People keep on warning me that pirates will steal your designs and that is terrible (for you) because your designs are superior to the AI...
but that is a wonderful thing (for you)!
instead of your weak ships fighting weak pirates and weak AI ships, your awesome ships will fight equally awesome pirates and weak AI.. not only would you have an advantage over the AI, the pirates would devastate the AI, since they are stronger.
However, the pirates would still steal designs from the AI empires... so even when facing pirates, you would have a high chance of encountering badly designed pirate ships, who are weak and easily destroyed. So on a 10v10 battle you would win handily...
I do not have a superman complex; for I am God, not Superman.