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10 Terrible Portrayals of Technology in Film

Zonk posted more than 7 years ago | from the omg-ipod dept.

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Luke Hachmeister writes to mention a light piece at GideonTech on some of the truly terrible portrayals of technology in film. From Hackers to AntiTrust, Hollywoood just can't stick to reality. From the article: "Harrison Ford plays a security expert at a bank. He falls prey to a scheme to steal money for a gang that has taken hostage of his family. The film tried very hard to keep it a rollercoaster ride of thrills. From the beginning, you have Harrison Ford typing furiously to stop a hacker by writing new firewall rules. At least this time, these rules didn't float around in a rainbow of colors ala Hackers. What really puts Firewall at the top of the list, is the dumbest and non-believable use of an iPod to date. This is 2006, not 1995, you can't just make stuff up like this anymore. In the middle of the film, Harrison Ford happens to not only be a security expert, but an Apple hardware developer too."

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Bah (5, Insightful)

B3ryllium (571199) | more than 7 years ago | (#16181489)

Our jobs are BORING. Admit it. If the true essence of our profession was placed on film, people would walk out of the theatre.

Unless, that is, it was encapsulated in a vehicle like "Office Space" ... ;-)

Re:Bah (5, Funny)

edunbar93 (141167) | more than 7 years ago | (#16181769)

You know the scene in Hackers where Joey logs into that one computer, and rainbows of stars and other shit come streaming across the screen?

Somehow, I think the audience would have gotten the point if we just got a zoom-in of "Login successful. Welcome to Cyberdyne systems model 101." Especially if he started doing the victory dance.

I don't know about you, but if the "Login successful" screen did the stars shit every time *I* logged into a computer, I would drag the developer into a dark alley and beat him with a crowbar for a couple of hours.

Of course, that wouldn't excuse the other egregious hackery that comprised much of the dialog. You gotta love a line like "Run Antivirus!"

Re:Bah (4, Funny)

B3ryllium (571199) | more than 7 years ago | (#16181785)

Yesterday, my dental hygenist attempted to create an analogy of "not brushing my teeth" as being the same as "not updating my antivirus on the machines at work".

She didn't get my point when I said they run "Linux".

Too bad my mouth doesn't, though. Heheh :)

Fantastic (1, Informative)

Achromatic1978 (916097) | more than 7 years ago | (#16181491)

Couldn't resist, just had to 'spoil' the ending by mentioning what made #1.

I think the all time classic is........ (4, Insightful)

Freaky Spook (811861) | more than 7 years ago | (#16181501)

Independance Day.

Upload Virus.......

Enough said!

Re:I think the all time classic is........ (1)

B3ryllium (571199) | more than 7 years ago | (#16181517)

I bet that one was Number 11 :) It was excusable, because ... hey ... it was Jeff Goldblum!

Re:I think the all time classic is........ (5, Funny)

AuMatar (183847) | more than 7 years ago | (#16181525)

Agreed. There's no way in hell an advanced intelligence would be Windows compatible.

Re:I think the all time classic is........ (1)

hunterkll (949515) | more than 7 years ago | (#16181541)

He used a mac. Thereby proving his superiority and that of the mac platform! Buwahahahahah!

Re:I think the all time classic is........ (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16181543)

That's the funny part... they used a mac and it somehow new how to interface with alien technology.

Bonjour (5, Funny)

Gordonjcp (186804) | more than 7 years ago | (#16181815)

Standards compliance is a wonderful thing.

Re:I think the all time classic is........ (5, Informative)

bladesjester (774793) | more than 7 years ago | (#16181545)

If memory serves, Goldblum used a Mac :P

Re:I think the all time classic is........ (2, Funny)

B3ryllium (571199) | more than 7 years ago | (#16181551)

I have to laugh at all the people responding "He used a mac!" ... they totally missed the point of what you were saying. Namely, that the Alien AI would be adaptive and self-healing, and would totally block out Windows, leaving Mac as the only option ... :)

Re:I think the all time classic is........ (4, Funny)

pyrote (151588) | more than 7 years ago | (#16181659)

the Alien AI would be adaptive and self-healing, and would totally block out Windows, leaving Mac as the only option

They have been watching us for years and protected themselves from the known operating systems of the world... thus, they completely missed seeing mac as noone had any :) well other than jeff goldbloom.

