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Comment: Re:Supreme Leader (Score 1) 56

by iluvcapra (#48640215) Attached to: Hackers Used Nasty "SMB Worm" Attack Toolkit Against Sony

They don't seriously think it was North Korea. Instead, there is an ulterior motive for blaming North Korea.

I'm totally receptive to the idea that it's not North Korea, but I gotta insist that any "skeptic" provide an alternative positive explanation.

I mean, like, what exactly makes you think "they don't seriously think it was North Korea"?

Comment: Re:Sure... (Score 1) 295

Sony is so inept I don't even get how they are allowed to do business. This is such a lack of security compliance for a for profit that I imagine compliance auditors are drooling by now.

I work at Sony Pictures on and off, ironically about two years ago the studio went through a huge ISO 27001 compliance audit, it was a huge deal at the time. I've worked at all the major Hollywood studios and I'd probably characterize Sony as having the best physical security. I didn't work in IT so I don't know all the ins and outs of the computer system but FWIW only the PCs on the lot were affected by the hack, all the Macs and unix-like machines are still running business-as-usual over there.

"Security compliance" obviously isn't going to be enough because widespread industry standards are woefully inadequate.

56 hacks in 12 years is not a company who understands technology. It's a company with about as much technical knowhow as the musical artists they represent.

That's if you count every company called "Sony." The movie studio, the music label, the games units, the different web and streaming sites, and the different electronics divisions are all basically different companies from an IT perspective (which is fortunate, considering how much damage this hack could have done if they WERE all just one IT establishment.) And this is just speaking of Sony America, which is the parent of Sony Picture Entertainment Group, Sony Music... Sony's a huge international conglomerate, you can't boil it down to some personification that's either stupid or smart.

Comment: Re:Sure... (Score 1) 295

Yes, a consequence of a fucked up health system where your workplace is involved in medical insurance at all - that's why Sony etc shoot a lot of films in Australia, Canada etc where they don't have those expenses from having to worry about employees health other than if they can turn up or not.

Um, just speaking as a habitual freelance Sony Pictures employee...

1) "Sony" doesn't shoot films, it contracts with production companies to distribute the films independent producers produce. People who actually go out and shoot movies are invariably employees of the production company, not the studio: everyone that worked on the production of The Amazing Spiderman was an employee of Laura Siskin Productions, not Sony Pictures Studios. People in post-production are often studio employees but they're freelancers who get their health benefits from...

2) Most of the people that actually work on movies are union, and the American film industry unions operate their own jointly-administtered HMO. The employers (the producers and studios) never have access to heath information.

3) I don't know anyone who handles explosives, but I've never heard of anyone ever getting a drug test on a crew. And I've worked wit pyro guys who I KNEW were perma-stoned.

Comment: Re: Life form? (Score 1) 320

by ceoyoyo (#48639855) Attached to: The Dominant Life Form In the Cosmos Is Probably Superintelligent Robots

I didn't say it was a collection of particular matter and energy. "Pattern" sounds all cool and science fictiony, but it's not really particularly necessary to the definition. A chocolate bar is also constantly swapping it's matter and energy with its surroundings, yet most of us remain comfortable with calling it a hunk of matter called a "chocolate bar."

People, including ones who study these things, disagree on whether a virus is alive or not. You're clearly from the former camp. I'm from the latter. A virus requires a living host to perform *any* of the functions normally associated with life, including both active entropy reduction, energy use, and replication. Classifying viruses as non-life also neatly deals with the question of whether prions are alive. By your reasoning, based on the information contained in DNA, if I wrote down the genetic sequence of a virus then that book (or the computer I stored it in), plus some appropriate host (or another book containing the bits of that hosts's DNA necessary to encode ribosomes and whatever else the virus needed to replicate), would be alive. Also computer viruses. And my note to the secretary asking her to photocopy my note.

Your reasoning about fire is just my definition with a lot more words.

