UN confirms chemical attack in Syria and reddit bans Navy Yard shooting subreddit plus more

The United Nations report alleged chemical
attack which took place on the 21st August In Syria was published today. What we now
know is that chemical weapons were used. According to the United Nations “chemical weapons have
been used in the ongoing conflict between the parties in the Syrian Arab Republic; also
against civilians, including children, on a relatively large scale. In particular, the
environmental, chemical and medical samples, we have collected, provide clear and convincing
evidence that surface-to-surface rockets containing the nerve agent Sarin were used in Ein Tarma,
Moadamiyah and Zamalka in the Ghouta area of Damascus,” The UN didn’t assign blame to who used the
weapons – as expected – but it has confirmed that a large scale chemical attack did take
place. Ban Ki Moon, the UN secretary general, refused to assign blame but described the
attack as a War Crime, the perpetrators of which, he said, must be held accountable.
The Syrian Government are yet to respond, Russia said we mustn’t jump to conclusions
and that there were “serious grounds” to believe the attack had been a provocation by rebel
forces’ whilst France, UK, and the US all suggested the report vindicated their assessment
that Bashar al-Assad had carried out the attack. “But the technical details of the UN report
make clear that only the regime could have carried out this large scale chemical weapons
attack.” Here’s Laura. Reddit has banned a subreddit that was designed
to find possible suspects behind the Navy Yard mass shooting that took place in Washington,
DC on the 16th September. Although police have now confirmed that there
is only one suspect for the attack – 34-year-old Aaron Alexis who was himself shot dead at
the scene – they’d initially said that another individual may also have been involved. According to reddit’s general manager Erik
Martin, the subreddit was banned because it “violated site rules by encouraging the posting
of personal information.” And this isn’t the first time that redditors
have tried to use the site for armchair detective work. Back in April 2012, reddit and 4chan users
collaborated to help find the people being the Boston Marathon bombing. But it all went horribly wrong when several
people were falsely identified as possible suspects, including Sunil Tripathi, a 22-year-old
university student who had gone missing the previous month and was later found dead. Shortly after, reddit apologised for its role
in providing a platform for the witch hunt and it seems that by banning the Navy Yard
subreddit it is trying to prevent a similar situation from unfolding again. Now here’s Grace Scientists have discovered a second stock
exchange, one powered by machines, one that can trade faster than any human ever could. Another thing about this stock exchange is
that 18,000 ultra-fast extreme events have occurred completely undetected over a period
of five years between 2006-2011. Not only are computers doing things faster
than us but they’re doing it without us even realizing. This trading system makes regulation an absolute
nightmare because how can you police something that you don’t even know is happening. Trading at these sorts of speeds creates volatility
which makes markets less efficient. How far can this human and robot mashup go?
Let us know in the comments. Here’s Sam. As many of our younger audience will know
only too well, your driving licence is one of the most important pieces of ID you can
carry. It’s always on hand so you can prove who you are, and buy beer and lottery tickets.
But what if your ID is too long for your… ID. A Hawaiian woman has just forced the government
to climb down on a ruling that meant she couldn’t have her full name on her driving licence,
instead, she was known as Janice Lokelani. Because Janice, who married and gave up her
maiden name Worth in 1992, is now, Mrs… Kei-han-aiju-kaua-kahi-huli-heeka-haun-aele. Which quite simply wouldn’t fit. At 36 letters
and 19 syllables it was far too long for Hawaiian computer systems to input. And it meant she
got hassle from police for having incorrect ID, who she said treated her Hawaiian heritage
like mumbo jumbo. The name, she says, has many layers of meaning, including “one who
would stand up and get people to focus in one direction when there was chaos and confusion,
and help them emerge from disorder”. And it seems to have worked — Hawaii says
it now plans to upgrade it’s computers by the end of the year.