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Submission + - Swede arrested for building nuclear reactor (

An anonymous reader writes: A 31 year old Swedish male was arrested for trying to build a nuclear reactor in his apartment.

He got hold of radioactive material thru mail-order purchases and from smoke detectors.

Police raided his apartment after he had contacted the Swedish Radiation Authority (Strålsäkerhetsmyndigheten) to inquire if it was legal to construct a nuclear reactor at home.


Submission + - Anonymous website defaced by rival hackers (

An anonymous reader writes: AnonPlus, the work-in-progress social network being developed by the Anonymous hacking collective, has had its website hacked by a group of rival hackers.

Replacing the normal Anonymous logo with an image of a dog wearing a suit, the Turkish hackers wrote:

"We Are TURKIYE We Are AKINCILAR. This logo suits you more..How dare you rise against to the World..Do you really think that you are Ottoman Empire? We thought you before that you cannot challenge with the world and we teach you cannot be social. Now all of you go to your doghouse.."

Submission + - TSA: Nailclippers are more dangerous than guns. ( 1

HungryHobo writes: When faced with hundreds of soldiers on a military charter carrying assault rifles,pistols and machine guns the TSA personnel decided that while all the guns weren't dangerous the nail clippers one soldier was carrying needed to be confiscated in case he used them to take over the plane.

"approximately 233 people re-boarded that plane with assault rifles, pistols, and machine guns–but nothing that could have been used as a weapon."

Submission + - FBI Raids University for Fraudulent WoW Gold (

jimmerz28 writes: "Seems that falsifying virtual currency and then creating 'fraudulent bank accounts' with the intent of selling World of Warcraft gold will land you with an FBI raid on your dorm room. Two University of Michigan students in Ann Arbor recently found this out.

I can see selling WoW gold, but fraudulent bank accounts? Cmon..."


Submission + - FBI Releases Document Confirming Roswell UFO ( 8

schwit1 writes: An investigator for the Air Force stated that three so-called flying saucers had been recovered in New Mexico. They were described as circular in shape with raised centers approximately 50 feet in diameter. Each one was occupied by three bodies of human shape, but only 3 feet tall dressed in metallic clothing of very fine texture.

Submission + - Wisconsin Vote Controversy and Microsoft Access (

An anonymous reader writes: There a lot of analysis going on over a Wisconsin state judge election. Some additional votes were discovered, putting the conservative candidate ahead in a highly contested election. Conspiracy theories about on the left, with some finding implausible Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus' claim that there was a computer error involving forgetting to save in Microsoft Access that led to earlier announced vote totals being wrong. This has a lot for geeks to talk about, from how Microsoft Access works to the statistical analysis of voting to the poorly-run IT by Nickolaus.

Submission + - Elderly Georgian woman cuts Armenian internet (

welcher writes: "An elderly Georgian woman was scavenging for copper with a spade when she accidentally sliced through an underground cable and cut off internet services to nearly all of neighbouring Armenia.

The fibre-optic cable near Tiblisi, Georgia, supplies about 90% of Armenia's internet so the woman's unwitting sabotage had catastrophic consequences. Web users in the nation of 3.2 million people were left twiddling their thumbs for up to five hours. Large parts of Georgia and some areas of Azerbaijan were also affected.

Dubbed "the spade-hacker" by local media, the woman is being investigated on suspicion of damaging property. She faces up to three years in prison if charged and convicted."


Submission + - Pirated Android App Shames Freeloaders (

MojoKid writes: "A pirated version of an Android app is actually a Trojan that shames someone who installs it by sending an SMS message to all his/her contacts telling them of his/her piracy. The original app is called Walk and Text, and costs $2.10 in the Android Market. The app uses the camera on the back of a smartphone to show a user a visual of his upcoming surroundings, which will supposedly prevent the user from running into the street or across a set of train tracks. The pirated version is available from unofficial Android app markets, and once installed redirects the pirate to the legitimate app in the Android Market, while also sending the SMS message to the phone's entire contact list."