Re:I think the all time classic is........ (2, Funny)

mookie t mookle (449961) | more than 7 years ago | (#16181621)

Indeed, they used Mac OS
(Wouldn't it be System 7 around that time?)

Of course, Goldblum used the Powwerbook 5300- the one with the exploding batteries, so the aliens were doomed either way

Re:I think the all time classic is........ (1)

Who235 (959706) | more than 7 years ago | (#16181633)

Which they weren't in Independance Day since Goldblum was using a PowerBook 5300.

Re:I think the all time classic is........ (1)

Who235 (959706) | more than 7 years ago | (#16181737)

My lord.

independence

I think I'm catching whatever it is that makes everyone around here such shitty spellers. . .

Re:I think the all time classic is........ (1)

martinussen (986404) | more than 7 years ago | (#16181661)

Oh, come on. They had that space ship since Roswell, and they gave it to a bunch of geeks. What is the chance they didn't at one point reverse-engineer the computers and make a compiler for it?

Re:I think the all time classic is........ (1)

edwardpickman (965122) | more than 7 years ago | (#16181765)

Agreed. There's no way in hell an advanced intelligence would be Windows compatible.

You're badly underestimating Microsofts market dominance. A deleted subplot had the aliens attacking as a preemptive strike against Windows ME. I for one wish the aliens had won if it would have avoided the pain and suffering caused by ME.

Hell yeah. Worst list ever (5, Interesting)

sterno (16320) | more than 7 years ago | (#16181599)

This is really a bad list. Basically they seemed to have made a point of picking movies that naturally involve a lot of technology. They totally ignore things like Independence Day where their little virus takes out an entire alien attack fleet because, persumably, they didn't even try.

Wargames does not deserve to be on this list. He uses an acoustic coupled modem to dial in. He hacks using realistic approaches to it, trying to guess the password. He doesn't magically use a cracking program or have little 3D graphics fly all over his screen trying to crack it. Instead he studies the biography of Professor Falken and after much trial and error actually gets it.

Their biggest nitpick is that computer voice. The "voice" from the computer is clearly just a text to voice synthesizer which, may be a little high end but remember TI had voice synthesizers for their computers around 1980. They didn't want the audience to have to read what the computer was saying the whole damn movie. The computer AI for Joshua is seemingly quite primitive even though it's supposed to be a big defense department computer.

As for Firewall, I think they did a pretty good job of being realistic. The scanner IPod thing was a stretch, but when they do computer security in the movie it looks like an actual computer. We see actual firewall rules and such that look like what I'd see on my actual computer. Given that it was a hollywood movie built around a very technical subject, I was pretty impressed with the realism level.

If you really want to get picky, how about the fact that every time a computer shows up in a movie it has an Apple logo on it :)

Re:Hell yeah. Worst list ever (2, Informative)

B3ryllium (571199) | more than 7 years ago | (#16181627)

That's not true. V for Vendetta had Dell logos ... ;-)

Re:Hell yeah. Worst list ever (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16181761)

Well, it was a dystopia.

Re:I think the all time classic is........ (1)

r00b (923145) | more than 7 years ago | (#16181679)

Virus? I thought he installed windows on the motherships hard drive.

Re:I think the all time classic is........ (1)

Badfysh (761833) | more than 7 years ago | (#16181727)

I can't believe the mothership had an open access point. Stupid aliens.

Re:I think the all time classic is........ (1)

strider44 (650833) | more than 7 years ago | (#16181885)

I'm not so sure. The spaceship doesn't need to have windows on it for us to interface with it. It just needs to have an interface, and most probably the aliens wouldn't be using anything so amazingly advanced that we couldn't possibly interface with it. We could create a virus for the alien invaders if we put our mind to it.

The real wtf with that isn't that a virus could be created I think, it's that a virus could be created in a matter of hours and actually have it work first time with the alien mothership.

Jurassic Park (5, Interesting)

innocent_white_lamb (151825) | more than 7 years ago | (#16181535)

"This is UNIX. I know this."
 
The file viewer in Jurassic Park really does exist.
 
http://fsv.sourceforge.net/

Re:Jurassic Park (2, Insightful)

bladesjester (774793) | more than 7 years ago | (#16181575)

Not to mention the fact that their complaint was that a 10 year old kid couldn't know unix. I can't say that I had access to a unix system at 10 (that had to wait until I was about 15), but at 10 I was quite used to using DOS considering that it was about the only thing around.

