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

JerryLove Re:Misses the point (499 comments)

Do you want your children to be the ones dead so that the US can go avenge them? Or would you prefer they not die in the first place?

Our freedoms are, by far, our most important possession. They are more important than my life, my children's lives, your life. After 9/11, there was quite a bit of talk about us going on with our lives, still living them as we would have months earlier. If not, the terrorists get to define us. If we grant them that power, they win. This time, the terrorists won, and not because our government caved, but ball-less corporate concerns about liability. Sony was put into a bad place though; the bullshit Aurora, Colorado lawsuit is STILL ongoing. Sony didn't have a good decision to make.

That's rhetorical; unless you basically never avoid any area ever and don't want your children to either for reasons of safety.

Send your 8 year old wandering the city at night? Sure, someone may kidnap him: but his freedom is more important than his life. I suspect you are very brave on the internet. I suspect when the gun gets pointed at you, you start doing what the guy with the gun says despite it not being "free".

It's easy to sit back and arm-chair the decision when a) you don't believe it's a real threat, b) you won't be proven wrong because what you advocate will not have been tried and c) you have nothing at all on the line.

It's also a straw man. No freedom has been taken.

But of course, this is getting into rhetorical realms. Nothing would have happened. It was your usual amount of pointless North Korean bluster.

This is literally the first time I've ever discussed North Korea on Slashdot. I don't have a *usual* anything.

7 hours ago
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Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

JerryLove Re:Misses the point (499 comments)

When Iran and Lybia were both state sponsors of terrorism against the US, what did we do?

Well in the case of Iran we funded a major war against them that killed hundreds of thousands.

How will this apply to N.Korea?

We've harmed them diplomatically and hemmed them in. We've also backed other enemies in the region like Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. As for Libya we hit them with sanctions weakened their influence and then just recently helped flip the government.

We are already doing all of that against N.Korea. So if that's our response: it's the same as saying "we will do nothing".

Where is our response to capture of the USS Pueblo?
Or their shoot down of the American EC-121?
Or their 1969 killing of four US soldiers?
Or the December 1994 shoot-down of a US Army helicopter?

What do you imagine we will do against (nuclear armed and sitting on the border of China right next to Russia) Korea?

They have no enemies to give support to... unless you count S.Korea and we already do that.
They have no insurgency to support (as Syria did).
Do you honestly think we will engage in a major military campaign on Russia's border? We wouldn't even do that to defend Ukrane.

We'd blame them and condemn them and attempt to get sanctions. We already do all those things so it's an empty threat.

9 hours ago
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Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

JerryLove Re:Misses the point (499 comments)

I don't know why the Japanese are so blase about North Korea. I don't know why the South Koreans are. But I do know I don't want the USA to be if they are going to start that nonsense here.

I'd love to know where you got that knowledge. When Iran and Lybia were both state sponsors of terrorism against the US, what did we do? How about Saudi Arabia's support of Al Quieda? How about Pakistan's ongoing support of the Taliban? All of these actors kill Americans.

How about the Americans killed by the Russian military on KAL 007? How about MH17?

How about the N.Korean capture of the USS Pueblo?
Or their shoot down of the American EC-121?
Or their 1969 killing of four US soldiers?
Or the December 1994 shoot-down of a US Army helicopter?

So tell me. What is it you know we would do?

11 hours ago
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Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

JerryLove Re:Misses the point (499 comments)

N.Korea has a long history of attacking foreign assets (mostly S.Korean ships, but also some land targets) and killing people. They are known to have Japanese captives. They have taken Americans traveling abroad captive. They sold nuclear technology to places like Iran.

Do you want your children to be the ones dead so that the US can go avenge them? Or would you prefer they not die in the first place?

More to the point: the OP is based on flawed assumptions.

13 hours ago
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Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

JerryLove Misses the point (499 comments)

Is the nation-state of North Korea capable of setting off a single bomb in a single (basically public) location in the US?

If we knew that 5 theaters were going to be attacked, but didn't know which, does that mean we should go forward with the opening?

While I agree with the concern over bending to threats, I think it's a straw man to claim that the issue is whether 18,000 locations can be attacked and so I think the claim of "incapable" is actually wrong.

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

JerryLove A bold suggestion (563 comments)

Dear Sony,

      Release the movie for free on the internet. Perhaps issue a bargain-rate DVD as well. If the people behind the hack really don't want this movie out there (as opposed to this being a smoke-screen), and you really are concerned that capitulation will inspire future attacks; up the ante and do the opposite.

      To be sure: there is a fiscal cost... but that ship has sailed. Take more of a hit now to save ongoing bleeding.

      Heck: Start a commercial campaign about how you stand up to terrorists.

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

JerryLove Re:Home of the brave? (563 comments)

If Sony wants to fight back ideologically: release the movie for free on the internet.

yesterday
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The Sony Pictures Hack Was Even Worse Than Everyone Thought

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

The most obvious thing to take are the backup tapes.

But if you've compromised the switches already (I believe that's in the claim?) just installing your own NAS seems even better.

about two weeks ago
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How the NSA Is Spying On Everyone: More Revelations

JerryLove Re:3GPP (148 comments)

There's a reason I said "something like". I was making an approximation from old memory, I used 300 million and 5,000.

And 1/108,072 is certainly "something like" 1/60,000 when compared to 1/250,000,000 that I was responding to. At least I was not 3 orders of magnitude off as was the person I responded to.

So you have 10 times the likelihood of dying in a car wreck every year than the worst year ever for terrorism. That's worth giving up all our rights for.

You correct me for a (correct order of magnitude) approximation and then respond with hyperbole.

