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Probe of Einstein's Brain Reveals Clues To His Genius

NSN A392-99-964-5927 What lessons have been learned? -None (195 comments)

When you have dead tissue, whether it be the brain, a finger, an arm or a leg it contains no 'Life Force' Menos.

Trying to dig into dead tissue explains nothing. It is wishful thinking.

I know a few top Neurologist's in the United Kingdom and they agree that they still do not understand 99.9% of the brain and these professors have been at it for 40 years plus.

about 10 months ago

ACLU Study Says Police Cameras Create Database of Our Movements

NSN A392-99-964-5927 The UK 1 camera for 12 people. (154 comments)

The UK is far worst with 1 CCTV camera for every 12 people.. take a look at this recent article

On top of that we also have ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition); facial recognition systems in some shops bars etc!

It does make me wonder though; what would happen when someone develops some malware that affects CCTV and similar systems? I think it is only a matter of time... just look at Stuxnet.

1 year,7 days

British military drops US pistol for Austrian gun

NSN A392-99-964-5927 About time too (1 comments)

When I was in, my side arm weapons of choice were Glock's or a Beretta. To me it just makes more sense and senseless that the MoD have dragged their feet!

about a year ago

Google Looking for "Creative Individuals" For Glass Developer Program

NSN A392-99-964-5927 You want me to work for them (144 comments)

Google is a joke, I would rather eat some fingers off my hand despite the amount of money offered.

about a year and a half ago

Monsanto's 'Terminator' Seeds Set To Make a Comeback

NSN A392-99-964-5927 Re:So you're saying, (284 comments)

Well DUH! Whenever some CEO says "We won't do it" as soon as something they planned (read: quietly announced to test the waters) caused a public outcry, it only means "we're waiting for you to be occupied with something else".

They invested money inventing it, it benefits them, they won't just "forget" about it. They wait for YOU to forget about it.

I know someone in the mid-west United States Missouri who is the daughter of the brain-child of a filthy rich Monsanto monster. His daughter suffers from serious health issues. There are also a lot of freedom on information requests on Monsanto in the UK but with a bit of luck from honest people and health risks.... this is where the the UK/USA stands and we will not be defeated by lies and cover ups!

Small Speech;

Ladies and Gentlemen; Our rights;

1, To defend the Magna Carta
2, The people of America are here to defend the Constitution

Messing with our rights is unfair and actually highly unacceptable in any way shape or form; be it by bad diplomacy, wars, and the amount of other PR (Public Relations can be drummed up in the name of democracy to justify your actions). We do not want wars, we want peace.

If you do not mind we get on with all people from all religions and we understand that we are 'Friends Together'.

about a year and a half ago

You Can Navigate Between Any Two Websites In 19 Clicks Or Fewer

NSN A392-99-964-5927 If you use Windows 8 (185 comments)

You certainly cannot do this but waste half of your life trying to undo the metro system and have to do some registry changes and even that does not work to get rid of the offending system. There was a report on slashdot about M$ blaming manufacturers about the failure of Windows 8.

Here are some links below that will help you out;

But that only helps so far as the damn thing does keep on appearing the only thing you can do after booting up is to run the metro killer

The metro system is that intrusive that one might want to think about downgrading and you can get help with that from;

hope that helps and if all else fails just get hirens boot cd; reformat and start over from scratch

Official untouched links to windows iso's Digital River here

about a year and a half ago

Quantum Gas Goes Below Absolute Zero

NSN A392-99-964-5927 Re:Sub Means below? (264 comments)

From the article: "This result, described today in Science1, marks the gas’s transition from just above absolute zero to a few billionths of a Kelvin below absolute zero."
Seems like a mention of temperature.

Well pointed out!

about a year and a half ago

Microsoft Concerned about 'Weak and Unusual' FTC-Google Settlement

NSN A392-99-964-5927 Sat on the fence (1 comments)

In reality, when it comes around to Microsoft and Google nothing will ever be settled. They will always be fighting to gain market share.

