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United States Begins Flying Stealth Bombers Over South Korea 567

skade88 writes "The New York Times is reporting that the United States has started flying B-2 stealth bomber runs over South Korea as a show of force to North Korea. The bombers flew 6,500 miles to bomb a South Korean island with mock explosives. Earlier this month the U.S. Military ran mock B-52 bombing runs over the same South Korean island. The U.S. military says it shows that it can execute precision bombing runs at will with little notice needed. The U.S. also reaffirmed their commitment to protecting its allies in the region. The North Koreans have been making threats to turn South Korea into a sea of fire. North Korea has also made threats claiming they will nuke the United States' mainland."

Submission + - Renewable energy now cheaper option than new fossil fuels in Australia (

cylonlover writes: In 2008, the Garnaut Climate Change Review ranked Australia as the highest per capita emitter of greenhouse gases of any OECD country and amongst the highest in the world. One of the reasons for the country's high carbon footprint is its reliance on coal for electricity generation – 54 percent of it, according to the Australian Coal Association. But a new study by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) points to a cleaner energy future with the claim that unsubsidized renewable energy is now a cheaper option for electricity generation than new coal- or gas-fired power stations.

Comment Re:Damn... (Score 2) 602

My son was diagnosed with it in Kindergarten and at age 11 he is finally coming around to being able to not embarrass himself too much in social situations, though he still has a lot of work to do in dealing with social norms, like dealing with things that make him upset...however like others have said above I consider it an advantage to him since his cognitive abilities in most everything are 2-3 grade levels above normal due to the way he views and processes information, especially stuff that is nothing but facts or manipulations thereof (e.g. math)

On a total side note, watching him grow up and how he deals with things, I definitely had Asperger's growing up, based in recollection I would guess about halfway through high school I finally got somewhat comfortable with social things but wasn't fully comfortable (that is still debatable) until my mid-20s.


Blizzard Says Battle.Net Has Been Hacked 340

An anonymous reader writes "Blizzard announced today that its service was compromised. The company is urging users to change their login information immediately. Blizzard is stressing that payment information was not compromised. 'The unauthorized access included email addresses associated with accounts in all regions, outside of China. Additional information from accounts associated with the North American servers (which generally includes players from North America, Latin America, Australia, New Zealand, and Southeast Asia) was also accessed, including cryptographically scrambled versions of passwords (not actual passwords), the answer to a personal security question, and information relating to Mobile and Dial-In Authenticators. It's important to note that at this time, Blizzard does not believe this information alone is enough to gain access to accounts.'"

Comment Re:Niche market (Score 1) 227

The TCO is fairly high since Linux Admins tend to command a much higher salary, generally don't crossover as much (I know plenty of Windows guys that do all around IT and fewer Linux guys that know Windows....far-fewer)

Really? I've found it the complete opposite in my 12+ years of being a sysadmin...the people who started off from a linux background are generally good at being jacks of all trades, but the ones who started off from a Windows background aren't quite as well rounded. While I primarily do linux/unix work, my resume is also heavy into Windows stuff, so much that I went to a job interview once where the CIO/linux architect and his windows guru grilled me up and down on the stuff listed on my resume and at the end the Windows guy commented that I could probably do his job better than he could...then the CIO mentioned that they didn't really have an opening, they just wanted to interview this guy who had an "obviously bullshit resume" and were surprised that it wasn't BS...still didn't get me a job offer though (small company).

The contractor currently working for me now is a massive exception, I was originally leery about his linux skill set since he came from a strong Windows environment with very little linux before coming to work for us, but his troubleshooting skills are godly impressive and there hasn't been anything he hasn't been able to figure out yet.

Comment Re:Agreeded (Score 1) 429

YES! I got decent mid-range BluRay player for the family at Christmas and that is exactly my experience. Have put exactly 3 BluRay discs into it, 1 wouldn't even play the movie after sitting through that whole mess of preview stuff (yet the DVD that came in the box was playing in less than 30 seconds), and the other 2 while looking very nice (Rio was AWESOME in video and audio quality) took about 10 minutes to even get the movie playing due to all of the various screen loads.

I just use the BR player now to watch DVDs, listen to CDs, and stream Netflix.

Totally turned off by BR.

Comment Re:Design: lush forest, reality: drab carpark? (Score 1) 279

On a trip in Korea I remember seeing a new hotel being built in between another pair of 10 story buildings...the artists rendition posted in front of the site showed it sitting in an open green field with no other buildings around reality, 2/3rds of the building wasn't visible at all from the street.

Submission + - DOJ to Ban Texas Flights over Anti-Patdown Law (

hellkyng writes: The Department of Justice may ban flights from Texas because of the Anti-Patdown law making its way through the legal system. Rep. David Simpson "Someone must make a stand against the atrocities of our government agents...". Should be interesting to see if Texas can pave the way for grope free flying fun.

German Kindergartens Ordered To Pay Copyright For Songs 291

BBird writes "Deutsche Welle reports: 'Up until this year, preschools could teach and produce any kind of song they wanted. But now they have to pay for a license if they want children to sing certain songs. A tightening of copyright rules means kindergartens now have to pay fees to Germany's music licensing agency, GEMA, to use songs that they reproduce and perform. The organization has begun notifying creches and other daycare facilities that if they reproduce music to be sung or performed, they must pay for a license.'"

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