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Nork-ribbing flick The Interview AXED: Sony caves under hack terror 'menace'

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Re: Thank God for the NSA's Internet surveillance program

Unfortunately, we will probably now see other hacker collectives/state-sponsored hackers trying to stifle free speech and thought, now that The Interview has been forced out of the theaters.

I expect as much once the sequel to Erin Brockovich is slated for release.

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Sony sued by ex-staff over daft security, leaked privates

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@ecofeco

Hmmm..."Bain & Co." Name sounds familiar... Say, wasn't that run by a feller named Mitt?

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@Ann o'NymousRe: Too early to judge

As I've said before on El Reg, faced with using $100m to fix your security and get (ostensibly) $0 or the same $100m to spend on a new movie and get $1bn back, I know which one Sony Pictures board would go for. And it's financially sound to do so (from the point of view of maxing shareholder value).

I thought Sony made movies, not this mythological substance "shareholder value".... Silly me!

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Delicious irony?

It would be quite a hoot if the defendants in this case were to retain Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP as their law firm. (This is the same firm that sent out threatening letters to various media outlets warning them not to publish any information about the hack, or else....)

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Sony to media: stop publishing our stolen stuff or we'll get nasty

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Re: "arms length" defense?

That works right up until you get the official letter from Sony.

The "official letter" is bollocks (bullshit, for our American readers). Boies is a good lawyer, but I don't think he will want to get into a 1st Amendment mix-up, especially when this is a clear attempt at prior restraint, which the Supremes have repeatedly rejected.

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...by Paramount...

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Dear Sony...

15 Dec 14

Sony Pictures Entertainment

12345 Password Ln.

Hollywood, CA

Dear Sony:

With respect to your attempt at intimidation in the form of a letter from Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP, we have given full and due consideration to said letter, and our response is as follows: Here's a hammer, there's the beach.

Sincerely,

Big Mejia Outlet

101 Main St.

Anytown, USA 54321

(This looked a lot better before it was auto-formatted...)

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LOHAN's Plucky Playmonaut touches down at Spaceport America

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Re: You sure must love driving

The travelogue/video started in Albuquerque, so unless Lester was suddenly taken with a spate of Bad Planning, he did fly into ABQ.

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Net neutrality: Cisco, Intel, IBM warn FCC NOT to crack down on ISPs

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They said WHAT?!?

Specifically, the IT giants do not want the US watchdog to reclassify ISPs as "Title II" providers, a classification championed by some net neutrality advocates. Title II could be used to crack down on broadband prices and unfair traffic filtering, they say.

Yes, I'm sure that cracking down on broadband prices (gouging) and unfair traffic filtering would be a severe blow to the big ISP's...CEO bonuses.

Assholes!

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Mom and daughter SUE Comcast for 'smuggling' public Wi-Fi hotspot into their home

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Re: Hope they win.

You as a customer can opt out of it and not have it.

Well, yes and no. You "opt out" by returning their updated cable modem. So what do you use for a cable modem, then? You can use your old one...until they disable it. Or, you can go out and buy a cable modem of your own (about $60).

That's been my experience with Comcast (I opted for the 3rd option). YMMV.

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Facebook injects CREEPY search engine into mobile app

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Re: ".. tap into the experiences and wisdom that your network .. has shared"

This is the result when a marketdroid and a corporate lawyer collaborate.

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Wheels fall off bid to sue Apple over iTunes anti-piracy shenanigans

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Re: Oh the humanity

"Poor lawyers"...Now there's a concept....

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Apple deliberately wiped rivals' music from iPods – iTunes court claim

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"Unexpected files"

Apple, meanwhile, contended to the court that the move was not part of an intentional effort to lock iPod owners into the online iTunes music shop, but rather a security measure to keep hackers from tampering with anti-piracy measures. If unexpected files were found on the devices, the software would demand a factory reset. (Emphasis added)

Sure gives them a lot of wiggle room, doesn't it. That paragraph would have had to have been written by a gaggle of lawyer types, as no other humanoid form could have come up with a phrase that is true on its face, but under which all manner of corporate shenanigans can hide. I mean, form a Corporate standpoint, any audio file not obtained through the Walled Garden couldn't possibly be "expected" now could it?

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Five-eyes partners dilute UN resolution criticising metadata collection

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That old chestnut again???

An Australian delegate is quoted by Reuters as calling metadata collection “an important element of the investigation” of “criminal or terrorist threats”.

Manure. Your nure. And everybody else's nure!

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Guess which US tech giant was just hit with a $137m tax bill in China?

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What? Nothing from Eadon?!?

Can't believe he'd pass on a chance to weigh in on this...

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Musicians sue UK.gov over 'zero pay' copyright fix

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Re: People won't know who to hate in this one...

That could be an inclusive OR...

