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+ - TSA has record-breaking haul in 2014: Guns, cannons, and swords

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The TSA has gathered an impressive pile of confiscated weapons this year. In early November the agency had already discovered 1,855 firearms at checkpoints. In addition to guns, they've also collected machetes, hatchets, swords, giant scissors, brass knuckles, cannonballs, bear repellant and, this past October, an unloaded cannon. “Maybe someone has a lucky inert grenade they brought back from some war, or a nice cane was given to them and they forgot that the thing is actually a sword,” said Jeff Price, author of Practical Aviation Security, “It’s the people that are carrying stuff like chainsaws that make me wonder.”"

+ - Cyberattack on German steel factory causes 'Massive Damage'->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "In a rare case of an online security breach causing real-world destruction, a German steel factory has been severely damaged after its networks were compromised. "The attack used spear phishing and sophisticated social engineering techniques to gain access to the factory’s office networks, from which access to production networks was gained. ... The attack used spear phishing and sophisticated social engineering techniques to gain access to the factory’s office networks, from which access to production networks was gained. Due to these failures, one of the plant’s blast furnaces could not be shut down in a controlled manner, which resulted in 'massive damage to plant,' the BSI said, describing the technical skills of the attacker as 'very advanced.'" The full report (PDF) is available in German."
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+ - North Korea Responds to Sony Data Breach Claims

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "A North Korean official said that the secretive regime wants to mount a joint investigation with the United States to identify who was behind the cyber attack against Sony Pictures. An unnamed spokesman of the North Korean foreign ministry was quoted by the country's state news agency, KCNA, describing US claims they were behind the hack as "slander." "As the United States is spreading groundless allegations and slandering us, we propose a joint investigation with it into this incident," the official said, according to Agence France-Presse. Both the FBI and President Barack Obama have said evidence was uncovered linking the hack to to North Korea, but some experts have questioned the evidence tying the attack to Pyongyang."

+ - The Sony Incident Reveals Mass Media Groupthink->

Submitted by Nicola Hahn
Nicola Hahn (1482985) writes "In the past several days stalwarts of the corporate media like the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post have all cited unnamed officials claiming that North Korea is responsible for the recent attack on Sony. They have done so with very little visible skepticism. There is one exception: Kim Zetter at Wired has decried the evidence as flimsy and vocally warns about the danger of jumping to conclusions. Surely we all remember high-ranking, ostensibly credible, officials warning about the smoking gun that comes in the form of a mushroom cloud? This underscores the ability of the agenda-setting elements of the press to frame issues and control the acceptable limits of debate. Some would even say that what’s happening reveals tools of modern social control."
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Comment: Re:Makes no sense (Score 1) 114

by PolygamousRanchKid (#48638207) Attached to: Geoengineered Climate Cooling With Microbubbles

We get a bunch of poor people, right? Then you give them water skis and hook them up to the back of the ships. They then water ski behind the ship creating the needed bubbles.

You've got it the wrong way around. We hook the poor up people in front of the ships. They will then swim and tug the ships through the oceans. Thus, ships won't need to use fossil fuels any more.

Lots of climate changing emissions avoided.

+ - Genetic study reveals surprising ancestry of many Americans-> 1

Submitted by sciencehabit
sciencehabit (1205606) writes "In the United States, almost no one can trace their ancestry back to just one place. And for many, the past may hold some surprises, according to a new study. Researchers have found that a significant percentage of African-Americans, European Americans, and Latinos carry ancestry from outside their self-identified ethnicity. The average African-American genome, for example, is nearly a quarter European, and almost 4% of European Americans carry African ancestry."
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Comment: Re:Anti-Aging is a Fraud Magnet (Score 1, Funny) 175

My skin cream is not only anti-aging, but it can also be used to power my home cold fusion power generators!

The next version will also be able to do teleportation via quantum entanglement.

I challenge any Slashdotter to come up with a better product than that!

+ - Denmark claims North Pole via Greenland ridge link->

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 (797399) writes "Scientific data shows Greenland's continental shelf is connected to a ridge beneath the Arctic Ocean, giving Danes a claim to the North Pole and any potential energy resources beneath it, Denmark's foreign minister said.

Foreign Minister Martin Lidegaard said Denmark will deliver a claim on Monday to a United Nations panel in New York that will eventually decide control of the area, which Russia and Canada are also coveting."

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Comment: Re:Fnord! (Score 1) 173

by PolygamousRanchKid (#48591897) Attached to: 3D Printer?

Until I can use it to print appropriately rubbery silicone materials...

I was thinking more of printing a Cherry 2000: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C...

This is definitely Slashdot "Nudes for nerds, Shit that splatters". In the end the anti-hero decides for the real woman, and not the "perfect" woman robot.

If you are a real geek, watch this film together with your girlfriend over the holidays.

Oh, I think there might be a contradiction in the last sentence . . .

Comment: Re:My biggest fear (Score 1) 55

My biggest fear is that Iran attacks us with nuclear weapons.... and the POTUS surrenders.

If that happened . . . Obama's crew would blame it on Bush and the CIA.

I am really seriously wondering about what his strategy is right now. He seems to be burning bridges, and pushing both Democrats and Republicans further apart from each other. I used to think that Hilary Clinton was the shoo-in candidate to be the next President of the US.

Now, I am not so sure. Obama seems to want to leave her with a scorched Earth policy to deal with.

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