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Except the article says nothing about "outlawing Twitter," nor was the report intended to warn the public of the dangers of evil Twitter. It was an internal report suggesting that intelligence analysts should look at social networking tools like Twitter as possible venues for terrorist communication. Is it somewhat obvious? Sure. That doesn't justify your knee-jerk response which, in my opinion, is a lot more "fear-mongering" than the government you're criticizing for no reason.

A Foolproof Way To End Bank Account Phishing? 436

tcd004 writes "F-Secure's Mikko Hypponen proposes an elegant solution to the problem of bank account phishing in the latest Foreign Policy magazine. Hypponen thinks banks should have exclusive use of a new top-level domain: .bank. 'Registering new domains under such a top-level domain could then be restricted to bona fide financial organizations. And the price for the domain wouldn't be just a few dollars: it could be something like $50,000 — making it prohibitively expensive to most copycats. Banks would love this. They would move their existing online banks under a more secure domain in no time."
Real Time Strategy (Games)

Submission + - Turn-Based Strategy MMOG Launched With Prize Money

!coward writes: A team of portuguese developers, fans of the turn-based strategy genre, found themselves "[f]rustrated that we could not find any game on the web which would allow for deep strategy thinking, we decided to do it ourselves." And "Almansur Battlegrounds" was born.. According to the manual:

Almansur Battlegrounds is a strategy game of politics, economy and war, set in the early middle ages and, in some scenarios, in a fantasy world. You play the role of a lord with the job of guiding your land to greatness and glory.
The games will adapt to your obligations in the real world, not the other way around. So even if you are short of time, you can play it. But if you are a power gamer, you will not be disappointed.
It can be played from any system, just needs a browser with Flash and internet access.
Estimated to have an average €4.90 monthly fee and a per-day requirement of no more than 15 minutes of actual play, this one is for those who like to plan their every move to the death, or can't invest in more time-consuming games.

To celebrate the launch, they've set up an inicial Tournament (which they hope to turn into an anual event). With an entry fee of €19.90 per inscription (up to 3 per player), and spanning for 2 and half months, players will compete amongst themselves in qualifying rounds to gain a place in the finals where the prize money [scroll down for details] can go from €5,000 to a whopping €250,000. Those who don't make it to the finals will get credits allowing them to play the game itself for the duration of the tournament. Inscriptions close May, 10th.

Submission + - Gentoo Linux 2007.0 Released

wolf31o2 writes: "The Gentoo Release Engineering project is pleased to announce the much-delayed release of Gentoo Linux 2007.0, code named "Secret Sauce". This release met with several delays due to an abnormally high number of security vulnerabilities in large packages which had to be rebuilt using the newer, secure versions of the packages. There was also a complete re-snapshot done about half-way through the release period due to the release taking so long and the packages becoming stale.

You can find out more information about the release in the official press release. To get the new release, grab it from the mirrors."

Submission + - Is the MSNBC Debate Poll Legitimate?

k1e0x writes: "Did Ron Paul really win the debate? Did his message of small government resonate with people? or is it a case of click fraud? Could Ron Paul really have more internet savvy supporters than John McCain and Giuliani combined? How do you explain the results?

Ever since Ron Paul won the MSNBC Debate Poll, there have been some people around the blog world and Digg expressing skepticism with regards to the validity of the poll. Have some folks stuffed ballots for Paul before? Sure. Pajamas Media pointed out that some Paul supporters did cast many votes, but they also noted that both Romney and Obama had supporters do the same thing. Have some Paul supporters engaged in this more than front runner supporters? It's possible, given the fact that he now is only now getting any media attention. This is why on-line polls should be run by professional system administrators and web programmers, so that vote stuffing can be minimized and the results can be more useful. It's simply too easy for people to influence on-line polls. All it takes is one or two bad apples to give fuel to people who want to sling mud.
The Internet

Submission + - Xinhua stealing website code from CNN?

Anonymous Coward writes: "Xinhua (China's state news agency) appears to be stealing elements of its layout straight from an American competitor — CNN. Here's an example of a Xinhua news story: nt_6063951.htm Here is a CNN news story: lane/index.html Besides the obvious grab by Xinhua of the 'story highlights' concept, the color, font and shape are identical. Other elements of the layout are clearly 'influenced,' if not directly stolen, from CNN's site. Besides the questions of professionalism on the part of Xinhua, is Xinhua violating copyright? Is there any recourse for CNN?"

