Excuse me? TBH, I haven't got a god damn clue what you're saying here. Because around this board, Darkstar, the common Internet handle that RSA goes by, is known to be a fucking liar. As a result, every god damn thing on his website is fucking suspect!
My guess: He would say the same about this side.
I'll ONCE AGAIN note that the Borg cubes were NOT vaporized, but were instead struck by GODDAMN DEBRIS.
Yes, but as you have to know the cube which was shown to be hit by some debris survived and the explosion took part much later.
And it does not change much, because the debris still woul need the energy to do that kind of damage in a huge area.
So instead of being a case of "shoot planet with laser, watch planet go boom", it's "shoot planet with magic beam which does [technobabble] and creates vaporized, exploding planet".
There was no technobabble.
For one, I didn't pull any numbers out, I was simply illustrating the point that not all energy weapons are the same, and so how '8472 reacts to Borg DEW isn't necessarily the same way they'd react to, say, the Empire's DEWs.
We have as many clues on how the death star works as we have clues about the weapons of 8472.
I never said that there were other ways to get rid of heat in space, and I never said anything about why the average astronomical object is cold. I simply noted that said objects tend to be very cold, and that space itself, being a vacuum, has no temperature.
This forum, does not allow edits, so I could not add the part about what I meant with cold. If you do the calculation for energy transfer based on radiation you compare the objects surface to the background, which is mostly set to 0K.
That I did not mean the surrounding was quite clear (I thought), since I have been talking about radiation. The temperature of the surrounding is interesting for other ways of heat transfer. (Which I said are unusable in space)
I'll further note that you evidently don't understand basic science, or else you'd realize the logic and simple physics that are used to analyze the feats of both SW and ST.
They are all based on assumptions. Made to go one way or the other. Since those assumptions are quite cherry picked...
I mean our discussion about the weapon 8472 used shows this quite clear. You have to insist on some "magic reaction" because otherwise you would not like the results.
So please, do not try to hide behind physics if they have nothing to do with it at all.
Why should I accept your assertion that there are only two answers, rather than treating it as the false dilemma fallacy that it appears to be?
I had a third one, but you did to approve. So I was left with those.
There are not many options to start with:
1. The main weapon is limited by energy supply.
2. The main weapon is limited by cooling/reloading.
3. The main weapon has different operation modes.
Every one of those leads to different conclusions. The frist two can actually lead to the same conclusions.
You apparently approach it from a method that I find to be, frankly, inconsistent and to be blunt full of shit.
What a great feat of argumentation.
I'm sure you feel the same way about any approach I have
No, I do not. Has less to do with your approach than with my way of thinking.
But anyhow I would not describe the things I have written as an approach. It is more a hint on why I do not understand someone would go with the approach taken here.
A simple real life example would be to compare the war in Iraq with the WW2. The firepower displayed in WW2 was "bigger". (Alone due to the use of atom bombs)
But nobody would arguee, that the technology during WW2 was better than today.
The same is true for any kind of SiFi series. But here you not only dealing with the problem of "not showing the full potential" but also of "showing stuff which does not fit into the rest of the setting or is just utter bullshit". Second of all you are left with the problem, that the means by which the shown is achieved are mostly left in the dark.
So if you want to compare technology you would need a look at stuff regulary used and shown.
Comunication devices, computers, monitors/hologramms, AIs, robots etc.
This is one of those things, which just has to work. They are the core of canon in any book/film used by any author.
So you eliminate the problems the single author might have with physics or the understanding of the world.