have been able to discern the different pieces unless he already knew all but one of them, and by that means could tell which sound belonged to which piece. Analyzing a complex but unknown soundscape would be significantly more demanding.)

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Old May 9 2013, 02:36 AM   #17
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Re: Jem'Hadar Strength

I've always believed that Data somehow pulls his energy from the environment, the same way that Odo apparently does. So, I don't think he needs to 'plug in' to anything external to recharge. I think that his power cells recharge continuously from whatever energy he pulls in.
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Old May 9 2013, 04:26 AM   #18
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I like the 'Tesla tower' theory.

That works better than the 'environment' theory, because he never has to replenish whatever chemicals he needs to produce the reactions from things he pulls in from his environment.
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Old May 9 2013, 11:42 AM   #19
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What's the Tesla Tower theory?
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Old May 9 2013, 05:47 PM   #20
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Nicola Tesla, an eccentric supergenius from a century back (very much part of our real world), was a proponent of transmitting electricity through thin air rather than along copper wires. Only recently has practical engineering caught up with him, creating wireless means of charging cell phones (across a distance of just a few inches) or transferring power along microwaves (from one Pacific island to the next so far, but applications from orbit to surface are just around the corner).

Basically, the Federation might have created a wireless power net that would make Tesla proud. This would explain not only Data's "constant recharging" but the fact that we basically never see charging sockets of any sort.

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Old May 10 2013, 01:31 PM   #21
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Re: Jem'Hadar Strength

Jem'hadar vs Hirogen is a tough fight, in a 1 on 1 i think it comes down to who is the BETTER of his own, a strong Jem'hadar first would probably kill a hirogen beta, but a hirogen alpha would kill a weak jem'hadar
This.

It also explains why Worf the Uber Klingon could stand against a couple dozen Jem'hadar, one after the other. His fighting skills and conditioning to compensate for the Jem'hadars' superior strength.

Plus, Tuvok may be as strong or stronger than a Hirogen, but still only weighing the same as a human, he is prone to being knocked around like one. We know Romulans posses similar strength levels to their Vulcan cousins, based on Nero single handedly picking up Kirk by the neck, and yet How many times has a human bested a Romulan?

Also, how do we know Tuvok isn't weak for a Vulcan? Or Nero isn't a super strong Romulan. T'pol never demonstrated strength superior to a human male, either. So, assuming all Vulcans (or Romulans, for that matter) have ape-level strength, is false, too.


BTW, the only Trek character who would have a chance against Data in hand to hand is Odo. Data has super human strength, speed, sight, while Odo has superior strength, speed, and shape shifting ability that could match Data. The weakness of Odo would be if he and Data were to fight to a stand still for more than 24 hours with neither gaining the upper hand, Data would just have to wait Odo out, until he is forced to revert to liquid state.

if Data is able to see them cloaked Data has never really demonstrated senses in excess of those of humans - Soong was probably very careful not to make him superhuman in that, umm, sense, so as not to create undue Frankenstein fears. Data can sort out his sensory input better, though (say, listen to half a dozen musical pieces at once). I sort of doubt this would help in seeing through the Jem'Hadar cloaks, as Starfleet never demonstrated any piece of equipment that would be capable of this.
Going by TNG Season 1, Data has eye sight near Geordi levels, but not quite as well.

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Nicola Tesla, an eccentric supergenius from a century back (very much part of our real world), was a proponent of transmitting electricity through thin air rather than along copper wires. Only recently has practical engineering caught up with him, creating wireless means of charging cell phones (across a distance of just a few inches) or transferring power along microwaves (from one Pacific island to the next so far, but applications from orbit to surface are just around the corner).

Basically, the Federation might have created a wireless power net that would make Tesla proud. This would explain not only Data's "constant recharging" but the fact that we basically never see charging sockets of any sort.

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I am not certain what TNG episode it was, but I seem to remember Data stating he could last some 200 years. Perhaps he has an internal power source capable of lasting that long. Sort of like a terminator. That would seem a more likely explanation.

Now the "reborn Data" in B4's body could be a different matter.

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Old May 10 2013, 05:08 PM   #22
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Artim the kid: "Don't you ever get tired?"
Data: "My power cells continually recharge themselves."
That one, from Insurrection, is the one relevant bit on how Data keeps on going. It may be a simplification for children, but it's probably not an outright lie (even thought Data often uses those, too). "Continually" can suggest either continuous or repeated recharging, but IMHO it does not suggest the sort of operations where the charge slowly dwindles for 200 years.

BTW, the only Trek character who would have a chance against Data in hand to hand is Odo.
...But give the opponent a metal spear and Data is toast ("Thine Own Self").

Going by TNG Season 1, Data has eye sight near Geordi levels, but not quite as well.
Curious - which S1 event are you referring to?

