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24th Jul '16 12:46:47 AM dvorak
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* In ''Film/IronSky'', the moon-nazi scientist doesn't beleive that a smartphone is really a computer. He points to, yes, a room-filling beast of a computer with tape reels and blinky lights and says, "That's not a computer. ''This'' a computer!" He's forced to admit his machine is woefully out-of-date upon doing an internet search on said phone. He then reverse-engineers the phone's USB jack and uses it to [[spoiler: run a space cruiser]].

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* In ''Film/IronSky'', the moon-nazi scientist doesn't beleive that a smartphone is really a computer. He points to, yes, a room-filling beast of a computer with tape reels and blinky lights and says, "That's not a computer. ''This'' a computer!" He's forced to admit his machine is woefully out-of-date upon doing an internet search on actually ''using'' said phone. He then reverse-engineers the phone's USB jack and uses it to [[spoiler: run a space cruiser]].
23rd Jul '16 2:30:50 AM dvorak
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* In ''Film/IronSky'', the moon-nazi scientist doesn't beleive that a smartphone is really a computer. He points to, yes, a room-filling beast of a computer with tape reels and blinky lights and says, "Zat's not a computer. Zis icht a computer!" He's forced to admit his machine is woefully out-of-date upon doing an internet search on said phone.

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* In ''Film/IronSky'', the moon-nazi scientist doesn't beleive that a smartphone is really a computer. He points to, yes, a room-filling beast of a computer with tape reels and blinky lights and says, "Zat's "That's not a computer. Zis icht ''This'' a computer!" He's forced to admit his machine is woefully out-of-date upon doing an internet search on said phone.phone. He then reverse-engineers the phone's USB jack and uses it to [[spoiler: run a space cruiser]].
22nd Jul '16 11:50:19 PM dvorak
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* In ''Film/IronSky'', the moon-nazi scientist doesn't beleive that a smartphone is really a computer. He points to, yes, a room-filling beast of a computer with tape reels and blinky lights and says, "Zat's not a computer. Zis icht a computer!" He's forced to admit his machine is woefully out-of-date upon doing an internet search on said phone.
16th Jul '16 11:25:38 PM dvorak
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* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/Futurama'', Bender hangs a pinup of a tape deck computer. [[spoiler: Fry approves]].

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* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/Futurama'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', Bender hangs a pinup of a tape deck computer. [[spoiler: Fry approves]].
16th Jul '16 11:24:47 PM dvorak
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** Cue some joker (I think it was ''Robot Chicken'', but don't quote me) commenting that they have all these hi-tech goodies but the most advanced recording medium they have is tapes.


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* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/Futurama'', Bender hangs a pinup of a tape deck computer. [[spoiler: Fry approves]].
16th Jul '16 7:09:51 PM foxley
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* ''Series/IDreamofJeannie'': The giant, billion-dollar, brand new NASA computer in "The Girl Who Never Had A Birthday".

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* ''Series/IDreamofJeannie'': ''Series/IDreamOfJeannie'': The giant, billion-dollar, brand new NASA computer in "The Girl Who Never Had A Birthday".


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* ''Series/{{Banacek}}'': In "If Max Is So Smart, Why Doesn't He Tell Us Where He Is?", the object stolen is Max; a 1970s supercomputer with spinning tape drives and blinking lights that takes up half a room.
24th Jun '16 8:54:16 AM HiddenWindshield
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* In the film ''Film/FailSafe'' a (for then) large mainframe computer is focused upon, with the tape drives ''running backwards''. When tapes were used for main storage, not just backup, changing direction and rewriting part of a tape was common, and most mainframe tape drives were just as happy to read data backwards as well as forwards.

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* In the film ''Film/FailSafe'' a (for then) large mainframe computer is focused upon, complete with the tape drives ''running backwards''. When tapes were used for main storage, not just backup, changing direction and rewriting part of a tape was common, and most mainframe tape drives were just as happy to read data backwards as well as forwards.drives.
11th Jun '16 9:05:18 AM RAMChYLD
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Superseded by ComputerEqualsMonitor. It might seem weird though, but [[http://www.securitronlinux.com/bejiitaswrath/computer-tape-drives-coming-back-to-the-computers-of-2012/ the tape drive is not exactly extinct]] as a storage medium, and modern ones can store up to 8 TB of data. Their niche seems to be for the purpose of backups in large multinational enterprises though, given the low retrieval speeds. As for appearing in film, most filmmakers give the modern drive a pass since modern LTO tape drives don't look anything like those tape drives of old and are so uncommon that not many people have seen one; the tapes look like small videocassettes (nothing like the big open-reel tapes that used to be common) and the drives mount in the same bays as CD/DVD drives. Not to mention that the lack of activity indicators on one and the inability to see the tape reels spinning, as well as the abovementioned speed issue, makes it a very boring subject to film.

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Superseded by ComputerEqualsMonitor. It might seem weird though, but [[http://www.securitronlinux.com/bejiitaswrath/computer-tape-drives-coming-back-to-the-computers-of-2012/ the tape drive is not exactly extinct]] as a storage medium, and modern ones can store up to 8 TB of data. Their niche seems to be for the purpose of backups in large multinational enterprises though, given the low retrieval speeds.speeds and extremely high storage capacity. As for appearing in film, most filmmakers give the modern drive a pass since modern LTO tape drives don't look anything like those tape drives of old and are so uncommon that not many people have seen one; the tapes look like small videocassettes (nothing like the big open-reel tapes that used to be common) and the drives mount in the same bays as CD/DVD drives. Not to mention that the lack of activity indicators on one and the inability to see the tape reels spinning, as well as the abovementioned speed issue, makes it a very boring subject to film.
28th May '16 8:25:34 PM Doug86
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* In the original ''Comicbook/{{X-Men}}'' comic in the '60s, Cerebro (!) had a tape drive.

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* In the original ''Comicbook/{{X-Men}}'' ''Comicbook/XMen'' comic in the '60s, Cerebro (!) had a tape drive.
21st Apr '16 7:28:55 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''Film/TheItalianJob'' (1969), all the traffic lights in Turin were controlled by computer. The heroes caused a massive traffic jam by sneaking into the computer center and hanging a magtape that made the whole system go haywire. Presumably the control software read the tape automatically, as no other interaction was needed. It shouldn't have worked anyway - when the tape is shown being read, it's actually [[SurroundedByIdiots twisted]] over the heads, and should therefore be unreadable
* In the film ''FailSafe'' a (for then) large mainframe computer is focused upon, with the tape drives ''running backwards''. When tapes were used for main storage, not just backup, changing direction and rewriting part of a tape was common, and most mainframe tape drives were just as happy to read data backwards as well as forwards.

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* In ''Film/TheItalianJob'' (1969), ''Film/TheItalianJob1969'', all the traffic lights in Turin were controlled by computer. The heroes caused a massive traffic jam by sneaking into the computer center and hanging a magtape that made the whole system go haywire. Presumably the control software read the tape automatically, as no other interaction was needed. It shouldn't have worked anyway - when the tape is shown being read, it's actually [[SurroundedByIdiots twisted]] over the heads, and should therefore be unreadable
* In the film ''FailSafe'' ''Film/FailSafe'' a (for then) large mainframe computer is focused upon, with the tape drives ''running backwards''. When tapes were used for main storage, not just backup, changing direction and rewriting part of a tape was common, and most mainframe tape drives were just as happy to read data backwards as well as forwards.
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