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MyrandaMyranda Frets: 2767
Watched the new Luther episode today and there is a scene where Loofa yells that he can't possibly pick the padlock because it's pick resistant ... but I have taken up lockpicking as a hobby, and one of the easy peasy can't possibly fail locks is the Masterlock M3 - which is what was on screen. A character who carries lockpicks with them regularly should have been able to pick it faster than the director could say "cut" 

As a computery person I feel 99.99% of everything ever said about computers in all TV/Film/Books is written by people who don't know what a computer is, what it's for or why you might use one... however, now that I've spent a few years with computer students I've realised that lots of people who should know these things don't so I feel less animosity to such things.

More specifically as a hackist - oh god no, it's never right (Notable exception would be Mr. Robot and even then not always perfect, or the beginning of Sneakers)

What things do other people know that make you cringe in movies and TV because you know it's BS?
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  • fretmeisterfretmeister Frets: 9735
    Broadchuch.

    There was literally nothing right about the law in it. Series 2 was particularly awful, suggesting that the victim family got to pick the prosecutor and even stating that the prosecutor was “their” lawyer, and don’t get me started on the presentation of evidence to a jury that was then disallowed and the entire cross examination process.

    It was shit.

    "My belief is that bands are made up of bass, drums and a bunch of novelty acts."

    - Nick Mason.

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  • PolarityManPolarityMan Frets: 4390
    Since getting into necromancy I have a lot more respect for Sauron.
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  • thumpingrugthumpingrug Frets: 1379
    Any depiction of the benefit system, usually in soaps is inevitably wrong.

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  • PolarityManPolarityMan Frets: 4390
    Now that I have a 2 year old I can see that dressing yourself is actually something we take for granted and I have as a result more sympathy for Superman.
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  • kaypeejaykaypeejay Frets: 194
    Nothing ever goes right for me. That makes watching things with happy endings twice as bad!
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  • PolarityManPolarityMan Frets: 4390
    I went on holiday to America and don't know what all the fuss about Columbus was...was dead easy.
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  • Anything to do with social housing, private rented sector or homelessness on the tv is usually way off. 
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  • skunkwerxskunkwerx Frets: 1896
    edited January 2
    Cardiac arrests.. 

    Since doing ambulance work.. all of those cpr scenes leading to a hero remarkably waking up with no use of a defib.. 

    Or alternatively movies seem to like having a bunch of doctors shocking an Asystole/flatline rhythm... 
    Wouldnt be done in real life, as it doesnt respond to defibrillation and is almost always fatal.. 




    The only easy day, was yesterday...
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  • shoodursshoodurs Frets: 27
    skunkwerx said:
    Cardiac arrests.. 

    Since doing ambulance work.. all of those cpr scenes leading to a hero remarkably waking up with no use of a defib.. 

    Or alternatively movies seem to like having a bunch of doctors shocking an Asystole/flatline rhythm... 
    Wouldnt be done in real life, as it doesnt respond to defibrillation and is almost always fatal.. 




    I've been a first aider at work for years and have recently done a couple of refreshers on defib.
    I cringe every time I see someone on tv or films doing heart compressions as it's nothing like real life.
    It's about time all schools taught first aid at every age group.
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  • skunkwerxskunkwerx Frets: 1896
    shoodurs said:
    skunkwerx said:
    Cardiac arrests.. 

    Since doing ambulance work.. all of those cpr scenes leading to a hero remarkably waking up with no use of a defib.. 

    Or alternatively movies seem to like having a bunch of doctors shocking an Asystole/flatline rhythm... 
    Wouldnt be done in real life, as it doesnt respond to defibrillation and is almost always fatal.. 




    I've been a first aider at work for years and have recently done a couple of refreshers on defib.
    I cringe every time I see someone on tv or films doing heart compressions as it's nothing like real life.
    It's about time all schools taught first aid at every age group.
    Ah too true mate. 


    The only easy day, was yesterday...
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  • MyrandaMyranda Frets: 2767
    Broadchuch.

