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Submission + - Marines in Famous Iwo Jima Photo May Have Been Misidentified (omaha.com)

Nidi62 writes: Analysis of the famous Rosenthal photo atop Mt. Suribachi has led the US Marine Corp to open a new investigation into the identities of the flag raisers. Two amateur history buffs on their own time looked at clues ranging from equipment to leg cuffs to helmet strap have offered new evidence (link includes multiple pictures) that indicates Corpsman John Bradley, long thought to be one of the original flag raisers, is in fact not present in the photo. Instead they have identified Pfc. Harold Schultz as one of the flag raisers. This research has led the USMC to open a new investigation along with the cooperation of the Smithsonian. James Bradley, the author of Flags of Our Fathers and son of John Bradley has also come out and said he no longer believes his father is in the famous photo.
China

Submission + - GAO Sting Finds More Fake Military Parts From China (defensetech.org) 1

Nidi62 writes: The GAO, through a fictitious company, recently requisitioned parts from China in order to determine if the Chinese government was living up to its promises of battling counterfiet parts. The report from the GAO found that "
334 of 396 vendors who offered to sell parts to the fictitious company were from China" and that "
all 16 parts eventually purchased by the fake company came from 13 China-based vendors and all were determined by an independent testing laboratory to be counterfeit." The parts requested were supposedly for use in F-15s, MV-22 Ospreys, and nuclear submarines, and were asked to be new parts. It also says that over the past 3 years, over 1 million counterfeit parts have been found to have come from Chinese companies. This stands in sharp contrast to the Chinese government's promise to clamp down on the production of counterfeit parts in China

Submission + - Michael Bay to remake TMNT as aliens. (cnn.com) 1

Nidi62 writes: We all know that Michael Bay loves to put 86 minutes of explosions into a 90 minute movie. But it appears that he has found a new way to screw up a movie. He is directing a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot in which the turtles are not created with ooze, but rather are "from an alien race, and they are going to be tough, edgy, funny and completely loveable." There is no word yet on whether or not he is consulting with George Lucas on how to totally destroy the origin and essence of a classic story.
Education

Submission + - University Copyright Case About To Go To Trial (duke.edu)

Nidi62 writes: A Duke University blog covers the possible ramifications of the latest motion in the copyright case against Georgia State University. Cambrigde, Oxford, and Sage have proposed an injunction that would first enjoin GSU to include all faculty, employees, students. All copying would have to be monitored and limited to 10% of a work or 1000 words, whichever is less. No two classes would be allowed to use the same copied work unless they paid for it, essentially taking fair use out of the classroom. Along with this, courses would be allowed to be made up of only 10% copied material, the other 90% must be either purchased works or copies that have been paid for by permission fees. And, if this isn't enough, the publishers also want access to all computer systems on the campus network, to monitor compliance and copying.

This proposed order, in short, represents a nightmare, a true dystopia, for higher education....Yet you can be sure that if [these] things happen, all of our campuses would be pressured to adopt the “Georgia State model” in order to avoid litigation.

Disclosure: I am currently a graduate student at Georgia State University.

Submission + - Anonymous to Attack Iran? (cnn.com)

Nidi62 writes: CNN has an article that Anonymous plans to use International Worker's Day as a basis to launch an attack on Iran, in an attempt to bring the revolutions spreading across the Middle East into Iran. Supposedly the attacks are supposed to start at 5am GMT Sunday. Other than that, the article is very short on substance. Is this really Anonymous, or could this actually be an attempt by Iran to make themselves look like the victim of another cyber attack?

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