Actually i was hoping it was in for a reason, like the Pirates were going to have to research or "capture" or "trade" for the research in order to get the ability.
But that would probably take longer than Devs might want. Good find Ryat, and interesting, haha, but i think i keep seeing these kind of things as cool possibilities for ... and my imagination starts churning away, haha.
I'd make a lousy bug finder!! I would think everything is a future feature!!