Exactamundo Laphtiya! I totally agree with your quote below:
"The MCP might have realised that Clu was written in the same way that Flynn wrote his programs"
My viewpoint on the "It felt like Flynn" line (putting aside the mountains of stuff already being discussed here) is as follows: When Clu was derezzed, absorbed, put into storage, or disassembled (or otherwise) by the MCP, the MCP in my view would probably have taken a nosey at Clu's code.
It's a fact that Dillinger had stolen Flynns's games. These game programs, or evidence of such, existed somewhere in the systems protected "memories" which Flynn was trying to access, a system totally controlled and dominated by the MCP.
The MCP had control over Flynn's tank programs. (This assumes the tanks in the film were written by Flynn, and that the MCP had "appropriated" them, or had access to their code after the code was stolen by Dillinger).
Both tanks and recognizers exist in the Space Paranoids video game that Flynn plays at the start of the film. The game was written by Flynn himself before being stolen by Dillinger, and means that Flynn actually invented the Recognizer vehicle concept and incorporated it into his game code. Therefore the MCP's use of Recognizers in the system is another example of appropriation, use and familiarity of Flynn's code.
I think there's enough evidence in these examples to say that the MCP did have familiarity with Flynn's code. This would enable the MCP to compare code between Clu and the other programs Flynn wrote, to enable the MCP to say "It felt like Flynn".
Therefore to summarise, I do not believe the MCP was sensing an "emotion", but had instead sensed a familiar pattern of coding in Clu.
PS: this is the heaviest discussion I've seen on this forum!
PPS going off on a tangent again... if the MCP was using so much of Flynn's appropriated code in the system, no wonder Flynn was able to manipulate it in such a godlike fashion.. since he "wrote the code"
There's no evidence as such, but I'd imagine that, being new to the system, it would have been easier to manipulate his own code at first (the offline recognizer) than to mess about with someone else's code, until familiarity with other code in the system had reached a certain point. Now, if Flynn had attempted to manipulate spaghetti code written by a bad programmer... I'd imagine it would have been very difficult, and possibly taken a verrry long time
PPPS: Beam me up, Scotty!
PPPPS: going back to Tron Fanatics comment:
"The video-telephone was first shown in at the World's Fair in 1964. Aside from having a little camera and microphone atop their computer, anybody got one of these yet? Doubtful."
I'd say, in the UK at least, most mobile phones in the mid- to high-end range have a built in camera, and sometimes a separate lens for video calls. My Taiwanese HTC Tytyn (which I love) has this facility. Most people are walking around with a video-telephone in their pocket.
Do I use it? Nope. Why? Well it could be inertia on my part. Many mobile phone service providers do provide video calls, but as part of an "extras" package, or an upgraded tariff. To be honest I'm happy making calls in audio only. It's possible that younger users are more adventurous in using newly provided features, and are less "luddite" than us guys brought up on ZX81's and Apple II's
So I myself wouldn't see much reason for video calls, unless it was provided as a "standard" rather than an extra you had to fork out more money for. I DO find GPS navigation via my phone an absolute godsend. That's the killer app I bought my phone for. That, and Pacman
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