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Obama Administration Says the World's Servers Are Ours

M4n TTIP (749 comments)

Will make the nasty regulations go away.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is Making Government More Open and Connected a Good Idea?

M4n What's happened to Slashdot? (73 comments)

Did you delete all the good with the old skin?

about a year ago
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Xbox 720 Could Require Always-On Connection, Lock Out Used Games

M4n Re:Always on = !on (592 comments)

They give points to anyone these days. I even had some once.

about a year and a half ago
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Economists Argue Patent System Should Be Abolished

M4n If it had never existed... (376 comments)

I think we'd all be living like Gene Rodenberry hoped we would right now dealing with space like a boss. Instead we get slightly better improvements on the same thing. If this actually happened it would revolutionise every aspect of life across the globe in an unprecedented way. The patent system and religion have kept us living in the dark ages.

about a year and a half ago
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Andrew Auernheimer Case Uncomfortably Similar To Aaron Swartz Case

M4n Re:Prosecute, Prosecute, Prosecute (400 comments)

I concur. I have just finished reading an article about a 5 year old girl, suspended from school (after a several hour long interrogation) for shooting bubbles from a hello kitty bubble gun. This has been classed by the school as a terroristic action and she will have a stain on her education record for ever. It's very sad to see what once was the most powerful nation in the world slipping into a mire of paranoia and emotionally driven actions. Fuck knows what sort of state they will be in after another year of this type of behaviour.

about a year and a half ago
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Congressional Committee Casts a Harsh Eye On Vaccination Science

M4n Re:Congress Sucks (858 comments)

Do you not have private providers in Canada? We have the NHS but I can still go and pay for anything I want.

about a year and a half ago
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Anonymous' WikiLeaks-Like Project Tyler To Launch In December

M4n December 21? 2012? (101 comments)

If you spell anonymous backwards and substitute each 2nd and 3rd letter respectively for a different letter you get something like Myansssss. Which is pretty spooky if you ask me. Summat dont smell right.

about 2 years ago
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What If There Was a Microsoft Appreciation Day?

M4n Tee hee! (362 comments)

I love satire.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Preempting Sexual Harassment In the Workplace?

M4n Pffff!!!! (1127 comments)

HUGE potential!! hurr hurr!!

about 2 years ago
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Georgia Apple Store Refuses To Sell iPad To Iranian-American Teen

M4n Re:Poetic Justice (1116 comments)

This deserved a 5

more than 2 years ago
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Ron Paul Effectively Ending Presidential Campaign

M4n Same sh*t, different medium... (745 comments)

I'm from the UK and so have no vested interest but I am a bit of a Ron Paul fan and this article smacks of the same shit that saw him completely ignored in almost every single MSM news piece and article on the GOP nomination race.

more than 2 years ago
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Google Begins Country-Specific Blog Censorship

M4n Re:So much for... (250 comments)

Just like the new TOC...they did it all for us!

more than 2 years ago
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Man Who Downloaded Bomb Recipes Jailed For 2 Years

M4n Re:Holy Fuck! Pre-crime??? (741 comments)

Someone on /. knows where a vagina is?? Are you going to share that with the class?

more than 2 years ago

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Posotive Money - A new way of banking

M4n M4n writes  |  more than 3 years ago

M4n writes "“Of all the ways of organising banking, the worst is the one we have today”
- Mervyn King, Governor of the Bank of England Oct 2010

London based 'Positive Money' are gaining traction for an alternative to the fractional reserve banking system that enabled the recent global financial crisis. They have been making significant progress and are talking to members of parliament, economists and engaging with the public, many of whom are showing significant interest in their ideas.

Under the current system, the power to create money belongs to high street banks like Lloyds, Barclays, HSBC and RBS. In fact, all the numbers in your bank account were created by them, not by the UK government. Hard to believe? Ask Martin Wolf from the Financial Times:

Banks create new money (the numbers in your bank account) when they make loans. As the Bank of England says, “When banks make loans they create additional [bank] deposits for those that have borrowed the money.” This means that nearly every pound in the economy today was created when somebody went into debt. All the money that we need to trade, to buy food, and to run businesses, must be borrowed from the profit-seeking banking sector, at a huge cost to us, and a massive benefit to them."

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18000 x norm radiation in San Francisco tap wate

M4n M4n writes  |  more than 3 years ago

M4n (1472737) writes "Despite countless reassurances that no harmful levels of radiation from the Japan nuclear fallout would hit the US from the EPA, the University of Berkeley in California is now reporting that rainwater in San Francisco water has now been detected at levels 18,100% above federal drinking water standards.

Iodine-131 was measured in a rainwater sample taken on the roof of Etcheverry Hall on UC Berkeley campus, March 23, 2011 from 9:06-18:00 PDT. The 3 Liters of rainwater collected contained 134 Becquerels of Iodine for an average of 20.1 Becquerel per liter, which equates to 543 Picocuries per litre.

The federal drinking water limit for Iodine-131 is 3 Picocuries per liter, putting the rainwater sample at 18,100% above the federal drinking water limit."

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Police seek powers to shut websites

M4n M4n writes  |  more than 3 years ago

M4n (1472737) writes "UK police are seeking powers to shut down websites deemed to be engaged in "criminal" activity. The Serious and Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) has tabled a plan for Nominet, which oversees .uk web addresses, to be given the domain closing power. Nominet said the idea was only a proposal and invited people to join the debate on the form of the final policy. IT lawyers said the proposal would be "worrying" if it led to websites going offline without judicial oversight. In the proposal, SOCA pointed out that Nominet currently has no obligation to close down criminal websites. SOCA wants this changed so domains can be cancelled if law enforcement agencies deem them to be engaged in criminal activities, and inform Nominet of their conclusion."
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Facebook reverses Terms and Conditions changes

M4n M4n writes  |  more than 5 years ago

M4n writes "The founder of Facebook says the social network will return to its previous terms of service regarding user data. In a blog post Mark Zuckerberg said the move was temporary "while we resolve the issues that people have raised". Users had complained after new terms of service seemed to suggest Facebook would retain personal data even if someone deleted their account. Originally defending the changes, Mr Zuckerberg had said it was to better reflect how people used the site. He had said the changes were made to ensure that if a user deleted his or her account any comments or messages he or she had left on a friend's Facebook page would not also disappear."
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Spy chief: We risk a police state

M4n M4n writes  |  more than 5 years ago

M4n writes "Dame Stella Rimington, the former head of MI5, has warned that the fear of terrorism is being exploited by the Government to erode civil liberties and risks creating a police state. Dame Stella accused ministers of interfering with people's privacy and playing straight into the hands of terrorists. "Since I have retired I feel more at liberty to be against certain decisions of the Government, especially the attempt to pass laws which interfere with people's privacy," Dame Stella said in an interview with a Spanish newspaper. "It would be better that the Government recognised that there are risks, rather than frightening people in order to be able to pass laws which restrict civil liberties, precisely one of the objects of terrorism: that we live in fear and under a police state," Dame Stella said in an interview with a Spanish newspaper."

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