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Independence Day: The computer virus - This movie has so many unanswered questions that one is forced to conclude that most, if not all, really are just plot holes after all. But then there’s the computer virus that Jeff Goldblum uploads into the alien mothership, that is ultimately what allows the humans to defeat the invaders. Ask any software developer, and they will tell you that it is ridiculously hard to write a virus on a PC that works on a Mac, or vice-versa, and those are two computer systems that were designed and built by human beings. The likelihood of being able to successfully write a virus on a human-built computer of any sort that would affect a computer built by telepathic aliens is infinitesimal. Of course, this is an alien species that has managed to travel in huge ships across vast distances but has never invented a clock (hence the countdown timer they use before initiating their attack), so who knows what sort of vulnerabilities their computers might have

Hi Avi

I am afraid I can not excuse for the laughable brainstorm that Goldblum in the film to infect the computer system of alien mothership with a computer virus that would render their Shields defenceless and so on.

Even if this was apparently explained by a deleted scene that stated mankind somehow gained all of our knowledge of computers from the Area 51 crashed ship, as someone stated, that suggests that the aliens had never needed to upgrade their technology in 40 years, and could somehow manage intergalactic space travel with the same technology that we could barely operate PCs with. Possibly a scene that should have been left in the film to minimise ridicule, if only slightly.

Seems ridiculous that the Aliens have the technology to travel 1000 of light years across the universe, release energy beams destructive enough to lay waste a city in a single blast and not be able to invent a descent antivirus program.

But, like with the Back to the Future films, still enjoyable, despite the faults.



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