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Submission + - Court allows clandestine police GPS tracking (

MasaMuneCyrus writes: Pineda-Moreno was arrested and charged for illegaly growing marijuana, and one piece of evidence used against him was data from a GPS tracking unit that had been secretly (and without a warrant) attached to his Jeep that was sitting on his driveway in his property at night. His lawyer has appealed on the grounds that sneaking onto a person's driveway and secretly tracking their car violates a person's reasonable expectation of privacy, but the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the appeal twice. All hope is not lost, however, as a Washington D.C. federal appeals court has ruled that the police needed a proper warrant for such a procedure. Chief Judge Alex Kozinski, said the defendant's driveway was private and that the decision would allow police to use tactics he called "creepy" and "underhanded."

Submission + - The Futurama of Physics with David X. Cohen (

MasaMuneCyrus writes: I was surprised to notice an article about Futurama in my latest APS News. Titled, "Profiles in Versatility: The Futurama of Physics with David X. Cohen," David X. Cohen talks a little bit about his life and his love for Physics, and he goes on to describe how he regularly injects graduate-level Physics jokes into the script of Futurama. He also talks a little bit about the upcoming season of Futurama: "in the 10th episode of the upcoming season, tentatively entitled "The Prisoner of Benda," a theorem based on group theory was specifically written (and proven!) by staffer/PhD mathematician Ken Keeler to explain a plot twist."
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Submission + - SPAM: First ROM Hack sent Cease and Desist Letter

MasaMuneCyrus writes: A highly anticipated Chrono Trigger ROM hack, Chrono Trigger: Crimson Echoes, has just been nailed by a C&D by Square-Enix within days of its release (having been ignored for several years), the first Cease and Desist letter of its kind. Additionally, Square Enix extended their cease and desist to any and all rom/modifications of any of their games, a rom hacking tool (that does not contain any copyrighted material), and forbids not only ripping or hacking anything from a Square-Enix game, but even teaching others how to do it (i.e., documentation).
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