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(IT World)   The computer from WarGames is for sale; the seller says it still smells "Brodericky"   (itworld.com) divider line 56
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2013-06-26 09:55:11 AM
Meh without WOPR being included they are not very interesting, no one to play a war game with.
 
2013-06-26 10:02:57 AM
How 'bout a nice game of chess?
 
2013-06-26 10:28:41 AM
How is there not a DOMA thread already? Does Fark want people getting snarky about major breaking news on other websites?
 
2013-06-26 10:29:48 AM
My cellphone has more computing power than WOPR.
 
2013-06-26 10:30:31 AM
I am fully expecting the Author of this book to buy it.

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2013-06-26 10:33:12 AM
I'd rather have his setup from Ferris Bueller.

2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-06-26 10:35:34 AM
blog.zap2it.com

"Some of us don't need no stinkin' computer to impress Ally Sheedy."

"You KNOW that's right!  WHAT?"
 
2013-06-26 10:38:39 AM
media.mademan.com

Would still hit it. Probably best to ask her to keep her top on.
 
2013-06-26 10:39:05 AM

Beerguy: I am fully expecting the Author of this book to buy it.

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And then run his D&D game on it.
 
2013-06-26 10:40:40 AM
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2013-06-26 10:46:43 AM
FTA: "I honestly believe that the 'WarGames IMSAI' is a singular icon of the early days of the personal computer that motivated many thousands, if not tens of thousands of impressionable and talented youth to take up the mantle that digital technology in the hands of the masses could offer," Fischer said.


Perhaps but I think it is far more likely that the prop (working or not) is a singular icon of the computer bogeyman the media and other 'concerned' groups started spewing out.  Anyone in the know already knew the film was just that: a science fiction movie but then as now the number of people with that very basic level of understanding is tiny compared to the handwringers. One kid in his bedroom CAN KILL US ALL!!!111eleventy type crap.

It's even as basic as the movie makes the grand assumption that all comms software uses the same, compatible settings.  They didn't.  They still don't.  There are 'more common settings' such as 8n1 but that doesn't mean everyone will use them.

WOPR itself still occasionally gets used by the media in "the machines are taking over" puff pieces and does so far more than Skynet or The Terminator movie itself does, probably because neither of those two were the stars of that particular movie.
 
2013-06-26 10:55:27 AM
That's nice and all, but does it get Myspace?
 
2013-06-26 10:56:47 AM
Wargames propelled me into telecommunications. I saved my allowance to get a modem after seeing that movie. My mom was convinced I was going to turn off the computers in the ICU at the hospital.
 
2013-06-26 11:06:55 AM

p the boiler: How is there not a DOMA thread already? Does Fark want people getting snarky about major breaking news on other websites?


The admins are too busy having gay sex with the mods.
 
2013-06-26 11:13:05 AM
Can I use them to play chess?
 
2013-06-26 11:15:56 AM
will it play tic-tac-toe
 
2013-06-26 11:16:50 AM
Our first computer was an Imsai 8080.  We bought the kit and put it together with a soldering iron.  It had cool red blinky lights, but entering commanda by flipping toggle switches was teh suck.
 
2013-06-26 11:18:21 AM

Vaneshi: Perhaps but I think it is far more likely that the prop (working or not) is a singular icon of the computer bogeyman the media and other 'concerned' groups started spewing out. [...] One kid in his bedroom CAN KILL US ALL!!!111eleventy type crap.


Ask Kevin Mitnick.
 
2013-06-26 11:24:08 AM
Ally Sheedy done probably seen a lot bigger computers than that puni thing ...
 
2013-06-26 11:25:44 AM
I'd pay good money for the WOPR. This one, not so much.
 
2013-06-26 11:50:17 AM

Ambitwistor: Vaneshi: Perhaps but I think it is far more likely that the prop (working or not) is a singular icon of the computer bogeyman the media and other 'concerned' groups started spewing out. [...] One kid in his bedroom CAN KILL US ALL!!!111eleventy type crap.

Ask Kevin Mitnick.


Why?
 
2013-06-26 12:19:03 PM

Vaneshi: Ambitwistor: Vaneshi: Perhaps but I think it is far more likely that the prop (working or not) is a singular icon of the computer bogeyman the media and other 'concerned' groups started spewing out. [...] One kid in his bedroom CAN KILL US ALL!!!111eleventy type crap.

