History Trivia / Hackers

12th Nov '17 3:52:17 PM ClintEastwood
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** Crashing 1,507 computers in a day is no longer that impressive.
*** Dade did that ten years earlier. ''In TheEighties''. And he hit the market so hard the NYSE dropped four points across the board. Nowadays he'd be in Gitmo until his hair fell out. Or [[MyGreatestSecondChance working for the NSA, FBI,]] or some other [[TheMenInBlack special government agency]], using his powers [[TheyFightCrime with other collared hackers to fight cyber-criminals]].
*** The NSA offers a scholarship program at MIT for students who will pursue a career with the agency. As he committed these hacks as a child, he'd probably be shortlisted for that program or something similar.
12th Nov '17 3:43:14 PM ClintEastwood
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* BillingDisplacement: While a main character, Creator/AngelinaJolie's name didn't appear on the cover until after she'd become famous from other roles. She is, however, a prominent character.
* BoxOfficeBomb: Budget, $20 million. Box office, $7,563,728. It was panned by critics ''at the time'' for its dumb plot and its unconvincing portrayal of hackers. It still became a CultClassic.


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* TechnologyMarchesOn: The film is rooted in mid '90s technology:
** The characters are in ''awe'' of somebody's new, super-fast ''28.8b modem''.
** The main characters talking very highly of the RISC architecture (which is commonly used today in smartphones and tablets, but before those it'd faded into insignificance from a consumer point of view for about a decade and a half)
** The "battle of the tapes" scene nowadays tape is pretty much unknown and they'd be fighting over digital files.
8th Jun '17 4:08:28 AM AmuckCricetine
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* AluminumChristmasTrees: The Virtual Reality machine operated by The Plague is not made up for the movie, but is the unfortunately named [=Virtuality SU2000=] virtual reality gaming machine by Virtuality Group.

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* AluminumChristmasTrees: The Virtual Reality machine operated by The Plague is not made up for DawsonCasting: Although they were all playing high school students, Creator/JonnyLeeMiller was 23 at the movie, but is time of filming, Creator/AngelinaJolie was 20 and Creator/MatthewLillard was 25. Only Jesse Bradford really fit the unfortunately named [=Virtuality SU2000=] virtual reality gaming machine by Virtuality Group.bill, being 16 at the time.



* RetroactiveRecognition: Hey, [[Series/{{Elementary}} Sherlock Holmes]] is a hacker!


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* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** Creator/HeatherGraham, Creator/HilarySwank and Creator/LivTyler auditioned for Kate.
** Creator/EdwardNorton auditioned for a role.
5th Apr '16 7:45:53 AM Morgenthaler
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* HeyItsThatGuy:
** Naoko Mori (aka Toshiko Sato from ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'') appears in a brief cameo in the last act as a hacker. %% Toshiko debuted in Doctor Who, but is generally considered a Torchwood character.
** In the same sequence, Dave Stewart (of the Music/{{Eurythmics}}) appears as a British hacker.
** [[Creator/PennAndTeller Penn Jillette]] as the bored security guard.
** [[Series/{{Elementary}} Sherlock Holmes]], [[Film/LaraCroftTombRaider Lara Croft]], [[Film/ScoobyDoo Shaggy]], and [[Film/TheCrow Tin-Tin]] are hackers!
** [[Series/TheWire The Bunk]] used to work in the Secret Service.
** And, of course, Creator/FisherStevens as The Plague.
4th Mar '16 11:10:41 AM Pinokio
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* AluminumChristmasTrees: The Virtual Reality machine operated by The Plague is not made up for the movie, but is the unfortunately named [=Virtuality SU2000=] virtual reality gaming machine by Virtuality Group.
21st Dec '15 10:03:40 PM QuantumReality
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* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: This film portrays hackers at a time when they ''were'' a subculture, not well-understood by the broader populace as computers were not yet as ubiquitous as they are today (the Internet as we know it today was in its infancy, as well). As such, things like the importance placed on the "Hacker Manifesto", as an example, are products of the era when hackers felt themselves to be set apart from broader society in echoes of the 'generation gap' of the 1960s:

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* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: This film (albeit with some unrealism that itself is a product of movie writers not really understanding what it is they're trying to tell a story about) portrays hackers at a time when they ''were'' a subculture, not well-understood by the broader populace as computers were not yet as ubiquitous as they are today (the Internet as we know it today was in its infancy, as well). As such, things like the importance placed on the "Hacker Manifesto", as an example, are products of the era when hackers felt themselves to be set apart from broader society in echoes of the 'generation gap' of the 1960s:
21st Dec '15 10:01:51 PM QuantumReality
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* UnintentionalPeriodPieceUnintentionalPeriodPiece: This film portrays hackers at a time when they ''were'' a subculture, not well-understood by the broader populace as computers were not yet as ubiquitous as they are today (the Internet as we know it today was in its infancy, as well). As such, things like the importance placed on the "Hacker Manifesto", as an example, are products of the era when hackers felt themselves to be set apart from broader society in echoes of the 'generation gap' of the 1960s:
-->"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."
19th Dec '15 12:24:05 AM SparkyYoungUpstart
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** [[Series/Elementary Sherlock Holmes]], [[Film/LaraCroftTombRaider Lara Croft]], [[Film/ScoobyDoo Shaggy]], and [[Film/TheCrow Tin-Tin]] are hackers!

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** [[Series/Elementary [[Series/{{Elementary}} Sherlock Holmes]], [[Film/LaraCroftTombRaider Lara Croft]], [[Film/ScoobyDoo Shaggy]], and [[Film/TheCrow Tin-Tin]] are hackers!
10th Dec '15 3:28:40 AM erforce
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** [[Series/Elementary Sherlock Holmes]], [[Film/TombRaider Lara Croft]], [[Film/ScoobyDoo Shaggy]], and [[Film/TheCrow Tin-Tin]] are hackers!

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** [[Series/Elementary Sherlock Holmes]], [[Film/TombRaider [[Film/LaraCroftTombRaider Lara Croft]], [[Film/ScoobyDoo Shaggy]], and [[Film/TheCrow Tin-Tin]] are hackers!
3rd Dec '15 6:15:42 PM gfrequency
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** And, of course, Creator/FisherStevens as The Plague.
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