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+ - SPAM: Immediate Road Sign Display

Submitted by irsdmanager
irsdmanager (3888211) writes "Increasing Safety on the Roads with Immediate Road Sign Display: the Project Runs Crowdfunding Stage

October 20, 2014 – A new ambitious project, Immediate Road Sign Display (IRSD), aimed at increasing safety on the roads runs its engines and will reach crowdfunding on October 20, 2014.

The device identifies road signs or pedestrians crossing the road and immediately projects respective information on the car’s windscreen. This allows the driver to pay necessary attention to a sign or to any other object on the road and take all necessary measures.

With the help of Indiegogo, this innovative project calls on everyone who cares about the problem of the growing number of road accidents. The project offers to make a donation and contribute to the future of global safety. Contributors will be awarded with project-related presents and devices.

According to ASIRT (Association for safe international road travel), every 30 seconds someone is killed and 19 others are injured on roadways worldwide. The Global Status Report on Road Safety 2013 made by WHO (World Health Organisation) highlights that although total number of road traffic deaths each year has not increased, it remains unacceptably high at 1.24 million per year. The report adds that 31% of road traffic deaths worldwide accounts for car occupants.

“Immediate Road Sign Display is our attempt to improve global level of safety on the roads. Cars are useful and at the same time very dangerous vehicles. That is why we find it crucial to drive innovation and introduce new technologies to guarantee safety around the globe. The IRSD team finds that road safety should be a global concern and responsibility”, says Anton Kononov, initiator of the IRSD project.

Crowdfunding for IRSD project on Indiegogo aiming to collect $50,000 starts on October 20 and will last 45 days.

About the project!"

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+ - Cops Need a Warrant to Grab Your Cell Tower Data, Florida Court Rules->

Submitted by SternisheFan
SternisheFan (2529412) writes "BY KIM ZETTER 10.17.14 | 3:31 PM |

Americans may have a Florida drug dealer to thank for expanding our right to privacy.

Police departments around the country have been collecting phone metadata from telecoms and using a sophisticated spy tool to track people through their mobile phones—often without obtaining a warrant. But a new ruling out of Florida has curbed the activity in that state, on constitutional grounds. It raises hope among civil liberties advocates that other jurisdictions around the country may follow suit.

The Florida Supreme Court ruled Thursday that obtaining cell phone location data to track a person’s location or movement in real time constitutes a Fourth Amendment search and therefore requires a court-ordered warrant.

The case specifically involves cell tower data for a convicted drug dealer that police obtained from a telecom without a warrant. But the way the ruling is written (.pdf), it would also cover the use of so-called “stingrays”—sophisticated technology law enforcement agencies use to locate and track people in the field without assistance from telecoms. Agencies around the country, including in Florida, have been using the technology to track suspects—sometimes without obtaining a court order, other times deliberately deceiving judges and defendants about their use of the devices to track suspects, telling judges the information came from “confidential” sources rather than disclose their use of stingrays. The new ruling would require them to obtain a warrant or stop using the devices.

The American Civil Liberties Union calls the Florida ruling “a resounding defense” of the public’s right to privacy."

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+ - Big Companies Want EU Data Protection Rules Watered Down->

Submitted by jfruh
jfruh (300774) writes "The EU is considering watering down its data protection rules to lesen the regulatory burden on small companies processing what is deemed to be "low risk" data. Unsurprisingly, there's one group that wants these rules changed even further: large companies. DigitalEurope, a lobbying group backed by IBM, Microsoft, and Oracle, is pushing for further changes."
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+ - RetroN 5 copyright violations on OSS and non-commercial software->

Submitted by martiniturbide
martiniturbide (1203660) writes "I noticed on the emulation scene that are some complains about the legally of the source code used by the RetroN 5 console (NES, SNES, Super Famicom, Genesis, Mega Drive, Famicom, Game Boy, Game Boy Color, and GBA console in one). The open source project called "RetroArch" is complaining that "SNES9x" core and "Genesis Plus GX" core source code are available under a non commercial use license. There are also claims of "TIVO-ization" of the open source code included on RetroN 5. Some discussion and demands to RetroN 5 are registered on the AssemblerGame forum . The blog post show evidence of the binary comparison done with Google's BinDiff tool."
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Comment: copyright&co will make this 'fun' (Score 2) 75

by Selur (#47948985) Attached to: Intel Putting 3D Scanners In Consumer Tablets Next Year, Phones To Follow

This is a nice thing in the long run (once 3D printers are more widely spread, better and cheaper), but in the short run this will probably cause more trouble than it is worth.
Thinking about a younger person, like my son, who might scan some of his toys,gimmicks,... and post those scans somewhere and about some lawyer suing because he violated some laws he wasn't really aware of.
-> once 3D printers are more wide-spread the fun really starts :)

Comment: Must be too old,.. (Score 1) 359

by Selur (#47824577) Attached to: How the Outdated TI-84 Plus Still Holds a Monopoly On Classrooms

I conquered school (and university) without having a graphical calculator. And yes, I'm one of those who still knows how to calculate stuff in their head and work with fractions, integrals,.. on a normal piece of paper.

+ I too agree 150 $ for a school calculator is way too high, but I don't really see the point why a graphic calculator is really needed to begin with.

+ - NEWS: iPhone 5 catches fire->

Submitted by ESHWAR VIJAY T V
ESHWAR VIJAY T V (3788875) writes "In an aircraft headed for Prague from Israel, the iphone 5 of traveler Yardin Levi burst into flames, because of which the whole airplane must be deboarded. Said iphone 5 was in flares, and the vapor spread through the lodge, driving the group to clear all travelers.

The motivation behind why the iphone burst into flames is still obscure. Doubtlessly, Levi needed to desert his iphone at the Tel-Aviv airplane terminal in Israel. In the end, everybody was asked to board the aircraft and ordinary operations continued."

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+ - Western U.S. states using up ground water at an alarming rate->

Submitted by sciencehabit
sciencehabit (1205606) writes "A new study shows that ground water in the Colorado basin is being depleted six times faster than surface water. The groundwater losses, which take thousands of years to be recharged naturally, point to the unsustainability of exploding population centers and water-intensive agriculture in the basin, which includes most of Arizona and parts of Colorado, California, Nevada, Utah, New Mexico, and Wyoming. Because ground water feeds many of the streams and rivers in the area, more of them will run dry."
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