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Submission + - Why North Korea Isn't Behind The Cyberattacks

vivIsel writes: Anonymous cyber policy blogger Cyberwonk makes a provocative claim about the July 4 cyberattacks on South Korea and the U.S.: that North Korea may not have launched them.

"The press loves a good villain, and so the story seems to make intuitive sense: the nuke-testing, IBCM-firing, SCUD-launching North Koreans launch a cyberattack in yet another moment of classic brinksmanship to protest the United Nations, US imperialism, ROK aggression, and prove their own might. The progression is obvious. Right? Not really."

Cyberwonk's six reasons why we may have it wrong start with two fundamental problems: cyber attacks, unlike missle launches, don't enhance Kim's standing inside a completely unwired country. And if he wanted to make waves outside his own borders, he would have claimed credit for the attacks — which he didn't.

It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - Stallman Attacked by Ninjas (yale.edu)

vivIsel writes: When RMS took the stage to address the Yale Political Union, Yale's venerable parliamentary debate society, it was already an unusual speech: instead of the jacket and tie customary there, he sported a T shirt, and no shoes. But then he was attacked by ninjas. Apparently some students took it into their head to duplicate an XKCD webcomic before a live audience — luckily, though, Stallman didn't resort to violence. Instead, he delivered an excellent speech about DRM.
The Internet

Submission + - Buckley on upstart student journalists

sprint writes: William F. Buckley Jr, the famous (infamous?) conservative intellectual, like many, is no lover of traditional political journalism, or moneyed politics, and his latest column makes no bones about that. But he's found a cause to champion against the mainstream media: the revolutionary — to hear him tell it — folks at TheScoop08, who claim to want to change the way political journalism and politics happen in this country. Whether or not they'll manage that, they're getting a lot of attention from the devotees of the man many call the founder of neoconservatism.
Television

Submission + - Internet Conquering American Idol?

vivIsel writes: All sorts of media outlets have been a-buzzing by the saga of Sanjaya Malakar, an American Idol contestant who might just be headed for victory — but the thing is, he can't really sing. Thanks to the efforts of a lot of Indian-American patriots, some teenyboppers, and perhaps most importantly, the blogosphere and related entities, Fox's television behemoth (American Idol is the most-watched show in America) might be headed for an embarrassing moment. At least, that's what Dave Della Terza, the founder of votefortheworst.com is hoping for. The Times is covering the story, as is the Washington Post. The Boston Globe has its own cynical take on the affair.

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