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Games

+ - Treyarch Disables Popular Black Ops II Map Immediately After Release->

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cosm
cosm writes "As a lover of the first PC version of Call of Duty, I figured I'd pick up the latest iteration to see how far they've come. After a weekend of fun, much to my own frustration and many other fans consternation, just days after release Treyarch has pulled one of the most popular maps advertised with this release and printed as "Bonus Map Included" on the game case. The map is still available in custom game modes, but the 24/7 multiplayer version that thousands played religiously is gone. There are many out there who bought the game on this selling point alone. The current party line is that the map will be available for 'special events only', whatever that means. Needless to say I am very disappointed with being given content and then having it pulled without any prior warning (other than other DLC horror stories here on /., perhaps should have known better...). What is the /. community's thoughts on this sort of bait and switch?"
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United States

+ - TSA Defends Pat Down of 4 Year Old Girl->

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cosm
cosm writes "With public outcry against the TSA continuing to spread, the TSA is defending a recent episode in which a four-year-old was patted down while kicking and screaming at Wichita Airport in Kansas. Was this a rational decision by the protocol-following security screeners, or another overreach by what some perceive as a tyrannical, gestapo-like organization? From the AP article: "The grandmother of a 4-year-old girl who became hysterical during a security screening at a Kansas airport said Wednesday that the child was forced to undergo a pat-down after hugging her, with security agents yelling and calling the crying girl an uncooperative suspect.""
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United States

+ - TSA Warns of Implanted Body Bombs->

Submitted by cosm
cosm (1072588) writes "Apparently after the string of bad publicity the TSA is really reaching to justify their existence (when were they not?) FTA:

The government has warned airlines that terrorists are considering surgically implanting explosives into people in an attempt to circumvent screening procedures, according to U.S. officials. There is no indication of an immediate plot, but the new information could lead to additional screening procedures at the nation’s airports. Existing scanners would not necessarily detect bombs implanted under a person’s skin, experts said.

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The Almighty Buck

+ - DOE Raids Home Over Student Loans-> 3

Submitted by cosm
cosm (1072588) writes "Better pay those students loans, and don't forget to never tell a lie on those paper Rubik's cubes you fill out to obtain them. FTA:

A California man who initially claimed to a local television station that he was roughed up by "SWAT team" members who allegedly battered down his front door to execute a search warrant related to his estranged wife's unpaid student loans was targeted due to an ongoing probe into alleged financial aid fraud....While it was reported in local media that the search was related to a defaulted student loan, that is incorrect," the statement read. "This is related to a criminal investigation. The Inspector General's Office does not execute search warrants for late loan payments. Hamilton declined to comment on the specifics of the case, citing an ongoing investigation.

There have been stories floating around about this, and it hasn't been talked about too much by the mainstream in light of 'Wienergate' **ducks***. From the sounds of it, the Dept. of Education has their own Gestapo for student loan malfeasance. Is this a blatant overreach of power, something that should be handled in the courts or via litigation, and without men in armor, armed to the teeth? Granted it is a 'criminal' investigation, are SWAT teams really a necessity for financial matters?"
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The Almighty Buck

+ - Feds Seizing Gambling Domains->

Submitted by cosm
cosm (1072588) writes "Going with the running theme, the Feds are now seizing gambling domains that they feel are illegally operating in the United States. A quick trip to the Absolute Poker site shows the good 'ole FBI logo and a seizure notice. These DOJ folks really don't want us to gamble. I feel the Governet is slowly coming upon us."
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The Almighty Buck

+ - US Could Hit Default Ceiling By May--> 3

Submitted by cosm
cosm (1072588) writes ""Unfortunately, you can spend your way out of debt. The United States Government could learn this lesson the hard way come March, when the treasury is forecasting the US will hit its debt-limit.

From the article: "As the government nears the debt ceiling, the Treasury has authority to take certain extraordinary measures to postpone the date the United States would default on its obligations. However, those actions would be exhausted after about eight weeks and there would be "no headroom" to borrow after July 8, Geithner said. The Treasury has already taken steps to avoid reaching the debt ceiling."

I guess it is time to really start stocking up on food and water, and perhaps invest in tangibles that aren't susceptible to the follies of our fiat currency.""

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The Almighty Buck

+ - US Could Hit Default Ceiling By May-> 2

Submitted by cosm
cosm (1072588) writes "Unfortunately, you can spend your way out of debt. The United States Government could learn this lesson the hard way come March, when the treasury is forecasting the US will hit its debt-limit.

From the article: "As the government nears the debt ceiling, the Treasury has authority to take certain extraordinary measures to postpone the date the United States would default on its obligations. However, those actions would be exhausted after about eight weeks and there would be "no headroom" to borrow after July 8, Geithner said. The Treasury has already taken steps to avoid reaching the debt ceiling." I guess it is time to really start stocking up on food and water, and perhaps invest in tangibles that aren't susceptible to the follies of our fiat currency."

