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California Governor Vetoes Bill Requiring Warrants For Drone Surveillance 109

Posted by Soulskill
from the quis-custodiet-ipsos-drones? dept.
schwit1 sends word that California governor Jerry Brown has vetoed legislation that would have required warrants for surveillance using unmanned drones. In his veto message (PDF), Brown said, "This bill prohibits law enforcement from using a drone without obtaining a search warrant, except in limited circumstances. There are undoubtedly circumstances where a warrant is appropriate. The bill's exceptions, however, appear to be too narrow and could impose requirements beyond what is required by either the 4th Amendment or the privacy provisions in the California Constitution."

The article notes that 10 other states already require a warrant for routine surveillance with a drone (Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Montana, Oregon, Tennessee, Utah, and Wisconsin). Further, Brown's claims about the bill's exceptions are overstated — according to Slate, "California's drone bill is not draconian. It includes exceptions for emergency situations, search-and-rescue efforts, traffic first responders, and inspection of wildfires. It allows other public agencies to use drones for other purposes — just not law enforcement."

Comment: They were consumed by Cthulhu (Score 0) 206

by Spacelem (#48018831) Attached to: My toy collection is ...

No, really. I bought my younger sister (who was still living with our parents at the time) a plush Cthulhu for her birthday. 3 months later my parents called to let me know they'd had to throw out the entire toy basket, including my favourite Rocky the penguin, who my father brought back from his time in the Falkland's war, and who had travelled across Europe with me.

It turned out that clothes moths had got into the wicker basket where the toys were kept, and massacred the lot. With just one survivor... plush Cthulhu, who'd apparently remained untouched.

Comment: Re:Probably a bad idea, but... (Score 1) 192

by Spacelem (#47944067) Attached to: On Independence for Scotland:

That's not all correct. Scotland is definitely governed from Westminster, however there are certain issues (running of the NHS, education etc.) that are devolved to the Scottish parliament in Holyrood (since 1997). Westminster can revoke devolved powers, and can therefore overrule Holyrood. There have been many occasions when Scotland has been forced to comply with things it strongly disagreed with (e.g. recent foreign wars, the bedroom tax). Also, all tax raised in Scotland is sent to Westminster, and we are then given back an amount that includes money raised from borrowing. If Westminster decides to privatise the NHS, and decrease funding, then Scotland will also lose funding. If Westminster signs the TTIP, then it still affects the Scottish NHS, despite our control.

We do have an equal vote, however at 1/10th the population size, that means that as a country we get very little say in who governs us. We currently have a Conservative / Lib Dem coalition government, but only 1 single Conservative seat in Scotland. Basically, it doesn't matter how we vote, our government usually only reflects our wishes by coincidence. Whether or not this is fair (since this is general fact of life when groups aggregate, they get less control), is subjective.

Scotland has *always* had a different legal system to the one in England and Wales.

Comment: Re:Shetland and Orkney (Score 1) 192

by Spacelem (#47941445) Attached to: On Independence for Scotland:

It is slightly closer to Scotland (but you're right, they do tend to *feel* closer to Norway). I've got relatives on Shetland, and they don't seem that bothered by it all.

That said, I voted Yes for independence today, and I have no problem with Shetland leaving to join Norway if that's what they want. I don't really see how they'll be able to lay claim to all (or any) of the oil though, that really is just Scotland's.

Security

Recipe For Building a Cheap Raspberry Pi Honeypot Network 68

Posted by timothy
from the you-forgot-the-sledgehammer dept.
mask.of.sanity (1228908) writes "Honeypots are the perfect bait for corporate IT shops to detect hackers targeting and already within their networks and now a guide has been published to build a dirt cheap battalion of the devices from Raspberry Pis. "By running honeypots on our internal network, we are able to detect anomalous events. We gain awareness and insight into our network when network hosts interact with a Raspberry Pi honeypot sensor," the author explained."

Comment: Re:No. (Score 1) 502

When I use onboard sound, there's a slight crackly hissing noise that happens when I move the mouse, which I can hear whenever the speaker volume is more than about 50%. It was true for my old PC that I bought 6 years ago, and it's true for the one I bought last month.

