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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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