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The Military

US Bombs ISIS Command Center After Terrorist Posts Selfie Online 286 286

HughPickens.com writes: Brian Everstine writes at Air Force Times that U.S. intelligence officers were able to locate and bomb an Islamic State command center based on a photo and comments in social media. "The [airmen are] combing through social media and they see some moron standing at this command," said Gen. Hawk Carlisle, commander of Air Combat Command. "And in some social media, open forum, bragging about command and control capabilities for Da'esh, ISIL, And these guys go 'ah, we got an in.' So they do some work, long story short, about 22 hours later through that very building, three JDAMS take that entire building out. Through social media. It was a post on social media. Bombs on target in 22 hours."

Carlisle was careful to not go into great detail about the how the information was gathered and what additional effort went into targeting those bombs. It's easy to imagine that in addition to the information gleaned from the initial post that the Air Force used satellite and drone reconnaissance data. It's also possible that U.S. intelligence could have actively engaged with the original poster in order to draw out information. Attackers and researchers have shown time and time again that simply asking a target for information—either by posing as a trusted individual or using carefully created phishing attacks—works even better than fancy information-stealing digital attacks.
Government

Presidential Candidate Lincoln Chaffee Proposes That US Go Metric 830 830

New submitter Applehu Akbar writes: The good news is that for the first time in years, a candidate in the next presidential cycle has proposed completing our transition to the metric system. Though unfortunately it's Lincoln Chaffee, let's all hope that this long-standing nerd issue gets into the 2016 debate because of this. Warning: Lame CNN autoplaying video.

Comment: Re: News for nerds (Score 1) 866 866

You are forgiven. I believe OP used the term "scientism" to distinguish dogmatic thinking based on someone's misguided idea of the principles of science from the actual thing. Essentially you have just agreed with the OP thus it is kind of pointless to have picked a part out of context to rebut. However, congratulations on all the mod points you received for it.

Comment: Re:If that's what you want (Score 2) 648 648

Too bad Groovy's REPL is very nearly utterly useless since it can only compile and run a single statement/block at a time:

groovy:000> def num = 1
===> 1
groovy:000> println(num)
Unknown property: num

There are a lot of other things wrong with Groovy but I get how attractive it can be after you have already painted yourself into a corner with loads of horrendous Java code. I get paid to write Groovy (among other things) but I'd rather be writing Python.

Comment: Re:"It took significant resources" (Score 1) 265 265

Um, I'm that guy too. These days there are more Linux games out there than I have time to spend playing them. Plus, my two biggest gaming time sinks got ported: Civilization 5 and Mount & Blade: Warband.

Gone are the days of fussing around with Wine or going through the hassle of discarding my workspace to boot Windows. Hence I don't bother considering buying games that are Windows exclusive.

God helps them that themselves. -- Benjamin Franklin, "Poor Richard's Almanac"

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