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How does Captain Phasma type her password to deactivate the shield protecting Starkiller Base when she is wearing thimbles on her fingers?

Looking good, Captain Phasma!

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    Very well, thanks for asking. – CBredlow Mar 24 '17 at 18:17
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    I can't help but think your question reminds me of something... – David Starkey Mar 24 '17 at 19:22
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    Back up... Why would wearing thimbles on her fingers prevent her from typing a password? They might make it harder for her to touch type, but I don't see why they'd physically prevent her from pushing keys. – jamesdlin Mar 24 '17 at 21:28
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    Large keys and a lot of practice. – Xavon_Wrentaile Mar 25 '17 at 1:16
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    I sometimes see women with long nail extensions working as cashiers, sometimes even on touchscreen computers. I don't know how it's possible, but I'm quite sure thimbles are less of a problem. – b_jonas Mar 25 '17 at 15:35
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Because she doesn't type to do it (in the film)- it appears to be a dial / handle.

Finn never indicates she should type in a password, he simply says:

                        FINN
          You want me to blast that bucket off
          your head? Lower the shields.

                      CAPTAIN PHASMA
               You're making a big mistake.

                      FINN
                     Do it.

You can see that there is no standard keyboard on this particular control panel

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  • You hear several beeps and boops in the background, indicating that it took more than just pulling a level. – Valorum Mar 24 '17 at 18:11
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    the beeps and boops aren't necessarily directly related to her actively disabling the shields but could be feedback that the process is starting / completed. Good find in the novel though – NKCampbell Mar 24 '17 at 18:13
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    But... If it's just a lever.... Why don't they just pull it themselves? O.o – the dark wanderer Mar 25 '17 at 9:43
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    @thedarkwanderer They don't know which lever it is. – Oblivious Sage Mar 25 '17 at 13:11
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This is addressed in the film's tie-in novelisations. Apparently the lowering of the shield was accomplished by pushing buttons rather than typing commands on a keyboard.

Chewie backed him up with a roar.
As Phasma pushed a few buttons, Finn looked at Han. “Solo, if this works, we’re not going to have a lot of time to find Rey.”

The Force Awakens: Finn's Story

The sequence did not require extensive typing.

He planted Phasma at a console and ordered her to initiate the deactivation. When she refused, he pressed his blaster harder against her helmet. “Do it.”
She did. A few keystrokes were all it took to bypass the automatic systems and start the sequence to shut down the shields.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens: A Junior Novel

  • might be worth seeing if Pablo would weigh in to resolve the potential conflict between novel and film – NKCampbell Mar 24 '17 at 18:33
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    Hm. Typing a password that's no more than say... 10 or 12 characters seems to fit the description of "push[ing] a few buttons" or "a few keystrokes". – jpmc26 Mar 24 '17 at 18:55

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