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Comment: Re:Motive (Score 1) 210

by dbIII (#48672079) Attached to: Did North Korea Really Attack Sony?

install puppet governments that our government likes

On that topic, that's what China did but the family of puppets went insane. How do we know that our puppets will be any better than their puppets? There is no viable opposition in N.K. so anyone we install will be either somebody associated with the current regime or a complete nobody.

Comment: They like it for a very Chinese (or US) reason (Score 1) 210

by dbIII (#48672029) Attached to: Did North Korea Really Attack Sony?

China actually likes North Korea for some reason

Because as the sole trader with N.K. they can, and do, seriously gouge them on the price of oil and most likely everything else.
That's why they put up with such xenophobic nutcases who even hate Chinese. The mother of a friend of mine had to flee the place when she married a man from China because of a large number of death threats from her neighbours. It's probably just as well because she made it out before the place devolved into starvation central in the late 60's.

I, too, however, am beginning to wonder if this whole incident was staged by Sony as a gigantic publicity stunt.

I don't think it started that way but it's being milked as one - also the N.K. angle came in as a late afterthought to what looked like a ransom situation.

Comment: Re:Blameless employees? (Score 1) 339

by dbIII (#48671841) Attached to: Schneier Explains How To Protect Yourself From Sony-Style Attacks (You Can't)
I'd say just like you have to accept that those people have access to gold, and take steps, you have to accept that some people will have access to all the sensitive data and take steps. It can be compartmentalised but I'd say at some stage you have to accept that everything has some support staff that can get to it. I don't think that's too far from the view you are expressing.

Comment: Re: That is how it really was in 1994 (Score 1) 208

by dbIII (#48671829) Attached to: Tech's Gender Gap Started At Stanford

Wow, sorry you were late to the game. I started using email in 1984, and that was in Wisconsin.

I wasn't late, you were just one of the early adopters. It's just another example of how telecommunications monopolies suck fetid dogs balls and how in a lot of places email access was not available at any price while in others it was long established.
Not even the CS undergraduates at a university near me had email in 1994 - it was decided there were too many of them so the email access that earlier classes had was revoked.

Comment: Re:Offense: (Score 5, Insightful) 283

by fyngyrz (#48670521) Attached to: UK Man Arrested Over "Offensive" Tweet

No. Offense can surely be given. But trying to magically legislate it away is a horrific, cowardly, hubris-ridden mistake. Offense arises because of difference in opinion and grasp of fact, intentional or not.

Because of this, it can and will always arise, no matter how narrow you choke down the channel of discourse, unless or until all have the same opinions and grasp of facts, which, one hopes, will never, ever come about.

The most productive course is to try not to give offense, and if received, to assess it and take value (warning, insight, stance, new information) from it if possible — otherwise, let it go.

Restricting opinion by legal means is one of the worst ideas ever. Offense is not a legitimate mitigating factor for censorship and repression. When enacted into law as justification for anything, what it tells us is that we need new legislators, because the ones we have demonstrated fundamental incompetence.

What the world *really* needs is a good Automatic Bicycle Sharpener.