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+ - WikiLeaks: CIA says U.S.A an exporter of terrorism->

Submitted by gauharjk
gauharjk (1175207) writes "The United States has long been an exporter of terrorism, according to a secret CIA analysis released Wednesday by the Web site WikiLeaks. And if that phenomenon were to become a widely held perception, the analysis said, it could damage relations with foreign allies and dampen their willingness to cooperate in "extrajudicial" activities, such as the rendition and interrogation of terrorism suspects.

That is the conclusion of the three-page classified paper produced in February by the CIA's Red Cell, a think tank set up after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks by then-CIA Director George J. Tenet to provide "out-of-the-box" analyses on "a full range of analytic issues."

Titled "What If Foreigners See the United States as an 'Exporter of Terrorism'?," the paper cites Pakistani American David Headley, among others, to make its case that the nation is a terrorism exporter. Headley pleaded guilty this year to conducting surveillance in support of the 2008 Lashkar-i-Taiba attacks in Mumbai, which killed more than 160 people. The militant group facilitated his movement between the United States, Pakistan and India, the agency paper said.

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http://www.wikileaks.com/wiki/CIA_Red_Cell_Memorandum_on_United_States_%22exporting_terrorism%22,_2_Feb_2010
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/08/25/AR2010082506591_pf.html"

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+ - US soldiers plotted to kill Afghan civilians->

Submitted by gauharjk
gauharjk (1175207) writes "In one of the most serious war-crimes cases to emerge from the Afghanistan war, five soldiers from a Stryker infantry brigade based at Joint Base Lewis-McChord are now charged with murder for their alleged roles in killing three Afghan civilians.

Army Staff Sgt. Calvin Gibbs formed a "kill team" with a close group of US soldiers to carry out random executions of Afghans.

Gibbs, of Billings, Mont., is a veteran of two previous war-zone tours — one in Afghanistan and a second in Iraq. In the fall, he joined the 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, replacing a squad leader who had been injured by an explosion.

He allegedly boasted about "stuff" he had gotten away with in Iraq and discussed plans for killing Afghans with a small circle of soldiers, according to statements by other soldiers.

All five soldiers are awaiting court-martial proceedings. If convicted, they face the possibility of life imprisonment or death."

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Teacher Asks Students To Plan a Terrorist Attack 412

Posted by samzenpus
from the one-heck-of-a-take-home-test dept.
Tired of looking at an endless parade of dioramas, an Australian teacher had her class plan a terrorist attack that would "kill as many innocent Australians as possible." "The teacher, with every best intention, was attempting to have the students think through someone else's eyes about conflict. I think there are better ways to do that. ... This is not what we expect of professional educators," said Sharyn O'Neill, director-general of the state's Department of Education.
Politics

+ - Abductions, Torture of Palestinians in Hebron->

Submitted by gauharjk
gauharjk (1175207) writes "In shocking testimonies that reveal abductions, beatings and torture, Israeli soldiers confess the horror they have visited on Hebron.

The birds are singing as he (Israeli soldier) describes in detail some of what he did and saw others do as an enlisted soldier in Hebron. And they are certainly criminal: the incidents in which Palestinian vehicles are stopped for no good reason, the windows smashed and the occupants beaten up for talking back – for saying, for example, they are on the way to hospital; the theft of tobacco from a Palestinian shopkeeper who is then beaten "to a pulp" when he complains; the throwing of stun grenades through the windows of mosques as people prayed. And worse.

Breaking the Silence — http://www.shovrimshtika.org/index_e.asp"

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Games

+ - SPAM: New gaming site against violence in games

Submitted by game_ezfun_net
game_ezfun_net (1858886) writes "There has been serious criticism around in the public in Vietnam on multi-player and role playing online games since they have caused adverse effects on the youth, espcially the violent practice in such games.

There have been many game-addicted young people becoming serious murderers and criminal for money to play online games. A teenager killed his grandfather who refused to give him money to buy Internet access at Internet shops to play multi-player and role playing online games. A girl agrees to sell her virginity for money to play her favorite games. And so on.

The public, the press and finally the Government of Vietnam have looked at and seen problems in such online games. Now the Government even threats to promulgate new laws that restrict the experience by the youth of online games and the business of distributors, Internet shops and all those earning profit from the addiction of the youth to games.

So, divestment or restriction of business loom large. However, will the gaming industry go to death in Vietnam?

Fortunately, it will not. Not all games are violent, or so addictive that they turn good students into down-and-out guys. Mini-games, or flash games are an excellent substitute. And they are not less interesting. A very good example is the mini-game site: [spam URL stripped] This is an emerging gaming site which is all on the contrary to violent games. It has a huge stock of minigames or flash games of all categories. That is to say, this is the hope of the gaming industry in Vietnam, and [spam URL stripped] will contribute its part in this.

Game EZFUN.NET is a browsed-based gaming site that features mini/flash games that are of high educational and entertainment values. There are totally 16 categories of games, all of which are carefully selected in accordance with the current demands of the Vietnam market. The gme site is launched in a bid to meet the market demand in light of the adverse impacts caused by violent online games to young people in particular and the youth's culture in general.