    There was literally nothing right about the law in it. Series 2 was particularly awful, suggesting that the victim family got to pick the prosecutor and even stating that the prosecutor was “their” lawyer, and don’t get me started on the presentation of evidence to a jury that was then disallowed and the entire cross examination process.

    It was shit.
    Try "Silk", a friend and I used to wait for an episode to air so we could bitch about all the legal booboos :D
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  • LuttiSLuttiS Frets: 1374
    Any time the big bang theory comes on TV Mrs.L will start shouting at the tv wanting to know how they have so much free time.. 
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  • stickyfiddlestickyfiddle Frets: 10183
    The traumatic shit they put FBI folks through in CSI, Criminal Minds, Blacklist etc etc. If anyone really went through 2% of the kidnappings/family murder/etc etc that those guys go through they'd be instantly out of the field forever and/or given an early pension and asked politely not to sue.

    Also, from experience, anything involving "finance people". It's always Wolf of Wall St, and not the reality of sitting in boring conference calls being sarcastic while on mute and working out where's got the best deal on for lunch...
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  • p90foolp90fool Frets: 9903
    Well I don't need to be a specialist in anything to be bored by the inevitable ending in Luther where the villain and the hero have a lone stand off, having somehow lost the dozens of cops with assault rifles and torches they were previously surrounded by.

    I can't watch Silent Witness for the same reason. 
    Why is that pathologist woman chasing the murderer through the woods on her own?! Why is she even here?! Get back to work you idiot!

    Speculating as to how they're going to engineer that farce is as tedious as trying to guess what's going to happen to a lovely couple having a picnic at the beginning of Casualty.

    I really barely watch TV at all so if I find it predictable God knows what regular viewers think. 
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  • As a biological scientist I have an extensive list, but basically ANYTHING involving DNA is probably wrong- from CSI to Jurassic Park... 

    A colleague once said that she'd rather find her boyfriend watching porn than CSI as it's closer to reality. Lucky chap. 
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  • Oh, and having training in several martial arts means I frequently spot bad technique/inaccuracies in fight scenes. 
    The number of badly applied Rear Naked Chokes you see is unbelievable- & it's a basic technique. 

    Some are good though- Bourne, (Daniel Craig) Bond & John Wick spring to mind. 
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  • stickyfiddlestickyfiddle Frets: 10183
    edited January 3
    Ooh - sword fights! Once I'd fenced a bit I started to realise just how fucking awful more sword fight choreography is - most times it's patently obvious they're not even trying to hit each other. 

    Star Wars Ep 1 is the worst for this. The big lightsaber fight is a masterful ballet of waving shiny swords above each other's heads.


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  • p90foolp90fool Frets: 9903
    Good call on fencing, you can always see them aiming at each others swords!
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  • munckeemunckee Frets: 2325
    edited January 3
    I'm in the rock and roll world of insurance, whenever anyones house/business burns down in a soap, they always make a phone call and come back and say "insurance won't pay".  On one eastenders episode one of the characters didn't get a claim paid because they accidentally threw a bucket of water over the 'insurance person'.  Its not like that at all, people phone, we flip a coin and they either get paid or not : )
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  • NeilNeil Frets: 2505
    If you are reasonably knowledgeable in any field you will be able to find fault in many TV shows.

    The fact is however they are made as entertainment not documentaries and you have to suspend your inner nerd  if you want to enjoy them.  ;)

    I'm a big fan of  '40's Film Noir and you often see people driving cars with no dashboard (obviously to get a clearer shot of the actors)  but I don't let it spoil my enjoyment of a fantastic film.








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  • SnagsSnags Frets: 862
    I think most of mine have been covered - almost anything computery/hackery and people doing CPR without the sound of breaking ribs (or singing Nellie the Elephant to get the rhythm).

