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

GTRacer Re: Home of the brave? (576 comments)

Whoops - I missed this and here I am at work, alive again. I'll see what I can do tomorrow.

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

GTRacer Re:Home of the brave? (576 comments)

(because I'm swimming in karma and I have a bad case of "don't give a toss" today)

Because Twilight wasn't that bad of a love story + vampire action, if you weren't married to the classic monster manual vampires.

Team Ed by the way.

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

GTRacer Re:Home of the brave? (576 comments)

Is this not why you all like to carry guns about anyway?

See, here's the thing. Please reread my post. I never said I wouldn't go. I just questioned Anonymous's bravado. This is easily my most-replied comment in 8 years of /., and I find it interesting how many people assumed I would capitulate to the terrorists. All I said was I would exercise caution and think hard about the risks before acting.

And as has been said before, the hackers likely have no physical attack vectors. But their puppetmasters might, and that's where the real risk comes from. That, and there are enough unbalanced people who might take up arms and inadvertently or deliberately aid the enemy.

As for the guns, I'm more scared of open-carry zealots* than terrorists. By a wide margin. I know a couple. More than once I've had to hear how open-carry or workplace CCW would have prevented x or y standoff. Sorry, you can't sell that to me. And I don't feel like getting deep in that debate right now. Maybe later.

* I don't oppose gun rights. I just wish there weren't so many people itching to carry everywhere they go. Honestly, /. loves to talk about the need for computer licensing cos users are too dumb on average. Do you think the average American really has what it takes to have a weapon at hand at all times? We get mad at each other over the stupidest things - guns, or merely the threat of a gun, would needlessly escalate things...

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

GTRacer Re:Home of the brave? (576 comments)

Everything they said they were going to release, they've released (iirc). Their access has been as deep as bragged about. No, I don't expect the "keyboard jockeys" of the GOP have physical force projection. But whoever put them up to this (and apparently it *IS* NoKo) just might. Kim Jong Un and his lineage strike me as the sort that bluster all day long, but that will eventually make good on the crazy. I have no idea what his trigger is. If Dennis Rodman *isn't* a trigger then maybe he isn't all that volatile.

Snark aside, I don't think anyone thinks the GOP acted alone. If a nation-state is involved, that nation-state likely has resources it may be willing to deploy in terror attacks. Remember, they don't need to strike 5,200 locations, or as said above, 10%. Half a percent of theatres experiencing a real terror attack on Christmas day wouldn't require a lot of manpower, and would be paralyzing, fear-wise. Which is the point of terror, y'know?

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

GTRacer Re:Home of the brave? (576 comments)

Sorry this is so late - I posted on my way out the door from work and I can't seem to get Slashdot Mobile right.

Anyway, I think some comments above this one addressed it, but just to clarify my personal position: Yes, driving across the street is likely more dangerous than these threats. The actuarial risk for driving x miles in y conditions are fairly well calculated, and pretty much everybody accepts the risk to go about our lives.

But why would I drive across the street to a location with an unmeasuable risk? And given the news this morning that they're now officially linking the Sony hack to NoKo, I'm feelimg more justified in caution.

I never actually said I wouldn't go to see the movie in theatre - I was reacting a bit histrionically to Anonymous's assertion that caution = cowardice or that prudence = terrorist victory.

Earlier replies from people used to living with full-on terrorism have been enlightening, if not a bit inspiring. Still stinks all the way round.

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

GTRacer Re:Home of the brave? (576 comments)

Tomorrow morning, you pick up the paper. A bold headline declares a threat against your local mall. The group behind it isn't well-known but has delivered on recent smaller threats.

As it happens, you have an appointment at that very mall that afternoon. Do you go?

Of course you do, Internet Tough Guy! Because why would a red-blooded American listen to rational cautions and plausible evidence? Can't show fear or "they" win, right?

/sigh

I hate the thought of censorship and paying blackmail as much as the next Slashdotter. But in this case I can't blame anyone for erring on the side of caution. Do *I* think GOP has the ability to pull off such attacks? Probably not. Not at scale. But could they hit one theatre? I'm not willing to take that bet. They've shown they're deep in Sony's business and even if it *isn't* GOP, there's enough crazy in this country to get copycats and sympathizers going if given a push.

