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Old September 17 2013, 08:24 AM   #9
C.E. Evans
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Re: when will they learn that a Manual Override can never be Offline?

Tiberius wrote: View Post
JT Perfecthair wrote: View Post
Apart from the 10,000 volts in their keyboards that explode and the endless steam lines that run all over the bridge waiting to start venting as soon as a torpedo hits, what drives me nuts about Trek combat scenes is the inevitable:

random ensign: "The shields are out/engines off/engines gone wild/insert crisis here!"

captain: "Engage the manual override!"

random ensign: "I cant sir, the manual override is offline!"

Well it can't be, its a MANUAL system. In modern day you push a button to lower your aircraft landing gear, if the computer either does nothing or reports back that your landing gear are not responding, you don't keep pushing the buttons, instead you go to your manual override which is a hand crank that lowers the gear.

Trek seems to have only automatic manual systems!
And when the handle breaks off, the manual over-ride is offline.

Any system can break and not work.
This. IMO, manual override is simply taking direct control of a system from the computer, but if the command links to that system goes offline, so does manual override. At that point, you need people to scramble and physically do things the old-fashioned way with wrenches and hammers--which probably takes more time than is available in an immediate crisis situation, but could be done afterward during repairs.
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