Only one in existence
'Our thinking is that the device seen in "Die" was the only one in existence.'
Any good scientist or engineer knows that if something can exist, it's only a matter of time before it's replicated, as history has shown again and again... – The preceding unsigned comment was added by 126.96.36.199 (talk).
- That doesn't change what Ronald Moore said. --OuroborosCobra talk 03:18, 21 October 2007 (UTC)
- Star Trek isn't real life. --OuroborosCobra talk 04:25, 4 December 2007 (UTC)
- In defense of RDM and support of O. Cobra, I think there have been cases in which the knowledge behind a scientific "breakthrough" or achievement has been lost. Civil engineers still don't know how ancient Egyptians built the pyramids. I doubt replicating the technology to construct the pyramids has been possible until perhaps recently, with the invention of modern, non-human or animal-powered machinery and equipment (eg., earthmovers and cranes), plus computers good enough to assist in the design. That's a gap of several millenia.
- In a more recent example, the US did not have the ability to produce many working atomic bombs in 1945. They got "lucky" their two bombs successfully detonated over Japan. Had the US been able to produce more, they would have first tried to demonstrate "warning shots" but were afraid they wouldn't work. It's not inconceivable that the key people who designed the first atomic weapons could've been killed and their work lost, delaying the invention several years. And I think it's a safe bet the Obsidian Order had not made their research known to even Central Command, and the knowledge to build a quantum stasis field died along with the Order during the battle.
- --Cepstrum (talk) 11:02, November 5, 2010 (UTC)