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Comment: Time Out, Theaters Decision =/ Sony (Score 1) 139

by retroworks (#48626257) Attached to: Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'
For the record, Sony Pictures did not cancel the release in response to the hacker threats. The five theater chains cancelled showings in response to those threats. Sony Pictures then indefinitely postponed the "release date". The article and most of the comments here are misstating what happened. The Theaters may or may not be "idiotic" but after the lawsuits from the Colorado Batman Joker killers its not quite "idiotic" to demonstrate due diligence to the threat.

Comment: Re:Sooner or Later ... (Score 1) 121

by retroworks (#48625105) Attached to: US Links North Korea To Sony Hacking

"It couldn't cost as much as Afganistan."

...Until they nuke Samsung or Hyundai or Seoul or Incheon. They don't really need an intercontinental rocket to mess the world economy up. And while this will be hugely unpopular (strapping my brass balls on for the mod-downs), this was actually the neo-con case for taking Saddam Hussein out, that he would EVENTUALLY be in the position that Kim Jong-un is in, with just enough WMD to threaten Saudi Arabia and thus the world economy. I'm not defending how it turned out, leading to ISIS etc, but for the record the neocons made a rational case that once a despot invades (Kuwait, Sony HQ), that they establish their willingness to use whatever weapon they find in the future. Iran incidentally still may pass that test, I don't know. India and Pakistan do (have weapons but little evidence of irrational Putin-esque border challenges).

Comment: Streisand Effect x Kim Jong-un Effect (Score 1) 501

by retroworks (#48622637) Attached to: Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release
Seeing how often Hollywood remakes movies, and how much attention Kim Jong-un has given this particular picture, it may become the Oedipus Rex or Nutcracker of the next century. After this blows over, Sony's going to rake in the DVD and rebroadcast and international sales, and North Korea will redefine the "Streisand Effect"

Comment: Anti-Aging is a Fraud Magnet (Score 5, Interesting) 167

by retroworks (#48615173) Attached to: Researchers Accidentally Discover How To Turn Off Skin Aging Gene

On the one hand, this could be huge. On the other hand, let's see the peer reviewed articles. Remember "resveratrol"? After seeing resveratrol covered by CBS 60 Minutes, etc, I bought some tablets, based on the similar mouse aging claims. Interesting history in describes how the mouse aging study led to $720M investment by GlaxoSmithKline. Once the money started rushing in, it went quacky...

"In 2012, the University of Connecticut announced that it had concluded that Dipak K. Das, Ph.D., a professor in its Department of Surgery and director of the Cardiovascular Research Center, was guilty of 145 counts of fabrication and falsification of data and that the university had notified eleven journals about this problem [20]. In recent years, Das had gained attention for his reports on allegedly beneficial properties of resveratrol. As of March 2014, journals had retracted 20 of his papers, many of which were repeatedly cited by others [21]. Das died in 2013."

Some interesting research is still going on, tangentially from the resveratrol research. But the way anti-aging anything gets marketed, suspicion always seems warranted.

+ - Sony Pictures Leak Reveals Quashed Plan to Upload Phony Torrents->

Submitted by retroworks
retroworks (652802) writes "Motherboard.vice offers an interesting scoop from the hacked Sony Pictures email trove. A plan championed by Polish marketing employee Magda Mastalerz was to upload false versions of highly-pirated Sony programming, effectively polluting torrent sites with false positives. For example, a “Hannibal”-themed anti-piracy ad to popular torrent sites disguised as the first episode. Sony Pictures legal department quashed the idea, saying that if pirate sites were illegal, it would also be illegal for Sony Pictures to upload onto them.

There were plans in WW2 to drop phony counterfeit currency to disrupt markets, and I wonder why flooding underground markets with phony products isn't widespread. Why don't credit card companies manufacture fake lists of stolen credit card numbers, or phony social security numbers, for illegal trading sites? For that matter, would fake ivory, fake illegal porn, and other "false positives" discourage buyers? Or create alibis? or distract police."

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Comment: Put your money into speakers (Score 5, Insightful) 431

by retroworks (#48593939) Attached to: Vinyl Record Pressing Plants Struggle To Keep Up With Demand
Ah, yes.... I rather vaguely remember a series of experiments I attended a couple of decades ago. My colleagues and I participated in several hours-long, herb-fueled, analysis sessions comparing cassette tape, CDs, and vinyl, with and without equalizers. We listened in sessions controlling for acoustic, heavy metal, synthesizer, etc.. I'm pretty sure the committee's conclusion was "put the money into the speakers". But I think we forgot to write it down anywhere.

+ - Economist: US Congress Should Hack Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) ->

Submitted by retroworks
retroworks (652802) writes "This week's print edition of The Economist has an essay on the Right to Tinker with hardware. "Exactly why copyright law should be involved in something that ought to be a simple matter of consumer rights is hard to fathom. Any rational interpretation would suggest that when people buy or pay off the loan on a piece of equipment—whether a car, a refrigerator or a mobile phone—they own it, and should be free to do what they want with it. Least of all should they have to seek permission from the manufacturer or the government.""
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Comment: Re:No It Reads Your Face (Score 1) 186

by retroworks (#48520001) Attached to: Pizza Hut Tests New "Subconscious Menu" That Reads Your Mind
You will be banked into facial recognition database and find Peperoni ads on your Facebook ads page. This is about facial recognition software, it's going into store cameras everywhere, and they are starting to package it as a "consumer advantage". Physical browsing is now, today, being tracked the same as web browsing. Minority Report has your pizza ready.

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