hackers

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Max Headroom (1987-1988) poster

Entertainment > Television >

(on Wikipedia)
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0092402/

Particularly notable for its subtle and overt corporate jamming, Max Headroom was unique and wildly popular in its day but, for reasons unknown to me and not yet researched, had its life cut short.

I think I give my high personal rating because of its strong influences on my perceptions of the world. Perhaps it would not hold up today, but I'll note that on my eventual re-watch.



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WarGames - (1983 movie) poster

Entertainment > Movies >

(on Wikipedia)
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0086567/

A hacker screws around with a game company's server, causing an artificial intelligence to stir up the military.

Both quaint and awesome. It doesn't hold up over time, so it does have to be understood in the context of it's era. Still recommended if you're old enough to do so.

  • Trailer
  • was mgm.com/#/our-titles/2117/WarGames ( apparently abandoned by mgm )



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Real Genius - (1985 movie) poster

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(on Wikipedia)
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0089886/

A boy-genius is brought into an elite university to work on a laser project with a genius-misfit, but after its spectacular success they learn of its nefarious purpose.

While old, it holds up perfectly. A great movie, with a bunch of laugh-out-loud moments. Unlike the "frat boy" movies which are all about booze and boobs, this one shows genius with its hacker spirit.



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Torrent - (2017 movie) poster

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https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3116476/

I think there is some vague plot and acting, but the astonishing and unnecessary amount of flashing and jiggling is guaranteed to give anyone a headache.



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Writing > Computers, Internet >

Everything is frail to failure. Be it hardware, software, data, business relationships, or people, nothing is immortal and immutable.

Many things are immediately recognized; the hardware and software, but we fail to see people; the wetware. They represent the intellectual backbone of major projects, the "wet infrastructure" upon which our technology relies, and when they cannot contribute, their projects suffer and we suffer. Their influence isn't just notable, but critical.

For the internet, esr calls them Load-Bearing Internet People.

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Entertainment > Movies >

(on Wikipedia)
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0347246/
http://www.production-ig.com/contents/works_sp/01_/index.html

coming later

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Swordfish - (2001 movie) poster

Entertainment > Movies >

(on Wikipedia)
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0244244/
https://www.warnerbros.com/movies/swordfish

A recently-ex-con world-renown hacker is swept into the well-planned efforts to fund long-term anti-terrorist terrorism.

I-like-hyphens.

Ignoring the Hollywood-hacker bullshit, it's a good movie, particularly because so few, at least at its release, would be so A-class and yet have this particular topic. It helps shape the understanding of the passion behind Lawful Evil.



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The Internet's Own Boy - (2014 movie) poster

Entertainment > Movies / Hackers >

(on Wikipedia)
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3268458/
https://participant.com/promo-image/internets-own-boy

A documentary on Aaron Swartz and some of the major events he participated in.

nightwork-2003-book-by-t-f-peterson-cover

Entertainment > Reading >

(on Wikipedia)
hacks.mit.edu

A book on a particular aspect of culture and events in the history of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

It glimpses into one aspect of "playful hacking", pranks and practical jokes.



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