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+ - California Gov Brown Vetoes Bill Requiring Warrants for Drone Surveillance->

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 (797399) writes "Brown, a Democrat facing re-election in November, sided with law enforcement and said the legislation simply granted Californians privacy rights that went too far beyond existing guarantees. Sunday's veto comes as the small drones are becoming increasingly popular with business, hobbyists, and law enforcement.

"This bill prohibits law enforcement from using a drone without obtaining a search warrant, except in limited circumstances," the governor said in his veto message(PDF). "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."

At least 10 other states require the police to get a court warrant to surveil with a drone. Those states include Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Montana, Oregon, Tennessee, Utah, and Wisconsin.

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."

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Comment: Re:Puts the hurt on StartSSL. Good on 'em! (Score 1) 66

by stoborrobots (#48025019) Attached to: CloudFlare Announces Free SSL Support For All Customers

Passport scan to get a free certificate?

I've been using StartSSL for years, for a number of certificates - all they verify for the free cert is that I can click on a link sent to the postmaster address for the relevant domain...

If you want anything other than basic class-1 certificates for a single hostname there's a cost, and a more involved process; but that process is similar regardless of who does your identity verification.

If you want free class-1 certificates, there is no additional cost, and no super-secret documentation to send around.

I have no experience with StartCom's organisation verification process. However, for domain-verified class-1 certificates for individual hosts, they offer a free, immediate, trouble-free process which involves no more than clicking a link in my email.

+ - New, large iPhones showing propensity to bend under pressure

Submitted by Sockatume
Sockatume (732728) writes "Apple's new thin-but-wide iPhones 6 require more space in users' pockets. Perhaps more space than is available, as owners are reporting that their phones are subtly but permanently bending after several hours of ordinary sitting, even when stored in a front rather than back pocket. The issue was noted occasionally on the previous aluminium models, the iPhone 5 and 5S; earlier handsets and most competitors' models are made of steel or plastic. Apple commentator John Gruber proffers that affected owners "need looser pants"."

+ - Data archiving standards need to be future-proofed->

Submitted by storagedude
storagedude (1517243) writes "Imagine in the not-too-distant future, your entire genome is on archival storage and accessed by your doctors for critical medical decisions. You'd want that data to be safe from hackers and data corruption, wouldn't you? Oh, and it would need to be error-free and accessible for about a hundred years too. The problem is, we currently don't have the data integrity, security and format migration standards to ensure that, according to Henry Newman at Enterprise Storage Forum. Newman calls for standards groups to add new features like collision-proof hash to archive interfaces and software.

'It will not be long until your genome is tracked from birth to death. I am sure we do not want to have genome objects hacked or changed via silent corruption, yet this data will need to be kept maybe a hundred or more years through a huge number of technology changes. The big problem with archiving data today is not really the media, though that too is a problem. The big problem is the software that is needed and the standards that do not yet exist to manage and control long-term data,' writes Newman."

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+ - iPhone 6 and 6+ Drop Test on Video. -> 2

Submitted by theshowmecanuck
theshowmecanuck (703852) writes "A mobile review website, has posted a drop test video on YouTube featuring the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6+. This was done outside on concrete. When dropped on their backs, both were OK. Dropped on their edges, the iPhone 6+ screen had significant breakage in the bottom corner area. When dropped on its face, the iPhone 6 screen shattered completely. The video is pretty straight forward."
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Comment: Re:Dial up can still access gmail (Score 5, Informative) 334

... most viruses require a constant high speed connection...

You must be new here - I'm young in internet years, but even I remember the number of viruses flying around in the days of floppy disks and dial-up modems, long before constant high speed connections...

+ - Apple Outrages Users by "Automatically" Installing U2's Album on their Devices 3

Submitted by Zanadou
Zanadou (1043400) writes "Apple may have succeeded at breaking two records at once with the free release of U2’s latest album, titled Songs of Innocence, via iTunes. But now, it looks like it’s also on track to become one of the worst music publicity stunts of all time.

Users who have opted to download new purchases to their iPhones automatically have found the new U2 album sitting on their phones. But even if iTunes users hadn’t chosen automatic downloads, Songs of Innocence will still be displayed as an “iTunes in the Cloud” purchase. That means it will still be shown as part of your music library, even if you delete all the tracks. The only way to make the U2 album go away is to go to your Mac or PC and hide all of your “iTunes in the Cloud” purchases, or to use iTunes to manually hide each track from your purchased items list.

Other reactions include rapper, Tyler, The Creator, saying that having the new U2 album automatically downloaded on his iPhone was 'like waking up with herpes', while Twitter user Mez pondered 'If Apple can forcefully download a U2 album onto everyone's phone, imagine what else they can do.. and see.'"

+ - Hewlett-Packard pleads guilty to Bribery->

Submitted by Charliemopps
Charliemopps (1157495) writes "Hewlett-Packard and three subsidiaries pleaded guilty Thursday to paying bribes to foreign officials in Russia, Mexico and Poland and agreed to pay $108 million in criminal and regulatory penalties. For over 10 years Hewlett-Packard kept 2 sets of books to track slush-funds they used to bribe government officials for favorable contracts."
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+ - E-Books on a $20 cell phone->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Moon+ Pro Reader, FBReader, Kindle, you name it--many popular Android e-book apps can run on a smartphone available for $20 and shipping.

The trick is to respect the device’s limits and keep down the number of apps you install. This fun isn't for eager multitaskers.

On the bright side, the $20 phone can do Acapela TTS, includes a 4GB memory card and works with cards of up to 32GB--easily enough for scads of pre-loaded books. Plus, the WiFi is great. And the screen of 3.2 inches isn’t that much smaller than the 3.5 inchers on the older iPads.

What could cell phone e-reading mean in the many "book deserts" of the U.S.? And how about the U.K. where miserly pols are closing libraries even though the Guardian says "a third of UK children do not own a single book and three-quarters claim never to read outside school"?

The smartphone post on the LibraryCity site tells how librarians and others could start "cell phone book clubs" to promote the discovery and absorption of books as well as smarter use of technology."

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+ - Law Enforcement Tool Used to Hack Apple's iCloud

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A Wired article published on Tuesday reports that the software used by hackers to recently obtain nude photographs of female celebrities was actually developed for law enforcement and government agencies. The source of the revelation is the web forum Anon-IB, where "hackers openly discuss using a piece of software called EPPB or Elcomsoft Phone Password Breaker to download their victims' data from iCloud backups." EPPB is sold by forensics firm Elcomsoft with no requirement for "proof of law enforcement or other government credentials." The software does not utilize a backdoor but was instead developed through Elcomsoft fully reverse engineering "Apple's protocol for communicating between iCloud and its iOS devices.""

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