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Comment: Re:Nobel? (Score 1) 269

by ceoyoyo (#48683097) Attached to: The Interview Bombs In US, Kills In China, Threatens N. Korea

You shouldn't get all your news from television. Especially American television.

The UN has a regular stream of reports going back decades investigating North Korean human rights abuses and recommending sanctions be eased on necessities in order to improve the standard of living. You've only heard about it this week because the media is interested, because of the Sony hack.

Comment: Re: Bombs in the US? (Score 2, Interesting) 269

by ceoyoyo (#48683061) Attached to: The Interview Bombs In US, Kills In China, Threatens N. Korea

Maybe. Mormons always confused me. They come to your door and try to get you to convert, but they also believe that heaven only has room for 5000 people. So wouldn't you be better off keeping it to yourself?

It turns out that God gives you afterlife credits for every unbeliever you convert. So it's important to convert a bunch of people so you can hopefully slip into one of the limited spots. Ahead of everyone you converted (and most of your co-religionists) presumably.

Logical, non-hypocritical, but kinda mercenary if you ask me.

Comment: Re:NK instability (Score 1) 236

If North Korea actually did it, it was a brilliant move. They've gotten the US, including the government, via the president, to whip itself into an impotent frenzy. Impotent? There's a fair chance that North Korea has nukes, they certainly have the ability to deliver them to several large cities in the region, and they have a large and powerful neighbour who won't take kindly to hostile military action on their borders because of some stupid movie. Nobody is going to be invading North Korea. So Kim gets to laugh as the US is forced to back down.

I don't think NK managed to engineer so much. Some independents hacked Sony and the US government saw it as a great opportunity to get a few Internet surveillance laws passed.

Comment: Re: Life form? (Score 1) 390

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) 221

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.

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