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31st Jan '16 9:48:26 PM LeanneFryingPan
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**In "The Good, the Bad, and the Baby," Castle and Beckett use a prison tattoo database.
17th Jan '16 11:32:34 AM nombretomado
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* An OmniscientDatabase is often an implicit background element of investigations in all the [[LawAndOrder Law & Order]] series. Although they have used such databases for many of the same types of queries as in ''Series/{{CSI}}'', the database query itself is more often carried out off-screen, with a lab analyst mentioning that a fiber found at the crime scene matches a luxury brand of purse that is only sold in only three stores in New York City. ** On ''LawAndOrderSVU'', they often query some supposed national database implied to consist of all sex crime reports recorded by all local precincts throughout the entire country. They also have Warner, whose mind occasionally acts as a virtual OmniscientDatabase.
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* An OmniscientDatabase is often an implicit background element of investigations in all the [[LawAndOrder Law & Order]] ''Franchise/LawAndOrder'' series. Although they have used such databases for many of the same types of queries as in ''Series/{{CSI}}'', the database query itself is more often carried out off-screen, with a lab analyst mentioning that a fiber found at the crime scene matches a luxury brand of purse that is only sold in only three stores in New York City. ** On ''LawAndOrderSVU'', ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'', they often query some supposed national database implied to consist of all sex crime reports recorded by all local precincts throughout the entire country. They also have Warner, whose mind occasionally acts as a virtual OmniscientDatabase.
20th Nov '15 10:46:22 AM Materioptikon
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* Patchouli Knowledge (It's ''[[MeaningfulName in her name]]'', duh!) of ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' fame is an effective Human([[WitchSpecies oid]]) Magical Database, thanks to her decades of study and self-made GreatBigLibraryOfEverything (remarkably, aside from the normal mortals she's canonically fairly young for a youkai). In ''Subterranean Animism'', she is capable of spilling out the histories and powers of every {{youkai}} Marisa meets in her adventure... with the slight problem of taking until ''after'' the youkai was defeated to look up any relevant information.
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* Patchouli Knowledge (It's ''[[MeaningfulName in her name]]'', duh!) of ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' fame is an effective Human([[WitchSpecies oid]]) Magical Database, thanks to her decades of study and self-made GreatBigLibraryOfEverything (remarkably, aside from the normal mortals she's canonically fairly young for a youkai). In ''Subterranean Animism'', she is capable of spilling out the histories and powers of every {{youkai}} Marisa meets in her adventure... with the slight problem of taking until ''after'' the youkai was defeated to look up any relevant information.
20th Nov '15 10:45:42 AM Materioptikon
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* Patchouli Knowledge (It's ''[[MeaningfulName in her name]]'', duh!) of ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' fame is an effective Human([[WitchSpecies oid]]) Magical Database, thanks to her centuries of study and self-made GreatBigLibraryOfEverything. In ''Subterranean Animism'', she is capable of spilling out the histories and powers of every {{youkai}} Marisa meets in her adventure... with the slight problem of taking until ''after'' the yokai was defeated to look up any relevant information.
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* Patchouli Knowledge (It's ''[[MeaningfulName in her name]]'', duh!) of ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' fame is an effective Human([[WitchSpecies oid]]) Magical Database, thanks to her centuries decades of study and self-made GreatBigLibraryOfEverything.GreatBigLibraryOfEverything (remarkably, aside from the normal mortals she's canonically fairly young for a youkai). In ''Subterranean Animism'', she is capable of spilling out the histories and powers of every {{youkai}} Marisa meets in her adventure... with the slight problem of taking until ''after'' the yokai youkai was defeated to look up any relevant information.
6th Nov '15 4:08:42 PM nombretomado
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* In an issue of ''ComicBook/GothamCentral'', which focused on the members of the Major Crimes Unit of the Gotham City Police Department, [[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries Renee]] [[TheQuestion Montoya]] was attempting to track down the history of a sniper rifle that had been used in several high-profile assassinations. She is seen accessing numerous government databases, including the FBI and ATF, [[SubvertedTrope but none of them can give her any useful information]]. When she mysteriously gains access to a system named "Oracle," which neither she nor her partner can identify, she is shocked (but happy) when it suddenly gives her the complete history of the gun, including the gun shop where it was sold.
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* In an issue of ''ComicBook/GothamCentral'', which focused on the members of the Major Crimes Unit of the Gotham City Police Department, [[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries Renee]] [[TheQuestion [[ComicBook/TheQuestion Montoya]] was attempting to track down the history of a sniper rifle that had been used in several high-profile assassinations. She is seen accessing numerous government databases, including the FBI and ATF, [[SubvertedTrope but none of them can give her any useful information]]. When she mysteriously gains access to a system named "Oracle," which neither she nor her partner can identify, she is shocked (but happy) when it suddenly gives her the complete history of the gun, including the gun shop where it was sold.
