IT geek fail

Sometimes I wonder what kind of IT consultants are employed in the movie industry. The particular incident is taken from the  CBS series Jericho that I just started watching. This series tells the tale about nuclear bombs going off in the US and how a small town copes with the aftereffects.

The scene I want to tell you about, happens just after an EMP. Of course, it was meant to cut off communications. The local blond High School cutie goes to the local Internet Café, anyway. She tries to get access to some web page; without success. Then the nerdy black girl comes into play. She is the daughter of a special agent from the CIA.

Blondy explains Nerd that she needs to check her mail, Nerd then asks if Blondy tried “using the IP address”. After a decline Nerd goes to action and does the following:

IT geek fail

IT geek fail

Nerd then crosses her arms and uses a very interesting facial expression. The chat went on as follows:

It’s weired. the Internet was built by the military. It’s supposed to survive nuclear war.
– “So why can’t I check my email?

Considering that the two girls didn’t know each other very well, I have three questions about the used IP address.

  1. Is there only one email provider in the US?
  2. Shouldn’t IE display a message like “Address cannot be found”?
  3. How do people get these half truths? Knowing about the 4-tuple structure, but with random numbers? Hints: RFC760 and RFC2734

Well, maybe she got confused. After all, her dad is a CIA agent acting as if he were from FBI. But to the locals he said he was a cop. Confusion seems to be running in the family, I guess.

It’s a pretty nice series, anyway. Too bad it got cancelled early “due to bad ratings”. Obviously the American public didn’t like the idea of a creative and controversial series showing what people(that includes Americans) can do when times are tough.

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4 Responses to “IT geek fail”

  1. josh

    Jericho probably did not want to show a real IP Address since someone is probably assigned that and all the fans would try and access that IP Address.

  2. venator85

    I thought exactly the same when I saw the episode…

  3. Mihai Ioan

    They could use a local ip 192.168.20.xxx for the movie. But for sure they didn’t had a geek there.

  4. Dean

    Ah but if they used a private IP range, we’d be saying “That’s not internet routable!”

    Still though, this is the exact moment I turned this show off forever. I’m a network engineer, and this part showed lazy script writing that is unforgivable.

    Honestly, you could make the argument that they used an invalid IP address structure for the sake of not stepping on anyone’s public address space, but the fact that they said “The internet was designed by the military to survive a nuclear holocaust” tells me they are just shitty writers that didn’t take the time to get their facts straight.


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