NSN A392-99-964-5927 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)." Link to Original Source top
NSN A392-99-964-5927 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." Link to Original Source top
Baroness Thatcher; Britain's first female prime minister dies
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!" Link to Original Source top
NSN A392-99-964-5927 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." Link to Original Source top
Getting out of the Social Networks and a getting a real life
NSN A392-99-964-5927 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? " top
NSN A392-99-964-5927 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!" top
NSN A392-99-964-5927 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." Link to Original Source top
NSN A392-99-964-5927 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?" top
UK may sanction nerve-agent use on rioters scientists fear
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." top
NSN A392-99-964-5927 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." Link to Original Source top
NSN A392-99-964-5927 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?" top
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?" Link to Original Source top
NSN A392-99-964-5927 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?" Link to Original Source top
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!"