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Comment: Re:Makes Sense (Score 1) 174

by HiThere (#48628347) Attached to: US Links North Korea To Sony Hacking

Threats are cheap. Is there even any evidence they come from the same source as the original hack? (Mind you, I have no idea who did it, and don't believe anything the government says anymore unless they have verifyable evidence to prove it.)

Now once someone *acts* on one of those threats, then there will be more belief that it was done with someone with either excessive zeal or lots of backing. Right now even that's lacking. Threats on the internet are so common that they've *got* to be ignored, even though that's frequently difficult.

Comment: Re:Are You Joking? (Score 1) 174

by HiThere (#48628281) Attached to: US Links North Korea To Sony Hacking

They didn't purposely deceive people, because they didn't care whether it was true or not. If that had known their claims were false, that would have been purposeful deception. However they didn't care whether the claims were true or false, but only that they were useful That's probably a bit worse than intentional deception.

Comment: Re:with what? (Score 1) 174

by HiThere (#48628257) Attached to: US Links North Korea To Sony Hacking

What you have demonstrated is that there is no politically acceptable proof, not that it didn't happen, and not that the document did not match something from the NSA database.

I haven't followed this, so I don't really have an opinion one way or the other, but what you have provided does not constitute proof that it was a hoax.

Comment: Re:Why virtual currencies are ineffective (Score 2) 105

by ultranova (#48628169) Attached to: Will Ripple Eclipse Bitcoin?

The competition among virtual currencies and their continuing evolution demonstrate their uselessness as stores of value.

Economic value is like potential energy: it only makes sense in the context of some system. A dollar, a bar of gold or unspent transactions in the Bitcoin ledger have no inherent value, but someone might accept any or all of them in exchange for something else. But economy is ever-evolving, and in fact currently going through a major crisis, so economic value cannot be reliably stored for any length of time. The best you can do is watch which way the changes are going and transferring value away from failing forms.

Comment: Re:Home of the brave? (Score 1) 532

by rtb61 (#48623507) Attached to: Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

Sorry dude, if I wasn't going to the mall, this would inevitably force me to get off my lazy ass and go. It's just the way of things, when you sell out due to cowardice you don't just sell yourself short, you sell out everyone else's future. You don't have a choice, either stand up and resist or suffer worse and worse and worse. So yeah, this is a movie I would not bother seeing at the cinema until now, I wonder if they planned it this way as a huge exercise in marketing, hmmm?

Comment: Re:I believe it! (Score 2) 42

by rtb61 (#48623461) Attached to: Startup Magic Leap Hires Sci-Fi Writer Neal Stephenson As Chief Futurist

Generating the images is technically very easy the real problem in animation is generating the motion, the interaction between animated objects. The logical push in that direction is the creation of virtual robots, digital actors that would act out the animation script (not just people, but all movable artefacts). Once the motion and interaction is established and achieves the desired story telling goal, it is just a repeated process of adding more and more visual finishes on the existing interactions.

Comment: Re:How? (Score 2) 78

by rtb61 (#48623431) Attached to: Over 9,000 PCs In Australia Infected By TorrentLocker Ransomware

You missed out one bit, the critical part, the ability to get away with the crime, bitcoins seem to have found their true market, criminal enterprise. Interesting side note the same countries were targeted each time and a very unlikely set, it would seem the logical relationship between the perpetrators in each targeted location would be a family relationship. There really isn't all that much secrecy in bit coins like anything else digitally transmitted across the internet bit coins have a recognisable bitmap and there movement can be readily traced.

Comment: Re:Confused. (Score 1) 205

by rtb61 (#48622267) Attached to: New AP Course, "Computer Science Principles," Aims To Make CS More Accessible

Cough, cough, so I gather you would ban all advertising targeted at children across the board. Children don't decide, psychopaths with doctorates in psychology and their equally psychopathic corporate executes decide for those children via the nastiest possible peer pressure campaigns to turn child against child when their parents can not buy what they have been told they need. So trying to figure out what boys and girls actually want, first, separate them from totally corrupt main stream media and do it throughout the years of the psychological development.

Comment: Re:The US Internet Shutdown Switch (Score 1) 367

by rtb61 (#48622191) Attached to: Sony Leaks Reveal Hollywood Is Trying To Break DNS

Don't confuse IP (internet protocol) address with domain names. You can run your very own internal domain address system based upon collected IP addresses, after all that domain name is nothing more than a more human identifiable short cut to the actual IP address. So breaking DNS is very much nothing more than taking a double barrel shotgun and shooting off your foot and then shoving the bloody stump in your mouth, DNS is nothing really much more than marketing identifiers of internet protocol addresses.

What they want to do of course is create a way to kill address locations for a token fee of say $10 and that costs the target say $10,000 and takes weeks or even better months to lift and there is only a whoops tee hee, when it was all wrong. This of course having nothing at all to do with copyright and everything to do with destroying all internet competitors and taking the internet back to 20th century style money dominated and controlled media.

Comment: Re:Displacing five times as much water... (Score 1) 112

by rtb61 (#48622119) Attached to: New Cargo Ship Is 488 Meters Long

Well, when it comes to weapons of war, the question is how big a bang will it make after a few years of corporate bonus pumping short cuts cut into safety. I would hope BP, Halliburton and Transocean having nothing what so ever to do with it. You would think with that volume of gas you would be up there with a nuclear sized detonation. Rather than too big to fail, it is so big, greed to drive up profits will inevitably result in failure.

Comment: Re:Balls (Score 1) 172

by rtb61 (#48622023) Attached to: Army To Launch Spy Blimp Over Maryland

Once it is up there and accepted, mission change is no problem at all. So you could run a betting pool, how many days after is is launched just with radar will high resolution, deep focus, multiple frequency video and cameras be added, so that 'er' 'um' planes identified by radar can be visually identified and recorded, just planes of course and not people's back yards. But, hey, don't worry, that information with be classified under national security so you need not worry about it ;D.

Comment: Re:About Fucking Time (Score 0) 395

by rtb61 (#48621977) Attached to: In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

How about the more likely reality of a Ukrainian style solution (well, more of a problem really). Where they need to get their foot in the door to forment a coup and insert their corporate preferred fascist government whose leaders will personally cash in on selling off all the nations assets to US corporations and as per the Ukrainian solution authorise the use artillery, helicopter gun ships, tanks and jets on any who protest, so much more publicly acceptable than snipers, well, depending upon how tightly the press/propaganda corps is controlled. Of course when it all screws up they can still blame Russia because, well, they always have to blame someone else. When it comes to the US there is the real problem of perception and that poisoned dagger buried in that all too pretty posy of flowers. Real problem for Cuba is what benefit is there to the US in proper relations versus exploiter and exploited relations and how many Cubans will die should it all go wrong, as it all to often does.

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