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After some clever computer manipulations (using the most antique, text only computers you've seen in years - an odd choice.1) Cale manages to delete Dante's computer privileges thereby effectively firing him.
When they're being chased through the halls by the bad robot, why doesn't it cross anyone's mind to call 911? Even if the building's phone system was knocked out by the terrorists or Dante or impure thoughts, these people are executives! Where are their cell phones?2
Speaking of technology, it's time for a
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1. FeoNote: Text-based aka Command line in Unix or DOS/MS-DOS was common for the majority of corporate computers when DEATH MACHINE was shot in 1993 and released in 1994. MS-DOS based Windows 3.1 (released in 1992) with a Graphical User Interface (GUI) was a 16-bit bug ridden, crash prone, OS and most major companies stayed with Unix or DOS. In fact, for Microsoft to garner more marketshare away from IBM's O/S2, 3.1 could easily switch back to DOS and allowed for most programs to run command line.
MS-DOS based Windows NT 3.1 was released in 1993 but was also bug ridden, slow, and all problems had to be solved via Command Line in DOS. For large corporations in particular, NT 3.1 also didn't support distributed storage architecture (vital for large corporations) and wouldn't until the release of the 32-bit switch from MS FAT to NSFT in the Windows 2000 OS.
James Cameron's endlessly frustrating problems with Windows NT is what made his entire cgi SFX team turn to command line Unix and Linux in 1997 for the movie TITANIC.
Relatively stable windows didn't emerge until the MS-DOS based Windows 95, released in August 24, 1995 and the market tip into wider corporate adoption of GUI didn't happen until 1999, just after the release of MS-DOS based Windows 98 (still suffering from the legendary "Blue Screen of Death").
"Where are their cell phones?"
2. Cell phones? In 1993? You mean the Motorola International 3300 bricks with one pound batteries, long antennas, and the 50 yard range that couldn't penetrate drywall? Or the IBM Simon? The world's first smart phone that was larger than most Walkie Talkies and featured a short battery life?
Without going into spoilers the movie addresses this question completely and makes it a humorous part of the story as well, right up to including a character so bad at their job that they only exacerbate the problem.
"It's natural for some to wonder how well (robots would) do on the battle field. Human soldiers will be obsolete in a few decades. That's not necessarily a bad thing as long as someone remembers to program them with Asimov's laws of robotics."
3. Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics would effectively render Robot soldiers useless.
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Some people think I'm more important than you (I don't, but they do. You know how they are) and this is their (HA!) evidence.
Matt Jarbo's interview with Feo Amante at The Zurvivalist.
Researcher David Waldron, references my review of UNDERWORLD in the Spring 2005, Journal of Religion and Popular Culture entry, Role-Playing Games and the Christian Right: Community Formation in Response to a Moral Panic (downloadable pdf).
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