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(Tedium)   The most laughably bad uses of computers in movies and TV shows. You were going to guess #1 correctly but were too busy uploading a virus in space   (tedium.co) divider line
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2022-07-02 8:34:03 AM  
Most girls in my computer science classes looked like this.

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2022-07-02 8:42:04 AM  
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2022-07-02 8:44:00 AM  
(post of that Die Hard 4 cartoon, but I cannot find it)
 
2022-07-02 8:47:07 AM  
Seems like there was a deleted scene in Independence Day that said our technology was all developed after reverse engineering the alien spacecraft, so that's why the computer could be used on their network.
 
2022-07-02 8:52:23 AM  
It has to be NCIS when you had two idiots typing away on the same computer keyboard because time was of the essence.
 
2022-07-02 8:57:25 AM  

Lefrog: It has to be NCIS when you had two idiots typing away on the same computer keyboard because time was of the essence.


I cannot tell you how many times I have programmed a GUI in visual basic to solve a time-sensitive problem in the server room at work.

/three, it's three
 
2022-07-02 8:58:22 AM  

Lefrog: It has to be NCIS when you had two idiots typing away on the same computer keyboard because time was of the essence.


I obviously didn't RTFA.

/I'll show myself out
//boy is my face red
 
2022-07-02 9:01:36 AM  
Stranger Thimgs Season 4 had a scene where the hacker girl dials into a system, and they show code scrolling by.  But the code is html with css.  No problem except the year is 1986.
 
2022-07-02 9:03:39 AM  

plecos: Stranger Thimgs Season 4 had a scene where the hacker girl dials into a system, and they show code scrolling by.  But the code is html with css.  No problem except the year is 1986.


OMG SPOILERS
 
2022-07-02 9:05:10 AM  
This is a UNIX system, I know this!

I nearly walked out of the theater......
 
2022-07-02 9:13:46 AM  
This whole damn movie.

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2022-07-02 9:16:26 AM  
TFA rips on Richard Pryor's 'exploit' of a corporate computer's security system in Superman III ...

... and not for 'hacking' satellites to control weather..?

... nor for 'hacking' kryptonite by substituting nicotine for 'unknown substance'..?

... nor for the 'computer/human fusion' during the (so-called) climax of the film..?

... nor for whatever TF was going on here:

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2022-07-02 9:20:49 AM  
Star Trek 4, the scene where Scotty uses an ancient apple to magic up "transparent aluminum" despite being so unfamiliar with the system he first tried to talk to the computer using the mouse like a microphone:
Great Moments in Star Trek History - Hello, Computer
Youtube QpWhugUmV5U
 
2022-07-02 9:32:42 AM  
You could argue that the questionable science and general cheesiness can be attributed to it being a "homage" to the '50s flying saucer movies. But probably not.
 
2022-07-02 9:33:37 AM  

Private_Citizen: Star Trek 4, the scene where Scotty uses an ancient apple to magic up "transparent aluminum" despite being so unfamiliar with the system he first tried to talk to the computer using the mouse like a microphone:


Yeah and he was speed typing. How would he know how to type?
 
2022-07-02 9:35:28 AM  

Mugato: Private_Citizen: Star Trek 4, the scene where Scotty uses an ancient apple to magic up "transparent aluminum" despite being so unfamiliar with the system he first tried to talk to the computer using the mouse like a microphone:

Yeah and he was speed typing. How would he know how to type?


You don't think he keeps retro gear around?. Scotty probably has (will have?) a VAX cluster in his basement humming away.
 
2022-07-02 9:36:56 AM  

plecos: Stranger Thimgs Season 4 had a scene where the hacker girl dials into a system, and they show code scrolling by.  But the code is html with css.  No problem except the year is 1986.


Huh. Well they didn't get any pop-culture stuff wrong. That would piss me off.
 
2022-07-02 10:00:06 AM  
The Net is a cheesy, funny film that is very much of its time.

No, it's irredeemably awful. But whatever.

