Sunday, December 28, 2014

The Interview

I wasn't going to say anything about this, but being that there have been acts of espionage, racism slurs against a US president, and a whole country losing internet access, well it was worth saying a few things about.

1- I am not convinced that North Korea hacked Sony, and neither are many industry experts. I can tell you right now that the bad English that was used was written by white people trying to sound like they have bad English.

"We've already warned you, and this is just a beginning."
"We continue until our request be met"
"We've obtained all your internal data"

-using contractions and already already correctly while mixing up a and the?
-not using the contraction correctly in the next sentence?
-that last sentence was written by someone fluent or near fluent.
-'be' and 'are' are rarely confused, and anyone who can write sentence 3 would not probably not have written sentence two.

There are many technical reasons why it would have been all but impossible for North Korea to pull this off, though I'll leave that to be googled anyone interested enough to do so.

There is also the fact that American intelligence isn't often all that intelligent. Coming of age in the Bush years, I'll argue that burden of proof ALWAYS lies with the accusers, and when it is US intelligence doubly so.

2- Whether or not they did or did not hack Sony, this government is putting massive resources in to fighting its release, promised merciless destruction to every theatre that shows it and promised to execute anyone in the DPRK who watches it. They have dedicated thousands of man hours to fight this..... a movie. If this movie was made about Putin, I can guarantee you he would smile and respond with something like "I beat them in Europe and Ukraine, they can beat me in their fantasy movies all they want." This response is exactly why the world thinks of Kim Jong un as a comical oaf. Anyone who has ever though of Kim III as anything but a fat spoiled brat will have changed their mind over this.

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