I really don't see how unix is such a stretch.

Re:Jurassic Park (4, Funny)

B3ryllium (571199) | more than 7 years ago | (#16181609)

The line is delivered with such egotism and authority that she can't NOT know unix! In fact, *only* Unix admins can be that cock-sure and arrogant.

(Sidenote: I am a Unix admin, at times.)

Re:Jurassic Park (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16181631)

I'd change that to read:
  In fact, *only* Unix admins and 10 year old kids can be that cock-sure and arrogant.

A lot of 10 year olds think that way too....

Re:Jurassic Park (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16181707)

i wasnt a unix admin at the time (linux admin now), but i was on sysV as a user when i was 12(its 14 yrs later)... writing shell scripts for irc (nothing original or good mind you)... so its not all that off..

-ac cause i'm to lazy to ever create an account

Re:Jurassic Park (5, Funny)

bladesjester (774793) | more than 7 years ago | (#16181705)

Hey, after a day of being effectively dropped off of a cliff in a car, chased by dinosuars, snotted on by a dinosuar, almost being run over by a "flock" of dinosuars, seeing your little brother get electrocuted, and come close to being eaten by dinosuars a couple of times, I have to say that, personally speaking, *I* might come off as a bit cocky if finally faced with something that I know I've got nailed. =]

Um.... (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16181537)

Today, we're going to list the Top 10 worst violators. Here is the criteria:

1. Has to be a movie that you can rent on DVD.
2. Wide release, no limited release obscure films.
3. The movie can not be science fiction based.


Yet the number 2 movie:

2) Jurassic Park - 1993

Re:Um.... (1)

strider44 (650833) | more than 7 years ago | (#16181749)

I think by science fiction he meant futuristic, where as Jurassic Park was set in the present. Not futuristic is important, not science fiction is less important.

James Bond (The World Is Not Enough) (1)

The Sith Lord (111494) | more than 7 years ago | (#16181539)

You mean you can't disarm a nuke with a WinCE PDA ?

WTF ?

Re:James Bond (The World Is Not Enough) (5, Funny)

glittalogik (837604) | more than 7 years ago | (#16181553)

Maybe you could render it useless by installing WinCE on the nuke itself.

Re:James Bond (The World Is Not Enough) (3, Funny)

coleblak (863392) | more than 7 years ago | (#16181681)

Actually, I'm pretty sure that device driver conflicts would activate the countdown.

Re:James Bond (The World Is Not Enough) (1)

glittalogik (837604) | more than 7 years ago | (#16181743)

Exploding laptop batteries? Pffft. Dell's got some catching up to do.

Correction (1)

sterno (16320) | more than 7 years ago | (#16181657)

Yes you can. If the nuke is running windows, simply infect your PDA with the latest worm. Then when you plug it into the nuke, the nuke will cease to be dangerous instead endeavoring to send out ads for Viagra to any other nukes it can talk to.

Re:James Bond (The World Is Not Enough) (1)

nihaopaul (782885) | more than 7 years ago | (#16181805)

didn't you know, the nukes have an amd processor [slashdot.org] in them now.

--
ducks and runs

HACKERS WAS THE GREATEST FILE EVAR!! (3, Interesting)

sentientbrendan (316150) | more than 7 years ago | (#16181557)

If you can't appreciate the pure joy that was hackers, you fail as a human being.

Hackers is great *because* it is nonsense. It is great *because* it is a total departure from reality. It expresses not how things are, but how we *want* them to be. It's called fiction.

Re:HACKERS WAS THE GREATEST FILE EVAR!! (2, Funny)

WittyFool (783624) | more than 7 years ago | (#16181577)

"Oh sweet, her laptop has a 28.8 modem! Whoa!"

Re:HACKERS WAS THE GREATEST FILE EVAR!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16181587)

Shut up and hack a gibson... you know you want to...

Re:HACKERS WAS THE GREATEST FILE EVAR!! (1)

strider44 (650833) | more than 7 years ago | (#16181735)

Isn't that the one with young Angelina Jolie topless?

Just saying...

Re:HACKERS WAS THE GREATEST FILE EVAR!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16181861)

Isn't that the one with young Angelina Jolie topless?

Just saying...


Like the GP said, it's how we WANT things to be :D

Re:HACKERS WAS THE GREATEST FILE EVAR!! (1)

mnmn (145599) | more than 7 years ago | (#16181857)

"Yeah RISC is good"

Hmmm. I learned what RISC is after that movie was created, but I learned you cannot say one is better than the other in any general sense.