From my sample size of 2, it's definitely a problem. Sure the sound quality is fine, but I think there's still a case for a discrete card.

Comment: Re:Windows 7 it is (Score 1) 611

by Spacelem (#47129713) Attached to: Which desktop environment do you like the best?

That is a subjective opinion. I find Cinnamon follows my workflow absolutely perfectly. I make heavy use of command prompts, focus follows mouse, keyboard shortcuts, multiple desktops etc., and the Windows alternative just feels so clunky in comparison.

Windows used to have X-mouse, a long time ago, not sure if that's still available now, but I couldn't find it for Windows 7, so that feels like a regression to me. And who needs a thick border when you can just press alt and grab *anywhere in the window*?

Comment: Re:Map projections (Score 1) 286

by Spacelem (#46378555) Attached to: Scottish Independence Campaign Battles Over BBC Weather Forecast

Oops, typo -- it's one of my favourite ales too. Don't worry, I've lived in Scotland most of my life, and I most certainly don't confuse England with the UK! However, the taste / temperature issue applies to Scottish beers too, and it was a general statement. I certainly don't discriminate when it comes to good beer!

Comment: Re:Map projections (Score 1) 286

by Spacelem (#46374923) Attached to: Scottish Independence Campaign Battles Over BBC Weather Forecast

England should let them go and concentrate their efforts instead, on making a beer that's worth a fuck.

Nothing wrong with English beers, there are a great many excellent ones, and many interesting regional ones to be found. The UK does good beer -- go and find a bottle of Norfolk Nog, and tell me it doesn't taste wonderful, or try a bottle of Fraioch heather ale, and note how refreshing it is.

It might be the case that you're too used to crap beer that needs to be chilled in order to taste okay. Good beer isn't supposed to be served warm, just cool, because you're meant to be able to taste it.

Comment: Re:Stay Home (Score 4, Insightful) 351

by Spacelem (#46035523) Attached to: Fighting the Flu May Hurt Those Around You

Socialism doesn't keep you at work, when you're sick, that's capitalism, with its "performance at the expense of everything else" approach. Or were you being sarcastic? (I can't tell).

Also, socialism provides free medical care to sick people, so they don't just put things off and get worse and worse until eventually they eventually either need an emergency room (at a much higher cost), or spread communicable but treatable diseases like TB. It also makes medicine cheaper because of collective bargaining, rather than allowing each person to try to bargain for something that they can't do without.

Comment: Re:different not necessarily better (Score 1) 166

by Spacelem (#45810571) Attached to: GNU Octave Gets a GUI

I use Octave and totally ignore Matlab compatibility. This enables me to use the (IMO vastly superior) Octave syntax additions. On the odd occasion I need to go back to Matlab, I find the syntax incredibly restrictive. Small things like ++i, default parameters, and temporary expressions, all of which make life so much easier. I understand why this situation exists, but I think it's a terrible shame.

Then there's Octave's ASCII format for storing structures and multidimensional (>2 dim) arrays. That single feature alone is why I don't use Matlab.

Comment: Elsevier conference and lack of submissions (Score 1) 259

by Spacelem (#45626205) Attached to: Elsevier Going After Authors Sharing Their Own Papers

I was at the recent Elsevier Epidemics 4 conference (a good conference by the way, they've discussed many important things and highlighted a lot of important work), and they noted that despite growing attendance over the last few years, they've received fewer and fewer submissions to their Epidemics journal, despite it being Open Access. I suspect the boycott is indeed starting to bite.

Comment: Re:Matlab and a few games (Score 1) 222

by Spacelem (#44732597) Attached to: What percentage of the software you use regularly is open source?

I'd rather Matlab was 100% compatible with Octave. I find myself increasingly frustrated with Matlab's shortcomings next to Octave -- mainly how it's so much easier to get multidimensional data out of C and into Octave compared to Matlab, which is primarily why I don't use Matlab. That and the syntax, where Octave beats Matlab hands down (if people like my code, but want to use my code in Matlab, they can convert it themselves).

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