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Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Do you still have a pager? Do you find it useful?

Chance Callahan writes: I am starting a business, helping a friend with his own startup, and volunteering regularly with a major political campaign (#feelthebern). One thing I have noticed is that my phone likes to die at the most inconvenient times and leaves me out of touch with people. With the business I'm starting requiring clients to be able to get ahold me quickly, I have been seriously considering getting a two-way pager. It's much easier swap out a AA battery once a month then to worry "will client X be able to get ahold me in the event of an emergency?".

So, Slashdot, the million dollar question is, in the age of cell phones, do you have a pager? Do you still find it useful?

Submission + - Iranian App Helps Users Avoid Morality Police (reuters.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Young people in Iran are using a new app called Gershad (a contraction of 'Gashte Ershad', or ‘guidance patrol'), to avoid the 'morality police' by sharing the location of checkpoints with other users. At checkpoints strict Islamic dress and behavior codes are enforced, and their ad hoc nature can make them difficult to avoid. Hadi Ghaemi, the executive director of the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, said of Gershan, “This is an innovative idea and I believe it will lead to many other creative apps which will address the gap between society and government in Iran.”

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! (mashable.com)

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 (techdirt.com)

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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