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Submission + - Locusts in Lotuses (youtube.com)

perp writes: While locusts aren't driving around in Lotuses quite yet, a team of researchers at Carleton University have found a new way to track how the insects fly ... by seeing how they drive.
Privacy

Submission + - Supreme Court of Canada rules on electric meters (brianbowman.ca)

perp writes: According to the privacy blagosphere, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) released an important decision today that considered whether an individual home owner had a reasonable expectation of privacy in electric meter data.

The police had asked a local utility company to attach a digital recording ammeter (DRA) to the electric meter on a home in order to monitor electrical usage. The data gleaned from the DRA and from other sources was then used to obtain a warrant to search the home. The search resulted in exposing a marijuana grow op.

The SCC ultimately decided that DRA technology merely indicates electricity use, not what the electricity was used for, so it was a reasonable loss of privacy.

Canada

Submission + - CRTC rules on Internet wholesalers (www.cbc.ca)

perp writes: The CRTC (Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission) is sticking to its guns and ordering big phone network owners such as Bell and Telus to offer smaller wholesale companies higher internet speeds, despite previous disagreement from the government.

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