WTF does the Israeli Defence Force have to do with a kid's cartoon?
Technology on the telly is often made-up rubbish: every CCTV camera in the world is online, progress bars never pause, passwords can be brute-forced in moments and mobile phones never drop out unless faults enhance the dramatic effect. The language used to describe it is worse: the likes of CSI:Cyber routinely make stuff up. And …
The writer may have had no idea of what they were writing, but copying techno babble from some sales brochures and having someone with a bit of knowledge looking over it is a big step forward from what we are used to.
It's in a way a new wave of film makers who actually care about what they are doing. That combined with a talent can make wonderful things.
If you don't have talent what you get is this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fGJTj9mscrg ;)
So it is techno-babble enhanced by a quick trawl through a few tech sites? I am now putting it down for that as it still rises above the research efforts of so many Hollywood productions, most of which I am not allowed to watch in the presence of my family as I shout at the boob tube when they throw up technical jargon that a grade-schooler with intermediate cell phone experience would spot as bogus.
"Huh? Reversed the tachyon flow of the neutron flow?"
Right! By inverting the tachyon flow, time is inverted, causing the neutron flow's reversal, enabling a paradoxical power drain that causes previously entered valid passwords to manifest, and BOOM! you're in!
All very simple really.
It's pitched at a level that they can understand (children) and might start the process of actually getting sensible technological debate on the agenda rather than the usual uninformed pie in the sky nonsense that tends to dribble out whenever they try to tackle the subject
That bit's actually fairly accurate, given that most people still use some variant of "password" as their password (passw01d, wordpass, password123, etc etc), and given that certain clueless entities (*coughtalktalkcough*) store passwords with cryptographically weak hashing and no salt, or even as plain text.
But 'The Amazing World of Gumball' is absolutely top telly. With a mix of animation styles (2D, 3D CGI, photo exteriors, 8-bit lo-res) and a surreal mélange of characters (classmates include a ghost, a cloud, a peanut and a huge T-Rex - many of them coming from a variety of previously rejected concepts by the designer), it also has the great relationship subtleties of Aardman work like Timmy Time (note the kids' visual designs emphasising and juxtaposing character traits drawn from their parents, and though the show is always from the kids' points of view, it still features the adults having high and low points in their lives). But best of all, it's a really funny show.
actually it's just on now it's the Bobert upgrade one. here's a clip of the upgrade release commercial in the style of Apple:
"It isn't just the perfect blend of software and hardware. It's lifeware." I can't find a full episode it's season 4 ep 12 "The Upgrade" but it's a good poke at apple. Although I just saw a Microsoft store yesterday, maybe it's a jab at all tech firms.
No kidding I turned on the to this week and whatever channel it was left on had a hacking scene, they was some line went something like
They will decrypt our last firewall in 10 secs do I deploy counter measures, it's the nuclear option that will fry their system
and on the screen was a graphic of a missile with a big red launch button
Just shook my head in disbelief, they also did a variant on the trace with keep them talking until I track their proxy instead
I always thought "Happy tree friends" was the best representation of working in I.T.
It always starts out with rainbows and everyone skipping hand in hand, But by the end of the day you know there is going to be carnage and blood on the floor, You're just wondering what new and inventive way either the business, sales support or that licencing rep from SAP or IBM are going to make it happen.
"I know - let's give that alien spaceship a computer virus."
Independence Day was a godawful film. From the shonky science to the stock, 2-dimensional characters to the utterly painful depiction of the rest of the world sitting on its arse until the merkins come to save the day.
Exactly. The last bit is the most laughable.
Whatever Anglo-Saxons love say about the French, Russian and a long list of smaller nations like Polish, Serbians, etc you do not want to be on the receiving side when they are pissed.
In fact, they are much more likely to fight until the last man standing than yanks. They are similarly, more likely to fight out of principle even if it is detrimental to them materially in the long run. It's cultural.
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