2 days ago
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"Lax" Crossdomain Policy Puts Yahoo Mail At Risk

GTRacer Re:Silly me (49 comments)

And only one of these is a ginger comedian.

about a week ago
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Sony Hacks Continue: PlayStation Hit By Lizard Squad Attack

GTRacer Re:a fucking waste (170 comments)

Just because I have a miqo'te-like curiosity: What's so awful about it? We're talking about the relaunch right? Not 1.0?

Also, it keeps getting updates because people keep paying the sub fee.

about two weeks ago
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Sony Hacks Continue: PlayStation Hit By Lizard Squad Attack

GTRacer Re:a fucking waste (170 comments)

Tell me about it... Patch 2.4.5 is supposed to drop late tonight for Final Fantasy 14, and I'm going to be very disappointed if I can't connect and download it. *Zorg* disappointed...

about two weeks ago
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Armies of Helper Robots Keep Amazon's Warehouses Running Smoothly

GTRacer Re:Jobs & buying (110 comments)

They should throw their shoes at the robots to trip them up.

But, I thought the age of sabot tossing was behind us?

about three weeks ago
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Aereo Files For Bankruptcy

GTRacer Re:innovation thwarted (137 comments)

Well, in my case, aren't I already entitled to the unencrypted OTA signals in my home broadcast market? Why should the broadcasters get to say how I process the *over the air* signals they've so graciously provided?

about a month ago
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Aereo Files For Bankruptcy

GTRacer Re:innovation thwarted (137 comments)

(reposting here cos I can't edit or delete a badly-aimed reply)

Not when it's a thousand antennas for a thousand customers. There wasn't any signal aggregation with Aereo (such that I understood). Each customer had a singular and direct link with an antenna. No different than if the customer put it up there themselves.

Yes, they were trying to beat the system on a technicality, but frankly, they (Aereo) were technically correct. The best kind of correct.

I live in a city of 1 million+, but far enough away from the digital OTA signals that I can't get many channels even with a powered antenna, and I tried two different models. I was looking forward to a service like Aereo to give me access to the signals I'm already entitled to. But for now, I'm stuck with ComCast to get my locals...

about a month ago
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Aereo Files For Bankruptcy

GTRacer Re:innovation thwarted (137 comments)

Not when it's a thousand antennas for a thousand customers. There wasn't any signal aggregation with Aereo (such that I understood). Each customer had a singular and direct link with an antenna. No different than if the customer put it up there themselves.

Yes, they were trying to beat the system on a technicality, but frankly, they (Aereo) were technically correct. The best kind of correct.

I live in a city of 1 million+, but far enough away from the digital OTA signals that I can't get many channels even with a powered antenna, and I tried two different models. I was looking forward to a service like Aereo to give me access to the signals I'm already entitled to. But for now, I'm stuck with ComCast to get my locals...

about a month ago
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Isaac Asimov: How Do People Get New Ideas?

GTRacer Re:Isaac Asimov never heard (150 comments)

He was "essay-izing" the plot of his novella, Sucker Bait, written 5 years earlier. Its entire premise is based on a corps of "Mnemonics" who are trained from birth to seek correlations in data. They do this with the full knowledge that these unexpected connections are what drives progress.

I read the essay yesterday and the first thought I had was, "sounds like that one book of his." God I miss his storytelling...

about 2 months ago
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More Details On The 3rd-Party Apps That Led to Snapchat Leaks

GTRacer Re:Web Server 101 (101 comments)

SnapSaved's server != SnapChat's server.

The problem isn't SnapCHAT's servers, or the client-server model. It's that this app was allowing users to bypass SnapChat's supposed anti-copy protections WHILE ALSO making its own copies.

about 2 months ago
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Samsung's Wi-Fi Upgrades Promise Speeds Up to 4.6Gbps

GTRacer Re: Never buying Samsung again (92 comments)

...And the carriers get all fussy when we root our phones so we can do exactly that. CM11 (KK 4.4.4) running very nicely on my S4.

about 2 months ago
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Why the Trolls Will Always Win

GTRacer Re:Don't over generalize (728 comments)

Please see my reply to Karmashock above, as I don't feel like duplicating the post. But essentially my kids leave the house, we know the outside will influence them, it's all about showing them there are alternative behaviours.

