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Pwned: What Does It Mean?

Friday, September 30th, 2011

I, like most of my generation, am a gamer. Well, let me clarify that: I’m a casual gamer. I’ll take a few games of Dr. Mario or Peggle over a MMORPG any day.

Still, I’m online a lot, so I run across plenty of gaming culture and jargon. Take “pwned,” for example. It’s defined as:

A corruption of the word “Owned.” This originated in an online game called Warcraft, where a map designer misspelled “owned.” When the computer beat a player, it was supposed to say, so-and-so “has been owned.”  Instead, it said so-and-so “has been pwned.”

It basically means “to own” or to be dominated by an opponent or situation, especially by some god-like or computer-like force.  It’s a good word, and fun to play with, so I thought I’d put it into a business situation and see what happened.

That being said, I was terrified of messing it up and running afoul of some gamer mockery. Better to stick to Dr. Mario for me, I think.

From Small Business Trends

Pwned: What Does It Mean?

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Ethnic Turk Gets Suspended Sentence for Radical Islam in Bulgaria

Friday, September 30th, 2011

52-year-old Kadir Kadir has received a one-year suspended sentence with a three-year probation for preaching jihadism.

Kadir was also sentenced to pay a fine of BGN 6 000 by the District Court in Bulgaria’s Haskovo, as he was found guilty of spreading radical Islam, religious discrimination, and preaching a ban on medical aid for women.

Kadir claimed that he is framed, and that he is not guilty of the crimes he was sentenced for.

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Bulgarian Turks Appeal to Erdogan over Ethnic Clashes

Friday, September 30th, 2011

Turks living in Bulgaria who have been hit by the bouts of violence following the incident in the village of Katunitsa have called on Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan for help.

“The tension created after the death of a Bulgarian youth in a car crash in the Katunitsa village near the Bulgarian city of Plovdiv ignited the fuse of ethnic clashes “, Turkish news channel CNN T?rk reported Friday.

The media also provided a detailed account of the anti-Roma and anti-Turk slogans spreading online in the aftermath of the Katunitsa clashes, as well as the raids carried out at offices of the ethnic Turkish Movement for Rights and Freedoms, DPS, party, at the Dzumaya mosque in Plovdiv, etc.

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Russia Worried about Euro Zone Stability

Friday, September 30th, 2011

Russia has expressed concern about the debt crisis in the euro zone and the EU, fearing that its economy and finances will suffer as well as a result.

“Russia is closely following developments in the region and is seriously concerned about the economic situation with our European neighbors,” said Friday Alexander Lukashevich, spokesperson of the Russian Foreign Ministry, as cited by RIA Novosti.

“We are certainly interested in finding a systemic solution, which will allow avoidance of irreversible and possibly fatal consequences for the European common monetary union, in the eurozone and the European Union in general,” he added.

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Bulgaria’s PM Wants to Spruce Up Yet Another Defunct Airport

Friday, September 30th, 2011

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov has demanded actions from his ministers with respect to the Stara Zagora Airport, after he passed by and saw that it looks as if it has been “bombed.”

According to the transcript of Wednesday’s meeting of the Bulgarian government, which was released Friday, Borisov ordered the Cabinet to figure out a way to make use of the airport near the southern city of Stara Zagora.

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Easy Win for Plevneliev in Bulgarian Presidential Vote – Winbet Bookmakers

Friday, September 30th, 2011

English bookmakers Winbet have predicted an easy victory for ruling party GERB’s candidate, Rosen Plevneliev, in the Bulgarian presidential elections on October 23.

Winbet is said to have used the help of Bulgarian sociologists in coming up with their scores for the major candidates.

Plevneliev is said to be the favorite for becoming Bulgaria’s next President….

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Bulgaria’s Vidin Municipality Mired in Debts over Danube Bridge 2 Court Battle

Friday, September 30th, 2011

Bulgaria’s northwestern Vidin municipality is in a dramatic financial condition after its accounts were frozen.

Phone services and power supplies to the municipality have been cut off over non-payment and traffic lights in the city have been out since September 15 for the same reason, according to private TV channel bTV.

The municipality’s accounts have been blocked, leaving it with no access to the local budget.

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37 000 to Vote for Bulgarian President from Abroad, Mainly Turkey

Friday, September 30th, 2011

A total of 37 606 applications have been filed by Bulgarian citizens living abroad declaring they are willing to vote in the upcoming presidential elections in the country.

The applications have arrived from 57 different countries, the Bulgarian Central Electoral Committee has announced. Expectedly, the vast majority are from the neighboring Turkey – 23 601….

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Russian Football Fans Rise against Bulgarian Roma – Report

Friday, September 30th, 2011

Fans of top Russian football club Zenit Saints Petersburg have allegedly voiced their contempt for the Bulgarian Roma population during a Championship League game.

“Bulgaria is for Bulgarians, not for dirt,” a poster held by Zenit fans said in Bulgarian during the game between Zenit and Portuguese team Porto on Wednesday. Zenit defeated the Portuguese side 3:1, and Bulgarian news agencies discovered the photo of the poster on Friday.

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Myanmar shelves $3.6 billion mega dam, officials say

Friday, September 30th, 2011

YANGON (Reuters) – Myanmar’s government suspended on Friday a controversial $3.6 billion, Chinese-led dam project, a victory for supporters of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and another sign…

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