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This movie is the fictional story of computer programming genius Milo Hoffman after graduating from Stanford and getting out into the competitive world of computer software. In his contemplation of where to begin his career, he is contacted by Gary Winston whose character is loosely based on Bill Gates. Winston is the CEO of a company called NURV, and they are on the brink of completing the global communication's system, Synapse. They need Hoffman to help them meet their launch date, so after much thought and with the full support of his girlfriend Alice, he accepts the job. Tragedy soon after strikes and Milo becomes suspicious of the company he has been wrapped up in. He learns that trusting anyone could be a mistake, and that nothing is as it seems.Written by
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Winston uses IP addresses in the private Class A net 10. This can be accepted as the Internet equivalent of a "555" telephone number. Because of schedule pressure and other plot points, they are indeed likely to be using a largely standard protocol, and not a purely proprietary one. See more »
It's just a matter of time before someone borrows your technology, improves it and makes a billion dollars on it.
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Closing disclaimer: Stanford University has not endorsed this motion picture and no filming took place on the Stanford campus. There are a number of other entities and persons with names which may be the same or similar to those used in this motion picture. However, this motion picture is entirely fictional and (except for minor incidental references) is not intended to depict or refer to any other existing entities or persons and any such references are purely coincidental. See more »
Region 4 DVD comes with the following deleted scenes:
"Lisa's Duplicity" - Lisa confides in Milo that her journal that goes missing and then is returned.
"Milo & Lisa" - Milo and Lisa sleep together
"Alice's Suspicion" - Alice is suspicious of Milo and Lisa and quizes him over where he was.
"Lisa Gets Caught" - When Lisa is taking photos of the satellite dishes, she is caught by a security guard.
"Gary & Milo's Game" - Gary Winston asks Milo to help him in a game of Diablo.
"Sleeping With The Enemy" - Milo has rough sex with Alice after he finds out that Alice was sent to spy on him.
"The Rise And Fall of NURV" - An alternate opening & ending sequence. Opening Sequence is a speech by Gary Winston in front of the NURV logo, at his online presentation. Milo is typing away at a computer watching him. The Ending Sequence is Gary Winston preparing his statement for the press. We then hear him start to cry. Milo & Alice are trying to get out of the compound and are stopped at the gate, it doesn't open until a car coming into the compound flashes an FBI badge and enters. Milo and Alice then drive out while the gate is still open. We then see the NURV logo as seen in the opening deleted sequence and hear different media reports until the end. The final media report states ".. Nurv's monopoly over the software industry is over"
Young computer programmer discovers inter workings of corporate software giant
This movie is interesting on a surface level. It has lots of action and suspense to engage even passive viewers. Antitrust contains lots of ideas that are specific to the software industry however. The most significant theme of this movie is not one that seeks to implicate major corporations in illegal activities; it is instead one that blatantly discusses the idea of open source code sharing. For those of you who do not know what this is, it is the free sharing of computer programing code. This movie is designed to entertain though. It makes corporate software companies look like organized crime rings. This is simply Hollywood's appeal to its audiences.This is a good movie for all audiences; however a Linux user would particularly enjoy it.
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