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Yes, it is absoluely a real Unix system, it was a Silicon Graphics workstation (using IRIX, the SGI System V based Unix) running a three dimensional file system browser. Silicon Graphics were early developers of hardware acceleration for 3D graphics, so it makes complete sense that even in 1993 they had Unix workstations capable of a 3D file system viewer. ...


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There was a follow up tweet about this: The IP address equivalent of 555 phone numbers is actually well documented in RFC5737. e.g. 203.0.113.11 is TV safe. http://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc5737#section-3 Which links to Documentation Address Blocks The blocks 192.0.2.0/24 (TEST-NET-1), 198.51.100.0/24 (TEST-NET-2), and 203.0.113.0/24 ...


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The cartoon mouse holes are just rounded out versions of the real thing. Mice are rodents who are capable of gnawing through walls to make a cozy home within them. Here are a few real mouse holes:


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Because of powdered milk's resemblance to cocaine and other drugs, powdered milk is sometimes used in film-making as a non-toxic prop that may be inhaled. Other methods listed on nypost.com are - “It’s usually cornstarch, but you have to put a bit of baby powder into it, because starch is too sticky and heavy,” says Gillian Albinski, the property ...


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Disclaimer: Violence is stupid and dangerous. A blow to the skull is often fatal. I wouldn't say it's easy, but there are several sweet spots on the skull that, when hit with sufficient force, is almost guaranteed to cause unconsciousness. I would suggest the upper part of the jaw bone or the temple. Both places are connected to the brain stem through ...


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Recycling effects is a very common tactic in post-production. Once you have an effect that works great, it's simply cheaper and faster to reuse it than to reinvent the wheel over and over again, especially when 99% of the viewers won't notice it. You are one of the few people who noticed that this particular sound was recycled, but there are hundreds of ...


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Three mechanical sharks were built, all nicknamed "Bruce", after Spielberg's lawyer.   [Source] How Steven Spielberg's Malfunctioning Sharks Transformed the Movie Business Producers wanted Spielberg to hire someone to train a great white — an impossibility. The director toyed with rubber props before ultimately deciding the only real answer ...


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The appearance of the black hole in Interstellar was not created arbitrarily. It was actually modeled using the real relativistic equations describing the path of light in the gravitational field of a super-massive black hole spinning at near the speed of light. As a result, it may be the most accurate depiction we have to date of what such an object might ...


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IMDb explains this for a scene in Mission: Impossible II: The scene where Tom Cruise "peels off his face" to reveal Dougray Scott was achieved in one shot by shooting both actors against a green screen. Cruise, not wearing a mask, was simply told to place his hand in a pre-arranged position under his chin then pull his hand across his face. ...


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The application is fsn (pronounced Fusion). There's more information available on wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fsn and there's an open-source clone available called FSV: http://fsv.sourceforge.net/


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Some Banks fall under the jurisdiction of certain authorities: it's safe to say criminals would not choose those banks, instead opening an account with a specialized authority. Typically, the Banks being used by the Villain are institutions that will not co-operate with authorities: the most popular deployed being the Cayman Islands and Switzerland. These ...


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His hair is partly burned off in an explosion. As you can (just about) see when he's chasing down Kyle and Sarah after the shootout in Tech Noir, his hair is long and flowing: Then when Sarah and Kyle get to their car, Kyle shoots at the petrol tank of a car in front of him and blows it up, then The Terminator jumps through the flames and catches fire: ...


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Apparently Keanu Reeves, after the Matrix experience, got hooked on Martial Arts. But as far as the movie is concerned, we're talking about choreography (you learn moves as when you do with dancing). According to The Matrix FAQ on Imdb: The actors that were hired had some kind of physical background; Carrie Anne-Moss was a dancer and Keanu Reeves used ...


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First, movies are unrealistic in these regards. It's no different than the "realism" of zooming in on security cameras and cleaning up the images. It's just not realistic, but it makes for good entertainment and helps with plot advancement. However, that said, there are plenty of people with easy-to-guess passwords. I know plenty of otherwise intelligent ...


