That's just it... The movie is, by most accounts, shit. North Korea is annoyed but almost certainly wasn't responsible for the hack. Going to see it does nothing other than line Sony's pockets.
Playing devil's advocate for a moment, a protest is basically a DDOS attack. A large number of people all go to the same place at the same time, preventing others using it. Roads get blocked, squares occupied. It's temporary and the area becomes useable again afterwards.
Out of interest, what happens if you play on a different computer to the one you were last logged in on? Obviously you character and progress will be at the last point it was online for, but now you have two different versions of the character and game world.
Well, someone did DDOS their entire country offline, taking down their official news outlets etc, so apparently they do need some kind of cyber security force.
In fact they do have an internal network, used by universities and companies, and a 3G mobile network. There is something to defend.
Considering what we learned from Edward Snowden I'd say this is actually the absolute minimum I'd expect them to be doing. When your enemy is the United States, obviously you are going to have strong cyber defence.
The US is a paragon of free speech â" not because there is no room for improvement, but because all (certainly most) other societies are worse in this regard.
European countries consider themselves more free than the US, it's just that they have a different concept of what freedom is.
In Europe freedom is seen as a two sided coin. You have negative freedom, that is freedom from interference and limits on your behaviour. That includes freedom of speech. Then you have positive freedom, the freedom to participate in society and to prosper. That includes things like the right to vote, the right to a family life, and the right to education.
In the US you can protest loudly outside someone's home day and night. Some people go and protest at the funerals of soldiers, and good natured bikers have to come and form a line to keep them away. In Europe that kind of thing would clash with a person's freedom to have a private life, i.e. to privately grieve for their loved on at the funeral.
We also see the right to a private life clashing with US company's desire to profile everyone and use their personal data for commercial gain, which Europeans consider to be a massive loss of freedom but Americans consider to be a corporation exercising its free speech rights.
What makes it suspicious is that the hackers seem to have access to Sony's system for an extended period of time before going public. If their goal was to prevent the release of this movie they left it rather late in the day. It doesn't seem to have been their primary goal, and in fact they tried to extort money out of Sony first which seems like an odd thing for a nation state to do.
The only evidence that the FBI has offered are some Korean strings, which by themselves tell us very little.
Could easily have been individuals using NK as cover, or perhaps even genuinely supporting NK. Just like the DDOSing of the DPRK could have been the US, or it could just have been a bunch of Anonymous asshats seizing an opportunity to do some semi-legitimate cyber-warfare.
As another example, since the UN Charter as passed, open wars of aggression have been outlawed. As a result, there have been a whole lotta agressive "self-defense."
Which is why we can't believe the US either. It's Iraqi WMD all over again, a lie designed to create an excuse for an attack.
Almost all sports are judged to some degree, even if it is only a referee making decisions. In any case, those sports are all in there because they have large international competitions and structures, with well defined rules that many athletes feel are worth competing under. If they were just a pure judgement call people wouldn't bother participating since there would be no clear and objective way to measure and improve their performance, but that's not how they work.
The judges use very specific criteria, just like an examiner does to mark papers in an academic setting. For example, in rhythmic gymnastics there is a list of moves, ranked by difficulty and judged on how well the athlete meets the prescribed forms. It's not about looking good, it's about doing the motions correctly and with a high level of skill.
Um... The picture you linked to doesn't show a peep sight. Could you perhaps circle it and post the image somewhere? I'm interested to know what you think a peep sight it.
There are still big problems with this.
1. The police were warned not to go after people for this kind of thing, with specific advice from the Attorney General. Yet, they carry on doing it.
2. They don't seem to understand Twitter. The laws they are using are anti-harassment laws, designed to stop people trolling the families of victims and the like. This guy didn't send his joke to those people, and they would probably have never heard it if the police hadn't brought it to their attention.
3. While the tweet was public, so are billions of others made every day. It's akin to saying something distasteful but not illegal to your friends while walking down the street, and being arrested because someone somewhere could have been offended by it.
social justice warriors
This is the new Godwin. And in this case, you are wrong. This is the police being dumb fucks, as usual. They have been given specific advice about this sort of thing, but are ignoring it.
It's actually the people who oppose the social justice warriors who are calling for this kind of things: the Daily Mail readers. The ones who wanted the porn filters. The ones were are permanently offended about everything, especially other people people's offence.