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Chinese News Reports the Taliban Are Training Monkey Soldiers 232

According to a Chinese news publication, soldiers in Afghanistan may soon come up against a deadly new weapon in the war: monkey soldiers. The report claims that the Taliban are training the monkeys to shoot and kill American soldiers. They also claim to have pictures of monkeys holding AK-47s and Bren light machine guns. From the article: "The New York Magazine has reported about this in jest and stated on Friday, 'No invader has ever conquered Afghanistan, and now we know why. The monkeys will not allow it. It was a good effort, but it's time to pack it in. This is no longer a fight we can win.'”

Submission + - Nintendo Power--The End of an Era 1

Guppy06 writes: "Starting with volume 222 in December, Nintendo will no longer be in charge of its own dedicated magazine, Nintendo Power, instead handing the reins over to Future US, publisher of other gaming magazines such as PC Gamer, Official Xbox Magazine, and Playstation: The Official Magazine. Nintendo started Nintendo Power from its original "Nintendo Fun Club" back in 1988 and since then the magazine has been the official mouthpiece of the company to its fanbase, often being the medium used for new announcements, such as the development of the now-classic Game Boy and Super NES. Similarly, it seems Nintendo is no longer publishing its own video game guides, which were published under the Nintendo Power name; recent flagship titles such as Metroid Prime 3: Corruption and The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass only have Nintendo-authorized guides published by Prima available."

Submission + - Software "Upgrade" Disallows Remote Deskto 2

langelgjm writes: "I work for a small business, and I have been using Remote Desktop to work from home and school quite happily for the past 3 years. We recently purchased an upgrade to one of our manufacturing software packages (this is high-priced CAD/CAM stuff, complete with hardware security dongles), and I just discovered that the "upgrade" no longer allows the application to be run over Remote Desktop. This wasn't disclosed anywhere. I called the distributor, and was told that my options are to buy a network key and another license for the software, which will cost several thousand dollars, or to use a service like GoToMyPC or VNC. Frankly, I'm at a loss; I don't understand: 1) why they deny Remote Desktop but then suggest you use another program to accomplish the same thing; 2) why I should need a network key and two licenses when only one person can use Remote Desktop at a time; 3) why I should have to pay nearly $200 a year indefinitely and rely on a third party (GoToMyPC) to accomplish what I've been doing for free in the past. I specifically chose not to use VNC because Remote Desktop is significantly faster and better looking over slow network connections; also, Remote Desktop has lightweight and secure clients for OS X, Pocket PC, and Linux, all of which I use.

Have any Slashdotters been in a similar situation? Is there a workaround that will allow me to keep using Remote Desktop? Why do companies feel the need to remove completely valid, legal, and extremely useful features from new versions?"

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