On the way home from seeing The Departed

“You know, it’s totally false drama to show the bad cop deleting the undercover good cop’s record.”

“Why, because there’s always a techie somewhere who can recover the data?”

“Not even that. It’s just that any organization worth its salt will have tape backups stored offsite with at least a month’s worth of data. People are idiots, they accidentally delete important files all the time.”

“OK, then. If you and I ever write a screenplay we’re going to show the guy calling IT and asking to have all the backups deleted.”

“Now that’s good cinema.”

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