" Who knows what true loneliness is—not the conventional word, but the naked terror? To the lonely themselves it wears a mask. The most miserable outcast hugs some memory or some illusion. Now and then a fatal conjunction of events may lift the veil for an instant. For an instant only. No human being could bear a steady view of moral solitude without going mad. "
Joseph Conrad

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Operation Anthropoid: Reinhard Heydrich Is Assassinated

Operation Anthropoid was the code name for the Czechoslovak-British plan to assassinate top Nazi leader Reinhard Heydrich, a chief planner of the so-called Final Solution whose ruthlessness and numerous execution orders earned him the nickname "the Hangman of Europe." In May 1942, Heydrich was ambushed by Czech patriots and wounded. A week later, he died from his injuries. This was one of the only successful assassinations of a top-ranking Nazi leader during the war. How did the Nazis retaliate?



Hackers: White Hat and Black Hat

Though the term hacker has become synonymous with someone who illegally exploits computer system vulnerabilities, the different aims and approaches of members of the hacking subculture create certain distinctions. White hat hackers, for example, breach security ethically and for altruistic reasons, while black hat hackers engage in malicious criminal attacks. The colorful terms derive from cowboy films in which villains often wear black hats and heroes wear white ones. What is a blue hat hacker?

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Louis-Ferdinand Céline

Louis-Ferdinand Céline was the pen name of French writer and doctor Louis-Ferdinand Destouches. Considered one of the most influential writers of the 20th century, he developed a writing style that modernized both French and world literature. He remains, however, a controversial figure due to anti-Semitic pamphlets he published during WWII. After the war, he was convicted of being a Nazi collaborator but was later granted amnesty. What unusual punctuation mark is consistently used in his works?

Last updated on Thursday, 27th May 2010

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