I generally don't crash tech, but I do get your point about having to do it if you want the tech faster.
But, I do think that there is a problem here - either with 188.8.131.52 or how I loaded it. This screenshot is from 3 years later in the game and SY-200 has not progressed at all. In fact, there seem to be three areas that have not moved at all:
Reactor is still at 21K, Extractor is still at 56K, and Construction is still at 15K. Every other area has made progress. Eight areas have completed a technology and moved on to the next tech - Beam Weapon, Torpedo Weapon, Shields, Engine, Manufacturer, Storage, Computer and Habitation.
Can this be AI spies sabotaging the research for these three areas that have not moved?
Otherwise its either a bug or an incorrect install on my part.