But another element of the story proved more prescient than the Pi symbol-Sandra Bullock's character ordering pizza online proved a direct inspiration to some of the earliest food delivery services.

Yeah, I'm gonna need to read some interviews with people who started said businesses who cite that movie as an inspiration to believe that one.
 
2022-07-02 10:01:43 AM  

Mugato: You could argue that the questionable science and general cheesiness can be attributed to it being a "homage" to the '50s flying saucer movies. But probably not.


You mean movies aren't real?
 
2022-07-02 10:02:57 AM  
None of those were even remotely as unrealistic as the computer in Sex Kittens Go to College.
 
2022-07-02 10:15:26 AM  

Private_Citizen: Star Trek 4, the scene where Scotty uses an ancient apple to magic up "transparent aluminum" despite being so unfamiliar with the system he first tried to talk to the computer using the mouse like a microphone:
[Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/QpWhugUmV5U]


12 Greatest Discoveries | 3rd Rock from the Sun | COZI Dozen
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2022-07-02 10:19:14 AM  
That "article" is just an ad for "The Bear".
 
2022-07-02 10:49:04 AM  

Mugato: Most girls in my computer science classes looked like this.

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/ENHANCE



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Mugato: Most girls in my computer science classes looked like this.

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2022-07-02 10:50:02 AM  

Private_Citizen: Star Trek 4, the scene where Scotty uses an ancient apple to magic up "transparent aluminum" despite being so unfamiliar with the system he first tried to talk to the computer using the mouse like a microphone:
[YouTube video: Great Moments in Star Trek History - Hello, Computer]


People on Star Trek are always using computers they shouldn't know how to use.  They'll beam aboard some mysterious ship from an unknown part of the galaxy and just start pressing buttons.
 
2022-07-02 10:56:36 AM  

SpaceMonkey-66: This is a UNIX system, I know this!

I nearly walked out of the theater......


It was a Silicon Graphics workstation running a version of Unix. The program she ran was called FSN. It was admittedly more of a tech demo than a functional file browser, but it was entirely real and it's quite plausible that a guy like Nedry would install it to impress the boss.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fsn_(file_manager)
 
2022-07-02 10:59:08 AM  

Private_Citizen: Star Trek 4, the scene where Scotty uses an ancient apple to magic up "transparent aluminum" despite being so unfamiliar with the system he first tried to talk to the computer using the mouse like a microphone:
[YouTube video: Great Moments in Star Trek History - Hello, Computer]


He didn't "magic up" anything. He only needed some version of Notepad so that he could write down the formula, and trade that knowledge for the big acrylic sheet they installed in the ship.
 
2022-07-02 11:09:03 AM  

Ivo Shandor: Private_Citizen: Star Trek 4, the scene where Scotty uses an ancient apple to magic up "transparent aluminum" despite being so unfamiliar with the system he first tried to talk to the computer using the mouse like a microphone:
[YouTube video: Great Moments in Star Trek History - Hello, Computer]

He didn't "magic up" anything. He only needed some version of Notepad so that he could write down the formula, and trade that knowledge for the big acrylic sheet they installed in the ship.


Why did it have to be transparent anyway? They just needed to transport them, it didn't need to be an aquarium.
 
2022-07-02 11:19:47 AM  
I always hack Gibsons from public phones.

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2022-07-02 11:20:48 AM  

labman: Seems like there was a deleted scene in Independence Day that said our technology was all developed after reverse engineering the alien spacecraft, so that's why the computer could be used on their network.


OK smarter than me people. Which is a lot of people.

If you make an emulator, what stops a computer virus? Are emulators immune from viruses?

And I mean in the literal sense. All movie/story plots are meant to drive narrative. So let's assume luck is 100% a factor. Does an emulator protect your from a virus?
 
2022-07-02 11:23:25 AM  
Originally, Next computers came with magneto-optical drives instead of hard drives, so many people were quite aware of how crappy magneto-optical was.
 
2022-07-02 11:26:14 AM  

plecos: Stranger Thimgs Season 4 had a scene where the hacker girl dials into a system, and they show code scrolling by.  But the code is html with css.  No problem except the year is 1986.