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In a word, No. According to this Natural History Museum fact file, Professor Jeremy Austin describes the possibility of recovering a sufficient quantity of usable DNA to recreate a dinosaur as being essentially zero. NHM: Do you think it likely that scientists will ever be able to extract enough DNA from fossilized remains to reconstruct the complete ...


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Yes, it all looks like real code. The window on the left looks like Object Pascal code for Classic Mac OS judging by: the := assignment syntax. The NEDRYLAND :MPW:Examples: (cut off) window title. MPW is Macintosh Programmer's Workshop (a Classic Mac OS development environment), the font is Chicago (the default Classic Mac OS font) and the colon-delimited ...


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Most of the scenes feature a mechanical shark. Some footage of a real shark was also used: Footage of real sharks was shot by Ron and Valerie Taylor in the waters off Australia, with a smaller-framed actor in a miniature shark cage to create the illusion that the sharks were enormous. Computer-generated imagery was not used - Jaws was released in ...


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Man Vs Wild isn't real. If you watch the DVD extras, Bear introduces us to his team. There's a rope expert, a survival food expert, a medical guy etc. The point of the show is to show us how to survive in those situations. And at the beginning of each show there's a disclaimer stating that he is accompanied by a team of experts. He builds his shelters to ...


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This is just an addendum to the other answers. This particular audio clips is part of the Premiere Edition Vol.1 (released in 1990)   from the company Hollywood Edge, which provides high end, professional, and royalty free special effects and music for all media use It's a 2 min track that features: Police Radio; Calls Received Through ...


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I suspect the fire hose would survive, but our poor action hero would not. From this article: So in the Die Hard fall its unlikely to stretch very much. Lets say in Bruce's jump a 10m fire hose stretches 1% i.e. 0.1m. Our force formula now becomes F = 7900 / 0.1 = 79000 N ... equivalent to the weight of about 100 Bruce Willis! So what would ...


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I have not seen the movie so I have not seen the tools themselves. However operations which require cutting bone often require tools which might at first glance look like conventional power tools, such as drills. Tools designed for operations are designed to be very controllable in terms of speeds and the cutting implements themselves are made of high ...


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I do remember talking about this in Political Science class. This does happen. It's based on the Argumentative Theory.


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I remembered an article from an older copy of rbc ministries' Our Daily Bread that may be somewhat relevant. After digging through my train-wreck of a room for approximately 5 minutes, I decided it was easier to google the article. I found the article here. Here's a quote of the first paragraph: Many people who come to Marc Salem’s stage shows think he ...


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There is a website managed by a doctor which reviews the medicine in House M.D.. The site features in an article on Forbes titled, The Most (And Least) Medically Accurate Episodes Of 'House, M.D.'. But how realistic was the medicine behind those adrenaline- and vitriol-drenched storylines? There’s really only one authority on that: Scott Morrison, a ...


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I have lived in the UK for over 35 years and I have never heard this expression once. To the best of my knowledge there is no sentiment, emotional or spiritual attached to that (or any other) river. It is probably a quirk of the speaker. He considers rivers holy but has relocated to the UK so it the famous UK rivers that come to his mind.


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It's underestimation by Vincent really. Throughout the movie he continued to use Max as the cab driver on the assumption that there is nothing Max would try to do to injure Vincent. For example after shooting in the club incident, Vincent retained control by shooting the FBI agent and telling Max to get back in the car. The lead up to Vincent's death shows ...


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It's suggested in the movie itself that these illusions are possible. A couple of performers (perhaps) demonstrate to the inspector how it could be done using what would be called Smoke and Mirrors (S&M) today. It can be surmised that Eisenheim perfected the technique and used it for his illusion.


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In almost every computer security paradigm the weakest link is the human portion. Some security algorithms are just plain bad which helps hackers. Social engineering and stupidity go a long way toward making hackers look really good before suspension-of-disbelief is required too. Here is an interesting calculator that gives you a rough idea of different ...


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I think the question is whether an autonomous car technology exists. The answer is yes.The movie displays electronics that depended on communication on a short range of 1-2 ft. The current vision is to include communications to drive cars from 'such techniques as laser, radar, lidar, GPS and computer vision.'People have been talking about autonomous cars and ...



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