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Offending the hackers?


Microsoft releases biggest patch on record

It said six of the patches were high priority and should be deployed immediately. The patches — which update software to write over glitches — are designed to protect users from hackers or malicious software downloaded from the Internet.

The word you are looking for is “crackers” NOT “hackers”. There is a huge difference, and it is quite offensive to use the incorrect term.

Please modify your article to reflect the correct usage, and any articles that you may publish in the future.

Man in Scary Mask

As someone who loves words, I’m unhappy when they get hijacked and given a new meaning for no good reason. However, I’m afraid trying to preserve the original meaning of hacker is just a lost cause.

The secret dreams of presidents?


Obama has honor, and burden, of Nobel award

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Every U.S. president secretly harbors dreams of winning the Nobel Peace Prize.

I saw the headline about Obama winning the Nobel Peace Prize. The reporter writing about the event starts off the article with pushing out his own opinion, that every U.S. president secretly longs to win a Nobel Peace prize.

Animated objection?


Marge Simpson makes cover of Playboy

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – “D’oh!” doesn’t even start to cover it. Marge Simpson — the blue beehived matriarch of America’s most loved dysfunctional family – is Playboy magazine’s November cover, the magazine said on Friday.

Simpson, tastefully concealing her assets behind a signature Playboy Bunny chair, is the first cartoon character ever to front the glossy adult magazine, joining the ranks of sex symbols like Marilyn Monroe and Cindy Crawford.

Useful information, but wrong…


Redskins’ season threatens to unravel after loss to Lions “We need to get guys to stay together,” Redskins two-time Pro Bowl linebacker London Fletcher told reporters. “That is one of the main things you got to do.

The author states that London Fletcher is a two time Pro Bowler. In fact, he has been an eight time alternate while never actually having been elected or sent to the Pro Bowl.

I am not sure where the author got this information, possibly Wikipedia as it lists this incorrect information as well.

Old story reappears


McChrystal tries to calm Afghans after air strike

Mon Sep 21, 2009 5:31pm EDT

YAQOUBI, Afghanistan (Reuters) – The commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan flew on Saturday to the scene of a deadly air strike by his forces, trying to cool anger that threatens his strategy of winning hearts and minds.

Afghan officials say scores of people were killed, many of them civilians, when a U.S. F-15 fighter jet called in by German troops struck two hijacked fuel trucks before dawn on Friday

Tea parties…


How is it that America had thousands of Tax Protests yesterday and you don’t have anything listed in your “Top Stories” section?

If there were thousands of individual protests across the county speaking out about war you would have been all over it. But when average American Citizens gather peacefully you act as if it didn’t happen?

Political bias?



Why don’t your rename your site the Obama’s election site? I did not know who to vote for but all the news media is pushing Obama so I will vote for McCain.

Mick I.

I visit your site many times every day and hace been doing so for several years. It is clear that you have decided to back the Republican candidate for President. My question is why would you drive millions of users away from your site and the many products & services it features?  

A story in two minutes?


Side effects mar Elan, Wyeth Alzheimer’s trial

CHICAGO, July 29 (Reuters)- Keenly awaited details on Elan and Wyeth’s new Alzheimer’s drug bapineuzumab show it raised the risk of a potentially serious side effect, especially in people with a genetic risk of the disease, the companies said on Tuesday.

I have thought long and hard about how Reuters released this story at 5:02 p.m. when the data itself were released at 5:00 p.m. This was a deeply complex clinical study, and the results have a myriad of implications.

Reference to Gore


Gore likely to star at Democratic convention

WASHINGTON, July 31 (Reuters) – Al Gore, long mocked as an exaggerating bore, seems certain to land a lead role at the Democratic National Convention as an internationally recognized defender of the Earth.

gore-0731-220.jpgExcuse me, but when an article begins with “Al Gore, long mocked as an exaggerating bore…”, I think it should be labeled as an editorial and not a news story.

The wrong publication?


New Hunter S. Thompson film focuses on writings

hunter-160.jpgThe documentary examines Thompson’s works, including his first piece for Rolling Stone magazine about the Hells Angels motorcycle club and his books “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas ” and “Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail.”

I’m pretty sure it was for the National Observer, and it subsequently came out in book form (1967). But it very definitely was not for Rolling Stone.