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Comment: Re:Actually.. (Score 1) 225

by AchilleTalon (#48670387) Attached to: Sony To Release the Interview Online Today; Apple Won't Play Ball

True and it is not a reason to give them money as like it is a good cause. It isn't, There is many charities out there who deserved much more our money than a gang of monkeys who believe they achieved something for America doing a bad movie and having crappy IT security practices.

Obama is wrong when he says North Korea should pay Sony for the damages. North Korea should pay America because they did a crime on american soil, but the money should not be spend on Sony. They do not deserve it.

Comment: Re:Good news! (Score 1) 225

by AchilleTalon (#48669861) Attached to: Sony To Release the Interview Online Today; Apple Won't Play Ball

Why? To make Sony rich? There is no patriotism behind watching this serie B film. It will be released, that's all that matter. Free speech is not about the obligation to watch bad movies and make a gang of morons rich. I fear I don't want to encourage an enteprise with so bad security practices and reward the shareholders for not making the call when it was time to.

Watching the movie just by patriotism is stupid.

Comment: Re:Gawd I hated it! (Score 2, Insightful) 234

by AchilleTalon (#48662565) Attached to: The Slow Death of Voice Mail

Well, either way it's bad. When people are leaving messages, it is not rare you have to listen at them a half dozen times before you finally get correctly some critical information in it, like the name of the caller or the phone number which happen to not be the same as the caller id when you get one. There is still a ton of people around thinking leaving a message is some kind of race and you have nearly 10 seconds to tell about your whole life. I hate phones.

I would like to see phone plans without talking minutes or an optional amount of minutes and a base rate for SMS/text. Currently, most plans include a fix amount of minutes and you have to buy minutes to which SMS are added. Why not the reverse? It would be much less expensive, I almost never talk over phone.

Comment: Re: Marketing? (Score 1) 237

by AchilleTalon (#48648945) Attached to: Anonymous Claims They Will Release "The Interview" Themselves
Undoubtely the market will slap SPE back and forth in the face. If they don't, they are really a gang of idiots. Who would invest in a company which is unable to protect itself and its assets? In not way this could be a marketing strategy to pocket a few million dollars. It will cost SPE much more than what they could hope to cash-in from a serie B movie and even an Oscar winner would not compensate.

Comment: Re:"Cultural arrogance" (Score 1) 153

by AchilleTalon (#48647125) Attached to: US Seeks China's Help Against North Korean Cyberattacks

First of all, the movie isn't a product of the USA government. You know about free speech? If free speech is considered by the rest of the world as cultural arrogance, so be it.

Second, hijacking a website and the cyberspace is a crime. It is not about the movie industry or whatever, it is about a crime perpetrated on american soil by another country. USA is perfectly legit to react and take action against anyone behind this crime. No matter how weak the security at Sony is.

Third, any real proofs US government is behind Stuxnet? I would like to see them, really.

Fourth, they also insult their own leaders. There is numerous movies where the President of USA is depicted as an idiot, killed or whatever.

Comment: Re:And the scientific evidence for this conclusion (Score 1) 390

Define dominant.

By number of units? By pound? By size of the actions domain? By resilience? By IQ? By energy consumption? By number of other entities it kills? By distance it travels?

It is very likely our first encounter with extrastellar form of life will be with a non-living space probe or something like that. Sustaining life during an interstellar journey is about impossible. In the big void, there is no energy available to sustain life as we define it and the amount of time it will take to reach a target capable to provide some power supply is too large for any kind of power supply we know and can think of. Nuclear reactors won't fit the bill, they will need to be replace/rebuild entirely many times, radioactive material will be no longer radioactive many thousands of years before an alien world is reached, etc. So, it leaves autonomous probes that can hibernate until some source of power is encountered.

Given that, would you qualify an autonomous probe as a form of life? Surely not.

Comment: Re:Science is on the skeptical side of this debate (Score 1) 718

On what side do you think are the physicists questioning the identity of the Higgs and believing it may be another particle while the probabilities are much more higher than 95% it is in fact the Higgs? You just don't get it. It is not a matter of probabilities. At the beginning of the XXth century, it was taken for granted (almost 100% of the scientific community) the ether exists until two skeptic guys, Michelson and Morley decided to setup an experiment to determine if it actually exists and they found it didn't. Science is not a poll.

Comment: Re:Established science CANNOT BE QUESTIONED! (Score 3, Insightful) 718

Not only the data and the conclusions, the models themselves. If you use a model to analyze the data and draw some conclusions from it and this model is unable to predict phenomena correctly you can certainly become skeptic about the conclusions you drawn from it. Recently, many models were put exactly in that position. Calling everyone a denier because he/she express some doubts about the conclusions of a model without any decent prediction capability is certainly an abuse of language and even bullying toward legitimate skepticism.

Comment: Re:Sets a precedent (Score 1) 586

by AchilleTalon (#48622005) Attached to: Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release
I don't think so. We are talking about Sony only. And it is working with Sony because they have a lot of valuable information on Sony they just stole few days before. This is not likely to work with any North American media, if any other. You should also take into account Sony is not particularily good at protecting its own systems and they are reknown for that in fact. It is not the case of all the media.

One of the chief duties of the mathematician in acting as an advisor... is to discourage... from expecting too much from mathematics. -- N. Wiener