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Submission + - Google's Starcraft-Inspired Easter Egg Game Is Actually Fun (

casac8 writes: "Google's latest Easter egg is a pretty fun game based on the dominating "Zerg Rush" strategy many of us know and fear from Starcraft. Basically, the Easter egg takes over your screen and you have to fight hundred of little O's in order to save your search results. And if you lose, there's a big surprise at the end, which only true Starcraft fans will really understand, but everyone can appreciate. This article has the details:"

Submission + - AAAS president "Scared to Death" of New Dark Era (

Layzej writes: Nina Fedoroff, the president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), recently confessed at an 8000 member strong meeting that she is scared to death "we are sliding back into a dark era." She stated that she is "profoundly depressed at just how difficult it has become merely to get a realistic conversation started on issues such as climate change or genetically modified organisms." Her remarks are backed by a recently published Union of Concerned Scientists report, that chronicles the methods used by corporate businesses to harass individual scientists, ghost-write scientific articles to raise doubts about government research, and undermine the use of science to form government policy. Discover Magazine gives specific examples such as the Heartland Institute's recently revealed plan to subvert public science education, as well as the offer by the the American Enterprise Institute of $10,000 a pop to each scientists or economists who was willing to write op-eds or essays critiquing the IPCC climate report — before it was even published. The AAAS meeting was "set against a background of an entire intellectual discipline that realises that it, and its practitioners, are now under sustained attack."

Submission + - Internet and Social Networking Addiction (

littleye writes: It seems with every new technology – radio, TV, video games, Internet – there comes the doom and gloom scenario of our youth rotting their brains, becoming zombies to the next new thing. It’s easy to blow off these warnings, because after all, we are mostly doing pretty well as a society and have not yet become the gelatinous blobs many predicted we would be. However, I think brushing aside these very real worries could be a major mistake, particularly in the case of the fairly new phenomena of Internet addiction

Submission + - Police chief: Hack your kids' Facebook passwords (

schwit1 writes: The police chief of Mahwah, N.J., James Batelli, believes that you shouldn't be sitting there and wondering. He believes parents should be using any methods they can to spy on their kids.

According to NBC New York, Batelli, who is the father of a teenage daughter, says a parent's biggest mistake can be naivete.

Batelli reportedly sees nothing wrong with using spyware to monitor their every virtual move and hack their passwords to Facebook and any other site for which they might have a regular fondness.

Indeed, his detectives hold free seminars to teach parents how to install spyware on all their computers at home.


How is this not a violation of the Federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Statute?


Embedded Microchips In Virtually Everything 186

Microsoft CRM recommends a long AP article laying out the nightmare scenario of RFID chips in everything tracking not only things but people. The darker possibilities of a technology capable of enabling ubiquitous surveillance are not news to this community, but it's not so common to see them spelled out for a wider audience. "Microchips with antennas embedded in virtually everything you buy, wear, drive and read, allowing retailers and law enforcement to track consumer items and consumers wherever they go. Much of the radio frequency identification technology that enables objects and people to be tagged and tracked wirelessly already exists and potentially intrusive uses of it are being patented, perfected and deployed... [A director at FTI Consulting] said:] 'It's going to be used in unintended ways by third parties — not just the government, but private investigators, marketers, lawyers building a case against you.'"

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