Grumblesaur wrote: Cornflakes_91 wrote:
And the second the shields go down you
die and your ship is mostly intact besides the fried cockpit interiors
The cockpit is getting fried regardless of whether there's a window -- video game lasers aren't just a flashlight.
if you mount it on the surface again, yes.
but thats why you mount it
Cornflakes_91 wrote:in an armored shell in the middle of the ship
so that by the time the cockpit is reachable by fire, the ship already has endured major structural damage
There are still going to be windows for monitoring sensitive areas on the outside of the craft. The ISS has this. And before you go "eeeunh but that's not a SPACESHIP" see below:
why should there be?
why cant you do that with cameras or camera drones?
and the ISS is no result of 100+ years of computer and digital camera development
cameras today arent good or reliable enough to serve as window replacements, especially the radiation hardened ones they use in space.
the second it becomes economically feasible to dot the hull with cameras to synthesize any viewport from the hull, windows will get a lot less useful.
Because those arent spaceships, they are atmospheric or orbital craft, the only places where windows have utility >0
Not a good argument, there will be spaceships that will be capable of landing on planets.
and how does that negate all the points i listed?
situations where you even can
fly on sight are the only situations where windows have any utility at all, and flying in atmosphere is one of those situations.
but why should i mount windows with limited field of view and all the drawbacks of having holes in my hull if camera systems work as well and give me 360° vision and dont need holes in the hull?
Grumblesaur wrote:I don't see you citing any sources either, so don't get snippy, no matter how much you want to be like the stick figure in Wikipedian Protester.
this was ment as a shorthand for "you didnt bring any arguments for that", you made a "factual" statement i dont accept as such.
long story short: what can windows do that cameras dont?
and are that few situations where they are even usable worth the long list of drawbacks?