Tech on TV: A Little Realism Goes

Watching TV shows often requires the suspension of disbelief — that is, a willingness to press pause on one’s critical faculties in order to believe the unbelievable. Realism often must be secondary to story, in other words. This very often is necessary when computers are used to advance plot lines, when programmers and hackers alike can bang away on their keyboards and produce tremendous results in seconds. One need look no further than such shows as The Blacklist or Scorpion, which feature keyboard cowboys who can hack into systems at…

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