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EU-Canada airline passenger data-sharing is not a done deal

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Could this be the beginning of the end of Security Theater? The MEPs' comments are encouraging....

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Two driverless cars stuffed with passengers are ABOUT TO CRASH - who should take the hit?

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@ Goldmember -- Re: What I want to know is...

Is it really? I'm sure all the railroads (railways, if you're a Brit) in the country don't seem to thinks it's such a stupid argument, as a variation of that (we'll get to that in the next paragraph) is the premise of managing rail traffic, and has been for, oh, say a century-and-a-half or so.

And besides, if you'd spend a little time reading my post with the reading comprehension lamp lit, you'd notice that nowhere did I postulate the concept of every car having to know the whereabouts of any car in anyplace. A car has to only know the state of the road it's about to embark on. Any driverless car system would have to know if a segment of road was passable before it merrily entered it, or cars would haplessly pile into I-90/94 at rush hour well beyond that strip of road's capability to handle the load (kinda like what happens now, under the control of "human" drivers). It becomes an exercise in network management, and has fuck-all with "every driverless car supposed to know the whereabouts of every other driverless car in the world, at all times", numpty.

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@ Dr Who -- Re: Expeliamus!

That is a very neat way of describing what most of my customers marketing types think. Being a developer of custom business applicationssoftware, something I hear all too often is "shoudn't it just do that?". The "it" in the sentence is the key word. I will forever be amazed at how hard it is to explain that "it" does nothing except that which we tell "it" to do.

There, Fixed it for ya.

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What I want to know is...

...what damfool, braindead, script-kiddie program allowed both these vehicles onto a single-lane mountain road going in opposite directions at the same time?

Perhaps the "ethical" thing to do would be to "sacrifice" the programmer, and the CEO of the corporation that hired him/her.

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Options, options...Hmmmm

Asked Reger: should one vehicle “sacrifice itself” on the basis of who was in each car? What if one contained children, and one didn’t? And what, he suggested, if one vehicle was a motorbike whose rider wasn’t wearing a helmet. Should the cars be allowed to “punish” the helmetless driver?

Well, both vehicles could, of course, apply their brakes. (May not eliminate the collision, but would make it a bit less...er...devastating...) Or are brakes not covered by the ethicists?

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I need a password to BRAKE? What? No! STOP! Aaaargh!

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@ Alistair Dabbs -- Re: Sorry

Comfy cars but the dashboard layout was designed by a lunaticFrenchman (probably the same moron who designed the dash layout for Peugeot).

There, Fixed it for ya!

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@ Jack of Shadows -- Re: windscreen wipers?

Engineers are known for caring about kewlness, every once in a while.

Actually, engineers are known for caring about making the damn thing work. K3wlness is the provenance of Marketing types....

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Dear Alistair-

That was fun!

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All ABOARD! Furious Facebook bus drivers join Teamsters union

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I see you missed the comment above detailing the "2 people for every job" aspect of the current "free market". Dig your nose out of the Ayn Rand pulp fiction, and do try to keep up.

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@gerryg -- Re: Strawbs

A thumb up to you for noticing. I hoped I wasn't the only one with that LP

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NSA mass spying reform KILLED by US Senators

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@ Big John -- Re: Do I care enough to comment???

Starting next year Obama won't have Harry 'stone wall' Reid to shelter behind, and a lot of those Dem senators will have to start going on record with actual votes.

No, they won't. They'll do the same thing the Republicans did for the last 6 years....they'll filibuster every whackadoodle bill that Yertle The Turtle brings to the floor.

Democrats have learned from the Masters.

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To paraphrase John Boner (R-Braindead Red State)

"Let's be clear about this. A Keystone pipeline vetovote against the USA FREEDOM act would send the signal that this presidentCongress has no interest in listening to the American people," Boehner said. "VetoingFilibustering an overwhelmingly popular bill would be a clear indication that he doesn'twe don't care about the American people's priorities. It would be equivalent of calling the American people stupid."

There...fixed it for you. (Although it doesn't really need that much fixing; it is pretty much bog-standard Republicon blatherskitery, which can be easily adapted to any situation where one has no reason to track hypocrisy.)

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Quebec's latest bid to break away from Canada HALTED by a single dot

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Re: Bienvenue to Soviet Quebekistan (home of the "Gouvernemaman")

So over time the "Department of Energy" becomes the "Department of Energy, Wind Turbines, Sustainable Development and Abandoned Kittens" (OK, I'm exaggerating a bit, but only a bit!)

Which is the exaggeration; the "Sustainable Development" part?

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@ Bloakey1 -- Re: Petty cash

Zut alors!!

Isn't that Quebecois for "Bloody 'ell!"?

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MYSTERY Russian satellite: ORBITAL WEAPON? Sat GOBBLER? What?

