Can Bob From 'Stranger Things' Really Code Or Nah

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Lance McDonald is an Australian video game developer with a particular passion for coding in BASIC. He made an entire video game, Black Annnex, in almost pure QBASIC.

So it's safe to say he knows his stuff. But the real question here is - does Bob from Stranger Things? In that episode, in that scene - just how legit was it? Lance knows.

Enter the best twitter thread I've seen in quite some time.

And what spurred on this critique/worship?

"I was just annoyed at how many people are like 'THIS IS THE DUMBEST SCENE IN STRANGER THINGS YOU CANT RESET A BREAKER WITH BASIC CODE' like as if this was some CSI; Cyber level shit," Lance told me.

"He's just writing a brute force password retriever on an interpreter that would be on EVERY computer in that era that he probably sold the company and already knew how to use like jeez it's a good scene."

If you're keen to hear more of Lance's retro tech insights, you might want to check out his YouTube channel here.



    I questioned for a brief moment if a single for next loop would have worked.
    Not if the leading digits of the password were zero's.

    Therefore FourdigitPassword needs to be a String not an integer.

    Except neither GW-BASIC, nor IBM ROM Basic at the time supported DIM with a datatype specification. He would have to have used a DEFINT statement instead.

    MS QuickBasic wasn't released until 1985.

    Is this the same Lance McDonald that told us that everything we knew about the government's data retention scheme was wrong?

      Nah Different Lance McDonald

        Same Twitter Account?

          nah different

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