I've seen that in a bunch of shows/movies. My guess is there is some stock B-roll footage out there that everyone uses. I imagine the director notes for the post production monkeys "insert some shots of code!" They just grab it from After-Effects because no one will know the difference.
 
2022-07-02 11:26:46 AM  

cretinbob: Mugato: You could argue that the questionable science and general cheesiness can be attributed to it being a "homage" to the '50s flying saucer movies. But probably not.

You mean movies aren't real?


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2022-07-02 11:28:43 AM  

cretinbob: Mugato: You could argue that the questionable science and general cheesiness can be attributed to it being a "homage" to the '50s flying saucer movies. But probably not.

You mean movies aren't real?


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2022-07-02 11:34:54 AM  
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2022-07-02 11:40:43 AM  

AppleOptionEsc: labman: Seems like there was a deleted scene in Independence Day that said our technology was all developed after reverse engineering the alien spacecraft, so that's why the computer could be used on their network.

OK smarter than me people. Which is a lot of people.

If you make an emulator, what stops a computer virus? Are emulators immune from viruses?

And I mean in the literal sense. All movie/story plots are meant to drive narrative. So let's assume luck is 100% a factor. Does an emulator protect your from a virus?


Yes and no. I assume by "emulator" you mean a virtual machine (VM). In general if you install a virus on a VM it will just see the VM and infect it but VMs are sandboxed from the host system. Most of the time when using a VM you're using it for something temporary. In other words the data in the VM doesn't really matter and you can reinstall a clean copy of the entire thing as the virus can't infect that.

There are a couple of ways this isn't true. Some very smart people have found ways for viruses to attack the VM host software but that requires specific software to be installed and generally for the attacker to have some knowledge of it (would be really hard to attack a space alien's VM software)

The other way: more common is things like ransomware. A virus can run in any systems and encrypt all the files it finds. Some of those files in server environments probably exist in external storage. From there the attacker can use social engineering to get someone to execute an unlocking program but that's kind of beyond just infecting a VM.
 
2022-07-02 11:41:56 AM  

cfreak: plecos: Stranger Thimgs Season 4 had a scene where the hacker girl dials into a system, and they show code scrolling by.  But the code is html with css.  No problem except the year is 1986.

I've seen that in a bunch of shows/movies. My guess is there is some stock B-roll footage out there that everyone uses. I imagine the director notes for the post production monkeys "insert some shots of code!" They just grab it from After-Effects because no one will know the difference.


In the case of Stranger Things, I almost wonder if they did it on purpose as a joke.
 
2022-07-02 11:43:18 AM  

Uchiha_Cycliste: Zoom
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Yeah they mention NCIS but I always thought CSI was way worse (aside from the double keyboard or the VB hacking console)

NCIS annoys me more for the multiple times per episode they hack some other agency that won't give them the data they need.
 
2022-07-02 11:44:44 AM  

Uchiha_Cycliste: Zoom
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Uncrop.
 
2022-07-02 11:52:32 AM  

Uchiha_Cycliste: Zoom
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I've watched the pilot of Babylon 5 so many times that I automatically heard "enhance" in Londo's voice.

/ it was a Narn heavy fighter
 
2022-07-02 11:53:04 AM  
Let's not forget the episode of the Americans where Phillip has to sneak into a lab and steal the entire contents of the hard drive, and does the transfer in under 30 seconds.
 
2022-07-02 11:54:20 AM  

I know a guy: cfreak: plecos: Stranger Thimgs Season 4 had a scene where the hacker girl dials into a system, and they show code scrolling by.  But the code is html with css.  No problem except the year is 1986.

I've seen that in a bunch of shows/movies. My guess is there is some stock B-roll footage out there that everyone uses. I imagine the director notes for the post production monkeys "insert some shots of code!" They just grab it from After-Effects because no one will know the difference.

In the case of Stranger Things, I almost wonder if they did it on purpose as a joke.


