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Posted: 12/26/2005 7:36:45 PM EDT
Never read the book and just started watching the movie again on IFC.

So what was the shiny thing?

I have managed to decipher most of the Brit slang and figure out most of their military jargon but that one is still lost on me.
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 7:40:00 PM EDT
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 7:44:15 PM EDT
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It's mentioned in a imdb discussion at the bottom of this page but you have to register to get into the discussion area.

66.102.7.104/search?q=cache:3bylMuUzVbsJ:www.imdb.com/title/tt0120617/+shiny+thing+slang&hl=en&lr=lang_en&client=safari
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 7:45:23 PM EDT
I just took it to be some kind of new piece of gear that none of them thought was useful or worth hauling around so they just took to calling it the "shiny thing".
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 7:47:17 PM EDT
I read the book and if I remember correctly it was a GPS unit.
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 7:54:21 PM EDT

Originally Posted By 82ndAbn:
It was a new fangled radio. However, anything rare & valuable can be labeled as a "shiny thing."


(old dupe - that's where I got my info)



I knew the general usage it became.

But if it was a new radio why did they take 4 others and why didn't they use the "shiny thing" when their other radios failed?
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 8:02:47 PM EDT
It was Marcellus Wallace's soul.
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 8:10:37 PM EDT
Screw that, I want to know: What was in the briefcase in Pulp Fiction?
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 8:12:42 PM EDT

Originally Posted By xanadu:
Screw that, I want to know: What was in the briefcase in Pulp Fiction?



+1, only Tarantino knows...
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 8:36:48 PM EDT
Is that movie worth watching / i have seen it at the vid store and figured it was just some shitty straight to video movie
I like sean bean in most everything
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 8:38:06 PM EDT

Originally Posted By nf9648:

Originally Posted By xanadu:
Screw that, I want to know: What was in the briefcase in Pulp Fiction?



+1, only Tarantino knows...



+2 I want to know
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 8:38:17 PM EDT

Originally Posted By www-glock19-com:
Is that movie worth watching / i have seen it at the vid store and figured it was just some shitty straight to video movie
I like sean bean in most everything



It's low budget for sure (Brit production) but definitely worth the watch. Especially if you are in any way a fan of the SAS. Pretty realistic depiction of events as well.
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 8:47:35 PM EDT

Originally Posted By www-glock19-com:
Is that movie worth watching / i have seen it at the vid store and figured it was just some shitty straight to video movie
I like sean bean in most everything



Have you ever gotten a blow job from a chic that was not worth getting. Great movie, may have been low budget but it was a great movie. I am a Big SAS fan.
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 8:51:15 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 12/26/2005 8:51:37 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/26/2005 8:52:02 PM EDT by Cypher214]

Originally Posted By Bob243:

Originally Posted By nf9648:

Originally Posted By xanadu:
Screw that, I want to know: What was in the briefcase in Pulp Fiction?



+1, only Tarantino knows...



+2 I want to know



Sam Jackson says it in the movie.

It was Marcellus' dirty laundry.
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 8:56:38 PM EDT
Was the Shiny thing a TACBE?
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 8:58:00 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Sixgun357:
Was the Shiny thing a TACBE?



No he said something that sounded like a "saturner."
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 9:00:08 PM EDT
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 9:01:31 PM EDT
No they got three TacBes but only one shiney kit...if memory serves right...."its shiney. And I love it"
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 9:06:01 PM EDT
Are you a raccoon or something, they like shiny shit.
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 9:12:19 PM EDT
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 9:21:47 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Troy:

Originally Posted By Seabee26:
I read the book and if I remember correctly it was a GPS unit.



You remember correctly. The "shiny thing" was a Magellin GPS receiver, which came wrapped in a mylar bag. These could have a code entered into them that would allow the receiver to decode the encrypted bitstreams to allow more accurate positioning. This is called Selective Availability, and was designed to keep civilian units from being as accurate as the data available to the military. Selective Availability was shut off in May 2000, instantly making everyone's GPS receiver just as accurate as the military units. Selective Availability could be reinstated at anytime, and can be turned on in specific areas of the world.

-Troy



Dude, you should just write down the shit you don't know...

Probably take you 3 days at the most.
Link Posted: 12/27/2005 4:46:45 AM EDT
This is called Selective Availability

Or differential. It was possible to correct the built in error with a differential receiver that used a seperate signal to correct the position.
Link Posted: 12/27/2005 4:47:23 AM EDT
Actually the shiney thing in the case in Pulp Fiction was a lightbulb hooked up to a battery.
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