25 interesting things that you learn about computers in the movies...
- High tech equipment is often driven by a computer with a DOS
prompt. (re: RoboCop)
- High tech companies don't do offsite backups of the data (re:
- All media devices are readily available - ie If someone hands you
a DAT tape with important data on it your PC will have a DAT drive.
- No matter what you ask a computer to do it will respond with a
percentage complete bargraph - especially when searching for data it
can accurately give you the time remaining until it finds that data.
- Data searching will always involve displaying all the searched
data on the screen until a match is found - this is true of text and
graphics such as fingerprints.
- Telephone calls can be easily redirected through places all over
the world, and upon a tracea globe will be displayed complete with
lines travelling between each place.
- Deleting of data always takes just a little less time than it
takes the bad guys to knock down the door.
- Alltechnology is plug and play - every computer can have any
piece of technology attached.
- High tech graphical interfaces are often driven by hundreds of
keystrokes which do not appear anywhere on the screen.
- IP addresses automatically supply the feds with the physical
address (ie log on and they know where you are!)
- Word processors never display a cursor.
- You never have to use the spacebar when typing long sentences. Just
keep hitting the keys without stopping
- All monitors display 2 inch high letters.
- High-tech computers, such as those used by NASA, the CIA, or some such
governmental institution, have easy-to-understand graphical >interfaces.
- Those that don't will have incredibly powerful text-based command
shells that can correctly understand and execute commands typed in plain
- Corollary: You can gain access to any information you want by simply
typing "ACCESS ALL OF THE SECRET FILES" on any keyboard.
- Likewise, you can infect a computer with a destructive virus by simply
typing "UPLOAD VIRUS." Viruses cause temperatures in computers, > >just
like they do in humans. After a while, smoke billows out of disk >drives
- All computers are connected. You can access the information on the
villain's desktop computer, even if it's turned off.
- Powerful computers beep whenever you press a key or whenever the
screen changes. Some computers also slow down the output on the screen so
that it doesn't go faster than you can read. The *really* advanced ones
also emulate the sound of a dot-matrix printer as the characters come
across the screen.
- All computer panels have thousands of volts and flash pots just
underneath the surface. Malfunctions are indicated by a bright flash, a
puff of smoke, a shower of sparks, and an explosion that forces you
backward. (See #7, above)
- People typing away on a computer will turn it off without saving the
- A hacker can get into the most sensitive computer in the world before
intermission and guess the secret password in two tries.
- Any PERMISSION DENIED has an OVERRIDE function.
- Complex calculations and loading of huge amounts of data will be
accomplished in under three seconds. In the movies, modems transmit data at
two gigabytes per second.
- When the power plant/missile site/whatever overheats, all the control
panels will explode, as will the entire building.
- If you display a file on the screen and someone deletes the file, it
also disappears from the screen. There are no ways to copy a >backup file
-- and there are no undelete utilities.
- If a disk has encrypted files, you are automatically asked for a
password when you try to access it.
- No matter what kind of computer disk it is, it'll be readable by >any
system you put it into. All application software is usable by all >computer
- The more high-tech the equipment, the more buttons it has. However,
everyone must have been highly trained, because the buttons aren't
- Most computers, no matter how small, have reality-defying
three-dimensional, real-time, photo-realistic animated graphics capability.
- Laptops, for some strange reason, always seem to have amazing
real-time video phone capabilities and the performance of a CRAY-MP.
- Whenever a character looks at a VDU, the image is so bright that it
projects itself onto his/her face.
- Computers never crash during key, high-intensity activities. Humans
operating computers never make mistakes under stress.
- Programs are fiendishly perfect and never have bugs that slow down
- Any photograph can have minute details pulled out of it. You can zoom
into any picture as far as you want to.
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