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12th Feb '17 5:11:09 AM DaibhidC
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* Hex in ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' (above) was based on one of Sir Creator/TerryPratchett's own computers, a ZX Spectrum he tinkered with and added hardware to until it did what he wanted. Eventually he lost track of it all, and there were components which he couldn't remember or deduce the purpose of, but it you took them out everything stopped working.
9th Feb '17 9:42:41 AM Allexan
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** There's a Russian joke related: Japan bought from Russia several aircrafts (don't ask why), and they were delivered in assemble-by-yourself form. Whene the Japanese tried to assemble it, first meticulously following manual, then by their own understanding of details, then with scientifical group assistance, they only got irons. Not capable to fly, and ironing their clothes wasn't what they ordered. So they contact Russians, expert arrives, reads manual and cries at them: "Morons! See that little footnote: handle with a file after assembling!"
26th Jan '17 12:56:34 PM ScorpiusNox
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* The reason why HarryPotter was easily distracted in class was so magic would become this for the reader. The exact specifics of how Magic works is not all that well explained in the course of seven books. It just does. There clearly is some MagicAIsMagicA invoked, as what few rules we do learn are consistent, but we do not know why these rules exist.

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* The reason why HarryPotter Harry Potter was easily distracted in class was so magic would become this for the reader. The exact specifics of how Magic works is not all that well explained in the course of seven books. It just does. There clearly is some MagicAIsMagicA invoked, as what few rules we do learn are consistent, but we do not know why these rules exist. exist.
** In-universe, we have the titular Deathly Hallows of ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'': a wand more powerful (and less "loyal") than any other, an invisibility cloak that never stops working (as invisibility cloaks in that universe are wont to do), and a stone that can summon the shades of the dead from the afterlife. Legend has it that they were created by the Grim Reaper himself and gifted to three brothers. Dumbledore speculates that it's more likely that said brothers were just prodigiously talented magical craftsmen. Whatever the case, no one has been able to replicate their three masterworks.
24th Jan '17 1:07:04 PM DeltaDart
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Not to be confused with [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_box_%28transportation%29 'Black box']] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flight_recorder flight recorders,]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_box_theater the kind of theater,]] [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Box_(band) the Italian house music group]] or [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EA_Black_Box the former video game developer]] who used to make the ''VideoGame/{{Skate}}'' series and various ''VideoGame/NeedForSpeed'' games.

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Not to be confused with [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_box_%28transportation%29 'Black box']] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flight_recorder flight recorders,]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_box_theater the kind of theater,]] [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Box_(band) the Italian house music group]] or [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EA_Black_Box the former video game developer]] who used to make the ''VideoGame/{{Skate}}'' series and various ''VideoGame/NeedForSpeed'' games.games, or a black-colored CensorBox.
20th Jan '17 11:08:03 AM hszmv1
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* The reason why HarryPotter was easily distracted in class was so magic would become this for the reader. The exact specifics of how Magic works is not all that well explained in the course of seven books. It just does. There clearly is some MagicAIsMagicA invoked, as what few rules we do learn are consistent, but we do not know why these rules exist.
19th Jan '17 12:30:46 PM Willbyr
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* The [[LostTechnology plants]] in ''{{Trigun}}'' can do pretty much anything depending on how you power them, but nobody's really sure how they run anymore. (The manga actually calls them "humanity's ultimate black box".)

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* The [[LostTechnology plants]] in ''{{Trigun}}'' ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'' can do pretty much anything depending on how you power them, but nobody's really sure how they run anymore. (The manga actually calls them "humanity's ultimate black box".)
8th Jan '17 1:47:01 PM nombretomado
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*** In UltimateMarvel and the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse, the serum itself was quickly replicated, but an army of Captain Americas is still impossible because the ''recipient'' is the key factor; In Ultimate, it only works on subjects with [[TheDeterminator superhuman willpower]], keeping the successes at a minimum. In the MCU, it grants PersonalityPowers, meaning unless the government is willing to stick needles in a card-carrying ''saint''(who would thus never perform deniable operations), all they would get is more ComicBook/{{Red Skull}}s.

