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this guest

So it turns out that the only thing
North Korea hacked
was a tree near the border
with a little Stalinist hatchet

December 30, 2014 @ 8:47 AM

this guest

whack whack whack
take that you revisionist imperialist
fir tree

December 30, 2014 @ 8:49 AM


So it would appear that a bunch of people on here owe Mr. Irvine an apology.

I wonder how many will step up?

December 30, 2014 @ 8:49 AM


I don't follow, for what and who owes the apology?

December 30, 2014 @ 8:52 AM


The music on those Next Issue commercials sound like it was recycled from those government ads in the 1980s promoting the metric system or physical fitness.


Have you caught Jeremy Taggart and Jonathan Torrens on TSN 1050 this week?

They are subbing for Bob Mackowycz and Mathew Cauze (9am 12pm) for the holidays.

December 30, 2014 @ 8:58 AM


@ Argie - I don't think you were one of them. But a bunch of people on last weeks Open Mike were calling Irv out on his stance that the Sony Hack was not North Korea. Now it looks like he was right!

December 30, 2014 @ 9:09 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

Need I remind everyone that I wrote this about North Korea and the Sony hack: http://www.torontomike.com/2014/12/the_sony_hack_and_north_korea.html

December 30, 2014 @ 9:11 AM


After hearing them on the TorontoMiked podcast, I have taken to listening to Humble and Fred's podcasts over the last week or so.

Who is this Eilleen/Arlene character? Is she related to either of H or F? She seems to be a bit of an amatuer on the radio. And she brings in her kid too? I'm sorry, she seems to try too hard to be funny and I don't get it.

December 30, 2014 @ 9:11 AM


OK. It probably was a bunch of hacks with no ties to N Korea. Likely a disgruntled ex-employees who hated Sony.

December 30, 2014 @ 9:13 AM


I agree 100%.

December 30, 2014 @ 9:14 AM



I used to listen but got tired of the constant shilling. I'd rather they just sell an ad than spend half the episode chatting with a sponsor about what we can buy from them.

And Eileen was never funny. I don't get it either.

December 30, 2014 @ 9:18 AM



Yeah, it's starting to look like it was an insider who was laid off in summer (surprise surprise). Supposedly they have this guy chatting in IRC channels with hackers. For those who don't know, IRC is "internet relay chat" and is sometimes home to the dark side of the internet.

I'm more interested in this post on the Gangsters Out Blog. If you remember "Silk Road" the online drug thing, well the "Friendly Chemist" claims he is a CSIS op. Where it gets interesting is this. He claims that he had met Kathy Likness in 2009 and she was a CSIS operative. If the name rings a bell Kathy is the woman who disappeared along with her husband & 5 year old grandson from Calgary. Is there any reality to it? Difficult to say, but noted is that the 3 people essentially vanished. I knew something was up with CPS said they no longer needed help looking for the body (there was something more).


Gangsters Out is a pretty interesting website. The guy outed the Canada Day terrorist thing in BC. Police said they had arrested people with pressure cookers on Canada Day. He found (and screen capped) those same people in BC Courts online. Seems they were charged in March of the same year.

X Files stuff.

December 30, 2014 @ 9:19 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


To answer your question, Eilleen is not related to either Humble or Fred.

I believe she used to write copy for Astral and they met her when their show was on Mix 99.9.

December 30, 2014 @ 9:21 AM


I will apologize when you have undisputed proof that North Korea was not involved in the Sony Hack.
Haven't seen that yet!

December 30, 2014 @ 9:26 AM



The only reason you won't apologize is because *gasp* it appears I was right and you were wrong. For years I was the "blessed troll" of radio forums. I said radio's current path was that of self destruction and obsolescence. Well it turned out I just might have been right (massive layoffs, consolidation, etc). You'll never see a post that says "he was right" (though people did agree with me in emails).

I don't hate disagreeing opinions Speyside. I dislike and challenge people who cozy up to any authority & take their words as the gospel. I mean the people who buy into any political or business "agenda" because that's what they are; agenda's.

FYI. If you pay attention to hacker culture, you notice that whistleblowers & hackers often spend HUGE amounts of time in prison. Why is that? Well for starters, it's a sign of fear from the government. It's a message that if you rat us out, we'll get you and make you're life miserable..so go back to your recreational shopping.

