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Hackers' Shutdown of 'The Interview' Confirms Coding Is a Superpower

cyberchondriac Re:Screw them (212 comments)

On paper, that might sound viable to you. But it would pretty well result in NK attacking and lashing back out at anyone they could: SK, Japan, etc..
Chances are the theater threats were .. well, pure theater. But an actual military attack on Pyongang, hello WWIII, or at least the Korean War again.. And I'm sure the Chinese would just sit tight like good little dogs because the ol' USA told them to. The world is not that simple, do not let your emotions cloud your better judgment. K-Ju and crew (love that) will get their just desserts. I suspect we're going to hack back the fuck out of them.

yesterday
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Hackers' Shutdown of 'The Interview' Confirms Coding Is a Superpower

cyberchondriac Re:State sponsored hack= state terrorism/act of wa (212 comments)

Anyone else read KJU in their head as "K-Ju"? Its like J-Lo, or J-Law, or .. you get the idea. I kinda like it. I just hope his nudes aren't leaked as retribution.
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yesterday
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Skeptics Would Like Media To Stop Calling Science Deniers 'Skeptics'

cyberchondriac Re:Established science CANNOT BE QUESTIONED! (609 comments)

You're really broadly generalizing though. Denying one controversial subject doesn't mean someone denies all science.
Skepticism is a healthy attribute, it indicates critical thinking, and an open mind.

I have no problem with evolution or Darwin whatsoever, believe solar power will be a fantastic resource when it matures, would like to eventually see an end to use of fossil fuels as soon as it becomes economically feasible to do so, am skeptical of religion (IMO religion is conveniently pre-packaged cereal box spirituality /philosophy at best); and think creationism is a fairy tale; but whereas AGW is concerned, I'm skeptical (but open minded) because of all the politics and hypocrisy that surrounds it. Al Gore and friends drone on and on about the dangers of carbon dioxide and man's apocalyptic effect on the planet, then all go fly their fuel-hog private personal jets to a summit to discuss it. Same is true of Gore's personal practices (i.e. his house), he seems very unconcerned in practice about those things which he champions in print or video. Such a strong proponent is expected to lead by example. The UN says AGW is critical to address, yet China hasn't had to abide by any accords, being probably the worst pollution offender currently on the planet.
Additionally, all climate and weather forecasts, whether next weekend or 100 years from now, despite the differences, are based on computer models, which are far from infallible. For these reasons, I'm still skeptical; however, I'm not unable to be swayed, given further evidence that isn't dressed up with carbon taxes and other political aspects; additionally, it sure would help if all the celebrities endorsing the tenant of AGW actually practiced what they preached.
Science is a process, a living, dynamic, self-correcting process. It must never be wielded as dogma.

yesterday
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Hackers Compromise ICANN, Access Zone File Data System

cyberchondriac Re:fire them (110 comments)

I think the squirrel would disagree..

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

cyberchondriac Re:What's the purpose of all those bodyguards then (580 comments)

You're forgetting, there are 18,000 different theatres, it's not so easy, there's no magic to stop these kinds of things (if they're real, that is) as you imagine. Even the NSA, police, etc.. can't read minds, use a crystal ball, or have Superman's x-ray vision, even with all the data they collect.
But even if it is a ruse as we suspect, the hackers still hold tons of personal information about Sony's employees, their addresses, medical records, etc.. so possibly Sony is more concerned over abuse of that data, and is trying to appease NK.
Not that it matters, because appeasement never works. Never in the history of man has it worked, as an end to itself. Even war has a better track record of stopping aggression than appeasement. Unless the appeasement is used merely as a delay tactic, then it may have some strategic value there.

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

cyberchondriac Re:Sets a precedent (580 comments)

I thought they already did.

2 days ago
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Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

cyberchondriac Re:Land of the free (571 comments)

And home of the lawyers and their overly litigious legal system. If one single attack occurred, somebody would surely file suit against Sony, knowing this country. They're probably hedging their financial bets, even as silly as the whole thing is. Same reason we have idiot warning labels on stuff like Playdoh, saying not to shove the the whole can's contents up both nostrils or something.

