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Re: Tech Bits: Top 10 Worst Portrayals of Technology in Film
« Reply #50 on: September 25, 2006, 04:59:57 PM »

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Re: Tech Bits: Top 10 Worst Portrayals of Technology in Film
« Reply #51 on: September 25, 2006, 05:08:55 PM »

The idea of getting a fax scanner recognized by an iPod is borderline fantasy in my opinion. But who knows, iFax?

That just shows a complete lack of understanding of how analog devices work.

Just for example: The modem section of a FAX is an analog device by design.  Its uses a DAC - Digital to Analog Converter to change digital information from the scanner to analog signal that is then modulated into audible pattern which is then transmitted over the phone line.   The mic input of an IPOD, not iPod mini, has has an ADC - Analog to Digital Converter. Do the maths... Its the same principle behind electronic credit card scanners, analog tape drives, etc.

Remember that scene in Wargames where Broderick's character uses his Walkman to capture the security door key-codes, then plays them back, unlocking the door? Very possible.  For Firewall, just substitue the iPod for the Walkman.
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Re: Tech Bits: Top 10 Worst Portrayals of Technology in Film
« Reply #52 on: September 25, 2006, 05:13:24 PM »

The Net was not added mainly because, well, I thought I'd give some other films a chance. There are a LOT of films that can fall into this list, can't put them all in here ;)

JP's little girl was just zany. Yes, I'm sure there are little girls out there in the world that can do this. However, what gets me is with showing this in film, the mass public will think UNIX is a common thing little girls (or boys) should be masters at. Honest truth is, it's not. Most adults aren't experts or 'know' it, let alone kids.

What planet are you from, man?

Kids today know 100 times more about computers than their parents ever did.  That's the way its always been. Always will be.
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Re: Tech Bits: Top 10 Worst Portrayals of Technology in Film
« Reply #53 on: September 25, 2006, 06:23:04 PM »

What planet are you from, man?

Kids today know 100 times more about computers than their parents ever did.  That's the way its always been. Always will be.

Present me with the command to find the a file named "blargg" on a Unix machine...

Can't?  Didn't think so.

What kid uses Unix at home?  I am a computer professional and I rarely use anything beyond Windows and Linux.
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Re: Tech Bits: Top 10 Worst Portrayals of Technology in Film
« Reply #54 on: September 25, 2006, 06:25:33 PM »

find / -name "blargg" -print
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Re: Tech Bits: Top 10 Worst Portrayals of Technology in Film
« Reply #55 on: September 25, 2006, 06:49:58 PM »

find / -name "blargg" -print

Shhh, I asked that guy.

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And this was my 1500th post, I'm lame.
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Re: Tech Bits: Top 10 Worst Portrayals of Technology in Film
« Reply #56 on: September 25, 2006, 06:51:53 PM »

Sorry about that.......and gratz.
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Re: Tech Bits: Top 10 Worst Portrayals of Technology in Film
« Reply #57 on: September 25, 2006, 07:36:02 PM »

What about that Schwartzenegger film with an evil company that had to be renamed Cyrex because the REAL Cyrix sued???  (Eraser???)

Oh man, Vanessa Williams was hot in that film.

And M:I, I loved the room where there was one desk and one lonely guy working there.  What the hell did he do anyways?  Ah well, a bureaucrat so maybe it was semi believable...

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Re: Tech Bits: Top 10 Worst Portrayals of Technology in Film
« Reply #58 on: September 25, 2006, 09:58:30 PM »

What planet are you from, man?

Kids today know 100 times more about computers than their parents ever did.  That's the way its always been. Always will be.

I'm from Planet Earth, you?

Yes, kids are quicker to learn things than adults, that's a given. However, find me a little girl you know personally who knows UNIX then I'll be impressed.
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Re: Tech Bits: Top 10 Worst Portrayals of Technology in Film
« Reply #59 on: September 25, 2006, 10:01:50 PM »

That just shows a complete lack of understanding of how analog devices work.

Just for example: The modem section of a FAX is an analog device by design.  Its uses a DAC - Digital to Analog Converter to change digital information from the scanner to analog signal that is then modulated into audible pattern which is then transmitted over the phone line.   The mic input of an IPOD, not iPod mini, has has an ADC - Analog to Digital Converter. Do the maths... Its the same principle behind electronic credit card scanners, analog tape drives, etc.

Remember that scene in Wargames where Broderick's character uses his Walkman to capture the security door key-codes, then plays them back, unlocking the door? Very possible.  For Firewall, just substitue the iPod for the Walkman.


Everything is possible, even cloning Dinosaurs. The idea of the article was top ten worst portrayals. 'Hacking' an iPod to an un-educated public will make them think it's like child's play to hook up a scanner to an iPod. Or, that an iPod is not just a magical MP3 player, but also a magical recorder now. To actually have that work is much more complex than they let on, which in my opinion is a bad portrayal of technology.
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