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+ - Stratfor hacker Jeremy Hammond sentenced to ten years in jail->

Submitted by NSN A392-99-964-5927
NSN A392-99-964-5927 (1559367) writes "Internet activist Jeremy Hammond who pleaded guilty to hacking servers of the private intelligence company Statfor and leaking its information to anti-secrecy site, WikiLeaks, was sentenced to ten years in jail on Friday, November 15.

The release of internal emails belonging to Strategic Forecasting Inc. or Stratfor, has become one of the most successful operations ever conducted by the hacktivist group, Anonymous, which Hammond admitted to being part of. A trove of emails attributed to Stratfor executives suggested that the private company, which employs many former officials from the CIA and other government agencies, kept close ties with the security apparatus.

In particular, the emails published by WikiLeaks suggested that Stratfor was hired by private companies and government agencies alike to monitor political protesters and activists, including members of Occupy Wall Street and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)."

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+ - EU to criminalize nearly all seeds and plants->

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NSN A392-99-964-5927 (1559367) writes "A new law proposed by the European Commission would make it illegal to “grow, reproduce or trade” any vegetable seeds that have not been “tested, approved and accepted” by a new EU bureaucracy named the “EU Plant Variety Agency.”

It’s called the Plant Reproductive Material Law, and it attempts to put the government in charge of virtually all plants and seeds. Home gardeners who grow their own plants from non-regulated seeds would be considered criminals under this law.

As you might suspect, this move is the “final solution” of Monsanto, DuPont and other seed-domination corporations who have long admitted their goal is the complete domination of all seeds and crops grown on the planet."

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+ - Baroness Thatcher; Britain's first female prime minister dies->

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NSN A392-99-964-5927 (1559367) writes "Today Baroness Thatcher dies; you can read part of the story from the telegraph in the following link http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/margaret-thatcher/9978844/Margaret-Thatcher-dies-live.html

As and ex-special forces solider fighting in the Falklands; she did treat us well after we returned. There will be some people on slashdot with connections in the UK and abroad that will hate her for what she was and still have ill feelings.

Please do not let this get in the way of a remarkable woman who was truly only kicked out of office as she was against the european common market which has evolved into the United States of Europe (EU) or 4th Riech as some of us now call it!"

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Politics

+ - The Last Letter->

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NSN A392-99-964-5927 (1559367) writes "To: George W. Bush and Dick Cheney From: Tomas Young I write this letter on the 10th anniversary of the Iraq War on behalf of my fellow Iraq War veterans. I write this letter on behalf of the 4,488 soldiers and Marines who died in Iraq. I write this letter on behalf of the hundreds of thousands of veterans who have been wounded and on behalf of those whose wounds, physical and psychological, have destroyed their lives. I am one of those gravely wounded. I was paralyzed in an insurgent ambush in 2004 in Sadr City. My life is coming to an end. I am living under hospice care. I write this letter on behalf of husbands and wives who have lost spouses, on behalf of children who have lost a parent, on behalf of the fathers and mothers who have lost sons and daughters and on behalf of those who care for the many thousands of my fellow veterans who have brain injuries."
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+ - Getting out of the Social Networks and a getting a real life

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NSN A392-99-964-5927 (1559367) writes "I have not published my report as of yet, but over the last 5 years I struggle to find what social networks finally achieve. Before I publish the report later this year I would like to ask slashdot. Have people decided on a specific purpose in joining that Social Network or is it Just the lack of something to do? "
It's funny.  Laugh.

+ - Farewell Slashdot!!!

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NSN A392-99-964-5927 (1559367) writes "Many people are submitting their Obituary to dash slot dot dotty black slash slashback. What is your Obituary?

Mine is hacker, soldier, linux, wasted my life installing Gentoo unless paid by the hour, Kinky BSD, wasted life patching dealing with M$ spyware, Carnivore, Magic Latern, GCHQ, burning play stations, parachute jumping, Q Basic, Java, C, C++, LISP, Delphi, commodore 64, Acorn, ZX81 spectrum, camping, survival, astronomy, jedi knight, over-sexed teenager, wife, kids, IRC addict, trance music, bills, credit cards, food, ssl ssh.

My Obituary should read "What a hash he made of life"."

