Michael Westen

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Killing C.I.A. Informants, China Crippled U.S. Spying Operations

WASHINGTON — The Chinese government systematically dismantled C.I.A. spying operations in the country starting in 2010, killing or imprisoning more than a dozen sources over two years and crippling intelligence gathering there for years afterward.<p>Current and former American officials described the …

Surveillance

6 Vitamins And Minerals That Boost Brain Power

The human brain is a complex organ requiring many different nutrients to function properly. Nutritional deficiencies have been shown to contribute to …

How this Isa millionaire beat Warren Buffett to earn a six-figure income for life (tax-free)

Amassing a multi-million pound investment portfolio is a great achievement.<p>Managing to build it up within Isas – where no further tax will fall due on capital gains or income – is an achievement of an altogether different magnitude.<p><i>Reader Service: Manage your investment portfolio the easy way with</i> …

Kotlin: Everything you need to know about Android's newest development language

Google announced support for Kotlin in Android at Google I/O 2017. It reinforced how important Kotlin is for app development again in 2018, but many …

How one man saved $1 million in 5 years

In fact, GOBankingRates found that saving for retirement isn't a priority for 40 percent of all Americans.<p>It certainly wasn't at the top of Grant Sabatier's to-do list when he graduated from the University of Chicago in 2007.<p>As a philosophy major entering the job market on the brink of the Great …

Microsoft Blames NSA For WCry Ransomware

Over the last week there has been a lot of news about the WCry Ransomware that affected hundreds of thousands of computer around the world.<p>A number …

Microsoft slams US government over global cyber attack

Microsoft has attacked the US government for developing the computer vulnerability that was used in a cyber attack on thousands of computers on Friday.<p>The global ransomware attack, which hit computers in more than 150 countries, was engineered using tools developed by America's spy agency, the …

Trooper injured after motorist crashes into police car

A trooper was injured early Monday after a motorist rear-ended his police car on the ramp from Interstate 90/94 to the westbound lanes of Interstate 290, according to Illinois State Police.<p>The trooper was waiting for a tow truck to arrive to remove a vehicle from the ramp when a motorist hit his …

Back Pain

Mother cries as 'normal' 14-year-old son becomes youngest person to ever graduate from his college

A proud mother had tears in her eyes as her 14-year-old son made history as he received his degree in physics.<p>Carson Huey-You became the youngest person to graduate from his college.<p>Despite his great achievement, he shies away from being called a "genius", and just wants to be seen as a normal …

Scientists from enemy nations create a beacon for peace in the Middle East

They’ve built a machine in the desert in the heart of the Middle East. Israelis will use it — and so will Iranians, Jordanians, Turks, Pakistanis and many others. Scientists from countries recently at war or without diplomatic relations will work side by side — Muslims, Jews, Christians and …

Middle East

End of an era as mp3 music format popularised by the iPod is officially discontinued [Update]

[<i>Update: OS News reports that what Fraunhofer IIS fails to mention is that the last of the patents expired, and this is the reason that it is no longer licensing the format.</i>]<p>More than 25 years after it was first developed, the mp3 format for digital music has been officially discontinued. The …

People have stopped buying guns since Trump took office

The gun run appears to have jammed.<p>In the five full months since Donald Trump was elected president, the FBI has undertaken 1.6 million fewer firearm …

Sorry, Tesla owners, but your electric car isn’t as green as you think it is

<b>(Tesla)</b><p>It takes a lot of carbon to build and power an electric vehicle<p>Angelo Young<p>May 14, 2017 5:30pm (UTC)<p>Tesla Motors has an army of loyalists who either swear by the company’s sleek and stealthy high-end luxury electric cars or dream of getting their hands on one. They share company co-founder …

Electric Vehicles

Julia Raspberry Pi Open Source Programming Language

Raspberry Pi enthusiasts looking for a way to open up new possibilities with the Raspberry Pi mini PC range may be interested in the free, open …

A sex doll that can talk - but is it perfect Harmony?

