24 thoughts on “Dial-Up Modem Scene from WarGames

  1. Evidences and 'absent of evidences' on how Protovision is indeed the server David hacked into, but got censored:

    1. David was never shown to have dialed Protovision's 555-8633.
    2. Out of 399-, 437-, 767-, 936-. None is revealed to have Protovision's server.
    3. David still mention Protovision to Jim when he gave the game list, but never mention on where he got it. Jim is the one who said it wasn't Protovision, based on the games' military names. By that logic, Command & Conquer and Call of Duty're Military Simulations from the DoD. Oops!
    4. Instead of researching a Protovision programmer. David only got "Falken's Maze" to start his research. Great thing there's a book with a title including the words "The Falken Maze".
    5. Protovision was never mentioned by name again. As if David never searched for them. The NORAD bunker's security only said David was looking for a 'toy company'.

  2. While some said David never hacked into Protovision. What they did is remove any DIRECT connection on how Protovision's server is connected to the WOPR/Joshua mainframe computer.

    Because in reality, many (most?) Video Game companies have connections to the military. Why is that one VG company has a name meaning "Entrust it to Temple Heaven", that could mean "Entrust it to Air Force Base"?

    Why is that another had a Headquarters near Haneda (basically an Air Force Base at the time)? Plus a mascot that represented the Air Force (http://wallpapercave.com/wp/wflRr1u.jpg)?

    Then there's one whose name represented the pseudo military NASA's Capsule Communicator operator position.

    And of course in 1992' Sneakers, there's that 'Toy Company'.

    PS: The Air Force Base ordered a Nuclear Strike / NS.

  3. The big floppy is an 8 inch floppy. I've never seen an 8 inch floppy myself, but I have seen an 8 inch floppy drive. Makes the 5.25 inch floppies look small in comparison.

  4. "This is also the reason you get scam callers nowadays despite being on
    the do not call list. I have to explain to people every other day that
    nooooo, the phone company isn't selling your number, nor is the DNC
    list, that would imply the scammers are willing to spend money. They use
    war dialing and caller ID spoofing in order to get around the system.
    The only way to get around them is to use a call blocker if you have a
    smart phone or if the telephone company allows you to block calls from a
    (usually clunky and still barely functional) menu option."

    Maybe in the 80's and possibly in the 90's war dialling would have been going on. Now days, no one uses modems any more. All war dialing is done on the net now looking for computers to break into. The calls you get today are telemarketers using robocalling systems that make multiple calls at once and hangs up on the unanswered calls as soon as someone answers on one of the calls.

  5. This is also the reason you get scam callers nowadays despite being on the do not call list. I have to explain to people every other day that nooooo, the phone company isn't selling your number, nor is the DNC list, that would imply the scammers are willing to spend money. They use war dialing and caller ID spoofing in order to get around the system. The only way to get around them is to use a call blocker if you have a smart phone or if the telephone company allows you to block calls from a (usually clunky and still barely functional) menu option.

  6. Fuck you. That's a real mechanical keyboard from an IMSAI, not the pieces of shit sold by Apple nowadays that don't even have function keys!

  7. Of course we all thought Matthew Broderick's character was an awesome super-genius in 1984. The times — they change.

  8. the computer answer with a tone, that only other computers can recognize (or something like that)

  9. @cooldude27109507 that movie was our anthem… it was great to be a phreaker back when ma bell got broke up and startups like sprint and ICI used 2 digit codes on their PBXs….

  10. I wonder if one of the numbers he dialed was Ben Stein's? "Hello? Is anyone there? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?"

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