Submission + - Convicted Terrorist Relied on Single Letter Cipher

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "The Register reports that the majority of the communications between convicted terrorist Rajib Karim and Bangladeshi Islamic activists were encrypted with a system which used Excel transposition tables which they invented themselves that used a single-letter substitution cipher invented by the ancient Greeks that had been used and described by Julius Caesar in 55BC. Despite urging by the Yemen-based al Qaida leader Anwar Al Anlaki, Karim rejected the use of a sophisticated code program called "Mujhaddin Secrets" which implements all the AES candidate cyphers, "because 'kaffirs', or non-believers, know about it so it must be less secure." "Tough communication interception laws [RIPA] were passed in the UK 10 years ago on the basis that they were needed to fight terrorism," says Duncan Campbell, who acted as an expert witness for the defense during the trial. "The level of cryptography they used was not even up to the standards of cryptology and cryptography in the Middle Ages, although they made it look pretty using Excel.""
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Submission + - Congressman Wants YouTube Video Covered Up

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "The Examiner reports that Wisconsin Republicans claim that no one else can republish a video of United States Representative Sean Duffy (R-WI) complaining about how he is "struggling" to get by on his $174,000 salary without their permission, even though they originally released the video on YouTube for the whole world to see and now the GOP is trying to take legal action to stop anyone else from republishing the video. The tape caused a stir for Duffy, a first-term conservative best known for his past as a reality TV show star on MTV's The Real World after Democrats flagged the comments about his taxpayer-funded salary which is nearly three times the median income in Wisconsin and criticisms began to flow Duffy's way. Here's a one-minute clip, excerpted from roughly 45 minutes of video of the public Duffy townhall, that the Polk County GOP doesn't want anyone to see."

Submission + - UFO Sightings in Japan after earthquake ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: According to Japan’s Kyodo News Agency and other Japanese media, there’s been hundreds and upwards of “thousands of UFO sightings” over the country since Friday’s 8.9 magnitude earthquake. Also, video footage from the news channel NHK World English and personal videos show a UFO speeding with bright lights in the sky and then skimming over the Pacific near the quake zones in Japan. The UFO sighting videos have been show on regional TV and the Internet since Friday, with the world UFO community noting “strange light trails following the UFO’s over Japan.”

Submission + - Iran announces unmanned flying saucer (

garymortimer writes: "The ship is called Zohal — Saturn in Persian — and is designed for aerial imaging. Zohal has a data downlink and can fly in both indoor and outdoor spaces, according to the Fars News Service. The Daily Mail points out that Fars is a hard-line state-run news service. But with this photo, we can’t help but think of the homophone farce instead."

Submission + - Jack Thompson Threatens Gabe Newell Over HL2 Mod (

Anonymous Coward writes: "Disbarred Jack Thompson is threatening Gabe Newell over a user mod called School Shooter, calling it a murder simulator and Columbine mod.

"Speaking for myself alone (for now), you have until five o'clock pm Eastern standard time this Friday, March 18, 2011, to shut down this public safety hazard I predicted years ago this school massacre game would arrive. I hate being right all the time.""


Submission + - Teen cancels party after 200,000 RSVP on Facebook (

autospa writes: "An Australian teen who had to shut down an event page on Facebook after more than 200,000 people RSVPed for her sweet 16 party now has more than 70,000 people who have signed up to attend her new party. The girl named Jess called police Monday to say her Facebook account had been hijacked after thousands said they’d attend her birthday party in Chatswood in New South Wales on March 26."

Submission + - US Lawyers Target Swedish Pirate And His Unicorn (

Chaonici writes: When a Swedish citizen identified as Ryan heard about US movie studio Liberty Media's plan to get copyright infringers to confess and voluntarily pay up, he couldn't stop himself from sending them a satirical email promising that he will pay 'from the pot of gold I got at the leprechaun at the end of the rainbow', regardless of scathing criticism of the studio from his unicorn. However, despite his location, the jesting nature of the email, and his insistence that he has never downloaded anything for which the studio is suing, Liberty Media's lawyers have taken the 'confession' seriously, and have issued a subpoena to Google for personal information related to Ryan's Gmail account. In a phone call, the legal team affirmed their determination to 'hunt him down, all the way to Sweden if need be.'

Not only is UNIX dead, it's starting to smell really bad. -- Rob Pike