Ask Kevin Mitnick.

Why?


He was held in solitary confinement because, he claims, law enforcement convinced a judge that he could start a nuclear war by whistling into a pay phone, a result of "War Games" hysteria.  An interview:

That movie had a significant effect on my treatment by the federal government. I was held in solitary confinement for nearly a year because a prosecutor told a judge that if I got near a phone, I could dial up Norad and launch a nuclear missile. I never hacked into Norad. And when the prosecutor said that, I laughed - in open court. I thought, "This guy just burned all his credibility." But the court believed it. I think the movie convinced people that this stuff was real. They tried to make me into a fictional character.
 
2013-06-26 12:19:15 PM
It is true. I have listed my WOPR on Craigslist where you may all bid on it.

/WOPR
 
2013-06-26 12:27:13 PM
GREETINGS PROFESSOR FALKEN
 
2013-06-26 12:42:44 PM
www.hotflick.net

"Turn your key, sir!"
 
2013-06-26 12:49:09 PM
joshua.
 
2013-06-26 12:50:38 PM
Ambitwistor: Stuff

Yeah and that's pretty much what I said.  So why bother asking Kevin Mitnick as he's just going to say the exact same thing I did and charge you a pretty penny for saying it?
 
2013-06-26 01:04:58 PM

RockofAges: is it really that notable?


Yeah, it's a pretty good book.
 
2013-06-26 01:05:44 PM

dgames


WOPR WOPR WOPR WOPR WOPR WOPR WOPR WOPR WOPR WOPR WOPR WOPR


mushroom mushroom cloud
 
2013-06-26 01:10:48 PM
I'd like to have an IMSAI.  I love vintage computers.

A buddy of mine gave me an Osborne 1.

I fire it up for the lulz every so often. "Portable" my arse, it's the size and weight of a microwave oven.
 
2013-06-26 01:17:10 PM

SirEattonHogg: "Portable" my arse, it's the size and weight of a microwave oven.


www.eatmedaily.com
 
2013-06-26 01:25:44 PM
Vaneshi:

Wow, way to be a jerk to someone for supporting your position.
 
2013-06-26 01:45:25 PM

DjangoStonereaver: [blog.zap2it.com image 520x330]

"Some of us don't need no stinkin' computer to impress Ally Sheedy."

"You KNOW that's right!  WHAT?"


Suck it.
 
2013-06-26 01:49:23 PM
I owned and used the very same model of computer with suction cup modem at the time this movie came out. Used the saqme software to find BBS's. The cool thing about this hacker movie was that they used actual hardware and software that was then-currently in use. Extremely realistic, right up until WOPR comes on screen.
 
2013-06-26 02:17:02 PM

hillary


I owned and used the very same model of computer with suction cup modem at the time this movie came out.


Uh-huh. If you had, you would have (correctly) called it an acoustic coupler and you would have known that those were not suction cups.
 
2013-06-26 02:21:03 PM

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: [media.mademan.com image 535x795]

Would still hit it. Probably best to ask her to keep her top on.


I'd still hit it and I would love her to take her top off any time she would like.
I was a teenager in the 80's and I still remember her as being hot as hell.
 
2013-06-26 02:37:07 PM
my dad looked almost exactly like General Berringer/ actor Barry Corbin in this movie. He even chewed Redman tobacco as well.
 
2013-06-26 03:12:42 PM
At the prices they are tossing about in the article, they can keep their computer. I am willing to bet that it's picked up by someone thinking they are making an investment. If I were picking one up it would be to use. But that's just my goofy hobby, playing around on 8 bit computers. Anyone want to start pool on how soon this appears on Pawn Stars?
 
2013-06-26 03:27:43 PM

MaliFinn: Our first computer was an Imsai 8080.  We bought the kit and put it together with a soldering iron.  It had cool red blinky lights, but entering commanda by flipping toggle switches was teh suck.


What sucked was writing out your mnemonic program on paper then using the CPU instruction card to manually 'assemble' your code (including calculating all the relative offsets) and THEN entering several hundred bytes using the binary address, data paddle switches just so you could load your operating system off a cassette tape.