2 days ago
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Researchers Accidentally Discover How To Turn Off Skin Aging Gene

cyberchondriac Re:Skin deep, but that's where the money is ! (174 comments)

You forgot the fact that many of these companies are part of the same groups, and most of these groups are led (in various ways) by people who went to school together and enjoy regular parties together, or have mutual friends or influential friends of friends who do.

and you just know this, how? Bottom line is, something like this that actually works (for a change) would be a cash cow. Like a real cure for baldness. Everyone ages. It's not like only a few selective people will want it. A bit like the undertaker business, you don't have to worry about running out of customers. Nearly everyone will want this, and the more affordable it is, the more people can and will buy it - economies of scale.

3 days ago
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Virtual Reality Experiment Wants To Put White People In Black Bodies

cyberchondriac Re:Easier method (446 comments)

Yes, that's a great reason to adopt a child, to use him or her as a social experiment. That'll teach 'em humanity.

4 days ago
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Virtual Reality Experiment Wants To Put White People In Black Bodies

cyberchondriac Re:Easier method (446 comments)

.... and yet have to be shot.

They do? Sorry, that broken turn of phrase just made me laugh.

LOL.. - sorry, that's a pointless cliche, but I literally really did. I hadn't caught that when I first read the comment. Kinda made my day. What a difference the order of two words makes.

4 days ago
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Sony Demands Press Destroy Leaked Documents

cyberchondriac Re:First amendment? (250 comments)

No, the thing is people are saying Sony has no right or grounds to sue or anything. But if employee medical records are released, those are pretty good grounds. I don't think they'll be able to do a whole lot now about the opinionated emails though.

4 days ago
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Want To Influence the World? Map Reveals the Best Languages To Speak

cyberchondriac Re:Interesting, but ... (142 comments)

Excellent point. Various cultures sometimes have unique concepts that another culture's language may not. And some concepts just seem better expressed by a certain language. For example, "je ne sais quoi" sums it up better than saying, "she has a certain something about her", IMO. There are additional intangible elements of expression there.

4 days ago
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Want To Influence the World? Map Reveals the Best Languages To Speak

cyberchondriac Re:Interesting, but ... (142 comments)

So you advocate Monoculture?

Let's go one step further. 'Murican! Don't need nothin' else!

Who said anything about 'murican? Though I disagree with him if he advocates trashing other languages. I think some languages are fascinating and/or pleasant to hear: Gaelic, Brythonic, French, German, I even like Old English (Anglo Saxon) and Norse. Finiish and Russian are interesting. For some reason though, I don't like Spanish or Italian much, even though I like old Latin. I know, it makes little sense. But anyway, language is a part of culture, they can't be so readily separated.

4 days ago
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Sony Demands Press Destroy Leaked Documents

cyberchondriac Re:First amendment? (250 comments)

No it's really not. Read number two again. That's not an absolute. Everything *should* be private unless it's the owning party wants it distributed, or , if the owning party does not want it public, but there is criminal content.
I have no right to distribute your personal email, unless you want me to, or there is something illegal in it. Corporations shouldn't be "a person" , BUT, they are made up of people who still retain some of their individual rights, and not all correspondence is necessarily strictly business related to the corporation. Would you be okay with it if your own email inbox/outbox where you work was hacked and released? ...assuming you work for a company.
The main point is, we can't advocate for privacy, and then immediately toss that principle in the trash the moment it's somebody we don't like.

4 days ago
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Sony Demands Press Destroy Leaked Documents

cyberchondriac Re:First amendment? (250 comments)

" unless the owning party wishes it distributed or is under criminal investigation" .. those are conditions, not absolutes. Therefore, it's not a real dichotomy.
But you can't decide that when it's you, it's private; but when it's Amy Pascal or Scott Rudin personally disparaging Angelina Jolie (whether you agree or not), it's public.
Also, medical records of employees, not fair game.
Now, If verifiable revelations of law breaking come out, that's different. But just because it's a group of people working for a corporation doesn't mean they're not still people when you're looking at individual emails that express personal opinions, not company policies or actions.

4 days ago
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Sony Demands Press Destroy Leaked Documents

cyberchondriac Re:First amendment? (250 comments)

Fucking calm down. I'm sick of people trash talking. I'm talking about the emails between Amy Pascal and Scott Rudin where they trash Obama, and Jolie, the release of private employee health records and info, and payscales. You don't have any right to see their employees medical records and history. I'm looking at http://www.cnet.com/news/13-re... and so far I see nothing of this bribe you're talking about.