Even back then, Data tended to use a flashlight (which LaForge only took on to using in the later seasons). In "Hide and Q", it's LaForge doing the superhuman seeing, while Data doesn't appear to be able to follow:

Riker: "Geordi, can you see Worf?"
LaForge: "I'd see the freckles on his nose if he had them, Sir. He's at the third ridge."
Data: "The third ridge?"
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Old May 10 2013, 06:02 PM   #23
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Re: Jem'Hadar Strength

You can't get something from nothing. Data's cells must recharge using a variety of mechanisms. Wireless power, as others suggested, is likely a mandatory thing when Data is around powered sources. But he has also existed for long periods away from power grids, so his battery cells must recharge via other means. I suspect his skin has some kind of solar recharging properties to it. Maybe when he's out in the wilderness, he goes naked or periodically sun bathes.
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Old May 10 2013, 07:50 PM   #24
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But he has also existed for long periods away from power grids, so his battery cells must recharge via other means.
Or merely hold their charge for a long time. Our heroes never appear particularly surprised when an ancient spacecraft retains life support power after possibly tens of thousands of years of dormancy; a "long" period of isolation, such as the one Lore spent floating in empty space, might not represent a major fraction of the endurance of a typical 24th century battery, at the levels of power usage we're discussing here.

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Old May 10 2013, 07:55 PM   #25
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Quite possibly, the five Jem'Hadar could turn Data into a collection of four spasming limbs, one helpless torso, and one head that shouts insults at them like the Black Knight from the Monty Python sketch.
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Demons of Air and Darkness seems to place Hirogen ahead in terms of raw strength, while Taran'atar (the Jem'hadar in question) seems to be superior when it comes to durability and tenacity.

One on one, Data could tear both apart before they had time to blink. En masse, they might be able to bring him down, like Timo said.
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Old May 11 2013, 03:13 AM   #26
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Re: Jem'Hadar Strength

The main advantage the Jem'Hadar have as far as fighting goes seems to be their ability to endure pretty much any privation indefinitely, save lack of White, their (so far perfect) cloaking, and their training. The former would be a huge advantage in any drawn-out battle, the middle perfect for ambushes, or at least getting into superior positions, and the last when it actually came down to getting it done.

The Hirogen could meet or exceed them on the latter (heck, Worf did ), and can almost definitely beat them in strength. Don't know about detecting them cloaked, but they figured out 8472 camo when Voyager couldn't (and don't they have a cloak of their own?)

One-on-one I'd say the Hirogen wins, but in a group the Jem'Hedar do, as that's more their speed.

Vs Data...that depends. It seems most of Data's combat limitations that we've seen are of his choosing. I don't think we've ever seen him do much close to what he's said to be capable of.
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Old May 11 2013, 11:54 AM   #27
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Re: Jem'Hadar Strength

Going by TNG Season 1, Data has eye sight near Geordi levels, but not quite as well. Curious - which S1 event are you referring to?

Even back then, Data tended to use a flashlight (which LaForge only took on to using in the later seasons). In "Hide and Q", it's LaForge doing the superhuman seeing, while Data doesn't appear to be able to follow:
I could swear there was an episode where Data requires Geordi to examine something and an off-hand comment was made saying Data's eyesight was better than normal, but not as good as Geordi's VISOR. I want to say Heart of Glory, when they were aboard the freighter at the beginning of the episode. I'd have to rewatch it, to be sure.

I can't explain the apparent inconsistency there, though.
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Old May 11 2013, 12:38 PM   #28
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The Jem'Hadar are genetically engineered super soldiers. They should be at least as strong and as fast as the Augments / Khan.

Unfortunately, they were not typically portrayed as such.
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Old May 12 2013, 03:04 PM   #29
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The Jem'Hadar were engineered to terrorize; this might not necessarily make them particularly good soldiers. Say, their cloaks don't allow them to fight; it's difficult to understand why, unless the cloak is mainly for "secret police" type of work. That is, by being invisible, the Jem'Hadar are everywhere at once, and you can never speak freely and certain that nobody is listening behind your shoulder...

The Founders haven't encountered major opposition for 2,000 years, as per "To the Death". It might be contrary to their interests to maintain an army, even if it is chemically enslaved to them, and better to maintain a force that can merely terrorize fellow humanoid societies, with things like unopposed orbital bombardment, use of poisons and diseases, and kidnapping or other elimination of individual dissidents.

As for the Data's-eyesight-compared-to-Geordi's bit, I've been trying to find it, but it's not in "Heart of Glory" at least. Only LaForge's sight is discussed there (although Data has worked on the technique to make this sight visible to others).

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Old May 12 2013, 10:37 PM   #30
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Re: Jem'Hadar Strength

It's funny how given what an advantage being able to cloak is, they hardly ever use it to any real advantage.

Whenever we see them fight they seem to almost always de-cloak a few feet before they reach the opponent, and they always end up getting beat.

Why not just fight the enemy while cloaked or uncloak at the very last moment?
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