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The Internet

Ship Anchor, Not Sabotaging Divers, Possibly Responsible For Outage 43

Nerval's Lobster writes "This week, Egypt caught three men in the process of severing an undersea fiber-optic cable. But Telecom Egypt executive manager Mohammed el-Nawawi told the private TV network CBC that the reason for the region's slowdowns was not the alleged saboteurs — it was damage previously caused by a ship. On March 22, cable provider Seacom reported a cut in its Mediterranean cable connecting Southern and Eastern Africa, the Middle East and Asia to Europe; it later suggested that the most likely cause of the incident was a ship anchor, and that traffic was being routed around the cut, through other providers. But repairs to the cable took longer than expected, with the Seacom CEO announcing March 23 that the physical capability to connect additional capacity to services in Europe was "neither adequate nor stable enough," and that it was competing with other providers. The repairs continued through March 27, after faults were found on the restoration system; that same day, Seacom denied that the outage could have been the work of the Egyptian divers, but said that the true cause won't be known for weeks. 'We think it is unlikely that the damage to our system was caused by sabotage,' the CEO wrote in a statement. 'The reasons for this are the specific location, distance from shore, much greater depth, the presence of a large anchored vessel on the fault site which appears to be the cause of the damage and other characteristics of the event.'"
The Military

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 + - Pat Robertson Rejects Creationism (cnn.com)

MightyMartian writes: "From the article:

"Televangelist Pat Robertson challenged the idea that Earth is 6,000 years old this week, saying the man who many credit with conceiving the idea, former Archbishop of Ireland James Ussher, “wasn’t inspired by the Lord when he said that it all took 6,000 years.”

And further...

Before answering the question, Robertson acknowledged the statement was controversial by saying, “I know that people will probably try to lynch me when I say this.” “If you fight science, you are going to lose your children, and I believe in telling them the way it was,” Robertson concluded.



Submission + - New Humble Bundle is Windows only, DRM games (humblebundle.com)

jbernardo writes: After all the indie, multi-platform (including 4 for android) and DRM free releases, the latest Humble Bundle release is a polemic one. It features non-indie games, it is Windows only, and the games are saddled with DRM. There is already a very vocal discussion on the Humble Bundle Google+ thread, but it seems it is selling well.

Submission + - Hands On With the $20 Indian Android Tablet

adeelarshad82 writes: Costing only $20 with a $2 per month unlimited data plan, the ulimate affordable tablet has finally arrived in India. Known as Aakash2 (aka Ubislate 7ci), the Android 4.0.4 running tablet has a dull slate gray look to it and matches about the size of Amazon Kindle Fire. According to a hands on, Aakash2 carries a low-quality 800-by-480 LCD, VGA camera on the front, and a microSD card slot. The tablet is powered by a 1Ghz AllWinner Cortex-A8 processor and includes 2.6GB of free internal memory along with Wi-Fi 2.4Ghz networking capabilities. Not only is Aakash2 fully open source; the pre-installed stock Android 4.0.4 allows it to run basic apps like Google Play, Gmail, and a proprietary media player. One mobile analyst is of the opinion that Aakash2 might not just change the tablet market. It might change the world.

Submission + - Tip To Copper Wire Thieves: Don't Steal Live Wires

IonOtter writes: From the "Darwin Awards Dept":

Reuters: A thief in Germany was charred beyond recognition by a 10,000-volt electric shock when he tried to steal a live copper cable, authorities said Monday. Police in the western city of Duisburg found the 32-year-old man's blackened remains by a set of cable cutters and a pile of cables he had already stolen. Only because one of his hands survived incineration were officers able to identify the man as a German of Kazakh origin. Story on MSNBC

Speaking as a person working in the telco repair industry, I find this disturbingly gratifying.
PC Games (Games)

Submission + - Toyota Tacoma Makes WoW Cameo

owlgorithm writes: According to Autoblog, Toyota aired an ad during Sunday football in which a character "lays down the law" by conjuring a Tacoma pickup and charging into battle. Reminiscent of the Coke commercial that aired in China a while back, and the parody from The Simpsons, it's definitely one of the funniest car commercials this year and leaves me wondering what's in store for the Super Bowl.

Submission + - Your Wii now plays NEOGEO games (videogamesblogger.com)

Wowzer writes: "NEOGEO games will now be appearing in the Wii Shop Channel for download. NEOGEO becomes the sixth platform represented in the Wii Shop Channel. The first NEOGEO games include three fighting games that are a mix of familiar franchises and cult classics. The arcade games are: Fatal Fury, World Heroes and Art of Fighting. Each costing 900, no not Dollars, Wii Points and that's $9."
PlayStation (Games)

Submission + - 40GB PS3 will NOT be backwards compatible! (computerandvideogames.com) 2

gevmage writes: "An article on computerandvideogames.com says that the 40GB version of the PlayStation 3 console, which will supplant the 60GB version (at least in Europe) will not be backwards compatible. From the article: 'In a new eye-opener from Sony the company's revealed that it's to drop backwards-compatibility support in PlayStation products.'

Personally, I think that Sony's generally good attitudes about backwards compatibility has been one reason that I own a PlayStation 2. If they dump that completely, then I may go Wii shopping."

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