Y'all are a bunch of wankers!

Oh for fuck's sake.

So I'm watching CSI Miami. The dead guy talked to hookers via email, but didn't use the network at work, but rather hooked into an unsecure WiFi router in the next skyscraper.

That router is apparently on a "WiFi server", which I maybe could believe, if not for the sheer unlikeliness that anyone professional enough to have a server dedicated to running the network would leave it wide open.

But then, the dead guy's communications are all preserved on the "WiFi server", in convenient Outlook windows.

And just to show that this is data extracted piecemeal deep from the bowels of the system... the text is white on black.
Permalink Flasher T 
August 19th, 2005
white on black, or green on black are tell-tale signs that the information has been haXor'd to be retrieved. Congrats to CSI::Miami for being elite.
Permalink Jared 
August 19th, 2005
It's even better when the letters shine bright enough to actually show on the person's face.
Permalink KC 
August 19th, 2005
Corrolary : You can tell you have a virus on your system by the laughing animated skull that shows up on your screen.
Permalink Snark 
August 19th, 2005
"It's even better when the letters shine bright enough to actually show on the person's face."

I wonder how many watts you would need to pump in to the cathode ray to get that effect. And more importantly would my eyebrows burn away?


I think 24 deals OK with tech stuff though there are some bloopers there too. Like when there is a "virus" eating through the "kernel" and there all like "oh no, we are going to lose the system kernel". Rebooting from an alternate source is apparently not an option. Many TV shows have trouble recognising that what is running on a system is very loosely coupled to what is on the hard drives.
Permalink Eric Debois 
August 19th, 2005
Shooting monitors to destroy the data is one of my favorites. Didn't something like that happen in The Negotiator? I forget.

Then there's the impossible-to-copy disk... the one people kill each other for, but no one thinks to copy.

I actually liked the odd joke on Buffy, where someone tricks another to press the "deliver" key. Doesn't really make sense, but I'm always willing to suspend my disbelief when the writers seem to give a damn.
Permalink Tayssir John Gabbour 
August 19th, 2005
My current favorite is from the TV show Numbers, where there are some bank robbers, and they've been arrested. They're trying to get one guy to rat out the others, but the ringleader has a pretty strong grip over them. So how do they get them to confess? Game theory, of course.

Before the commercial break, he describes the Prisoner's Dilemma. By the time we get back, he's compiled a profile of each of the people in custody deliniating what each person has to lose, and correlating it to a number. How he arrived at those numbers for "have child" or "is young" I don't know, but hey, it's TV.

So while he's describing that one person has a number of 5, and another a 6, one of the guys (the one with the daughter) breaks down and confesses the whole thing.
Permalink MarkTAW 
August 19th, 2005
IIRC the box itself is shot in the Negotiator in addition to the monitor.
Permalink qwe 
August 22nd, 2005
I'm mid way through watching 24 season 4, and it's still packed to the rafters with stupid tech. The trouble is that they use real technical terms but have no idea what they mean. I guess the general populace won't know, but if the jargon was moved in to a more familiar domain then people would be hopelessly confused:

"The terrorists have a device they're using to screw in brick the hammer by wallpapering the angle-grinder cement."

If they're going to use real terms they should use them properly; if they're going to talk nonsense then they might as well be using nonsense words.
Permalink Mat Hall 
August 22nd, 2005

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