I actually watched that show several times on the Web back in the late '90s. It was called Hack : Parse
and was carried by one of the early streaming video content providers. It was extremely lame, but I found it funny to see these kids acting all "street" and tough while talking about computers. This show had a hipster element to it which was similar to the movie Hackers
, and a similar absence of real technical information. Come to think of it, it was only a matter of time before MTV picked up on this show. Hack : Parse
MTV material. Just the perfect storm of idiotic, vapid trendiness and lack of substance.
They had a little set like a news desk with laptops in front of each host. The hosts would sit behind the desk and banter back and forth, cracking stupid jokes, busting hip-hop poses and acting all ghetto. There were 2 main guys who were regularly on, and a rotating cast of several alternates. There was almost always a girl who just sat there quietly and looked pretty while typing on a laptop.
Every week, they'd discuss some very lowbrow "hacking-related" news, show screenshots of hacked websites, talk about various script kiddies who'd been arrested for CFAA violations, etc. They'd typically have a guest on the show who was just about as clueless as they were. The guests usually bragged about their own exploits (mostly lies, I'm sure) as well as all the great "hacking projects" they were involved in, without of course going into any specifics. All throughout the show, they'd be idling in an IRC channel, and would occasionally interject something funny that had been said on IRC, or else ask a question for their guest which had been posed by an IRCer. Sometimes they would take call-ins during the guest portion of the show and give away prizes like CDs of free software. One time they gave away a FreeBSD install CD to a caller.
On one particular show I remember, their guest was a kid of maybe 18-20 years old who claimed to be "using his hacking skills" to track down child pornographers on the Internet and then report them to the authorities. This kid (himself barely over the age of consent) said that he and his fellow porn-hounds could use some help from any skilled hackers willing to participate, and then started complaining about how he's been doing this for several months straight and needs to take a break because looking at all that kiddie porn was starting to really bother him. I shit you not, this guy actually said that. I remember another show where they had a bunch of Furbies sitting all over the set making so much noise you could barely even hear the conversation.
This show was pathetic because it was so obviously trying to turn hacking into a "hip" social scene. I found it hilarious the way they tried to blend computer science with that gangsta rap image. I wonder if anybody anywhere still has any episodes of that show. The video and sound quality were awful, but it still might be fun to laugh at.
Edited by Colonel Panic, 14 January 2009 - 11:58 AM.