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Comment: Re:Why the FBI thinks it's North Korea (Score 0) 332

credibility of a US TLA?

hang on...


(wait, you were serious??)

at this point, I would not trust any US TLA as far as I could throw them. they are all rotton to the core (or is that, corp?).

they have their own sets of laws, their own agendas, cannot be monitored by the citizens, have private budgets that we can't see (entirely) and, again, they are all above the law. they convince themselves that they are fighting the good fight, but power corrupts and they have too much power to be trusted.

the fbi says this or says that- yeah, right. they say things for their own reasons. this is not to be confused with The Truth.

I wish this was not the case. it would be so nice if we could trust our own enforcers. but as we have seen over the last few decades, they are as trustworthy as the thieves and bandits they are supposedly trying to stop.

its at the point where I can't tell the bad guys from the really bad guys ;(

but I'll never take the fbi (or cia, or nsa) word at face value. its like a salesman: how do you tell they are lying? their lips are moving.

Comment: Re:Sure... (Score 1) 332

Security IS a profit center, because it's part and parcel of actually doing everything that generates profit.

go look up (learn!) what profit center really means. clearly, you don't know, and you should not be acting like you know, either.

profit center is when you DIRECTLY generate revenue. security only does that for security vendors (firewall boxes, etc). your security team is a COST.

Comment: Re:Arrest increase because they're looking for it? (Score 1) 478

by TheGratefulNet (#48633873) Attached to: Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

it was all over the evening news

oh! so it must be true, then.

the evening news would not lie to us. they don't have an agenda. they don't keep 'in good' with the politicians and cops and judges and jailers and (and and and...). no, they report honestly and without fear. they expose bad actions of our government.

(wakes up).

wow, what a dream I just had.

Comment: Re:Enforcing pot laws is big business (Score 1) 478

by TheGratefulNet (#48633745) Attached to: Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

all of your post assumes that cops play fair and by the rules.

so, lets stop right here and call a spade a spade. cops break laws AT WILL. there's a famous meme, "I'm going to kick your ass... and get away with it!" and its more true than false, these days.

even if you are innocent, they can 'drop' whatever they want on you and make it stick. they can claim 'you went for a gun and I feared for my life' and kill you. a dead man makes no lawsuits.

they can steal your money and say 'we THINK it may have been used for drug deals' and now its up to you to prove a negative. GLWT.

Comment: Re:12 hour factory shifts? (Score 5, Informative) 194

by TheGratefulNet (#48630985) Attached to: Investigation: Apple Failing To Protect Chinese Factory Workers

AFTER unions got torn apart, in the US, perhaps.

but in my grandfather's day (turn of the 1900's), they fought for better working conditions and this is where the 5-day work week came from, time and a half (or more!) for overtime and I remember my GF telling me that 'every 4 hours, they are required to let us eat'. even today, at my 'cushy IT job' I don't get a food break every 4 hours. not that I need it, but its a thing that we once had and lost due to 'those evil unions' (sigh).

so, conditions were horrible in the US, we fought to make them more human-like and we won.

then, we lost them ALL. pretty much all of it.

cops and other groups have unions and no one says a word about it. but if IT guys or factory guys want to have a union, its 'hey, why do you hate america' and shit like that.

if my GF was still alive, he'd be furious for the things he and his peers fought for and yet we let drift away over the years.

Comment: Re:I can't believe you're saying this either (Score 1) 575

by holophrastic (#48628151) Attached to: Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

Apologies are absolutely meaningless statements, just like movie lines. And since we're dealing with a country that cares about apologies, it costs you absolutely nothing to give it -- and it savfes you a few billion dollars.

As for being responsible for private citizens, most terrorist attacks are done by private citizens. And since your laws don't count in the foreign country, I guess you should just sit back and do nothing, because the attacks came from outside of your jurisdiction, and they were just private citizens. Except you don't. You attack the entire country instead -- remember?

But there's something so much simpler going on here. Who the hell cares what's right, moral, or correct. You could kill people, you could get people killed, or you could say a few words. You're going to take the death approach because you believe that principles outweigh actual lives. Good for you. My family won't be around to bleed for your principles. I trust your family will stand with you -- or sit -- in the theatre. I can see my local headlines now: "USA gets blown up sitting down."

Let me know when your country grows up just a little bit. It's been a few hundred years, and you haven't progressed one iota.

Comment: Re:I can't believe you're saying this either (Score 1) 575

by holophrastic (#48627233) Attached to: Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

"Comments owned by the poster." is a legal structure which requires a legal institution in order to have any interpretation whatsoever. The real issue here is that there are two legal institutions: the USA one, and the Korean one.

So which set of laws are you going to choose to enforce? Yours or theirs? You'll choose yours. They'll choose theirs. That's a pretty solid Nash equilibrium whereby lots of people die purely because lots of laws conflict.

So if you're going to prioritize life and blood, instead of freedom and liberty -- some wold argure that life and blood are the very basis for freedom and liberty, others would argure the exact opposite -- then you're going to need to do something to avoid the war. Since all it would take is a couple of words, that would seem to be the most cost effective solutions. And since the entire copyright and freedom of expression is there to protect economies and blood, it would stand to reason that the diplomatic solution would be the most rational of actions.

Now, like I said, I don't at all expect your country to take that route. It's just not in your nature, as you've so directly stated. And so, if the movies are released, I will 'conveniently' take my family and friends on a trip far far far away from your borders.

Comment: I can't believe you're saying this either (Score 0) 575

by holophrastic (#48626911) Attached to: Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

No one ever said that they could co-ordinate 18'000 attacks simultaneously. No one's worried about that.

What we are worried about is that they'll try, miss, and hit 100 random non-targets instead.

On a very different side of things, Sony's doing the right thing. As an entertainment company, indeed as any consumer/commercial company, Sony should not be creating a war -- rightfully or not. If it gets to that level, as it just did, Sony ought to back off and your government ought to step in to do something -- I know exactly what my country would do: publicly apologize for the insulting movie, as a sign of respect, and move on.

But your country doesn't like $50 solutions. Your country has always preferred $50 billion dollar solutions. So your president will likely escalate matters with a display of power. And if things do escalate, as we all know that they have in the past, you'll lose a few thousand soldiers' lives, instead of a few thousand movie-goers' lives -- as though that's somehow better, or any different at all.

Of course I'm all for freedom of expression. Of course I'm against slander too. And maybe, just maybe, it's a bad idea to insult an enemy while he's holding a few nuclear guns. Just maybe.

But hey, your country fought for its independence, with a lot of lives lost. Mine waited 100 years, and then asked politely.

Comment: Re:The joke could be on them (Score 1) 580

by TheGratefulNet (#48623279) Attached to: Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

it would KILL the uber capitalism company known as sony to give ANYTHING away for free.

they'd go out of business first.

(well, lets all hope...)

but waiting for sony to do anything good for anyone BUT sony is like waiting for the 2nd coming of jesus. neither is gonna happen.

Never tell people how to do things. Tell them WHAT to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity. -- Gen. George S. Patton, Jr.