    The absolute pinnacle of computery annoyance is the "We've got his IP address …" leading to tracing someone with pin-point accuracy in the real world. Partly because it makes me want to scream "OH DO FUCK OFF" at the screen, but mostly because at work I increasingly get requests for "Can you tell me where <colleague in the shit> was on such-and-such day? Do we have their IP address or something?".  Apparently "Stop using words you don't understand" isn't an appropriate response.

    Even <cough> years after she ever did any, Mrs Snags goes pretty nuts at anything touching on microbiology or lab science.
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  • english_bobenglish_bob Frets: 2377
    edited January 3
    As a dad, I find depictions of childbirth are usually laughable.

    <stressful situation>
    Preggo: Ooh the dad, I feel a bit...
    <splosh>
    The dad: Oh fuck. Nobody's ever had a baby before and it's not as if you can read a book or go on a course or anything. Panic fuck shit.
    Preggo: AAAAAAARGH!!
    <plop>
    The dad: It's a boy! A three month old baby boy! The colour of an actual human and with no nasty shit all over him! Awww.

    Don't talk politics and don't throw stones. Your royal highnesses.

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  • Anything to do with acoustics or audio engineering. Particularly, cop/detective shows where a recovered recording, which basically is white noise is run through a plug in and all of a sudden is a perfect recording of a voice.... usually the final piece of the puzzle...grrrr
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  • LuttiSLuttiS Frets: 1374
    As a dad, I find depictions of childbirth are usually laughable.

    <stressful situation>
    Preggo: Ooh the dad, I feel a bit...
    <splosh>
    The dad: Oh fuck. Nobody's ever had a baby before and it's not as if you can read a book or go on a course or anything. Panic fuck shit.
    Preggo: AAAAAAARGH!!
    <plop>
    The dad: It's a boy! A three month old baby boy! The colour of an actual human and with no nasty shit all over him! Awww.
    Ha! Yeah, seems childbirth scenes are all, lets scream a bit then POP! It's a month old child fresh from the bath! Nice! 


    Also when the cops have a really really blurry pixelated photo, and then say to the tech guy "enhance that" then suddenly it's a high resolution image that you can clearly see the villain has a small identifying mole above his left nostril..  
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  • maltingsaudiomaltingsaudio Frets: 1006
    Got a mate who’s a lift engineer, he can’t watch Die Hard!
    www.maltingsaudio.co.uk
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  • guitartangoguitartango Frets: 125
    About 15 years ago PC Plus (magazine) stated that 10BASE-T (RJ-45) would be faster then 10Base-2 (BNC). As I worked for a network supplier, we asked them where did they get there information from ?

    After two days of lab testing we could not find any difference in speed as the transfer rate is 10Mbps. 

    I do love so called IT experts :)



    Now there's a look in your eyes, like black holes in the sky.
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  • CHRISB50CHRISB50 Frets: 1966

    Since becoming enlightened by all the threads Siraxeman started I've pretty much been disappointed in anything space related.

    I can't help about the shape I'm in, I can't sing I ain't pretty and my legs are thin

    But don't ask me what I think of you, I might not give the answer that you want me to

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  • FretwiredFretwired Frets: 18966
    Since reading Einstein's theories I have realised that Doctor Who and Star Trek are total pants ...
    My pump-action drivel gun is smoking hot today!
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  • FX_MunkeeFX_Munkee Frets: 2050
    As an engineer, computer programmer, maths and physics sort of chap, pretty much lots of things.
    Although specifically, all cinema. I was part of the design team that made the first digital cinema projector for Imax, which is now standard kit in all cinemas.
    I spend most of my time looking at the artifacts and installation cockups instead of the film.
    Shot through the heart, and you’re to blame, you give love a bad name. Not to mention archery tuition.
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  • jellyrolljellyroll Frets: 2282
    Somewhat OT but ....ITV News. When did it become ok for the newsreader (mainly that Tom Bradby) to add smug little asides to every story. Really gets my goat....so much that I'm prepared to watch that greaseball Huw Edwards on BBC News in preference.

    Back on topic....Thunderbirds! Moving swimming pools...my arse!
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