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Comment: Re:Cultural differences (Score 1) 99

by cold fjord (#48648999) Attached to: US Seeks China's Help Against North Korean Cyberattacks

In China (and most east-asian cultures), you never disrespect rulers. It simply is not done ....

That works fine for people under their control, but we now live in a global information age in which the opinion of some minor person around the globe could find its way there. They should probably toughen up. Besides, if they want to sling it they need to learn to take it, and both North Korea and China have had plenty of anti-American and anti-Western propaganda over the years, including that aimed specifically at the leaders.

.... and they see it as a grave insult to the entire nation to do so.

"L'état, c'est moi" in North Korea or China? I thought the Communists did away with royalty. Live and learn I guess.

Comment: Re:calling it (Score 1) 83

by cold fjord (#48648765) Attached to: Anonymous Claims They Will Release "The Interview" Themselves

It could just have easily been an inside job, done with portable drives, backed by any faction.

Could you explain why this faction in Sony would be hacking South Korean banks?

FBI blames North Korea for Sony hack

North Korea was identified as the culprit based on the type of attacking software used to penetrate Sony Pictures' computer networks. Those malicious programs, known as malware, are among those known to have been used by North Korea in the past, the FBI said.

The malware also included code that pointed to Internet addresses previously used by North Korea. The FBI also said the tools used to attack Sony were similar to those North Korea used against South Korean banks and media outlets.

Comment: Re:Not seeing the issue here (Score 1) 123

by cold fjord (#48648505) Attached to: Judge: It's OK For Cops To Create Fake Instagram Accounts

. I enjoy liberties the police never can. My liberty should ALWAYS exceed the police's.

So you like dressing in the uniform of your local police department*, driving over the speed limit with your siren blaring, and arresting people?

*Often illegal unless you are actually a member of the police force.

Comment: Re:"Cultural arrogance" (Score 2) 99

by cold fjord (#48648325) Attached to: US Seeks China's Help Against North Korean Cyberattacks

I see the Committee For Perpetual Rage Against America is hard at work again, and one of its prominent spokesmen has released a statement. Let's take a look at it.

Yes, freedom of speech and all that, but free speech is not free from consequences. Expecting the North Koreans not to react, expecting it not to affect the US-DPRK relationship is naive at best.

So you're suggesting that North Korea doesn't like to get treated the same way it treats others?

North Korea blows up White House in propaganda video - Mar 19, 2013

The Chinese do have a point here.

The Chinese? The same People's Republic of China that is actively trying to steal land, sea, and resources from its neighbors while the US is helping China's neighbors defend themselves? Those neighbors might have a different opinion.

First the US attacks other countries with cyber weapons like Struxnet ...

You mean Iran's illicit nuclear weapons program? So you prefer a shooting war then, with nuclear weapons?

Then it gets in a huff when others attack its movie industry, and tries to take the moral high ground.

You're comparing a comedy movie to nuclear weapons? Do we all need to fear the coming HarHarmageddon? You don't think that is a little unhinged, do you?

They also have a point about insulting the leaders of other countries.

We've already seen that North Korea long ago showed propaganda featuring the destruction of the White House with the implication of killing the US President. Will you now turn your complaints against North Korea? I suspect not, your perpetual grievance is with the US, you only need the cause of the moment.

Considering the delicate nature of the relationship between North Korea and the US making this kind of film doesn't seem like a very smart move.

North Korea considers itself at war with much of the rest of the world, and technically they are right. But even given that, and the previously demonstrated North Korean propaganda, are you claiming that the North Koreans are dumb too with that statement? Do you think that might be risky?

Comment: Re:You forgot something... (Score 1) 170

by cold fjord (#48646893) Attached to: Dish Pulls Fox News, Fox Business Network As Talks Break Down

In America we hardly have unions any more...

I didn't realize that 11.3% of the US workforce hardly exists.

In 2013, the union membership rate--the percent of wage and salary workers who were
members of unions--was 11.3 percent ... The number of wage and salary workers belonging to
unions, at 14.5 million, was little different from 2012. -- UNION MEMBERS -- 2013

Comment: Re:of course it wasn't NK (Score 1) 225

The Americans are not exactly known of their honesty either. Both are equally liable to be lying.

Coming from a reflective anti-American Leftist that almost smacks of high praise. The US is only as bad as North Korea? My how the revolution has fallen on hard times.

"If truth is beauty, how come no one has their hair done in the library?" -- Lily Tomlin