Prabal Nandy (nandy@U.Arizona.EDU)
Mon, 5 Apr 1999 18:28:04 -0700 (MST)
> > though civilizations rise and fall (at least, until the advent of American
> > Democracy which will rule forever)
> > would, for example, uncover a M1 tank five hundred years in the future and
> > would, without knowing _anything_ about our science, get it working as a
> > viable weapon.
> M1? it probably won't run after just 10 years. Take M113, now that may
> actually work if someone dig it up out of the dirt.
And that's part of my point: The more complex/cool something is, the
more maintenance it needs by virtue of its complexity. Therefore any
'superweapon' would by its nature be almost impossible to 'salvage' even
after a _few_ years, much less centuries!
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