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Jan
25
comment How did the machine work before this realisation?
I haven't seen the movie myself yet, but one on the key things Turning machine did was exploit the famous flaw in the Engima machines to quickly reject possible settings for the decoder for that day. This is where the "known words" came into play -- we knew that Engima never encoded a letter to itself so if we knew a word probably existed near the start of the message we could find it by eliminating places where it would require a letter to encode itself. Because of how the enigma code worked this could eliminate thousands of cipher settings at a time.
Jan
18
comment What's the name of the trope where a character answers the phone expecting someone and it's someone else?
oddly enough, I cannot find a TV Tropes entry for the sit-com variant of this, where a person answers the phone and starts cursing at the caller (assuming it is the previous caller, whom they are angry with, calling back) and it turns out to be their grandmother.
Jan
18
comment Explanation for all beings to be able to speak English?
it will be interesting to see when the inevitable Guardians/Avengers crossover happens, how humans on Earth interact with the four non-English-speaking Guardians.
Nov
23
comment Why does Sin call Roy as Abercombie?
on a side note: the chose of "Abercombie" as opposed to it's rivals like "Aeropostal" might have been a meta-reference to Colton Hayes's A&F modelling, but if so, it was a very distant secondary meaning.
Nov
19
comment What was the Yellow-Eyed Demon's Plan?
My impression was always that Azazel knew there was a vessel for Lucifer out there somewhere and vaguely how to identify him, but not specifically who. e.g. he knew they had to be descended from Cain and Abel, but he could only trace the bloodlines so far back. So, he found as many as he could and just assumed the "right one" would end up winning his Highlander competition when the time was right.
Oct
16
comment Why are the Latest Episodes of South Park not in 3D animation?
note that they have done highly advanced 3-d style animation in brief spurts in the middle of episodes, largely for the humor value (e.g. mocking action movies or similar gags.)
Oct
5
comment Is it possible to produce a continuous Game of Thrones?
In theory, there are enough geographically separate storylines that you might have time for, e.g., setting up Arya's sets and those actors learning their lines while filming Sansa's scenes at the Eyrie. You'd have to drawn out the storylines in an almost "big brother after dark" level of tedium, though.
Sep
7
comment What does it mean for TV shows to be ordered?
@MattD not really... a network would not "order" episodes of a program they were producing in-house, they would "produce" them. They "order" episodes of programs from other production houses -- the network has to agree ahead of time to purchase x number of episodes so the production company is assured their effort won't go to waste.
Sep
4
comment How were the others able to handle the power of the stone?
@Oliver_C my suspicion is that anyone would have problems controlling a stone directly for very long (even, possibly, a titan like Thanos); Quill was just "better" able to handle it than most people.
Sep
4
comment Why do some closing credits show the character name of only one actor?
The rules for TV are slightly different (though closely related) to the rules for movies, but it rarely has anything to do with the character. Ultimately, it all comes down the actor, their agent, and studio.
Sep
2
comment Why was Ronan/Thanos not interested in the other Infinity Stone in possession of The Collector?
I asked this exact same question on scifi: scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/65560/… and the consensus was about the same as MattD's -- The Aether was found and taken to the Collector so quickly that Thanos never learned about it.
Aug
31
comment Why did Liber8 attack the police?
it's not really clear right away, but the police force of the city where Continuum is set is already being strongly influenced by corporate interests. This will become a very significant plot point as things progress.
Aug
26
comment Did the Basterds actually change anything?
Not to mention, at least one Nazi war criminal that likely would have died under Shosanna's plan escapes largely unscathed because of the Basterds.
Aug
24
comment what is the difference between Erebor and Moria?
@user13267 don't forgot to accept this answer (movies.stackexchange.com/help/someone-answers) if it answers your question.
Aug
18
comment Why don't Marvel movies stick to canon?
"established events and stories" -- which of the dozens of separate, often contradictory, sets of established events and stories would you like them to stick to?
Aug
2
comment Where did the name “Guardians of the Galaxy” come from?
off topic, but: the only thing worse than trailers that includes all of the good parts of a movie, are trailers that include more of the good parts of a movie than the movie. (Haven't seen GotG yet, so I dunno if this applies.)
Jul
21
comment Is Chuck in Season 5 God?
the confirmation is still vague enough to be plausibly deniable, but at the very least the actor who played Chuck thinks he was playing God.
Jun
7
comment Are the plots of future Sherlock episodes going to be much more by Steven Moffat than Sir Arthur Doyle?
I think you are confusing "The Doctor's Wife" with "The Wedding of River Song"
Apr
24
comment Can the police lie to make a suspect confess?
the general idea in US districts (again, not from a lawyer) is that they can lie about things so long as an innocent suspect would be unlikely to change their story due to the deception; in the NY case cited above, there was concern that, even if he were innocent, the father might falsely confess to save his son. Contrast that with, say, claiming they have your fingerprints at a crime scene you know you've never been to -- a truly innocent suspect is unlikely to "fall for" that kind of ruse.
Apr
24
comment Why does Tom Hanks' character never open up the last package?
in an earlier draft of the movie, he eventually does open the last package, and it contains something mostly useless (some salsa I think). As @SystemDown points out, leaving it unopened makes a much bigger point about his character.