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Comment: Re:lol sure (Score 2) 145

I just can't help but imagine a bunch of Norks gathered around a Tandy 1000 hooked up to an acoustic modem with an egg timer. Every 10 minutes they switch off. "Ok, now you a hacker."

Smug sense of superiority. Are you an American by any chance?

Yes N. Korea is poor, but do not underestimate your enemies. Look at what they've actually done instead of making fun blindly.

Training people in C and Linux and Windows exploits is not all that hard or expensive compared to, say, building your own nuclear warheads and ICBMs. Former can be done for a few million bucks. The latter costs billions and the engineering is orders of magnitude harder than teaching coding.

In case you didn't know, the Norks managed to build their own nukes and also put a satellite in orbit using their own rocket recently.

Comment: Re:Races are different (Score 2, Insightful) 49

by Spy Handler (#48671645) Attached to: Russian Hackers Stole Millions From Banks, ATMs

Blacks from stable middle class homes seem to do about as well as their white counterparts.

Exactly. Blacks with 100 IQ do about as well as whites with 100 IQ. I've known a black colleague whose IQ I'd estimate to be around 120. He was definitely one of the better workers at the company.

Now the elephant in the room is, do all the races have exactly the same IQ distribution amongst their population? Test results say no. Need citation? Just look up anything, SAT, GRE, MCAT, police dept entrance exams, fireman exams, military exams, straight IQ tests, anything. The body of evidence is overwhelming.

Comment: Re:Occam's Razor (Score 2) 267

by Spy Handler (#48670175) Attached to: Did North Korea Really Attack Sony?

I do not think you know what Occam's razor is. It does not mean you need conclusive evidence to believe in something. It means the simplest explanation tends to be the best one, other things being equal.

In order to say CIA hacked Sony, you would have to invent all sorts of motives and cover-up to explain it. The simpler explanation is that N. Korea did it, because the circumstances and evidence so far all point to it.

Comment: No, and the people suggesting this are retarded (Score 1) 228

by Spy Handler (#48668741) Attached to: Should Video Games Be In the Olympics?

You can look back at the 1950 olympic games and see people running and jumping and doing other things that we still do today.

Now imagine that video games were included, and you look back at the 1980 olympic games. Overweight geeks with mullets and bowl cuts competing intensely over.... Pong and Breakout.

50 years from now, watching old footage of overweight geeks with lip piercings competing in Counter Strike and Call of Duty will seem just as lame and outdated.

Comment: Hyperbole (Score 1) 233

by Spy Handler (#48662719) Attached to: The Slow Death of Voice Mail

Wasn't too long ago... 1990's... that everyone still bought a cassette tape based answering machine for their homes. (and if you had a dual cassette one with a separate tape for the greeting and the voicemail recording, that was da bomb)

Well into the 2000's, people still bought flash memory-based answering machines for their homes.

You'd have to be awfully young to not have used voicemail. Maybe the kids just starting college today.

Comment: Re:more NOS and less lense flare (Score 5, Insightful) 324

No one will think of Wrath of Khan or First Contact when they hear the word "shit". These two were the best Trek movies period. They are classics in any sci-fi library and (IMHO) rank among the best sci-fi movies ever.

Into Darkness on the other hand, is shit. JJ Abrams is shit. Therefore, whoever's replacing him has a low bar to overcome.

Comment: Re:I saw this reboot, but... (Score 1) 106

by Spy Handler (#48644941) Attached to: Behind the Scenes With the Star Trek Fan Reboot

Agreed. Acting is a lot like coding. A lot of people think they can do it, but if you compare the typical amateur production vs. a professional one, it's like night and day.

btw I dunno where people get the idea that Shatner was a bad actor. Yes he sounds wooden in some of the 60's TOS episodes, but it was mostly the lame script/dialogue. Give Shatner a decent script (e.g. Wrath of Khan) and he shines.

Hell even Natalie Portman -- award-winning first rate actress by anyone's estimation -- sounds bad when given a script full of lame stilted dialogue (as in, Star Wars prequels).

Comment: Blameless employees? (Score 4, Insightful) 340

it happened to the blameless random employees who were just using their company's email system. Because of that, they've had their most personal conversations -- gossip, medical conditions, love lives -- exposed

If you were using your company's Exchange server for gossiping and thought it was safe (i.e. the IT department would never have access to this, oh no) then you're stupid and deserve whatever fate you get.

I can sympathize with the people whose SS numbers were stolen out of no fault of their own. But Amy Pascal making Obama black jokes on company email was just stupid as hell and she deserves whatever scorn people will heap on her.

Comment: Re:Best of 2009? May be, but we live in 2014. Righ (Score 5, Informative) 132

by Spy Handler (#48632003) Attached to: Review: The BlackBerry Classic Is One of the Best Phones of 2009

that's the point of TFA. This thing would've been great in 2009. Now it's just serving a niche market of shrinking ex-crackberry users. Still, if it prevents RIM from disappearing from the face of the earth, that might count as a success.

Comment: Re:Land of the free (Score 3, Informative) 579

by Spy Handler (#48627179) Attached to: Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

Well, Seth Rogen got 8 million up front and James Franco got 6, so those two aren't hurting. Although it's possible they were promised percentage of the box office take ("points") in addition to that, which obviously will not materialize now.

How do I know this? It was mentioned in the hacked Sony emails and mentioned on CNN =P

"The identical is equal to itself, since it is different." -- Franco Spisani