Talk:The algorithm

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Asterisks

  • I believe they're dashes, not asterisks. On the image here I can see it being a little more difficult to discern, but watching the actual episode I'm pretty sure they're dashes. Anyone confirm real quick? (Admin 09:31, 29 November 2006 (EST))
    • In Seven Minutes to Midnight, the image is much closer and clearer and they're definitely dashes. They probably got bloated by the gamma filter, which would emphasize any luminence. See this cap.--Hardvice (talk) 12:22, 29 November 2006 (EST)

Specials

On and off screen the show has started refering to the people with special abilities as 'Specials' so why aren't we?--WolvenSpectre 22:09, 7 March 2007 (EST)

  • I'm sorry, I haven't noticed that. I'm not so interested in the off-screen references, but when are people called "specials" on air? — RyanGibsonStewart (talk) 03:03, 10 March 2007 (EST)
    • Actually one of the occurrences was my ears playing tricks on me. As far as I can find there was one occurrence, and when I went searching online for help to find more, I found that some people in production are saying this was the first step to bring in the term they are pushing for people with special abilities as "Specials". In Episode 18 ("Parasite") when the police leave Isaac's Apartment HRG says it. Keep in mind this file has been transcoded 6 times from the original then cleaned up later. HRG says "is a" but it is run together with the emphasis on the "is".--WolvenSpectre 05:34, 10 March 2007 (EST)
      • Hmm, I'm not hearing it on that audio clip or on the original program. I hear Mr. Bennet say "is special", using the word as an adjective, not a noun. Jack Coleman usually has pretty clear diction. — RyanGibsonStewart (talk) 09:50, 10 March 2007 (EST)
        • Ditto. Besides, "Candace is a special" sounds like she can be yours for three easy payments of $19.95. Which is probably true, come to think.--Hardvice (talk) 14:04, 10 March 2007 (EST)
  • NOTE:If you are using the latest version of Opera 9.10 dont specheck you post with the integrated spellchecker AFTER listening to an Ogg Vorvis File in the browser. Your browser will crash taking your long drawn out post with it for the THIRD TIME!!!--WolvenSpectre 14:38, 10 March 2007 (EST)
          • I could be wrong, but in the original file format it was as clear as a bell and I listened to it at the time 3 or four times in a row. This file was first PVRed (MPEG4 I think, could be MPEG2), then transcoded to a file with a bitrate my old jalopy of a PC can playback, then transcoded to a resolution and lower bitrate to fit on a CD (No DVD Burner), then ripped by analog through an old sound card to WAV stereo, then degraded to a lower bitrate LAME MP3 file which MediaWiki wouldn't take, then transcoded to OGG Vorbis and edited for Hiss and Noise Reduction then amplified/compressed so you could actually hear it clearly.

            The production team and writers has supposedly been pushed hard to come up with a general term to call the people with special abilities. They want to avoid terms with certain connotations like mutant, metahuman, Super__________(hero,villain), or higher/more evolved.In house they started using the term openly "Special" and people have speculated that it hasn't made it into the show because of an erie parallel to a graphic periodical that used the term "Specials" and had many similar character archetypes. One lawsuit is 2 too many.

            Like I said, I could be wrong and it could have been a minor slip of the lip or an audio artifact I heard that was lost/corrected in all the transcoding. Who knows, maybe Jack Coleman was having one of those days when your tongue just refused to do as it was told and he kept saying the line "a Special" instead of just "Special" and they partially edited it or took the one that sounded like he said it the least. In my editing I did find what sounded like a partial editing click before "aren't you useful" and a volume change after that disappeared with the noise reduction.

            Maybe I was just having a prolonged audio hallucination... just ask my friend here, the pink elephant ;-]....--WolvenSpectre 14:38, 10 March 2007 (EST)