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"Halt and Catch Fire"... Anyone planning on watching?

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by Peter000, May 11, 2014.

  1. Jul 9, 2014 #241 of 383
    gschrock

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    I remember as late as sometime in the late 80's my high school had a, hmm, Honeywell? mainframe machine that we used. We had about 12-16 terminals for it as I recall, but when we were compiling C code, you could only have one person in each phase of the compiling at a time (I think specifically, the compiling phase caused the problem, once you got to linking, it was ok for someone else to start compiling). We had to have little signs to put on our terminals that indicated who was currently compiling.
     
  2. Jul 9, 2014 #242 of 383
    Gerryex

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    Yes, I FF'd through some parts also. Some of the scenes I had to roll my eyes it was so bad, and I'm not talking about any technical errors. Just some of the drama they decided to add (like the good guy engineer breaking the store's glass window to steal two dolls) is just stupid. I realize they had to add some drama to what would have been a very boring technical story but I, for one, think they picked some lousy examples!

    I'll probably stick with it but its definitely not as good as I thought it would be!!

    Gerry
     
  3. Jul 9, 2014 #243 of 383
    mattack

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    From wikipedia, it was only called C++ in/after 1983 (along with // comments coming in then), and the book came out in 1985.

    So clearly too early for this show.
     
  4. Jul 9, 2014 #244 of 383
    mattack

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    The catering obviously was a joke.. but from wikipedia:
    On December 12, 1980, Apple went public at $22 per share,[41] generating more capital than any IPO since Ford Motor Company in 1956 and instantly creating more millionaires (about 300) than any company in history.[42]

    The citation is from Michael Malone's "Infinite Loop" book. (Just found a typo in his name on the wikipedia page.)

    No, I'm not trying to just spout wikipedia at you, obviously go do other research, etc...
     
  5. Jul 9, 2014 #245 of 383
    mattack

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    I said C compilers *FOR PERSONAL COMPUTERS*. You're 7 years too late, too.
     
  6. Jul 9, 2014 #246 of 383
    mattack

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    If you are just "downloading" them, you are pirating them.

    There are several Infocom collections of games that you can buy.. You can play them with interpreters on practically any computer ever made..

    People write new games with the 'Inform' compiler that produces games in the same format (Z-code) that Infocom games ended up in. Infocom games use a virtual machine.
     
  7. Church AV Guy

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    You could try this site:

    http://www.web-adventures.org/
     
  8. wouldworker

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    Nobody caught the bug in her C code? The function declaration was something like:

    char *getToken(char *str, char *endToken)

    The function is supposed to return a pointer to the first character of the token and store a pointer to the last character of the token in endToken, which it does with the following line:

    endToken = p;

    This won't return the value to the caller. The function declaration should be:

    char *getToken(char *str, char **endToken)

    And the line that sets endToken should be:

    *endToken = p;

    I'm still watching for the computer stuff, but this show is really bad.
     
  9. BluesFools

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    You're assuming that the language she's using is the C we all know and love. But we've already decided it wasn't any version of C which existed in our world in 1983. It's some magical language that uses yet-to-be-invented ANSI syntax, along with bits of Bjarne Stroustrup's personal pre-C++, BCPL/"C with classes" imaginings. Who knows what the frood any of the syntax actually means or how it works.

    Anyway, she deleted it all (using the backspace key all the way!) probably because she couldn't get it to work due to the bug you spotted.
     
  10. gchance

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    With a nitpick this tiny, what would you consider good?

    Greg
     
  11. brianric

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    Agree.
     
  12. dswallow

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    This reminds me somewhat of the sorts of things producers could get away with before HD, but after HD they were blindsided for a time. Like how they rarely had to worry about folks reading papers being handled by a character, but now since you can often read what's on them if you pause, nowadays they actually have to write relevant info for those papers casually being carried by a character instead of it being the days production notes or script pages, or gibberish.
     
  13. wouldworker

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    I didn't mean to imply that the show is bad because it got something like that wrong. It's bad because it's poorly written and mostly poorly acted. I like the computer stuff and there's not much else on so I watch anyway.
     
  14. Worf

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    Hrm, no one's submitted it to the Source Code on TV and Films site yet?

    (It's a site that tracks down where source code that appears in movies and TV actually came from.)
     
  15. mattack

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    Had only one "technical" nitpick I noticed in the 7/13 episode. She said "dee eee see", rather than "deck" for DEC. (The captions got it right.)

    Also, the kids mentioned something like "cut up and bake cookies". Were they maybe talking about the Pillsbury cookie 'loaf' thing? At first I thought they maybe were talking about the _even lazier_ version nowadays where you AFAIK don't even have to cut them up, they're little lumps already.. (Yes, I'm not sure I remembered exactly what they said.) I'm very very nitpicking, just wondering if they had something out of the wrong time.

    Not sure what exactly the guy was doing at the very end.. is he literally starting to go crazy?

    BTW, the Cardiff Giant story:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cardiff_Giant
     
  16. Family

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    Forget the technical inconsistencies. Since when is blond girl & Joe in a tight enough relationship that she'd be crying over losing him? And that was totally out of character for her.
     
  17. Bierboy

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    It's called "character development"....
     
  18. ellinj

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    According to Wikipedia this show is set in 1983, The ford taxi they took had a third brake light. They didn't start appearing till mandated in 1986.
     
  19. SeanC

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    I wasn't sure what was going on there they did seem to imply that he was either having a breakdown or was very VERY drunk.

    The only other thing that it made me think of was Seymour Cray. He used to dig a hole in his back yard when working on problems, but it wasn't about him being crazy or having a breakdown it was just something he did to clear his mind.
     
  20. Bierboy

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