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=126.96.36.199:.0’. Not sure what he used to get an IP address in base 16 though.