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Slashdot

Slashdot is a social news website that billed itself as "News for Nerds. Stuff that Matters", it features news stories on science and politics that are submitted and evaluated by site users and editors. Each story has a comments section attached to it; the website was founded in 1997 by Hope College students Rob Malda known as "CmdrTaco", classmate Jeff Bates known as "Hemos". In 2012, they sold it to DHI Group, Inc.. In January 2016, BIZX acquired Slashdot Media, including both slashdot.org and SourceForge.. In December 2019, BIZX rebranded to Slashdot Media. Summaries of stories and links to news articles are submitted by Slashdot's own users, each story becomes the topic of a threaded discussion among users. Discussion is moderated by a user-based moderation system. Randomly selected moderators are assigned points. Moderation applies either −1 or +1 to the current rating, based on whether the comment is perceived as either "normal", "offtopic", "insightful", "redundant", "interesting", or "troll".

The site's comment and moderation system is administered by its own open source content management system, available under the GNU General Public License. In 2012, Slashdot had around 3.7 million unique visitors per month and received over 5300 comments per day. The site has won more than 20 awards, including People's Voice Awards in 2000 for "Best Community Site" and "Best News Site". At its peak use, a news story posted to the site with a link could overwhelm some smaller or independent sites; this phenomenon was known as the "Slashdot effect". Slashdot was preceded by Rob Malda's personal website "Chips & Dips", which launched in October 1997, featured a single "rant" each day about something that interested its author – something to do with Linux or open source software. At the time, Malda was a student at Hope College in Holland, majoring in computer science; the site became "Slashdot" in September 1997 under the slogan "News for Nerds. Stuff that Matters," and became a hotspot on the Internet for news and information of interest to computer geeks.

The name "Slashdot" came from a somewhat "obnoxious parody of a URL" – when Malda registered the domain, he desired to make a name, "silly and unpronounceable" – try pronouncing out, "h-t-t-p-colon-slash-slash-slashdot-dot-org". By June 1998, the site was seeing as many as 100,000 page views per day and advertisers began to take notice. Slashdot was co-founded by Jeff Bates. By December 1998, Slashdot had net revenues of $18,000, yet its Internet profile was higher and revenues were expected to increase. On June 29, 1999, the site was sold to Linux megasite Andover.net for $1.5 million in cash and $7 million in Andover stock at the Initial public offering price. Part of the deal was contingent upon the continued employment of Malda and Bates and on the achievement of certain "milestones". With the acquisition of Slashdot, Andover.net could now advertise itself as "the leading Linux/Open Source destination on the Internet". Andover.net merged with VA Linux on February 3, 2000, changed its name to SourceForge, Inc. on May 24, 2007, became Geeknet, Inc. on November 4, 2009.

Slashdot's 10,000th article was posted after two and a half years on February 24, 2000, the 100,000th article was posted on December 11, 2009 after 12 years online. During the first 12 years, the most active story with the most responses posted was the post-2004 US Presidential Election article "Kerry Concedes Election To Bush" with 5,687 posts; this followed the creation of a new article section, politics.slashdot.org, created at the start of the 2004 election on September 7, 2004. Many of the most popular stories are political, with "Strike on Iraq" the second-most-active article and "Barack Obama Wins US Presidency" the third-most-active; the rest of the 10 most active articles are an article announcing the 2005 London bombings, several articles about Evolution vs. Intelligent Design, Saddam Hussein's capture, Fahrenheit 9/11. Articles about Microsoft and its Windows Operating System are popular. A thread posted in 2002 titled "What's Keeping You On Windows?" was the 10th-most-active story, an article about Windows 2000/NT4 source-code leaks the most visited article with more than 680,000 hits.

Some controversy erupted on March 9, 2001 after an anonymous user posted the full text of Scientology's "Operating Thetan Level Three" document in a comment attached to a Slashdot article. The Church of Scientology demanded that Slashdot remove the document under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. A week in a long article, Slashdot editors explained their decision to remove the page while providing links and information on how to get the document from other sources. Slashdot Japan is an official offshoot of the US-based Web site; as of January 2010 the site was owned by OSDN-Japan, Inc. and carried some of the US-based Slashdot articles as well as localized stories. An external site, New Media Services, has reported the importance of Online Moderation last December 1, 2011. On Valentine's Day 2002, founder Rob Malda proposed to longtime girlfriend Kathleen Fent using the front page of Slashdot, they were married on December 2002, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Slashdot implemented a paid subscription service on March 1, 2002.

Slashdot's subscription model works by allowing users to pay a small fee to be able to view pages without banner ads, starting at a rate of $5 per 1,000 page views –

G. Ainsworth Harrison

Geoffrey Ainsworth Harrison was an English biological anthropologist who taught at the University of Oxford. Harrison was born in Teddington, England, on 9 June 1927, he received a 1st class degree from Trinity College, where he read natural sciences. At Cambridge, he became interested in anthropology after attending a lecture on Australopithecus by paleontologist Robert Broom, he received his DPhil from the University of Oxford for his work on the adaptation of mice to warm environments, which he conducted under the supervision of Joseph Weiner. Harrison's first academic position was as a lecturer at the University of Liverpool, where he studied skin pigmentation. In 1963, he joined the faculty at Oxford as Reader in Physical Anthropology, where he was appointed Professor of Biological Anthropology in 1976; as a faculty member at Oxford, he was noted for his central role in the founding of the Human Sciences degree. He helped to establish Oxford's Diploma in Human Biology, the Department of Biological Anthropology, the MSc in Human Biology.

