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Fox News Ties 'Flame' Malware To Angry Birds

Soulskill posted more than 2 years ago | from the there's-bad-men-in-our-internets dept.

It's funny.  Laugh. 188

eldavojohn writes "The title of this hard-hitting piece of journalism reads 'Powerful 'Flame' cyberweapon tied to popular Angry Birds game,' and opens with, 'The most sophisticated and powerful cyberweapon uncovered to date was written in the LUA computer language, cyber security experts tell Fox News — the same one used to make the incredibly popular Angry Birds game.' The rest of the details that are actually pertinent to the story follow that important message. The graphic for this story? Perhaps a map of Iran, or the LUA logo, or maybe the stereotyped evil hacker in a ski mask? Nope, all Angry Birds. Describing LUA as 'Gamer Code,' Fox for some reason (popularity?) selects Angry Birds from an insanely long list in their article implying guilt-by-shared-development-language. I'm not sure if explaining machine language to them would alleviate the perceived problem or cause them to burn their desktops in the streets and launch a new crusade to protect the children."

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Next up... (4, Funny)

jakimfett (2629943) | more than 2 years ago | (#40186841)

It would make a crazy sort of sense, yes? If Angry Birds was actually malware...

Re:Next up... (1)

SmurfButcher Bob (313810) | more than 2 years ago | (#40187225)

But... WARCRAFT ADDONS are in LUA also!

Clearly, the attackers are trying to sneak in things like Recount and Gearscore to see how they compare, FFS!

Re:Next up... (1)

jakimfett (2629943) | more than 2 years ago | (#40187673)

And the Corona SDK [anscamobile.com] makes programmers use ONLY LUA! It's a conspiracy! Igor, get me my tinfoil hat!

Angry Birds reference makes perfect sense ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40188407)

It would make a crazy sort of sense, yes? If Angry Birds was actually malware...

Actually the reference makes perfect sense. They quote merely offers an example of the LUA language's more typical type of usage. Angry Birds is a good reference since it is something that many non-geeks will be aware of.

Red birds (4, Funny)

MooseTick (895855) | more than 2 years ago | (#40186879)

Now we know why those birds are red.They are obviously commies.

Re:Red birds (1)

game kid (805301) | more than 2 years ago | (#40187043)

Get with the times! They're cybercommies. They perform cyberattacks on the cyberweb with a video game cyberprogramming language. Cyberfilm at eleven.

Re:Red birds (3, Informative)

jakimfett (2629943) | more than 2 years ago | (#40187131)

Every time you kill a pig, somewhere, a cybercommie kills a patriot...

Re:Red birds (5, Funny)

mwvdlee (775178) | more than 2 years ago | (#40187425)

If they're cybercommies, they're probably from cyberia.

Re:Red birds (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40187781)

i see what you did there

Re:Red birds (1)

Luckyo (1726890) | more than 2 years ago | (#40188057)

Methinks they need some cyberin'...

Re:Red birds (1)

Niedi (1335165) | more than 2 years ago | (#40188061)

But then, in some ways they still have a classic view:
"Flame is described as enormously powerful and large, containing some 250,000 lines of code, making it far larger than other such cyberweapons." [...] "But this new weapon is twenty times the size of earlier cyberbombs and far more powerful, making it practically an army on its own, said Roel Schouwenberg, a senior security researcher with Kaspersky Labs."

Wait until they finish the TerraBomb, with it you can overload many a computer simply by copying the WEAPON to the HD. It doesn't even need to be launched (though you might need to copy it once or twice on machines with a larger HD...). Only downside is that the attack takes a considerable amount of time to carry out.

Muticolored birds! (3, Funny)

Oh Gawwd Peak Oil (1000227) | more than 2 years ago | (#40187751)

Some a them birds are yellow. They must be Jap'nese. Doesn't anyone remember Pearl Harbor anymore?

Others are black. You know about them.

Still others are blue. Must be from some a them blue states!

In fact, this whole multicolored thing reminds me of (shaking head) multiculturalism. Angry Birds is rooning Murka!!!

SO related (5, Funny)

Tsu-na-mi (88576) | more than 2 years ago | (#40186889)

So.. Flame is about as related to Angry Birds as Fox News is related to facts then?

Re:SO related (5, Funny)

Hatta (162192) | more than 2 years ago | (#40187071)

Fox News is written in the same language as the Unabomber Manifesto. Coincidence?

