Finder of things, Doer of stuff
Because LeHah asked:
No problem with the use of it, it just seems like that was either deliberate (eg built-in advertising) or accidental (or something missed during early prop production) rather then a conscious decision in planning stages.
That sure seems to be one long lived company, though.
The Nokia logo was clearly visible in the movie itself and was remarked upon in some reviews. You see it during the introduction when you hear the 'Privateer 2' sound cameo.
It was intentional product placement--"Nokia Display Products" is credited in the 'Additional thanks to' block of the published credits. Showing the logo was likely a requirement of some deal to rent the various monitors seen in the film at a lower price.
Interestingly, the recent Star Trek relaunch film featured an even more noticeable Nokia logo product placement (on Kirk's car phone, also during the introduction). Someone in Nokia's licensing office must be a geek for this kind of stuff.
Thats what it seemed like to me to. I have a sort of semi problem with it. Though I'll concede my argument is full of holes. How many companies have been around for more then 200 years?
There is a Wikipedia page on this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oldest_corporations There are more than 800 companies in Germany alone than have been in continuous existence for more than 200 years. They show Japan has more than 20,000 corporations that are more than 100 years old. Japan seems to have had the longest running, a construction firm dating back to 578 AD that was absorbed by another company in 2006. It had some kind of 40-generation family history of ownership.
I know Beretta is another big one. They celebrate their five hundredth anniversary in 16 years. You'll occasionally see "Since 1526" on a variety of company promo material, and the company is still owned by a Berettta family member that descends from the original founder. So yeah, Nokia could very easily still exist in WC's time.
Neural Net - is that a reference to the Freelancer Neural Net?
Do you really have to ask? Post-production on the Wing Commander movie was done in 1998 when Freelancer was barely an idea. Roberts left Digital Anvil after the movie came out, and Freelancer was then restarted from scratch before it eventually came out in 2003. So no, nothing in the movie is even remotely a reference to Freelancer.