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Computer Code in Movies & TV [Mar. 14th, 2014|04:42 pm]
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For those of us that are actually familiar with code and programming, it's sometimes hilarious what gets stuck into shows. This is not the obvious dialog gaffes (e.g. the infamous Jurassic Park "Unix" line) but the visual screen fillers.

I can see how it happens. The director needs something "impressive and technical-looking" and figures no one will really look at it... it just needs to be a bunch of text, ideally in old-school green monospace font. It's not the important part of the show. It has nothing to do with the plot. Yet... some people do care.

Most recent example he's posted:

From "Castle", this is a "virus subroutine". With a comment at the top labeling it as a JavaScript routine for a pop-up dialog and the programming example site they got it from. Maybe there's a savvy effects crew member who knew and just wanted to make programmers who bothered to read it grin? :)

Also, I want that wicked search results dialog box! Way cooler looking than my IDEs ever were.

[User Picture]From: foofers
2014-03-15 01:03 am (UTC)
I watched Jurassic Park again just recently...

I hadn't really noticed before that when she first sits down in this scene and we see the monitor, there's an ENORMOUS "/usr" onscreen.

So, while the scene is still contextually pretty retarded, it's technically not such a ridiculous conclusion to arrive at.
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2014-03-15 07:43 am (UTC)
Aha! So we just thought it was about the swoopy GUI but she actually was reading the text. I feel at least marginally better. :)
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[User Picture]From: kj_roo
2014-03-15 11:25 am (UTC)
The swoopy GUI was real too. Irix thing called fsn. I played with it long before the movie came out.
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[User Picture]From: schnee
2014-03-15 10:11 am (UTC)
I love how they left the "Javascript examples" comment in in this one.
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[User Picture]From: brerandalopex
2014-03-15 12:17 pm (UTC)
[Brer] I don't know much about code, but it has always baffled me when movies take a fact that a certain portion (even if it is a small one) of the audience is going to know is COMPLETELY WRONG and do it anyway -- even when it seemingly would have cost them nothing to do it right.

1) Men in Black - Kay goes looking for his old love in Truro, MA and zooms the map in, instead, on Sandwich, MA.

2) Finding Forrester - The supposed reclusive birder Forrester identifies a bird, says it by name, and then the movie shows a completely different bird. (Bonus: The bird he identified also would not likely be up in the trees like this one was, so it was also going to probably annoy birders even if they had not shown anything at all.)

It makes me wonder how much stuff in movies is completely wrong if you know what to look for; and not even wrong for valid story reasons, just wrong because people were sloppy or inattentive or just didn't care to fact check.
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[User Picture]From: witchofnovember
2014-03-15 06:49 pm (UTC)
This. And skeletons (with out being wired together) neither hang from the neck (Pirates of the Caribbean) or slump against the wall (any number of offenders).

And then there's military protocol.
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