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Comment: Re: How soon? (Score 1) 78

by Opportunist (#48642177) Attached to: The Beatles, Bob Dylan and the 50-Year Copyright Itch

The problem is, where is my incentive to ever create again if I can milk what I already created forever?

Let's say you are someone not unlike Mozart. A once-a-century, if not once-a-millennium, prodigy whose music has the ability to enchant and entertain people for centuries to come. Mozart was, when you read his bio, a lazy, hedonistic bum. Essentially he was writing music when he had to pay his bills.

Just imagine how much we'd have from him if the royalties from his "Magic Flute" would've paid for his lifestyle.

Comment: Re:Perspective (Score 2) 68

by Opportunist (#48640605) Attached to: NASA Video Shows What It's Like To Reenter the Earth's Atmosphere

Fuck money. You know when the US made its biggest leaps ahead? When money was pumped into NASA for the moon shot. The 60s where THE decade. World leader in anything technology, and not resting on its "we're #1, why try harder?" spot but gaining enough momentum that it lasted well into the 80s before anyone could come close in any field of technology. Jobs were plentiful and people had money, and they spent that money on more things, creating more jobs. And with the success in space came a really powerful "can do" spirit that drove the economy ahead again. The heroes were the astronauts, people who dared to brave the perils ahead of them in a quest to push the boundaries of humanity and to prove that anything is possible if you just put your mind to it and focus on the goal.

We need that again. I mean, look around you. It's getting hard to remember when the US was #1 in anything, even the Chinese economy is about to take over, if it hasn't already. Jobs are hard to come by and usually they are barely enough to get by, no money to spend, no way to create a job for a hairdresser or a plumber because you can't afford them. And with that drag comes a "no can do" spirit that quenches the last bit of will to compete and succeed. The current american dream isn't to work and climb the ladder, the dream is to buy a ticket and win the lottery.

Not to mention that the heroes of today are idiots in casting shows, people whose biggest dare is to face the verdict of Simon Cowell, with the focus of 5 minutes of fame.

Comment: Re:Supreme Leader (Score 2) 136

by Opportunist (#48640575) Attached to: Hackers Used Nasty "SMB Worm" Attack Toolkit Against Sony

If I bought one of their rootkit CDs and infected my system, I could see getting a bit miffed, especially after that idiotic statement of how ""Most people, I think, don't even know what a rootkit is, so why should they care about it?" and the "settlement" which essentially said Sony can do whatever they please and don't even get a slap on the wrist.

You see, when the law fails, vigilantes are not far.

Comment: Re:correct if wrong (Score 1) 136

by Opportunist (#48640573) Attached to: Hackers Used Nasty "SMB Worm" Attack Toolkit Against Sony

You would, and so would I and probably anyone who doesn't think TCP is the Chinese secret service.

But do you think Sony would pay either your or my "asking price"? For what I would command they could easily hire three "admins". They might consider TCP the Chinese secret service and have generally zero clue about security or anything related, but hey, they will just take twice times the time I need to get something going, and with a salary a third of mine, that's still coming out ahead!

That the reason they spend twice as long is that they use copy/paste configuring and try&error as a way to figure out how to get stuff going, leaving ports open and vulnerable behind them in their battle against the system, who cares? It works, doesn't it?

Comment: Then maybe we can finally answer an old question (Score 5, Interesting) 136

by Opportunist (#48640549) Attached to: Hackers Used Nasty "SMB Worm" Attack Toolkit Against Sony

I think it was Thomas Hesse, back when Sony distributed Rootkits with their CDs their President of Global Digital Business, who said "Most people, I think, don't even know what a rootkit is, so why should they care about it?".

Well, Sony? I'm fairly convinced your execs don't have the foggiest clue about malware but ... do you care about it?

Comment: Re:Boycott (Score 1) 580

by Opportunist (#48623951) Attached to: Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

Terrorists are to you today what communists were to your father and fascists to your grandfather. Just one intangible group of people that we kinda-sorta know where to find on this globe (along with "there might be some in our country" that we can't find without some new laws that cut down your freedoms) to project your 2 minute hate o

"The way of the world is to praise dead saints and prosecute live ones." -- Nathaniel Howe