I underestimated my opponents in a game I seemed to be winning. Two different opponents capped two of my citadels — one of which had over 11 million credits on it, which he then spent on fighters. I went from having 90% of the fighters on the V-screen to having about 10%. My chief rival must have been hiding fighters on unmanned ships.
But I dramatically improved the speed of Weapon M's terminal component. I had to increase the number of strings written by a factor of ten just to get a repeatable benchmark. Now it writes "Weapon M" 100,000 times in about 600 milliseconds.