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Comment: Re:Why is the White House involved? (Score 2) 225

by Jeremi (#48668729) Attached to: Sony To Release the Interview Online Today; Apple Won't Play Ball

. That said, I don't understand how Sony is so brazen as to assume that they can just call up the White House, ask for help, and suddenly Apple is going to capitulate to their demands. Their line of thinking goes in this direction for a reason.

Indeed. In this case, the reason is that Obama has said publicly several times that he wished Sony had come to him for help before canceling the release of the movie. This is just Sony taking Obama up on his offer.

Comment: Re:Who will get (Score 1) 360

by Jeremi (#48657939) Attached to: North Korean Internet Is Down

Companies should be free to hire cyber mercenaries to decimate their attackers. Maybe that's what's going on here? Or maybe they're getting a little US Mil support.

I have this sinking suspicion that this could be the common state of affairs for the Internet's forseeable future -- various unknown parties constantly breaking various things on the Internet, with the rest of us never really figuring out who is doing what to whom, or why.

If you want a vision of the future, imagine a global game of Core War, being played on everyone's servers, forever. :P

Comment: Re:Waste (Score 1) 170

by nmb3000 (#48657179) Attached to: Minecraft Creator Notch's $70 Million Mansion Recreated In Minecraft

Indeed. I'm sure you give all your excess money to charity rather than buy yourself a TV, DVDs, go to a restaurant or on vacation.

Interesting false equivalence. Ignoring the fact that I said nothing about how much money he should give to charity, do you really equate a $400 television and a few $12 DVDs to a $70,000,000 house?

Comment: Re:Waste (Score 2) 170

by nmb3000 (#48657163) Attached to: Minecraft Creator Notch's $70 Million Mansion Recreated In Minecraft

Look at the billions and billions and billions that have been sunk into Africa... still for the most part, a crappy sinkhole of money and poverty that isn't getting better. It will get better when they pull themselves up and actually start improving their own lives.

Ah, the "pull yourself up by your bootstraps" myth. Who knows -- perhaps once the majority of Africans have overthrown brutal despots, eradicated malaria and other diseases, and found reliable clean water they'll be able to start working on that.

A crazy amount of money is given to charity every year, and yet the problem doesn't go away.

How much time, money, and effort did it take to build a prospering American country and society -- from a largely empty land brimming with natural resources? Oh, and, how much of that came from Europe? "Self-made", indeed.

Comment: Re:Waste (Score 1) 170

by nmb3000 (#48657101) Attached to: Minecraft Creator Notch's $70 Million Mansion Recreated In Minecraft

Or does your outrage only apply to rich people?

Oops, I think you tipped over your own straw man with that last remark.

There's no outrage in my post, and I think it's very telling that the examples you chose: a computer (which I use to earn a living), a car (which I use to get to stores to buy necessities), and a phone (really? [and it isn't even a smartphone]) actually are necessities for myself as well as the vast majority of people today.

Notch can literally eat his piles of cash for all I care. My point was simply that at some point you pass a level of wanton extravagance that you venture into a realm of wasteful absurdity. Our culture won't punish you for buying a $250,000 cell phone case, but that doesn't mean everyone agrees that it's a good idea.

Comment: Re:Monkey Business (Score 2) 185

by Jeremi (#48654061) Attached to: Argentine Court Rules Orangutan Is a "Non-Human Person"

Is this ape going to get a job? Or will it still remain effectively a sub-human in a different type of cage?

It looks like not much really changed here...

It looks like what will change is that the orangutan will live in a wildlife sanctuary rather than in a zoo.

Whether that is significant or not depends on the difference in quality-of-life (for an orangutan) between living in a cage (or small zoo enclosure) vs living in a larger outdoor environment. I'd imagine that the orangutan's quality of life will improve significantly, but that's only a layman's guess since I don't claim any expertise on orangutans. I suppose the test would be to give the orangutan the option of either lifestyle, and see which one she seems to prefer.

Comment: Re:Like many inventions ... (Score 2) 248

by Jeremi (#48650125) Attached to: The Magic of Pallets

. But how did they decide to call it a pallet?

I'm not sure about how that was decided, but I will note that an older definition of the word was "A temporary bed made from [straw] bedding arranged on the floor, especially for a child". Perhaps they envisioned the wooden frames as temporary beds for products to rest on?

Comment: Re:Some math (Score 1) 133

by Jeremi (#48648433) Attached to: Tesla About To Start Battery-Swap Pilot Program

Free transportation fuel is going to make the line of customers less steady?

The line of customers to the $50 battery-swap option will definitely become less steady, yes. Unless you think that there aren't any people who, given the option, would choose to keep the $50 rather than spend it? Granted, these are Tesla drivers we're talking about here, but still ;^)

Comment: Re:Country that forbids use to internet (Score 1) 236

NK GDP: (2011) 12.4Bn USD. That's *less* than the annual CAFCASS budget. That's right, a non-departmental Government agency in England has a larger budget than the total output of an entire fucking country.

Okay... next question is: how much would it cost to hire the necessary people to do what was done to Sony? I'm guessing that would be in the range of hundreds of thousands of dollars, possibly up to a million?

Given the amount of money North Korea spends on nuclear weapons development, I don't see any reason why they wouldn't or couldn't spend a relatively small amount on this.

Comment: Re:Marketing?... NOT! (Score 4, Insightful) 239

by Jeremi (#48648347) Attached to: Anonymous Claims They Will Release "The Interview" Themselves

"Should I ask him if he liked DJANGO?" she wrote

I can't quite see why this is being made out to be such a scandal. So she asked a colleague if a black guy might be interested in films starring black characters. Okay, it's a bit naive, but scandalous? Really?

It's not like she said anything insensitive to Obama; she merely asked a colleague for advice about how to act appropriately. I'd think that recognizing your ignorance in advance and correcting it would be preferable to ignoring it and then blurting out something stupid/embarrassing to the POTUS.

I'm probably missing some critical detail, but to me it seems like the only thing she's guilty of is not having enough experience interacting with black people in a social context. That's a weakness, to be sure, but if it's a sin then it's a sin that a lot of other people are also guilty of. I think this is a pretty good example of why people are so reluctant to enter any discussion about race -- anything you say can and will be used against you in the court of public opinion.

Comment: Re:Some math (Score 1) 133

by Jeremi (#48639835) Attached to: Tesla About To Start Battery-Swap Pilot Program

Because ... that doesn't happen at some real gas stations?

Of course, real gas stations don't give away free gas to customers who are willing to wait half an hour. If they did, that might cut down considerably on the number of people who were willing to pay $50 to fill up their tank in 3 minutes, and make the "steady line of customers" scenario less likely.

Apples, oranges.

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