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
The code shown in the first visible screen (skipping the intro sequence) is a section from a real compression scheme, named bzip2, which is Free Software. The remaining sections of code in the movie, almost exclusively, come from a web server named Jigsaw, also available as open-source. See more »
In the daycare center, Phil puts the swinging truck-shaped mouse back on the table in one direction, but in the next scene it is facing the opposite direction. See more »
Are we making CHEMICAL WEAPONS? KIDDIE PORN? Are we STRIP-MINING? NO! Why are they after me?
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At the end of the cast list in the end credits, there is a section entitled "Geeks", much in the same vein as "Stunts". See more »
The R1 DVD contains all the deleted scenes mentioned above, except for the "Sleeping with the enemy" sex scene. See more »
For once, a movie about computers where computers look real. The display on the monitors isn't just some 3D animation that seems to serve no purpose. You can recognize interfaces, or at least can imagine that on a real computer monitor. The code on screen looks real (it's either C++ or Java or some kind of C derivative), even though it probably doesn't do what they pretend it does; they don't show it long enough to figure out what it's suppose to do anyway.
Just some things I noticed: All IPs are 10.x.x.x, which is a range reserved for local networks, it should not be accessible remotely, thus would not be usable for a global system such as Synapse. But that is probably done on purpose, just like they do for phone numbers in the movies, all starting in 555-XXXX.
The networks seem to be freaking fast. In particular, for the data transmitted through the satellites with just about zero latency.
The CD burner is quite fast, it can burn a CD in just 20 seconds.
The server which Synapse is being distributed from seems to be very effective, taking millions of hits within hours. In particular, considering that they have never seen that many hits.
Beside the technical details presented, good movie, good action, good plot twists.
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