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09 February 2010 @ 07:08 pm
Random And Amusing  


My company (a financial services company) shares the floor with a company that does a fantasy MMORG. The contrast between the two frequently amuses me. Sometimes the random conversations overheard on the elevator, though...

Take today for example. A horde of guys from the other company were leaving for lunch at the same time I was. Two of them were talking about getting through the game "solo", and not taking friends along. One guy was saying how that was hard, while another guy pointed out this character he was referring to had all kinds of cool gear. He had protection against a whole bunch of things, like ice and oh yeah, dragon. The continued for a bit before a third guy asked how one has protection against dragon.

"Dragon's an element," the first guy explained.

"Huh?" the other guy asked.

Sadly the elevator arrived on the ground floor at this point, so I never got to hear the explanation for how "dragon" is an element.






I loved Bloody Monday so much that today I got disgusted with myself for not watching Bloody Monday 2 yet and sat myself down to watch it, in the name of getting some rest and stop being a Bad Fangirl. The random technobabble in this series amuses me to death -- not so much what they say as the "hacking" they do on screen. I mean, earlier there was the beautiful piece of HTML code with the form that, upon submit, did nothing. That level of cracktastic technobabble.

Someone, though, seems to have known something and threw in a random joke. In one bit of technobabble it lists a certain port. Being knee-deep in worrying about what uses what port these days I decided to look it up. Turns out it's a port commonly used by a certain trojan horse.

Yes indeed, the port used by the hacker in the show is one commonly used by hackers. Nice.

 
 
 
Max Kaehn: H1D20slothman on February 10th, 2010 03:45 am (UTC)
In Seas of Chaos, the major powers are the Elements (working with all four physical substances), opposed by Shadow (associated with illusion and unreality); Nature, opposed by Unlife; Chaos, opposed by Order; and Dragon. Humans can draw on any of the first six, and dragons all draw on the last one (so no one has a power that dragons are particularly weak against). I doubt they’re cribbing from my notes, though...
Yuusada: beyond-grandpayuusada on February 10th, 2010 05:57 pm (UTC)
So it's a techno-ish show that actually sorta knows what's talking about?

I think 24 could use some of their writers.
Sandpanthersandpanther on February 11th, 2010 05:08 am (UTC)
Ah-- no. The on-screen "hacking" commands used are entertainingly bogus. Like earlier in the episode, with the random HTML that, while well-formed, did nothing. (Well, technically it created a form on the screen which, in turn did nothing. Funny how action="" tends to produce a stunning lack of action.) I was stunned and amazed that they threw something in that was reasonably correct.

That said, it's a good suspense/thriller, and has been called "the Japanese 24". I'd be happy to provide subbed copies of the first series, if I've piqued your interest.
Yuusadayuusada on February 11th, 2010 06:53 pm (UTC)
Indeed. I'd be interested in seeing the Japanese take on 24.