The exciting world of IT

I’ve been watching back-to-back episodes of 24.

It’s embarrassingly cheesy in a post 9/11 sort of way. There are the completely implausible story lines accompanied by an Obama-like president, magic technology and all interspersed with lots of torture.

But I’m hooked. (Jack Bauer might even become the Macgyver of the 2000s.)

And what really makes me smile is the creativity of the screen writers when it comes to tech-talk.

Here’s a sample:

Ok everybody, empty your directories! I want everyone working on this new lead.

Righty, rm -rf * it is.

“The worm is running rampant in the kernel. Can you stop it?”

“Yeah, if I haven’t lost any routing data. Start pinging the nolson IP. When you stop getting packet loss freeze the process.”

Because ping fixes anything.

“Are you sure the files are encrypted?”
“Yes, I ran a checksum and built a subroutine that confirmed. I have a doctorate in computer science”

Personally, I would have just opened the file and tried to read it. But then I don’t have a doctorate in computer science.

“Jack, prep all your databases! When Li comes to we’re going to have to act quickly!”

Databases, get ready! On your marks!

“I can rebuild the files from these empty directories.”

I wish I could do that.

“Can you display that window here?”

“Sure, just give me your Ethernet address”


Actually this one isn’t too bad. Of course, I assume Jack was just speaking in hex, and then about to do a: ‘xhost +’ and ‘export DISPLAY=’.  Not sure what he used to get an IP address in base 16 though.

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5 Responses to The exciting world of IT

  1. David says:

    It’s great the way any digital photo can be enhanced to any resolution as long as you have the right sound effects (or don’t modern tv shows do that anymore?)

    6eff::3239 could be a valid IPv6 address, (or was it ::6eff:3239, or 6eff:3239::)

  2. Simon says:

    It was so much simpler back in The A Teams day.

    I have a list of things to do if work ever sends me up the the LA office.

    1. Visit Disneyland
    2. Hire The A Team

  3. David says:

    @Simon: If you can find them

  4. Wishbone says:

    I love this technobabble as well.. I love the display that showed:

    drwxrwxr-x root staff Sep 8 2005 LOCKED file1
    drwxrwxr-x root staff Sep 8 2005 LOCKED file2
    drwxrwxr-x root staff Sep 8 2005 LOCKED file3

    With LOCKED in red…. They got it so close to being a realistic linux-like screen, then failed horribly. I love the use of ‘directories’, ‘subroutine’, ‘checksum’, etc… Fun stuff.. My family rolls their eyes at me when I explain how horribly funny this is.

  5. Wishbone says:

    Oh.. You also re-assemble garbled data by running a correlation matrix, but make sure you expand the parameter first.

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