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4th Mar '18 8:28:22 PM nombretomado
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* ''VideoGame/TheDig'' opens with a cutscene showing a tracking station in Borneo, whose operator (SteveBlum, playing a SouthernFriedGenius) is on the phone to his "darlin'", explaining that the most interesting thing there is a day when it doesn't rain. Until an asteroid on a collision course with Earth shows up on his scope...

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* ''VideoGame/TheDig'' opens with a cutscene showing a tracking station in Borneo, whose operator (SteveBlum, (Creator/SteveBlum, playing a SouthernFriedGenius) is on the phone to his "darlin'", explaining that the most interesting thing there is a day when it doesn't rain. Until an asteroid on a collision course with Earth shows up on his scope...
25th Feb '18 4:10:12 PM JackG
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* ''Film/{{Screamers}}''. The sentries in the Alliance bunker are playing cards and only just happen to notice the lone enemy soldier approaching on their monitors. We soon find out why they're slacking off -- there's been no enemy sighted for months as the base is defended by the titular {{Killer Robot}}s, who soon make short work of the approaching soldier.
19th Jan '18 7:58:51 PM kundoo
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* In ''Lost'', Michael uses the Hatch computer to communicate with Walt, despite DHARMA's warning not to use the computer for any purpose other than entering the Numbers.

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* In ''Lost'', ''Series/{{Lost}}'', Michael uses the Hatch computer to communicate with Walt, despite DHARMA's warning not to use the computer for any purpose other than entering the Numbers.
22nd Dec '17 8:42:49 AM JackG
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* In ''Wolves Eat Dogs'' by Martin Cruz Smith, one character notes that no-one is even manning the OminousMultipleScreens at the security company he works for.
13th Dec '17 10:44:13 AM VolcanoWorld
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* ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' has Sans, who has the job of being a sentry that's supposed to watch out for humans that enter the Underground. However, he's such a notorious slacker that he basically does everything '''but''' his job.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' has Sans, who has the job of being a sentry that's supposed to watch out for humans that enter the Underground. However, he's such a notorious slacker that he basically does everything '''but''' his job. This trope is his AchillesHeel in his Boss fight.
12th Aug '17 2:33:13 PM Eschar
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* In ''Lost'', Michael uses the Hatch computer to communicate with Walt, despite DHARMA's warning not to use the computer for any purpose other than entering the Numbers.
22nd Jun '17 5:03:27 AM JackG
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* ''Film/TerminatorGenisys''. The security guard at the hospital is too busy playing with his smartphone to watch the CCTV screens, or turn to face Pops who's just walked in the door behind him. Pops bangs his head on the console.
22nd Jun '17 5:00:25 AM JackG
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* Averted in ''Film/TheKillerElite''. Although the guards are shown to be bored stiff guarding the duck farm that they're using as a safehouse, they're still on the ball, drawing their weapons when their relief arrives and demanding a password even though they already know them. One thing they're not prepared for however is the possibility that one of them has turned traitor.
27th May '17 11:34:21 AM Nazetrime
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* ''Webcomic/StandStillStaySilent'': In Chapter 10, Tuuri's job of the day is to wait for a call from MissionControl, who may not be in headquarters until quite late in the day. She's shown to have fallen asleep at the radio while Mikkel and Reynir were cleaning up the tank, and later plays games with Reynir. She eventually drags Reynir into following Mikkel, who has gone on an unauthorized escapade of his own. Of course, the comic cuts to MissionControl returning to headquarters right after Tuuri and Reynir are shown leaving the radio completely unattended.
14th Jan '17 6:52:58 PM rjd1922
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In a variety of jobs, a person has to be watching out for something important, poised and waiting for a certain emergency situation. For example, a big satellite dish could be constantly listening for any signal, any sign of life from the stars. Or it could be some sort of asteroid early-warning system, or it could even be an inbound-missile warning system on a space station. And in movies and tv, at the other end of all that surveillance equipment is a tiny shack/room absolutely stacked with computer equipment, one integral computer screen, and the Surveillance Station Slacker. He's usually one guy (very rarely female) sat watching the readouts for weeks with absolutely nothing happening, in a state of utter boredom. Invariably this guy will be goofing off all day knowing that the screen will never bleep, eating pizza and watching a portable tv or something, and due to this is often portrayed as overweight.

If the computer screen DOES bleep all of a sudden, the alien signal IS picked up or whatever, the Slacker will quite often [[RedAlert panic and not know what to do]], maybe even having to refer to an old set of instructions for this eventuality. He might even ignore the signal, putting it down to a faulty system, and just turn back to the tv.

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In a variety of jobs, a person has to be watching out for something important, poised and waiting for a certain emergency situation. For example, a big satellite dish could be constantly listening for any signal, any sign of life from the stars. Or it could be some sort of asteroid early-warning system, or it could even be an inbound-missile warning system on a space station. And in movies and tv, TV, at the other end of all that surveillance equipment is a tiny shack/room absolutely stacked with computer equipment, one integral computer screen, and the Surveillance Station Slacker. He's usually one guy (very rarely female) sat watching the readouts for weeks with absolutely nothing happening, in a state of utter boredom. Invariably this guy will be goofing off all day knowing that the screen will never bleep, eating pizza and watching a portable tv TV or something, and due to this is often portrayed as overweight.

If the computer screen DOES bleep all of a sudden, the alien signal IS picked up or whatever, the Slacker will quite often [[RedAlert panic and not know what to do]], maybe even having to refer to an old set of instructions for this eventuality. He might even ignore the signal, putting it down to a faulty system, and just turn back to the tv.
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