Maybe they were trying to find the ultra needs in the audience.

I couldn't help it, I stare at the code (amongst many others) every day.
 
2022-07-02 11:54:53 AM  

plecos: I know a guy: cfreak: plecos: Stranger Thimgs Season 4 had a scene where the hacker girl dials into a system, and they show code scrolling by.  But the code is html with css.  No problem except the year is 1986.

I've seen that in a bunch of shows/movies. My guess is there is some stock B-roll footage out there that everyone uses. I imagine the director notes for the post production monkeys "insert some shots of code!" They just grab it from After-Effects because no one will know the difference.

In the case of Stranger Things, I almost wonder if they did it on purpose as a joke.

Maybe they were trying to find the ultra needs in the audience.

I couldn't help it, I stare at the code (amongst many others) every day.


Needs is needs.

Has any ever mentioned that Fark needs a limited edit function?
 
2022-07-02 11:55:36 AM  

plecos: plecos: I know a guy: cfreak: plecos: Stranger Thimgs Season 4 had a scene where the hacker girl dials into a system, and they show code scrolling by.  But the code is html with css.  No problem except the year is 1986.

I've seen that in a bunch of shows/movies. My guess is there is some stock B-roll footage out there that everyone uses. I imagine the director notes for the post production monkeys "insert some shots of code!" They just grab it from After-Effects because no one will know the difference.

In the case of Stranger Things, I almost wonder if they did it on purpose as a joke.

Maybe they were trying to find the ultra needs in the audience.

I couldn't help it, I stare at the code (amongst many others) every day.

Needs is needs.

Has any ever mentioned that Fark needs a limited edit function?


Goddammit nerds.  How is that word not in my phone autocorrect?
 
2022-07-02 11:57:03 AM  

batlock666: I always hack Gibsons from public phones.

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Hey!  That one guy doesn't have rollerblades!  That's a totally unrealistic portrayal of computer hackers!
 
2022-07-02 12:01:32 PM  

Mugato: Why did it have to be transparent anyway? They just needed to transport them, it didn't need to be an aquarium.


The Star Trek crew needed a buttload of regular aluminum to build the tanks on the Klingon ship, but they didn't have anything to pay for it.  Scotty offered the owner the formula for transparent aluminum in exchange for the aluminum that they needed.
 
2022-07-02 12:06:11 PM  
I agree that computers are grossly misportrayed in movies.

That being said, the buddies of mine who complained about this in the 1990s also complained about real things being impossible.  Like they complained that a word document couldn't ever have a virus, or Windows could never compete technologically with other operating systems, or Apple has to go out of business any day now, etc etc.

Essentially, the portrayal of computers in the movies was as unrealistic as the actual future into which they were about to be thrust.
 
2022-07-02 12:08:03 PM  
What about Die Hard? Penny Arcade riffed it very nicely:

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2022-07-02 12:09:56 PM  

indy_kid: The Star Trek crew needed a buttload of regular aluminum to build the tanks on the Klingon ship, but they didn't have anything to pay for it.  Scotty offered the owner the formula for transparent aluminum in exchange for the aluminum that they needed.


And don't forget that they were technologically unable to fabricate the material themselves using transporter technology.  Because transporter and fabrication technology could do anything except at random times where it couldn't, in order to require a story to unfold.

Thank goodness it all started working again just in time to transport the whales and water into the tanks they couldn't otherwise build.
 
2022-07-02 12:24:14 PM  

labman: Seems like there was a deleted scene in Independence Day that said our technology was all developed after reverse engineering the alien spacecraft, so that's why the computer could be used on their network.


Too bad deleted scenes don't count where story telling is concerned. It just means some editor somewhere made a stupid choice.
 
2022-07-02 12:26:08 PM  

labman: Seems like there was a deleted scene in Independence Day that said our technology was all developed after reverse engineering the alien spacecraft, so that's why the computer could be used on their network.


Seems like whoever wrote that line doesn't know how reverse engineering -- or computers in general -- actually work.
 
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