Kevin McCallister may not be a hacker or even own a computer (as far as we know), but no one embodies the hacker ethic better than he does, an eight-year-old boy left alone at Christmas who is forced to use his imagination and creativity to defend a prime target and lure his adversaries into his trap. This is Deciphering Home Alone.
Dennis Fisher, Zoe Lindsey, Pete Baker, and Casey Ellis convene to honor the 30th anniversary of the release of Sneakers, the greatest hacker movie ever made, and discuss its legacy, popularity in the hacker community, and why it still holds up today.
Zoe Lindsey, Pete Baker, and Dennis Fisher sit down to talk about Die Hard 2, the forgotten member of the Die Hard series, which is not a Christmas movie. It is, however, a movie with a lot of great hacking and social engineering scenes, and Bruce Willis spewing one-liners like a 1950s standup comic.
On the anniversary of the release of Hackers, Zoe Lindsey and Pete Baker join Dennis Fisher to talk about the cultural influence of the movie, the effect it's had on hacker culture, and why it is still so beloved today.
Dennis Fisher, Zoe Lindsey, and Pete Baker ride a cart through the steam tunnels to meet at the Pacific Tech lab, crank up the laser, and ponder the immortal words of Socrates, who said, "I drank what?" Get your giant tinfoil ball of popcorn ready for Real Genius!