Haunted by a criminal hacking change in his youth, a genius highschool student revives those skills when he makes new friends and discovers a nefarious plot from Superman III (1983).
This movie is comically fun with enough nods to actual stuff to make it laugh-out-loud for its superiors. I don't know if (or how) I could recommend this to anyone for any reason. It's dated in every respect, unrealistic and cheesy with no sign if that's intentional or not.. yet somehow I enjoy it.
I'd say it's worth watching for anyone born in the late 70s and early 80s who was into tech in their youth. Even then it's a weak recommendation. For anyone else, pass. Just. Just pass.
See also Hackers.
- 0:30 -- Seattle, United States, 1988
- 1:00 -- "Who are you?" .. yeah, exactly. They didn't identify themselves.
- 2:00 -- The "no computer and no touchtone telephone" was an actual thing.
- 2:40 -- Legendary music.
3:30 -- 7 years later (1995)
- Implying he was 11 years old for the trial.
5:00 -- "Mr. Eddie Vedder, from accounting."
6:00 -- ARPS 331, Automated Record Playback System
- These thingies did/do exist. Machines for pulling physical storage mediums out of a massive archive.
- This show seems pretty good. I'll note it for future viewing.
- 7:15 -- "Crash override", "Acid burn"
Mess with the best, die like the rest." -- United States Marine Corps (or thereabouts)
- 9:15 -- "Right mom. And I'm still a virgin."
- 10:00 -- He should definitely understand the importance of her new job, seeing as he probably tanked his parents' life savings with that $45,000 fine.
- 11:00 -- Why would he bother someone who's on the phone?
- 11:30 -- Yes, this movie gets it! We are definitely interested in her dick-sucking lips.
- 11:45 -- "Are you coming?" ... uh, well, uh, no.. maybe tonight in my room in private. Definitely, actually. Definitely. I mean hi, I meant to say hi.
- 14:30 -- The Phantom Freak, the king of nynac(?)
- 14:45 -- Handle (Pseudonym)
- 15:00 -- Doctor Doom
- 15:15 -- Oh my god, that bazaar is awesome.
- 15:45 -- Blue box (Phreaking)
- 17:00 -- I can't, and didn't try to, identify that video game. If it (was) real, then it's fucking impressive.
- 18:00 -- Boy Meets World (1993-2000)
- 19:45 -- Damn does she look good when wet.
God gave men brains bigger than a dogs so they wouldn't hump women's legs at cocktail parties. -- Ruth Libby (that character's mother)
Angelheaded hipsters burning for the ancient heavenly connection to the starry dynamo in the machinery of night. -- Allen Ginsberg
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most. -- Ozzy Osbourne
- This scene is brought to you by Coke
- 22:45 -- Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949), by George Orwell
- 23:00 -- Cereal Killer (Serial killer), as in Froot Loops
- Green: "International Unix environments"
- It is probably part of the POSIX IEEE 1003.1 Single UNIX Specification.
- It could be the X/Open Portability Guide. (early edition picture)
- Orange: Trusted Computer System Evaluation Criteria, by the United States Department of Defense
- The pink shirt book - The Peter Norton Programmer's Guide to the IBM PC (1985), by Peter Norton
- The Devil Book - The Design and Implementation of the FreeBSD Operating System (2014-09), by Marshall Kirk McKusick, George Neville-Neil, Robert Watson
- The Green Dragon Book - Principles of Compiler Design (1977), by Alfred V. Aho and Jeffrey D. Ullman
- Red Book - Trusted Network Interpretation (Rainbow Series)
- Green: "International Unix environments"
24:45 -- The most common passwords: Love, secret, sex, god
- If it needs to be memorable, then use a passphrase.
25:00 -- "The Gibson" (William Gibson)
- 26:45 -- Yes, cathode ray tube monitors had static on their screen, though not that extreme.
- 27:00 -- That's Penn Jillette!
- 27:15 -- A can of Jolt Cola behind the phone.
- 27:30 -- "The Plague".
- And now the movie slides way downhill.
28:15 -- 3 1/2 inch floppy disk.
- On his adorable little Macintosh computer. Even, and especially, back then, that would have been comical.
29:30 -- Smoking
- Around this era there was a lot of anti-smoking stuff in movies.
- 30:15 -- They're on rollerblades, something that might have been considered commercially cool at the time. But it wasn't.
- 30:30 -- Lord Nikon
- 30:45 -- "Sure man, he's elite.".. bwahaha
- 31:15 -- Computer intrusion (Hacker (computer security)), Computer virus
- 31:45 -- "Hack the Planet", Razor and Blade, Payphone, Microcassette recorder, Phreaking, Anti-corporate activism (sortof, and I can't currently remember the proper name for this topic)
33:30 -- "These people.. they're terrorists."