Back when google launched it was a friendly search engine many many years ago and friendly, but now it is just an appalling spy machine for government agencies as is microsoft and microsoft are controlled by the gov and are complicit with cofee

What I am saying is Google and M$ will prostitute themselves without a care in the world as long as they can rake in some cash from users and this goes all the way up to the highest governmental level in the advent of SOPA PIPA etc.

It is my prediction that Google will merge "" with microsoft within the next two years and Yahoo will side or merge with facebook.

about a year and a half ago

Quantum Gas Goes Below Absolute Zero

NSN A392-99-964-5927 Sub Means below? (264 comments)

So is this story misleading to say that absolute zero was achieved. Wikipedia The Celsius and Fahrenheit scales are defined so that absolute zero is 273.15 C or 459.67 F.

But in the news story it says SUB and SUB means below, yet there is no mention of the temperature whatsoever in the article and going beyond absolute zero is not possible even out in space! You can get close, but not to absolute zero otherwise you would have created the ultimate weapon!

Enough said.

about a year and a half ago

Apple Loses Claim For False Advertising Regarding Amazon "App Store"

NSN A392-99-964-5927 Re:Let's face it ... (138 comments)

Compare the revenues received by the estate of Elvis Presley in 2012 with those of any year while he was alive.

In other words, STFU.

Compare the Drugs Elvis took, he is dead... get over it or try pimping your arse in Las Vegas as Elvis. Lisa Marie-Prestley has also made a hash of things, from Danny Keogh, to Scientology and another husband etc etc......

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about a year and a half ago

Apple Loses Claim For False Advertising Regarding Amazon "App Store"

NSN A392-99-964-5927 Re:Let's face it ... (138 comments)

I really do like your comment when you said;

So Apple's riding high on a mountain of cash right now, and the i-Stuff is deluging its coffers with more money every quarter - but the end of that ride is in sight, and it won't be much more than a decade before litigation is ALL the company has left - because Steve Jobs, the technological Elvis, has left the buidling for good.

Thank you for a bit of sanity

about a year and a half ago

Turkish Registrar Enabled Phishing Attacks Against Google

NSN A392-99-964-5927 Re:Didn't see that coming. (75 comments)

Is it any surprise with the CIA training jihadist extremists in Turkey to fight in Syria that a CA gets infiltrated there?

You are absolutely right! We know about CIA dirty tricks, hence I have been fucking General Petraeus's wife whilst he was having an affair..... Welcome to the FBI

about a year and a half ago

Apple Loses Claim For False Advertising Regarding Amazon "App Store"

NSN A392-99-964-5927 Apple has a problem and they know it (138 comments)

I would just like to say, with the amount of patents Apple are filing and the lawsuit with Samsung; Apple have been quite devious and covert in their operations. As a company they know they are losing a large customer base and everything they do at the moment just compounds the fact that they cannot be trusted!

Other companies are getting a bigger bite of the Cherry....Not Apple! (No Pun Intended) and Apple have generated ph33r for themselves losing market share.

The CEO of Yahoo Marissa is sooner or later going to have to admit she made a mistake "sharing a bed with Apple and iphones for all Yahoo staff".

This will probably come out in the news over the next two weeks. There is something seriously wrong with Yahoo including siding with law enforcement agencies now and a privacy policy almost worst than Microsoft, Google, Paypal, Facebook.

Well at least I have got that off my chest.

P.S Happy New Year to all the honest people out there,

about a year and a half ago

Rare Water-Rich Mars Meteorite Discovered

NSN A392-99-964-5927 Re:Ironic (71 comments)

We spend billions on probes, and get more information from looking at a rock in Africa.

Nice work NASA.

Why vote the parent as a troll? He was just stating the obvious and pissed on someone's bonfire. Get over it!

