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What's the point of a tailor when you have replicators?

garakftw

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Report this Sep. 06 2011, 10:42 am

Does Garak just put his designs in a replicator?  Is his real skill being a fashion designer?  Is there some reaon a replicator can't make whatever clothes you want?

Treknoir

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Report this Sep. 06 2011, 11:52 am

You assume replicators are in widespread and general use as opposed to only being used as necessary (i.e., on deep space ships and remote locations where resources are scarce and constant restocking is impractical).


From a semi-scientific perspective, ST energy sources may be more powerful, but aren't infinite. What purpose would a replicator service in a place where resources are available (inhabited, modern planets and major cities)? The energy and tech could be used for other things. Then, you have the Tribble Paradox, or too much of a good thing. Some idiot could abuse the use of a replicator to mass produce crap.


It is curious how often you humans manage to obtain that which you do not want. - Spock

garakftw

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Report this Sep. 06 2011, 12:09 pm

Replicators are in widespread use on Deep Space Nine, aren't they?

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Report this Sep. 06 2011, 12:19 pm

In the future, tailors may also serve the function of designers. Now for the sake of efficiency, the tailor/designer may use a computer to design and even create a prototype for store use. The design could then go into a public database for individual production, as opposed to conventional mass production.


The ultimate point is a tailor may enjoy tailoring as an occupation.

garakftw

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Report this Sep. 06 2011, 12:28 pm

It doesn't matter if he enjoys it or not.  He seems to have customers.  The issue is why they go there, not whether or not Garak enjoys doing it.

lostshaker

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Report this Sep. 06 2011, 12:50 pm

We all know Garak didn't really enjoy tailoring. That comment was in regard to Federtion/Earth Citizens and the topic title, which didn't explicitly mention Garak.


As to the issue of going to a tailor, specifically to Garak, a tailor could simply restitch a rip or alter a design without waisting replicator energy.


Replicators were in widespread use after Starfleet took over DS9. Bajor was in poor condition after the Occupation, and Garak's shop was largely a carryover from that time.

garakftw

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Report this Sep. 06 2011, 1:00 pm

I forgot about repairs to clothes.

Treknoir

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Report this Sep. 06 2011, 1:15 pm

Quote: garakftw @ Sep. 06 2011, 12:09 pm

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>Replicators are in widespread use on Deep Space Nine, aren't they?

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DEEP SPACE NINE: An orbital space station orbiting a war torn planet that the UFP was helping get back on its feet. Yeah, I'm pretty sure I covered that with my first post.


But continue on with thinking you've made some clever observation.


It is curious how often you humans manage to obtain that which you do not want. - Spock

garakftw

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Report this Sep. 06 2011, 1:20 pm

Rom used replicators to create an entire minefield.  Not to mention, the station became a huge business hub after the discovery of the wormhole.


 


Anyway, did the series ever actually show Garak sewing?

FleetAdmiral_BamBam

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Report this Sep. 06 2011, 1:37 pm

I think we saw Garak doing minor things to clothes, but not "sewing" in the form that we're used to seeing.


garakftw

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Report this Sep. 06 2011, 1:41 pm

For a moment, I thought maybe replicators couldn't make silk, but if they can make meat, they should be able to make silk.  (I don't really understand why they wouldn't be able to make life if they can make meat, but whatever.)

FleetAdmiral_BamBam

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Report this Sep. 06 2011, 1:50 pm

My guess is that the replicators will just make normal mass produced clothes while a tailor can custom make something nicer.


Would you rather buy an off the rack suit, or have it tailor made to fit both you and your style?


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Report this Sep. 06 2011, 1:57 pm

I doubt replicators can make the variety of fabrics into the variety of shapes a taylor can. Mass production always lessons quality and there will always need to be specialists. Why does the Enterprise have a barber? It is probably safer and more energy efficient than a hair cutting helmet.

garakftw

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Report this Sep. 06 2011, 1:58 pm

It just seems like in the future, it should not be hard for a computer to measure you.  But that explanation is not unacceptable.

garakftw

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Report this Sep. 06 2011, 2:00 pm

The repair idea is very appealing to me, because I can see how you might want to repair clothing that has been damaged, because it has worn in.  I doubt a replicator makes clothes that are as comfortable as clothes you have worn in, like old shoes.

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