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    Re: Sony Cancels Theatrical Release for ‘The Interview’ on Christmas

    Whoever hacked sony now also controls part of the US govt.

    That's why uncle sammy is balling over this--because sony has bagged several Congressional pols. and so whoever has sony by the balls now has those same pols by the balls.

    Whoever successfully hacks Exxon will control the entire US govt.

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    Re: Sony Cancels Theatrical Release for ‘The Interview’ on Christmas

    Quote Originally Posted by DA60 View Post
    Really.

    Who on Earth gives a crap whether a company does or does not release a film?
    The film release fiasco is just a distraction--it's a ridiculously childish, stupid film anyway--typical output from a corporate media conglomerate's anus.

    The meat of the hack is the threat to sony's confidential data--namely, their political ties.

    That's why the feds are planning to spend $800 billion+ of taxpayer money to find the culprit. The american people and their interests are unimportant.

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    Re: Sony Cancels Theatrical Release for ‘The Interview’ on Christmas

    From The Globe and Mail:

    The comedy on the fictional assassination of North Korea’s leader is “desperately unfunny” and would have flopped overseas if it had not been cancelled, according to leaked e-mails of international executives of Sony Pictures.

    ‘The Interview’ is ‘desperately unfunny,’ Sony execs’ leaked e-mails say - The Globe and Mail

    What this says is that the people responsible for selecting films for development had little idea what they're doing, at least in a marketing sense (and possibly at all stages of the development process). In an effectively run organization, feedback on market viability is collected before a product is produced and rolled out, not as a roll out is imminent. Effectively run firms do not seek to be stuck with high sunk costs. They seek to minimize cost exposure. If the film did not "translate" overseas and if overseas sales were going to be critical, why weren't the appropriate adjustments made before the film was completed? Small international focus groups could have "tested" the viability of the movie well before full production even commenced.

    Given some of the childish e-mails that were made public in the wake of the hacking issue and now this latest information, it's plausible that the hacking issue is a lesser problem for Sony Entertainment than its own internal operations (judgment, marketing methodology, professionalism, etc.).

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    Re: Sony Cancels Theatrical Release for ‘The Interview’ on Christmas

    I wished that I lived in Denmark. When some cartoonist had a cartoon of Mohammed the Danes did nothing. They understood that the cartoonist had a right to do what he did and the newspaper had a right to print it and if people objected it was on them but would not affect Danish freedoms.
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    Re: Sony Cancels Theatrical Release for ‘The Interview’ on Christmas

    Quote Originally Posted by Hard Truth View Post
    I suspect that it is because of the theaters that are refusing to show the movie and Sony not wanting to risk getting most of the blame if any attacks happen.

    N. Korea is not going to attack any theaters. That would not be a terrorist attack but an "act of war".


    N. Korea has never attacked the US.


    This is all smoke and mirrors for something larger or a publicity stunt.
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    Re: Sony Cancels Theatrical Release for ‘The Interview’ on Christmas

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    That's not really true. The possibility that NOK hackers could hack into Sony computers again and release movies which have yet to go into cinemas is far more threatening than anything an executive has said. If only 4-5 big ticket movies are released, it means billions in lost revenue from both licensing deals and box office revenue. That's what Sony is worried about more than anything else and it is probably what keeps them from releasing this movie. Either way, they're losing money though. If they release the film, they risk another attack. One that could damage their pockets. If they don't release it, they lose about 80 million. Right now, it's a numbers game and Sony execs are trying to figure out whether the 80 million they spent (and whatever it is going to make back) are worth risking billions in lost revenue from a cyberattack.


    I wonder if we are being prepped for the next war:

    DIA: North Korea Planned Attacks on US Nuclear Plants | Washington Free Beacon



    I can see what you are saying, I don't know it's a good point.
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    Re: Sony Cancels Theatrical Release for ‘The Interview’ on Christmas

    Quote Originally Posted by solletica View Post
    The US govt. is not a credible source. . .

    https://www.cia.gov/library/reports/...q_Oct_2002.htm

    As for computer security, the IP address of a hacker can easily be cloaked w/a proxy server or made anonymous behind any Wi-Fi device.

    When you progress beyond the Limbaugh "believe-my-government" stage of your intellectual development, you will understand these things.



    wait wait wait, are you suggesting that limbaugh is of the position one should "believe-thier-government"?
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    Re: Sony Cancels Theatrical Release for ‘The Interview’ on Christmas

    Quote Originally Posted by gdgyva View Post
    actually you have the right idea

    North Korea it would seem wants to limit the distribution and dissemination of this film

    Since SONY has now written off the movie.....no choice

    If i were in the boardroom of SONY. i would give the movie to amazon, netflix, and every other distribution source available
    Absolutely no! There are several reasons.

    1) Netflix is only in a handful of countries.
    2) iTunes sucks and requires far too many strings to get working. High price hardware or buggy software.
    3) Amazon does not have online distribution of content in most countries it operates in..
    4) Google Play is an option but even here it is not in every country.
    5) It is inviting attacks on these distributors and if they can hit Sony, then they can easily lay Apple or Netflix down. Amazon might be more difficult and Google will certainly be very difficult.

    That is why using the torrent system is so great. It is decentralized, and open, so to attack all viewers who are also distributors, you need to attack everyone which is impossible. There is no central distribution server. Why do you think Wikileaks was released on torrents sites.. because they knew that once there, it is damn hard to stop.
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    Re: Sony Cancels Theatrical Release for ‘The Interview’ on Christmas

    Quote Originally Posted by ReverendHellh0und View Post
    wait wait wait, are you suggesting that limbaugh is of the position one should "believe-thier-government"?
    For conservatives, credibility of sources, in order of precedence is. . .

    1) Rush Limbaugh
    2) FoxNews media pundits
    3) US govt.
    4) Experts (professors, researchers, etc.)

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    Re: Sony Cancels Theatrical Release for ‘The Interview’ on Christmas

    To Rev's point about this likely being more about Sony being worried about suffering additional leaks as opposed to being truly worried about peoples "safety"

    Apparently the hackers sent a new letter to Sony (INFO HERE).

    "It's very wise that you have made the decision to cancel the release of The Interview. It will be very useful for you," CNN reports the message as reading. The email concludes, "We will ensure the security of your data unless you make additional trouble."

    "Now we want you never let the movie released, distributed or leaked in any form of, for instance, DVD or piracy," the message reportedly says. It also says, "And we want everything related to the movie, including its trailers, as well as its full version down from any website hosting them immediately."
    Note the gist of the email is not "don't release it in any fashion or we'll hurt PEOPLE"...it's "don't release it in any fashion or we'll leak stuff".

    Will Sony continue to capitulate by sticking with it's plan to shelve this thing completely, while trying to follow the new demands to pull down things like trailers immedietely?

    I'm truly shocked that terrorists who got their way are now making more demands. Who would've imagined that.

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