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Fucking shit for brains authors that think the digital world is a fantasy realm where everything can happen just to aid their story. Out of boredom i watched "scorpion" today, a tv series about a group of geniusses which are a special case task force.
They got a visitor from the government saying the servers from the federal reserve bank were encrypted with ransomware. I already twitched when they said the economic system would collapse if the servers were left inoperational for a few days. Then one guy got to his desk and "hacked" the fed network to check... he then tried to remove the malware but "it changed itself when observed". But they got the magical fingerprint of the device that uploaded it. In the end some non-programmers created the malware, but it is super fast and dangerous because it runs on a quantum computer which makes it hyper fast and dangerous. They got to the quantum computer which was a glowing cube inside another cube with lasers going into it and they had to use mirrors to divert the lasers to slow down that quantum thingy. And be careful with that, otherwise it explodes. In the end the anti-malware battled the malware and won, all in a matter of minutes.

This is a multimillion hollywood production. How can a movie this abusive to computer science even air on television? Shit like this is the reason people still think the cyberworld is some instable thing that can explode any second. It's not, it's an instable thing that can break down any second. I remember "ghost in the wires" and people had surreal imaginations about the internet already. Shit like this is why people stay dumb and think everything can be done in seconds. If i ever should encounter one of these idiots i tell him i have an app that can publish his browser history by taking a picture of his phone and watch his reaction.
Time to shuw down the tv and learn vim again.

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  • 3
    They don't even get much simpler stuff right. Just about any movie with a chess game has the board set up incorrectly - with the notable exception of "2001", of course.
  • 1
    Spoiler alert!
  • 2
    I watched season 1 about a year ago, it got boring about 15 episodes in.
    They keep repeating the same shit in every single episode.
    They always manage to save the day in the last second, laterally!!, half of the computer related stuff they do doesn't make any sense (code that changes itself).
  • 6
    @WinterCore Self-modifying code is not exactly new. Was used in the 80's in home computer demos.
  • 0
    season 1 was an fallback when nothing other came season 2 is worse.
  • 2
    Have you looked into BGP and stuff that runs the internet? It actually is a miracle that the whole thing doesn't explode ;)
  • 1
    @Wack it exploded several times already.
  • 1
    @stop true, but it's a fucking wonder the internet works as good as it currently does.
  • 2
    Although I didn't like the show that much, limitless has pretty good hacking sceenes: https://youtu.be/nMZJyQ3emHE they basically just say, yeah, this part would be long and booring, taking days. So here are some explosions or in another episodes here are a few pictures of cute cats.
    My personal award for worst hacking scene goes out to NCIS for this stunt: https://youtu.be/u8qgehH3kEQ
  • 0
    oh yes that scene.
  • 0
    @Condor hacking with windows media player. he is good.
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