Re:SO related (5, Funny)

jd (1658) | more than 2 years ago | (#40187237)

Maybe not - the language WAS invented by psychotic warrior tribes (the Angles and Saxons) and then added to by other psychotic warrior tribes (the Norse, the Danes and the Normans).

Huh. Just thought. Maybe the Normans were psychotic out of confusion - none of them were actually CALLED Norman, they all had French names.

Re:SO related (-1)

cpu6502 (1960974) | more than 2 years ago | (#40188409)

Quoting somebody else(below)
>>>Its not like this article is any more inaccurate than any other report they make. It's entertainment, not news...

This is pretty true of ALL the Cable "news" channels. I have a link where an MSNBC reporter brags that he has no idea what "Bilderberg group" is and has no intention of finding out. In other words, he's proudly admitting he likes to be ignorant. Not much of a reporter. (Sorry this is the only copy of the video I have..... it's about halfway down.)

Sneering MSNBC Anchor:
âoeIâ(TM)m Way Too Lazyâ To Research Bilderberg
http://www.infowars.com/sneering-msnbc-anchor-im-way-too-lazy-to-research-bilderberg/ [infowars.com]

Re:SO related (4, Funny)

Nerdfest (867930) | more than 2 years ago | (#40187337)

I link the Assembly language idea. Scaring all Fox news listeners away from any computer use would help solve a lot of problems.

Re:SO related (2)

mwvdlee (775178) | more than 2 years ago | (#40187475)

Next, tell them about the processors in their TV and the entire problem is gone.

Re:SO related (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40187765)

I link the Assembly language idea. Scaring all Fox news listeners away from any computer use would help solve a lot of problems.

Y'know, I have to wonder at this point, does Fox News have that many viewers/listeners who are indoctrinated? I have this odd feeling a very disproportionately large amount of their viewers are people looking for a snidely or ironically fun time mocking them.

Re:SO related (1)

joocemann (1273720) | more than 2 years ago | (#40187611)

Its not like this article is any more inaccurate than any other report they make.

It's entertainment, not news... which was their own admission, and was agreed upon by the supreme court, re:monsanto posilac.

Only idiots think its news.

Re:SO related (1)

reallite (957130) | more than 2 years ago | (#40187879)

There was a post on Full disclosure about this very thing the other day; a user posted: " ..if flame was hidden in angry birds" with a title of "Imagine if..." Possible source for Fox's story?

Re:SO related (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40188287)

You meant CNN or MSNBC, right? I mean, Fox News TROUNCES those hard-left "news organizations" in ratings ... Oh wait, the people that watch Fox News are just idiots, right?

Re:SO related (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40188383)

So.. Flame is about as related to Angry Birds as Fox News is related to facts then?

That's pretty much it. In the bad old pre-internet days we used to call this hack journalism.

'Stuff that matters' (1)

PenquinCoder (1431871) | more than 2 years ago | (#40186891)

Americans will generally only read news articles that are of interest of something pertaining to them or their general situation. Iran issues, to Americans, probably don't mean much of anything. Angry birds on the other hand.... now THAT is the stuff that matters. Nothing more than a poor attempt of Fox to garner page views from readers.

ffs (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40186905)

Lua is not an acronym. It is a WORD. It even strains on the lua.org website, that Lua is a word meaning moon in Portuguese, not an acronym.
If it were an acronym it'd stand for "learn ur acronyms".

Re:ffs (5, Funny)

jd (1658) | more than 2 years ago | (#40187277)

Not only is it used by gamers and LaTeX (obviously a secret fetishist group), it's got a Foreign Name! That must surely be all the evidence Fox needs!

Re:ffs (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40188691)

Why all the hate? The article just uses a pop culture reference to attract readers who may not be as familiar as slashdot readers? It does not even come close to implying the two are related other than the same language--it is just a fun article that captures readers who may not know much about coding to read something new. You all should be happy to see technology presented so the general public can relate--too few do these days.

Re:ffs (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40188171)

Never type 'LUA' on #lua. They will skin you alive.

Re:ffs (1)

Translation Error (1176675) | more than 2 years ago | (#40188371)

Never type 'LUA' on #lua. They will skin you alive.

