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Submission + - Anonymous claim first victory against jihadists

slackoon writes: 'Hacktivist' group Anonymous has fired the opening salvo in its online war on terror groups following the Charlie Hebdo massacre.

The loose-knit collection of hackers said it would shut down jihadist websites in retaliation for the terror attacks on the Paris-based office of the French satirical newspaper and a subsequent attack on a Jewish deli on Friday.

Now it has emerged that the group, which holds freedom of speech sacred, claimed on Twitter that it had struck ansar-alhaqq.net, a French terror-mongering website.

The Twitter account, @OpCharlieHebdo, also posted '#TangoDown', a reference to a military term meaning a terrorist has been eliminated. Source
PC Games (Games)

Spore Editor Available June 17th 119 119

Dr. Eggman writes "Ars Technica heralds the coming of the creature editor for the highly anticipated Spore. A previously promised downloadable demo of the creature editor from the game, due on September 7th, will be available June 17th. Furthermore, a full version of the creature editor will appear as a standalone product at the same time for $10. According to EA: 'The demo lets players shape, paint and play with an unlimited number of creatures, using 25 percent of the creature-making parts from Spore. Gamers can then share these creations with their friends, including seamless uploads to YouTube.'"
XBox (Games)

Five Days Locked in a Room With GTA IV 220 220

bippy writes "Five days, one game. The Rocky Mountain News has a write up of five days spent playing Grand Theft Auto IV recently in a San Francisco hotel. It ends: 'In Grand Theft Auto IV the story isn't just an amalgam of cut scenes and cleverly written dialogue, it's the experiences I create, too. It's now, watching Niko stand, his shoulders slumped, that the depth of this game finally hits me. Niko's journey, the one crafted by Rockstar, may have ended, but Niko's adventures in the story I am creating have just begun.'" The most anticipated game in a while, to be sure. I'm certainly looking forward to busting some heads and jumping ramps.
Government

US Spies Use Custom Video Games for Training 148 148

Wired reports that the US Defense Intelligence Agency has just acquired three PC-based video games which they will use to train the next wave of analysts. The games are short, but they have branching story lines that change depending on how a trainee reacts to various problems. Quoting: "'It is clear that our new workforce is very comfortable with this approach,' says Bruce Bennett, chief of the analysis-training branch at the DIA's Joint Military Intelligence Training Center. Wired.com had an opportunity to play all three games, Rapid Onset, Vital Passage and Sudden Thrust. The titles may conjure images of blitzkrieg, but the games themselves are actually a surprisingly clever and occasionally surreal blend of education, humor and intellectual challenge, aimed at teaching the player how to think."

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