How to go from 4 to dead in the rankings in 4 easy steps:
1) Buy a new ship
2) Don't buy an escape pod or mine deflectors
3) Go attack a planet thinking that you've got mine deflectors (because your last ship had loads of them).
4) Stare in dumbfounded disbelief at your screen as the realization slowly sinks in that you've just been a real putz.