Oh, that's just an urban legend!

please tell me it's generational (1)

Frequanaut (135988) | more than 2 years ago | (#40186911)

And fox news will soon fade away as the baby boomers fade away

Re:please tell me it's generational (4, Insightful)

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo (1000167) | more than 2 years ago | (#40187173)

I wish I could agree with that, but there are plenty of people in my age demographic (25-35) who get all of their talking-points from Fox News. I'm not sure why we eased up on the laws allowing Rupert Murdoch to own media in the U.S., but we pay for it every day in the form of continuing ignorance and whack-job propaganda/conspiracy theories.

Re:please tell me it's generational (2)

suutar (1860506) | more than 2 years ago | (#40187231)

Because he paid a lot of money to a lot of people.

Re:please tell me it's generational (1)

cpu6502 (1960974) | more than 2 years ago | (#40188489)

>>>why we eased up on the laws allowing Rupert Murdoch to own media in the U.S.

Probably the FCC doesn't have any control over any media except Broadcast TV. That means cable tv and newspapers are laissez faire and largely unregulated. In theory the FCC could force Rupert to give-up FOX Broadcast, but none of his other properties.

Re:please tell me it's generational (0, Flamebait)

couchslug (175151) | more than 2 years ago | (#40187769)

Christianity is the problem, and it's expanding in even more primitive countries which also send immigrants to the US.

Re:please tell me it's generational (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40187903)

Christianity is the problem,

Says "couchslug". Nice.

Re:please tell me it's generational (3)

TheGratefulNet (143330) | more than 2 years ago | (#40188257)

as long as there are 'young republicans' (and, sadly, there are) then there will be faux news, telling it how they want to hear it.

blame the churches and religion. they keep feeding the republicans more and more new blood.

Re:please tell me it's generational (0)

cpu6502 (1960974) | more than 2 years ago | (#40188595)

>>>as long as there are 'young republicans' (and, sadly, there are) then there will be faux news

Most of the young republicans I've met lately don't watch any of the cable channels. Not ZzzzNN or DNCnbc or Faux News. They watch RT News and other online sources (so-called alternative media).

BTW the headline sucks.
But if you read the actual article, the reporter is making the point that Lua has never been used to write malware before. That it's an unusual choice... or so claims the Retired Colonel she is quoting.

Anonymous Coward (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40186917)

Misleading Fox News Titles are Misleading.

Re:Anonymous Coward (1)

ZeroSumHappiness (1710320) | more than 2 years ago | (#40187077)

FOXNews At 11: Misleading FOXNews Titles are Accurate?

News Corp making a play for Rovio? (5, Funny)

rk (6314) | more than 2 years ago | (#40186933)

Seriously, some people should be banned for life from writing tech stories. That's somewhat akin to saying the Queen of England is tied to a kidnapping because the ransom note was written in English.

Re:News Corp making a play for Rovio? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40186959)

change it to the King, and then you have yourself a deal!

Re:News Corp making a play for Rovio? (1)

El_Muerte_TDS (592157) | more than 2 years ago | (#40187057)

Seriously, some people should be banned for life from writing stories.

fixed it for you

Re:News Corp making a play for Rovio? (1)

jd (1658) | more than 2 years ago | (#40187311)

Seriously, some people should be banned from life for writing stories.

FIFY.

Re:News Corp making a play for Rovio? (1)

mwvdlee (775178) | more than 2 years ago | (#40187505)

Seriously, some people should be banned from life.

FIFY

Re:News Corp making a play for Rovio? (4, Funny)

almitydave (2452422) | more than 2 years ago | (#40187091)

... or "BMW 3-Series tied to Nazi death camps" ... or "Nuclear testing tied to Fukushima disaster" ... or "President Obama tied to Florida cannibal"

It's almost like a game, find the most outrageous thing you can tie to the most popular innocent sounding thing, using the most superficial of reasons.

"Killer Physics: Gyroscopic Effect Tied to All Motorcycle Fatalities!"

I'm not even all that creative, I'm sure others can do better.

Re:News Corp making a play for Rovio? (2)

im3w1l (2009474) | more than 2 years ago | (#40187257)

"Killer Physics: Gyroscopic Effect Tied to All Motorcycle Fatalities!" this is like saying that angry birds is related to LUA. We should instead focus on other products that also use the gyroscopic effect. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gyroscope#Modern_uses [wikipedia.org] "iPhone 4 tied to motorcycle fatalities"

Re:News Corp making a play for Rovio? (4, Funny)

mooingyak (720677) | more than 2 years ago | (#40187393)

"President Obama tied to Florida cannibal"

Somehow I can't help but read this one literally.

