An Ode To Hollywood’s Obsession With Hacking The Mainframe

An Ode To Hollywood’s Obsession With Hacking The Mainframe


The term ‘mainframe’ doesn’t get thrown around as much as buzzwords like ‘cloud computing’ these days — except in Hollywood. The movies are still obsessed with the idea of someone hacking into the mainframe. Or, to be more specific, “hacking the mainframe” is still a convenient but lazy plot device that lets characters discover vital expository backstory or escape a seemingly inescapable situation.

Everything from The Matrix to Goldeneye has been guilty of it. Shame on you, Hollywood. When will you get with the times and start using password/personal ID breaches instead? [Slacktory via Buzzfeed]