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Offline Zbig

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Re: Movie/TV show prop gaffes.
« Reply #50 on: March 08, 2016, 06:11:15 pm »
  • Computers from some parallel universe featured in movies whose action is set in our universe, still happening in this day and age. You know, otherworldly GUIs, text slowly appearing on the screen character by character for no particular reason, each and every event accompanied by ungodly cacophony of beeps and bleeps. I mean come on, FFS, this could slide in the '80s but haven't they realized that just about everyone on this planet and his dog is already using at least one computer of some sorts on a daily basis and knows damn well how the thing looks and works?
  • On a bit similar note, progress bars showing you the exact state of brute-forcing a password. Not the time to exhaust the key space, mind you, but the exact progress/ETA to the password being found/"hack being done" :palm:
 

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Re: Movie/TV show prop gaffes.
« Reply #51 on: March 08, 2016, 10:11:30 pm »
Another old US television SciFi show that I remember from the late '60s was "Land of the Giants", where some humans are trapped on a planet where the locals are humanoid but maybe 10x taller, with everything to scale.
Watching one of the heroes scampering along a baseboard, I noted a US-standard wall duplex socket (NEMA 5-15).
Hell, you can't even find one on the other side of the Atlantic!
 

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Re: Movie/TV show prop gaffes.
« Reply #52 on: March 19, 2016, 12:01:11 am »
Yeah, fembots!
 

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Re: Movie/TV show prop gaffes.
« Reply #53 on: March 19, 2016, 02:25:55 pm »
I remember laughing at the pile of socket 7 motherboards that sufficed as futuristic techy stuff for the geek character to fiddle with in Andromeda.

Also the 'super secret former NSA' guy from that Will Smith film Enemy of the State does nothing but fiddle with a couple of 'scopes in his ridiculous Faraday cage bunker.

Oh man, don't get me started on Hercules Returns. Hate that movie.

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Re: Movie/TV show prop gaffes.
« Reply #54 on: March 19, 2016, 02:50:35 pm »
Predestination (2014)...................Arduino.

They said it was a "timer display".

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Re: Movie/TV show prop gaffes.
« Reply #55 on: March 20, 2016, 05:37:39 pm »
I remember laughing at the pile of socket 7 motherboards that sufficed as futuristic techy stuff for the geek character to fiddle with in Andromeda.

Also the 'super secret former NSA' guy from that Will Smith film Enemy of the State does nothing but fiddle with a couple of 'scopes in his ridiculous Faraday cage bunker.

Oh man, don't get me started on Hercules Returns. Hate that movie.
When i read your post, i remembered a scene from "Automata" (don't watch, it is a truly stupid movie; i could still kick myself for spending my money and my time on watching this crap). The film was about work robots becoming sentient (or showing an ability to modify itself or other robots) and trying to escape their fate (which would be being disposed of, i.e. killed).

In the film, the protagonist meets a sentient robot who is able to not only to repair/modify other robots, but also to build entirely new robots. To illustrate how this robot can build new robots from parts, the filmmakers decorated a table with an assortment of components such as a number of through-hole parts, things that look like tubes, relays and ceramic fuses and other old junk. All in a tidy and neat arrangement. In the middle of this junk yard, a lot of TH capacitors placed in a circular pattern. When i saw this, all i could think of was that the robot must definitely be a capacity in his field. :palm:

Attached are two stills from the film (which is watchable in its entire length in deservingly crap resolution at Dailymotion, although only in Hindi or some other alien language; the scene i am talking about starts around the 1:15:00 time mark).

By the way, the film is from 2014, which only adds to the cringe-worthy display of comedy...

EDIT: Also, this lame excuse of a movie had a budget of about US$ 15 million. If you want to know how good a movie about sentient robots can be with a similar budget of US$ 15mio, go and watch "Ex Machina". Excellent movie.
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Re: Movie/TV show prop gaffes.
« Reply #56 on: March 20, 2016, 05:45:42 pm »
Was worth watching if only for that and just how that could actually make a humanoid robot ( hint NOT), along with the removable faces, where the face behind stuck out further than the mask......
 

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Re: Movie/TV show prop gaffes.
« Reply #57 on: March 20, 2016, 05:50:22 pm »
Star Trek Continues, the opening scene, with a server motherboard as the ship's computer...

http://player.vimeo.com/video/139692418?byline=0&portrait=0&autoplay=1

http://startrekcontinues.com/episodes.html



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Re: Movie/TV show prop gaffes.
« Reply #58 on: March 20, 2016, 06:12:43 pm »
I think that it is intentionally joke. In The Original Series there was similar scene with a vacuum tubes.

Real Industrial / Science / Spacecraft nowadays electronics (lifetime dozens years) doesn't look so-much-futuristic as nowadays Comsumer electronics (lifetime several years of months).
 

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Re: Movie/TV show prop gaffes.
« Reply #59 on: March 20, 2016, 06:34:27 pm »
Star Trek Continues, the opening scene, with a server motherboard as the ship's computer...

http://player.vimeo.com/video/139692418?byline=0&portrait=0&autoplay=1

http://startrekcontinues.com/episodes.html

They should have used a motherboard like the MSI X99A Godlike Gaming Carbon. No, i did not make this name up, this mobo really has such a thoroughly stupid name. While its lighting effects are really worth a face-palm in any other situation, in this particular case it would be a perfect fit for the colorful atmosphere of the TOS Enterprise. (They could even incorporate its "Godlike" aspect into a story where the ship computer becomes sentient and goes rogue ;) )

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Re: Movie/TV show prop gaffes.
« Reply #60 on: March 20, 2016, 06:37:18 pm »
Don't think that is yet available as surplus in the studio dumpsters though, they might still be used in a few years as they become last year's models though.
 

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Re: Movie/TV show prop gaffes.
« Reply #61 on: March 20, 2016, 07:43:48 pm »
I actually quite enjoyed automata, but I've always loved that sort of genre, I don't know why.

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Re: Movie/TV show prop gaffes.
« Reply #62 on: March 20, 2016, 08:21:18 pm »
The computer in Blake's Seven had a 6502 based Acorn System 1 on the front

http://www.starringthecomputer.com/feature.html?f=361

And remember Terminator's 6502 code listing..?
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Re: Movie/TV show prop gaffes.
« Reply #63 on: March 21, 2016, 03:26:11 am »
Anything in Jurassic Park involving the main computer that runs the island. Especially the part where it gets damaged and flames/sparks come out.
Clearly Hollywood think the magic smoke and a bad smell isn't enough.

Also the vehicles that ride on giant rails, when optical/inductive pickup would work and not required hauling thousands of tons of steel onto a remote island.
 

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Re: Movie/TV show prop gaffes.
« Reply #64 on: March 21, 2016, 04:06:32 am »
Star Trek Continues, the opening scene, with a server motherboard as the ship's computer...

http://player.vimeo.com/video/139692418?byline=0&portrait=0&autoplay=1

http://startrekcontinues.com/episodes.html

James Cawley was better as captain

nevermind my comment, wrong star trek lol

http://www.startreknewvoyages.com/

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