4 days ago
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Sony Demands Press Destroy Leaked Documents

cyberchondriac Re:First amendment? (250 comments)

How are Sony's private memos, emails, and employee information a "matter of public importance" ??
So, when J-Law's photos are leaked, or juicy Sony private emails are leaked, those leaks are to be protected under the first amendment-?, but if the NSA does it in the context of looking for matters that actually *are* of public importance (possible criminal activity, technically), suddenly these same people scream about their privacy being violated.
This seems rather hypocritical.
1) Either nothing is private, or
2) Everything is private unless the owning party wishes it distributed or is under criminal investigation.

Personally I prefer the latter.

5 days ago
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Is Enterprise IT More Difficult To Manage Now Than Ever?

cyberchondriac Re:YES !! (241 comments)

Not only that, but back then it was only 2-3 people in the IT shop. Today they expect you to do that with ... um ... only 2-3 people in the IT shop.

This. We've lost a lot of good people, they rarely get replaced, while new projects and systems keep piling on.

about a week ago
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CIA Lied Over Brutal Interrogations

cyberchondriac Re:From Jack Brennan's response (769 comments)

It's just a little, tiny bit easier to handle the robber in the store when you're in your own country//township/jurisdiction, and can call for police backup, and not have the locals shooting at you, throwing rocks, and trying to aid the target. Entirely different situation.

about two weeks ago
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CIA Lied Over Brutal Interrogations

cyberchondriac Re:From Jack Brennan's response (769 comments)

It's really not that difficult for the purposes of normal discussion.. No definition for terrorist is perfect but getting semantic or pedantic over it serves no useful purpose other than paralysis by analysis.
When the Declaration of Independence was signed, the colonies became a nation state. Al Queda is not a nation state, nor has it ever deemed itself one. The Taliban is/was. But we went after them due to their harboring OBL.

An innocent person is a non-soldier or non-military personnel, a civilian who has no direct ties to to weapon deployment against enemies. Our soldiers wear clearly discerning uniforms, as outlined in the Geneva convention. Terrorists dress like and hide behind civilians. It can get a little foggy, sure.. like defense contractors who build the things but don't deploy them, or CIA operatives.. but the people in the towers and on the planes were just businessmen, going about a normal day, not planning on harming others. I did say that I consider the Pentagon a valid military target, including the non-soldiers there.

Police could be combatants yes, but their role during 9-11 was to assist people, not engage anyone.. the terrorists were already dead.

Intent.. you're kidding, right? It's no different from a court of law, like the difference between murder and manslaughter. Did they intend to kill those people, or just destroy a building without hurting anyone inside, but the people got hurt "by accident"? I think we all know they wanted to cause as much death and mayhem as possible. Their intent and desire was to kill as many Westerners as possible (not just americans in those towers), and do as much property damage as possible too. Maximum destruction and death.

Mongols would probably fit the definition of terrorist. They did horrible things. Were they a "nation state", or a very large tribe? Did they have an official government, or a chieftain with some cronies? That was many, many centuries ago. The world order is a bit different today, why are discussing ancient irrelevant civilizations?.
BR Are you referring to Psyops? (Psychological Operations) How often do they target nonmilitary personnel (let's just carpet bomb a school or bank) for assassination?

about two weeks ago

Submissions

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Verizon Internet to drop the alt. newsgroup

cyberchondriac cyberchondriac writes  |  more than 6 years ago

cyberchondriac (456626) writes "From http://www.dslreports.com/shownews/Verizon-Clarifies-Newsgroup-Changes-95333
As part of last week's anti-child-porn agreement with New York's Attorney General, Time Warner Cable and Verizon agreed to take aim at newsgroups. While Time Warner Cable confirmed to me they've eliminated newsgroup access entirely, Verizon says they're simply limiting the newsgroups offered. According to the company's policy blog, starting June 24, the telco will "only offer groups in the Big 8 newsgroups hierarchies." While over 1,000 hierarchies exist, Verizon will only offer access to comp, humanities, misc, news, rec, sci, soc, talk, and of course the Verizon support groups. Verizon Business customers meanwhile will no longer have the ability to view newsgroup images.

Well, there goes some of the appeal of having Verizon for an ISP. Are they're throwing the baby out with the bathwater?"

