• Bonk (unregistered)

    Awesome. Merry Christmas!

  • (nodebb)

    Jurassic Park is 100% accurate—when I type in the wrong password on my Linux box, I get a 3D animation of Wayne Knight telling me I didn't say the magic word.

  • (nodebb)

    The 3d fille explorer in the SGI IRIX that appears in Jurassic Park is a real thing. And it is as pathetic and dumb looking as they present it in the movie. So they get that right.

    Also the teenage girl who knows more about computers than the adults? That's also very accurate. It's astounding how many people out there even today are ignorant and even afraid of computers.

  • emag (unregistered)

    Uh, the vault in "Die Hard" did "fail safe". It should have been setup to "fail secure", or in other words, stay locked.

  • (nodebb) in reply to emag

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't Hans' guys that were working on the vault do all sorts of drilling and such around it as well as messing with the control computer, prior to the power being cut? It may be that without all that happening first, that it wouldn't just open and be fully accessible just by disconnecting the current?

    P.S. Merry Christmas

  • eric bloedow (unregistered)

    i think it's worth mentioning that Gremlins and part of Invasion USA take place at Christmas...

  • Red Or Zed (unregistered) in reply to gordonfish

    Yes, it was the final lock out of 7 that was wired directly to the city grid with no intermediate breakers, control panels or anything of the sort, requiring an entire LA block to go offline during installation and any subsequent servicing.

    Electrical safety standards weren't great in the 90s or something.

  • (author) in reply to eric bloedow

    Gremlins 2 might be more appropriate for this column. There are loads of Christmas movies though, so this might be the tradition for the next few years.

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