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Comment: Re:Bunch of knobs (Score 0) 124

by thunderclap (#48673829) Attached to: Xbox Live and PlayStation Networks Downed By Apparent Attack
You are confused. Every console until recently was unattached to servers. This is simply their greed and the reminder that they can't control their systems. If Lizard inconvenience you, thats the goal. Most people are sheep and won't complaint about hackers. No they will attack Sony and Microsoft. That's what they want. They want anyone that doesn't bow to their whims to die. Remember this.
AND for the love of all this Holy, quit buying Sony shit. I don't care how you want to play that game. You want internet freedom or this? Everytime you buy Sony crap, you empower them to be more shitty and this emboldened the hackers to attack them. Both are urinating on you and you are dancing in it like Gene Kelly http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...
If everyone, simply stopping buying Sony products for a year, This would end. (for them anyway)
Nothing Sony or its subsidiaries sells is necessary for life. They don't sell food, or shelter. Others sell clothes, and music Until we as the purchasers put our foot down, nothing will change. Any more to them enables them. Same goes to Microsoft.

Comment: Re:Huh? (Score 1) 220

by thunderclap (#48639489) Attached to: Hackers' Shutdown of 'The Interview' Confirms Coding Is a Superpower

The idea of North Korean computer programmers reminds me of Elbonia.

North Korea has built compact nuclear warheads, put satellites in orbit, and (because of sanctions) independently developed a number of technologies. They would not have been able to do those things if they couldn't program.

Instead of just slurping up the propaganda that your government is spoon feeding you, learn to think for yourself. Go to Google Maps, zoom in on North Korea, and then click on "Earth". You will see paved roads with cars on them, farms with tractors, houses not much smaller than in the South, etc. North Korea is a poor and backwards country, but not nearly to the degree that you have been told. Until around 1970, it was wealthier, per capita, than South Korea.

And lets not forget they developed Sinanju. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S...

Comment: Re:This needs to stop ... (Score 1) 388

by thunderclap (#48623569) Attached to: Sony Leaks Reveal Hollywood Is Trying To Break DNS
What you are pissed that the North Koreas actually had the balls to pull this off? I'm not. I don't think they did. Nor do I think they have the infrastructure. However if they did then I will applaud them. Someone needs to remind MPAA and Hollywood they don't run the planet. If its Kim Jong Un then that's his whole purpose for existing and its good enough for me. I'm am sorry but franco isnt a good actor.

Comment: Re:Beloved by Builders and Developers (Score 1) 178

by thunderclap (#48569905) Attached to: LA Mayor Proposes Earthquake Retrofits On Thousands of Buildings
Don't know what you are talking about.
Houston is beautiful. The weather is always nice. The airports are in the east part of the city away from major traffic.
There is NO smog, just great horned owls that eat all the rodents.
There is no state tax.
Some of the best restaurants in the country are here.
Just close enough to the ocean to enjoy but no so close to be encumbered
No earthquakes, fracking or otherwise
No crazy insane laws, Just common sense (yes they believe abortion is murder thats statewide) Example: No LGBT discrimination in city jobs and Transgender can use the bathroom of their turning gender not current one.
We have NASA
We have green jobs
We have oil industry jobs
we have IT jobs
So far the only bad things are Comcast, no IN and Out and homelessness is a crime

Comment: Re: sorry, all my laptop batteries are dead (Score 1) 143

by thunderclap (#48544965) Attached to: Using Discarded Laptop Batteries To Power Lights
So I have to ask, why do you think that a CRTs Flyback transformer has the same amount of juice in it as a basic laptop battery.
A quote from wikipedia to drive the point home:

A flyback transformer and its associated circuitry operate at very high voltages at low currents ( far beyond mains voltage. While most flybacks do not supply enough power to kill directly, the voltage they employ can cause violent muscle spasms if touched; and such spasms usually cause injury. A common injury that occurs when one is shocked is actually to be injured not as much by the shock itself, but when the victim's hand or arm is thrown back against other internal components in the display device. Therefore, only trained persons should touch or modify these devices, after first ensuring that the transformer is switched off and any stored energy has been safely discharged. The CRT attached to the flyback has an inherent capacitance which can hold a high voltage charge for more than a week after the power is switched off.

So your ignorance about electricity then means overly cautious now. Don't be.

Comment: New Republic is Newroom in reality (Score 1) 346

Is Hughes a visionary cleaning out dead wood or a clueless tech star leaving destruction in his wake?

Both. He's clueless because he doesn't understand who buys the New Republic. He's a visionary because NP does have a lot of dead wood. The truest example of who Hughes is: On Season 3 episode 4 of the Newsroom Lucas Pruit buys ACN after it is spun off from its parent company Atlantic Media in an effort to save Atlantic Media from greedy asshole cousins who were given shares in their uncle's will that would allow them to take over the company to...sell it to someone who only wants its IP assets. Hughes is Lucas Pruitt who announces his vision of bring ACN into the 21st century by intoducting crowdsourcing media, instagram and twitter links etc. Everything that Charlie Skinner hates.

No hardware designer should be allowed to produce any piece of hardware until three software guys have signed off for it. -- Andy Tanenbaum