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9:15 am on May 12, 2017 (gmt 0)

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Has anyone watched Mr. Robot (USA/Amazon)? This is the first authentic (or near authentic) computer themed show I've seen.

It's a real pleasure to watch a show and not be turned off by silly scenes of turminals with flashing lights or stupid looking security screens. The story lines are good and the "hacking" dialog actually makes sense.

Sam Esmail said he created Mr. Robot because he was tired of watching computer shows that were unbelievable.


2 seasons available now with a 3rd on the way I think.
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What always bothers me about computer screens in movies and TV shows, along with the clunkily designed interfaces made to look like something familiar (no doubt a legal issue), is that you can so obviously tell it's a recording; the mouse movement is too smooth, the typing unauthentic. I don't remember what that was like in Mr. Robot (the below indicates it's probably similar), it's been a while since I've seen it, but you can certainly tell they have writers/consultants who know their stuff, and that's refreshing.

How the Real Hackers Behind Mr. Robot Get It So Right [wired.com]

His [Kor Adana, writer and technology producer for the show] team is composed of professional consultants, and chief among them is Marc Rogers, an old-school hacker who heads information security at Cloudflare.

Apparently they create and test all their hacks in the real world, then have someone animate the process for the actors:
All that gets translated into a script and sent to an animator, “who has no idea what any of this stuff looks like or what it’s supposed to do” but has to make it look perfect. The animator builds interactive Flash animations for the actors, which accept any input from the keyboard so that no matter what the characters type everything looks right.

Flash animations... the irony :-)
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Flash animations... the irony :-)
True but the alternative would be to send all those actors to the Recurse Center and teach them to actually write code & hack. Somehow I can't envision Christian Slater doing that.
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yes watching...yes its real to life true FOR ONCE.

Dumping infected flash drives in a parking lot was CLASSIC, this is how its done for real folks.
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I noticed Evil Corp's logo is a backward tilted E just like the app store rating icon for Everyone.
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Enron
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Different from Enron though. Enron also had "ENRON" next to the E.
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It also looks like the E in the Dell logo.

And by the way, Esmail told us that the “E” in Evil Corp is “totally the Enron logo.” Then he laughed. “It’s not like they’re going to sue us for it.”

[gizmodo.com...]