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Submission + - Dislike a Relative? Turn Them in as a Terrorist! 9

Stanislav_J writes: A Swedish man who had less than fond feelings for his daughter's hubby, took advantage of the son-in-law's trip to America by reporting him to the FBI as a terrorist. The e-mail, which the father-in-law admits to sending, earned him a libel charge after his poor son-in-law was arrested on his arrival in Florida, handcuffed, interrogated, and placed in a cell for 11 hours before being released.

It's a brief article, but dovetails nicely with the recent Slashdot story about "The War on the Unexpected." That article touched on many examples of well-meaning, but misguided and paranoid citizens reporting innocent activities to the authorities. In the current climate, the potential also exists for maliciously false and far from well-meaning reports made to the Feds about people one simply doesn't care for, or those made merely as a sick prank.

While the man admitted to sending the e-mail to the FBI, he claims he thought no harm would come from it because "he did not think the US authorities would be stupid enough to believe him." To quote the great philosopher Bugs Bunny, 'Nyahh....he don't know us very well, do he?'

Submission + - Verizon Opt-Out Plan, Just Non-Identifying Data? (

Johnny_Law writes: As reported previously on Slashdot, Verizon is sending out notices regarding a change in its privacy policies and sharing data with it parent companies and other subsidiaries.

It would be no surpise that Verizon has released a press today to a wire news service, seemlingly to clarify the topic with the general public and media, that all data shared would be non-identifying. The press release was then picked up by most major websites including CNN and Yahoo. However, Verizon has since updated the "official" press release at the PR Newswire site removing the words "non-identifying" from the release. This version of the press release has not yet been picked up by any of the sites that had replicated the first version.


Submission + - Nintendo Revokes Zapper Support

An anonymous reader writes: Nintendo has declared no zapper support for Internet Channel gaming sites after their recent firmware update removed support for the trigger button. Even Nintendo's own documentation shows how the trigger used to be available, but now isn't. What's up Nintendo?

Submission + - Feds OK fee for priority Web traffic (

d3l33t writes: "Yahoo News reports that "The Justice Department on Thursday said Internet service providers should be allowed to charge a fee for priority Web traffic. The agency told the Federal Communications Commission, which is reviewing high-speed Internet practices, that it is opposed to "Net neutrality," the principle that all Internet sites should be equally accessible to any Web user. Several phone and cable companies, such as AT&T Inc., Verizon Communications Inc. and Comcast Corp., have previously said they want the option to charge some users more money for loading certain content or Web sites faster than others.""

Submission + - hacked, security compromised... (

Brian W. Ash writes: "Apparently the security of has been compromised by an insider at the company and a group of hackers has been tampering with the rating system, causing certain stories to make it to the front page/Top 10 that wouldn't have otherwise made it. It's also believed that this is the reason several hoax stories (such as the Goatse on CNN story) have made it so big. "
Data Storage

Submission + - Top 20 Hard Disk Drive Myths Debunked

crazyeyes writes: "Hilarious and informative. How many articles are like that? I did think about putting it under It's Funny, Laugh.... until I saw two myths I thought was true. Yeah, I'm laughing at myself now.

This guide was written in response to the numerous fallacies about the hard disk that are still being propagated in many forum discussions. Although many articles have covered these topics, it is apparent that hard disk urban legends are still more popular than the simple truth. So, let's get down to basics and examine some of these common fallacies or myths and debunk them!
Take a look and see how many of these top 20 HDD myths you actually believed to be gospel?"

Submission + - Most Dangerous Tornados on Google Maps Mashup

cfaslave writes: "GeoCommons has made a Google Maps Mashup showing where the strongest and most fatal tornadoes have hit. There are definitely places where Tornadoes have hit several times hence the term "Tornado Alley". This map on GeoCommons shows you where those places are. Very Cool use of a Google Maps Mashup! Tornado Alleys on Google Maps"

Submission + - Peter Moore Defends Rare

Anonymous Coward writes: "Xbox 360 boss Peter Moore has defended developer Rare from criticism suggesting that the company's most recent offerings have failed to hold up to their output prior to the firm's acquisition by Microsoft in 2002. Moore, Microsoft's corporate vice president of entertainment and devices, told Newsweek that Rare's Xbox 360 launch offerings in Perfect Dark Zero and Kameo: Elements Of Power, held a "platform-driving presence". "It signalled that this wasn't going to be the same as Xbox 1, which was dominated by Mature-rated games, if you will, and for many people will go down in history as the Halo box or the shooter box", he stated."

Submission + - Optimus Keyboard Pre-Orders Start Sunday

snib writes: "Art Lebedev will release detailed specs and pricing info on their Optimus Maximus Keyboard and start taking pre-orders on May 20 at 3 PM Moscow Time (or 7 AM US Eastern Time). The OLED-topped programmable keys have drawn a lot of hype over two years or so, including on Slashdot, and Art. Lebedev, the manufacturer, even has a blog dedicated to it. However, current plans only include production of 800 units total by January."

Submission + - $500 Million Dollars in Colonial Coins Found

An anonymous reader writes: In a modern day (and underwater) version of Indiana Jones, the AP is reporting (NYTimes, reg. or bugmenot required...) that Odyssey Marine Exploration has recovered an estimated $500 Million of colonial coins from a 400 year old shipwreck in the atlantic. The exact location of the wreck is still undisclosed. Odyssey is a for-profit, publicly traded company. One wonders how well they treated the ship archeologically in their rush to extract the valuable currency.

Submission + - Hubble Finds Ring Of Dark Matter

An anonymous reader writes: Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope have discovered a ghostly ring of dark matter that was formed long ago during a titanic collision between two massive galaxy clusters, ScienceDaily reports. It is the first time that a dark matter distribution has been found that differs substantially from the distribution of ordinary matter.

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