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


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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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Medical experts disagree on the need for surgical treatment to abdominal stab wounds. Most agree that an expert medical opinion is needed immediately. However, barring the evidence of evisceration (organs protruding from the body), or injuries to peritoneum exhibiting visible dramatic blood loss or bubbles indicating an injury to the diaphragm, surgery in ...


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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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Actually it would be possible for pretty much any soldiers to win in that situation not only the gladiator champions. Roman shields look flawless against arrows or such but in close combat against mobile soldiers they make you just a dead weight. First of all for a functional shield wall 5 sides of a box formation must be tightly connected(some later ...


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The method is called Cupping therapy and is a form of alternative medicine. A partial vacuum is created in cups placed on the skin either by means of heat or suction. According to the American Cancer Society, "[a]vailable scientific evidence does not support cupping as a cure for cancer or any other disease". It can leave temporary bruised painful marks ...


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A quick survey of reviews by non-scientists suggests overwhelming agreement with the statement in Wikipedia that Dante's Peak is more scientifically accurate than Volcano, although Wikipedia only says "slightly". The impression is strengthened by the careful discussions of the science of Dante's Peak that have been published by the USGS and the UMD Geology ...


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I'd say that some of it might be theoretically possible, but it's an awful stretch. Survive a full dose of nuclear radiation iandotkelly ♦ has answered that in the comments. However, I do have a problem imagining a "cure" that can keep such a person working for the next few days and then he's supposed to just drop dead. Whole of the body decays, and while ...


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I grew up in the London area and never ever heard anyone swearing by the Thames in the manner you describe. It is entirely possible that people of Indian origin have transplanted this behaviour but no local would do so. Swearing by the Thames, in the sense of cursing while in the vicinity of the river, is rather more common - especially after the pubs ...


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Its 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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The final shootout has Vincent doing his highly practiced and refined Mozambique Drill (a favorite of Mann, clearly underscored by holes in the train car doors) while Max is shaking and shooting like mad, with his bullets ricocheting through the glass by chance. Vincent's training may have taken over as it is wont to do and drove him to do the wrong thing ...


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Plot Devices. I've made that claim before, and I'll be making it again. People seem to think they don't exist, or that they shouldn't exist in certain movies... when in point of fact, they exist in every movie. Plot devices have even invaded so-called Reality Television. Let me make a few points on this specific scene. It begins at 45:00 in the movie ...


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The TV show is just copying the disclaimer in the original movie, although the date has been changed to 2006. But, in the case of the movie, the Coen brothers just made that up as a joke: See this link from Snopes.com for more info So I think it's safe to assume that the events in the TV series are fictional as well.


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Well when you look at the attempts to move it, it clearly does move, but very difficultly. I would suspect that he put some sort of extremely strong electromagnet just under the floor. That way any metal objects that are close enough are held tight towards it (like how neodymium magnets are extremely difficult to pull apart). It would be an electromagnet ...



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