Bohemia staff arrested for espionage on island Arma 3 recreates

Greece has arrested two members of Arma 3 developer Bohemia Interactive, accusing them of committing espionage as they took photos and videos of military facilities on Lemnos. The Greek island, you see, is one of several in the Aegean Sea which Iran invades in the near-future military simulator. Their highly likely-sounding defence is that they were gathering reference material.

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Greece has arrested two members of Arma 3 developer Bohemia Interactive, accusing them of committing espionage and taking photos and videos of military facilities on Lemnos as they holidayed. The Greek island, you see, is one of several in the Aegean Sea which Iran invades in the near-future military simulator.

The Greek site News247 reports that the two unnamed Czechs were arrested in the village of Platy on Lemnos on Sunday and have been charged with espionage. They were reportedly found with footage of local military camps and installations.

"This is true," Bohemia CEO Marek Španěl responded to the arrets on its forums. "We prefer this topic not to be discussed on our forums atm, at least until we know more specific details about the case."

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    September 11, 2012 8:15 AM

    Alice O'Connor posted a new article, Bohemia staff arrested for espionage on island game recreates.

    Greece has arrested two members of Arma 3 developer Bohemia Interactive, accusing them of committing espionage as they took photos and videos of military facilities on Lemnos. The Greek island, you see, is one of several in the Aegean Sea which Iran invades in the near-future military simulator. Their highly likely-sounding defence is that they were gathering reference material.

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      September 11, 2012 8:38 AM

      "Our military secrets!"

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      September 11, 2012 9:07 AM

      good marketing for Arma3 :D

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      September 11, 2012 9:11 AM

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        September 11, 2012 9:13 AM

        No they aren't. Chatty content doesn't get posted to front page as articles.

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          September 11, 2012 9:16 AM

          Its redundant for the chatty, which is where everyone is anyway.

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            September 11, 2012 9:26 AM

            I think you significantly overestimate the amount of traffic that the chatty has. We probably have 2000 active chatty members. Based off single user page traffic, that's probably less than 1% of all visitors to shacknews.

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      September 11, 2012 9:16 AM

      Yeah, this needs to stop. Merge the threads, or something.

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        September 11, 2012 9:22 AM

        Also this has nothing to do with you Alice. You are the best.

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        September 11, 2012 9:24 AM

        Why? What's so awful about it? How does this hurt you so greatly that we need to remove a useful feature from the website?

        Yes, some things get duplicated but huzzah, everything is posted at least three times anyway as people trip over each other reposting from Reddit.

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          September 11, 2012 9:27 AM

          The two bits I wrote before, this, for example, were stories not posted at all in latestchatty.x. Should they not have appeared, just so you wouldn't have to suffer the indignity of seeing this?

          http://www.shacknews.com/chatty?id=28865127#item_28865127
          http://www.shacknews.com/article/75699/action-rpg-path-of-exile-open-beta-this-weekend

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            September 11, 2012 9:39 AM

            The news posts are fine, but I think if there is already a thread, they should be merged. That's all.

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              September 11, 2012 9:47 AM

              Not technically possible with the current back end.

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                September 11, 2012 9:48 AM

                Speaking slightly out of my ass here but I do believe this statement is a truth.

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                September 11, 2012 9:49 AM

                It wouldn't need to be automatic, if a mod sees threads that are the same, merge them.

                • Ebu legacy 10 years
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                  September 11, 2012 10:00 AM

                  Not currently possible.

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                  September 11, 2012 10:05 AM

                  I hate to break it to you, but we have very few actual powers. Tag posts, and ban people, 420 erryday.

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                  September 11, 2012 10:15 AM

                  When in the history of this site have you seen a mod merge 2 threads together? Where does automation come into play here?

                  This is pretty basic database working: if the system is not capable of doing it at all, then mods can't push a magic button that will override what the database backend can't do.

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                    September 11, 2012 12:25 PM

                    My mistake then, I could have sworn that when nushack came out, that was one of the things that happened. Guess not.

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                  September 11, 2012 12:09 PM

                  As atomicgarden said, not possible with the current backend

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                  September 11, 2012 12:17 PM

                  i have conclusive evidence that the mods do in fact have the ability to merge threads but they hate you

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                  September 11, 2012 12:44 PM

                  While this isn't currently possible, I do think that it would be one of the more useful things they could implement.

                  You know, after profiles.

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                September 11, 2012 9:50 AM

                You know, plenty of companies (even reddit) have their source on github. If gamefly were to do the same, I am sure the community would help improve a lot of these issues.

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                September 11, 2012 10:09 AM

                what if you go deep in that back end?

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              September 11, 2012 9:49 AM

              Alice O Connor: worst at shacknews!!

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                September 11, 2012 9:49 AM

                No! She is the best! I love her! This isn't her fault!

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                September 11, 2012 10:11 AM

                Incoming grief unleashed

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        September 11, 2012 9:24 AM

        No.

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        September 11, 2012 10:11 AM

        You cannot cross the streams.

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          September 11, 2012 12:04 PM

          Unless there is a giant marshmallow man. BUT ONLY THEN!

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        September 11, 2012 10:12 AM

        Just don't post in the news thread and like most they will just slip into the ether that is page 2 and beyond. It actually looks like if people didn't complain about the redundancy, that's exactly what would have happened with this one.

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        September 11, 2012 12:15 PM

        Sometimes news stories catch on in the chatty before someone else posts the story. There's not really a clean way to split it and it's fine enough as it is.

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      September 11, 2012 1:40 PM

      Because of the merging subthread, this was very nearly the one time the frontpage news thread overtook the user-posted thread in terms of volume.

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