Re:News Corp making a play for Rovio? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40187137)

Seriously, some people should be banned for life from writing tech stories.

Nah, just send their stories to The Onion.

Re:News Corp making a play for Rovio? (2)

tool462 (677306) | more than 2 years ago | (#40187197)

I don't see the Queen denying it. Do you? If she isn't an accomplice, why doesn't she just come out and say so???

Re:News Corp making a play for Rovio? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40187371)

To be fair, the first thought I had when I first read about Flame (http://www.securelist.com/en/blog/208193522/The_Flame_Questions_and_Answers) was, "I bet it's a game developer or a former game developer." I think game developers are the only software developers, as a group, that use Lua extensively. I'm not saying it isn't used for other things, but I've rarely run across Lua outside of game development (I was in the industry for about 5 years before calling it quits). I would say it's highly probable a former game developer is involved. That also suggests a small number of nations which might have organized the effort (the United States being, arguably, chief among them). Of course, this is all pure speculation on my part.

Ultimately, the point I am trying to make is that I understand the point the article is trying to make, though I will agree it was done in a very poor fashion.

Translation (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40186939)

There's a much more compact way to summarize this story:

"The submitter has a hard-on for Fox News"

Much clearer, compact, and concise, and contains just as much relevant information.

Re:Translation (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40187075)

That's what I took from it too.

Or

Soulskill has way too much time.

Re:Translation (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40187249)

Yeah... "I don't know WHY they'd choose Angry Birds out of ALL the games written in Lua."

Maybe because it's probably the most readily recognizable and therefore immediately RELATABLE game that people know about? Eldavojohn usually seems to put some thought into his comments around here, but he might as well have just written "I WANT TO MAKE FUN OF FOX NEWS TONIGHT."

Other news outlets have reported Flame's relation to "Angry Birds" because it's written in Lua as well, but why talk about the general ignorance of news outlets when it comes to malware and security when we can use this as yet another excuse to single out ONE news outlet that's popular to hate on!?

https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&gl=us&tbm=nws&q= [google.com] "Angry+Birds"+Flame

Re:Translation (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40187691)

It would also be the first game in Wikipedia's alphabetical list of games using Lua as a scripting language that whoever was writing the story recognized.

Noobs use LUA (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40186975)

Real h4ck3rs use Lisp.

Spell the language correctly (1)

Necroman (61604) | more than 2 years ago | (#40187003)

Even on Lua's site (which Fox links to), they have a section [lua.org] explaining how to spell and pronounce the name.

Please do not write it as "LUA", which is both ugly and confusing, because then it becomes an acronym with different meanings for different people. So, please, write "Lua" right!

You think they'd at least get that part right (when they link to the website).

Re:Spell the language correctly (3)

suutar (1860506) | more than 2 years ago | (#40187261)

That would involve actually reading the website. Based on the tenuosity of the connection, I don't think they could handle that.

Re:Spell the language correctly (2)

wiedzmin (1269816) | more than 2 years ago | (#40187503)

You think they'd at least get that part right (when they link to the website).

Linking to things and reading them are two entirely different things. Especially on Slashdot.

Fox is related to Terrorism (4, Funny)

whisper_jeff (680366) | more than 2 years ago | (#40187005)

This just in - Fox News is related to Terrorism in that both use the english language to communicate.

See what I did there Fox? Yeah. We saw what you did there too.

Re:Fox is related to Terrorism (1)

identity0 (77976) | more than 2 years ago | (#40187553)

Sadly, people who watch Fox News likely do think that way about human languages like Arabic or Persian.

People just see 'that squiggly terrorist-speak' and freak out.

Re:Fox is related to Terrorism (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40187719)

Link Found Between FoxNews And Faked Stories

Investigators have discovered that FoxNews reports are written using the same language as the fake stories written by discredited NYTimes reporter Jayson Blair [wikipedia.org] . In fact, anecdotal evidence suggests that most news stories written for the US market are in fact written using the same language and similar editorial criteria, and that the average US reader continues to carelessly read and trust these news sources despite the clear link to false, inaccurate, incomplete, and/or misleading reports written by these same news sources when using this language targeted at the US reader. Investigators expect that this report will have little impact on the trend.

* posted as AC since I've already moderated some comments on this article.