He retired from Oxford in 1994, though he continued to write and conduct research for an additional 20 years. Harrison was president of the Royal Anthropological Institute from 1969 to 1970, he was chair of the Society for the Study of Human Biology and of the Biosocial Society, as well as a member of many learned societies. Harrison died in Oxford, England, on 14 September 2017

Aakrosh (2010 film)

Aakrosh is a 2010 Indian Hindi-language action thriller film directed by Priyadarshan. The film has Ajay Devgan, Akshaye Khanna, Bipasha Basu, Paresh Rawal and Reema Sen in the lead roles; the film was produced by Kumar Mangat Pathak under the banner of Big Screen Entertainer. The soundtrack of the film has been composed by Pritam and the lyricist is Irshad Kamil; the film features cinematography by Thiru, the production design by Sabu Cyril and the editing by Arun Kumar. Tyag Rajan and R. P Yadav choreographed the action sequences of the film; the screenplay of the film is adapted from the American film Mississippi Burning. Three medical friends from Delhi go missing in a small village – Jhanjhar. It's two months and there is no clue about their disappearance; the media and students movement demand action from the authorities. It's that the government orders a Central Bureau of Investigation enquiry with officers Siddhant Chaturvedi and Pratap Kumar to solve the case, they find it difficult to solve the case as the local police and other authorities are a part of Shool Sena, supported by the Home Minister and is responsible for illicit activities.

Siddhant and Pratap face Superintendent of police Ajatshatru Singh IPS, a ruthless police officer who misuses his power. Not only that the locals don't support the investigation. It's with the help of Roshni, the daughter of the village head and very wealthy, Geeta, Ajatshatru's wife and Pratap's former love, that the investigation moves ahead; the truth behind the missing three friends is revealed by Geeta who witnessed the killing of these boys by a local politician helped by her husband. This investigation thrills created by Ajatshatru and his colleagues, they try to destroy the name of CBI in number of ways. The duo manage to get one of the criminals to believe that the shool sena is trying to kill him assuming him to be a mole, that he had better become a government witness for their case; the criminal who intimidated was only guilty of burying the bodies. Things get worse when Ajatshatru comes to know about his wife Geeta helping CBI, he beats Geeta brutally with his belt behind closed doors and leaves her hospitalized.

Pratap, filled with anger, traps each of the criminals by hacking their respective phone's databases and capturing their illicit activities on CCTV cameras. When it is Ajatshatru's turn, Pratap cuts him with a sharp razor and beats him brutally and mercilessly in a salon behind closed doors. In the end all the criminals are sentenced to imprisonment; however the longest sentence doled out was only for 10 years and the lightest was for 3. Justice is still blind because there was no sentence passed for the 300 villagers burned alive, the cruel beating of the wife, or the kidnap and cutting of the tongue of Jhamunia, but the story does not end there. As everyone is leaving the court, Siddhant slips a revolver into village woman Jhamunia's hands, with which she manages to kill all the culprits; the film ends with Siddhant and Pratap bidding goodbye at the railway station, Geeta running behind Pratap as he boards the train to leave, with Siddhant watching on. Ajay Devgan as Pratap Kumar Akshaye Khanna as Sidhant Chaturvedi Bipasha Basu as Geeta Reema Sen as Jhamunia Paresh Rawal as IPS Ajashatru Singh Jaideep Ahlawat as Pappu Tiwari Pankaj Tripathi as Kishore Ashraful Haq as Hukum Lal The songs featured in the film are composed by Pritam Chakraborty.

The background score is composed by veteran Malayalam composer Ouseppachan. All lyrics are written by Irshad Kamil. 2011 Zee Cine AwardsNominated Best Actor in a Negative Role – Paresh Rawal. Aakrosh on IMDb

500 euro note

The five hundred euro note is the highest-value euro banknote and was produced between the introduction of the euro in 2002 until 2014. Since 27 April 2019, the banknote has no longer been issued by central banks in the euro area, but continues to be legal tender and can be used as a means of payment, it is one of the highest-value circulating banknotes in the world, worth around 571 USD, 3,939 CNY, 66,677 JPY, 584 CHF or 447 GBP. The note is used in the 23 countries which have the euro as their sole currency, with a population of about 343 million; the high denomination notes were introduced rapidly so that in the first 7 years there were 530 million five hundred euro banknotes in circulation. Subsequently, the rate of increase was radically slowed. In January 2020, there were 440 million banknotes in circulation, it is the second least circulated denomination, accounting for 1.9% of the total banknotes. It has a purple colour scheme; the five hundred euro banknotes depict arches/doorways in modern architecture.

