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Comment It'll be all good (Score 1) 309

This will be by far my best financial year yet. With the end of the world fast approaching I plan to sell everything I own and then bask in the thousands of dollars I'll take in because of it. Then I'll take that money to a hole in Colorado, bury it, and then dig another hole and live in that. If I survive, the money's all mine and it sets to combat future calamities, but if I go down with the rest of the world, oh well. But the good news is that throughout the whole ordeal, I WILL be solvent.

Submission + - Huge Global Pedophile Network Smashed

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "The Guardian reports that a three-year operation has exposed more than 70,000 members of a pedophile network across the UK, US, New Zealand, Australia and Thailand, and led to 184 arrests internationally. Operation Rescue began in 2007, after police independently found boylover.net, a legal forum which attempted to function covertly by operating as a discussion-only forum where members could share their sexual interest in young boys without committing any offence but whose members, having made contact, would then move to more private channels such as email to exchange and share images of children being abused. Three detectives posed as members to identify those who posed the biggest risk to children. The breakthrough came when officers were able to access and take over the account of the only UK administrator and were able to see the personal details, including date of birth, occupation and country of residence of members. "We were amazed that they had registered their true occupations" says Kelvin Lay, a senior investigating officer and one of the three responsible for infiltrating the site. Peter Davies of the British child protection center says there will be more arrests as the investigations continue. "Those who have been members of the site can expect a knock on the door in the very near future.""

Submission + - Is the Microsoft Zune really dead? (winbeta.org)

BogenDorpher writes: "Rumors went rampant a few days ago about the Microsoft Zune being dead. It appeared that numerous sources were reporting that Microsoft plans on killing off the hardware aspect of Zune and instead focus on the software aspect. However, Dave McLauchlan, business developer at Microsoft for the Zune HD, agues otherwise."

Submission + - U.S. military blocks websites (cnn.com) 2

DJRumpy writes: The U.S. military has blocked access to a range of popular commercial websites in order to free up bandwidth for use in Japan recovery efforts, according to an e-mail obtained by CNN and confirmed by a spokesman for U.S. Strategic Command.
The sites — including YouTube, ESPN, Amazon, eBay and MTV — were chosen not because of the content but because
their popularity among users of military computers account for significant bandwidth, according to Strategic Command spokesman Rodney Ellison.
The block, instituted Monday, is intended "to make sure bandwidth was available in Japan for military operations" as the United States helps in the aftermath of last week's deadly earthquake and tsunami, Ellison explained.

Comment Unstable (Score 1) 217

There's been some form of rioting going on for awhile now in Algeria, so I'm surprised this hasn't happened already, with Tunisia on their border and Egypt only a country away. One would think that the Algerian leaders would realize that killing Facebook won't help, but they're probably so paranoid that the African leaders aren't thinking right (shocker). The Wikipedia article does a nice job of telling how nuts it is over there right now, with a summary of all the self-immolations happening not so much from "I hate the country" but from "family altercations and love disappointments". Whatever the case, Algeria is next in line.

Comment It won't work... (Score 5, Insightful) 81

How can you study this kind of thing using robots? No matter what you do, you can't simulate small children well enough to make people act the same around the robot as a real kid. It's a nice concept, but it'll never get anything done except entertain. Plus I bet we'll never hear about this again in the US.

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