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The Military

Submission + - Some USAF Pilots Refuse to Fly F-22 Raptor

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "The LA Times reports that some of the nation's top aviators are refusing to fly the radar-evading F-22 Raptor, a fighter jet with ongoing problems with the oxygen systems that have plagued the fleet for four years. "We are generally aware of a small number of pilots who have expressed reservations about flying the F-22, and each of those cases will be handled individually through established processes," says Maj. Brandon Lingle, an Air Force spokesman. Concern about the safety of the F-22 has grown in recent months as reports about problems with its oxygen systems have offered no clear explanations why there have been 11 incidents in which F-22 pilots reported hypoxia-like symptoms. "Obviously it's a very sensitive thing because we are trying to ensure that the community fully understands all that we're doing to try to get to a solution," says Gen. Mike Hostage, commander of Air Combat Command. Meanwhile Sen. John McCain says that the jets, which the Air Force call the future of American air dominance, are a waste of their $79 billion price tag and serve no role in today's combat environment. "There is no purpose, no mission in Afghanistan or Iraq, unless you believe that al Qaeda is going to have a fleet of aircraft," says McCain, a former combat pilot himself. "[The F-22] has not flown a single combat mission... I don't think the F-22 will ever be seen in the combat it was designed to counter, because that threat is no longer in existence.""

Submission + - Jack Thompson Threatens Gabe Newell Over HL2 Mod (escapistmagazine.com)

Anonymous Coward writes: "Disbarred Jack Thompson is threatening Gabe Newell over a user mod called School Shooter, calling it a murder simulator and Columbine mod.

"Speaking for myself alone (for now), you have until five o'clock pm Eastern standard time this Friday, March 18, 2011, to shut down this public safety hazard I predicted years ago this school massacre game would arrive. I hate being right all the time.""

GNU is Not Unix

Submission + - Intel glibc "improvements" break memcpy (lwn.net)

An anonymous reader writes: Recent changes in glibc's implementation (http://sourceware.org/git/?p=glibc.git;a=commitdiff;h=6fb8cbcb58a29fff73eb2101b34caa19a7f88eba) of a 25-year old standard C function, memcpy, are playing havoc (http://lwn.net/Articles/414467/) with some applications' assumptions about the function. Fedora 14 users have been hit (https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=638477) with a Flash player that doesn't play sound properly on recent Intel chips and even Linus Torvalds weighed in, noting that the changes seem only to have hurt users without any properly benchmarking or demonstration that they helped anybody.

Submission + - Norton's Rap Contest Web Site Gets Hacked (securityweek.com)

wiredmikey writes: Snoop Dogg’s partnership with Symantec isn’t off to a great start. Just two days after announcing the “Hack is What” rap competition, the HackIsWack.com Web site was attacked. The site is currently offline after a reported cross site scripting attack discovered on Friday.

Ain’t nuthin' but a G thang, baby! In addition to the contest microsite being hacked, Symantec’s legal team forgot that it’s a double “g” in the rappers stage name. The contest rules misspelled Snoop’s name multiple times, calling him “Snoop Dog.” His real name is Cordozar Calvin Broadus.

The Internet

Submission + - AU internet fails pigeon test (crn.com.au) 3

bennyboy64 writes: A pigeon has transferred a 700 megabyte file faster than a car or a broadband internet connection in rural Australia. The bizarre experiment, conducted in rural New South Wales, was prompted by a comment made by the Prime Minister Kevin Rudd that 'Australians would be left using carrier pigeons for the future rather than accessing an internationally competitive broadband network' if the opposition party had their way. A similar test had been done in South Africa where an IT company tested their own internet speeds by replacing it with a carrier pigeon. That pigeon also won.

Submission + - Malaysia Slows Divorce Rate With Free Honeymoons

samzenpus writes: Officials in Malaysia are trying to slow down the divorce rate by offering feuding couples a three-day honeymoon package to help bring that spark back into their marriages. After all, what could more romantic than three days of talking about your faults over a lovely fruit plate, and three drunken nights at the hotel bar watching the love of your life flirt with some random guy on a business trip? Terengganu Welfare Community Development and Women Affairs committee chairman, Ashaari Idris says, 'We can understand newlyweds having problems understanding one another, where a slight skirmish could lead to a separation but it is unacceptable for those married more than two decades to file for divorce.'

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