But the movie was probably the only one ever that embodied the 'hacker' stereotype both as viewed by civilians and as viewed by naiive geeks.

Reminds me of salesguys I get calls from who just spew words like these to impress and sound techy. I do however admit that noone has ever said "Yeah CISC is good".

Re:HACKERS WAS THE GREATEST FILE EVAR!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16181875)

Yack, yack, yack: GET A JOB! *hits enter*

And the server is GONE! (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16181565)

Ladies and gentlemen, a big round of applause for The Slashdot Effect!

horrible use of technology in a web site (1, Redundant)

tupshin (5777) | more than 7 years ago | (#16181569)

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Could not connect to the MySQL Server :)

Re:horrible use of technology in a web site (1)

caroboom (986492) | more than 7 years ago | (#16181721)

Could not connect to the MySQL Server :)

....and the worst part being the smiley at the end

Re:horrible use of technology in a web site (1)

oSand (880494) | more than 7 years ago | (#16181877)

Because a language that didn't do decent connection pooling wouldn't be widely adopted in real life.

Funny as hell (4, Interesting)

Cold_Lestat (880518) | more than 7 years ago | (#16181579)

The best one is in Days of our lives (yes, i was young and yes i was staying with my grandmother and no I didn't have access to a car: nuff said) when it took 3 episodes to delete one text file.. Man that progress bar took for ever to get accross. ;)

My favourite (not stupid) take off of computer security is in Demolition Man where W/Snipes uses the guys plucked eyeball to get access out of the building. ;) very choice. (NP: This wouldn't work in real life (well shouldn't ;) ))

Re:Funny as hell (1)

BTWR (540147) | more than 7 years ago | (#16181643)

My favourite (not stupid) take off of computer security is in Demolition Man where W/Snipes uses the guys plucked eyeball to get access out of the building. ;) very choice. (NP: This wouldn't work in real life (well shouldn't ;) ))

Considering your eyeball is mostly a glorified waterbag, and with Snipes having a scalpel through it, I doubt it'd work :)

Re:Funny as hell (1)

B3ryllium (571199) | more than 7 years ago | (#16181645)

I found it amusing that he spooned it out, yes. Minority Report features the same sort of scenario.

But you're correct, it shouldn't work - most retinal scanners these days require the eyeball to be alive in order to detect the pattern. I think they look for an infrared signature as well? Not sure.

Re:Funny as hell (1)

Cold_Lestat (880518) | more than 7 years ago | (#16181845)

Correct. you are supposed to be alive to these types of machines to work, they actually take a photograph of the blood moving around at the back of the eye ball. So if two screens come out exactly the same, the access is denied.

Re:Funny as hell (2, Funny)

rilister (316428) | more than 7 years ago | (#16181867)

Oh! Oh! You're gonna love this one:

In gawd-awful NBC show "Surface" http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0452718/ [imdb.com] , there was a scene when the heroine had to release the hero/nut-job from a prison cell locked with a retinal scanner. The buildings gonna blow, so she's in a hurry. Tries pressing everything, no dice.

There just happens to be CCTV displays in the same room! yay! She manages to find full-face security footage of a guard on one of these displays (lucky!), and zooms it (say 10,000X) so just the eye is showing. No, really.

Resourcefully, she then rips out the LCD display showing an image of a big eye and holds it up to the retinal scanner. The door pops open.

At this point my disbelief got up, left the room and shot itself.

Website down already (0, Troll)

1155 (538047) | more than 7 years ago | (#16181581)

The website is down already. mysql is such shit.

Re:Website down already (1)

Cold_Lestat (880518) | more than 7 years ago | (#16181591)

No its not.

They simply need to invent a new bench mark standard. The slashdot bench mark ;)

Uhh... (5, Insightful)

mcc (14761) | more than 7 years ago | (#16181583)

This is more like "ten films I've seen containing computers, which I will describe in belittling terms". Okay, so some of these movies really did butcher the technology they included. But some of these complaints just show a lack of imagination on the part of the article writer.

