I can't seem to find a way to cut power to weapons and shields as a sign of good faith to new races etc.. Maybe that's why they all attack me and I have to atomize them? All they see is a ship with powered shields and weapons, what are they supposed to think?
I suppose I could unequip my shields and weapons, however if it's decided to attack me I can no longer "Raise shields" or "power up weapons" since once in combat I can't do anything with equipment.
Not very "Star Trek" if you don't have to "Raise shields". Just fly around with them on all the time.