The five hundred euro note contains several complex security features such as watermarks, invisible ink and microprinting that make counterfeiting difficult. The euro was founded on 1 January 1999, when it became the currency of over 300 million people in Europe. For the first three years of its existence it was an invisible currency, only used in accountancy. Euro cash was not introduced until 1 January 2002, when it replaced the national banknotes and coins of the countries in eurozone 12, such as the Luxembourgish franc. Slovenia joined the Eurozone in 2007, Cyprus and Malta in 2008, Slovakia in 2009, Estonia in 2011, Latvia in 2014 and Lithuania joined on 1 January 2015; the changeover period during which the former currencies' notes and coins were exchanged for those of the euro lasted about two months, going from 1 January 2002 until 28 February 2002. The official date on which the national currencies ceased to be legal tender varied from member state to member state; the earliest date was in Germany, where the mark ceased to be legal tender on 31 December 2001, though the exchange period lasted for two months more.

After the old currencies ceased to be legal tender, they continued to be accepted by national central banks for periods ranging from ten years to forever. Notes printed before November 2003 bear the signature of the first president of the European Central Bank, Wim Duisenberg, replaced on 1 November 2003 by Jean-Claude Trichet, whose signature appears on issues from November 2003 to March 2012. Notes issued after March 2012 bear the signature of the third president of the European Central Bank, incumbent Mario Draghi; as of June 2012, current issues do not reflect the expansion of the European Union. Cyprus is not depicted on current notes as the map does not extend far enough east and Malta is missing as it does not meet the current series' minimum size for depiction; the European Central Bank is introducing a new series of Euro-banknotes. The 500 euro denomination, will not be included in the new series as it was decided to phase out issuance of 500 euro banknotes; the five hundred euro note measures at 160 millimetres × 82 millimetres with a purple colour scheme.

All bank notes depict arches/doorways in a different historical European style. Although Robert Kalina's original designs were intended to show real monuments, for political reasons the bridge and art are hypothetical examples of the architectural era; the featured bridge is similar to Guadiana International Bridge. Like all euro notes, it contains the denomination, the EU flag, the signature of the president of the ECB and the initials of said bank in different EU languages, a depiction of EU territories overseas, the stars from the EU flag and twelve security features as listed below; the five hundred euro note is protected by: Colour changing ink used on the numeral located on the back of the note, that appears to change colour from purple to brown, when the note is tilted. A transparent number printed in the top corner of the note, on both sides, appear to combine to form the value numeral when held against the light. A glossy stripe, situated at the back of the note, showing the value numeral and the euro symbol.

A hologram, used on the note which appears to see the hologram image change between the value and a window or doorway, but in the background, it appears to be rainbow-coloured concentric circles of micro-letters moving from the centre to the edges of the patch. A EURion constellation, it is added to help software detect the presence of a banknote in a digital image. Watermarks, which appear. Raised printing in the main image, the lettering and the value numerals on the front of the banknotes will be raised. Ultraviolet ink. Microprinting, on various areas of the banknotes there is microprinting, for example, inside the "ΕΥΡΩ" on the front; the micro-text is sharp, not blurred. A security thread, embedded in the banknote paper. Th

2014–15 Ayr United F.C. season

The 2014–15 season was the 105th season of competitive football by Ayr United. The club finished 8th in Scottish League One and competed in the Scottish Cup, League Cup and the Challenge Cup. Win Draw Loss Last Updated: 3 September 2015 Ayr United play each other team in the Scottish League One four times, twice in the first half of the season and twice in the second half of the season, making a total of 36 games. Win Draw Loss As of 26 July 2014Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. Last updated: 19 August 2014Source: Competitive match reports. Competitive matches only Matches started as captain onlyCountry: FIFA nationality. Games: Number of games started as captain; as of end of 2014-15 seasonPlayers with a zero in every column only appeared as unused substitutes

Raymond Zarpanelian

Raymond Zarpanelian was an Armenian-French football coach, last known to have been based at Al-Ansar in Saudi Arabia. Assisted by Sam Obi Metzger, Zarpanelian guided Sierra Leone to a 0-4 defeat to Ivory Coast and a 0-0 stalemate with Zambia at the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations, causing him to step down as coach and go back to Paris. Working with ASFA Yennenga in early 1997, the Franco-Armenian was took charge of ASF Bobo Dioulasso by summer that year, driving them to a runners-up position in the league and a national cup trophy. Visited Uganda with French journalist Frank Simon to watch the 2000 CECAFA Cup and observe East African football. Diagnosed with kidney cancer, Zarpanelian died at a hospital in Paris at the age of 78 in 2011 and was buried on the 6th of April, he was linked with the Central African Republic technical director position. The Raymond Zarpanelian Trophy was launched in 2014 to honor an African-based French football technician each year, with Pascal Janin getting the award for his achievements with Stade Malien.

The former Sierra Leone mentor was said to have been a magnanimous person. French Wikipedia Page