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With all of the conflicts the US has been involved with since 9/11, and the decades prior, one would think they would be masters of conflict, battle knowledge, strategy, and so much more. But, it looks like Washington think tank is asking for help, in a very weird place: by hiring the maker of Call of Duty, to envision the future of war for the US.
The Atlantic Council think tank says that even with all of its money, power and capabilities, the United States isn't thinking creatively when it comes to threats in the 21st century. The creator behind the Call of Duty franchise, Dave Anthony, will be among other authors, screenwriters and entertainment figures for an initiative called 'The Art of Future War Project', something that will launch next week.
The idea of this project came about when former Pentagon official Steven Grundman walked in on his son playing Call of Duty: Black Ops II, in which a cold war between China and the United States takes place, in 2025. In the game, the two superpowers are fighting against each other for rare earth elements in section missions. Anthony said: "He was struck how realistic our portrayal in 'Call of Duty: Black Ops II' was of a future conflict.
The Internet has been ablaze for the better part of the day, with countless celebrity nudes leaked onto the Internet. Where is this leak coming from? Well, it's being reported that celebrities' iCloud accounts have some how been accessed, with the exploit seeming to stem from Apple's 'Find My iPhone' service.
The developers of ibrute announced around 24 hours ago that there was a bug in the Find My iPhone service, which could imply that hackers gained access to AppleIDs, and from there, there are many ways that iCloud accounts could be accessed. If this method was used, the hackers would have needed email addresses of the celebrities in order to leak out their photos. Even still, the hackers would only need a couple of email addresses, and then search the inboxes for the celebrity-in-questions friends' email addresses.
But don't fret, the developers have confirmed that the exploit within the Find My iPhone has been patched up, but has the damage already been done? Shockingly, 4Chan has reportedly pulled the original thread with all of the pictures, which is something that I thought I'd never see. We've reached out to Anand for a comment, but haven't heard back just yet.
I'm sure you've heard of the ALS ice bucket challenge by now, but I'm sure you didn't hear that the ALS Association had filed trademarks on the phrases "ALS ice bucket challenge" and "ice bucket challenge" on August 22, which was met with controversy.
With over $94 million raised for the cause, greedy people could see the reasoning behind trying to trademark it, but after much criticism after filing the trademarks with the United States Patent & Trademark Office, the group removed its applications. Legal experts have said that trademarking both issues is not only in poor taste, but it is also hard to believe that two charity organizations would go after each other in court, especially over something that is raising money for the disease.
What do you think of ALS Association's attempt at trademarking the ice bucket challenge? Have you taken part in it?
Popular microblogging social network Twitter has said it will now officially comply with requests from family members to remove pictures and videos of the recently dead.
A spokesperson, Nu Wexler, said that Twitter will remove imagery of the dead in "certain circumstances" and will so so to "respect the wishes of loved ones." "When reviewing such media removal requests," Wexler said, "Twitter considers public interest factors such as the newsworthiness of the content and may not be able to honor every request."
However, family members will be expected to provide documentation that proves they're within rights to make the request. These requests will be valid from "when critical injury occurs to the moments before or after death," Twitter morbidly outlined.
The Premier League has announced it will be targeting users of the Vine social network who are uploading unauthorized video clips of goals onto the internet.
As the soccer season begins, the Premier League has warned that any footage from it belongs to the organisation - and that uploading even brief sections of it, such as goal videos, onto the internet is in breach of copyright. The Premier League's Dan Johnson said it was "ultimately against the law", adding that the League will be introducing automated bots to sniff out unauthorized usage online, as well as for gifs. He said that the League will actively be cooperating with Twitter.
Vine allows users to post and share very brief videos. Many fans sharing material will naturally be doing it for the love of the game. But TV networks, which are paying record sums in the billions for broadcasting rights, will want to discourage behavior they view as ways to watch for free.
A 26 year old Californian man has been sentenced to nearly two years in prison for shining laser pointers at a passing police helicopter.
Brett Lee Scott, 26, of Buttonwillow, claimed that he was "bored" and agreed to a plea deal with prosecutors. As Ars Technica reports, court filings show Scott had been allegedly shining the laser pointers towards the helicopter over a six month period.
Although it may seem innocuous, powerful laser pointers can quite easily blind pilots - with the worst case scenario being the crashing of an aircraft. No injuries resulted in this case, but the prosecution is a clear sign the law's taking the potential of such threats seriously.
A man while trying to take a Facebook selfie with a loaded gun, according to Mexican news.
Mexican website Proseco said Oscar Otero Aguilar, 21, was drinking before taking the picture and stumbled when the gun fired. Omar Abner Campos Vives, a friend of Aguilar's, has been arrested while another friend is reportedly on the run.
One report says Aguilar was found dead by the time police arrived, while another claims a neighbor found him while he was alive, Pocket Lint reports. An autopsy is expected, and so far officials say the death appears to have been an accident, and that the photograph was likely going to be posted on Facebook.
At least 180 people are injured and four dead following explosions in Kaohsiung city, south-west Taiwan.
Blasts occurred at both Kaisuan Road and Ersheng Road, and were felt in at least four areas of the city, according to Russia Today. Taiwan's United Daily News said 182 people were taken to hospital and at least four were killed, while the city's Fire Department said the injury toll is expected to rise.
More than 2.7 million people live in Kaohsiung, Taiwan's largest municipality by area, a port city and the second most populous in the country. Witnesses reported on social media that gas leaks began at 9PM Taiwan time, creating a billowing white fog. Fires sparked explosions on multiple streets according to China's Central News Agency, as can be seen in this video taken from the dashboard of a car, embedded above, showing fire and plumes of smoke emerging from the ground.
A British woman who added "Skywalker" to her name has been refused a passport application and told her name now infringes upon a trademark.
The woman, Laura Elizabeth Skywalker Matthews, from Southend, 29, said she'd never had a problem before - and that the name had been accepted for bank cards and her driving licence. But the passport office outright rejected it, and said she may have to use an old signature on a new form. Skywalker said she'd officially changed her name several years ago as a joke.
Britain's Home Office asserted that it refuses to accept name changes that are subject to copyright or trademark. "We have a duty to ensure the reputation of the UK passport is not called into question or disrepute," a spokesperson told the BBC.
Businesses that are worried about a software skills shortage are setting up the first university in Wales, UK to be dedicated to the subject.
However, there will be no dedicated campus for this University - instead it will offer a mixture of online and applied learning with complementary work experience, or internship, schemes. It is being set up either to be paid for privately, through a charity, or publicly. However it comes to be, the degree courses will be real and last for two years, and accredited by another university.
One of the people behind the plan, Simon Gibson, suggested there's an upcoming crisis regarding the lack of young people with qualified software skills. "It's not just software engineers writing things for mobile phones now," he said, speaking with the BBC. "Software engineers are needed in the insurance business, finance, bioscience, anything that involves economic development requires good software skills." The plans are said to be "well advanced" but further details are not clear quite yet.