Watch this, I will now be called troll!

about a year and a half ago

Wal-Mart implicated in widespread bribery in Mexico

NSN A392-99-964-5927 Trying to be realistic (1 comments)

It is nice to have a discussion regarding this but some of my friends in the USA are of the same view as me; that US Drone strikes kill innocents and I find it hard to have sympathy with those who have died in the gun attack.

One of my friends from the Royal Air Force was shot down and killed after a bombing raid in Iraq and was trying to land in Kuwait. American's called this friendly fire.

Lets be truthful, nothing is friendly when it comes around to weapons of any calibre.

Maybe some sanity can prevail....enough wars, the people do not want them!

Love NSN

about a year and a half ago

EU Privacy Watchdog To ICANN: Law Enforcement WHOIS Demands "Unlawful"

NSN A392-99-964-5927 Just subterfuge (81 comments)

Welcome to another New World Order / Law Enforcement Policy. Make up your own mind; but those are my thoughts.


about 2 years ago

WTFM: Write the Freaking Manual

NSN A392-99-964-5927 You cannot get the staff - broken society (299 comments)

This all boils down to basic issues. There are too many distractions in our lives, TV, Apps, Phones, McDonalds, Burger King, Fast Food, Work, Sleep, Pay Bills, Pay Taxes; Do this and do that; stay on hold whilst I waste 45 minutes of your life trying to sort out your utility bill and then these plebeians cut you off and it feels like life is just a game of the Board Game SNAKES and LADDERS

To get anything done nowadays you have to literally shut yourself off. No TV, no phones, no facebook, no twitter, no kids annoying you. Truly you have to get rid of all distractions and have some quality time with yourself. That is the only way to write a manual and RTFM.

If you are writing that manual; do not consult other people as other developers will throw you a curve or throw a spanner in the works. Hence back to no distractions....... write out a draft in full and ignore everyone including your wife.

That is how you complete a cycle of action from start to finish. Once you have the full draft... editing comes later ;)

I hope that helps put some sanity back,

about 2 years ago

BitCoin Gets a Futures Market

NSN A392-99-964-5927 Sorry I do not trust bitcoin (467 comments)

There is zero value in bit coins and I wish Max Keiser from Russia Today needs to make a stance with Stacy Herbert on this I know Max Keiser is still a sceptic for obvious reasons.

Bit Coins are being sold to us in a unique way, whereby funds can be transferred. There is nothing tangible with bit coins and it is a con on the back end of the financial crisis to try and replace currency. Please read

If I can give you an example...... If buy gold or silver bullion I want that bullion in a physically tangible asset to which I can own and hold in my own hand.

I do not want to part with my cash with some stock trader on Wall Street or a Corrupt Banker who are quite willing to take millions off you if they can and give you a piece of paper to say you bought $1,000,000.00 in Silver Bullion. That is all you have my friends a piece of "toilet paper". Bitcoin is the same if you ask me and it is a get rich quick scheme on the back end of world financial meltdown; but the ideas of it are sold really well to you.

Just take my advice and be very shrewd with your money and only buy things you physically have an not some piece of paper ;)

Do not get conned!

Love NSN

about 2 years ago

Slackware 14.0 Arrives

NSN A392-99-964-5927 Re:BSD (183 comments)

Hate to break it to you but us in the BSD camp haven't been hand editing much lately either to get the basics going. I haven't edited a xorg.conf in years, or ttys to get x/kdm to run..

Many ports even add themselves to rc.conf to auto start....

Leave those Gentoo stealing BSD ports alone.

about 2 years ago



Stratfor hacker Jeremy Hammond sentenced to ten years in jail

NSN A392-99-964-5927 NSN A392-99-964-5927 writes  |  about 8 months ago

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

NSN A392-99-964-5927 NSN A392-99-964-5927 writes  |  about a year ago

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

NSN A392-99-964-5927 NSN A392-99-964-5927 writes  |  about a year ago

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

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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The Last Letter

NSN A392-99-964-5927 NSN A392-99-964-5927 writes  |  about a year ago

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

NSN A392-99-964-5927 NSN A392-99-964-5927 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

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? "

Farewell Slashdot!!!

