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The problem/humor right here is that 1^4=1, and also for that matter 1 elevated to any type of power - also a million - still equates to 1; ergo, there is no amplification at all! This is one circumstances of many noteworthy gaffs in TV and movie technological presentations.
February 25, 2019 Update
Note got from RF Cafe visitor SamM.:
Hello Kirt: Yes, I heard that <1^4> gaff, as well, and also just as computer system programmers from the 1960"s to about the 1990"s couildn"t speel differ wel, Sci-Fi (TV?) authors have never before been known as mathematicians; apparently the writing normally passes well also if it just, and also simply, sounds fantastically dramatic. That"s unless Mr. Shatner mis-spoke by changing the script"s "ten"
I responded to him thusly:
Greetings Sam: Hmmm, I hadn"t taken into consideration the opportunity that perhaps the script was read and/or spoken wrongly. Tright here are many instances in the reflects wright here numbers are spoken as individual digits. Regardless, the majority of Hollyweird actors wouldn"t recognize anypoint about numerical bases and exponents. Although I"m nowhere near as a lot of a Star Trek fanatic as a true "Trekkie," I carry out appreciate the pioneering principle in film of judging people/beings by their actions and also not their appearances, and the means Captain Kirk"s moral compass is constantly firmly pointed in the appropriate direction. Thanks for creating. - KirtB.
"Gentleguys, this computer has an auditory sensor. It have the right to in impact hear sounds. By installing a booster we can increase that capability on the order of one to the fourth power. The computer need to have the ability to bring us eexceptionally sound arising on the ship." - Captain James T. Kirk, Commander of the Star Ship Enterprise.
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