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Comment: Re:Well, expect more of these, then (Score 1) 344

by Fire_Wraith (#48622555) Attached to: Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release
Perhaps I should have phrased things in better context. North Korea is an unrepentant rogue state that threatens, and occasionally attacks, just about anyone within its reach (save for its protector, China). For the most part though, aside from some things like the bombing of KAL 858, North Korea's reach has historically been limited in that regard. The internet has apparently changed that, and their reach extends pretty much anywhere around the world... nor do I think that they're likely to stop or change any of this behavior if things continue as they have.

Comment: Re:Edited for Slashdot (Score 2) 344

by Fire_Wraith (#48622251) Attached to: Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release
According to this - http://www.abc.net.au/news/201... - many of them do.

Key quote:

The balloons carried with them USBs containing Korean-language versions of Wikipedia, 500,000 leaflets, DVDs with South Korean TV dramas and radios able to be tuned to foreign broadcasts.
"Mr Gladstein says most North Koreans do not have access to technology.
"Obviously high level military and political figures have access to pretty much anything you'd expect to have in a similar sized city or country, with the exception that it is not connected to the outside world."
"So they have access to the intranet, which is a closed internal-only internet. But that's just the elite, the average North Korean, many of them do have TV and DVD players that have actually been provided to them by the government so that the government can show its propaganda."
He says the most effective media is probably still DVDs.

+ - Navy develops a shark drone for surveillance->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The Navy is testing a new underwater drone called GhostSwimmer, which is designed to look like a shark and conduct surveillance work.

It is being adapted by the chief of naval operations' Rapid Innovation Cell (CRIC) project, Silent NEMO, in Norfolk, Va.

GhostSwimmer is 5 feet long and weighs almost 100 pounds. It can operate in water depths from 10 inches to 300 feet, and is designed to operate autonomously for long periods of time, according to the Navy."

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Comment: Re:Well, expect more of these, then (Score 1) 344

by Fire_Wraith (#48622139) Attached to: Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release
They were, yes. I already had ordered my ticket from a minor chain (not one of those who chickened out). Furthermore, the US Government is now openly attributing the hack to North Korea (according to CNN). What I want to know is what we (for any of the appropriate values of 'we') are going to do about this, because this kind of thing cannot be allowed to go on.

Comment: Re:Boycott (Score 1) 344

by Fire_Wraith (#48621863) Attached to: Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release
Unfortunately all five of the major chains had backed out. Luckily for me, when I do go see movies in a theater I usually do so at Alamo Drafthouse, so I can drink beer while watching. At least prior to Sony's announcement, Alamo hadn't backed out (and it wouldn't be their style either), so this just confirms that I'll be skipping the major chains in the future.

Comment: Re:Holy Crap (Score 2) 63

by Fire_Wraith (#48614633) Attached to: A Domain Registrar Is Starting a Fiber ISP To Compete With Comcast
Sort of like how the current Atari is nothing to do with the 1980s Atari except for the name and the logo. Short version though, I think increased competition like this can only be a good thing. If small companies start doing fiber buildouts, it'll kick the incumbents like Comcast into having to step up their game to compete rather than just sitting on their backsides collecting rents. It's already happened in the areas Google Fiber showed up.

Comment: Re:my experience (Score 1) 260

by Fire_Wraith (#48612171) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Should a Liberal Arts Major Get Into STEM?
Depending on what field you want to go into, the Military can be a very good option. It's a large part of how I made the transition from History major to Network Security. The Military doesn't care what your past experience is (it can be a plus, but never a minus), just what your aptitude test scores are. They will pay to send you to the appropriate training for your field, and if you have existing student loan debt, they have a program to pay that off too (it's how I paid off mine) in lieu of receiving the Montgomery GI Bill. Note that this applies to the Army, not necessarily the other services - I can't speak directly for how much choice you get in which field you go into in the others, but the Army at least will put your choice of training into the written contract. Once I finished my time in the Army, I found that the fact that I had a BA in History didn't matter so much as the fact that I had a degree, I had work experience/certifications/etc. If anything, it was a positive, as I had somewhat better overall communications skills (writing/etc) than many of my counterparts that came from a purely technical background.

Comment: Re:What? (Score 1) 427

by Fire_Wraith (#48610631) Attached to: Federal Court Nixes Weeks of Warrantless Video Surveillance
It's certainly feasible. It takes political will, but more importantly it takes _Money_. All of that stuff is going to cost money. It's not so simple a matter as saying "Well we already spend $X on Y, let's put it on Z instead." You have to house those soldiers and feed them. Field operations are an increased cost over using the established housing and facilities on their old bases. Trucks using fuel moving food/water/etc. That said, it's certainly in the realm of possibility. Congress isn't interested in paying, and it's not just a matter of the left not wanting to stop immigrants. The entire reason the President was able to make his most recent order on how to prioritize deportations is because the law Congress passed only allocates enough money to deport a small fraction of the people here, and gives him the authority to prioritize how it's spent. They're certainly able to try and pass a new law changing that, or to spend money to really secure the border, but they're not likely to do that.

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