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Comment: Re:Home of the brave? (Score 1) 580

by GTRacer (#48624907) Attached to: Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

Is this not why you all like to carry guns about anyway?

See, here's the thing. Please reread my post. I never said I wouldn't go. I just questioned Anonymous's bravado. This is easily my most-replied comment in 8 years of /., and I find it interesting how many people assumed I would capitulate to the terrorists. All I said was I would exercise caution and think hard about the risks before acting.

And as has been said before, the hackers likely have no physical attack vectors. But their puppetmasters might, and that's where the real risk comes from. That, and there are enough unbalanced people who might take up arms and inadvertently or deliberately aid the enemy.

As for the guns, I'm more scared of open-carry zealots* than terrorists. By a wide margin. I know a couple. More than once I've had to hear how open-carry or workplace CCW would have prevented x or y standoff. Sorry, you can't sell that to me. And I don't feel like getting deep in that debate right now. Maybe later.

* I don't oppose gun rights. I just wish there weren't so many people itching to carry everywhere they go. Honestly, /. loves to talk about the need for computer licensing cos users are too dumb on average. Do you think the average American really has what it takes to have a weapon at hand at all times? We get mad at each other over the stupidest things - guns, or merely the threat of a gun, would needlessly escalate things...

Comment: Re:Home of the brave? (Score 1) 580

by GTRacer (#48624859) Attached to: Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release
Everything they said they were going to release, they've released (iirc). Their access has been as deep as bragged about. No, I don't expect the "keyboard jockeys" of the GOP have physical force projection. But whoever put them up to this (and apparently it *IS* NoKo) just might. Kim Jong Un and his lineage strike me as the sort that bluster all day long, but that will eventually make good on the crazy. I have no idea what his trigger is. If Dennis Rodman *isn't* a trigger then maybe he isn't all that volatile.

Snark aside, I don't think anyone thinks the GOP acted alone. If a nation-state is involved, that nation-state likely has resources it may be willing to deploy in terror attacks. Remember, they don't need to strike 5,200 locations, or as said above, 10%. Half a percent of theatres experiencing a real terror attack on Christmas day wouldn't require a lot of manpower, and would be paralyzing, fear-wise. Which is the point of terror, y'know?

Comment: Re:Home of the brave? (Score 1) 580

by GTRacer (#48624811) Attached to: Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release
Sorry this is so late - I posted on my way out the door from work and I can't seem to get Slashdot Mobile right.

Anyway, I think some comments above this one addressed it, but just to clarify my personal position: Yes, driving across the street is likely more dangerous than these threats. The actuarial risk for driving x miles in y conditions are fairly well calculated, and pretty much everybody accepts the risk to go about our lives.

But why would I drive across the street to a location with an unmeasuable risk? And given the news this morning that they're now officially linking the Sony hack to NoKo, I'm feelimg more justified in caution.

I never actually said I wouldn't go to see the movie in theatre - I was reacting a bit histrionically to Anonymous's assertion that caution = cowardice or that prudence = terrorist victory.

Earlier replies from people used to living with full-on terrorism have been enlightening, if not a bit inspiring. Still stinks all the way round.

Comment: Re:Home of the brave? (Score 0) 580

by GTRacer (#48621911) Attached to: Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release
Tomorrow morning, you pick up the paper. A bold headline declares a threat against your local mall. The group behind it isn't well-known but has delivered on recent smaller threats.

As it happens, you have an appointment at that very mall that afternoon. Do you go?

Of course you do, Internet Tough Guy! Because why would a red-blooded American listen to rational cautions and plausible evidence? Can't show fear or "they" win, right?

/sigh

I hate the thought of censorship and paying blackmail as much as the next Slashdotter. But in this case I can't blame anyone for erring on the side of caution. Do *I* think GOP has the ability to pull off such attacks? Probably not. Not at scale. But could they hit one theatre? I'm not willing to take that bet. They've shown they're deep in Sony's business and even if it *isn't* GOP, there's enough crazy in this country to get copycats and sympathizers going if given a push.

Comment: Re:innovation thwarted (Score 1) 137

by GTRacer (#48434639) Attached to: Aereo Files For Bankruptcy
(reposting here cos I can't edit or delete a badly-aimed reply)

Not when it's a thousand antennas for a thousand customers. There wasn't any signal aggregation with Aereo (such that I understood). Each customer had a singular and direct link with an antenna. No different than if the customer put it up there themselves.

Yes, they were trying to beat the system on a technicality, but frankly, they (Aereo) were technically correct. The best kind of correct.

I live in a city of 1 million+, but far enough away from the digital OTA signals that I can't get many channels even with a powered antenna, and I tried two different models. I was looking forward to a service like Aereo to give me access to the signals I'm already entitled to. But for now, I'm stuck with ComCast to get my locals...

Comment: Re:innovation thwarted (Score 1) 137

by GTRacer (#48434617) Attached to: Aereo Files For Bankruptcy
Not when it's a thousand antennas for a thousand customers. There wasn't any signal aggregation with Aereo (such that I understood). Each customer had a singular and direct link with an antenna. No different than if the customer put it up there themselves.

Yes, they were trying to beat the system on a technicality, but frankly, they (Aereo) were technically correct. The best kind of correct.

I live in a city of 1 million+, but far enough away from the digital OTA signals that I can't get many channels even with a powered antenna, and I tried two different models. I was looking forward to a service like Aereo to give me access to the signals I'm already entitled to. But for now, I'm stuck with ComCast to get my locals...

Comment: Re:Isaac Asimov never heard (Score 2) 150

by GTRacer (#48204261) Attached to: Isaac Asimov: How Do People Get New Ideas?
He was "essay-izing" the plot of his novella, Sucker Bait, written 5 years earlier. Its entire premise is based on a corps of "Mnemonics" who are trained from birth to seek correlations in data. They do this with the full knowledge that these unexpected connections are what drives progress.

I read the essay yesterday and the first thought I had was, "sounds like that one book of his." God I miss his storytelling...

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