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Submission + - Court Rules Probable-Cause Warrant Required for GPS Trackers (wired.com)

schwit1 writes: An appellate court has finally supplied an answer to an open question left dangling by the Supreme Court in 2012: Do law enforcement agencies need a probable-cause warrant to affix a GPS tracker to a target’s vehicle? The justices said the government’s statement “wags the dog rather vigorously,” noting that the primary reason for a search cannot be to generate evidence for law enforcement purposes. They also noted that “Generally speaking, a warrantless search is not rendered reasonable merely because probable cause existed that would have justified the issuance of a warrant.” The justices also rejected the government’s argument that obtaining a warrant would impede the ability of law enforcement to investigate crimes.

Submission + - Obamacare Marketplace: Info Can Be Shared With Law Enforcement (weeklystandard.com)

rotorbudd writes: Maryland's Health Connection has an interesting statement at the end of it's privacy policy.
"Any information that you provide to us in your application will be used only to carry out the functions of Maryland Health Connection. The only exception to this policy is that we may share information provided in your application with the appropriate authorities for law enforcement and audit activities. "

Submission + - The outrageous permissions required by mobile payments apps (citeworld.com)

mattydread23 writes: Hang on a second. Why does Google Wallet need permission to take photos with your smartphone's camera without notifying you? Why does PayPal need permission to see which other apps are running? How does GoBank justify storing any and all data about you even if you quit the service? Writer Chris Nerney wanted to jump into mobile payments, but then he started reading privacy agreements and changed his mind.

DOJ Fights To Bury Court Ruling On Government Surveillance 100

coolnumbr12 writes with this IBTimes excerpt: "The Justice Department may soon be forced to reveal a classified document that details unconstitutional surveillance of American citizens. The Justice Department has fought to keep the document secret for about a year, but a recent court order demands that they respond to a formal request filed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation by next week, June 7, 2013."

Defend the Open Web: Keep DRM Out of W3C Standards 351

jrepin writes "There's a new front in the battle against digital restrictions management (DRM)technologies. These technologies, which supposedly exist to enforce copyright, have never done anything to get creative people paid. Instead, by design or by accident, their real effect is to interfere with innovation, fair use, competition, interoperability, and our right to own things. That's why we were appalled to learn that there is a proposal currently before the World Wide Web Consortium's HTML5 Working Group to build DRM into the next generation of core Web standards. The proposal is called Encrypted Media Extensions, or EME. Its adoption would be a calamitous development, and must be stopped."

Submission + - Google glass will identify people by clothing (macgasm.net) 3

recoiledsnake writes: A new technology built into Google Glass, dug up by New Scientist, takes Google Glass from interesting to down right creepy. Google Glass can now pick a person out of crowd based on their fashion style. The system, InSight, developed in partnership with Google, will take a nice little moment to assess the clothing in frame, and then point out exactly where your friends are in busy settings like a bar, concert, or sporting event. It could probably point you out in a protest, or shopping mall too. We previously discussed the disorienting effects on the wearer of the device.

Submission + - Jammie Thomas takes constitutional argument to SCOTUS (blogspot.com)

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: "Jammie Thomas-Rasset, the Native American Minnesotan found by a jury to have downloaded 24 mp3 files of RIAA singles, has filed a petition for certioriari to the United States Supreme Court, arguing that the award of $220,000 in statutory damages is excessive, in violation of the Due Process Clause. Her petition (PDF) argued that the RIAA's litigation campaign was "extortion, not law", and pointed out that "[a]rbitrary statutory damages made the RIAA’s litigation campaign possible; in turn,that campaign has inspired copycats like the so-called Copyright Enforcement Group; the U.S. Copyright Group, which has already sued more than 20,000 individual movie downloaders; and Righthaven, which sued bloggers. This Court should grant certiorari to review this use of the federal courts as a scourge"."

