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]