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Neil Studd and Dan Billing bring you a fortnightly movie podcast with a software testing spin. We'll be looking for bugs in the plot, and comparing how the films compare to real-life experiences we've faced in the world of testing!
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Oct 20, 2017

Well, it was inevitable. A trawl through Neil's favourite Bond movie results in an unprecedented level of pedantry, fact-checking and conversational rabbit-holes, as we lean particularly hard into the uncomfortable elements of the movie, including inappropriate remarks in the workplace, the enigma of Boris, and unconvincing love stories.

There's plenty to celebrate though, as your presenters explore their respective histories with the Bond series, the novels, and the GoldenEye 007 game on the Nintendo 64. Dan wants a laser pistol, Neil wants to talk physics, everyone reminisces about trying to connect to the internet in the 1990s, and for a change there are some valuable insights from the director's commentary.

It's a time for heroes, as Dan's tonsillitis battles through our longest-ever recording session, and Neil somehow manages to edit over three hours of material into a sub-2hr podcast. (If you've got a well-stocked liquor cabinet, the original tapes are available on request.)

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We'll be back in a fortnight for a much shorter episode about SHAUN OF THE DEAD, hope you'll join us then!

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Intro music: Tina Turner - GoldenEye
Outro music: Eric Serra - Experience of Love

Oct 6, 2017

After finally overcoming the communication problems associated with talking to the other side of the world, we're joined by Mike Talks for a discussion about WarGames, the film that did for the 80s what Hackers did for the 90s, yet somehow without feeling anywhere near as dated as the latter.

It's an enjoyable film with plenty to celebrate, and plenty of relevant discussion points including how humans interact with artificial intelligence, and the many obvious security vulnerabilities that are on display. However we don't neglect our duty in highlighting some very disturbing gender roles, and we reluctantly stray onto the topic of Donald Trump.

Along the way, the team talk through their childhood gaming and programming experiences, Mike shares some (non-classified) military IT stories, Dan proposes an unlikely trilogy of technology films, and Neil gets sidetracked by background details as usual.

Oh, and if you've got an Amazon Echo, Google Home or Siri-enabled device in earshot, you're probably going to want to disable its microphone for the duration of this episode. We didn't, and paid the consequences.

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In two weeks, we'll be venturing into the world of James Bond for the first time, to discuss Pierce Brosnan's first outing as 007, GOLDENEYE!

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Intro music: Arthur B. Rubinstein - WarGames Intro Theme
Outro music: Arthur B. Rubinstein - Edge of the World

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