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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. betts4

    betts4 I am Spartacus!

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    Thanks. I was close but not quite getting the reasoning.

    We used to have a "pc" computer in 1991. All I remember is that it was big and clunky and white. I thought it had a 'handle' but not sure.
     
  2. Thom

    Thom Active Member

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    Now that the third episode has aired, and the show's current focus is on the mounting emotional pressure, I find I'm enjoying the show more.
     
  3. jautor

    jautor Also wants a pony

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    Agreed. Third episode was the best one so far... And Joe's, um, "actions" at the dinner party were a surprise.
     
  4. Bierboy

    Bierboy Seasoned gas passer

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    And I don't quite understand how his actions impacted the funding situation...
     
  5. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give em Hell, Devils

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    Joe didn't want to partner with the rich lady and made that very clear during dinner, but then she went around him and got his boss to approve the deal anyway. So he then went and cheated with her boy-toy, and came out and with a look on his face that said everything. Basically, Joe made it clear that he wasn't going to play ball with her, so she was smart to kick them to the curb.
     
  6. markp99

    markp99 TakoKichi TCF Club

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    Thanks for this thread. I grabbed the first three episodes and did a mini-binge.

    I'm in. I like the premise and characters. The era is very close to when I started my engineering career, but I find I don't care much about the technical accuracy of the whole reverse engineering thing. This is just good summer viewing fun.
     
  7. Bierboy

    Bierboy Seasoned gas passer

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    OK...I guess. I just don't see exactly how him messing around with her lackey would negatively affect the business deal. Maybe I'm oblivious....
     
  8. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give em Hell, Devils

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    He wasn't her lackey, he was her husband/boyfriend/lover. So Joe was basically sending a message that if she was going to go around him to Joe's boss and still do the deal, then Joe was going to go around her to mess with her. Not a good way to start off a financial relationship.
     
  9. Bierboy

    Bierboy Seasoned gas passer

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    Hmmm....I didn't get that relationship between the two of them at all. Like I said....oblivous!
     
  10. MikeAndrews

    MikeAndrews Registered abuser

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    So I'm vindicated, because Gordon definitely had white LEDs and clear red LEDs on the breadboard.
     
  11. mattack

    mattack Active Member

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    Disassembly, not source code. (Though I admit at assembly level those are pretty darn close to each other.. but you don't have comments, user-given label names, etc..)
     
  12. mattack

    mattack Active Member

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    That's funny, because for this show, I think that level of comment, even though I have been a part of it, has been actually pretty tame..
     
  13. blazin6969

    blazin6969 New Member

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    Man I love this show!!!
     
  14. Worf

    Worf Active Member

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    Yeah, neither would be in the early 80's.

    In fact, if one were doing a ROM dump that way (which is idiotic), the old style colored LEDs work best - you don't want clear LEDs, the color LEDs help show where there are LEDs and then it's just a matter of seeing "on" and "off". In fact, it would make the circuit a lot more compact.

    Anyhow, you wouldn't need a ROM dumper or anything - the PC itself can read that ROM chip out for you plain and simple since it's always mapped into the last 64K of the available memory space (the x86 boots at 0xF:FFF0 - 16 bytes from end of memory). A lot of these tricks were used to hack the original Xbox, too.

    As for portable computers, the early 80s had the "luggables" - PCs you carried with huge handles to which you could carry it around. Gordon mocked, but considering you're talking about a $5000+ machine, being able to carry it home meant you could work at home instead of driving to the office.

    Of course, the Mac, and in the latter half of the 80s, Toshiba meant "luggables" got a lot smaller (the Mac was inherently portable and many companies made carry bags for that purpose). Toshiba released the T1100/T3100 laptops in 1986, dooming luggables as the Toshibas were way more portable (sure they were 3" thick and about 12" square, but they were also only about 16lbs, and had a BUILT IN BATTERY. Yes, you could use this thing away from the plug! Of course, the traditional clamshell design for laptops came later. (I can't remember who started it, but Apple copied it for the Mac Powerbook 100, considered to be one of the nicest portable machines at the time).
     
  15. DeDondeEs

    DeDondeEs Well-Known Member TCF Club

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    Show is OK for me so far. I wish they would stop playing that awful early 80's punk music every time they show Cameron. The only thing that could be worse is if they start playing a bunch of whiny David Byrne stuff.
     
  16. cheesesteak

    cheesesteak Meh.

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    I'm not the only one who hates her "theme" music.
     
  17. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give em Hell, Devils

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    Add me as one who hate the music they're picking whenever Cameron is on screen. Maybe that stuff was popular then and I'm just a few years to young to recognize it, but to me it comes across as "we can't afford to license real 80s music that anyone would recognize, so we're making her be into some really alternate punk."
     
  18. mattack

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    I don't like some of the music, but at least one or two of the songs I thought were entertaining.. I didn't bother to look them up, but at least they're *different* songs than you hear in most period stuff. (My best example -- can you see any documentary or drama set in the 1960s and NOT hear "For What It's Worth"? I actually REALLY like the song, too..)
     
  19. Unbeliever

    Unbeliever Random Nobody

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    Dropped the season pass. Never got into the any of the characters and story.

    --Carlos V.
     
  20. leeherman

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    I used "Shazam" on one song, and it's NEW, not from the '80s.

    LH
     

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