A UMass Boston Grad Is Allegedly Behind ISIS’ ‘Sophisticated’ Social Media Strategy

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, otherwise known as ISIS, has used social media as a recruitment tool, to the point Western intelligence services are just as fearful of the Sunni militant group’s “less lethal weapons.” From state-of-the-art, full-production videos to swiping hashtags to spread their message, ISIS’ social media strategy is “sophisticated” — and it’s allegedly being run by a University of Massachusetts Boston graduate.

A senior law enforcement official told ABC News that 32-year-old Ahmad Abousamra moved to Syria and used his computer-science skills to run social media for ISIS.

Although born in France, Abousamra is reported to have grown up in Stoughton, Mass. He attended Xaverian Brothers, a private, all-boys Catholic high school in Westwood, Mass., before transferring to Stoughton High. Abousamra then enrolled in Northeastern to study computer science, according to school officials. He only spent three semesters at the university, however; he went on to graduate from UMass Boston with a degree in computer science in 2006, according to the Boston Herald

In 2004, Abousamra traveled to the Middle East and soon started working as the “media wing” of al Qaeda in Iraq, or AQI, which later evolved into ISIS. He was charged with terrorism-related offenses in 2009 and, four years later, the FBI added him to its Most Wanted Terrorists list, offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to his capture and return to the states.  Read More

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Seahawks win big in TV ratings, social media

Seahawks win big in TV ratings, social media

SEATTLE – The Seattle Seahawks opened up the 2014 NFL season with an impressive effort in front of more than 68,000 fans at CenturyLink Field on Thursday, but the game’s impact went well beyond the Emerald City.

The national television audience for the Hawks’ 36-16 thumping of the Green Bay Packers was 26.9 million people, making it the third most-viewed opening game in NFL history, according to Deadline.com. That number also made the NBC-broadcast matchup the biggest television event in terms of total viewership since the 2014 Academy Awards on March 2.

Social media was in on the action as well. According to data compiled by Facebook, the game generated more than 15 million interactions – comments plus “likes” – from more than 8.5 million Facebook users.

The social media giant also released a map Friday based on which NFL team users “like.” The results are then grouped by county to see which teams have the most reach.

Unsurprisingly, the Seahawks dominate the Pacific Northwest, owning the entire state of Washington, much of Oregon and Idaho and parts of Montana. They’re hemmed in by fans of the arch-rival San Francisco 49ers to the south and their opponent in Super Bowl XLVIII, the Denver Broncos, to the east.  Read More


Write a program SumOfTwoDice.java that prints the sum of two random integers between 1 and 6 (such as you might get when rolling dice).

//TEST ** (double star) program
import java.lang.Math;

public class DicerollTEST{
public static void main(String[] args) {
int SIDES = 6;                                                                                //declares there 6 sides on a die and int SIDES
int a = 1 + (int) (Math.random() * SIDES);                       //Gives the random roll to one die
int b = 1 + (int) (Math.random() * SIDES);                      //Gives the random roll to the second die
int sum = a + b;                                                                            //Adds the sum of the two dice
System.out.println(sum);                                                       //Prints the sum of the 2 dice

Write a program that takes two int values a and b from the command line and prints a random integer between a and b.

import java.lang.Math;
import java.util.Scanner;

public class RandomNumbers{

public static void main(String args[])
System.out.println(“Enter a number “); //This prompts the user to enter a number
Scanner scan = new Scanner(System.in);
double t = scan.nextDouble(); //Stores the valuse as a double

System.out.println(“Enter a second number “); //This prompts the user to enter a 2nd number
double v = scan.nextDouble(); //Stores the valuse as a double

double w = Math.floor(Math.random()*(t-v+1)+v); //assigns w to a random number in between t & v
System.out.println(w); //prints w


Wind chill

Given the temperature t (in Fahrenheit) and the wind speed v (in miles per hour), the National Weather Service defines the effective temperature (the wind chill) to be:

w = 35.74 + 0.6215 t + (0.4275 t – 35.75) v0.16

Write a program WindChill.java that takes two double command-line arguments t and v and prints out the wind chill. Use Math.pow(a, b) to compute ab. Note: the formula is not valid if t is larger than 50 in absolute value or if v is larger than 120 or less than 3 (you may assume that the values you get are in that range).


Write a program SpringSeason.java that takes two int values

import java.util.Scanner;

public class SpringSeason{

public static void main(String args[])
System.out.println(“Enter the month “); //This prompts the user to enter a month
Scanner scan = new Scanner(System.in);
int month = scan.nextInt(); //Stores the valuse as an int

System.out.println(“Enter the day “); //This prompts the user to enter day
int day = scan.nextInt(); //Stores the valuse as an int

boolean wootwoot = (month == 3 && day >= 20 && day <= 31)
|| (month == 4 && day >= 1 && day <= 30)
|| (month == 5 && day >= 1 && day <= 31)
|| (month == 6 && day >= 1 && day <= 20);



How Much Energy is Released?

How much energy (in kilojoules) is released when 7.40g of water at 39.0∘C is cooled to -18.0∘C? The heat of fusion of water is 6.01 kJ/mol, and the molar heat capacity is 36.6 J/(K⋅mol) for ice and 75.3 J/(K⋅mol) for liquid water.

What is the Radius of a Tungsten atom?

The length of a unit-cell diagonal that passes through the center atom in tungsten is equal to 549 pm.

What is the radius (in picometers) of a tungsten atom?

What is the entropy of vaporization?

Naphthalene, better known as “mothballs,” has bp= 218∘C and ΔHvap = 43.3kJ/mol.

What is the entropy of vaporization, ΔSvap [in J/(K⋅mol)] for naphthalene?

Dalton’s Law of Partial Pressure

A 1-L flask is filled with 1.10g of argon at 25 ∘C. A sample of ethane vapor is added to the same flask until the total pressure is 1.40atm .

What is the partial pressure of argon, P(Ar), in the flask?

What is the partial pressure of ethane, P(ethane), in the flask?


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