In particular, this guy basically loses for complaining about the "This is UNIX, I know this!" scene in Jurassic Park, complaining that a ten year old girl couldn't have "magically" known that the computer was running UNIX. Okay, except that at that exact moment the computer in front of her-- hell, he even has screenshots-- was in fact showing a real world file manager / demo program that came with SGI's IRIX operating system-- which is, as it happens, a System V UNIX. You don't think it's possible that a computer geek from a rich family might have at some point in her life used IRIX, or at least used it enough to recognize a very distinctive tech demo that came with IRIX at the time and could be used as a file manager? Is it really that improbable that a ten year old might know at least enough about UNIX to know what /usr is? Or is the idea that girls don't use computers?

Re:Uhh... (1)

Swift Kick (240510) | more than 7 years ago | (#16181625)

"...You don't think it's possible that a computer geek from a rich family might have at some point in her life used IRIX, or at least used it enough to recognize a very distinctive tech demo that came with IRIX at the time and could be used as a file manager? Is it really that improbable that a ten year old might know at least enough about UNIX to know what /usr is?..." No.

Re:Uhh... (4, Informative)

mcc (14761) | more than 7 years ago | (#16181691)

The funny thing is, sometime around the time Jurassic Park came out (before or after, I don't remember) I clearly remember visiting DisneyWorld with my family, and in one of the buildings at Epcot, SGI had this big display set up with some huge mainframe where they were giving demos rendering a complicated Egyptian tomb in realtime, and then there were a bunch of Indigo 2s sitting out on the floor with people to mess with. I spent most of the day just and playing with the tech demos they'd stocked up the Indy 2s with, running what in retrospect I recognize as X windows. I don't remember seeing the 3d file browser thing-- I seem to remember spending most of the time messing with a program called "New Jello", but I was just kind of clicking around at random, and maybe I saw it but didn't remember it. I would have been older than ten at the time, but not by much. I could certainly imagine someone about my age doing the same thing, randomly clicking into the 3d file system visualizer, and playing with it until they basically worked out what was going on.

So we could possibly explain that bit in Jurassic Park entirely if "this is UNIX!" girl had at some point in the year or so before the events of the film simply visited Disneyworld.

Re:Uhh... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16181653)

Would this be more realistic?
I know this! It's a *nix derivitive... It could be Linux, or some flavor of BSD... No, I'm fairly sure it's System V, 'cause I don't think they've ported this IRIX 3D file system over to anything else yet, or I'd heard about it on Slashdot...

Or, more likely:
Where the hell are the games? What is this crap? It's got to be UNIX or something...

Freaking poser.

Re:Uhh... (1)

C0llegeSTUDent (876813) | more than 7 years ago | (#16181677)

In particular, this guy basically loses for complaining about the "This is UNIX, I know this!" scene in Jurassic Park, complaining that a ten year old girl couldn't have "magically" known that the computer was running UNIX....Or is the idea that girls don't use computers?
 
It would have been a lot more believable if the girl had said "This is MySpace, I know this!"

This was 1993 (1, Funny)

joggle (594025) | more than 7 years ago | (#16181813)

Back in '93, it would be very unlikely a 10 year old girl would understand UNIX since it practically didn't exist at home computers and kids usually don't have access to UNIX servers.

Re:Uhh... (1)

Pax00 (266436) | more than 7 years ago | (#16181837)

yes but did IRIX run on PowerMac 800's? if I remember right thats what she was working on.

Server already down (1)

wenchmagnet (745079) | more than 7 years ago | (#16181585)

There should be a movie based on the Slashdot effect...

Re:Server already down (1)

pyrote (151588) | more than 7 years ago | (#16181741)

Excerpt from the tailer:
[ominous] In a world where everything is wired....[/ominous]
  "Grandpa look at this site on Slashdot(TM)! it says 'old persons pacemaker runs Apache', Grandpa?"
(queue shot of arm clad in light blue sweater thumping to the floor)
  "NOOoOoooooo...!"

Re:Server already down (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16181777)

Or at least a Top Ten list.

It has to be #1 (1)

Araxen (561411) | more than 7 years ago | (#16181595)

The link is /. so I have no clue what is #1 but Hackers has to be #1. It was such a dumb movie but it had a very young Angelina in it!

HACK THE PLANET!

Non-Science Fiction? (4, Funny)

MrFlannel (762587) | more than 7 years ago | (#16181597)

Since when are half of those films NOT science fiction?

Jurrasic Park? War Games? Independance day?

Could they please give me tickets to their dinosaur park? And, while they're at it, give the ID4 aliens my number, I'd like to have lunch sometime.

