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ck4829 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-26-08 03:04 PM
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Oh good God, they're looking for terrorist activities on online games now
Be careful who you frag. Having eliminated all terrorism in the real world, the U.S. intelligence community is working to develop software that will detect violent extremists infiltrating World of Warcraft and other massive multiplayer games, according to a data-mining report from the Director of National Intelligence.

The Reynard project will begin by profiling online gaming behavior, then potentially move on to its ultimate goal of "automatically detecting suspicious behavior and actions in the virtual world."

* The cultural and behavioral norms of virtual worlds and gaming are generally unstudied. Therefore, Reynard will seek to identify the emerging social, behavioral and cultural norms in virtual worlds and gaming environments. The project would then apply the lessons learned to determine the feasibility of automatically detecting suspicious behavior and actions in the virtual world.

* If it shows early promise, this small seedling effort may increase its scope to a full project.

Reynard will conduct unclassified research in a public virtual world environment. The research will use publicly available data and will begin with observational studies to establish baseline normative behaviors.

http://blog.wired.com/27bstroke6/2008/02/nations-spies-...
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DS1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-26-08 03:07 PM
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1. Make everyone play as naked women
problem solved.
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Orrex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-26-08 03:14 PM
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6. That's a solution that's been in search of a problem for years!
Well done! :hi:

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MADem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-26-08 04:02 PM
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18. Why not naked men? NT
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DS1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-26-08 04:14 PM
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22. because the taliban types wouldn't mind that so much
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MADem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-26-08 04:22 PM
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27. If you mean REAL Taliban types, you never know. If you mean fundies, here in the US,
they might get a bit discombobulated. But they'd probably enjoy it too.

TALIBAN types would love any kind of nekkidness. Gender isn't as important as you might think.

They'd pretend they were "sacrificing" in playing the terrible game in the name of the cause....
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EmperorHasNoClothes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-26-08 03:07 PM
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2. Bush got his ass kicked one too many times in WoW
:rofl:
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jgraz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-26-08 03:10 PM
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4. Well, actually he let some poor guy go fight in Alterac while he got drunk in IronForge
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Hallie Burton Donating Member (14 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-26-08 03:41 PM
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12. Yeah, he was swilling Rumsey Rum Black Label
and snorting Dream Dust. Hey! Maybe a warlock hit him with Unstable Affliction, that would explain a lot.
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whatchamacallit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-26-08 03:55 PM
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16. Ha!
:freak:
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The Straight Story Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-26-08 03:08 PM
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3. Let's hope they don't nail me while I am playing online chess
:)
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MADem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-26-08 03:12 PM
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5. They oughta look and figure out who blacked out Miami-Dade... NT
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valerief Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-26-08 03:36 PM
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11. Son of Enron. Making buckos on trading energy again. nt
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MADem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-26-08 04:01 PM
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17. I'm waiting for Monkey to come on TV to address the nation (breaking into the debates, maybe??)
to announce that it was a

TERRA HACK

and for this reason, he needs to take away our INTERNETS and monitor EVERYTHING!

As Judy Tenuda says, "It could HAP-PEN!!!"

Oh, and Dick Cheney is resigning due to "ill health" and the name of nominee to replace him is being placed before the Congress even as he speaks--and of course, he demands a swift UP OR DOWN vote, because to do other than that is UNPATRIOTIC. The nominee? Popeye, himself...!

Who would be approved on a voice vote.


It's a recurring nightmare, that latter bit...
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valerief Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-26-08 04:24 PM
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29. Ha! You know that's my fear, too. I keep thinking I should take my
retirement savings and move to Norway.
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Orrex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-26-08 03:15 PM
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7. For a while I played GTA3 with a GWB "skin"
Does that incriminate me?
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Javaman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-26-08 03:23 PM
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9. were you offing yourself as a target? nt
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Javaman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-26-08 03:21 PM
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8. So my lvl 56 human warrior is on the "trail" now of some terrorists...
I tracked them to the hellfire peninsular, but I can't get there yet because I'm not a 60 lvl toon. So I have to go grind some more so I can lvl up and go after the al qaeda blood elves.

It's been a bitch, but I got some really cool stuff and making kick ass gold in the AH!!! I just need a few more breaths of wind and I will have the ultimate sword. My toon has mining and blacksmithing.

the al qaeda really won't what hit them! This will be just soooooo coooool. oh and I'll be helping america!!!