Yeah, and? (3, Interesting)

Hartree (191324) | more than 2 years ago | (#40187025)

The Washington Post wrote a similar piece yesterday that I read. Headline was less direct but linked it in the first paragraph.

As did a number of other sources.

So, how does this apply only to Fox?

Re:Yeah, and? (2)

XeroSine (1067136) | more than 2 years ago | (#40187111)

Because people will bitch about anything they don't like and blow it out of proportions just because. Fox news, in most cases, has about as much relevant info as MSNBC and CNN....this is why i only get my news from sources outside the mainstream media....you know, BBC and associated press.

Re:Yeah, and? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40187193)

yes for bbc, no for AP. if you really wanna get the full view, include russia today and CCCTV. Although they run slanted pieces like everyone else, they are usually so obvious you can immediatly discredit them.

Re:Yeah, and? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40187773)

Translation: "Anything that doesn't strike me as immediately slanted is slanted towards a conclusion I agree with."

Ah, the magic of confirmation bias!

Re:Yeah, and? (2)

Hartree (191324) | more than 2 years ago | (#40188637)

I tend to follow a pretty broad array of sources.

One key is to remember what the slant of the site you're reading is and adjust accordingly.

Example: Xinhua (Chinese news agency) does a lot of reporting on economic development in southeast asia that doesn't get picked up by most western sources and it's usually fairly good info. However, I take what they say about the Dalai Lama or Falun Gong, for example, with a rather large grain of salt. ;)

Re:Yeah, and? (2)

cpu6502 (1960974) | more than 2 years ago | (#40188673)

>>>you know, BBC and associated press.

The BBC was just caught doctoring a ~5 year old Iraqi photo of child-aged corpses, in order to make that claim that Syrian children had *just* been killed in a massacre. So..... you can't trust BBC either. They too manufacture/distort their reporting.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/9293620/BBC-News-uses-Iraq-photo-to-illustrate-Syrian-massacre.html [telegraph.co.uk]

Re:Yeah, and? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40187127)

http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/technology/flame-cyberweapon-written-using-gamer-code-report-says/2012/05/31/gJQAkIB83U_story.html is the story, I believe...but it simply reports that "Fox News reports" meaning it was originally Fox. Also, I find the Washington Post article much less insane than the Fox one.

Re:Yeah, and? (1)

samoanbiscuit (1273176) | more than 2 years ago | (#40187129)

Because the Fox article seems to be the most retarded one of the bunch. Most other news sites mention the "gamer code of lua" or was that "LUA" in passing. The Fix article makes it one of the main points. This is what happens when they get too used to publishing opinions.

Re:Yeah, and? (2)

EvanED (569694) | more than 2 years ago | (#40187299)

The Fox article was spot on, at least when I saw it, in comparison to MSNBC's piece-of-shit excuse for an article.

I'd link it but I don't want to give them the traffic. (The title was "Was Flame virus written by cyberwarriors or gamers?" if that gives you any idea.)

Re:Yeah, and? (1)

sneakyimp (1161443) | more than 2 years ago | (#40187869)

How about giving us a link so we can make some kind of comparison?

Re:Yeah, and? (1)

Hartree (191324) | more than 2 years ago | (#40188433)

The AC who replied before you linked to it. http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/technology/flame-cyberweapon-written-using-gamer-code-report-says/2012/05/31/gJQAkIB83U_story.html [washingtonpost.com]

Mea culpa, I missed the "Fox reported" in it, but still.

When I first heard Angry Birds linked to it was on The Register well before the MSM even had it on radar. This was on Tuesday. Here's the URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/05/29/flame_cyberweapon_analysis/ [theregister.co.uk]

Note that their subtitle on it is: "But it shares same scripting tech as Angry Birds"

As linked in another of the comments, the lua and gaming link was done by MSNBC as well. http://redtape.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/05/30/11962850-was-flame-virus-written-by-cyberwarriors-or-gamers?lite [msn.com]

None of that is really suprising. Its an area where most of the general populace don't have a lot of existing knowledge or experience to link it to. Angry Birds is very well known and kind of a seeming irony to be written in the same language.

My point is largely that with all of the things Fox can be criticized for, this is pretty small beer.

Re:Yeah, and? (0)

Mashiki (184564) | more than 2 years ago | (#40188147)

So, how does this apply only to Fox?

Simple, the vast majority of people on /. lean left these days. These same people can't think coherently when it comes to Fox. Therefore anything relating to Fox drives them insane. Perhaps they should just go back to taking anti-psychotics or something?