Re:Non-Science Fiction? (2, Funny)

ebuck (585470) | more than 7 years ago | (#16181635)

While you're at it, how about a nice game of chess?

slashdotted...mirror: (0, Redundant)

larry bagina (561269) | more than 7 years ago | (#16181603)

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I hate that movie, too (1)

thegnu (557446) | more than 7 years ago | (#16181755)

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I mean, that NEVER happens in real life. Does it?

iPod Contraption (1)

iSeal (854481) | more than 7 years ago | (#16181611)

For Firewall's iPod contraption, the way I understood it was that he converted the electrical signals of the fax scan-thingie into analog audio output, and recording that into the iPod.

Or maybe my mind was just trying to make up for the movie's shortcomings. That said, props for the movie's faint realism in handling the initial 1337 haxor attack onto the bank's systems. To stop this attack, Harrison Ford's character makes a rule in iptables to block the hacker's IP (you see him typing away on a terminal in the movie.) Meanwhile, the dedicated network security bloke acts as if that's a solution only a 1337 genious could come up with. I guess this kind of irony is lost upon the movie's audience.

Ain't just tech stuff either. (5, Insightful)

Entropy (6967) | more than 7 years ago | (#16181615)

Hollywood can be reliablely counted on to screw _everything_ up.

Fire 20 bullets from a six shooter. 100 bullets from a semi auto and one magazine.

One bullet instantly kills any bad guy. (But good guys can get shot in the face and still go on to kick the bad guys ass.)

Have a round chambered, but work the action and one doesn't pop out, but hey, "working the action is cool and scary ..".

Lasers being visible. Lasers being audible. Audible shit in space. And no one has ever heard of Newton's laws.

So given that we know Hollywood has such a rotten track record with the things we geeks know, I guess one thing we can rejoice about is this - all that sex the male leads are getting is just as fictional and unrealistic as the above ..

Realistic Guns (4, Interesting)

sterno (16320) | more than 7 years ago | (#16181639)

Best movie ever for accurate portrayal of shooting and ammo: Heat. That gun scene as they come out of the bank is really spot on. They are reloading constantly as you would if you were tossing off 30 round clips in that kind of situation. For the most part they fire in short bursts as well instead of just holding down the trigger and emptying a clip. The only iffy bit is how the hell they'd carry that much ammo on them, but give or take that issue, pretty solid.

Re:Ain't just tech stuff either. (2, Interesting)

NitsujTPU (19263) | more than 7 years ago | (#16181771)

I think that the best one on this was Scarface, not only because of the inaccuracy, but because of how well it highlighted the disparity between how hard it was to kill the main characters, vs killing the other folks.

Granted, Scarface is still a masterpiece, and a lot of this was done for artistic license.

Still, the main characters go around shooting people in the heart, who instantly fall unconscious and dead. In the end scene, however, Pacino is being gunned down by a group of people firing automatic weapons at him. He has time to shoot into the crowd and hit them with a grenade launcher, bear in mind, he just walks out onto his balcony and takes the bullet wounds at this point. Despite this, he guns them all down, only to be shot in his midsection from behind by a character who is supposedly a top assasin sort, with a shotgun, to be killed. Not at close range. Not a headshot. Also, none of the people hitting him with their machine guns manage a headshot either in a firefight that seems to take 5 minutes despite drastically outnumbering him and consistently hitting him otherwise.

slashdot is pwnd by your submissions (0, Offtopic)

nude-fox (981081) | more than 7 years ago | (#16181623)

man thats waht i thought it said when it was asking you to send things in i was like wtf

Armageddon (5, Interesting)

PapayaSF (721268) | more than 7 years ago | (#16181651)

How could they forget Armageddon [imdb.com] ? It's a movie premised on the idea that it's easier to teach oil drillers to be astronauts than teach astronauts how to drill a hole. It's got a shuttle docking on the outside ring of a rotating space station. It's got a single Russian cosmonaut refueling the shuttle through a single hose he wrestles around. It's got a nuclear bomb that must be planted exactly 800 feet below the surface of an asteroid, giving an excuse for dramatic dialog of the "Oh no! We're only at 790 feet!" sort. It's got inappropriate machine guns. It's the perfect example of a film about science and technology written and directed by Hollywood types who never took a word of advice from any pesky technical advisors.