I agree that's not worth giving up all our rights.

I remind you that "we" have not given up all of our rights (I can still vote, as an example).

I agree, however, that the reaction has been inappropriate to the danger.

I remind you that I never said otherwise. I just pointed out a rediculous number.

about two weeks ago
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How the NSA Is Spying On Everyone: More Revelations

JerryLove Re:3GPP (148 comments)

But I'll take a 1 in 250,000,000 chance of dieing in a terrorist attack over a 1 in 1 chance of having my mail read any day.

I wonder where that number came from: As an American civillian, my odds of dying specifically in the 9/11 attacks were something like 1/60,000

about two weeks ago
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Why Pluto Still Matters

JerryLove Even the summary is factually wrong (91 comments)

"Pluto was discovered, and for 48 years it remained the only known object whose orbit takes it beyond the gravitational pull of Neptune."

Long Period comets for example:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C... - Discovered 1948
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C... - Discovered 1911
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/X... - Discovered 1106 (though I don't know if they determined its orbit at the time)

Some of these have orbits that take them 2 orders of magnitude farther from the Sun than Pluto

about two weeks ago
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Google, National Parks Partner To Let Girls Program White House Xmas Tree Lights

JerryLove Re:Girls, girls, girls... (333 comments)

Was my first thought too.

I can just see having to explain to a 7-year-old-child that heard about the program and doesn't understand why he can't try to be involved that it's because he's a boy. It's not just sexist, it may literally be the first obvious example of sexism that a young child notices.

about two weeks ago
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In a Self-Driving Future, We May Not Even Want To Own Cars

JerryLove All I can think of is the subways (454 comments)

Without even "other passengers" to dissuade them; what won't people do in such vehicles? As much as I look forward to the smell and sight of vomit, urine, fecal matter, seminal fluid, and the occasional dead body: I think I might want to have my own car... even an autonomous one.

about three weeks ago
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The EU Has a Plan To Break Up Google

JerryLove To what end? (334 comments)

For one thing: Will they outlaw "all the rest" from making their own search engine? They could even hire "Google" as the back end.

Plus: this doesn't seem to be a monopoly break up (Google is not a monopoly according to Bing, Yahoo, DuckDuckGo, whatever apple defaults to, etc); but it does seem designed to put Google at a competitive disadvantage to Yahoo and Microsoft who offer pretty much all the same services as well as search.

about a month ago
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Elite: Dangerous Dumps Offline Single-Player

JerryLove Well, that makes my decision for me (473 comments)

I was a kickstarter on Star Citizen, but missed Elite (wasn't paying attention to Kickstarter at the time). Star Citizen has worn me out with some of the same complaints I am seeing here on Elite.

The last week or so, I've brought up the Elite webiste many times and sat on the edge of buying. I kept arguing with myself. Well: argument over. I will not be pre-ordering. I'm too big a fan of offline mode. There are too many flags.

Which means, if this game is well reviewed by players, I'll buy it in a year when it goes on sale. I just see too much EA-style tactics here. Whatever my complaints with Wasteland 2, they never pulled any of what appears to be happening here.

about 1 month ago
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Police Body Cam Privacy Exploitation

JerryLove Curious (301 comments)

So the police raid someone for child porn and collect a bunch of pictures. These pictures are evidence (and used in a trial) I presume. Are they also public record?

I assume they are not; that you can't have the police send you copies. Why is this video any harder to sort out than court evidence?

Or you could have nigh-100% public access by making it available in a viewing room. I'm not aware of anything in the FOIA that should require that copies be made.

Or, if the abuses of the FOIA are relatively few in number; allow judicial review upon request.

about a month ago
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Black IT Pros On (Lack Of) Racial Diversity In Tech

JerryLove Re:City life (459 comments)

So what about those "fools on television" who are of said race? Do they not know what they hell they are talking about?
http://www.blackyouthproject.c...

about a month ago
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Flaw in New Visa Cards Would Let Hackers Steal $1M Per Card

JerryLove 2-factor authentication (126 comments)

Even without this flaw, you could still steal up to a certain amount. The flaw just let's you bypass the limit (20 pounds in the UK).

This is an argument against allowing transactions without pins. Yes, it's convenient yo wave your card at something and not have to put in a pin; but it's also dangerous.

Better: I like the active "I won't share my information unless a code is manually entered on me" method of some speculative card systems and of a (configured to require a pin) google wallet.

about a month and a half ago
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US Army May Relax Physical Requirements To Recruit Cyber Warriors

JerryLove Re:Good luck with that (308 comments)

I'm thinking that Lt. Col. Sharlene Pigg does not understand anything about morale or esprit de corps.

Or, and bear with me on this: perhaps the desire to win a cyber-war is the paramount priority over and above ideal morale conditions.

Of course it's also possible they have a plan to accomplish both.

about 2 months ago
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Hungary To Tax Internet Traffic

JerryLove Re:Nah, this is just stage 1 (324 comments)

How is "OMG I can't afford to stream 8 hours of video a day any more" going to set society back 20 years? If anything, it will be a huge improvement.

OK. So it will only set it back 10 years to the pre-internet-streaming days. I suppose Netflix and its Hungarian competitors may see revenue loss.

Some other ways to lower bandwitdth useage. Stop buying games that stream over the internet (loss of sales again), stop your updates from downloading as they can be quite large (cyber-security issues increase as people's PCs become less secure). You can also stop using video conferencing and, perhaps VoIP.

Won't do well for OS's that stream either (LINUX).

I can see a tax on the bandwith you buy; but on the consumption of that bandwidth? Seems poorly thought out.

about 2 months ago

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