Comment: Re: Is a lame Seth Rogen flick worth dying for? (Score 1) 210

by ceoyoyo (#48637723) Attached to: Hackers' Shutdown of 'The Interview' Confirms Coding Is a Superpower

I'm curious what the reaction in the US would be if someone made a major motion picture about the sitting American president being assassinated. Not a film about actual events, or about a fictional president, but the actual one.

Making terrorist threats is certainly wrong, but I strongly suspect there's more than a little hypocrisy in the current "free speech, free speech!" reaction.

Comment: Re: Huh? (Score 1) 210

by ceoyoyo (#48637665) Attached to: Hackers' Shutdown of 'The Interview' Confirms Coding Is a Superpower

In order for you to drive a car, someone had to have the skills to make it. In order for sony to get hacked, someone had to have the skills to discover the vulnerability and write something to exploit it.

So assuming hacking sony is the result of wielding a superpower, who has that superpower? The jokers who pressed a button or the people who made the button and the thing it activated? I agree with the article, it's the coders, even if it was used indirectly, like tricking superman into doing something.

Comment: Re: This is worse than mythology. (Score 1) 320

by ceoyoyo (#48637449) Attached to: The Dominant Life Form In the Cosmos Is Probably Superintelligent Robots

That's not what AI is. It's one possibility, not necessarily the best one. Simulating neurons on digital computers has has given the best results so far, but only because we've got lots of digital computers around. Likely the best approach will be dedicated hardware that will probably work nothing like what we think of as a computer.

So when we build AIs that are not subject to our biological limitations, will they compete with us? Will someone weaponize them? It seems like a good possibility. Of course, lots of other things also have those possibilities. And maybe by the time we have hard AI we'll also have removed some our own biological limitations.

Comment: Re:Land of the free (Score 1) 566

by iluvcapra (#48628567) Attached to: Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

The standard deal would be "6 against 6" or "8 against 8", the actor gets $6 million "against" 6% of the gross after distribution charges -- the $6 million is essentially an advance, so the producer only pays gross percentages when they're in excess of the original up-front fee. Net deals also happen and it also wouldn't be too strange for these guys to just not get an backend, but I would expect Rogen to get some because he's also the credited director.

(And I get that people have these really antagonistic ideas about Hollywood Accounting, but a lot of this is based on misconceptions of what exactly a writer is paid to do and most of what people know about "Hollywood Accouting" is a line that's promulgated by angry screenwriters and their lawyers. A rewrite guy can make $100k "punching-up" a screenplay, 4 weeks of work, so the fact that they don't get a share of the profits really doesn't trouble me.)

The numbers sound about right for Rogen and Franco -- the top of the line for someone like Tom Cruise is $15M/15%, and that's down from the historical peaks in the early aughts, when someone like Will Smith could demand $25M/25% and get it, because no Will Smith film to that time had made less that $200 million.

Comment: Re:Yup, Hegel 101 (Score 1) 566

by iluvcapra (#48628375) Attached to: Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

Especially after they pulled the movie.

Sony didn't have a choice, AMC, Regal and Carmike announced they were pulling the movie from US exhibition and it was beginning to look like the US release would only be a few dozen screens. A film like this has to release on over 2,500 screens in order to make its US targets. This way at least has the potential to maximize the VOD and DVD release.

Comment: Re: This is not the problem (Score 1) 653

by ceoyoyo (#48620239) Attached to: Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

Look around. The majority of jobs now are bullshit jobs. The sign of a successful modern economy is an overwhelmingly large service sector.

This has been going on a long time. Machines do most of the real work for us but we've bought into the fantasy that we all need to work 40+ hours so most of us are engaged in things like trying to sell each other stuff, handing each other stuff or throwing darts at a board to pick stocks for other people.

Comment: Re: giant sucking sounds (Score 1) 653

by ceoyoyo (#48619575) Attached to: Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

It's faded from the front page because it's now so routine nobody cares. iPhoto is free and does decent facial recognition. Facebook runs it on everything. My phone can take natural language spoken queries and respond with reasonable answers much of the time.

I worked on AI fifteen years ago and that was the stuff of dreams. Now you can have it in your pocket for a couple hundred bucks.

I have never seen anything fill up a vacuum so fast and still suck. -- Rob Pike, on X.