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4chan Declares War On Snow 201

Posted by samzenpus
from the common-enemy dept.
With all the recent hacktivism in the news, Anonymous has decided to take on a new and powerful enemy: snow. On Sunday the group announced that it will "do everything in its power to shut snow down by attacking the Weather Channel and North Face websites, boycotting outerwear, and voting for the sun as Time’s 2010 Person Of The Year." I'm sure there are a lot of people in Minneapolis right now that would wish them luck.

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4chan Declares War On Snow

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  • by mark72005 (1233572) on Monday December 13, 2010 @03:17PM (#34537030)
    Wish these bored 14 year old nerds luck? Whatever. We eat snow for breakfast. (the Dome does too)
  • Damn (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Dyinobal (1427207) on Monday December 13, 2010 @03:18PM (#34537036)
    Damn this is just dumb, I feel bad for even giving it attention by posting here.
    • Re:Damn (Score:4, Informative)

      by interval1066 (668936) on Monday December 13, 2010 @04:52PM (#34538808) Homepage Journal
      Actually, its kind of funny. The users on 4chan are quite an eclectic and interesting blend of anarchists once you get beyond the 14 y-o fanboys and old pederasts who troll the boards.
    • Damn this is just dumb, I feel bad for even giving it attention by posting here.

      Honestly, I think this was a great move from them. They've been building up quite a bad imagine now that all (even small) news outlets are talking about their attacks. Maybe this will help put them into perspective. I think it's very close that most law enforcement agencies pick these guys up as easy cases against DDOS attack makers, having the public view change from criminals to mischievous youth with a sense of humor can make quite a difference.

  • by i_want_you_to_throw_ (559379) on Monday December 13, 2010 @03:20PM (#34537088) Homepage Journal
    Wow the winter went by so quick.
    • by melikamp (631205) on Monday December 13, 2010 @03:51PM (#34537748) Homepage Journal
      It's the Global Quickening. The unusually high amounts of THC in the atmosphere are causing the Earth-wide time dilation effect. To compound this problem, major producers of THC are in the talks to fully legalize these emissions, which, if left unchecked for a few more decades, will certainly result in a run-away pizza-house effect, whereas the traffic grid will be flooded with pizza delivery trucks rushing to their destinations.
  • by Anonymous Coward
    Winter is really depressing
  • by EkriirkE (1075937) on Monday December 13, 2010 @03:21PM (#34537112) Homepage

    is obvious

  • I think this is the first of Anon's crusades that I don't support.

    I mean, it's snow!

  • by Anonymous Coward

    The best bet would be to sign a petition for the abandonment of the winter olympics, that way we'd be rid of winter all together by removing the need for it.

  • by RobotRunAmok (595286) on Monday December 13, 2010 @03:25PM (#34537188)

    ...on that stupid word, "Hacktivism?"

  • by RyuuzakiTetsuya (195424) <taiki.cox@net> on Monday December 13, 2010 @03:27PM (#34537218)

    I have 3-2 odds on Anons.

  • If it weren't for the Wikileaks nonsense, anonymous trolling for teh lulz wouldn't be news. I'm interested to see how the publicity plays out here, but this is exactly what /b/ is about, random nonsense. So fuck snow, and let's get on with the news.

    • by Thud457 (234763)
      maybe this is just some smartacre pointing out the futility of their attack on Amazon.
  • Finally (Score:5, Insightful)

    by demonbug (309515) on Monday December 13, 2010 @03:32PM (#34537348) Journal

    They found something useful to do.

    Seriously, with all this Wikileaks bullshit I was getting worried Anonymous might have forgotten about the lulz.

  • Good (Score:5, Funny)

    by cje (33931) on Monday December 13, 2010 @03:34PM (#34537380) Homepage

    I've never forgiven him for that piece of shit "Informer" song.