I'll have to remember this story for future reference, so that the bastions of MSNBC, ABC, and CBS do something stupid, I can simply point back. I'd add CNN but considering they're about to collapse, no need to really worry.

Re:Yeah, and? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40188849)

Simple, the vast majority of people on /. lean left these days.

You think you can just quote some bullshit fact and have it be true? You must also believe 2+2=5 and freedom=slavery.

more dismayed than shocked (1)

sl4shd0rk (755837) | more than 2 years ago | (#40187041)

I guess were witnessing reality news for the masses. If there wasn't an audience for fox news,they'd been gone long ago. I know from standing in the grocery lines however that National Enquirer draws its own crowd of gullible lamers. Fox news has basically capitalized on that but in real-time.

Re:more dismayed than shocked (1)

jd (1658) | more than 2 years ago | (#40187459)

Famed sci-fi author Nigel Kneale wrote a screenplay about reality TV [wikipedia.org] back in 1968. Yes, it is available to watch [youtube.com] . I won't say Fox is the only guilty party - all broadcasters are guilty, even the Cartoon Channel and that should be logically impossible - but that doesn't mean it's any less stupid.

Lua not LUA (0, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40187045)

http://www.lua.org/about.html#name

Fox News (1)

JustAnotherIdiot (1980292) | more than 2 years ago | (#40187107)

I stopped reading before I even finished the title.
I'm assuming even the biggest idiots on this site (like myself) know better than to listen to anything that spews from that "news" site.

Well, of Course... (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40187153)

Angry Birds is obviously an evil socialist liberal attack on conservative American values! Look at it: Liberal bird brains get pissed when they lose their nest egg to wealthy conservatives, done up as pigs in an obvious ad hominem attack, when they slack off on the job. They then conspire to fly into the "pigs" buildings, bringing them crashing down on their poor heads. This is just more proof that liberals are really a bunch of terrorist sympathizers! /sarcasm

It's funny laugh! Please, laugh? Why are you all looking at me that way?!?

Re:Well, of Course... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40187891)

ANGRY BIRDS DID 9/11

Flip the script (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40187187)

I have a few tech-saavy friends who are fox viewers that don't believe fox news has an insane conservative slant (being conservatives themselves, they just dont see it).

Big grin on my face as I forward this to them ... it's only a slim 0.1% chance that they'll "get it" but .. still .. a chance ..

Of course (-1)

ozduo (2043408) | more than 2 years ago | (#40187283)

fox news is dumbed down to match its audience. So Americans why not get your news from somewhere else like http://www.theonion.com/ [theonion.com] its dumbed down and twisted

Can you Read (-1, Flamebait)

m0s3m8n (1335861) | more than 2 years ago | (#40187315)

If you dumb fucks would READ, the article does not tie Flame to Angry Birds except that the two programs were written in the same language. That is all, pretty simple if you can read. It does not say Angry Birds had anything to do with Flame. Is it a bit sensational - yes. Does it give quotations from experts in the field - yes (well as far as I know that is). Does it imply Angry Birds had anything to do with the production, distribution or control of Flame - No. Well, bye for now. Have to go clean my guns.

And don't get me started on World of Warcraft! (1)

Impy the Impiuos Imp (442658) | more than 2 years ago | (#40187325)

So they "tied" it to something popular to get millions of peeps on ads.

What's the beef? A few years back CNN ran an article soon after the huge tsunami in Asia that sea rises due to global warming "would be like the tsunami zomg!!!" In the fine print a scientist said there could be a 30 foot sea rise, the same height as the tsunami wave, over the course of 100-300 years.

Ad people are jackasses.

This just in... (1)

Kindgott (165758) | more than 2 years ago | (#40187351)

This just in, Fox News is produced using video cameras, the same technology used by terrorists to create beheading videos!

To be fair... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40187355)

Unlike the geeks and techno-junkies here...95% of the American viewing public has no clue what malware is. Fox did what all broadcast news does...they related a story to something the people could understand.
Slashdot opinions do the same thing with all the car analogies.

Maybe if the average American IQ was higher than a half-full glass of water the news (FOX, CNN, CBS etc) would be a bit more insightful.