Re:Armageddon (1)

advocate_one (662832) | more than 7 years ago | (#16181847)

It has Liv Tyler... (it also has her wrinkly dad... but...) say no more...

Re:Armageddon (5, Funny)

Wellington Grey (942717) | more than 7 years ago | (#16181859)

And most unbelievable, a president who understands, and gives a speech in favor of, science. Man, that scene brings a tear to my eye every time.

-Grey [wellingtongrey.net]

Which website has the humour? (1)

mark-t (151149) | more than 7 years ago | (#16181671)

Is the humour of this article actually at gideontech's site?

Or is the punch-line found in the fact that slashdot users crashed their mysql server before even 20 responses were made?

not a surprise, really (1)

theheff (894014) | more than 7 years ago | (#16181673)

Everything in films is exaggerated. Just look at gunshots; people fly in the air after catching a bullet, when in reality they wouldn't even fall over. Movies are never close to reality, so I would expect technology to be close either, especially because of how trendy it is and how obsolete it becomes.

Mission Impossible (1)

smileytshirt (988345) | more than 7 years ago | (#16181687)

I just realised what was happening in the beginning of every mission impossible episode when the disc would "self destruct".

They must have been using a HP. It was realistic after all!

Any detective series (3, Insightful)

LarsWestergren (9033) | more than 7 years ago | (#16181695)

Pick any police/detective/thriller series I've seen (American, British, Swedish...) where the officers are "searching the database". Remember to always include the following:
1) A single huge textbox for entering search criteria. Preferably filling the whole screen.
2) Text slowly appearing on screen, preferably one letter at a time with a blipping noise.
3) As the search is being performed, all records must flash by the screen.
4) If no match, the words NO MATCH must fill the screen, preferably on a multicolored flashing background.
5) A records must fill exactly one screen. No scrolling or paging allowed.

That crap was barely tolerable in the 80s, but these days? 75% of the population use computers daily for crying out loud.

Crap article... (4, Insightful)

isaac (2852) | more than 7 years ago | (#16181703)

Clearly written by a boy who wasn't tall enough to reach the ticket counter when Jurassic Park was in theaters, to say nothing of Wargames.

Yeah, most of those movies are truly terrible (and how did they miss "The Net"?), but the 10-year-old girl in Jurassic Park (who's been of legal drinking age for almost 3 years!) was shown using a real app called FSN [sgi.com] that was indeed contemporary with the SGI gear of 1993 - a far cry from the Macromedia Director abominations of Mission: Impossible, for sure.

And listing WarGames - blasphemy! OK, it's ridiculous that Matthew Broderick would leave the speech synthesizer on (unless he was blind), but we (er, some people) really did use wardialers back then (well, just called them dialers before WarGames...), and man that IMSAI rig was sweet, if a little dated by 1983. Considering that typewriters still vastly outnumbered PC's at the time, the Internet had just switched over to TCP/IP, and the notion of booking an airline reservation with a home computer (fraudulently or not) was gee-whiz stuff, I'm willing to cut this movie much slack.

-Isaac

1995 (1)

ShakaUVM (157947) | more than 7 years ago | (#16181709)

This is 2006, not 1995, you can't just make stuff up like this anymore. In the middle of the film, Harrison Ford happens to not only be a security expert, but an Apple hardware developer too. Pfft, I went to a press screening preview for Hackers, and believe me, you couldn't get away with that stuff in 1995 either.

I laughed very hard, but not because of any comedy in the movie.

Mirror (2)

Google85 (797021) | more than 7 years ago | (#16181711)

Server has been slashdotted, here's a link to the story on mirrordot [mirrordot.org]

Re:Mirror (1)

martinussen (986404) | more than 7 years ago | (#16181803)

Neat. Too bad it refuses to show the last two pages.

The one that always got me... (1)

tm2b (42473) | more than 7 years ago | (#16181715)

...was the laser in Real Genius popping popcorn. It (and some other questionable but less egregious errors) completely ruined the movie for me - a movie for and about ubergeeks should really get the science right. It's not like they didn't have plenty of historical MIT / CalTech hacks to draw from...