Calligra 2.5 Office and Creativity Suite Released 67

jrepin writes "The Calligra team is proud and pleased to announce version 2.5 of Calligra, the KDE's office and creativity suite. Words, the word processor, has among other things improved support for editing of tables, tight run-around of text around images, manipulation of table borders, and dragging of text. Sheets, the spreadsheet application has a new stand-alone docker for the cell editor and a new cell tool window with cell formatting controls. Stage, the presentation program, has a number of usability improvements. Flow, the diagram application, has support for new stencils in odf custom shapes. Kexi, the database application, now offers a full screen mode. Krita, the painting application, has a new compositions docker, useful in movie storyboard generation. At the same time as the desktop version, the community also releases a QML based version for tablets and smartphone: Calligra Active." If there's one application here I'd like to see on a (pen) tablet, it's braindump.

In Vietnam: Being a Blogger Could Land You In Jail, Cost You Your Life 144

An anonymous reader writes "Bloggers in Vietnam are increasingly finding themselves thrown in jail. Despite freedom of speech being enshrined in the nation's Constitution, many who speak out against the government are thrown in jail — thanks to a new law that forbids such talk. In one desperate act, Dang Thi Kim Lieng lit herself on fire outside the Bac Lieu People's Committee building in southern Vietnam. She died of her injuries. She was protesting the detention of her daughter who was arrested for blogging against the government. Three other bloggers are scheduled be tried under section 88 of the criminal code, which relates to propaganda against the nation. A maximum sentence could carry with it 20 years in jail."

Submission + - How do you manage document relationship? 3

movesguy writes: "I work in a small government office that develops tech projects, as any government facility we do more paper than work (or code in this case).

Yesterday my boss ask me to rebuild the history of some material we asked but never got, I proceeded to check a bunch of paper (yes, cellulose from dead trees) from several files.

Five hours later I filled a 5 meters table with paper, highlighting the relationship among them so we can know exactly where the process of acquisition was. (The process takes place in several offices outside my own, with committee approval required and several information meetings going back and forth)

I thought it has to be a better way to get the relationship among documents, a better way to construct the way one document generates two more and these two are related to several more from different offices from different dates.

In the pass we tried to use the software from http://www.knowledgetree.org/ but it just work as a repository and as a workflow tool, it doesn't provide the relationship between documents.

Documents are in general, dead-tree paper ones which are scanned without been OCRed.

How do you manage huge amount of paperwork in order to get the relationship among them in order to reconstruct one process captured in that form?

Is there a software (FLOSS preferable) that do this?

Thanks (Sorry about my English, not my native language)"

Submission + - Pluto's Moons Offer Hints of Alien Worlds (sciencemag.org)

sciencehabit writes: Planet or not, Pluto and its newest moons may tell us a lot about how other worlds orbit distant stars. A new computer simulation based on the motions of Pluto's satellites not only zeroes in on the masses of two of the moons but predicts that planets orbiting double stars are more widely spaced from one another than are the worlds of single stars such as the sun. "Stability is much more delicate than it is around a single star," says one researcher. "There's more jostling going on, and so in order for the system to be stable for a long time, the planetary separations need to be wider."

Submission + - 5 Million Farmers Sue Monsanto for $7.7 Billion (readersupportednews.org)

Lorien_the_first_one writes: From the article, "aunching a lawsuit against the very company that is responsible for a farmer suicide every 30 minutes, 5 million farmers are now suing Monsanto for as much as 6.2 billion euros (around 7.7 billion US dollars). The reason? As with many other cases, such as the ones that led certain farming regions to be known as the ‘suicide belt’, Monsanto has been reportedly taxing the farmers to financial shambles with ridiculous royalty charges. The farmers state that Monsanto has been unfairly gathering exorbitant profits each year on a global scale from “renewal” seed harvests, which are crops planted using seed from the previous year’s harvest."

Sony Projects Record Losses of $6.4 Billion 290

redletterdave writes "Not 24 hours after Sony announced it would slash about 10,000 jobs by the end of the year, the Japanese electronics maker announced on Tuesday that it has again doubled its annual net loss to a record $6.4 billion. The new annual estimate is Sony's fourth revision of its original forecast. The company had already more than doubled its loss forecast for fiscal 2011 on April 5 to $2.9 billion, blaming floods in Thailand, poor foreign exchange rates, and a failed partnership with Samsung... Kazuo Hirai, the company's new president and CEO hired 10 days ago, will take 'painful steps' to revive Sony, and will unveil a 'revival strategy' at a Thursday press briefing."

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