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Initial comments[edit]

I don't know where the information in this article comes from, but it certainly *isn't* from any 'canon' Star Trek source (ie the series and movies). The POV is also confusing, being partly in-universe. --21:13, 29 Jul 2004 (UTC)

I'm not sure what you mean by 'canon', but the article seems to be written in the style of Star Trek The Next Generation Technical Manual. Given the book is written by the people who 'invented' LCARS it can to some extent be considered as being 'from' Star Trek. Whether it is appropriate for this 'technobabble' to be on Wikipedia is questionable.

See canon (fiction) Cburnett 16:30, Jun 15, 2005 (UTC)


Seems to me this page should include some treatment of the FTL (Faster Than Light) core elements of the computer system.

Fair use rationale for Image:LCARS Example.jpg[edit]

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BetacommandBot (talk) 14:39, 2 January 2008 (UTC)

Spam[edit]

There is no spam found in this article. Is there anything specific any one wishes to point out? I am removing the template for now. MWOAP (talk) 01:51, 8 April 2009 (UTC)

Bedno (talk) 07:53, 27 March 2010 (UTC) The site http://www.lcars.org.uk gives an extreme MALWARE DETECTED warning in Google Chrome browser: "Warning: Visiting this site may harm your computer! The website at www.lcars.org.uk contains elements from the site www.pageranker.org, which appears to host malware – software that can hurt your computer or otherwise operate without your consent. Just visiting a site that contains malware can infect your computer. For detailed information about the problems with these elements, visit the Google Safe Browsing diagnostic page for www.pageranker.org" I've seen the site and its collection is phenomenal, but is perhaps currently unsafe except for very prepared pros, and that precaution should be noted appropriately.

Web of Trust, SiteAdvisor, Browser Defender Status and Norton all report www.lcars.org.uk is green and contains no active threats. Same results from www.pageranker.org.ZellDenver (talk) 09:52, 22 April 2010 (UTC)

Correct terminology[edit]

The article incorrectly states that LCARS is an operating system, when it is in fact a GUI. Guillep2k (talk) 14:05, 30 November 2010 (UTC)

Umm as far as I know, it's an OS & a GUI, the OS deals with the hardware around it. It's not like the use one of the pathetic OS we use today. :P -- DQ (t) (e) 22:59, 30 November 2010 (UTC)
LCARS Retrieval System. That being the OS. However, usage of the term 'LCARS Interface' suggests it's acceptable to use it as a proper noun when describing the GUI elements of LCARS. I would assume, that due to its popularity and solid design themes, one could use it as either. ZellDenver (talk) 13:20, 31 July 2011 (UTC)

While Linux-based systems seperate the UI from the OS (kernel), others such as MSWindows and Apple's Mac systems there isn't the seperation. Even though technically OS and UI are seperate, in practice it's not usually the case. The iOS vs Android patent lawsuits are based on claims that one OS stole various GUI elements from the other. And since language (except in the case of French) is defined by usage, then in most cases -- such as here -- OS and GUI are practically interchangable terms. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 24.4.155.39 (talk) 04:01, 26 June 2014 (UTC)

Dates[edit]

Is anyone able to add approximate dates to the article for when LCARS and PADDs were introduced into the Star Trek world, please? New Thought (talk) 08:53, 11 March 2011 (UTC)

Fiction within fiction?[edit]

The lead reads like this: "In the Star Trek fictional universe, LCARS ( /ˈɛlkɑrz/; an acronym for Library Computer Access/Retrieval System) is a fictional computer operating system"

Now I'm pretty sure that's incorrect because if it's a fictional computer in a fictional universe, doesn't that mean that's in fictional in the story? That is to say that in fact it's not a fictional computer in the fictional universe: it's real in the fictional universe. Caledones talk softly, please 22:37, 29 February 2012 (UTC)

Free use of Tricorder name to functioning tech?[edit]

I've seen it mentioned on the Internet that Roddenberry's contract allows use of the name to those who apply it to functioning tech. Does anyone have any reputable sources for this information? (ie. a copy of his contract, court transcripts that mention this as fact, etc, etc, etc.) 76.102.199.90 (talk) 10:32, 11 March 2012 (UTC)

Side project[edit]

Hey, all -- I'm working in userspace on a broader article on Computers in Star Trek; it's at User:EEMIV/Computers_in_Star_Trek. It still needs some work, but I can imagine a good portion of the content here being merged into a broader article. If you've watchlisted this page and see this message, chances are you may have some ideas and sources appropriate for the article I'm working on; if that's the case, please feel free to contribute in my userspace in the article itself and/or just the talk page. --EEMIV (talk) 05:08, 28 August 2013 (UTC)