    (a licky boom-boom down)

    • how could you not like that song??? Listen to me ya better listen for me now Listen to me ya better listen for me now When-a me rock-a the microphone, me rock on steady-a
    • by Splab (574204)

      Great, now I'm going to hum that tune all day!

  • Ah something something something YEAH

    A nikity boom boom yeah!

    I hope they don't hack the

    Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO)

    because that's harder to rhyme than Spelling, Tori (Yo!)

  • This same site is reporting the TSA has integrated full body scanners with Facebook [tumblr.com].

    Now, if Slashdot wishes to be taken as seriously as Wonder-Tonic or The ONION ...

    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward

      ...and this is posted under Idle, where all of the silly-season articles live; if you see a story referenced in an Idle article and take it for straight reporting, rather than pure entertainment, then you deserve to be laughed at, too.

    • by jc42 (318812)

      Now, if Slashdot wishes to be taken as seriously as Wonder-Tonic or The ONION ...

      You might be surprised by how many times their articles have been excerpted and reported elsewhere as serious news. This has happened with The Onion articles since they started, over 20 years ago.

  • So there ADHD is stopping them from finishing Operation Payback?
  • 1. Go on internet
    2. Copy and paste code
    3. Hactivate!
  • Snow is great if you like to ski, sled, or partake in other wintertime recreation that require it. It is nice to have (but not too much) in December for that effect it gives with the Christmas decor. But come January and February, it gets to be annoying as it turns to icy and an ugly yellow/brown from thaw cycles. Come March and April, it damn near angers many people since it slows the warming of spring. Many times in the past few years in South Dakota, we have gotten big snowstorms in the last couple weeks

    • by vlm (69642)

      it gets to be annoying as it turns to .. an ugly yellow/brown from thaw cycles.

      Umm, I hate to break it to you Brewmeister but that yellow/brown isn't from freeze thaw cycles. Theres a bit of a biological component there. Seen any dogs near that snow recently?

  • isn't this just a roundabout way to say that they don't support "The Cloud"?
  • Going outside at this time of year is a pain because it's cold. Here's a really weird random question: If we had (hypothetically) unlimited energy/power (and I do mean unlimited), could we effectively, cheaply and practically heat all our streets from 0 to say 24 degrees c, or would it be too noisy, costly on parts, or otherwise impractical?

    Specifically, I was either thinking of some giant fan assisted heaters (which are probably too noisy), or more likely, a giant network of underground heaters which co
    • by vlm (69642)

      Going outside at this time of year is a pain because it's cold. Here's a really weird random question: If we had (hypothetically) unlimited energy/power (and I do mean unlimited), could we effectively, cheaply and practically heat all our streets from 0 to say 24 degrees c, or would it be too noisy, costly on parts, or otherwise impractical?

      If you had hypothetical unlimited labor to maintain and patch all the leaks (assuming a hot water system here...)

      All you "really" need to do is heat it to 1 degree C for fairly obvious reasons.

      You'd have serious animal issues. You'd have snow free roads but they'd be covered in snakes and reptiles.

      • by Twinbee (767046)
        Oh when I said from 0-24, I meant what would otherwise be zero (without any heating), and then having the streets at 24 degrees (i.e. very warm).

        I doubt a water system would be very maintainable, and there could be come limits there. I was thinking of something more solid-state (i.e. giant versions of the "cooker hob rings", but underground.
      • by mirix (1649853)

        I, for one, welcome our new snake underlords.

    • by Bagels (676159)
      If we had unlimited power all the other problems are probably solvable through application of more power (for noise reduction, for instance, some sort of active noise-cancelling system, like a giant pair of Bose headphones). It would be a pain in the ass to maintain, and it would probably cause nasty environmental problems in the colder parts of the world (barring further application of our hypothetical unlimited power source).
      • by Twinbee (767046)
        Yes, I was thinking of something more solid-state, so there's zero maintenance. I think underground heating is the only way of achieving this.
    • If we had (hypothetically) unlimited energy/power (and I do mean unlimited), could we effectively, cheaply and practically heat all our streets from 0 to say 24 degrees c, or would it be too noisy, costly on parts, or otherwise impractical?

