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The Internet

Ship Anchor, Not Sabotaging Divers, Possibly Responsible For Outage 43

Posted by samzenpus
from the who's-to-blame dept.
Nerval's Lobster writes "This week, Egypt caught three men in the process of severing an undersea fiber-optic cable. But Telecom Egypt executive manager Mohammed el-Nawawi told the private TV network CBC that the reason for the region's slowdowns was not the alleged saboteurs — it was damage previously caused by a ship. On March 22, cable provider Seacom reported a cut in its Mediterranean cable connecting Southern and Eastern Africa, the Middle East and Asia to Europe; it later suggested that the most likely cause of the incident was a ship anchor, and that traffic was being routed around the cut, through other providers. But repairs to the cable took longer than expected, with the Seacom CEO announcing March 23 that the physical capability to connect additional capacity to services in Europe was "neither adequate nor stable enough," and that it was competing with other providers. The repairs continued through March 27, after faults were found on the restoration system; that same day, Seacom denied that the outage could have been the work of the Egyptian divers, but said that the true cause won't be known for weeks. 'We think it is unlikely that the damage to our system was caused by sabotage,' the CEO wrote in a statement. 'The reasons for this are the specific location, distance from shore, much greater depth, the presence of a large anchored vessel on the fault site which appears to be the cause of the damage and other characteristics of the event.'"
The Military

United States Begins Flying Stealth Bombers Over South Korea 567

Posted by samzenpus
from the nice-day-for-a-flight dept.
skade88 writes "The New York Times is reporting that the United States has started flying B-2 stealth bomber runs over South Korea as a show of force to North Korea. The bombers flew 6,500 miles to bomb a South Korean island with mock explosives. Earlier this month the U.S. Military ran mock B-52 bombing runs over the same South Korean island. The U.S. military says it shows that it can execute precision bombing runs at will with little notice needed. The U.S. also reaffirmed their commitment to protecting its allies in the region. The North Koreans have been making threats to turn South Korea into a sea of fire. North Korea has also made threats claiming they will nuke the United States' mainland."
EU

Google Loses Autocomplete Defamation Case 258

Posted by timothy
from the why-italy-and-google-shouldn't-date dept.
superglaze writes "Google has been found liable in an Italian court for defamatory comments made against an anonymous plaintiff — the complainant's name, when googled, elicited autocomplete suggestions that translate as 'con man' and 'fraud.' Google was found not to qualify for EU 'safe harbour' protection because the autocomplete suggestions were deemed to be Google's own creation, and not something merely passing through its systems."

+ - 3rd anual Desert Bus for Hope->

Submitted by Casandro
Casandro (751346) writes "The guys from LoadingReadyRun are doing a fundraiser for Child's Play. They are doing so by playing the most boring unreleased game of all time, Desert Bus. You can watch them via a UStream stream and chat with them via the UStream IRC-Server. (they have a web frontend for that) More information about the game, the fundraiser and Child's Play can be found on http://www.desertbus.org/"
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Games

+ - Desert Bus for hope: Geeks play for the children->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The Canadian geeks of LoadingReadyRun have begun their 3rd Annual Desert Bus for Hope, where they play Desert Bus, the most boring video game in the world for Child's Play. Watch them live on ustream.tv, interact with them via chat, and donate at desertbus.org for prizes, performances and the children."
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Image

Class Teaches Nerds Social Skills 639 Screenshot-sm

Posted by samzenpus
from the geeks-need-love-too dept.
PeterAitch writes "According to Reuters, Potsdam University in Germany is now teaching social skills as part of their IT courses. This is intended to 'ease entry into the world of work'. The 440 students enrolled in the master's degree course will learn how to write flirtatious text messages and emails, impress people at parties and cope with rejection(s)." The class is taught by a superficial model, who will fall in love with the nerdiest student at the end of the semester after realizing that he is beautiful on the inside.
Robotics

Coming Soon — Cyborg Farmers 172

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the all-your-veggies-are-belong-to-us dept.
palegray.net writes Robots.net covers an article about robotic exoskeletons for Japanese farmers. These exoskeletons would provide increased strength and support for manual labor intensive tasks. More information can also be found at robots-dreams.com. 'The robotic suit relies on ultrasonic motors along with various sensors and wireless networking gear. [...] The mass-produced version of the suit is expected to weigh in at 8 kilograms and cost about 200,000 yen.'"
User Journal

Journal: New Journal Entry!

Journal by Maxite

I'm beginning to find Slashdot to become a bit more interesting and such. I have added people to my friends list (and no one to my foes list yet!). Still enjoy Science and YRO topics, but I'm also starting to get into the other areas.
That's all for todays journal.

User Journal

Journal: Bored..

Journal by Maxite
So bored right now.. Not many topics that I'm interested in.. The topics that I'm interested in are YRO, Science, AskSlashdot (occasionally), and Linux/IT (occasionally), plus a few other topics (very rarely). meh.. bored bored bored bored bored.

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