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Reader reaction to Reuters news

…retrain all journalists?


North Korea hacker threat grows as cyber unit grows: defector

Lockheed’s cyber cops sift through hacker evidence

Hackers hit Sony sites raising more security issues

Sony defends response time to hacker breach

Could you please help retrain all journalists around the globe in the correct terminology for computer criminals?

The whole notion that a “hacker” is a bad person was created by your very own news industry and not by anyone else, so could you please rectify this?

No one else is in a position to fix the mistake that the news industry has created.

This is one of many links you may find informative:

Cars or cams?


Google says mistakenly got wireless data

CEBIT/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Google Inc said its fleet of cars responsible for photographing streets around the world have for several years accidentally collected personal information — which a security expert said could include email messages and passwords — sent by consumers over wireless networks.

A Google spokesperson said the Street View cars have been collecting the information since 2006 in more than 30 countries.

Sharing stories


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When is the ability to email articles going to be re-enabled? It’s been down for quite some time.


Indeed it has. It was disabled more than a month ago because of spam attacks.

We have a fix, and expect to deploy it soon: GBU Editor

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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.

Treble without a cause?


Microsoft launches new phone software

The market for phones is set to treble or quadruple in the next few years, Ballmer said, and Microsoft is ready to challenge other phone makers for market share.

The following quote: “The market for phones is set to treble or quadruple in the next few years, Ballmer said, and Microsoft is ready to challenge other phone makers for market share.” was on your site today.

Cases of computers?


North Korea army behind South web attack – report

The agency said 438 cases of personal computers have been reported destroyed by malicious software used in the attacks.

I have several questions:

How many computers in a case?

How many computers were destroyed?

Why can’t you provide news items in English?

Michael S.

I agree, that sentence was seriously in need of editing: GBU Editor

A North Korean soldier kicks a goat on the banks of the Yalu River near the North Korean town of Sinuiju, July 5, 2009. REUTERS/Jacky Chen

The wrong tube…


Air France crash focus on speed; search hopes fade

An aviation expert, who declined to be named, said the plane’s airspeed sensors, called pilot tubes, work on air pressure and might provide incorrect readings if they get obstructed by objects such as ice.

They are called “pitot” tubes not “pilot” tubes.


For your video report, the correct pronounciation of ‘pitot tube’ is ‘pee toe’

The wrong result


U.S. House passes DTV delay, ensuring passage

WASHINGTON, Jan 28 (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a bill to delay the nationwide switch to digital television signals by about four months, the final step that virtually ensures final passage.

All other news agencies I’m reading say that this vote did NOT pass. Reuters is reporting that it DID pass.

Portable water?


Astronauts work on space station water recycler

“We want to get this system running as soon as possible so we can process urine and verify that we have good portable water coming out the other side,” said station flight engineer Sandra Magnus during an in-flight interview.

Should portable not be potable? As in… drinkable?

James W.

Of course. We corrected: GBU Editor

Following a space-to-Earth news conference on November 21, 2008 members of the International Space Station and Space Shuttle Endeavour crew posed for a group portrait on the orbital outpost. Astronaut Donald Pettit appears at photo center. Just below Pettit is astronaut Heidemarie Stefanyshin-Piper. Clockwise from her position are astronauts Shane Kimbrough, Steve Bowen, Eric Boe, Chris Ferguson and Michael Fincke, along with cosmonaut Yury Lonchakov, and astronauts Sandra Magnus and Gregory Chamitoff in this photo released by NASA November 22, 2008. REUTERS/NASA

The wrong Berry



Wouldn’t it be nice if you had the right picture of the phone in your article? Nice article, BTW.


Yes, it would have been nice. This photo was not a good choice to illustrate this story, and if we did have to use it, the caption should have made clear what readers were seeing: GBU Editor