/of course it took so long that by the time I returned home from school to our shoe box in the middle of the road my 20 siblings had already eaten all the gravel!
 
2013-06-26 03:43:41 PM
Yeah baby. I see you're impressed.

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2013-06-26 04:01:05 PM
Why are the keys all stuck together...oh.
 
2013-06-26 04:31:34 PM
So, it smells of vehicular manslaughter, then?
 
2013-06-26 05:05:37 PM
Looks like my fish tank needs that lego WOPR, with LED lights for funzies.
 
2013-06-26 05:53:27 PM

Ambitwistor: Vaneshi:

Wow, way to be a jerk to someone for supporting your position.


If I wanted someone to support my position I'd of beaten him in to submission and given him a farking script to read.
 
2013-06-26 05:57:16 PM

Englebert Slaptyback: hillary

I owned and used the very same model of computer with suction cup modem at the time this movie came out.


Uh-huh. If you had, you would have (correctly) called it an acoustic coupler and you would have known that those were not suction cups.


OOH! SICK NERD BURN!
 
2013-06-26 07:36:58 PM

Vaneshi: Ambitwistor: Vaneshi:

Wow, way to be a jerk to someone for supporting your position.

If I wanted someone to support my position I'd of beaten him in to submission and given him a farking script to read.


Then why did you ask "Why?"? And then biatch at him for answering you?
 
2013-06-26 10:17:19 PM
Ferris Bueller's famous red Ferrari up for auction as well.

Got a spare ten million and yes I know it isn't a real Ferrari.
 
2013-06-26 10:31:11 PM
Everyone send me all of your monies so I can buy this!
 
2013-06-26 10:34:23 PM

hillary: I owned and used the very same model of computer with suction cup modem at the time this movie came out. Used the saqme software to find BBS's. The cool thing about this hacker movie was that they used actual hardware and software that was then-currently in use. Extremely realistic, right up until WOPR comes on screen.


I was always curious what the computer equipment in that kids room would cost.  Wargames is one of my guilty pleasure movies.  I love it.  I always thought that it was just for the look of the movie and that the actual cost of that equipment back then would have been out of reach for the average mom/dad buying computer stuff for their kid.
 
2013-06-26 11:19:51 PM

badgerb: Ferris Bueller's famous red Ferrari up for auction as well.

Got a spare ten million and yes I know it isn't a real Ferrari.


You mean Cameron's dad's red Ferrari.
 
2013-06-26 11:54:48 PM

RepoManTSM: badgerb: Ferris Bueller's famous red Ferrari up for auction as well.

Got a spare ten million and yes I know it isn't a real Ferrari.

You mean Cameron's dad's red Ferrari.


yup
 
2013-06-27 12:56:39 AM
S-100 bus for the win. Yeah, I did that and the flippy switches and the binary LED read outs and shiat. That just means we are old.

Anyone remember bank switching and forgetting to include the return routine to the other bank? Oops!
 
2013-06-27 01:45:59 AM

DubtodaIll: I'd rather have his setup from Ferris Bueller.

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I never quite got that.
Ferris Bueller couldn't afford a $500 car, yet in his room (in 1980 prices) he had a $4,000 sampling synthesizer (very exotic at the time), A  Gretsch White Falcon guitar that went for $2500 at the time (over $50,000 for that same guitar right now), and a boatload of seriously expensive (at the time) stereo equipment.
 
2013-06-27 01:52:57 AM

TommyymmoT: DubtodaIll: I'd rather have his setup from Ferris Bueller.

[2.bp.blogspot.com image 320x172]

I never quite got that.
Ferris Bueller couldn't afford a $500 car, yet in his room (in 1980 prices) he had a $4,000 sampling synthesizer (very exotic at the time), A  Gretsch White Falcon guitar that went for $2500 at the time (over $50,000 for that same guitar right now), and a boatload of seriously expensive (at the time) stereo equipment.


It's obvious he was flat broke from buying all of that cool stuff. Duh.
 
2013-06-27 03:37:35 AM
If the WOPR doesn't come with cheese, I'm not interested.
 
2013-06-27 09:26:05 AM
"SEATTLE!"
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