31st Oct '15 11:25:45 PM nombretomado
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* Ziggy from ''QuantumLeap'' not only apparently has records of the minutiae of decades' worth of the day-to-day activities of pretty much everyone who was alive at the same time as Sam Beckett, but can also calculate the probability that Sam's interference in history will have the desired effect. And regardless of the percentage calculated, Ziggy is always right. Except for a couple episodes where despite an abnormally high percentage, Sam just "knows" he has to do something else. The times when Sam "knows" he has to do something else also are ones where all signs point to Al misleading or outright lying to Sam because of ulterior motives.
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* Ziggy from ''QuantumLeap'' ''Series/QuantumLeap'' not only apparently has records of the minutiae of decades' worth of the day-to-day activities of pretty much everyone who was alive at the same time as Sam Beckett, but can also calculate the probability that Sam's interference in history will have the desired effect. And regardless of the percentage calculated, Ziggy is always right. Except for a couple episodes where despite an abnormally high percentage, Sam just "knows" he has to do something else. The times when Sam "knows" he has to do something else also are ones where all signs point to Al misleading or outright lying to Sam because of ulterior motives.
28th Oct '15 12:53:02 PM FF32
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* ARI in ''HeavyRain'' is connected in some way to the FBI database.
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* ARI in ''HeavyRain'' ''VideoGame/HeavyRain'' is connected in some way to the FBI database.
25th Sep '15 2:42:45 PM Discar
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* That trope and its exploitation is the basic concept behind PersonOfInterest. Somewhat more [[JustifiedTrope justified]] than usual in that when Finch built the Machine, he was explicitly given access to every data feed the NSA could get its hands on, and now that he no longer has such access he often has to resort to asking Carter or Fusco to look through the NYPD databases on his behalf, which quite frequently turns out to be a dead end. So while the ''database'' may be omniscient, the cast's ability to make use of its omniscience is surprisingly limited given the premise of the show. In fact Finch deliberately set things up so the government could not use the Machine as a omniscient database. The government gets warning of impeding threats but is otherwise locked out of the Machine's data processing functions.
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* ''Series/PersonOfInterest'': ** That trope and its exploitation is the basic concept behind PersonOfInterest.the show. Somewhat more [[JustifiedTrope justified]] than usual in that when Finch built the Machine, he was explicitly given access to every data feed the NSA could get its hands on, and now that he no longer has such access he often has to resort to asking Carter or Fusco to look through the NYPD databases on his behalf, which quite frequently turns out to be a dead end. So while the ''database'' may be omniscient, the cast's ability to make use of its omniscience is surprisingly limited given the premise of the show. In fact Finch deliberately set things up so the government could not use the Machine as a omniscient database. The government gets warning of impeding threats but is otherwise locked out of the Machine's data processing functions.
1st Sep '15 10:08:08 AM nielas
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* That trope and its exploitation is the basic concept behind PersonOfInterest. Somewhat more [[JustifiedTrope justified]] than usual in that when Finch built the Machine, he was explicitly given access to every data feed the NSA could get its hands on, and now that he no longer has such access he often has to resort to asking Carter or Fusco to look through the NYPD databases on his behalf, which quite frequently turns out to be a dead end. So while the ''database'' may be omniscient, the cast's ability to make use of its omniscience is surprisingly limited given the premise of the show.
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* That trope and its exploitation is the basic concept behind PersonOfInterest. Somewhat more [[JustifiedTrope justified]] than usual in that when Finch built the Machine, he was explicitly given access to every data feed the NSA could get its hands on, and now that he no longer has such access he often has to resort to asking Carter or Fusco to look through the NYPD databases on his behalf, which quite frequently turns out to be a dead end. So while the ''database'' may be omniscient, the cast's ability to make use of its omniscience is surprisingly limited given the premise of the show. In fact Finch deliberately set things up so the government could not use the Machine as a omniscient database. The government gets warning of impeding threats but is otherwise locked out of the Machine's data processing functions. ** A key part of the premise is that such an enormous amount of data is useless without having an Artificial Intelligence constantly sifting through it and deciding what is relevant and what is not. Finch spent years training the Machine to prioritize and make educated guesses.
2nd Jun '15 6:14:41 AM LongLiveHumour
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** One episode puts a limit on Ziggy's database. Since Ziggy only has information starting from the moment Sam was born, when Sam and Al switch places, Al leaps into someone from within ''his'' lifetime, which is considerably longer than Sam's. Most of the episode is spent trying to download all the available data that would pertain to the person Al leaps into. In the end, it proves too late, [[spoiler:and Sam is forced to leap again to rescue Al]]. In another episode, Sam himself leaps into his ancestor, a Union Army captain during the AmericanCivilWar. The same problem with the lack of available data crops up.
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** One episode puts a limit on Ziggy's database. Since Ziggy only has information starting from the moment Sam was born, when Sam and Al switch places, Al leaps into someone from within ''his'' lifetime, which is considerably longer than Sam's. Most of the episode is spent trying to download all the available data that would pertain to the person Al leaps into. In the end, it proves too late, [[spoiler:and Sam is forced to leap again to rescue Al]]. In another episode, Sam himself leaps into his ancestor, a Union Army captain during the AmericanCivilWar.UsefulNotes/AmericanCivilWar. The same problem with the lack of available data crops up.
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