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    Smile Movies With Computers..

    Movie cliches about computers and electronics

    * Word processors never display a cursor.

    * You never have to use the space-bar when typing long sentences.

    * Movie character never make typing mistakes.

    * All monitors display inch-high letters.

    * High-tech computers, such as those used by NASA, the CIA, or some such governmental institution, will have easy to understand graphical interfaces.

    * Those that don't, have incredibly powerful text-bases command shells that can correctly understand and execute commands typed in plain english. Corollary: you can gain access to any information you want by simply typing "ACCESS ALL OF THE SECRET FILES" on any keyboard. Likewise, you can infect a computer with a destructive virus by simply typing "UPLOAD VIRUS" (see "Fortress").

    * All computers are connected. You can access the information on the villain's desktop computer, even if it's turned off.

    * Powerful computers beep whenever you press a key or whenever the screen changes. Some computers also slow down the output on the screen so that it doesn't go faster than you can read. The *really* advanced ones also emulate the sound of a dot-matrix printer (see The Hunt For Red October or Alien).

    * All computer panels have thousands of volts and flash pots just underneath the surface. Malfunctions are indicated by a bright flash, a puff of smoke, a shower of sparks, and an explosion that forces you backwards.

    * People typing away on a computer will turn it off without saving the data.

    * A hacker can get into the most sensitive computer in the world before intermission and guess the secret password in two tries.

    * Any PERMISSION DENIED has an OVERRIDE function (see "Demolition Man").

    * Complex calculations and loading of huge amounts of data will be accomplished in under three seconds. Movie modems usually appear to transmit data at the speed of two gigabytes per second.

    * When the power plant/missile site/whatever overheats, all the control panels will explode, as will the entire building.

    * If you display a file on the screen and someone deletes the file, it also disappears from the screen (see Clear and Present Danger). If a disk has got encrypted files, you are automagically asked for a password when you try to access it.
    * No matter what kind of computer disk it is, it'll be readable by any system you put it into. All application software is usable by all computer platforms.

    * The more high-tech the equipment, the more buttons it has (Aliens). However, everyone must have been highly trained, because the buttons aren't labelled.

    * Most computers, no matter how small, have reality-defying three-dimensional, active animation, photo-realistic graphics capability.

    * Laptops, for some strange reason, always seem to have amazing real-time video phone capabilities and the performance of a CRAY Supercomputer.

    * Whenever a character looks at a VDU, the image is so bright that it projects itself onto his/her face (see "Alien", "2001").

    * Either a Jacob's Ladder or a Van Der Graaf Generator is absolutely necessary for the operation of new, experimental computers (especially when built by brilliant scientists), although in real life, these devices do absolutely nothing.

    * One can issue any complex set of commands in a few keystokes (Star Trek).

    * The internet connects to everything in the movies. You can edit credit records, search hotel registries, lookup police criminal files, search (and edit) drivers license databases, edit social security files and more just using the internet! (see The Net).

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    Its funny how true all this is....

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    All computers are connected. You can access the information on the villain's desktop computer, even if it's turned off.
    I'm still working on that one. Hey, if you can have a network card with wake-on-lan, why can't you have a modem thats wake-on-phone?
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    No matter how many times I see that I still laugh!

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    The movie I like thats really not a Hacker movie:


    It does not really follow the statments as u posted above. It actully shows real code and the programmer fu#king up. Over all It is a bad ass movie. I suggest watching it if you have not.

    Anywho great post!

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    AntiTrust is probably the most realistic computer move ever
    What do you mean you don\'t have a backup disk?

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    haha what about War Games 2 ? .. Not only was it a crappy movie.. or fake... or even the crappy backdoors built into software used by military and gov computers that they "never noticed" but the movie ended by a computer losing in a game of Tic Tac Toe ....

    Anti Trust kicked ass and WAS the most realistic computer movie ever
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    Saw anti trust on a plane heading to a conference in palo alto...think there were only about 6 people on the plane who watched it...saw 3 of them at the conference...

    think the movie was "too unrealistic" for most of them (after all they're used to movie computers...)

    was a good flic...

    i just rented the ID4 special edition dvd...(you know the to great freakin huge ship..."upload virus" and ka-blooey...(the mother ship must have had that platform independent adobe PVF reader..(ya know...portable virus reader)...betcha they were wishin they'd not installed that...

    one of the special features is an old mac ad, which i had never seen but was pretty damned funny...

    showed clips from the movie, buildings exploding...rushing about...then the tag line was something like...(paraphrasing here)

    "when the fate of the world is at stake, who do you really want to trust..." with a pan down to the mac laptop that they used to "upload virus"

    nothin like a slap in the face M$ hehe..

    oh...and then there's my fav in southpark...

    "f8cking windows 98...get bill gates in told us it would be more powerful...blah..blah.."....and then bang...

    i loved it...
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    haha...first time I have seen this, and it is very funny.

    Antitrust...although still very unrealistic, was not a bad movie IMO

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    Same with swordfish..

    not realistic (but who says it should be)

    and one hell of a lot of fun ! ! ! ! !
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    Did you see the boxes in Ocean's Eleven (Soderbergh)?

    they had gui progs for phone and video phreaking...?

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