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UK Teen Banned From US Over Obscene Obama Email 555

British teenager Luke Angel has been banned from the US for sending an email to the White House calling President Obama an obscenity. The 17-year-old says he was drunk when he sent the mail and doesn't understand what the big deal is. "I don't remember exactly what I wrote as I was drunk. But I think I called Barack Obama a p***k. It was silly -- the sort of thing you do when you're a teenager and have had a few," he said. The FBI contacted local police who in turn confronted Luke and let him know that the US Department of Homeland Security didn't think his email was funny. "The police came and took my picture and told me I was banned from America forever. I don't really care but my parents aren't very happy," Angel said.

APB To Use In-Game Audio Advertisements 97

Rock, Paper, Shotgun reports that upcoming action MMOG APB: All Points Bulletin will use in-game audio advertisements as part of its business model. The number of ads you hear will be limited: "you'll only hear an ad when you go into a new zone, and that's only once every three hours." Nevertheless, some gamers are upset that these ads will be included on top of APB's already unusual payment plans. The game is set for release next Tuesday. Producer Jesse Knapp says of Realtime Worlds' goals for APB, "We looked at other online action games, and we saw things we felt could be better. Only 12 to 32 players in a match, bad connection due to peer-to-peer, dead cities, way too much time in lobbies, things like that. So what we set out to do was to make a game that has that online player vs. player action game experience in a large city with other players around, no lobbies, dynamic matchmaking, dedicated servers, great experience, and that's been one of the driving factors of APB from the very beginning." CVG recently previewed the game.
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Newsweek Easter Egg Reports Zombie Invasion 93

danielkennedy74 writes " becomes the latest in a long list of sites that will reveal an Easter egg if you enter the Konami code correctly (up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, b, a, enter). This is a cheat code that appeared in many of Konami's video games, starting around 1986 — my favorite places to use it were Contra and Life Force, 30 lives FTW. The Easter egg was probably included by a developer unbeknownst to the Newsweek powers that be. It's reminiscent of an incident that happened at ESPN last year, involving unicorns."

Comment Re:how many scientists are enough? (Score 1) 551

From my personal experience (computer) engineering pays a reasonable starting wage but there is no career path to speak of unless you jump into management. I do plenty to keep my skills up to date and all that really does is keep me at the same senior level salary I had 7 years ago...

Oddly enough, my organization has opportunities to move up and stay technical by moving to the research side of the house. The problem is, you also have to move to the geographic location of one of the labs.

Comment Re:Nothing to worry about (Score 1) 379

Considering Tarzan or Hunchback original stretches the meaning of the word further than any word should ever reasonably expect to be stretched.

As opposed to Snow White or Sleeping Beauty? You might as well limit it to "Steamboat Willy"! (Even Bambi is based on a book that had come out ~20 years earlier.)

What Disney has traditionally been good at is retelling an older story in a format that both kids and their parents enjoy watching.

Comment Re:Taste (Score 1) 366

Interesting. I wonder what other liquors, or even wines might benefit from this trick?

Well, wine is already in the 10%-20% alcohol range (as opposed to whiskey at ~40%), so you've essentially already benefited from this effect. Essentially any mixed drink made with a harder liquor is going to take advantage of this, however

Comment Re:Women don't want to do CS? (Score 1) 1563

First of all, I'm talking way younger than dolls or bob the builder. Boys and girls start acting like boys or girls after just a few months of age.

OK, so give me some examples of boy or girl specific behavior that would occur at an age early enough they were not getting toys. And what age are you thinking?

Secondly, it makes no difference which toys you give to which gender. Like I said earlier, you give a boy a doll, and he will play with it as though it were a ball or a tank or some other type of vehicle. You give a girl a fire truck, and she'll feed it a bottle. Same thing with gender-neutral toys. Give a boy legos, and he'll build a fort and smash it. Give the exact same legos to a girl, and she'll bake you a cake.

Anecdotes are just that. My daughter loves building things with blocks or legos (or having me build them when she was younger) and then proceeding to smash them. Yes, she is also nurturing to some of her stuffed animals.

I don't blame you for thinking I'm crazy. Before I had kids, I wouldn't have believed it, either. But if you look at the responses here from other parents, you'll see that I'm not an anomaly.

Let me state, one last time, that you missed the entire point of all my posts: The differences are observable, BUT they are as much an effect of the way society treats kids as they are of nature. As a parent, you are probably aware that young children are sponges, absorbing everything they see or hear, even if you don't notice it.

For example, many people here have cited examples of male toddlers playing with make believe guns. I ask you to consider if they created the entire concept of a gun (including the shape) out of their imagination, or if they saw a clip on television or a billboard somewhere that showed a male grown-up holding a gun. Which do you think is more likely?

Sponges, I say.

Comment Re:Women don't want to do CS? (Score 1) 1563

People treat little kids differently based on whether they are a boy or a girl, regardless of what you as a parent want (or even what the kid wants).

I'd love to hear an example of that. Remember, I'm talking about kids who aren't even 1 year old yet.

Sure. What do kids get as a gifts for (insert holiday celebration of your choice) from their relatives (especially Grandma/Grandpa)? Do the girls all get Bob the builder toys and the boys get a play kitchen and dolls? Probably not.

Your "wearing pink" example is silly. How would a 9-month-old know that pink is a "girl" color?

How do you know that pink is a "girl" color? It's societal. Society thinks that pink is a "girl" color, so people tend to give girls pink clothes. The girls then either like the color or recognize that they get positive reinforcement for liking it (e.g. grandma smiles and says "How cute!") and wear it more often.

Comment Re:Women don't want to do CS? (Score 2, Interesting) 1563

That might be true, but we noticed the differences since long before they were old enough to even have a gender identity. How could a child take clues from society about his or her gender roles before even knowing his or her own gender?

Unless you dress your kid in earth tones and name them "Pat", society at large knows if they are a boy or a girl and treats them "appropriately". If the relatives always give your kid pink things, chances are the kid will be predisposed towards wearing pink. No self-knowledge required on your offspring's part. People treat little kids differently based on whether they are a boy or a girl, regardless of what you as a parent want (or even what the kid wants).

In the end, you do what you can to give your kids the tools to break free from gender stereotypes, but it really is up to them.

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