James Slocum


A random collection of thoughts on a variety of topics



I just got back from the movies where my wife and I saw the new James Bond movie. Don’t worry, there won’t be any spoilers! Overall I really enjoyed the movie! I thought it was well filmed, the dialogue was good and the scenery was beautiful (Especially the Shanghai shots). The only problem I had with the movie (and it’s not the only movie to commit this crime) is the use of incoherent nonsense computer speak. “We are tracing his encryption signal.” Tracing his encryption signal? Is that the best you could do? With the limitless numbers of computer security consultants you could not find one to look over the script and pen in some legitimate tech speak? Now don’t get me wrong, I’m all about suspension of disbelief. One of my favorite movies is Swordfish which is full of unintelligible techno-babble. But that is a “hacking” move; Skyfall is an action movie with some computers in it. Just spend some money and get it right! The average person in the audience won’t be able to tell the difference anyway, but at least I won’t cringe and write a blog post about it!

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