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Comment Re: 3.5mm? (Score 1) 330

This. I've never understood why everyone wants the phones to keep getting lighter and thinner, with things like a glass back, only to then have to put them in a giant bulky plastic case to protect them, entirely defeating the purpose. People (mostly tech journalists) complained about how the Samsung S3/S4 felt with its plastic back, but you could actually get away without putting it in a case, which seems to be true of fewer and fewer phones these days (certainly not the iPhones or the S6).

Comment Re:The dark matter between their ears (Score 1) 164

It strikes me somewhat as the discovery of the planets, including Neptune, and the theoretical, but ultimately nonexistent, planet Vulcan.

The planet Neptune was identified not by visual observation, but by mathematical calculation based on errors in the predicted orbit of Uranus. Something was causing changes in the orbit Uranus should have taken according to the Newtonian model, and what was missing was another planet. They then were able to predict where it would be, and later observations by telescope confirmed that.

Thus when Mercury's orbit could not be accurately matched to the Newtonian model, one of those same 19th century astronomers theorized that there must be another planet between Mercury and the Sun, which was dubbed "Vulcan," that would account for the missing aspects of the equation. It was only much later that Einstein's theory of relativity correctly and accurately accounted for the inconsistencies without any hypothetical planet between Mercury and the Sun.

All of this isn't to say that "Dark Matter" is wrong or inaccurate, more just to illustrate how things operate with a known scientific model. If you have a missing variable, it may mean that there's something else you're not seeing through other means involved, or it may mean your model is wrong. The way you test that though is to come up with, and test/observe for, those things.

Comment Smart TV (Score 2) 148

Is there really any reason to buy a "Smart" TV, versus a standalone display?

Even things like this aside, it seems like the TV equivalent of having an "all in one" model for your desktop, where you're pretty much stuck with replacing the whole thing if you want to do anything more than swap a hard drive or such. It also seems like buying a separate device, whether you're using a Roku or AppleTV or XBoxOne/PS4, and then hooking it to a giant monitor, is by far the better option.

Comment Re: Blocking everything is hysterical overreaction (Score 1) 222

Oh, I'm pretty sure he does use it for work (even if not in a critical capacity), he just doesn't realize it because he takes it for granted. He thinks it's something frivolous for entertainment, and equates it to TV/Video Game privileges for his kid. He probably wouldn't understand just how huge of an impact it would have on his and his family's lives if it was suddenly cut off due to spurious copyright claims - or even non-spurious.

Let's say his kid has been torrenting movies - what happens then? Apparently he seems to think that the entire household should be immediately cut off, or that maybe **AA lawyers ought to be able to directly extort money from him claiming that he has been torrenting porn or such.

Comment Re:This is why ISIS wins (Score 2) 592

Turkey doesn't like ISIS - but Turkey hates the Kurds more, and views them as the real/long-term enemy or problem. Turkey is certainly not sympatico with the US (nevermind Russia) on taking out ISIS, especially not if the Kurds in Iraq are empowered by it.

In a way, it's very similar to the situation in Afghanistan with respect to the attitude and interests of Pakistan. Their interests are not our own, and they don't consider the Taliban to be the "real problem" in the region. Granted, Turkey is not supporting ISIS the way some elements in Pakistan prop up the Taliban/AQ, but they're certainly in no rush to bring ISIS down.

Comment Re:They aren't really still blaming DPRK, are they (Score 2) 51

First, I don't work at Sony, nor did I in the past.

I do know that they ramped up and hired a bunch of people to build a CIRT after the PSN hack. The rumor that I heard was that those guys wound up in the wonderful situation of a CIRT, working for Corporate (Big Sony) that is responsible for everything, but doesn't have the power to necessarily tell the individual subsidiaries (like Sony Pictures) what to do, let alone do something like threaten to cut off network access unless issues are addressed.

So you could well wind up with a shitshow where one subsidiary is running a flat network, has executives who don't care, and tell IT to just "make it work" all the while cutting costs to the bone (that part about having Bain come in, in TFA, especially)? Yeah, I could easily envision that as having been the case, especially since I don't believe the hack affected anyone else in Sony, only the Sony Pictures unit. Not saying that's how it went, but I would not be surprised in the slightest.

Comment Re:They aren't really still blaming DPRK, are they (Score 1) 51

If we were talking about any country that wasn't the DPRK, I would agree one hundred percent, because it's absurd.

That said, the normal rules don't apply to the DPRK, because by normal standards, the DPRK _is_ absurd. The entire country is built around a cult of personality centered on the Kim family, and propped up by the military elites. While it's dubious to what degree people actually buy in to it, it's very clear that they have to pretend to do so, because the alternative is pretty much risking getting sent to a prison camp for the rest of your life, along with your entire extended family.

I find it entirely plausible as a motive (nevermind Sony being a Japanese company, whom they have no particular love for). That's not to say it's proof by any means, and there are certainly other plausible explanations - but I don't think it's fair to rule out the possibility on grounds that "this isn't what normal nations do."

As for "could", they've pretty much also been accused of all sorts of hacking activity against South Korea. I guess if you don't believe they did that, then sure - but they're pretty much the number one suspect.

And lastly, the notion that Sony Pictures would go to this length to promote a movie, to the point of wrecking their operations and embarrassing the absolute crap out of their senior executives, getting lots of people fired... it's insane. They're going to spend more just fighting off the lawsuits alone, nevermind the cleanup, than they will ever make on "The Interview."

Comment Re: Torrent (Score 1) 311

"Silencers" as they appear in movies are entirely fictional yes.

Noise suppressors on the other hand are very much real - but they don't function anywhere near like the movies portray them. You wouldn't be able to use one to silently cap someone while the guards around the corner are blissfully unaware. It's more that it becomes less damaging. You won't find one that reduces the sound below 110 decibels, and so you're probably still better off using hearing protection even when employing one.

Comment Re:Applications? (Score 2) 47

Nevermind the fact that ad networks have been used on multiple occasions as delivery mechanisms for malware, including "drive by" attacks where you don't even need to click anything. Just visit a seemingly innocuous page, and bam, infected.

It's also not even something where it only happens to shady sites, or shady/porn/etc ad networks. Even the flagship ad services, and mainstream websites have been affected.

The only way to protect yourself is to not accept arbitrary traffic from untrusted third parties in the first place - i.e., ad blockers, noscript, etc.

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