NSN A392-99-964-5927 NSN A392-99-964-5927 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

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

NSN A392-99-964-5927 NSN A392-99-964-5927 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

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."
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Can we live without JAVA, HTML5, FLASH etc?

NSN A392-99-964-5927 NSN A392-99-964-5927 writes  |  about 2 years ago

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!"

Ecuador grants Assange political asylum

NSN A392-99-964-5927 NSN A392-99-964-5927 writes  |  about 2 years ago

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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Is /. controlled by American Media Moguls?

NSN A392-99-964-5927 NSN A392-99-964-5927 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

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?"

UK may sanction nerve-agent use on rioters scientists fear

NSN A392-99-964-5927 NSN A392-99-964-5927 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

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.

Now whilst researching this further there is now this publication 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?

NSN A392-99-964-5927 NSN A392-99-964-5927 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

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."

Exploring hand-writing again! back in time.

NSN A392-99-964-5927 NSN A392-99-964-5927 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

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!!!!"

Facebook - "Wants under 13's to use Facebook"

NSN A392-99-964-5927 NSN A392-99-964-5927 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

NSN A392-99-964-5927 (1559367) writes "The founder of Facebook says he will ‘fight’ to allow under-13s to use the social networking website – despite warnings it would put the most vulnerable children at risk.

At present, those under 13 are banned from Mark Zuckerberg’s site in Britain under a voluntary ‘good practice’ code.

In America the age limit, also of 13, is dictated by laws designed to protect young children, but Facebook’s 27-year-old billionaire creator believes the educational benefits of using the site mean the restrictions should be lifted."

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Better education from scientists

NSN A392-99-964-5927 NSN A392-99-964-5927 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

NSN A392-99-964-5927 (1559367) writes "I know we have a section on education; however is it not worthwhile opening a section on Slashdot on Thesis?

Those people writing a dissertation for a Ph.D need Credit! Do you not agree that is would be incredibly interesting for dash slot to have a section like this beyond education so we can all learn idea's against convention of the normal idiot on the street?"

150 year invention dies - The Typewriter

NSN A392-99-964-5927 NSN A392-99-964-5927 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

NSN A392-99-964-5927 writes "The Typewriter is dead. There is a sadness attached to the typex and those who remember burning the midnight oil typing away without typo's and the clack of each letter, number and symbol.

I have a typewriter, but what are you going to miss?

I suppose for those nostalgic people, there are things you do not miss, like a monitor and keyboard, with a typewriter you have them all rolled into one. The question is; Is this a sad day for writers?"

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Sony Play Station Data Theft

NSN A392-99-964-5927 NSN A392-99-964-5927 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

NSN A392-99-964-5927 (1559367) writes "Fraudsters have obtained data on millions of online video gamers – including three million Britons — after targeting Sony’s PlayStation Network.

The electronics giant is contacting around 70 million customers warning that details including their names, addresses, dates of birth, passwords and security questions have been stolen.

Does this surprise us /. users, probably not as this feud has been escalating over the past year and finally it is boiling over. The question is, will Sony compensate users?"

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Is slashdot a bit addictive or nibble a bit?

NSN A392-99-964-5927 NSN A392-99-964-5927 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

NSN A392-99-964-5927 writes "I have avoided Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and virtually everything over the years, but slashdot came before all these social networking sites.

Sometimes I find slashdot addictive and it goes through phases like a Blue Moon. Every now and again you get some really intelligent person that cannot be from planet Earth who is too smart for their own good; but makes a truly logical comment, makes me laugh and I am addicted again.

The question is simple how do you walk away? I know I am going to get some flack for this however your will brighten up my day!"


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