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Strategist01
September 7th, 2010, 07:33 PM
Hey guys.

Just had a random thought - what do you think of the OS and computers they use in TV and movies?

From the funny "It's a UNIX system! I know that!" - Jurassic Park
to the WTF OS of CSI. I mean, who has a PC like that? Also, that screen being half transparent makes it really hard to see what's happening.

Your thoughts on these or any other OSs you'd care to mention from TV?

DoeNietWil
September 7th, 2010, 07:37 PM
yea they are very funny. in most hacking films they open nmap or ping a random website.

Sutekh849
September 7th, 2010, 07:39 PM
there's been linux spotted in doctor who
http://popey.com/blog/2010/01/02/ubuntu-spotted-on-doctor-who-set/
an ubuntu sticker in the IT crowd
http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2010/06/ubuntu-on-tv-the-it-crowd/
annnd thats all i can think of.

Sporkman
September 7th, 2010, 07:47 PM
..whenever they try to access a secured system, a green box appears in the center of their screen, blinking "access denied" with a beeping sound.

renkinjutsu
September 7th, 2010, 07:57 PM
The show on NBC, Chuck uses linux boxes as props. Occasionally, they'll encounter computers with a running "xterm" box with a crux theme or something

Madspyman
September 7th, 2010, 08:07 PM
Possibly Ubuntu in Criminal Minds.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1DGtq_Y3bsk&feature=related

lovinglinux
September 7th, 2010, 09:05 PM
The CSI type of transparent screen is cool the first time you see it. Then it gets ridiculous and annoying. Who would use something like that on the real life? You can see a thing on those screens. Nevertheless, every new show with a bad storyline has it.

What amazes me is that most people I know have difficulties with basic computer tasks and to produce a good presentation takes ages, but those cops find the corps, go to the office and half an hour later...bam! They have the most outstanding presentation that pops images and stuff on the screen like magic. Nevertheless, you never see them working on those presentations, complaining about Flash or about how their boss expect them to put all that stuff together in no time :)

Random_Dude
September 7th, 2010, 09:15 PM
Nevertheless, you never see them working on those presentations, complaining about Flash or about how their boss expect them to put all that stuff together in no time :)

You've got to invest your time in real important things.

http://images.cheezburger.com/completestore/2009/7/30/128934735947025100.png

Calash
September 7th, 2010, 09:38 PM
You've got to invest your time in real important things.

http://images.cheezburger.com/completestore/2009/7/30/128934735947025100.png


The only thing this chart does not cover, are my witty one liners.....

YYYYEEEEAAAAHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!

lovinglinux
September 8th, 2010, 03:32 AM
You've got to invest your time in real important things.

http://images.cheezburger.com/completestore/2009/7/30/128934735947025100.png

:lolflag:

Lensman
September 8th, 2010, 04:10 AM
Data used Windows on Star Trek. :D

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y178/Percival222/dataownage.gif

Strategist01
September 8th, 2010, 05:58 AM
LOL all of these are very good!

Another one that bothers me is the one they use in Leverage! Escpecially in that episode where the resident hacker comes up against the other team's hacker - then Hollywood displays it's cardinal computer rule: If at first you don't succeed in getting into other computers - type REALLY fast! That always annoys me!

BTW, does anyone else think that everyone in the movies has gigabyte bandwidth? Their files and downloads complete far too quickly....

Madspyman
September 8th, 2010, 06:16 AM
BTW, does anyone else think that everyone in the movies has gigabyte bandwidth? Their files and downloads complete far too quickly....

Unless they need to build tension, in those cases they might as well have dial up.

mcduck
September 8th, 2010, 10:57 AM
I watched the Andromeda Strain (the new version) yesterday night, and couldn't stop laughing when at one point they decided that the casing material included ASCII-encoded binary message. Then came rather long sequence with the supercomputer (able to recognize normal language speech commands and do pretty much anything when commanded) decoding the ASCII letter-by-letter, taking couple of seconds to "decode" each letter. :D

Well, probably the text popping up in a fraction of a second just like when you open any text file or view a web page (or do anything text related, really) might have seemed a bit lame. But in that case they could have thought about using something a bit more complicated than standard ASCII... ;)

lovinglinux
September 9th, 2010, 12:45 AM
Data used Windows on Star Trek. :D

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y178/Percival222/dataownage.gif

:lolflag:

drawkcab
September 9th, 2010, 11:32 PM
This OS is sweet:

http://www.wired.com/images_blogs/underwire/images/2009/01/08/mcp.jpg

Dustin2128
September 10th, 2010, 03:19 AM
Data used Windows on Star Trek. :D

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y178/Percival222/dataownage.gif
I knew getting the standard ship's computer "upgrade" package was a bad idea...

cra1g321
September 11th, 2010, 03:19 PM
Theres TWO ubuntu stickers on the IT Crowd. One on the back of Moss' computer the other is at bottom right of a mirror, which is to the left of the door leading to Jen's office. U can see them here - http://www.channel4.com/programmes/the-it-crowd/articles/the-it-basement-360-panorama

i also think theres one stuck on a mug when your looking into the kitchen (only visible on certain episodes). Think its hard to make out anyway.

On the show they also have posters relating to the piratebay. U know those ones like "Home cooking, is killing the restaurant business" but the one i see was to do with home recording or something.

Theres also a mask similar to the hacker group Anonymous on the wall (to the left if your looking at Moss' chair) and theres mugshots of Bill Gates lol