<b>Harmony is a new type of sex doll - one that can move and talk.</b><p>Her head, eyelids and lip movements are fairly crude and her conversation is even more limited.<p>But she is part of a new robotics revolution that is seeing artificial intelligence incorporated into an extremely human-like body.<p>Some think …

Religion out, nationalism in: Will Hamas’ charter divide the movement?

<i>Hamas new ‘Document of Principles’ ditches Islamism for frank positions on borders, international law, and human rights. But can the movement</i> …

The Tiny, Family-Owned Bank That Took the Fall for the 2008 Financial Crisis

The only U.S. bank prosecuted after the 2008 financial crisis was a tiny, family-owned bank in the heart of Manhattan’s Chinatown. A new documentary, …

5 Ways to Access a Locked Windows Account

Coming to the aid of a fellow forum member, TSers recently shared around a dozen ways to handle a lost Windows password. We were so impressed with …

There's convincing evidence that speed limits are way too low

When Lieutenant Gary Megge of the Michigan State Police attends a meeting, he sometimes asks, "How many of you broke the speed limit on your way here?"<p>Hearing his question, you might assume that Lt. Megge is a particularly zealous police officer.<p>The type of person who walks half a city block to …

CodeCorrect finds solutions to common errors in your code

Today at the TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon, one hacker came up with a project that might have come in handy for all the other developers in the room. CodeCorrect was presented as a way to fix errors developers run into while they’re writing code.<p>The project was developed by Pat Needham, a solo …

Stack Overflow

Busy brain not letting you sleep? 8 experts offer tips

Some nights, it's like you can't get your brain to shut up long enough for you to fall asleep.<p>You're mentally reviewing the day you just completed while also previewing the day ahead; sometimes, your mind may even reach way back into the archives and pull up something embarrassing you did back in …

University of Oxford

How I Hacked My Sleep To Become 10 Times More Productive

I used to think about sleep as a burden. Sure, I knew I <i>had</i> to do it, but I never wanted to, believing it deterred from productivity. Granted, now that I’m a little older, I realize how much sleep improves my performance, but how I get my six – eight hours isn’t always standard.<p>Like most people …

Time Management

This Documentary Will Answer All Your Questions Regarding Fidget Spinners

Republicans plan massive cuts to programs for the poor

Under pressure to balance the budget and align with Trump, the House GOP has its eye on food stamps, welfare and perhaps even veterans’ benefits.<p>House Republicans just voted to slash hundreds of billions of dollars in health care for the poor as part of their Obamacare replacement. Now, they’re …

Health Care

Amazon made landline phones trendy again

When is the last time you used your landline phone? Chances are that your smartphone is the one and only device you need. Old-fashioned phones have been fading away from most living rooms. But it doesn’t mean that landline phones aren’t useful. Amazon is well aware of that.<p>The company unveiled the …

Living Rooms

Here's How to Retire Early

The first two steps have nothing to do with money.<p>The dream of retiring early has nothing to do with wearing your pajamas all day, or spending every …

Ruling Fatah party fares poorly in Palestinian elections

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — President Mahmoud Abbas's ruling Fatah Party posted a poor showing in Palestinian municipal elections across the West …

Westerners joining the fight against ISIL are no heroes

Western anti-ISIL fighters volunteering in Syria and Iraq are doing more harm than good. They should go home.<p>It would seem that Syria has enough foreign fighters occupying its lands by now, with Russia, Iran and its militias, and foreigners in the ranks of al-Qaeda and the Islamic State of Iraq and …

Middle East

Fiat Chrysler software error leads to a massive truck recall

Fiat Chrysler is currently in the midst of notifying over a million people that they need to turn in the trucks they bought from the company due to a potentially dangerous software error. The automaker has announced a massive recall affecting 1.02 million 2013 to 2016 Ram 1500 and 2500, as well as …

Automotive Industry