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21st Nov '16 7:27:22 PM psionycx
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* In ''Film/StarTrekBeyond'', the air processing system on starbase Yorktown has all kinds of elaborate safeguards to prevent anyone from tampering with it via the computer network. But a person can simply take an elevator to the roof of the building it's on and release a bio-weapon with ease even as people in the command center struggle to overcome those very security protocols to try to stop them.
14th Nov '16 8:01:52 AM Mr_White
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What's a failsafe? Well, the world is full of a lot of dangerous machinery and devices. Huge electrical turbines and nuclear reactors, Power lines carrying enough juice to light a whole city and pipelines carrying megatons of explosive petroleum or natural gas. Trains speeding down the tracks at 300 km/h, semi trucks that weigh in excess of 40 tons rolling down the freeways, aircraft that weigh more than ''400'' tons flying over our heads. And that's just the stuff that ''isn't'' designed to kill anyone. There's plenty of stockpiled bombs, missiles and such out there too. These could all cause some spectacular collateral damage if they suddenly went out of control.

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What's a failsafe? Well, the world is full of a lot of dangerous machinery and devices. Huge electrical turbines and nuclear reactors, Power lines carrying enough juice to light a whole city and pipelines carrying megatons millions of tons of explosive petroleum or natural gas. Trains speeding down the tracks at 300 km/h, semi trucks that weigh in excess of 40 tons rolling down the freeways, aircraft that weigh more than ''400'' tons flying over our heads. And that's just the stuff that ''isn't'' designed to kill anyone. There's plenty of stockpiled bombs, missiles and such out there too. These could all cause some spectacular collateral damage if they suddenly went out of control.
13th Aug '16 10:30:48 PM Kalaong
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* In ''{{Webcomic/Freefall}}'', [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2300/fc02268.htm security does fail safe. Which means it's not dangerous. A flaw when you have intruders.]]

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* In ''{{Webcomic/Freefall}}'', ''{{Webcomic/Freefall}}'' [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2300/fc02268.htm security does #2268]] is an aversion; the failsafe ''works'', but the user still complains.
-->Stupid computer! Security should not
fail safe. Which means it's not dangerous. A flaw when you have intruders.]]safe! Security should fail dangerous!
25th Jul '16 9:55:44 AM Jake
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** The [[Literature/RedDwarf novelisations]] have the accident unfold slightly differently, and notably it ''isn't'' Rimmer's fault.[[note]]Presumably the rather DarkerAndEdgier novel continuity would have made it hard to HandWave Rimmer's [[VirtualGhost personality disk]] not getting ThrownOutTheAirlock by Lister when he found out.[[/note]] Three important warning lights fail to activate, and when several more come on later the engineering watch-stander [[ItsProbablyNothing blames them on the coffee he just spilled all over his keyboard]].
10th Jun '16 7:19:17 AM Thereisnodana
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** Somewhat averted, though. There was a Grand Admiral/Dark Jedi controlling the Imperial fleet with battle meditation. The combination of him stopping this to flee and the destruction of the command bridge caused a chaotic panic and the remaining troops didn't coordinate fast enough to prevent Executor from falling into the Death Star's gravity well.
29th May '16 3:22:54 PM treehugger0369
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* In the ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'' series, we find that SelfDemonstrating/{{GlaDOS}} had an emergency red phone in the control room, so scientists could call if she had problems. Too bad she killed all of the scientists with deadly neurotoxin before the call could be made.

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* In the ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'' series, we find that SelfDemonstrating/{{GlaDOS}} had an emergency red phone in the control room, so scientists could call if she had problems. Too bad bad the cable was cut, preventing anyone from calling to report she killed all of the scientists was about to kill everyone with deadly neurotoxin before the call could be made.neurotoxin.
28th May '16 12:05:09 PM ultimomant
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* {{Invoked|Trope}} in the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' fanfic ''Fanfic/{{Make A Wish}}''. [[TeleportersAndTransporters Portkeys]] are made with a variety of safety features that prevent users from [[TeleporterAccident apparating in mid-air]] or [[CruelAndUnusualDeath inside a space too crowded or too small to contain them]]. The Death Eaters made the mistake of getting Portkeys from a wizard that doesn't like them, and is in fact giving them unsafe portkeys with the intention of getting them killed.
* In ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/295408/marionettes Marionettes]]'', it turns that [[spoiler:this trope is why Trixie (who [[RoboticReveal discovers she's an android]]) escaped the Stallions in Black who were chasing her's control: the [[ArtifactOfDoom Alicorn Amulet]] messing with her head fried her failsafes and freed her. Twilight later invokes this trope to free Lightning Dust the same way.]]

