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Old December 31 2013, 09:44 PM   #16
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Re: Is the bridge "live" and monitored through the ship?

For one thing I get the sense that people in the Utopia aren't obsessed with getting a constant stream of information throughout each day, despite the technology available. That said, tons of crew members are stationed at consoles I think. So people in each department or section or whatever must be monitoring the general status of the ship. I doubt they know the nuances of the story though. They don't need to know.

Are captain's logs available for other crew to review?
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Old December 31 2013, 10:11 PM   #17
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Re: Is the bridge "live" and monitored through the ship?

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Are captain's logs available for other crew to review?
Probably not- we have heard them before talking about uncertainty, doubts or mistrust- things which it would not be too good for the crew at large to know about. Senior staff might be able to access them, but the moral would be all over the place if they actually knew what the captain was thinking all the time.

I think different departments are kept alert about events unfolding which would involve them- the chief engineer at the bridge station could inform the engineering staff if certain things might be needed or shut down. People are pressing buttons all the time on the bridge and a lot of them could be coordinating responsible departments.
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Old January 1 2014, 12:21 AM   #18
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Re: Is the bridge "live" and monitored through the ship?

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It's a good question. I think the reality is, most people below decks would have no idea what's going on. They would have weeks of boredom doing routine jobs, punctuated by occasional minutes of terror as the ship is suddenly rocked by enemy fire, plunging toward the Denavan sun, or being pressured by the hand of Apollo.
But they know it'll only be an hour per week.
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Old January 1 2014, 12:33 AM   #19
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Re: Is the bridge "live" and monitored through the ship?

And that their summers will always be crisis-free.
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Old January 1 2014, 09:40 AM   #20
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Re: Is the bridge "live" and monitored through the ship?

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There could be an unseen Twitter-esque system on board where, as data is inputed by the operations manager on the bridge (Data on TNG, but possibly Uhura in TOS?), so it is shown on various crucial consoles throughout the ship in places like the transporter room or sickbay. So when an order comes through the crew in those areas are fully up to speed with the situation and are ready to respond instantly. TNG's graphic displays were not sophisticated enough to show this kind of background detail, but in practical terms we might see parts of consoles were there's a continual updating of text with mission relevant information constantly being updated 'as it happens'.
That's a very interesting proposal.
I was watching "Shades Of Gray" last night (don't ask), and it occured to me that O'Brien does seemingly do something like this. We're introduced to the situation in terms of Geordi finding Riker on the planet. He then contacts O'Brien on the Enterprise, who (despite not actually 'speaking' directly to her over the comm) talks with Geordi a bit then informs them that Pulaski is on her way. My assumption is that O'Brien quickly typed something into his twitter-feed like "RYKER DAMANGED ON PLANETSURFACE ROFL", to which Pulaski got an update on her sickbay computer, sighed, and 'tweeted' she was on her way down.

Of course, in 1980s terms O'Brien effectively "pages" Pulaski rather than it being implied to be anything else, but hey, it's *my* interpretation.
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Old January 1 2014, 09:23 PM   #21
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Re: Is the bridge "live" and monitored through the ship?

The bridge doesn't seem to have a live communications feed with Engineering. In numerous episodes of various Trek series, the captain has to call down there to find out what the hell is going on with the engines. O'Brien does seem to know exactly what's going on from the transporter room, though. Maybe he read the script
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Old January 3 2014, 06:02 AM   #22
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Re: Is the bridge "live" and monitored through the ship?

In today's navy, Combat Information Center has a watchstander in verbal communications with another on the Bridge. The Helmsman or Lee Helmsman has headphones to talk to Engineering about speed. The Lookouts talk to CIC and the Bridge phonetalker. Aside from this, there's some bitchboxes for the OOD (Officer of the Deck), Conning Officer, and JOOD (if assigned) to talk to Damage Control Central, Main Control, Central Control Station (replacing DCC and Main Control on newer ships), Aft Steering, CIC, PriFly, and other locations. Then there's the 1MC, the all-ship announcement system.
In Trek, I assume that when the Science Officer or Comms Officer pinpoints someone for pickup, they either manually or automatically feed that data to the transporter room. If you have a communicator and call for transport, the computer feeds your location to the transporter room. If you call for multiple pickups with one communicator, then the Science Officer uses sensors to pinpoint the number requested. It is odd, though, when 5 people are standing there, and the guy with the communicator says "5 to beam up", one guys says "I'll stay behind", and the first guy says "Make that 4", and the transporter operator beams up the correct 4.
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