- Ouch. Technically, sortof, kindof, true-ish.
- 35:15 -- Oil tanker, Ballast, Oil spill, Leonardo da Vinci
- 35:45 -- Hah, a coke being randomly dropped into the frame.
36:00 -- Yes, having "the original code" would let them search through existing code to find it. Only it wouldn't.
- Doing a diff (comparison) between all the code for all the ships would reveal it, assuming the virus is on some but not other ships, but that's probably easier said than done.
36:45 -- Worldwide ecological disaster (Environmental disaster)
- 37:30 -- Oh my gods, that's a Power Glove on the guy inside there, on the right.
This is our world now... the world of the electron and the switch, the beauty of the baud. We make use of a service already existing without paying for what could be dirt-cheap if it wasn't run by profiteering gluttons, and you call us criminals. We explore... and you call us criminals. We seek after knowledge... and you call us criminals. We exist without skin color, without nationality, without religious bias... and you call us criminals. You build atomic bombs, you wage wars, you murder, cheat, and lie to us and try to make us believe it's for our own good, yet we're the criminals.
Yes, I am a criminal. My crime is that of curiosity. My crime is that of judging people by what they say and think, not what they look like. My crime is that of outsmarting you, something that you will never forgive me for.
I am a hacker, and this is my manifesto. You may stop this individual, but you can't stop us all... after all, we're all alike.
- See also Hacker ethic
- 38:45 -- "Cool? It's commie bullshit." (Anti-communism)
- 39:30 -- I don't know what that "pelvis and booty" dance/comment is.
- 39:45 -- Virtual reality
- 40:15 -- Hard copy
- 40:30 -- His wall has a poster for Nevermind (1991-09-24 album), by Nirvana.
- 42:00 -- What. No, there is an extraordinarily strong social bond between them. These people are frequently socially awkward or otherwise live inside their computer. It isn't that "turning them" isn't possible or even difficult, but trying to make the argument from the position of "you don't have friends" is just stupid.
- 42:34 -- I'm pretty sure I would fuck that scene up a few times, to do it over and over.
45:00 -- Photographic memory (Eidetic memory)
- His name is from Nikon, whose most famous products are/were cameras.
- Why was he high-fiving with his left hand?
- 45:45 -- Spandex
46:45 -- "It's got a 28.8 Bps modem!" .. wut. it would be kBps.
- 47:15 -- One-handed bra unclasping. Difficulty 7.
- 47:45 -- The decepticons
- 48:30 -- He's using a split keyboard (Ergonomic keyboard)
50:30 -- "I hope you don't screw like you type." .. a reference to his fast hunt-and-peck style. Which, by the way, becomes ridiculously fast with expertise.
- 50:30 -- Scan (Document imaging , crack copyrights (Software cracking
- 52:30 -- Unnecessary sheer top. Necessary tits.
54:30 -- Harassment
- Wikipedia warning: Cultural Marxism
- 57:45 -- New world order (politics)
Governments and corporations need people like you and me. We are Samurai, the Keyboard Cowboys. And all those other people out there, who have no idea what's going on, are the cattle. Moooo.
- 1:00:45 -- The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986
- 1:03:00 -- A wakeup call, from the Nintendo generation.
- 1:10:15 -- The worm eats a little money.. see also Superman III (1983)
- 1:12:45 -- Dumpster diving
- 1:13:30 -- Manhole
- 1:14:30 -- Shoulder surfing (computer security)
- 1:15:15 -- "There is no right and wrong, there's only fun and boring."
- 1:17:00 -- Polaroid-head (Instant camera)
- 1:18:15 -- "Are you coming?" ... uh, well, uh, no.. maybe tonight in my room in private. Definitely, actually. Definitely. I mean hi, I meant to say hi.
- 1:22:00 -- "Hackers of the world, unite."
- 1:22:30 -- Pager
- 1:23:45 -- Who wears their gun like that?
1:26:00 -- "Type cookie, you idiot!"
- 1:28:15 -- Kernel (operating system)
- 1:30:00 -- Hey didn't that guy lose his laptop when he was raided?
- 1:31:00 -- Slash period garbage period slash slash workspace garbage movie period.
- 1:32:30 -- What does their server have to do with the oil tankers' onboard computers? The virus is already planted and timed to go off. No communication is necessary. Some emphasis on the intruders intervening and undoing things would have helped this bit.
- 1:35:00 -- No, he didn't violate his probation.
1:37:30 -- VCR (Videocassette recorder)
.. I remember Angelina Jolie's tits being on display in this movie, but I guess I wasn't paying attention.