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Comment Re: Blocking everything is hysterical overreaction (Score 1) 190

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) 496

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) 50

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) 50

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) 302

"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.

Comment Re:Children or not (Score 5, Insightful) 200

They're betting on the fact that it will usually be more expensive for you to challenge the ticket than to pay it. Even if you convince the judge to throw it out, you're still out the time spent fighting it, which is the better part of a day if you're lucky (worse if not).

Furthermore, they really don't care at all about safety. Studies have shown that while this sort of thing reduces T-bone incidents (which were rare to begin with), they cause a much greater increase in rear-end accidents because people wind up slamming on the breaks to avoid the sudden red light. Studies have also shown that there's a much more effective way to increase intersection safety, such as longer yellow lights, and/or a 1 to 2 second "all red". Of course, neither of those generate tons of money for the municipal government, let alone the camera company.

Comment Re:Fact check or PC checking? (Score 1) 337

We can argue endlessly over whether it's widespread or not. The simple fact is that those enslaved persons had no recourse whatsoever except to try and flee, or to engage in violent rebellion. This is a severe flaw in and of itself. It's like suggesting that massive pervasive government surveillance is okay, because they only rarely abuse it. The problem is the power imbalance itself, the abuse is just a feature of that.

Comment Re:Scewed by the reviewer. (Score 4, Informative) 337

"Well, what I told you was true, from a certain point of view." - Obi-wan Kenobi

They're all partly true, and partly incorrect, as each only tells part of a larger story.

-The USA cited British impressment of sailors, interference in trade, and other such provocations by Britain, as part of its declaration of war. To a degree, this is true from the American viewpoint at the time (the British didn't see it that way of course), as many Americans felt that way.

-One of the other goals stated by pro-war American politicians at the time was the annexation of Canada (they thought the Canadians would, to borrow a more recent phrase, "greet them as liberators"). During the course of the war, the USA tried to invade Canada on several occasions, only to meet with failure. Thus, it's certainly reasonable for Canadians to have seen things that way.

-The war took place during the final years of the Napoleonic Wars, in which Britain was the leader of the anti-Napoleon coalition (having been the only one to remain at war the entire time). Several of the major reasons cited for the war arose from British actions against France, such as blocking trade, impressment of sailors, and so forth, so it's certainly fair to view the war as part of the Napoleonic Wars. That said, the USA did not ally with France, nor was its conclusion tied to that of the war against Napoleon, and the USA and France did not assist or cooperate with each other in any military ventures during the conflict.

Long computations which yield zero are probably all for naught.