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DOJ Often Used Cell Tower Impersonating Devices Without Explicit Warrants 146

Via the EFF comes news that, during a case involving the use of a Stingray device, the DOJ revealed that it was standard practice to use the devices without explicitly requesting permission in warrants. "When Rigmaiden filed a motion to suppress the Stingray evidence as a warrantless search in violation of the Fourth Amendment, the government responded that this order was a search warrant that authorized the government to use the Stingray. Together with the ACLU of Northern California and the ACLU, we filed an amicus brief in support of Rigmaiden, noting that this 'order' wasn't a search warrant because it was directed towards Verizon, made no mention of an IMSI catcher or Stingray and didn't authorize the government — rather than Verizon — to do anything. Plus to the extent it captured loads of information from other people not suspected of criminal activity it was a 'general warrant,' the precise evil the Fourth Amendment was designed to prevent. ... The emails make clear that U.S. Attorneys in the Northern California were using Stingrays but not informing magistrates of what exactly they were doing. And once the judges got wind of what was actually going on, they were none too pleased:"

Comment Re:Trashcan (Score 1) 278

The alternative is having a cheap dumbphone with a walkie-talkie function (nobody cares if it gets lost, battery lasts for a week), having a good camera (with a decent xenon flash that can shoot in the dark), and having a cheap tablet or ipod touch for browsing and gaming, where you don't care if the battery runs down before you arrive at your destination. With this setup you don't lose all your functionality if one device runs down, breaks or gets stolen. You can upgrade each one separately. Most functions are superior to the all-in-one, at a lesser total cost -- but at the cost of added bulk.

Comment Re:Just what we need right now... (Score 2) 582

You did it against the largest empire - with the help of the second and third largest empires, which brought massive navies and armies to bear and even attempted invasions on the English home soil. Without the French and Spanish to occupy them, the Empire would have squashed the militiamen like the poorly-disciplined rabble they were.

Comment Re:Total BS (Score 1) 522

Possible. Given the number of people, even likely that some of them have some degree of intelligence.

But that is off topic and doesn't change the fact that it is fucking stupid propaganda to say that the President raised taxes, when the actual fact is that Congress didn't extend a temporary tax cut.


Submission + - Tour of the Deep Underground Science and Engineering Lab (

lukej writes: Over eleven years ago, the possibility of using the retired Homestake Mine as an underground science laboratory was first proposed.
Today the local newspaper gives a science-filled tour of that facility, along with a short photo tour, and decent descriptions of some of the experiments it hosts (Majorana, LUX, Long Baseline Neutrino Experiment). Some fairly interesting deep, dirty, and real physical science!

Comment Re:Really? (Score 1) 349

Dude, the people with BBs are the most social people I've met. Whether it's email or facebook messenger or BBM or WhatsApp, the unified messaging interface and the fast typing is the sole reason to use them... If "ahead of the game" means the same iDevice as your grandma - well, let's just say you are welcome to your hires.

Comment Re:carriers = projected air power (Score 1) 718

The saber rattling is not about cruise missiles that can be shot down by R2D2. The saber rattling is about ballistic missiles, 15-ton kinetic energy penetrators that are repurposed ICBMs and reach Mach 10 or so. Even in the unlikely case that a Phalanx or countermissile can hit it directly and destroy it, that will only mean that you now have 15 tons of supersonic tungsten/depleted uranium shrapnel incoming...

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