The demand for entertainment is real, yet it should be sound to become sustainable. And [spam URL stripped] has it all."

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Transportation

+ - Airlines Get Billions from Unbundled Services

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Hugh Pickens
Hugh Pickens writes "In hearings before Congress, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said that airlines reported revenue of $7.9 billion from baggage fees and reservation change and cancellation fees in calendar years 2008 and 2009, fees on unbundled services that once were considered part of the ticket price and witnesses from the GAO, the Department of Transportation and associations for air travel and travel agents all urged the government to require uniform pricing information from airlines to help consumers make easy comparisons. "We believe that the proliferation of these fees and the manner in which they are presented to the traveling public can be confusing and in some cases misleading," says Robert Rivkin, the Department of Transportation's general counsel. Published fares used by consumers to choose flights don't "clearly represent the cost of travel when these services are added." However, Spirit Airlines President and CEO Ben Baldanza defended the practice of unbundling, saying it allows his airline to charge lower fares (PDF) and allows the customers the choice to purchase the services or not. "Carrying more than one bag is not necessary for all travelers and we believe it is unfair to charge those customers for extra services they do not use," testified Baldanza adding that bag fees have led customers to pack less reducing total baggage on flights, lowering airline's operating costs and resulting in fewer lost or damaged bags."
Real Time Strategy (Games)

+ - StarCraft II cost $100 million to develop->

Submitted by UgLyPuNk
UgLyPuNk (1166251) writes "Video game production is in a slump, the world’s struggling with the tail-end of the Global Financial Crisis, and Activision Blizzard has spent more than US$100 million developing StarCraft II.

The sequel’s been 12 years coming, and expectations are understandably high, with analysts predicting several million units will be sold this year alone – comfortably padding Activision‘s wallet."

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Comment: Re:Getting ready for the MS bash (Score 1) 205

by gauharjk (#32935346) Attached to: Recomputing the Sky
You really hate everything Microsoft, don't you? They are just like any other corporation, super aggressive and ruthless. Their OS monopoly helped businesses by standardizing operating platforms. Imagine a world with hundreds of different OSes and file-systems and incompatible hardware to deal with. Microsoft is not perfect, but has certainly made valuable contributions to the Computer Industry.

Comment: Re:Getting ready for the MS bash (Score 1) 205

by gauharjk (#32925616) Attached to: Recomputing the Sky
I agree this is really awesome. Microsoft has done some revolutionary things in the past, like giving away the TCP/IP stack Internet Explorer 4.0 for free when these products were very expensive and would have hampered the growth of Internet. I have silverlight installed, but it it really worth an extra addon? I hope HTML 5 becomes a web standard soon so that people don't have to depend on these innumerable addons and the web becomes truely platform neutral.
Ubuntu

+ - Ubuntu Satanic Edition 10.04 (Lucifer’s Legi->

Submitted by JimLynch
JimLynch (684194) writes "It has been ages since I delved into the nightmarish and barbaric world of Ubuntu Satanic Edition. Much has changed since I first dared to install it back when I worked for ExtremeTech. Is Ubuntu Satanic Edition still as evil as it used to be? Find out in this review as I take you on a journey into the dark side of Ubuntu Linux. Together we’ll explorethe distro of the beast!"
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Science

+ - Qualcomm Bets on Augmented Reality

Submitted by goG
goG (1013325) writes "Qualcomm is pushing augmented reality hard — $125,000 worth, if you can develop mobile phone applications with it. That's the offer Qualcomm made to developers who can design the "most effective, entertaining and functional application" of augmented reality, or AR. But that may be a small price to pay if Qualcomm is right about its bet that AR will be the next big thing in mobile technology."

Comment: Blame AT&T (Score 0) 1

by gauharjk (#32772440) Attached to: iPhone 4 - Apple's OFFICIAL response
The main reason why Apple gets all the hate is its AT&T network, which wrecks the beautiful iPhone. Now Apple says the signal strength on iPhones was fake! Does that imply that AT&T network is worse than we imagined it was? I don't think other phones on the ATT network drop as many calls as the old iPhones did. I suspect Apple is trying to cover-up a defective hardware design.
Open Source

+ - Finding Open Source Projects Looking for Help 1

Submitted by aus
aus (235615) writes "I've been doing web development for about 10 years now. It's been very good to me, but I want to do more that write HTML, PHP, Javascript and CSS. Since the job market isn't all that great right now in the US, it would seem that volunteering some time on an open source project would give me the satisfaction I'm looking for. The problem is finding a project that wants/needs help that I would also be interested in. I've tried browsing around on sourceforge and freshmeat...is there a site somewhere that I'm not aware of that has classifieds where open source project maintainers post "job" listings?"
Apple

+ - Apple Software Update to Fix iPhone4 Signal-> 1

Submitted by dogmatixpsych
dogmatixpsych (786818) writes "The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the drop in signal when holding some iPhone4s is due to a software glitch in how the phone displays signal strength: "'Users observing a drop of several bars when they grip their iPhone in a certain way are most likely in an area with very weak signal strength, but they don't know it because we are erroneously displaying four or five bars,' Apple said. 'Their big drop in bars is because their high bars were never real in the first place.'""
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