      Tilt the earth back and the sun will do that for you.

  • "I'm sure there are a lot of people in Minneapolis right now that would wish them luck."
    As someone who lives in the Minneapolis area, I wish them no such thing. However, if they want to pick up some shovels and take this stuff away I would have no objection.
  • Stop giving these children media attention?

  • by Opportunist (166417) on Monday December 13, 2010 @04:13PM (#34538190)

    Seriously. No, I'm not kidding, I think this is one of the smartest things that could be done.

    Why?

    Because they just reduced themselves back from "a political activist platform" to "14 year olds with too much time on their hands". Before you consider the ego, consider how the powers that are (tm) will react to either.

    Whether they are one or the other, what do I know? I only know that being the latter means that nobody will seriously try to bring you down, while being the former just might get you too much attention from organizations whose attention is something you don't want if you want to continue living, working and having fun in peace.

    • Except that from one look at the image it’s obvious that this isn’t the handiwork of Anon. It’s just a poorly-done parody.

      • by Ihmhi (1206036)

        How do you tell what is legitimately an "Anonymous" product and what is not?

        It's not like they have an official PSYOPS division whose job it is to make these things. For all you know, it could have been created by an Anon to be deliberately poor in quality.

        That aside, that's the real beauty and real danger of the group. They're only motivated by what seems to amuse them, but occasionally they've been shown to mobilize towards something they perceive as an injustice - put a video of yourself abusing a cat on

        • by thijsh (910751)

          They're highly unpredictable, highly random, and hugely difficult to take down as a collective because there isn't a collective per se.

          And this is exactly what scares the shit out of totalitarian governments... All their regular methods of taking down an organization will fail miserably, and probably only add in some way to the Streisand Effect of whatever they are trying to stop...
          It's like an enemy that can't be fought without losing. They may mostly be script-kiddies, but I recognize Anonymous as the powerful movement that it is; an unstoppable voice of the people.

    • by Matheus (586080)

      Your premise has a problem tho... you are presuming the possibility of being 'reduced' in the eyes of the 'man'.

      Once you've got their attention they rarely decide you're not worth looking at anymore until they have proven to themselves that you are truly a non-issue (somewhere between cold in a grave, almost cold in a hospital or nursing home or shivering in a cell)

  • by gmuslera (3436)
    That denial of service attack is working pretty well, even if will take a bit more time to make snow to basically dissapear. Outside 4chan, that DDoS attack is called Global Warming.
  • We're already winning the war on Snow here in New Zealand.
  • by Call Me Black Cloud (616282) on Monday December 13, 2010 @04:43PM (#34538686)
    ...anyone can claim to be the spokesman. If you have some modest Photoshop skills and an ax to grind, go ahead and declare war on something. Don't like the word "hacktivism"? Speak out as Anonymous and threaten to take down news websites. Pick a topic and have at it.

    The cool thing is that with enough of these proclamations from "Anonymous" no one will be able to tell the real from the fake. Well, unless you go to 4chan/b/...in which case you can distract them with boob shots.
  • I was thinking of protesting against fscking cold myself. Even if it doesnt snow here ... good for anonymous.
  • ... thinks this is just about the dumbest thing I've read in a while... The snow is awesome, it was great seeing people working together over the weekend to help each other shovel out, and now it's just beautiful to look at... The worst part of the whole weekend was trying to avoid the little econo-boxes whose owners didn't have a lick of common sense...

  • Is 4chan really behind this or did one person post a thread and the news assumes it is their collective will?

    I trust this as much as a wikified press release

  • War on snow. That's impossible. Instead... only try to realize the truth. There is no snow.

  • Anonymous originated at 4chan, right? So is this 4channers ridiculing other 4channers? Themselves? Or is it just for the lulz, just like everything they do?

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