The people should never fear the government. The government should fear the people.

December 30, 2014 @ 9:42 AM


Well, great night. My Habs won and my Coyotes won and the Leafs lost. This is wonderful. Also my Nets won so that's great. I couldn't ask for anything more. I'm really excited about football on Saturday. My Cardinals and Ravens are going to win. I know they will. I have to wait for my money because I have to wait in case one of my teams goes to the Superbowl. Well, Ravens and Cardinals will both be there. I have Seattle as well, but I don't really like them, but if they went there, then I would get more money as well, but they won't. It will be Ravens and Cardinals. There's talk about a baseball pool as well. Just asking if anyone is interested. I would have to pick from every division though. I would definitely pick the Diamondbacks and Orioles though. The other divisions I have no clue who I would pick.

December 30, 2014 @ 9:54 AM


@ Irv
Yep the operative word being "appears"!
Irv your lack of trust of Authority is bordering on insane and for sure severe paranoia.
I'll gladly give you your due when there is undisputable evidence, we don't have that and frankly probably never will .
So you stay with your XFiles theories and I'll stay with mine.
Happy New Year!

December 30, 2014 @ 10:01 AM


My hunch is that its likely a chubby, pimply faced 20-something in his basement hacking into Sony. However, I agree with Speyside that your hatred for authority (whether its the police, military, or govt) is disturbing.

"the government should fear the people." Really?

December 30, 2014 @ 10:22 AM

Ryan G / hobogauntlet.blogspot.ca

Do any of you still go to the movies?

Like a lot of people, I'll go when I feel the film calls for it. You can have a solid surround sound system at home, but it still can't compare to what the best theatres offer visually and sonically. Plus, if there's a film you're really Jones'ing for, you want to see it right away.

But usually I'll go to a weekday matinee. And that's because I don't like, nor need, the "shared" experience of going to the movies. First, I've grown accustomed to having space between me and the next guy - in fact, a lot of space. Yesterday I went to a 4:30 screening at the Cineplex at Yonge and Dundas, and being the holidays, it was rammed. I had people on both sides of me. I know I know..first world problems, but me no likey. And I won't even get into the low hanging fruit annoyances like talking, cellphones and the waft of quarter pounders.

Perhaps I'm overly sensitive, but I find that audience audibles pull me right out of the immersive experience. This list can be extensive and includes:


Not sure why so many of those things start with "g", but there you have it.

By the way, if you've got an hour to kill, Episode 4 of Hobo Gauntlet Radio is now online at hobogauntlet.blogspot.ca, featuring the music of The Postal Service, Big Audio Dynamite, Public Image Limited, Divine, Muse and more.

December 30, 2014 @ 10:30 AM


All the chatter about Sony continues to be only speculation. "may have" "could be" "linked to" "appear to be". People talked about TBs of data and now are talking about thumb drives.

NB: I'm not saying it was the DPRK, just that there is insufficient data to credibly accuse anyone unless you have all the forensic data. As far as I know, that's the FBI and the FBI continues to assert it was North Korea. So will be interesting to see if there is any back track.

December 30, 2014 @ 10:50 AM



No, it's not some kid who did that Sony hack. A full system penetration takes a great deal of skill and effort. In the world of "ethical hacking" a red team works on penetration testing. A red team is a group of people, each with a define (advanced) skill set.

The public (you included) is still lost in Hollywood movies image of the "hackers" are these angry kids bent on doing it for the lulz (laughs). Sure, that happens, but most hacking falls clearly into the category of espionage & organized crime. I see the same mentality in business owners all the time. They never imagine they're being watched or they're a target. Ask any IT guy how upset an executive gets when you do Windows patching & he has to *gasp* restart his computer. Patches often fix vulnerabilities which are exploited by hackers.

@Anonymous: There was apparently a 100 TB of data. I'm interested in how all that data was missed moving across the wire. Example, the following link shows you current internet attacks. If you bring up the page and let it sit for a bit (uses flash so it might get slow) you notice all the "lazers" are aimed at the central USA (Ferguson MO to be exact). You can tell where they come from too. Tidbit: The data that comes from the middle of the Indian ocean is the island of Seychelles..a notorious pit of internet filth.


