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1 CuriousLurker  Dec 18, 2014 8:47:46am
Just a gentle reminder that Sony is not a US company, and the “cave-in to terror” doesn’t belong to us. It belongs to Sony’s CEO, Kazuo Hirai. […]

2 Rightwingconspirator  Dec 18, 2014 3:08:52pm

re: #1 CuriousLurker

I had thought about that. Sony Pictures is an American based subsidiary, and their facilities/HQ are all in my home town. Know who they used to be known as? Columbia Pictures. Lawrence Of Arabia. Bridge On The River Kwai Columbia. Call me sentimental if you wish. But Sony Pictures lives on California soil. ;-)

3 Rightwingconspirator  Dec 18, 2014 3:14:46pm

re: #1 CuriousLurker

Oh and American theater chains were bailing out so I had that in mind too.

4 CuriousLurker  Dec 18, 2014 4:15:29pm

re: #3 Rightwingconspirator

I guess part of it is that Sorkin’s melodramatic description annoyed me. If there was any blow to free speech it came from the failing of a super wealthy multinational conglomerate that’s trying to avoid liability, not “the U.S.” (as in the government). As for the media, they’re doing what they do, like Sony, for profit. Hollywood is bursting at the seams with media whores, so… *shrugs*

Additionally, this isn’t the first time Sony has had a serious breach. Remember the massive 2011 PlayStation data breach? It was one of the largest in history (at the time), so I’m having a little trouble being annoyed with anyone besides Sony.

Sony PlayStation suffers massive data breach
Tue Apr 26, 2011 7:36pm EDT

Alan Paller, research director of the SANS Institute, said the breach may be the largest theft of identity data information on record. […]

Paller said Sony probably did not pay enough attention to security when it was developing the software that runs its network. In the rush to get out innovative new products, security can sometimes take a back seat.

“They have to innovate rapidly. That’s the business model,” Paller said. “New software has errors in it. So they expose code with errors in it to large numbers of people, which is a catastrophe in the making.” […]

As for the theater chains, I can’t really fault them for the CYA measures either as they doubtless have not only profit concerns, but also insurance concerns—if someone blows up, shoots up, poisons, or otherwise attacks a movie theater, they’d almost surely be liable since the threat had already been made public. It’s not really a free speech issue, IMO—it’s a matter of corporate cost/benefit/risk analysis.

Our enemies know our weak spots. No matter how comforting or satisfying it may be to think of them as wild-eyed, addle-brained lunatics. they’re not all stupid. They’ve studied us and they know how to play us.

We have to be smarter, outfox them How? I don’t know…

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