Journals

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Mod points

cyberchondriac cyberchondriac writes  |  more than 5 years ago I like getting mod points as much as the next guy, but when I do, why do I always always always get them on a Friday? I don't do /. on weekends. Aarrggh!
By the time I come back to work on Monday, I only have half a day left to use them. It's cruel I tell you. Cruel.

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Another shoot down

cyberchondriac cyberchondriac writes  |  more than 8 years ago Again some loser modded me down as overrated, when the post was only at the default "1" to begin with ?
What the hell is that about ?
I mean, who even cares to surf at 1 and knock people down to zero ??
That's some sick kicks.
Okay, the post wasn't fantastic - how many posts at slashdot are ? So long as you don't flame, any post represents someone's opinion and is worthy of a damn lousy "1". I thought mine was kinda funny, actually.

So... I guess I have a watchful enemy out there.
A post assassin, who remains cloaked, unnamed, and has no accountability for his actions. One who is willing to attack random, innocent people.
Hmm.. reminds me of a terrorist !

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Karma boost - w00t

cyberchondriac cyberchondriac writes  |  more than 10 years ago I wonder when that happened -- I just noticed my karma is now rated as "good", rather than just "positive".
Did I really reach a new plateau, or, did /. just decide to change the scale or naming convention ?
I mean, gee, I feel so .. *sniff* .. so accepted by the brotherhood of geeks :-)

Okay, I know that just jinxed the whole thing now ..

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Who the hell is Colin Bayer ?

cyberchondriac cyberchondriac writes  |  more than 10 years ago He showed up in my freaks list a year ago, but hardly ever posts.
Well hey, if you gotta go so far as to mark me as a foe, for whatever reason, then f you, right back at you. I don't even know who the hell you are or why you've decided to hate me. I wonder if he's the phantom jerk that seems to follow me around to try get any positive mods I might happen to accrue get knocked down by "overrated"s and bogus "redundant"s.
Of course, the problem with this delusional hypothesis is that he would have to have moderator rights all the time, extremely unlikely since he posts pretty scarcely... unless, maybe that's just an alias for one of the editors at /. who aren't too fond of me for some of my anti-left-wing political views. Or maybe I'm just getting paranoid in my cyncial old age. Unfortunately,however, my cynicism gets more justifiable everyday.
Hey, can I get modded down for Journal entries ?

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Anonymous Coward overload !

cyberchondriac cyberchondriac writes  |  more than 10 years ago I'm beginning to wonder what point there is in moderating. The sheer amount of anonymous cowards now posting nothing but trash makes it worthless to mod somebody down, as they get a low score anyway, and the few good posts you run across and would like to mod up are usually already scored at 4 or above. I'd have to have no life whatsoever to spend the time looking for somebody with a low score who deserves a mod up. Somebody like me .. ;-)
Here's an example:
I just made a post defending, logically, not passionately or obnoxiously, Gate's Knighthood, based on what I felt MS had contributed to the world, the US economy, and the tech sector in general, by making computers a household item. I got modded down.
The last time I posted on something about MS, it involved security, and I had been humorously negative... and got modded down. You can't win. Zealots to the left, zealots to the right. Sometimes you can't get a break !

Seriously though, I think the /. editors should track the number of AC posts that each member makes: If they post as ACs above a certain number of times within a certain time period, their ability to post at all should be revoked for some period. They're more than likely trolling.
Also, new members should not be able to post as ACs until they've made a predefined number of normal posts. This might help to stem the flood just a little.

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A double standard at slashdot ?

cyberchondriac cyberchondriac writes  |  more than 11 years ago Something just occurred to me. Many, many weeks ago, I'd posted something that I thought would found as humerous, albeit something that took a pot-shot at Microsoft, as many slashdotters do. It even included the obligatory " :-) ", normally a sign to intelligent life that the post was to be taken lightly.
For whatever reason, a moderator knocked me down a point as flamebait, and went un-metamoderated. Okay, I can stand to lose a point, no big deal, even if tens or hundreds of other slashdotters often say worse and get modd'ed up as funny. I've decided I have too much of a life to live or die by what somebody forever unknown to me thinks of my point of view on a website.
But what I just realized, was the that the icon Slashdot.org uses for Microsoft stories is itself derisive and derogatory.
How then, can the slashdot editors allow someone to mod a fellow slashdot denizen down for the very thing slashdot itself does on a daily basis ?
Things that make you go , "hmmmnn.."

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