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The Dominant Life Form In the Cosmos Is Probably Superintelligent Robots

CohibaVancouver Re:Welcome. (290 comments)

Can we retire this joke? Please?

Imagine a Beowulf cluster of these jokes!

5 hours ago
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The Dominant Life Form In the Cosmos Is Probably Superintelligent Robots

CohibaVancouver Re:Welcome. (290 comments)

Can we retire this joke? Please?

In Soviet Russia, joke retire you!

5 hours ago
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"Team America" Gets Post-Hack Yanking At Alamo Drafthouse, Too

CohibaVancouver Re:Pitiful (223 comments)

I would not have pulled the movies. Those asshats would have done nothing.

So if you were an exec at Sony and you got an email that proved it was from the NK hackers that said "If you show this movie I'll kill your children," and it included pics of your kids coming and going from school, would you still release the movie? I strongly suspect that's what has happened here.

yesterday
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"Team America" Gets Post-Hack Yanking At Alamo Drafthouse, Too

CohibaVancouver Re:What are they going to do? (223 comments)

Sigh.

You can't nuke North Korea or Kim Jong-Un's BIG brother would retaliate: China.

China could retaliate either militarily (unlikely) or economically (very possible). In either case, the result would be devastating the the USA.

NK exists at the behest of China, pure and simple.

yesterday
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"Team America" Gets Post-Hack Yanking At Alamo Drafthouse, Too

CohibaVancouver Re:What are they going to do? (223 comments)

It boggles my mind that anyone seriously believes North Korea is going to start mounting attacks on North American theaters should they screen this film.

As I said in the other thread, I suspect what NK has done is threaten harm to the families of the Sony execs and the movie chain execs.

That's likely all it would take: "Show this movie and I'll kill your children."

The "attack the theaters" response is just a smokescreen against what has really been threatened.

yesterday
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Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

CohibaVancouver Re:Land of the free (559 comments)

[He] always makes sure to read the copies of Entertainment Weekly and People lying around the shop's break room, "just so he can point out all the stars and shows he's never heard of."

"Last week, in one of the magazines, there was a picture of Calista Flockhart," Elkins said, "and Jonathan announced, 'I have absolutely no idea who this woman is. Calista who? Am I supposed to have heard of her? I'm sorry, but I haven't.'"


http://www.theonion.com/articl...

yesterday
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India Successfully Test Fires Its Heaviest Rocket

CohibaVancouver Re:Now if India would just invest in its own peopl (55 comments)

In 1962, when Kennedy gave his famous "Choose to go to the moon" speech, the US still had 'white' and 'colored' drinking fountains. Many rural Americans in the Appalachians and the south were in deep poverty and had no indoor plumbing. Should America have fixed those things first before they went to the moon?

yesterday
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Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

CohibaVancouver Re:Land of the free (559 comments)

This wasn't / isn't "Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2." Even before the hacks this movie was being reported on all over the place due to its politically charged nature and unique storyline.

Not every day you create a black comedy about killing a world dictator starring Seth Rogen.

yesterday
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Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

CohibaVancouver Re:Land of the free (559 comments)

Alternately, nobody I know had even heard of the movie before the hacks

Do you all live under a rock?

yesterday
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Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

CohibaVancouver The Executives (559 comments)

As soon as I heard this story, I realized it's not Sony Pictures giving in to threats to an AMC in Des Moines - It's likely Sony Pictures execs giving in to threats to themselves and their families: "If you release this movie we'll kill your children."

Of course I doubt NK has the reach to pull off those threats, but pretty chilling nonetheless...

yesterday
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In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

CohibaVancouver Re:About Fucking Time (422 comments)

Outside of the 'neat' factor of buying a cuban cigar, there are equally good makers in other countries.

Do other countries make good cigars? Sure. An Arturo Fuente is a good cigar.

But are they equal to a Cuban cigar? No. Any blind tasting will demonstrate that Cubans are better, every time.

2 days ago
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Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

CohibaVancouver Re:Well, expect more of these, then (574 comments)

What I want to know is what we (for any of the appropriate values of 'we') are going to do about this, because this kind of thing cannot be allowed to go on.

'We' have allowed unimaginable atrocities to 'go on' in North Korea against innocent men, women and children for decades and we've done nothing.

Yet NK makes empty threats against movie theatres and now we're supposed to do something about it?

How does NK survive? China. You want to do something about it then everyone in the USA needs to stop buying stuff from China. Once China turns off the NK money taps (money that comes from you, indirectly) then regime will collapse.

2 days ago
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Vinyl Record Pressing Plants Struggle To Keep Up With Demand

CohibaVancouver Sounds Better? (433 comments)

I don't have a horse in either race, but I'm curious - Have any blind studies been done to determine if vinyl does indeed sound better? My audiophile father-in-law would tell you HD-CD sounds better than vinyl, but I don't have the ears to tell either way...

5 days ago
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Google Closing Engineering Office In Russia

CohibaVancouver Re:Propaganda (157 comments)

If you ever watch CNN (TV) you will see continuous false information and it is managed by The Whitehouse personally.

You really telling me that programs like Fareed Zakaria's GPS are 'false information managed by the White House?'

Have you even watched a few episodes?

Saying things like this completely blow your credibility.

about a week ago
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Google Closing Engineering Office In Russia

CohibaVancouver Re: False information? (157 comments)

Did you order the Code Red?

about a week ago
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Overly Familiar Sci-Fi

CohibaVancouver Near-term Sci Fi (368 comments)

This is one of the reasons I much prefer near-term science fiction like Andy Weir's "The Martian."