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* {{Invoked|Trope}} in the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' fanfic ''Fanfic/{{Make A Wish}}''.''Fanfic/MakeAWish''. [[TeleportersAndTransporters Portkeys]] are made with a variety of safety features that prevent users from [[TeleporterAccident apparating in mid-air]] or [[CruelAndUnusualDeath inside a space too crowded or too small to contain them]]. The Death Eaters made the mistake of getting Portkeys from a wizard that doesn't like them, and is in fact giving them unsafe portkeys with the intention of getting them killed.
* In ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/295408/marionettes Marionettes]]'', ''Fanfic/{{Marionettes}}'', it turns that [[spoiler:this trope is why Trixie (who [[RoboticReveal discovers she's an android]]) escaped the Stallions in Black who were chasing her's control: the [[ArtifactOfDoom Alicorn Amulet]] messing with her head fried her failsafes and freed her. Twilight later invokes this trope to free Lightning Dust the same way.]]
27th May '16 11:14:00 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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** In the aftermath of the ''Acts of Vengeance'', the defeated Loki tried to get revenge by destroying New York by stealing control of three Sentinels built by Sebastian Shaw, and combining them into the titanic Tri-Sentinel, which he then ordered to destroy a nuclear power plant. As Spider-Man (who possessed the Captain Universe power) struggled to stop the thing, Shaw tried to activate a failsafe he had placed in the three Sentinels in the event they turned on him [[GenreSavvy (As Sentinels often do.)]] Simply put, the program would reveal to a Sentinel that, since their abilities were "inherited" and improved upon from the original Mach-1 Sentinels, they are technically mutants. In theory, this would act as a LogicBomb, causing a rogue Sentinel who has this revelation thrust upon it to destroy itself, as its directive is to destroy mutants. Unfortunately, Loki's sabotage had seriously screwed up the Tri-Sentinel's programming, and the failsafe didn't do anything more than confuse it for a couple of minutes. Still, that small delay was enough for Spidey to bring the Uni-Power to its full potential and blow it to dust in a climactic finish.

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** In the aftermath of the ''Acts of Vengeance'', the defeated Loki tried to get revenge by destroying New York by stealing control of three Sentinels built by Sebastian Shaw, and combining them into the titanic Tri-Sentinel, which he then ordered to destroy a nuclear power plant. As Spider-Man (who possessed the Captain Universe power) struggled to stop the thing, Shaw tried to activate a failsafe he had placed in the three Sentinels in the event they turned on him [[GenreSavvy (As Sentinels often do.)]] ) Simply put, the program would reveal to a Sentinel that, since their abilities were "inherited" and improved upon from the original Mach-1 Sentinels, they are technically mutants. In theory, this would act as a LogicBomb, causing a rogue Sentinel who has this revelation thrust upon it to destroy itself, as its directive is to destroy mutants. Unfortunately, Loki's sabotage had seriously screwed up the Tri-Sentinel's programming, and the failsafe didn't do anything more than confuse it for a couple of minutes. Still, that small delay was enough for Spidey to bring the Uni-Power to its full potential and blow it to dust in a climactic finish.



* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', season 2, episode 1 almost invokes this by name. Magical chaos is running wild. Twilight Sparkle, having [[GenreSavvy seen this happen before]] ([[MagicMisfire mainly from her own spells]]), has developed a [[GameBreaker failsafe spell]] for just this sort of occasion, and sees no reason to [[HoldingBackThePhlebotinum not use it at the first sign of major trouble]]. But this time, [[JerkAssGods the source]] is stronger than she is used to, so...

