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Comment: Re:Motive (Score 5, Insightful) 169

by Shakrai (#48670163) Attached to: Did North Korea Really Attack Sony?

What would you think if NK released a movie about killing a US president?

They've released propaganda films about nuking us. We didn't mobilize the cyber or real armies over the matter; I guess that's the difference between a modern nation-state and one held together with a pygmy's cult of personality....

Comment: Good? (Score 0, Flamebait) 260

by daveime (#48669039) Attached to: UK Man Arrested Over "Offensive" Tweet
Especially in Glasgow of all places, if you said this to someones face, you'd get your heed caved in. What makes the Internet so special that it absolves idiots from responsibility for their words?

It's a simple enough rule of thumb, if you wouldn't say it in real life to someones face, then don't say it online behind a shield of anonymity.

Comment: Re:*sips pabst* (Score 1) 320

by Tom (#48666041) Attached to: Ars: Final Hobbit Movie Is 'Soulless End' To 'Flawed' Trilogy

he was dragged kicking and screaming into directing it

And at no point did he have the option to say "no" and walk away, I'm sure. Because he's not living in a free country and he is so poor that he would starve if he did that.

When you burn out in life, you'll understand.

No, when you burn out in life you walk away from everything that causes you trouble and find a place where you are safe and can recover.

Comment: miscreation (Score 3, Insightful) 320

by Tom (#48665989) Attached to: Ars: Final Hobbit Movie Is 'Soulless End' To 'Flawed' Trilogy

I've seen the first two so far and they didn't convince me for the 3rd. I'll probably go because my GF wants to.

The problem is that The Hobbit is an entirely different book compared to LOTR. It's a childrens book, a soft introduction to Middle Earth, not an epic fantasy tale. It should've been dealt with in a different way, not as a "we made a shitload of money, so let's make more LOTR movies" prequel. It basically fell into the same trap as the Star Wars prequels - the attempt to replicate a success by doing more of the same, completely missing the idea that maybe the first was a success exactly because it was not more of the same, but stood out from what else was on offer at the time.

And omg were they filled with crap that had nothing to do with story or book and was only added to complete some Hollywood recipe.

They should've made it one move, for a younger audience, made by a different director, without trying to make it a prequel and "foreshadowing" everything we've already seen.

Comment: Re:What a nightmare (Score 3, Interesting) 321

Trekkies Bash New Star Trek Film As 'Fun, Watchable'

Star Trek's II, III, IV, and VI weren't watchable? Amazing how they managed to combine both action, a compelling story, and respect for the Star Trek mythos into commercially successful films....

IV even had an oddball plot about whales and was still the highest grossing film in the whole series, including the TNG movies that later came, and which totally sucked.

Comment: Re:Interesting (Score 4, Interesting) 285

by Shakrai (#48661061) Attached to: Hotel Group Asks FCC For Permission To Block Some Outside Wi-Fi

There's nothing preventing you from building a Faraday cage around your home.

Not the best idea in the World for a hotel though. Killing your guest's cell phones is not liable to earn you many repeat customers and there's always the issue of First Responders needing working communications if there's ever a disaster or EMS call on your property....

Comment: Re:Metadata (Score 4, Interesting) 36

by Tom (#48658967) Attached to: How a Wildfire Helped Spread the Hashtag

Because they are a hack. Twitter wasn't designed to include any metadata except author, date, etc. - certainly not topics, tags or keywords.

The problem is feature creep. Of course users want tags and keywords and topics and threading and circles and access levels/restrictions and grouping and two hundred other features. But if you give them what they want, they will complain that it's all too complicated and move elsewhere.

Comment: Re:the rules changed, that's why the manual contro (Score 1) 89

by Tom (#48658631) Attached to: Google Unveils New Self-Driving Car Prototype

Who said emergency? An emergency is probably exactly when you want a computer to be in control, simply because it can process more information more quickly, and the decisions to be made are trivial and minimal (aka "bring vehicle to a safe stop, right now").

But I would want manual controls on my car of the future because on some weekends I drive into the countryside and I drive on small dirt roads that may or may not be on the map. Or to festivals or other big events where at the end you park on a field. Or you drive through a really crowded street where the computer will most likely just stop and stand because there's always someone in front of the car.

There are plenty of non-emergency situations that I'm not sure the automatic driver can handle.

Comment: Re:News Flash : All Corporate IT security is a jok (Score 1) 234

by Tom (#48656125) Attached to: Anonymous Claims They Will Release "The Interview" Themselves

Security is a cost vs benefit equation for a business.

In the textbooks, it is. In the real world, humans make decisions, and they are not purely rational. The whole marketing industry is based on the fact that the free market doctrine of the rational buyer is nonsense.

The board have to do what it feels is best financially for the shareholders

There, highlighted the keyword for you. Thank you for supporting my argument so strongly, that exactly is the point.

Comment: Re:Except that.. (Score 2, Interesting) 275

by Shakrai (#48653823) Attached to: TSA Has Record-Breaking Haul In 2014: Guns, Cannons, and Swords

These are people that probably have a valid conceal carry permit, don't normally fly, and just worked out of habit only to have their stuff confiscated. Meaning, that while it was an error they can't get their stuff back.

If you forget that you're carrying a firearm you probably shouldn't have a concealed carry permit in the first place I say this as a Second Amendment supporter and holder of a concealed carry license in a State (New York) where it's pretty damned hard to get them. What excuse is there for neglecting to remember the fact that you're carrying a firearm?

I concur with your sentiment about meas rea, FWIW, but still....

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