Why the fuss? (1)

funkatron (912521) | more than 2 years ago | (#40187427)

It's a comedy site, mashing random shit together into implausible narratives is exactly what they're supposed to be doing. This is no different to what The Onion or Cracked do and I don't see the bile getting thrown at those corners of the intertubes. The only thing objectionable here is the quality. It's not hilarious but not terrible. Keep trying guys and girls!

It's kind of funny (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40187527)

I'm not sure if explaining machine language to them would alleviate the perceived problem or cause them to burn their desktops in the streets and launch a new crusade to protect the children.

When the propaganda ministry of the GOP tries to report an actual news story they kind of fumble around with the process. They should just stick with being a right wing tabloid, it's what they're good at.

So... (1)

eugene2k (1213062) | more than 2 years ago | (#40187549)

Fox News delivering idiocy to your doorstep (couch) still surprises people? And here I thought amercans watch it instead of comedy central...

Re:So... (1)

Un pobre guey (593801) | more than 2 years ago | (#40187865)

When people watch Fox News, it is the viewers who become Comedy Central.

Does this mean... (1)

ilsaloving (1534307) | more than 2 years ago | (#40187555)

If sales in Angry Birds drops, then Rovio can sue Fox for libel, or harmed reputation, or whatever?

This has a very good chance of causing quantifiable, demonstrable harm. I hope it does, and I really hope Rovio slams Fox's collective rectal cavities against the wall for it.

It gets worse... (1)

goodmanj (234846) | more than 2 years ago | (#40187597)

It's far worse than you realize, Fox: LUA is also heavily used by World of Warcraft! So, the Flame virus that's taking over your computer has ties to demon-worshipping warlocks, pagan druids, and heretical shadow priests.

Ha! (-1, Flamebait)

CaptainLugnuts (2594663) | more than 2 years ago | (#40187785)

Anything that helps kill LUA is OK with me.

Fox News (1)

Un pobre guey (593801) | more than 2 years ago | (#40187853)

We all can watch Fox News. It's easy and there's nothing to stop us. But should we? Is there any redeeming value that accrues by watching it, or is it all pure commercial pro-establishment rubbish whose primary purposes are a) to make money from advertising, and b) promote a particular political ideology, not necessarily in that order?

There are many similar things that we can do: smoke, drink sugary beverages, eat meat every day, drink lots of booze, live a sedentary lifestyle, obsessively and bitterly wish we were millionaires, drive our cars always as fast as possible (because we're in a hurry and everyone else is a fucking loser), drive big expensive cars (or aspire to do so), drink sugary beverages in large quantities, obsessively and bitterly wish we were billionaires, zealously believe and promote a political party or candidate, covet the yuppie lifestyle, smoke lots of dope (insert favorite drug and drug pastime here), play video or computer games or consume electronic pop culture at every available moment (earbuds? always on), have all the latest gadgets (cell phones, laptops, consoles, tablets, Apple products, etc.), gain weight without any reasonable limit, and so on. The list is long. We can do it if we feel like it. Who are you to deny that right?

We can do those things, right? Nothing to stop us.

Long, exasperated, sigh... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40187965)

followed by "head in hands" pose.

It's like we're going back to the frickin dark ages.

Tonight on Fox, Ghandi linked to Hitler (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40188113)

Fox have discovered that Ghandi and Hitler were both humans, more on this shocking link later!

In other news (4, Funny)

Georules (655379) | more than 2 years ago | (#40188175)

Fox News is commonly written in English, the same language used to write Twilight. This clearly ties them to sparkly vampires who are destroying our youth.

It's early on the list (1)

tom112358 (2616581) | more than 2 years ago | (#40188459)

If you look at the "insanely long list"(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Lua-scripted_video_games) on wikipedia, angry birds is the first well known computer game listed. I think this is half lack of any relevant knowledge, half laziness.

Re:It's early on the list (1)

Georules (655379) | more than 2 years ago | (#40188695)

I'm not sure why using another program that is programmed in the same language provides any context for the language that is important for news reporting. Unless, perhaps, the developer was the same, which the headline leads a casual reader to believe.

Lua not LUA (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40188707)

"Lua" (pronounced LOO-ah) means "Moon" in Portuguese. As such, it is neither an acronym nor an abbreviation, but a noun. More specifically, "Lua" is a name, the name of the Earth's moon and the name of the language. Like most names, it should be written in lower case with an initial capital, that is, "Lua". Please do not write it as "LUA", which is both ugly and confusing, because then it becomes an acronym with different meanings for different people. So, please, write "Lua" right!

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