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Comment: Re:Best of 2009? May be, but we live in 2014. Righ (Score 3, Informative) 24

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) 510

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

Comment: Re:Actually (Score 1) 510

by Spy Handler (#48627129) Attached to: Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

South Korea might have a problem, but elsewhere?

Japan. It's an annual N. Korean hobby to shoot off an intermediate range missile "test" over Japanese waters just to piss them off.

In a SHTF scenario, they'd probably fire a missile at the U.S. naval base in Japan after they're done leveling Seoul and Tokyo.

Comment: Slight reality check here (Score 0) 563

by Spy Handler (#48622047) Attached to: Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

The decision to make this movie has been a complete unmitigated disaster for Sony. In fact Webster should place a picture of Sony and the Interview poster next to the dictionary entry for "disaster".

Financial loss to Sony will easily be in the hundreds of millions, not just from losing a major film release but also from the hacking, which is still ongoing. Employees are scared, many Hollywood bigwigs are angry, and head of Sony Pictures likely will lose her job.

And all for what? Depicting the gruesome murder of a nonfictional living person is normally off-limits for mainstream entertainment. Let alone the sitting head of state of an actual nation. Sony was warned that this would be going into uncharted territory.

According to the leaked emails, the screenwriter had originally written in a fictional dictator of a made-up country, but a few Sony execs thought it would be funnier and punchier if they put Kim Jong Eun instead. In their arrogance they had not considered repercussions of what could happen.

Comment: Re:Sony, you know North Koreans did this (Score 2) 249

by Spy Handler (#48604775) Attached to: Sony Demands Press Destroy Leaked Documents

Lol! A country that can't even feed its own people, let alone provide them with a computer, managed to hack a glorious, capitalist multinational corporation? You've exceeded your daily quota of cheeseburger consumption, Billy.

Hiring a handful of skilled Russian or Chinese hackers is easily doable for even the poorest nation-state.

Building your own nuclear weapons and ICBMs is much harder. Putting a satellite in orbit also. Wait, North Korea has managed to do all of the above.

Comment: nah it's a dead cat bounce (Score 4, Insightful) 269

by Spy Handler (#48586931) Attached to: Apple's iPod Classic Refuses To Die

nostalgia only goes so far; you can't make a mass market product on nostalgia alone. They sell what, 50 million iphones every 3 months? A few thousand nostalgia seekers wouldn't even be pocket change inside the pants of a rounding error.

Plus the people seeking the mini hard drive storage capacity will be mollified in a couple years when iphone flash memory capacity reaches 256 - 500 GB.