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*** In UltimateMarvel ComicBook/UltimateMarvel and the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse, the serum itself was quickly replicated, but an army of Captain Americas is still impossible because the ''recipient'' is the key factor; In Ultimate, it only works on subjects with [[TheDeterminator superhuman willpower]], keeping the successes at a minimum. In the MCU, it grants PersonalityPowers, meaning unless the government is willing to stick needles in a card-carrying ''saint''(who would thus never perform deniable operations), all they would get is more ComicBook/{{Red Skull}}s.
6th Jan '17 12:17:45 PM LordInsane
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* In the ''TabletopGame/{{Eberron}}'' campaign setting of the ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' roleplaying game, black box magic was used to develop the warforged through schemas, which are essentially magical blueprints conveniently left behind by an ancient giant civilization. It turns out (in the ''Secrets of Xen'drik'' supplement) that it was [[spoiler:an attempt by an ancient extradimensional race to escape to our world from the realm of dreams by creating artificial bodies]], though this doesn't explain why modern warforged are fully sentient and appear to have souls.

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* In the ''TabletopGame/{{Eberron}}'' campaign setting of the ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' roleplaying game, black box magic was used to develop the warforged through schemas, which are essentially magical blueprints conveniently left behind by an ancient giant civilization. It turns out (in the ''Secrets of Xen'drik'' supplement) that it was [[spoiler:an attempt by an ancient extradimensional race to escape to our world from the realm of dreams by creating artificial bodies]], though this doesn't explain why modern warforged are fully sentient and appear to have souls.souls (it does explain why the bodies can easily contain souls, but considering [[spoiler: the aforementioned extradimensional race is active on another continent and using specially bred mostly-humans for on-demand possession]] exactly where their souls are coming from is another question...).
31st Dec '16 10:36:56 AM nombretomado
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* In the ''{{Eberron}}'' campaign setting of the ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' roleplaying game, black box magic was used to develop the warforged through schemas, which are essentially magical blueprints conveniently left behind by an ancient giant civilization. It turns out (in the ''Secrets of Xen'drik'' supplement) that it was [[spoiler:an attempt by an ancient extradimensional race to escape to our world from the realm of dreams by creating artificial bodies]], though this doesn't explain why modern warforged are fully sentient and appear to have souls.

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* In the ''{{Eberron}}'' ''TabletopGame/{{Eberron}}'' campaign setting of the ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' roleplaying game, black box magic was used to develop the warforged through schemas, which are essentially magical blueprints conveniently left behind by an ancient giant civilization. It turns out (in the ''Secrets of Xen'drik'' supplement) that it was [[spoiler:an attempt by an ancient extradimensional race to escape to our world from the realm of dreams by creating artificial bodies]], though this doesn't explain why modern warforged are fully sentient and appear to have souls.
5th Nov '16 1:44:58 AM TheRoguePenguin
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* In ''Anime/EurekaSevenAO'', all [=IFOs=] are equipped with a "Third Engine" based on technology found in the Nirvash. They know it can use trapar as fuel, giving the IFO theoretically limitless flight time, and the Nirvash has increased speed and maneuverability while using it, but they have no idea how to turn it on or how it does these things. Elena and Fleur do eventually manage to get theirs working, but it only lasts as long as it needs to for them to rescue Ao, then shuts off almost immediately once he's free. Elena credits The Power of Love, which, given the previous series, is most likely the exact reason it worked. It activates a second time for Fleur in the finale, but nothing comes of that.



* [[Film/IronMan Tony Stark's]] ability to miniaturize the arc reactor is what drives Stane mad in the latter half of ''Iron Man'', since Tony didn't exactly leave any blueprints of it in the terrorist's base and none of Stane's Scientists can duplicate it (leading to Stane's memetic line about Tony building stuff in a cave with scraps).
** The arc reactor becomes less of a Black Box in ''Film/IronMan2'' when Vanko manages to build one. His doesn't work quite like Stark's, though, and it's unclear whether the important bits actually work differently (so it's still a black box, just a smaller one) or whether it's just irrelevant design choices.

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* [[Film/IronMan Tony Stark's]] ability to miniaturize the arc reactor is what drives Stane mad in the latter half of ''Iron Man'', since Tony didn't exactly leave any blueprints of it in the terrorist's base and none of Stane's Scientists can duplicate it (leading to Stane's memetic line about Tony building stuff in a cave with scraps). \n** The arc reactor becomes This has less to do with the technology being incomprehensible than Tony Stary being just that brilliant. Given a proper set of a Black Box blueprints and enough time, Vanko in ''Film/IronMan2'' when Vanko manages to build one. His doesn't work quite like Stark's, though, a passable if somewhat inferior replica and it's unclear whether even improve the important bits actually work differently (so it's still a black box, just a smaller one) or whether it's just irrelevant design choices.with some tips from Tony.
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