Originally posted by Ernest Friedman-Hill:
Smaller numbers take longer. A level 4 or 5 is totally automated and takes seconds at most. Levels 2 and 3 involve an operator and may involve (gasp!) physially walking to a remote console to run the diagnostic.
A level 1, though, means physically ripping stuff apart and going in there with your little laser soldering gun doohickey and the Tektronix cartridge for your tricorder. Engineers don't like to do those.
Originally posted by David O'Meara:
which raises the issue of what happens when you need a higher level diagnostic. Will it like Thermodynamics, where you have a Zeroth Law? (or in this case Level Zero Diagnostic)
Is the opposite true for force fields and containment fields? I thought a Level 10 containment field was more restrictive than a Level 1.
Originally posted by Paul Wheaton:
Which takes longer: a level 1 diagnostic or a level 3 diagnostic?
Originally posted by Mark Fletcher:
Heres another question:
Do you really think Kirk would lower himself to ask the Enterprise's computer to run a level xxx diagnostic?
Of course not, he'd bawl Scotty out first and then chase some scantily clad green skinned woman around the Bridge.
Another reason why Jean Luc Picard is a bit of a wimp.
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