digitig writes: UK Metropolitan Police have purchased a "covert surveillance technology that can masquerade as a mobile phone network, transmitting a signal that allows authorities to shut off phones remotely, intercept communications and gather data about thousands of users in a targeted area."
Other customers apparently include "the US Secret Service, the Ministry of Defence and regimes in the Middle East."
digitig writes: The register (along with many other places) is reporting the death of pioneering (some say "first") computer journalist Guy Kewnie, from cancer. As somebody who knew him personally, I can vouch for him being one of the good ones, and he will be much missed.
digitig writes: "According to The Guardian newspaper, computers are to be used in the UK to mark English examination essays. According to the article, "Pearson, the American-based parent company of Edexcel, is to use computers to "read" and assess essays for international English tests in a move that has fuelled speculation that GCSEs and A-levels will be next". Can computers now understand all the subtle nuances of language, or are people going to have to learn an especially bland form of English to pass exams?"