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Submission + - Mark Twain to Reveal All After 100 Year Wait

Hugh Pickens writes: "The Independent reports that one of Mark Twain's dying wishes is at last coming true: an extensive, outspoken and revelatory autobiography which he devoted the last decade of his life to writing is finally going to be published one hundred years after his death. Twain, the pen name of Samuel Clemens, left behind 5,000 unedited pages of memoirs when he died in 1910, together with handwritten notes saying that he did not want them to hit bookshops for at least a century but in November the University of California, Berkeley, where the manuscript is in a vault, will release the first volume of Mark Twain's three volume autobiography. Scholars are divided as to why Twain wanted his autobiography kept under wraps for so long with some believing it was because he wanted to talk freely about issues such as religion and politics. Michael Shelden, who this year published "Man in White," an account of Twain's final years, says that some of his privately held views could have hurt his public image. "He had doubts about God, and in the autobiography, he questions the imperial mission of the US in Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Philippines," says Shelden. "He's also critical of [Theodore] Roosevelt, and takes the view that patriotism was the last refuge of the scoundrel. Twain also disliked sending Christian missionaries to Africa. He said they had enough business to be getting on with at home: with lynching going on in the South, he thought they should try to convert the heathens down there." Interesting enough Twain had a cunning plan to beat the early 20th century copyright law with its short copyright terms. Twain planned to republish every one of his works the moment it went out of copyright with one-third more content, hoping that availability of such 'premium' version will make prints based on the out-of-copyright version less desirable on the market."

Submission + - Military Appoints General to Direct Cyber Warfare (guardian.co.uk)

An anonymous reader writes: The US military has appointed its first senior general to direct cyber warfare – despite fears that the move marks another stage in the militarisation of cyberspace. The newly promoted four-star general, Keith Alexander, takes charge of the Pentagon's ambitious and controversial new Cyber Command, designed to conduct virtual combat across the world's computer networks. He was appointed on Friday afternoon in a low-key ceremony at Fort Meade, in Maryland.

Submission + - Man turns OutRun arcade into working vehicle (thekartel.com)

almehdaaol writes: Talk about taking games on the go. One OutRun fan has created his own arcade cabinet that is also a real working vehicle. Although it wouldn't be a good idea to take the vehicle on the road for legal and safety purposes, you have to admit that it's one of the coolest arcade mods ever.

Comment Re:it wasn't a distraction last year (Score 1) 545

Actually, he spoke at the University of Michigan's graduation also, where he advised Beck & Limbaugh fans to read a Huffpost article or two, and Liberals to watch Fox News. He also advocated against name-calling like Fascist, Socialist and Teabagger, because once you've given someone a derogatory label, it's impossible to come to a compromise with them.

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