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+ - Newzbin2 shutdown due to lack of financial problems->

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AoOs writes "The usenet search provider, Newzbin2, has shutdown due to a lack of premium members. The site layout has been replaced with a note from the admins: "We never quite got the trust and lots of people said "Newzbin2 is an MPA trap", that stung us bad and we never got the userbase back. We don't have much more than about 40000 active users and the number of premium users is in the small thousands. It costs much more to run than we bring in, It just doesn't stack up.""
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Science

+ - Man hunted with spears 200k years earlier than expected->

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AoOs writes "Findings published in Science indicate that man started hunting with spears 500,000 years ago. 200,000 years earlier than previously thought. This early use indicated that the early human species and Neanderthals used spears for hunting. "Although both Neanderthals and humans used stone-tipped spears, this is the first evidence that the technology originated prior to or near the divergence of these two species." says Jayne Wilkins, a PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Toronto in Canada."
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Businesses

+ - Ask Slashdot: Best editorial staff communication tool? 2

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AoOs writes "A few other journalists and I have just started our own magazine and have run into a few communicative problems. Since we are in opposite parts of the country, 99 % of our correspondence is online, but that has turned out to be more problematic than first imagined.
E-mailing is too troublesome and messages and ideas get lost in our secret Facebook group's comment threads. To-do items get forgotten, information gets convoluted and it is nearly impossible to keep a full overview of progress and shortcomings.
So we turn to you, Slashdot.

How do online businesses optimise communication and keep agendas/to-do lists shared and up to date?"

Comment: My application (Score 5, Funny) 86

by AoOs (#38063470) Attached to: Now's Your Chance To Apply As an Astronaut

Hello NASA,

I hereby apply for the Austronaut Candidate position.

I am a Danish, 24 year old guy, but the absence of a American citizenship shouldn't count me out. Here is why:

- Since the age of 3, I have had an astonishing ability to find my way around in the dark. Space is pretty dark. This skill will definitely come in handy. Otherwise I'm pretty handy with a flashlight.
- I absolutely love soup. This is fantastic, since it is highly probable to be on the space menu. I can eat like seven bowls of soup in one sitting. Sometimes eight. Depends on the soup.
- My grandmother always used to scream out; Alexander! GET DOWN FROM THERE! You know why? Because I climbed. I climbed everything. The ISS will be a piece of cake to get around.
- I'm 6'1" and I weigh around 172 pounds (depending on how much soup I've had), which is an absolutely perfect match for an astronaut. I won't take up too much space in the spaceship, and I can reach the top shelf - even when weightless.
- I played ice hockey for 9 years and I live in Scandinavia. Subzero temperatures won't ever be a problem. I enjoy eating ice cream while walking outside in the snow.
- I am currently studying journalism at the University of Southern Denmark. This makes me an absolute master of any language and a valuable member of any constellation of professions, known to mankind - but I will of course drop out, should you pick me for the position.
- As I am an excellent conversationalist, the ride from Earth to the ISS won't be boring. I read a lot and I am an avid quiz contestant, my broad knowledge and social abilities will definitely be awesome to have on the rocket.
- I could bring a keg or two of beers along, if needed. I understand you guys are a bit pressed for cash at the moment.
- I am fluent in whatever language I get to study for 3-4 years, which is absolutely vital for the survival of earth, should I be captured by hostile hesitant aliens.
and lastly, I am a true master of disguise. I can look like a astronaut, a scandinavian, an american, an alien or a goldshoed clown croc kitty (see attached photograph). [Hello Slashdot: https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/308748_10150340417636211_722201210_9759559_2148778_n.jpg%5D

I am versatile in every manner.

Looking forward to hearing from you, and to our future adventures together.

To infinity and beyond,
Alexander O'Strit

Operating Systems

+ - Laptops without pre-installed OS ? 2

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AoOs (1336153) writes "I've always been a desktop-kind of guy, laptops never really was my thing.
Since I've always build my own computers, laptops never really was an option: Buying a computer that I can't hardware upgrade ? No way !

However, processing power and good design (for windows-based laptops) has greatly increased over the last couple of years, during which the cost has dramatically declined, so I've changed my mind. This has caused my to do some research and I've found what I'm looking for.

During my soul-search, deciding what I wanted (OSX, Windows, Linux), one question came to mind:

Where can I find laptops without any pre-installed OS ?"
Operating Systems

Journal: Laptops without pre-installed OS ?

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I've always been a desktop-kind of guy, laptops never really was my thing.
Since I've always build my own computers, laptops never really was an option: Buying a computer that I can't hardware upgrade ? No way !

However, processing power and good design (for windows-based laptops) has greatly increased over the last couple of years, during which the cost has dramatically declined, so I've changed my mind. This has caused my to do some research and I've found what I'm looking for.

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