Burn Notice has been one of my Netflix binge watching pleasures. Michael Westen doing his spy stuff, helping people, blowing stuff up. All in all a very enjoyable show. Sometimes it pushes the limits of logic and physics, but hey it’s all in good fun right?
This episode had one particularly bad technology fail that I just cannot let pass. You see, in this one there is a hacker lady who is trying to crack highly encrypted bank files using a cluster of computers which she had some thug steal from a warehouse. Westen and crew thwart her of course but before they do we get to see the high tech cluster this uber-hacker lady had created.
Behold the high tech goodness of… three late ’90s - early 00’s Dell Dimension XPS towers. Also note that only one has a connected network cable.
Shall I point out that this episode came out in 2011 and these computers came with Windows 98?
Then I saw this:
A homebrew PC and a vintage pre-Jobs Mac Power PC 8100. You know the one Apple made when everyone thought they were doomed? The one discontinued back in 1995 when AOL was going to rule the world?
Thankfully they blew up the antiques, but not until they had to throw in one more technological sin.
There is the bomb, taped to the back of the antique Dell… a Dell without a power supply. They aren’t even trying now, are they?
So to recap, a super good hacker lady has a hired thug steal computers, I can only assume from a Salvation Army, to build a “computer” cluster to crack secure files.
She used computers with a combined processing power that is less than my Samsung Galaxy III to break a modern encrypted file.
My inner Tech died a little watching this episode.
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