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

Fire_Wraith Re:Well, expect more of these, then (124 comments)

They were, yes. I already had ordered my ticket from a minor chain (not one of those who chickened out). Furthermore, the US Government is now openly attributing the hack to North Korea (according to CNN). 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.

1 minute ago
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Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

Fire_Wraith Re:Until Sony caved, yes.... (124 comments)

In defense of Sony (I know, right?), the vast majority of Theater chains had already balked, so they probably figure they're cutting their losses. It certainly doesn't make Sony look any better, but it was the Theater chains that panicked, not Sony.

3 minutes ago
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Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

Fire_Wraith Re:Sets a precedent (124 comments)

DHS openly stated they don't think there was any credible threat. Major theater chains panicked anyway. Seems sort of telling how much stock they put in that, doesn't it?

6 minutes ago
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Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

Fire_Wraith Re:I'm confused (124 comments)

Unfortunately. Screw North Korea for making me feel sympathy for Sony Pictures.

about half an hour ago
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Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

Fire_Wraith Re:Boycott (124 comments)

Unfortunately all five of the major chains had backed out. Luckily for me, when I do go see movies in a theater I usually do so at Alamo Drafthouse, so I can drink beer while watching. At least prior to Sony's announcement, Alamo hadn't backed out (and it wouldn't be their style either), so this just confirms that I'll be skipping the major chains in the future.

about half an hour ago
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Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

Fire_Wraith Re:Edited for Slashdot (124 comments)

Sony should give free license to the South Korean groups that send balloons over the North Korean border to include DVD copies of this movie.

about half an hour ago
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A Domain Registrar Is Starting a Fiber ISP To Compete With Comcast

Fire_Wraith Re:Holy Crap (62 comments)

Sort of like how the current Atari is nothing to do with the 1980s Atari except for the name and the logo. Short version though, I think increased competition like this can only be a good thing. If small companies start doing fiber buildouts, it'll kick the incumbents like Comcast into having to step up their game to compete rather than just sitting on their backsides collecting rents. It's already happened in the areas Google Fiber showed up.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: How Should a Liberal Arts Major Get Into STEM?

Fire_Wraith Re:STEM is a wide field... (259 comments)

Agreed, some fields need a specific degree (Engineering, Physics/Biology/Chemistry/etc) while others such as many Computer related ones will care as much (if not more than) about practical and work experience.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: How Should a Liberal Arts Major Get Into STEM?

Fire_Wraith Re:my experience (259 comments)

Depending on what field you want to go into, the Military can be a very good option. It's a large part of how I made the transition from History major to Network Security. The Military doesn't care what your past experience is (it can be a plus, but never a minus), just what your aptitude test scores are. They will pay to send you to the appropriate training for your field, and if you have existing student loan debt, they have a program to pay that off too (it's how I paid off mine) in lieu of receiving the Montgomery GI Bill. Note that this applies to the Army, not necessarily the other services - I can't speak directly for how much choice you get in which field you go into in the others, but the Army at least will put your choice of training into the written contract. Once I finished my time in the Army, I found that the fact that I had a BA in History didn't matter so much as the fact that I had a degree, I had work experience/certifications/etc. If anything, it was a positive, as I had somewhat better overall communications skills (writing/etc) than many of my counterparts that came from a purely technical background.

yesterday
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Federal Court Nixes Weeks of Warrantless Video Surveillance

Fire_Wraith Re:What? (423 comments)

It's certainly feasible. It takes political will, but more importantly it takes _Money_. All of that stuff is going to cost money. It's not so simple a matter as saying "Well we already spend $X on Y, let's put it on Z instead." You have to house those soldiers and feed them. Field operations are an increased cost over using the established housing and facilities on their old bases. Trucks using fuel moving food/water/etc. That said, it's certainly in the realm of possibility. Congress isn't interested in paying, and it's not just a matter of the left not wanting to stop immigrants. The entire reason the President was able to make his most recent order on how to prioritize deportations is because the law Congress passed only allocates enough money to deport a small fraction of the people here, and gives him the authority to prioritize how it's spent. They're certainly able to try and pass a new law changing that, or to spend money to really secure the border, but they're not likely to do that.

yesterday
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Microsoft To US Gov't: the World's Servers Are Not Yours For the Taking

Fire_Wraith Re:Extradition (192 comments)

Correct. The Irish Government's position is that the Mutual Assistance Treaty covers this, and is the appropriate method for the US to use to get access to the data.

about a week ago
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CIA Lied Over Brutal Interrogations

Fire_Wraith Re:Senator John McCain (767 comments)

Nevermind the fact that as a result of the torture he suffered, McCain cannot (fully) raise his hands anymore.

about a week ago
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CIA Lied Over Brutal Interrogations

Fire_Wraith Re:Where are the war crimes prosecutions? (767 comments)

Only one person has gone to jail over this - John Kiriakou, a whistleblower who was prosecuted for revealing classified information about this activity.

about a week ago
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CIA Lied Over Brutal Interrogations

Fire_Wraith Re:Enlightening... (767 comments)

What about John Kiriakou? He was a whistleblower on some of this stuff, and part of (if not the entire) reason we even know about this stuff. What happened to him? Oh, right, he got thrown in federal prison for his troubles.

about a week ago
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CIA Lied Over Brutal Interrogations

Fire_Wraith Re:Justice (767 comments)

Yes. What this underscored for me was just how much Cheney and his ilk were in control of things than had been suspected.

about a week ago
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CIA Lied Over Brutal Interrogations

Fire_Wraith Re:Enlightening... (767 comments)

What's really sad is how much of this wasn't done by actual skilled interrogators, who know that torture is not only amoral but also horribly counterproductive to getting good intelligence. I've worked with some of those guys, and they're really good at what they do - and would have nothing to do with anything of this sort. Experts like Ali Soufan have long debunked the kind of myths that surround crimes like these - and that's what they are, crimes. There's no justification or excuse for it whatsoever.

about a week ago
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CIA Lied Over Brutal Interrogations

Fire_Wraith Torture and Drugs (767 comments)

I'm reminded of a quote I once heard from a U.S. Army interrogator (paraphrasing a bit to make the context and intent clear): "Torture and Drugs are something people do for fun - they're not used for gathering intelligence."

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are Any Certifications Worth Going For?

Fire_Wraith Re:Certifications get squat (317 comments)

This has mostly been my experience. Certs will help get you an interview, but they won't get you the job if you don't know your stuff. If you know your stuff, and have some kind of prior experience, anyplace decent should have no problem hiring you. The only exception to that is in some government/government contracting work, where specific certifications are required by federal regulations (like DoD 8570), and they have to have someone with one of those certs in that seat.

about a week ago
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Displaced IT Workers Being Silenced

Fire_Wraith Re:I am one (398 comments)

The US government has a Fraud Waste and Abuse hotline for things like this. You can report anonymously, or not. If I recall correctly, too, there are also whistleblower provisions where they pay a share of any fine or settlement to the whistleblower.

about two weeks ago

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Mandiant claims Sony hack "Unprecedented in nature", Others say that's no excuse

Fire_Wraith Fire_Wraith writes  |  about a week ago

Fire_Wraith (1460385) writes "Kevin Mandia, head of FireEye's Mandiant, stated to the CEO of Sony Pictures that the recent hack of Sony was "Unprecedented in nature" and that “The bottom line is that this was an unparalleled and well planned crime, carried out by an organized group, for which neither SPE nor other companies could have been fully prepared.” Still other security professionals disagree, and criticized Mandiant for absolving Sony of responsibility for the breach."
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