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The Military

+ - UN Authorizes Military Strikes Over Libya-> 3

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cosm (1072588) writes "Ten members of the UN Security Council have agreed to a resolution authorizing military strikes against Col. Gadhafi. With the intervention of western countries, do you think this resolution will influence further revolutions across the globe, fueled by the hope that the UN will come to the rescue if the targets of revolt become aggressors similar to Gadhafi?"
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Books

+ - Publisher Censoring 'N' Word In Huckleberry Finn->

Submitted by cosm
cosm (1072588) writes "A publisher has decided to censor the 'N' word from Twain's classic, Huckleberry Finn. In light of recent stories about publisher in Texas 'revising' schoolbooks, this story adds fuel to the fire. In a related note, Ray Bradbury just turned a couple times in his grave.

FTA:

Twain scholar Alan Gribben said he decided to reissue the 19th century classic "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" replacing the slur with the word "slaves" in all 219 places it occurs in the text because the original offended many readers.

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Wireless Networking

+ - Southeastern USA Experiences Large AT&T Outage->

Submitted by cosm
cosm (1072588) writes "I woke up this morning for work around 7am, and to my surprise (alright, not quite), service on my AT&T phone was completely unavailable. For the first 12 hours, no bars whatsoever, my phone registered no signal whatsoever, and for the remaining portion of the blackout I had normal signal, but "Network Unavailable" until it came back up around 10:30PM EST. In light of all the recent horror stories of AT&T's poor infrastructure, I would say this is par for the course. The lack of service applied to all my family, friends, and co-workers who subscribe / are locked into contracts with AT&T as well. The amazing thing is that this loss in coverage pervaded a very large portion of North Carolina, and news outlets are reporting it covered possibly Tennesee and Georgia as well, for a large portion of the day.

AT&T Statement FTA: "AT&T is experiencing a wireless service interruption in parts of the Eastern North Carolina area. As a result, some customers in these areas may be having trouble making and receiving calls," Prince said in a statement. "AT&T is working on a solution to the problem and will provide updates going forward. We apologize to our customers for the inconvenience.""

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Security

+ - Secret Code In US Cyber Command Logo - Or Not->

Submitted by cosm
cosm (1072588) writes "Wired has an article discussing the 'mystery' behind the numbers 9ec4c12949a4f31474f299058ce2b22a that encircle the US Cyber Command's logo. The article raises speculation as to what it could be, stating that it looks like an MD5 hash of some or all of the US Cyber Command's mission statement, and offered a free shirt for the first person uncover the meaning. Sounded like an intriguing challenge. They stated that they hashed the mission statement, but alas, it did not yield the same 'hash' around the logo.

I checked the wikipedia page on the USCYBERCOM, and it clearly states that the alpha-numerics are an MD5 hash of the mission statement, (well almost). The trick I discovered is that you have to hash the full mission statement with the quotation marks leading and trailing the full statement. That will yield a hash matching the numbers rounding the logo. Mystery solved.

Along those lines, does Slashdot know of any other interesting 'secret-codes' hidden in basic logos and/or everyday objects?"

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NASA

+ - NASA Chief Charged With Appealing to Muslims->

Submitted by cosm
cosm (1072588) writes "While I am all for holding hands and singing kumbaya (sometimes), this comes out of the political correctness gone wrong department, FTA:

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said in a recent interview that his "foremost" mission as the head of America's space exploration agency is to improve relations with the Muslim world...."When I became the NASA administrator — or before I became the NASA administrator — he charged me with three things. One was he wanted me to help re-inspire children to want to get into science and math, he wanted me to expand our international relationships, and third, and perhaps foremost, he wanted me to find a way to reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more with dominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science ... and math and engineering," Bolden said in the interview.

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Idle

+ - McDonalds Facing Lawsuit for Happy Meal Toys-> 1

Submitted by cosm
cosm (1072588) writes "From the what-happened-to-personal-responsibility-department:
FTA:

A watchdog group says giving away toys with Happy Meals contributes to childhood obesity and threatens to sue. McDonald's cites healthful menu choices....The [watchdog] organization on Tuesday served the fast food giant with a letter expressing its intent to sue if toys are not removed. The letter is legally required in several states before lawsuits can be brought under consumer protection statutes..."McDonald's is the stranger in the playground handing out candy to children," Stephen Gardner, litigation director for the advocacy group said in a statement. "McDonald's use of toys undercuts parental authority and exploits young children's developmental immaturity."

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The Almighty Buck

+ - Colbert Slams New Online Credit System For Kids->

Submitted by cosm
cosm (1072588) writes "Want to teach your progeny the perils and perks of credit? Kwedit is a company based out of Mountain View, CA, offering a credit-like service for anybody (13 and up), teaching the dynamics of credit based transactions. After checking out their website, it appears Kwedit encourages kids to purchase virtual goods on credit, and pass the buck to their parents if they can't pay. Is Kwedit just some pyramid scheme variant? Or are they the forerunners in disseminating intelligent financial management skills? TechCrunch casts Kwedit in fairly positive light, while Steven Colbert points out their possible ulterior motives. Considering the state of our economy, it is presumable that increased education in fiscal responsibility would be beneficial to our nation. Does Kwedit fit the bill?"
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+ - Google Brings Back The Fade-> 1

Submitted by cosm
cosm (1072588) writes "I'm sure many folks have already noticed the new fade-in that occurs when you move your mouse on Google's home page. Will this minimalist approach last? In the days of web portals aggregating more and more, less can sometimes provide a better experience. I wonder how long they keep this, for I'm guessing there are a subset of individuals who hate it, don't understand it, or it doesn't work in their favor."
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