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post Apr 29 2006, 03:25 PM
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ok kids, every now and then we get a thread about SR tech that we have now, decades ahead of what was expected in 1989. Cell phones and the current internet are the best examples. but I just had it come round in another direction.

FX has "Commando" runinng. They just had the scene where a bad guy sees Arnold in a mall when he's supposed to be hundreds of miles away. The baddie grabs Rea Dawn Chongs purse and starts burrowing throw it. Being a 21st century woman I thought/misremembered he was going for her cell phone. WRONG! his dialogue is "Gimme a damn quarter!" a quarter for a pay phone? I don't know what surprises me more.

Look at the cars in early James Bond films. the 'cool cars' in Goldfinger, except for the Austin Martin are, well really bad.

Anyone else think of stuff that was standard with these movies that we'd laugh at now?
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post Apr 29 2006, 04:01 PM
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Man, I can't even find a payphone where I live anymore...

I always love watching old movies and seeing those tv's with uhf dials and old videogame systems when the characters are like "check out the Rad graphics!"...heh...
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post Apr 29 2006, 04:05 PM
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post Apr 29 2006, 06:00 PM
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The first Lethal Weapon. There's a scene where Murtaugh's calling the shrink, and he's using a mobile phone... Man, it was HUGE!
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post Apr 29 2006, 06:39 PM
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I remember that scene. Also; any other 80's flick with mobile phones. Friggin' GIGANTIC.
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post Apr 29 2006, 08:00 PM
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Dr. Who last night had the Doctor and Rose in 1987 London. At one point Rose pulls out her cross-time cell phone (looks just like a modern cell phone) and her dad's eyes bug out of his head. Shortly after, a cutting edge technogeek with his own mobile phone comes out. The thing is bigger than his head.
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post Apr 29 2006, 08:45 PM
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QUOTE (Snow_Fox)
FX has "Commando" runinng. They just had the scene where a bad guy sees Arnold in a mall when he's supposed to be hundreds of miles away. The baddie grabs Rea Dawn Chongs purse and starts burrowing throw it. Being a 21st century woman I thought/misremembered he was going for her cell phone. WRONG! his dialogue is "Gimme a damn quarter!" a quarter for a pay phone? I don't know what surprises me more.

Snow Fox, I had the EXACT same reaction when I saw that movie recently too!
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post Apr 29 2006, 10:03 PM
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QUOTE (James McMurray)
Dr. Who last night had the Doctor and Rose in 1987 London. At one point Rose pulls out her cross-time cell phone (looks just like a modern cell phone) and her dad's eyes bug out of his head. Shortly after, a cutting edge technogeek with his own mobile phone comes out. The thing is bigger than his head.

Yeah I saw that. the 80's cell phone looked more like a concealed weapon.

Rose's phone is a normal cell-and bigger than the one I carry, it works pantime because the Doctor meddled with it so Rose can call her mother.
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post Apr 29 2006, 10:22 PM
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QUOTE

Rose's phone is a normal cell-and bigger than the one I carry, it works pantime because the Doctor meddled with it so Rose can call her mother.


I never liked that. The point of going with the Doctor is that you're cutting yourself off from the realy world, like he is. It lowers the feeling of alienation if you *can* always go home again.
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post Apr 29 2006, 11:24 PM
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Well, since you're in a time machine, you can always go home again (albeit sometimes you'll miss by a year). The phone just cuts down on travel time.
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post Apr 29 2006, 11:41 PM
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2001 will probably make our sons or grandsons laugh. :D
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post Apr 29 2006, 11:53 PM
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You had to carry your phones in your pocket instead of your head?

What is a "remote control?"

Grampa, why is grandma's back massager shaped like that?
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post Apr 30 2006, 12:51 AM
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Because people were a lot more uptight about sex back then. You can buy a customized love-bot in any vending machine today but back then we bad to rely on "back massagers."
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post Apr 30 2006, 12:54 AM
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Leave it to James to nudge the toe over the line.

Yeah, having watched Hackers not 2 days ago, Im still so greatly entertained by the tech. 28.8k modem... I think I still have an external one banging around somewhere...
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post Apr 30 2006, 03:12 AM
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Just look at the computer screens in the original Battlestar Galactica.

In 2010 Roy Schieder, on earth, is drinking budweisser out of a foil pouch.

As something most people may not know. Top Gun is now outdated. this year the Navy retired the F-14.
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post Apr 30 2006, 03:18 AM
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'bout time really. They were really old.
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post Apr 30 2006, 04:05 AM
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QUOTE (Lindt)
Yeah, having watched Hackers not 2 days ago, Im still so greatly entertained by the tech. 28.8k modem... I think I still have an external one banging around somewhere...

I just put a wireless card into my sis' old Compaq. And I mean old. Like... 300MHz old.

My parents are finally wisening up to the 'net. Or should that be "being assimilated"?

(Yes, yes. 300MHz isn't old compared to what I'm sure some people have. Hell, I've got one up in the attic that I'm certain barely hits 100MHz. Got a C64 around here somewhere as well.)
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post Apr 30 2006, 04:55 AM
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Hey... my 390E is a 300 mhz, and its had a wireless card in it since 1999...

You want old? I have an IBM XT around somewhere I should donate to a museum... that and a 1st generation SPARC.

Pity about the F14. It was so damm cool to look at. But I suppose since its primary payload, aka the phoenix missel was out of date by 1991...
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post Apr 30 2006, 04:59 AM
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post Apr 30 2006, 02:22 PM
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I recently saw an old episode of Knight Rider. David Hasselhoff and his blonde-of-the-week are tracking down the bad guy. They find him and are about to give pursuit. But first, they stop the car -remember: the car with an AI personality, that's indestructable and can drive itself- and Hasselhoff tells the blonde, "Go find a phone and call the cops."

Speaking of cars, just last night I noticed that stunt-driving on TV with modern cars has changed a lot. You just can't fishtail a 2005 Tiburon like you can a 1970-something Charger.
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post Apr 30 2006, 02:33 PM
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Front wheel drive is more standard now. that makes fish tailing difficult-which is why it is more standard.

As for the F-14, the A-10 Warthog is even older but is in place until 2020. The Navy is waiting for the F-22, it is using the F-18 Hornet in the meantime. And IF you watch Independance Day you'll see almost no F-14 or F15's in the attack scenes. Almost all the fighters are F-18's. A case of time growing up to meet the movie.
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post Apr 30 2006, 02:58 PM
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Soooo that's what was bugging me in Independance Day! With the amount of payload a F-15 can carry there should be no reason they wouldn't field them in a battle for the planet!
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post Apr 30 2006, 04:39 PM
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Maybe Emmerich didn't like the look/style of the F-15? ;)
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post Apr 30 2006, 08:06 PM
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QUOTE (tanka)
I remember that scene. Also; any other 80's flick with mobile phones. Friggin' GIGANTIC.

Thing about those old mobile phones?

They could work in the freaking mountains.

They had like 100 times the tramsmitting power as today's cellphones. I would hazard a guess that if you could still hook one of those phones up to today's network, there would be no such things as dead zones for you.


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post Apr 30 2006, 08:19 PM
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Fun story about old technology. My friend's dad is a photographer, and he uses old style photo equipment, all film and whatnot, and he has one of those old style brick cellphones. I used to rag on him for being in the past, but then someone broke into his van. I guess they thought all his stuff was too old, because all they stole was a few CDs and other assorted unimportant stuff.
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