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movie bloopers technologyWhen you’re trying to come up with a dramatic script or integrate “hacking” into your police drama show, there’s no time for reality. An actual depiction of hacking would be terribly boring, but add some flashing windows, fast-paced typing, and dramatic music and you’ve got yourself a thrilling scene. Time and time again, television shows and films have fallen flat on their faces when it comes to understanding technology, and the results make for great entertainment.

Think of this as a “greatest hits” list of some of the most hilarious and ridiculous examples that have been mentioned on the Web. You don’t have to be a computer geek to appreciate the hilarity here, but it certainly helps.

Tracking The Killer’s IP Address With Visual Basic

This one’s a classic from CSI. The show’s trying to impress us by throwing technical-sounding terms like “GUI,” “Visual Basic 4 Great Websites To Make You A Visual Basic Guru 4 Great Websites To Make You A Visual Basic Guru Read More ,” and “IP address” at us, but it misses the mark and just sounds completely ridiculous.

“We’re Being Hacked!”

From NCIS comes an attempt to transform “hacking” into visual drama. Apparently, hacking involves windows flashing on and off your screen. To fight it, two people should type on the keyboard at the same time, as if they’re psychically linked and wouldn’t just be typing gibberish. If you’re unsuccessful, you’ll see code on your screen and may end up exclaiming “I’ve never seen code like this!”

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IRC Is For Hackers

According to Numb3rs, IRC The Top 7 Best Free IRC Clients for Windows 7 The Top 7 Best Free IRC Clients for Windows 7 For most of us, chatrooms might seem like a relic of the past, but they're still around. If you're interested in that sort of thing, you’ll want to look into the IRC protocol. For those... Read More is “how hackers talk when they don’t want to be overheard.” It’s also like “two boats meeting in the middle of the ocean to swap a load of illegal drugs,” so you have to catch them in real-time. Don’t worry, though – it’s easy to set up an alarm that monitors every IRC channel on the entire Internet. And if an IRC conversation is taking place, you can easily drop in and watch it. Remember to take a screenshot, though – you can’t possibly log an IRC conversation to disk.

Eye Reflections

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=76loVajVLZ4

If you believe CSI and other police drama shows, there’s always a reflection in someone’s eye in an important photograph. All you have to do is grab the reflection and you’ll see a crisp, high-resolution image that you can use to crack the case.

Rotate That Photograph

Some shows pretend to be serious by only “enhancing” a still image, but the characters in Enemy of the State actually rotate a still image. Somehow it’s possible to see something the camera couldn’t. This is explained as the computer being able to “hypothesize.” Sure, guys.

Even though Jack Black is in this, it isn’t supposed to be a comedy. This is a scene from a serious thriller.

Zoom & Enhance Parody

Everyone’s seen the typical “zoom, zoom, enhance 3 Touch Up Tricks For Photoshop To Enhance Your Photos 3 Touch Up Tricks For Photoshop To Enhance Your Photos Read More – there’s the killer!” scenes. This video from Red Dwarf parodies them and adds new actions, such as “uncrop The Basics of Photo Cropping That You Should Understand The Basics of Photo Cropping That You Should Understand Read More .” The sad thing is that this scene is actually more realistic than the rotation trick used above.

Hacking Is A Graphical Video Game

Masterminds shows us a rare glimpse of what hacking is like for an actual hacker. Apparently, hacking is a first-person game The 3 Best Multiplayer First Person Shooters Of All Time [MUO Gaming] The 3 Best Multiplayer First Person Shooters Of All Time [MUO Gaming] Welcome to the first installment of MakeUseOf Gaming. On tap today we will be taking a look at the three best first person shooters in the history of gaming. First person shooters are one of... Read More where you walk through a hallway and dodge skeletons.

Hiding Secret Data In A Video Game

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HFfJ4ZC1AtA

NBC’s Life – another police drama show, what is it about these things? – brings us some dramatic police-playing-video-games action. Watch as the police struggle to beat level 10 in Prince of Persia, knowing that the evidence is hidden in level 11. With all the ways to encrypt things The 5 Best Ways To Easily & Quickly Encrypt Files Before Emailing Them [Windows] The 5 Best Ways To Easily & Quickly Encrypt Files Before Emailing Them [Windows] Earlier this year, I was faced with a situation where I had a writer working for me overseas in China, where we were both certain that all of our email communications were being monitored. I... Read More and hide files 3 Quick & Easy Ways To Hide A Folder In Windows 7 3 Quick & Easy Ways To Hide A Folder In Windows 7 Privacy is hard to come by these days. Whether you are sharing a computer or are generally suspicious of peers who occasionally have access to your computer, you may have the desire to store sensitive... Read More , what hacker wouldn’t hide their most sensitive data in a video game level?

She Has The High Score In Every MMORPG

This character from NCIS has the high score in every massively multiplayer online role-playing game — a big accomplishment, especially considering they lack high scores. What’s more, she appears to practice basic hygiene and not be chained to her computer all the time. If this were even possible, this character would never be able to leave her computer or sleep. And she’d have to find hundreds of hours to play each day.

An Actual Zoom & Enhance

Castle deserves recognition for this scene. In it, our brilliant detectives realize that, if they could only enlarge and “enhance” part of a photograph, they could see the killer’s face! So they send it off to the photo techs, who deliver them an enlarged and “enhanced” photo.

They’re stunned to discover that “the enhancement only increased the pixelation” and realize that “in the real world, zoom and enhance can only get us so far.” Amazing!

Do you know any other hilarious videos that we missed here? Leave a comment and share them with us!

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