:banghead:
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Hydra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-26-08 03:27 PM
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10. K&R
I used to play a lot of Starcraft, and I wondered how long they'd officially leave us alone.

People learning how to lead armies in a time of possible insurrection...not too bright if you're the tyrant.
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htuttle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-26-08 03:47 PM
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13. They are going to "begin with observational studies to establish baseline normative behaviors."
I suspect that any actual 'terrorists' would look sort of tame compared to your average violent, nihilistic teenager in WoW...

:rofl:
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Pogue.Mahone Donating Member (46 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-26-08 03:48 PM
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14. Osama plays WoW???
wtf? i'd figure he'd be more for quake or doom, lots more stuff to blow up!

you guys ever seen this? guild wars vs. wow :D

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YcWXL8jpFGs
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Bonhomme Richard Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-26-08 03:48 PM
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15. Probably has more to do with money laundering with.............
online virtual money.
Still.......It's not a good sign and I fear things are only going to get worse.
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fascisthunter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-26-08 04:05 PM
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19. Binka... they are on to us
level red
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LiberalAndProud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-26-08 04:05 PM
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20. It's an excuse play the games on the (taxpayers') clock.
you're not likely to convince my otherwise.
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Pogue.Mahone Donating Member (46 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-26-08 04:14 PM
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23. hahahahaha
like we need an excuse!!! i remember guys in our bldg played quake for hours! i'd leave work at 0300 and i swear the reticle of the weps was burned into my cornea! :D at one point we were playing tribes and we had a couple of helo drivers (majors) who LOVED flying transports and fighters...
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endarkenment Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-26-08 04:07 PM
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21. Call of Duty - half the players are bad guys
They should just take a snapshot at peak usage time and send 50% of the players to gitmo for some of the special treatment they've got down there. That'll learn them punks.
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DS1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-26-08 04:23 PM
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28. No no no. Make a Gitmo map, and the first people out of it are obviously terrorists
witch trials - circa 2008
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Hatalles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-26-08 04:17 PM
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24. noobs. n/t.
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damntexdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-26-08 04:18 PM
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25. Just salivating to be able to prosecute the ultiamte crime:
thought crime!
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Quantess Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-26-08 04:21 PM
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26. I bet the lower level agents are hoping they get this assignment.
Maybe they can even sneak in a game or 2 while sniffing out terrorism!
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HuffleClaw Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-26-08 04:35 PM
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30. seriously?
wow, what a waste of time. and just what the hell will count as 'suspicious behavior' i wonder.
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Quantess Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-27-08 01:54 AM
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32. Sure! "suspicious behavior" is grounds for another game
on the taxpayer's dime.
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Occulus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-26-08 04:37 PM
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31. AP: Wright, EA: "We don't know what happened" - 9/11/08
"We don't know what happened," Will Wright told reporters today following reports of suicidal creatures appearing in his new simulation game, Spore. "We released the game on Sunday, and today we hear about suicide-bomber creatures.

"I guess it only shows even Osama appreciates playing God."

The incidents began mere hours after the game's release, much to the surprise of Wright's development team. The new game centers around evolution and places the player in the role of an intelligent designer who must guide his race to the stars.

Or, apparently, command them to strap on belts of bombs.

"This wasn't an out-of-box function," Wright stressed in a press conference early Wednesday. "These are- I hesitate to use the word- tools another player or player have already modded into our game."

The suicide-belt tool, which is added as an intrinsic part of a player's creature, has been downloaded via the game's content distribution system more than one million times since the game's release four days ago.

"We don't intend to stop it," Wright explained. "If terrorist creatures threaten your own, you'll just have to deal with them. Luckily, you're God in Spore, so throwing an asteroid at each of their cities is perfectly within your capability."

The ESRB, concerned with this latest development, has indicated they will act swiftly should an excretory or sexual image, such as a breast, appear in the game, but is otherwise unconcerned.

"Killing and maiming don't result in a 'Ao' rating, but sexual content does," ESRB spokesman Eliot Mizrachi explained in an interview with AP reporters Tuesday. "We're prudes, and we like it that way."

Gamers, however, were ecstatic with the new addition to the game.

"When they go 'boom', it's like, arms, legs everywhere," one Spore fan chortled on the gaming message board Penny Arcade. "I'm waiting for an option to have another creature pick a severed limb up and use it as a weapon."

Neither Wright nor EA were answering requests for interviews as of late Wednesday, and directed all further inquiries to their press relations webpage.

:sarcasm:
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