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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', season 2, episode 1 almost invokes this by name. Magical chaos is running wild. Twilight Sparkle, having [[GenreSavvy seen this happen before]] before ([[MagicMisfire mainly from her own spells]]), has developed a [[GameBreaker failsafe spell]] for just this sort of occasion, and sees no reason to [[HoldingBackThePhlebotinum not use it at the first sign of major trouble]]. But this time, [[JerkAssGods the source]] is stronger than she is used to, so...
6th May '16 3:42:20 PM Morgenthaler
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* Subverted [[http://www.webcomicsnation.com/shaenongarrity/skinhorse/series.php?view=archive&chapter=37571#strip2 here]] in ''Skin Horse''. Genetically-engineered dog Sweetheart has taken refuge from an Alaskan snowstorm inside the team's V-22 aircraft (with an A.I. known as Nick). After cranking up her courage [[spoiler: with a bottle of schnapps]], Sweetheart is ready to go out and save the mission, only to be stopped by Nick. Due to the fail-safe [[spoiler: big orange safety lever]], that doesn't stop Sweetheart for long.

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* Subverted [[http://www.webcomicsnation.com/shaenongarrity/skinhorse/series.php?view=archive&chapter=37571#strip2 here]] here in ''Skin Horse''. Genetically-engineered dog Sweetheart has taken refuge from an Alaskan snowstorm inside the team's V-22 aircraft (with an A.I. known as Nick). After cranking up her courage [[spoiler: with a bottle of schnapps]], Sweetheart is ready to go out and save the mission, only to be stopped by Nick. Due to the fail-safe [[spoiler: big orange safety lever]], that doesn't stop Sweetheart for long.
3rd Feb '16 7:03:01 AM WhosAsking
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** After Virgil Grissom's Mercury capsule splashed down, the explosive bolts on the hatch (which were there for emergency egress purposes) went off, allowing water to rush into the tiny capsule and sink it. Grissom was very much in danger of drowning, as the crews of the recovery helicopters were trained ''too'' well and had to realize the capsule was a lost cause before finally realizing the astronaut was also having difficulty staying afloat and rescuing him. After losing a spacecraft, NASA decided explosive bolts were a bad idea, and did not incorporate them into subsequent designs, instead opting for doors which required much more deliberate effort to open. On the Apollo 1 spacecraft, the door opened inward. They claimed this was safer. While the crew of Apollo 1 was doing a test on the ground, a fire started in the capsule. The atmosphere inside was pure oxygen at greater than sea level pressure (in case you flunked chemistry, pure oxygen cranks any flame in it UpToEleven), and NASA had also managed to put all kinds of flammable materials in the cockpit. As the fire rapidly grew, the pressure grew inside the cockpit, making it ''impossible'' for any human being to open the inward-opening door, which, due to the lack of explosive bolts, could not be blown open. Smoke and fire turned the cockpit into a fiery tomb from which there was no escape, and all three astronauts died. One of these astronauts was Virgil Grissom.

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** After Virgil Grissom's Mercury capsule splashed down, the explosive bolts on the hatch (which were there for emergency egress purposes) went off, allowing water to rush into the tiny capsule and sink it. Grissom was very much in danger of drowning, as the crews of the recovery helicopters were trained ''too'' well and had to realize the capsule was a lost cause before finally realizing the astronaut was also having difficulty staying afloat and rescuing him. After losing a spacecraft, NASA decided explosive bolts were a bad idea, and did not incorporate them into subsequent designs, instead opting for doors which required much more deliberate effort to open. On the Apollo 1 spacecraft, the door opened inward. They claimed this was safer.safer (And in a fundamental way, it ''is''. Pressure doors are supposed to open in the direction of positive pressure so that this pressure works ''with'' the door to keep it closed under normal conditions. That's why airliner doors always open ''inward'' while submarine hatches always open ''outward''). While the crew of Apollo 1 was doing a test on the ground, a fire started in the capsule. The atmosphere inside was pure oxygen at greater than sea level pressure (in case you flunked chemistry, pure oxygen cranks any flame in it UpToEleven), and NASA had also managed to put all kinds of flammable materials in the cockpit. As the fire rapidly grew, the pressure grew inside the cockpit, making it ''impossible'' for any human being to open the inward-opening door, which, due to the lack of explosive bolts, could not be blown open. Smoke and fire turned the cockpit into a fiery tomb from which there was no escape, and all three astronauts died. One of these astronauts was Virgil Grissom.
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