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Re: @ Yet Another Anonymous coward -- or...

And the cap that causes said explosion?

IIRC C4 takes a cap that vaguely resembles a quarter-stick to get it lit, and IIalsoRC, that required atmospheric O2 to get that lit.

(Course, this was back in the early seventies, and like they say, anybody who remembers the seventies wasn't there. I was there, so...er.....what was I saying?)

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@ Yet Another Anonymous coward -- Re: or...

A block of C4, some ball-bearings and a proximity fuse and the other side loses a $$Bn space plane.

Oh, and oxygen...don't forget the oxygen, or your block of C4 is nothing but a bad imitation of Silly Putty up there.

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Anonymous ‪hacks the Ku Klux Klan after Ferguson‬ threats

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Re: KKK= arseholes

I've never met an original Black Panther as far as I know. But there is one who is the current Congressman from the 1st district in Illinois...the Hon. Bobby Rush.

Which, I'm sure, just burns in the hole in the craw of any Grand Dragon that thinks about it (assuming, of course, that a Grand Dragon can think).

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@ Elmer Phud -- Re: "Hacking"?

I'd suggest "KayKayKay", but that presupposes that any clansmen can spell...

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Dear Anonymous

--->

That is all.

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'Open source just means big companies can steal your code.' O RLY?

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@ Andrew Norton

NOBODY is allowed to go that long without the ignominy of a downvote...so welcome to the club!

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UK PM Cameron says Internet must not 'be an ungoverned space'

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@ JustaKOS -- Re: A bright future

Fuck that!

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Ooooh, Mommy! Make hin stop!

Cameron said [PDF] poverty and foreign policy are not the source of terror. “The root cause of the challenge we face is the extremist narrative,” he said, before suggesting bans on extremist preachers, an effort to “root out” extremism from institutions and continuing to “celebrate Islam as a great world religion of peace.” [emphasis added]

In other words: "Oooohh, Mommy! Make them stop! They're talking to me!!!"

David Cameron, the disciple at the right hand of Cheney.

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What kind of generation doesn't stick it to the Man, but to Taylor Swift instead?

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@Trevor_Pott -- Re: @Someone Else

Very clearly and well said. For you, sir. >>>>

And for the downvoters: Did you get your li'l undies all in a wad because somebody irrefutably pointed out your Emperor has no clothes?

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@heyrick

Say "Hi!" to Ayn when you meet her. And ask why it was that she needed, and took, government subsidies to aid in her healthcare at the end of her life.

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@ Anonymous Blowhard -- Re: market value

Very insightful (and accurate, IMHO) comments. Have a Thumbs Up from me!

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I asked the audience if they really wanted to live in a country that does this to its fellow citizens to benefit a few very wealthy corporations.

The answer is quite obvious: Of course they do. Ref. last week's elections.

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VINYL is BACK and you can thank Sonos for that

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Re: Wot - No LP12?

Slightly off track, has anyone heard of a source for the drive belt for the Connoisseur (SP?) BD1 ?

or...for that matter, a B&O 4001?

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@ Jan 0 -- Re: how to give your Vinyl a "deep clean" using wood glue

Is that the "standard" Zerostat, or the bigger, more dangerous one?

(Anybody who knows about the Zerostat gets a thumbs-up from me....)

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Ex-NSA lawyer warns Google, Apple: IMPENETRABLE RIM ruined BlackBerry

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@ gnasher729 -- Re: WTF?

Fortunately we know Apple's attitude to shareholders: If you don't like what we are doing, sell your shares and buy something else.

I can't tell you how much that improved Apple's standing in my eyes. Really...I don't know why more companies tell troublesome shareholders to bugger off if they don't like how the company's being run. If the company's profitable, the share price will take care of itself, and if the greedy fat-asses don't like that, well...I don't remember seeing a law that says you have to by Company X's stock.

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@ g e -- Re: WTF?

Makes you wonder if gov't operatives are canvassing major vc's and shareholders to seed the idea that their investment will wither if they don't demand unencrypted data pipelines from their vested interests..

Shirley, said vc's and shareholders aren't that brain-dead stupid, are they?

Oh, wait....

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Well...There you go again....

"Blackberry pioneered the same business model that Google and Apple are doing now - that has not ended well for Blackberry," Baker was quoted as saying.

Which pretty much shows you how much the NSA knows about business...or models.

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Antares apocalypse: Orbital points finger at turbopump FAIL

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@ Nigel 11

The difference is that if 1/4 of the engines on a 747 blows up, the damage is contained, and the plane will be able to continue in flight -- or from point of no abort during takeoff -- and land again safely(*). Same is true of 1/2 engines on a twinjet.

But I guess it's 100% untrue for a tri-jet; remember the crash at O'Hare in the late 70's when a wing engine fell off a DC-10? Sucker flew like a rock.

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