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Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Do you ever expect an MacOS 11?

Chance Callahan writes: It has been 13 years since OS 10 came out, and now we are looking at 10.10. So, my question is simple: Do you ever expect an OS 11 to come out?

Submission + - Hail and Tornado's and NWS Outages Oh My! (

Chance Callahan writes: During the severe weather outbreak on 5/23/2014 the US National Weather Service couldn't do a very important function... issue watches, warnings, and advisories. Storm spotters and media outlets couldn't access radar either.

Submission + - You Know Who Else Collected Metadata? The Stasi (

An anonymous reader writes: The East German secret police, known as the Stasi, were an infamously intrusive secret police force. They amassed dossiers on about one quarter of the population of the country during the Communist regime.

But their spycraft — while incredibly invasive — was also technologically primitive by today's standards. While researching my book Dragnet Nation, I obtained the above hand drawn social network graph and other files from the Stasi Archive in Berlin, where German citizens can see files kept about them and media can access some files, with the names of the people who were monitored removed.

The graphic shows forty-six connections, linking a target to various people (an "aunt," "Operational Case Jentzsch," presumably Bernd Jentzsch, an East German poet who defected to the West in 1976), places ("church"), and meetings ("by post, by phone, meeting in Hungary").

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