Submission + - Court rules playlist customization not interactive

prostoalex writes: "Is music played via customized playlist delivered interactively (i.e., via user participation) or non-interactive (i.e., decisions are made on the server side)? The question does seem metaphysical, but it took Sony BMG Music Entertainment and Yahoo! six years to figure it out. User-driven playlists are bucketed with on-demand music services, while server-driven playlists are equaled to broadcasts, thereby causing different licensing mechanisms to take place. Yahoo! inherited the legal wrangle when it purchased a music startup Launch, which built a music recommendation feature. Court decision determined that recommendation algorithms that rely on usage data to build playlists server-side are still eligible for broadcast license, thereby substantially lowering the costs of operating a music recommendation site."

Submission + - You have copyrighted material in comments

Anonymous Coward writes: "I couldn't figure out where else to let you guys know — One of the commenters has placed this response to the cryptome article- which is covered as a legit copyrighted article that cryptome had to take down due to DMCA action. The damn thing even claims it's copyrighted!

Do whatever you think appropriate.

Re:any good soul? (Score:5, Informative) by rs79 (71822) on Sunday April 29, @12:09PM (#18919109) ( Why bother?

was able to read all of the pages peviously withdrawn with the exception of one (the Irish injunction) in minutes without going to cryptome. The rest of the site can also be found in the usual places.

If people are dumb to know about things like this I suspect we sholdn't go out of our way to tell them.

Here's an excerpt from a document withdrawn in 2001:


LDS Social Services


This training document has been prepared for the exclusive use of LDS Social Services to assist staff, interns, and contract providers in their work with individuals having homosexual problems. Because the document is approved only for "in house" use, it should not be reproduced nor distributed to others outside of LDS Social Services. UNDERSTANDING AND HELPING INDIVIDUALS WITH HOMOSEXUAL PROBLEMS HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE For more than 100 years homosexuality has been a topic of scientific and psychotherapy inquiry and debate. Freud and his contemporaries viewed homosexuality as a deviation or "inversion" of natural psychosexual development, the causes of which being as varied and numerous as the theorists espousing them. According to Freud, the deviation resulted primarily from a distorted parent-child relationship which led the child to reject his or her own gender role and identify with the opposite~sexed parent. This view received considerable empirical support later in this century through studies by Irving Bieber and a number of other researchers (Siegelmm, 1987). But! These things hang by a thread. I would posit that people who want them archived should post them to usenet. A lot. In a world where news postings are routinely made into "google ad blogs" there'll be lots of copies on many servers around the world. Some people think you can delete things off the Internet. They are fools. (Note the invalid copyright notice on the above document. You have to say who it's copyrighted by, not just a date. Of course as an excerpt here for academic purposes it's covered by fair use under US copyright law)."

Submission + - Lost Moon landing tapes discovered

de_smudger writes: For years 'lost' tapes recording data from the Apollo 11 Moon landing have been stored underneath the seats of Australian physics students. A recent search has uncovered them.

Recorded on telemetry tapes, they are said to be the best quality images of the landing (unconverted slow scan TV) yet to be seen by a public still fascinated by the early space race. These tapes were mislaid in the early 1980s on their way to NASA's Goddard Space Flight Centre in Greenbelt, Maryland.

Submission + - Walmart Prevents Shopping With Firefox

mattfite writes: "I haven't yet seen this on /., but while looking for an artist's recording, I went to Walmart to try out the $0.88/song download. The link informs me that "We notice you're not using Internet Explorer. To continue, please visit this page using Internet Explorer 6.0 or later." Others have noticed this, too."

Submission + - Internet's Largest Internet Forum to Shut Down

Neo_Mushroom writes: "From the article: "2channel, the largest Internet forum in the world and an ISP in Japan, has been shuttered by a Japanese court ruling in a civil slander case. The corporation managing 2channel was declared bankrupt and its assets will be seized. The ISP will close on January 15th, and the future of the famous "mega-BBS" is uncertain."

For those who've never heard of 2channel, the BBS is massively popular, recieving over 2.7 million posts every day."

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