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Books

Ask Slashdot: Best Book For 11-Year-Old Who Wants To Teach Himself To Program? 525

Posted by timothy
from the it-isn't-huckleberry-finn dept.
New submitter waferthinmint asks "What is the best book for my son to use to teach himself to program? He wants to study on his own but everything seems to assume an instructor or a working theoretical knowledge. He's a bright kid but the right guide can make all the difference. Also, what language should he start with? When I was in HS, it was Basic or Pascal. Now, I guess, C? He has access to an Ubuntu box and an older MacBook Pro. Help me Slashdot; you're our only hope."
Crime

Medicaid Hacked: Over 181,000 Records and 25,000 SSNs Stolen 181

Posted by timothy
from the those-damn-corporations dept.
An anonymous reader writes "The Utah Department of Health has been hacked. 181,604 Medicaid and CHIP recipients have had their personal information stolen. 25,096 had their Social Security numbers (SSNs) compromised. The agency is cooperating with law enforcement in a criminal investigation. The hackers, who are believed to be located in Eastern Europe, breached the server in question on March 30, 2012."
PC Games (Games)

Diablo 3 To Be Released On May 15th 246

Posted by Soulskill
from the taking-their-time dept.
Blizzard announced today that Diablo 3 has finally gotten a release date: May 15th. "After many years of hard work by our development team and months of beta testing by hundreds of thousands of dedicated players around the world, we’re now in the homestretch," said Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime. This comes after significant changes to the skill and rune systems in the beta, and news that the PvP system would be delayed so that they could focus on finishing the campaign. The game will be available for Windows and Macs, either via a DVD or as a direct download through Battle.net. For those interested, a skill calculator is available to get a feel for what different abilities do, and many of the skills have videos showing how they work.
Crime

Stratfor Breach Leads To Over $700k In Fraud 68

Posted by Soulskill
from the send-them-a-bill dept.
wiredmikey writes "It isn't often that after a data breach involving credit cards, the public is given information on the exact amount money lost by consumers as a result. Thanks to the FBI, however, we now have a better understanding of what 60,000 stolen credit cards translates to financially, as this data was included in their investigation notes while working the Stratfor case. The last time the public had something close to actual stats from the source, we learned that the TJX breach cost Visa $68 million in 2007, two years after the TJX network was compromised by Albert Gonzalez. Yet, those were Visa's estimates. Now, in the aftermath of the Stratfor breach, the FBI has attributed $700,000 worth of charge fraud to the 60,000 credit card records taken during the network compromise. AntiSec supporters walked away with 860,160 usernames and passwords, in addition to the credit card records."
Your Rights Online

Is Stratfor a "Joke"? 211

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the wikileaks-releases-back-issues-of-the-economist dept.
daveschroeder writes with an opinion piece that seems to differ from the usual thinking on the Wikileaks release of Stratfor emails: "Max Fisher writes in The Atlantic: 'The corporate research firm has branded itself as a CIA-like "global intelligence" firm, but only Julian Assange and some over-paying clients are fooled. [...] The group's reputation among foreign policy writers, analysts, and practitioners is poor; they are considered a punchline more often than a source of valuable information or insight. [...] So why do Wikileaks and their hacker source Anonymous seem to consider Stratfor, which appears to do little more than combine banal corporate research with media-style freelance researcher arrangements, to be a cross between CIA and Illuminati? The answer is probably a combination of naivete and desperation.'"

Comment: Re:Keep It Simple (Score 1) 399

by Palshife (#38844437) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Techie Wedding Invitation Ideas?

My wife and I threw the wedding we both wanted. We planned the whole thing together. It was her second marriage but my first (and hopefully only). It was huge and expensive. The food was fantastic. We invited everyone we wanted to be there. We're huge jazz nerds and we had an eighteen-piece big band. Our parents planned nothing (it was our money, after all). We're still paying for it two years later.

We loved every moment. Neither one of us would change a single thing.

We do not operate under the assumption that every day is going to be like our wedding day. We do not suffer fairy-tale delusions. Marriage is work. We're parents now. It's more work.

Don't kid yourself. People have been disagreeing with you right and left. That's the general equivalent to being downmodded.

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