Alotau writes: Following a two-year battle with cancer, David Arnesondied Tuseday at the age of 61. He was a co-creator of Dungeons & Dragons. In an e-mail statement released by his family shortly after his death Tuesday, his daughter Malia Weinhagen, of Maplewood, Minn., said 'the biggest thing about my dad's world is he wanted people to have fun in life. I think we get distracted by the everyday things you have to do in life and we forget to enjoy life and have fun.'
Besides his daughter, Arneson is survived by his father, John, and two grandchildren.
Alotau writes: A survey of 1203 returnees to India and China indicates that increased opportunities back home and the economic problems the U.S. are leading many immigrant techies to return home. The study's authors say it illustrates the need for the United States to do more to retain its skilled immigrants in the face of growing global competition, for example by increasing the number of permanent residency slots for them in science, technology, engineering and math. An interesting tidbit on this study is that it used LinkedIn to gather some of its data.
Alotau writes: Chinese hacking is getting some serious Congressional attention:
"Two House members said Wednesday their Capitol Hill computers, containing information about political dissidents from around the world, have been hacked by sources apparently working out of China. Virginia Rep. Frank Wolf says four of his computers were hacked. New Jersey Rep. Chris Smith says two of his computers were compromised in December 2006 and March 2007. The two lawmakers are longtime critics of China's record on human rights."
Alotau writes: It's unclear whether it was a remote hack or an simple inside job, but an explicit animal tale was made available to callers of a local library's story line. From the article: '[A] mother and her daughter unexpectedly heard a [raunchy] tale on Thursday when they called the Benicia Public Library's story line. Apparently someone had hacked into the library's dial-a-story service and replaced the fairy tale with a story more appropriate for the pages of a fetish porno magazine... fortunately her 6-year-old daughter is too young to understand what she heard and she wasn't forced to explain why a dog and a pig were being intimate with each other.'