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Comment: Re:They realized how badly they screwed up (Score 2) 176

by wolfgang_spangler (#48661731) Attached to: Sony: 'The Interview' Will Have a Limited Theatrical Release

The movie probably sucks. But bowing down to pressure from North Korea is ridiculous.

I am sure Hitler did not like The Great Dictator, but if he had tried to blackmail a US company into cancelling it, we would have laughed at him.

Sony should have done the same. I don't care what they got from the stolen emails, the only way to deal with terrorists demanding obedience is a bullet to their head, not a bow to to their feet.

How tough would you be if a foreign government had you singled out and was threatening your kids or spouse?

Just curious internet tough guy.

Comment: Re:Partially Blocked View (Score 1) 378

by wolfgang_spangler (#39700047) Attached to: The Laws of Physics Trump Traffic Laws

I didn't actually expect to win. I understand your points and researched enough before I went before the judge to understand the situation was exactly what you described. He did reduce the fine, but I went mostly for the experience. Oh, and I was hoping the officer would be too busy to show up, which I knew was a long shot, but hey...

  It was very interesting.

Comment: Re:Partially Blocked View (Score 5, Interesting) 378

by wolfgang_spangler (#39693309) Attached to: The Laws of Physics Trump Traffic Laws

I tried to use math to defend myself recently when ticketed for using a cel phone in a school zone. As an aside, I was using it legally (hands free) and picked it up after I exited the school zone, the officer said, "you picked it up about 5 feet before the end of the zone."

It was a very, very interesting experience and I pretty much learned the point you just made AC. At the end of the day, in which I defended myself with math/physics the judge said, "I feel like I just had a college physics class. You know, there are two school zones on that street. You may have been in the zone, you may not have. I don't care, you have no business being on your phone on that street. You are free to appeal my decision.

The fine was an annoyance (like 150) but I found it a very interesting experience in how small suburbs within cities make money and how a person going in there to defend themselves has basically no chance.

Comment: web browsing is illegal now? (Score 4, Interesting) 122

by wolfgang_spangler (#34927858) Attached to: Criminal Charges Filed Against AT&T iPad Attacker

From the article:
In a blog post earlier today, Auernheimer spelled out Goatse's case. "All data was gathered from a public webserver with no password, accessible by anyone on the Internet," he wrote. "There was no breach, intrusion, or penetration, by any means of the word."

How did he do anything illegal?

Comment: Re:Mod the summary funny (Score 1) 663

by wolfgang_spangler (#33263076) Attached to: 'Wi-Fi Illness' Spreads To Ontario Public Schools

I was fine all throughout primary and secondary school, but since coming to college I've noticed that I feel physically sick in the lectures, it was enough to make me stop attending lectures almost entirely (maybe I'll do better next year).

Those are called hangovers. I suggest scheduling later classes.

He keeps differentiating, flying off on a tangent.