The Slashdoting (2, Funny)

EEPROMS (889169) | more than 7 years ago | (#16181733)

#Shot 1 of glass office building
Narrator: She was a innocent data entry operator, he just wanted to finnish his perl program.
BUT! they were destined for a roller coaster ride from hell
#Shot 2 Close up of smoking server, flickering lights
Male Geek 1 with shocked voice: "Whats happening"
#girl screams
Male Geek 2: " I dont know I just posted a link to an article on one of the servers to slashot"
Male Geek 1 shouting: "Oh my god it's going to blow"
#Shot 3 Glass Office Building on fire lots of smoke and running people
Narrator: if you have never seen a movie about computers this movie shouldnt be missed
#Shot 4 Little Girl with Del Computer
Little Girl "Daddy I can turn on your laptop"
Father screaming "NOOOO"
#Shot 5 Little girl getting blown to bits.
Narrator: the slashdotting coming to a cinema near you, just pray you never get linked.

The Matrix (1)

Karloskar (980435) | more than 7 years ago | (#16181739)

It's been alleged that the way that Trinity hacks into a computer system in The Matrix is quite realistic.

WarGames is not terrible (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16181747)

A bit unfair to my favorite movie, WarGames.
The voice of the WOPR is a necessary cinematic element so that the audience can relate to the "character" of the computer. But consider how realistic the movie is:
1. Wardialing is more-or-less plausibly portrayed (this is where the name comes from!)
2. While the particular technique shown won't work the idea of phreaking a pay phone to make free calls (redboxing) is not far-fetched.
3. The IMSAI computer was intentionally chosen as out-of-date junk that a young hacker might have found dumpster diving.
4. My favorite: a realistic security hole created by an employee (in this case of NORAD) who attached a modem to his desk computer so that he could login from home without realizing the security implications.
5. Hacking the school computer by reading the password taped to the desk.
6. Back door password.

There are some more unrealistic things such as the acoustic modem which is too fast and can dial and go on/off hook, that were added for cinematic reasons. The WOPR AI is of course totally unrealistic but necessary for the plot.

I have never seen another movie that even attempted to portray the hacker mindset as accurately as WarGames.

I Got One... (1)

DavidD_CA (750156) | more than 7 years ago | (#16181793)

How about that movie where the guy's webserver is melted because he posted an article that every geek on the internet wanted to read?

Oh, wait...

We are smart, most people are not (0, Offtopic)

Heir Of The Mess (939658) | more than 7 years ago | (#16181799)

Unrealistic stuff in movies causes real difficulties in the real world.

There was a problem with a line item in a database that had no part number against it. It had originated from an order from a group of people who are allowed to order anything they want. The item description was "A sword that cuts through anything". There was no part number, so we had to try to track down this item. We figured it was probabaly something someone had seen in a catalogue where the capabilities were exagerated a bit. Eventually we tracked down the source - apparently it was something they had seen in a Lara Croft movie. [sigh]

The worst movie about a computer hacker (5, Insightful)

BenS350 (909701) | more than 7 years ago | (#16181807)

I think the worst movie about a computer guy would have to be swordfish. Creating a worm doesn't involve moving little 3-D blocks around on a computer screen.

Re:The worst movie about a computer hacker (5, Funny)

klang (27062) | more than 7 years ago | (#16181851)

...while dancing like a retard in front of 15 screens, drinking red wine ..

Escape from relality (1)

zoftie (195518) | more than 7 years ago | (#16181833)

Nerds wax on about misrepresentations of technology in the movies. Perhaps they're missing emotional representation of whatever movies try to present. Like in hackers joey looks into trash file. Film is made for non-geeks, to exemplify the excitiement in relation the specified topic like hacking. Which is why hackers is far better then takedown in terms of watchability. In fact per hackers, there were no computerized 3d effects were used as they would've brought coldness into the movie.(A the time 3d was expensive and immature)
So point is, movies are for fun. If you want details, go get a documentary. Its is simlar to coding projects, you can have it fun, technically correct and on budget. Pick two.

what about Terrible portrayal of reality (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16181849)

Die Hard... Say no more. I laughed the whole way through. The icing on the cake was when Mr Hard O'Dying pushes up a metal grate in the middle of the runway to get out onto the tarmac... That really cracked me up.

"Install D-Days Revenge Virus" (1)

Scoldog (875927) | more than 7 years ago | (#16181863)

How's that for user-friendly!!!
 
Anyone care to take a guess at what movie that was from?
 
(I can't read the list as I am getting mySQL errors on the website, I don't know if this movie is on the list)

A mirror, but only the first page. (2, Informative)

antdude (79039) | more than 7 years ago | (#16181869)

MirrorDot [mirrordot.org] .
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