Also, if being able to express one's feelings and having compassion for others and a desire for fairness makes them feminine in your eyes, well, I guess that can't be helped.

about 2 months ago
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Why the Trolls Will Always Win

GTRacer Re:Don't over generalize (728 comments)

I didn't mean to imply control - just that we set a more open example so they know they have a choice. And of course the outside world has its own ideas and will try to influence them. But as it turns out, the two schools my boys go to are pretty neutral. My older son's school is filled with kids (male and female) that are more like us than not. And I'm glad for it.

Something else we give our kids: My wife and I are loving and affectionate to each other in public and private, have been these 20 years. They may know people whose parents are less emotional, or are hostile towards each other. Again, it's all about showing them alternatives so they know there are options.

And I'm not really sure where you were going with the homosexual comment - are you suggesting if I had a gay kid that would be a problem?

about 2 months ago
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Tesla Announces Dual Motors, 'Autopilot' For the Model S

GTRacer Re:Awesome (283 comments)

Mind the fjords!

about 2 months ago

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Hilton Plans Phone-based Check-in and Room Access

GTRacer GTRacer writes  |  about 5 months ago

GTRacer (234395) writes "Forbes reports that Hilton Worldwide, international hotel operator, is rolling out smartphone-based guest tools allowing self-service check-in, access to a virtual floorplan to select a room, and (in 2015) actual door access once checked in. The author states the drive for this technology is the growing influence of the swelling ranks of Millennials, who "[...] have a very strong inclination toward automated and self-service customer service." The security risks seem obvious though "Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts [is] working on using the same, or a similar, system soon–and Four Seasons is nothing if not secure and discreet.""
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Translucent Oyster Shells May Pave The Way To Better Armor

GTRacer GTRacer writes  |  about 9 months ago

GTRacer (234395) writes "The Slate Report has an interesting summary and lay analysis of a recent research paper (paywalled) in Nature Materials . This materials research focused on the properties of the "clear enough to read through" windowpane oyster shell. Ling Li and Christine Ortiz analyzed the way the shell's structure contained penetration damage by "twinning", a split of the damaged ceramic structures into smaller regions which helps limit the effects of impacts. Engineered ceramic armor or structural systems with high translucence and damage mitigation could come next: "A clear, lightweight, damage-resistant material has obvious applications for military and police personnel, including eye and face protection. However, there are many potential applications such as windows and windshields which could benefit everyone," much as Kevlar has."
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Google Science Fair Finalist Invents Peltier-Powered Flashlight

GTRacer GTRacer writes  |  about a year and a half ago

GTRacer (234395) writes "Ann Makosinski, a Canadian student competing in Google's Science Fair submitted a flashlight which uses temperature differentials to power its LEDs. Her long-time interest is alternative energy because, "[she's] really interested in harvesting surplus energy, energy that surrounds but we never really use." Using Peltier tiles and custom circuitry, her design currently runs for 20 minutes or so and costs $26. A win at the September finals in Mountain View and/or outside investment could fund further development."
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Fox, Univision May Go Subscription to Stop Aereo

GTRacer GTRacer writes  |  about a year and a half ago

GTRacer (234395) writes "In response to Aereo's recent win allowing per-user over-the-air antenna feeds to remote devices, Fox COO Chase Carey said, "We need to be able to be fairly compensated for our content. This is not an ideal path we look to pursue [...]", that path being a switch to a subscription model. Spanish-language stalwart Univison may join Fox, per CEO Haim Saban. Aereo replied, in part, "When broadcasters asked Congress for a free license to digitally broadcast on the public's airwaves, they did so with the promise that they would broadcast in the public interest and convenience, and that they would remain free-to-air. Having a television antenna is every American's right." A switch to a pay-TV subscription model would stymie Aereo but could hurt affiliate stations."

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Finally! I have reached the summit!

GTRacer GTRacer writes  |  more than 12 years ago My second-ever 5 posting also netted me the Karma Kap! I shall wear it with pride! I wonder if it comes in murasaki...

GTRacer
- Will whore for karma

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I suck, but hey, what's new?

GTRacer GTRacer writes  |  more than 12 years ago I scored my first-ever 0-threshold FP. I came less than 60 seconds from getting the -1 critical hit. Best part is, I still have my karma!

2 points away from the cap - yeah, I can spare some!

GTRacer
- Mod THIS!

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Karma == The Answer

GTRacer GTRacer writes  |  more than 12 years ago Today I hit 42 karma! And I just recently pulled my first-ever 5.

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