+ - "Electric-Shock Handcuffs" Could also administer drugs to detainees->

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NSN A392-99-964-5927 (1559367) writes "Handcuffs which could deliver electric shocks, drugs and sedatives to people who are under arrest could be the future of law enforcement, after a US company applied for a patent on the device.Scottsdale Inventions LLC made the application, according to the website Patent Bolt. http://www.patentbolt.com/2012/11/shocking-next-gen-law-enforcement-handcuff-system-revealed.html"
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Programming

+ - Can we live without JAVA, HTML5, FLASH etc?

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NSN A392-99-964-5927 (1559367) writes "I was wondering is it really possible to live without Java, HTML 5, Flash etc? I ask because back in my day the best way was to keep things simple.

The more developments the more security issues and yet again another security patch. I therefore wanted to ask users what you really feel about this? It seems like a dog chasing it's tail and there is no end in sight.

Do you now also think that coders/developers are being manipulated by marketing and advertisers to try and sell you something more (Part with your cash).

The question is do I feel alone in this respect? or is simplicity the best after all. Hell me landed men on the Moon with less than 2MB of RAM!"
News

+ - Ecuador grants Assange political asylum-> 3

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NSN A392-99-964-5927 (1559367) writes "Ecuador has granted political asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who requested it after the British Supreme Court refused to reopen his appeal against extradition to Sweden where he is wanted for questioning over alleged sex crimes.

Ecuador took a long time to assess the request, but finally announced that asylum had been granted on August 14th.

WikiLeaks founder has been holed up in the country’s London embassy since June 19.

The asylum guarantees him safe passage from the UK to Ecuador, says Professor Donald Rothwell from the Australian National University College of Law."

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News

+ - Is /. controlled by American Media Moguls?

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NSN A392-99-964-5927 (1559367) writes "It seems that any decent story submitted gets passed off and or deleted. I am well aware of Hillary Clinton's $4 Billion to control the media and see what they what you to see also FOX News CNN, ABC, Sky News, BBC, Al-Jazzera, take offline Press TV in the UK.

I feel slashdot is losing it's place in the market and is going downhill.

If someone like Soulskill would allow this post what do you think?"
Crime

+ - UK may sanction nerve-agent use on rioters scientists fear->

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NSN A392-99-964-5927 (1559367) writes "Leading neuroscientists believe that the UK Government may be about to sanction the development of nerve agents for British police that would be banned in warfare under an international treaty on chemical weapons. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/government-may-sanction-nerveagent-use-on-rioters-scientists-fear-6612084.html

Now whilst researching this further there is now this publication http://royalsociety.org/policy/projects/brain-waves/conflict-security and having read the pdf, I find it quite shocking, especially as the riots in Greece over austerity measures; these banned agents were used against the public.

The bigger picture suggests; that the UK government is taking potential precautions against massive protests and possible rioting as a real threat."

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+ - Is there a decent search engine we can defect to? 1

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NSN A392-99-964-5927 writes "I find it highly disturbing that even using https encrypted google; Bing etc I cannot help but find despite their claims; even still one is being pushed into a certain direction.of searches and these organisations are paid for this.

Is there any alternative out there? I remember Nutch that was "Crushed by big search engines". Nothing is safe anymore and my generation feels just like turning off the internet altogether."

+ - Are Wikipedia's days numbered? 1

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NSN A392-99-964-5927 writes "I am getting concerned that wikipedia is dying a slow death https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page James better known as Jimmy is suffering to keep up his financial commitments.

I hear he has been staving off government agencies to control wikipedia. Is this the real end to wikipedia? Can we not integrate this into Sourceforge geek.net etc to help?"
Education

+ - Exploring hand-writing again! back in time.

Submitted by NSN A392-99-964-5927
NSN A392-99-964-5927 (1559367) writes "Recently I wrote a hand written letter with my trusty fountain pen, to someone quite notable which achieved a loving response.

The experience going back in time made a huge difference. Do any other Slashdot users ever take the time to personally put pen to paper and lovingly send that letter?

Plus could you tell me am I just being Nostalgic? I would love your electronic comments!!!!"

The secret of success is sincerity. Once you can fake that, you've got it made. -- Jean Giraudoux

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