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Comment: Re: Land of the free (Score 1) 418

by nytes (#48627603) Attached to: Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

There was a time when the NRA was willing to compromise and accepted some restrictions.

The problem was, around the mid-to-late 1980's, they found that they would accept a compromise, and then find themselves back a the table six months later with a new "compromise" being proposed. Groups like HCI just kept moving the goalposts, and then publicly accused the NRA of refusing to accept "reasonable legislation" when the NRA balked.

The NRA finally just decided they were going to start refusing offers to compromise as a policy.

Comment: Re:I am cynical (Score 1) 529

by nytes (#48622567) Attached to: Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

Or, as others suggested, stream it. Cable operators and Netflix would be decentralized enough to not be an easy target. They should have their act together WRT network security, as well.

Even if they were actually physically targeted, there probably wouldn't be any human casualties. Just a lot of cut wires.

I would pay for a streaming event just to give the middle finger to these guys.

Comment: Sad (Score 2) 529

by nytes (#48621763) Attached to: Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

I couldn't have cared less about the movie. It didn't really sound like my kind of humor.

But after the threat was made, I was planning on seeing it just to show the (newly become) terrorists what I think of them.

I'd have liked this to be Sony's most successful release of the year.

I'm getting mixed messages from the news, though. Has the release been completely scrubbed, or are they just canceling the formal premier?

Comment: Re:Another "taking" by the California government.. (Score 3, Informative) 178

by nytes (#48568231) Attached to: LA Mayor Proposes Earthquake Retrofits On Thousands of Buildings

Actually, we've already been through a round of this. After the Northridge quake, they retroactively applied new building codes to commercial buildings and required them to be updated, whether there was any damage to the building from the quake or not, and irrespective of whether new construction was being done. (A lot of times, when new construction is done an inspector will require additional changes to other parts of the site to comply with up to date codes.)

I was working for a property management company a couple of years after the quake and they were trying to argue with the city about it.

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