I remember reading The Foundation Trilogy as a kid and thinking it was preposterous reading a story set thousands of years in the future, as we'd have no idea how humanity would look at behave.

about two weeks ago
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NASA's Orion Capsule Reaches Orbit

CohibaVancouver Re:Stay out of space (140 comments)

You HAVE to have wings for space!

Dude, they're not wings, they're "S-Foils." Get with the program.

about two weeks ago
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The Sony Pictures Hack Was Even Worse Than Everyone Thought

CohibaVancouver Re:Over what time interval? (528 comments)

What kind of Internet connection does Sony Pictures have? To ex-filtrate 100 TB of data is going to take a while, no matter how you cut it. My guess is that number is significantly inflated.

Who says this was done over the internet?

Send in a North Korean agent posing as a janitor to jack into the network from the inside. Plug in a device, let it download, then come get it the next night.

about two weeks ago

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Is Access to Gadgets a good Measure of "Success?"

CohibaVancouver CohibaVancouver writes  |  more than 3 years ago

CohibaVancouver writes "In a current article on Salon.com, author Patrick Smith asks whether or not a measure of success in a poor nation is access to technology like laptops and mobile phones when people still don't have access to clean drinking water or healthcare, and sewage runs in the street. He calls out the fact that in a desperately poor nation like Guyana the government is planning to spend $30,000,000 on laptops for school children, while the people urinate in the gutters. Is it right for poor people to continue to suffer while companies like Motorola, Microsoft, Apple and Nokia make profits. Is this really an important step towards empowerment?"
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Indie Media locked out of 2010 Winter Olympics

CohibaVancouver CohibaVancouver writes  |  about 6 years ago

CohibaVancouver writes "The Vancouver Olympic Organizing Committee ("Vanoc") is getting some flack this morning about its decision to largely exclude "Indie Media" from covering the Winter Olympics in February of 2010.

From the article here: http://www.financialpost.com/story.html?id=1045816

"None of the people who attended [the Vancouver 2010 Indie Social Media meeting] — with the exception of a Vancouver Sun reporter — will likely get official accreditation to the Vancouver Games. With only 200 accreditations to split among the country's thousands of journalists, the Canadian Olympic Committee, which is responsible for the passes, is having to ration who gets them. So far, alternative and social media outside the traditional form have been unsuccessful."

It is presumed that Vanoc in general and the International Olympic Committee ("IOC") in general is concerned about protecting its revenue streams by only accrediting "traditional" media such as broadcast television and broadsheet newspapers."

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Thieves use Social Engineering to Steal Millions

CohibaVancouver CohibaVancouver writes  |  more than 6 years ago

CohibaVancouver writes "Last month, rare-art jewelry valued at fifteen million dollars was stolen from the Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver, Canada. Today, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation is reporting that the thief or thieves likely used social engineering to pull off the heist. It seems the night of the theft, someone called the museum's security office, claimed they were from the alarm company and told the staff on duty to ignore any alarms, as they were simply 'technical malfunctions.' They then proceeded to raid the museum. Perhaps the thieves recently watched the movie 'Sneakers.'"
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CohibaVancouver CohibaVancouver writes  |  more than 7 years ago

CohibaVancouver writes "There's an interesting legal battle brewing in British Columbia. In January, a woman in Vancouver gave premature birth to sextuplets. That's news in itself, but what's really interesting is that the parents are Jehovah's witnesses. Typically, in order to survive, 'preemies' need blood transfusions, and the parents have refused to allow them for religous reasons.

As a result, the state has been seizing the babies and giving them the transfusions so they have a better chance of survival. Once the transfusions are complete the babies are 'given back' to their parents.

The relationship between the parents and doctors are reported as 'strained' and now there's a court battle brewing to prevent the further seizing of the babies by the state.

Fascinating stuff. You can read more here:

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/british-columbia/story/20 07/02/01/sextuplet-transfusion-070201.html"
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CohibaVancouver CohibaVancouver writes  |  more than 7 years ago

CohibaVancouver writes "The "Vancouver Sun" newspaper is reporting an alleged murderer was tracked down and captured due in large part to his postings to the 'Plenty of Fish' online dating site.

On Saturday night he was featured on "America's Most Wanted" and a tipster reported having seen his face on the popular dating site. The site's admin was contacted and he was able to track the man down via his private messages to various women. Once his messages and a woman's messages starting originating from the same IP, the US Marshalls were able to move in. Full details are in the Vancouver Sun article here:

http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/story.html ?id=666f9a75-6c52-4862-a746-00529b392eaa&k=83847

To quote the article:

[The sysadmin] was never served with a search warrant and voluntarily looked through Bennett and his girlfriend's message traffic. He said he wouldn't hesitate to look at a user's private messages again 'if a crime has been committed or someone is in danger.'"
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CohibaVancouver CohibaVancouver writes  |  more than 8 years ago

CohibaVancouver (864662) writes "In British Columbia, Telus is about the deploy the world's longest over-water RF IP network, connecting the Queen Charlotte Islands with the mainland coast of BC. A series of high-capacity mountain-top data transmitters will beam Internet service 115 kilometres (nearly 72 miles) across Hecate Straight to a station at Masset on the Islands. Service will flow from the station to other points on the Islands via fibre.

More info here: http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/Septemb er2006/20/c8229.html

Google map of Hecate Straight is here: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&z=8&ll=54.072283,- 130.98999&spn=2.02426,4.493408&om=1"

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