Statistics invented on the most trusted site in the world, Facebook, show that 60% of CSE students face a common request from their friends: “Can you please hack a Facebook account for me?”
While in the real world a computer engineer would struggle to decide which code to steal from GitHub, Hollywood plays a crucial role in raising unreal expectations from CSE students.
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How would a real-life computer engineer deal with Hollywood movie scripts?
For starters, a real computer engineer wouldn’t even respond to Morpheus’ invitation or follow the White Rabbit. Neo’s work in The Matrix is quite stable.
In a country where there are more software engineers than computers, a 9-to-5 job at a large software development company is damn lucrative. Is the red/blue pill even a choice? At least in The Matrix, I’m stuck in an underpaid job with no way out.
Also, being a programmer outside of Matrix is quite difficult. I’ve trashed stack overflow and couldn’t find a single code on how to get into the matrix or fake cool ammo in it. It might sound surprising, but the coding isn’t technically GTA Vice City where you type “NUTTERTOOLS” and get unlimited ammo.
Skyfall (Or any James Bond 007 movie)
Imagine being employed by a Bond villain after graduation and being transferred to a scary, remote island. You should spend hours trying to break into one of the most secure secret agencies in the world and steal their encrypted data.
Also, universities in Bangladesh do not include the course “How to encrypt your boss’s evil plan to end the world and make it look like a cool holograph”. However, if you can crack the blueprint after 10 years of hard work, a smug-faced spy will almost always crack it without any prior programming knowledge.
Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
Forgive me, but it seems I missed the class where they teach how to push random buttons to break into Russia’s most sophisticated prison and bust Tom Cruise out in style. Although, if you press “Enter” very hard at the end, it doesn’t matter what gibberish you type beforehand. The guy pressed “Enter”, he must be doing something right.
In each film, the IMF ends up being disavowed. Employers make it very clear that if someone is compromised, they will not take any responsibility. The private sector lacks job security, but spending your life in a gulag for getting the code wrong is not a price to pay. All this for just $25,000 a month and yet they won’t take anyone below CGPA 3.8! Classic corporate extortion.
In every movie, they end up saving the world at the very last second. In the real world, however, since hitting random buttons isn’t an option, a more flexible timeout would help. A sensible villain should understand the difficulties of hacking and consider hitting the doomsday button once I’m done asking my best friend how to break into the firewall of the world’s most high-tech nuclear power plant.
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