Archive for December, 2014

We all know about the hype surrounding “The Interview” and small cyber battle which ensued between North Korea and the United States. It was not much of a battle considering North Korea attacked Sony Entertainment’s database while the U.S. did one better… We shut down the internet in North Korea.

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So, when it was apparent that no more “personal” emails or other data about Sony was going to come out (at least for now) it decides to release the movie in small theaters and to be viewed on Netflix and YouTube.

Sweet, now we can watch it without having to go to the theater or wait for OnDemand. We have Apple TV which allows for the viewing of YouTube videos on your television.

So, my wife pays the $5.99 to view the movie through her iPhone. Download successful. Then when we try to view it through the Apple TV… Nothing!

WTF!!!!

We tried and tried to view it through Apple TV and still nothing. Was this a conspiracy hatched between Sony, Apple, Netflix, or something more perhaps.

Has my family been dragged into this cyber war?

Seriously though maybe our home entertainment setup just sucks. It is ridiculous to get so worked up about a movie that may not be good (never know until it is seen).

I am just venting my frustration with technology at the moment. Perhaps, it is high time to go out and do something instead of suiting down and watching television. It is a lot healthier in the long run.

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It is funny how a small communist country, like North Korea, can bring an American entertainment conglomerate to its knees. Seems like the mighty Sony Pictures is not so mighty after all when hackers allegedly affiliated with North Korea hacked the company’s database.

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So much for free speech. As much as Hollywood tries to put on this big front of free speech for all, it is a small act of computer hackers that brings it all tumbling down. Try picturing nerdy Pointdexter (North Korea) from Revenge of the Nerds bitch slapping Brad Pitt (Sony Pictures) and Pitt’s reaction is to run away and cry for his mommy. Yes, it is kind of like that. No offense to Brad Pitt but I am trying to make a comparison that people can imagine. Come on, Brad Pitt was voted Sexiest Man Alive a few times. Don’t know if the same can be said about Seth Rogen and James Franco.

Anyway, it is a shame that American audiences will not be allowed to see a movie which is a spoof of the North Korean leadership. If anything this will only embolden other hackers of trying to mess with the United States online.

What we are witnessing is the next line of warfare: Cyber Wars. These battles will not be raged on the ground but in the cyber sphere. Where there will be no physical deaths but leaks of personal information which can at times be just as damaging. Perhaps, there were many internal emails and memos floating around the Sony database which were not meant for public viewing. Or Sony employees naively saving passwords or other personal info on the computers.

Sadly, the damage is done and Sony blinked. Round 1 goes to the hackers. Let’s see what happens in Round 2.

Not a bad contract considering that he has pitched only average over the last two seasons for three different teams. Though, he did end up with two World Series rings! Not bad for average.

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The Hot Stove sleeps for no one. Not even you California people who won’t read this until it has been up for three hours. And you are the ones who will care about the most as it concerns your Giants who, Ken Rosenthal reports, have signed Jake Peavy to a two-year, $24 million deal.

Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reports that Peavy will make $7 million in 2015 and $13 million in 2016. He also gets a $4 million signing bonus and — this is key for a guy who has moved around like Peavy in the past could of years — a full no trade clause.

Peavy was 1-9 with a 4.72 ERA in 20 starts with Boston, then got traded to San Francisco and pulled off a 6-4 record with a 2.17 ERA in 12 starts for the Giants. He had a bad postseason, however, going 1-2 with a 6.19…

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Well, it seems that Microsoft is being challenged by Facebook on a certain level. Facebook just dumped Microsoft’s Bing as its go-to search engine. Facebook will focus on its own search engine.

This does not seem like such a surprise seeing how so many are obsessed with Facebook. So, why not come up with its own search engine?

Don’t feel bad for Microsoft though, they still own a 1% stake in Facebook. It may not seem like a lot but consider Facebook’s net worth of $211 billion!

Yes, Microsoft should not be crying too much.

Mark Zuckerberg seems to be overtaking Bill Gates as the face of modern tech. Not bad for a couple of Harvard drop outs.

Facebook unfriends Microsoft’s Bing search

http://www.cnet.com/news/facebook-unfriends-microsofts-bing-search/

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