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A scary thought, a few years later (I think around '85 or '86 a computer malfunction in the Soviet Union lead a missile commander to believe that an attack was underway from the US. He realized that it had to be a mistake because the US/USSR relations had been improving so he held off launching his own missiles. He literally saved the world that day. For being the world's coolest hand that day he was court marshaled.
Perhaps he is the one who should have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize rather than Obama.
I guess he was using some from telnet protocol - as all of his remote access was in a text / command line type environment.
The other tech you missed mentioning was the acoustic coupler, which he puts the telephone handset into, even though the first true modems were becoming avaliable... For the young uns out there, this is a device that physically connects the telephone itself to the computer and effectively predates modems
At the time of Wargmaes film, 300 baud (i.e. 300 bits per second 38 bytes per second)was the standard rate for data transfer...
They are still avaliable today and can be used to connect a computer to the internet anywhere in the world with a phone line and can now acheive speeds of up to 28kB / s