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Censorship

MMO Bans Men Playing As Women 616

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the nice-legs-bob dept.
jkcity writes "In a bizarre move Aurora Technology the owners of the King of the World MMORPG has taken the unusual step of banning men who play women characters but the ban itself does not stretch to women playing men. If you want to play as a woman now in game you have to prove you are a women via web cam. This is something that people ask for in many mmorpgs I myself have seen people say people who play women in EVE online as being some kind of degenerate but how long can a policy of verification by web cam last since its so easy to get around it doesn't seem to solve much and is an insult to many."
Space

Astronomer Offers Theory Into 400-Year-Old Lunar Mystery 66

Posted by Zonk
from the flash-from-above dept.
webdoodle writes "An astronomer at Columbia University thinks he has solved a 400-year-old mystery: the origin of strange optical flashes seen on the moon's surface. These spots, called 'Transient Lunar Phenomenon' (TLP) by the astronomy community, have confused moon-gazers since the time of ancient scientists. Arlin Crotts now thinks that TLPs are something called 'outgassing', a process where trapped gasses escape to the lunar atmosphere. 'To arrive at his theory, Crotts correlated TLPs with known gas outbursts from the lunar surface as seen by several spacecraft, particularly NASA's Apollo 15 mission in 1971 and the robotic Lunar Prospector in 1998. What he discovered was a remarkable similarity in the pattern of outgassing event locations recorded by spacecraft across the face of the moon and reported TLP sites.'"
Handhelds

+ - Google restricts MGMaps from using their map tiles->

Submitted by
vigmeister
vigmeister writes "MGMaps is a precariously named (from a trademark perspective) software for handhelds which serves up maps from the internet and allowing you to convert your phone into a crude GPS navigation device without the need for buying maps. As the name suggests, the primary source of their maps was Google Maps until yesterday, when the Google Enforcement Team sent them this email . The software intends to continue providing the software without using Google Maps, but says support will continue for maps from Microsoft, Yahoo, Ask.com and OpenStreetMap.org.

Given that Google Maps Mobile itself is available as a download for cell phones, MGMaps is a competing product and it seems to be a fair request on Google's part even though one feels for MGMaps which came out with a (free) product first. However, this would suggest that Google is taking mobile map software seriously enough to send in the 'Google Enforcement Team'. While not really an evil move by them, it will inconvenience the large userbase that had grown to adopt the software and substitute their GPS modules with software on their cell-phone as they will have to embark on a new learning curve."

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Your Rights Online

Second Life & WoW Terrorist Training Camps? 292

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the you-gotta-be-kidding-me dept.
Tech.Luver writes "theinquirer reports that 'Aussie Security experts claim that Second Life and online games such as World of Warcraft are being used to train terrorists. Apparently there are three jihadi terrorists registered and two elite jihadist terrorist groups in Second Life and they use the site for recruiting and training. This is on top of the Second Life Liberation Army.""
Mozilla

+ - Mozilla Patches Major Firefox Security Flaw

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Mozilla Corp. today released updated versions of the Firefox browser, v1.5.0.10 and v2.0.0.2, for Windows, Mac, and Linux, that close a major security flaw called the location.hostname vulnerability. The fix stops hackers from being able to tamper with how websites are displayed. The location.hostname issue allowed malicious website operators to manipulate authentication cookies for third-party sites, changing how sites looked or worked. The updates are available on Mozilla's Firefox download site."
Red Hat Software

+ - Does ZDnet just make up sensational headlines?

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The headline in this story:

http://news.zdnet.co.uk/software/0%2C1000000121%2C 39286050%2C00.htm

reads:

"Anger as key Red Hat developer quits"

Reading the body reveals it's about Eric S. Raymond, a user of Fedora
Linux, throwing in the towel and switching to Ubuntu.

There are two problems with the headline:

1. Eric S. Raymond is not "key."
2. Eric S. Raymond is not a "Red Hat developer."

So where did this come from?

Is ZDnet the Fox News of the computer world?"
The Internet

Consumer Revolt Spurred Via the Internet 309

Posted by Zonk
from the power-to-the-pocketbook dept.
sas-dot writes "UK's newspaper Independent outlines the brewing consumer revolt being fomented on the web. 'Consumer militancy' is becoming ever more common, as individuals join forces on the internet to fight back against the state and big business. Businesses from banks to soccer clubs have been the target of these groups, in each case facing the fury of consumers who feel they have been wronged. For example, 'A mass revolt has left the high street banks facing thousands of claims from customers seeking to claw back some of the £4.75bn levied annually on charges for overdrafts and bounced cheques. More than one million forms demanding refunds have been downloaded from a number of consumer websites. The banks are settling out of court, often paying £1,000 a time.' Are these kinds of organized 'advocate mobs' going to be the future of internet activism?"
Security

+ - "Police blow up foul-mouthed CDs"

Submitted by FirmWarez
FirmWarez (645119) writes "CNN is reporting that a bomb squad in Santa Fe, New Mexico, blew up three CD players containing home burned CDs spewing forth "foul language and pornographic messages" in a Catholic church. The CD players had been taped under pews and were louding relaying their audio messages during Ash Wednesday services.

I'm beginning to wonder if somehow the war on terror has been combined with some evangelical Republic an agenda to rid the world of obscene gestures and comments. First "lite brites" and now CD players. With all the "WTF" comments on-line, is your server next?"

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