December 30, 2014 @ 11:00 AM

this guest

In terms of good guys / bad guys
white hats / black hats,
I'm getting a sneaking suspicion there is more
black, dark grey, & charcoal,
than Ward and June Cleaver
imagined possible.

December 30, 2014 @ 11:26 AM

this guest

Why does nobody wear
white eyepatches?

December 30, 2014 @ 11:28 AM

Ryan G / hobogauntlet.blogspot.ca

@this guest.

Easy, because that would be racist.

December 30, 2014 @ 11:39 AM

this guest

@ Ryan.

ha. well, ........LOL

December 30, 2014 @ 12:44 PM

Sam in Pickering

Black is the best colour when blocking light.

Happy New Year, all!

December 30, 2014 @ 1:44 PM

this guest

Okay well I thought pirates
had one good eye and the eyepatch
was to cover up something unsightly.

The only pirate who wore a white eyepatch
was Fluorig the Bold (Bluebeard's 2nd son)
Who ceremonially wore a white eyepatch when
raising The Skull and Crossbones above captured

I might have made that up

December 30, 2014 @ 3:10 PM


Change your name to your fav Sopranos character. You start Mike

December 30, 2014 @ 6:15 PM

Jason from Sudbury

Tony Soprano

December 30, 2014 @ 10:55 PM


Happy new year. My Habs won. That's great. My Nets won as well and the Raptors lost, but more of that has to happen if the Nets get ahead of the Raptors. My Suns lost. Anyway, the baseball pool got settled. He said I could pick my teams now and I picked them. Here they are. Al East I picked my beloved Orioles of course. AL central I picked the Royals. Someone already was ahead of me and picked the Tigers and someone else picked the Indians and someone else picked the Whitesox. Turns out I had a choice between Royals or Twins so I picked the Royals. AL west I picked the Angels. NL east I picked the Nationals, NL central Cardinals and NL west my Diamondbacks. There are my six teams. I'm going to win it. I hope I do anyway.

December 31, 2014 @ 9:37 AM


Now that Festivus is finally over with for most of us, I want to thank you, Mike, for covering a very interesting and entertaining year, both on your blog and your podcast. Long may you run.

I wish blue skies (soon, please), health, prosperity and happiness to all in 2015.

December 31, 2014 @ 10:03 AM


I also echo Lynne's comments. Thanks for giving us the opportunity to rant every now and then. Hope you and everyone else has a safe , happy and successful 2015.

December 31, 2014 @ 10:35 AM

this guest

Thank you Lynne for those good points
and for echoing same Speysidephil,
& a
Happy new year to all!

December 31, 2014 @ 1:05 PM


I'll echo Lynne, Speysidephil, this guest...Thanks for running this blog/site. We smile, laugh, frown, get irritated, etc. at what we read, sometimes each other, but we're always entertained. You put a lot of effort and "love" into what you do here. We all appreciate it.

Good luck at breaking your cycling records in 2015. Perhaps I'll be able to join you one day to contribute to that.

To you, your family and everyone here, Happy New Year!

December 31, 2014 @ 3:08 PM


Happy New Year to All

December 31, 2014 @ 6:51 PM

Sonny Sanchez

And now your morning update from Cheryl .

January 1, 2015 @ 2:16 AM


My Coyotes and Suns both lost last night and that was no good. The Leafs had to win. That was also no good. Oh well. Anyway, happy new year and thanks Mike for this blog and web site. It's great.

January 1, 2015 @ 10:19 AM

Tiny Montgomery

let them die.

Canada just became the first nation in history to opt out of every proposed resolution protecting new endangered species from international trade.

This is unprecedented. Documents just released from a 2013 Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) show that Canada expressed “reservations” on extending protection to all 76 species added to the charter. That means the world said, “We need to protect this animal or plant right now” and Canada answered “meh.” 76 times.

January 1, 2015 @ 6:50 PM

Tiny Montgomery

Just let every species of endangered animal die. And plant life, they can die. Maybe the bees. Yes let the bees die too. Great plans for the future. Fucking brilliant. Happy New Year.

January 1, 2015 @ 6:52 PM

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