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Comment: Re:Every cell phone is a lo-jack... (Score 1) 216

by romanval (#49627227) Attached to: Police Can Obtain Cellphone Location Records Without a Warrant

It doesn't have to be used in a crime. All cell phone switch cell towers while you travel... your cell provider it keeps a timestamp log of this switching whether you use your phone or not. If you are suspected of a crime, all they need to do is guess your (plausible) location and see if your phone agrees. If you have an accomplice with a cell phone, he will mirror/intersect the same locations as you... and finding plausible accomplices would be as easy as going through your phone's call/SMS communication records..

Comment: Every cell phone is a lo-jack... (Score 1) 216

by romanval (#49625347) Attached to: Police Can Obtain Cellphone Location Records Without a Warrant

This should be blatantly obvious to anybody that knows anything about wireless tech.. Your phone carrier MUST know which cell tower you're near, simply because it's required to have your phone work at all.. And it's trivial to keep a log of such connections; some carriers keep it for 30 days, some for 6 months.

My guess is that they're counting on the ignorance of the average criminal to NOT know that fact, which makes the job for the police much easier...

Comment: Re:Missing the point. (Score 1) 330

by romanval (#49405561) Attached to: Inexpensive Electric Cars May Arrive Sooner Than You Think

Most electrics are bought as a 2nd car, since a vast majority of people don't driver further then 50 miles a day. So the range anxiety may be a moot thing, since lots of people use their gas car (or choose to fly) rather then worry about driving their electric car across the country..

Comment: Re:Personally... (Score 1) 397

by romanval (#49380793) Attached to: Why America's Obsession With STEM Education Is Dangerous

Apple-- (specifically Steve Jobs) figured it out long ago: Cramming all sorts of technology into a thing does not make that thing useful; it takes an overall humanistic approach... involving psychology, human intuition, and aesthetics.

If design wasn't important, why else would Android start off as blackberry clone but turn into an iPhone clone within a matter of months?

+ - Science skeptic Ted Cruz to oversee NASA and US Science programs->

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romanval writes: In a move that shows how the last election is turning the U.S. into a bizzaro state, Senator Ted Cruz (R- Tx); a man who claims there isn't enough evidence to prove climate change is occurring, is to chair the Subcommittee on Space, Science and Competitiveness, where he will oversee NASA and U.S. science programs. Fellow climate change denier Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) will also chair the Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and the Coast Guard upon his confirmation.
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