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WELCOME TO THE SUCK: Here's What Life At Marine Boot Camp Is Like

Every Friday, a new crop of Marines leaves the base, and they leave happily.<p>The 12-week program is widely considered the most hellish of all recruit training regimens in the U.S. Military.<p>Here at Parris Island, the legendary drill instructors (DIs) make sure every waking moment of a recruit's life …

Military

Watch This Marine Corps Recruit Get The Butt-Chewing Of The Century

This recent LiveLeak clip is actually from a 2005 documentary called "Ears, Open, Eyeballs, Click."<p>The title comes from how Marine DIs talk to their recruits. Whenever a DI speaks directly to recruits, whether an order or a query, there are standard responses each recruit is required to know, and …

Military

Translator App Waygo Now Teaches You How To Read Chinese

Waygo, a mobile app that instantly translates Chinese characters into English just by hovering a smartphone camera over them, has been updated with a useful feature — it now teaches you how to read the Chinese characters by reflecting the pinyin, along with the English translation of the text.<p>This …

Sting Operation Nabs Alleged Online Arms Dealer On Silk Road Competitor Site

Law enforcement’s crackdown on the Web’s anonymous black markets has reached beyond drugs: Now an alleged online gun runner has found himself in the Feds’ crosshairs.<p>On Thursday the Department of Justice said that it’s arrested 38-year-old Matthew Crisafi in New Hampshire on charges of selling …

This 23-year-old’s open-source project, a server running on Raspberry Pi, gives the middle finger to Google

For most of us, Google shutting down Reader was annoying. For Jacob Cook, it was a call to arms.<p>He’s now building an operating system that anyone can use to replace all of the services that Google provides — or any other cloud company, for that matter. Email, chat, file sharing, web hosting: With …

75 Years Since "War of the Worlds" Broadcast, Hoaxes Live On

The 1938 radio program panicked America. Or did it? Could the same happen today?<p><b>October 30, 2013 marks the 75th anniversary of Orson Welles's infamous War of the Worlds radio broadcast.</b>

Paranormal

Al-Qaeda recruits entering Syria from Turkey safehouses

Foreign jihadists - including Britons - are flooding into Syria to join al-Qaeda from safe houses in Turkey<p>Hundreds of al-Qaeda recruits are being kept in safe houses in southern Turkey, before being smuggled over the border to wage “jihad” in Syria, The Daily Telegraph has learned.<p>The network of …

Middle East

Iraq to appeal for more US military aid

Iraq is to ask the United States for weapons, training and manpower to help fight the resurgence of al-Qaeda, two years after US troops left the country as security talks broke down.<p>The request will be discussed during a White House meeting on Friday between the Iraqi prime minister, Nouri …

Russia denies it slipped world leaders bugged USB disks and cables

After becoming embroiled in the NSA brouhaha by giving Edward Snowden sanctuary, Russia is again on the defensive after reports suggested it may have slipped G20 leaders compromised devices. A pair of Italian newspapers said that German security experts discovered "USB sticks and recharge cables …

Astronomers Discover the Most Distant Galaxy Yet

Its light blasted into space when the universe was only 700 million years old.<p><b>Astronomers have found a galaxy 13.1 billion light-years from Earth, making it officially the most distant object ever detected.</b><p>A faint, infrared speck of light from this ancient galaxy, called z8_GND_5296, was spotted …

Astrophysics