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New York City Pay Phones To Become WiFi Hotspots

NYC Phones

Adapting a relic of the 20th Century to the 21st Century.

Polygraph Critic Charged with Training People to Thwart Polygraphs

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A 69-year-old former polygraph examiner for the Oklahoma City police department has been indicted for coaching people to thwart the machines.

ESA’s Rosetta Mission Set To Land On Comet This Morning

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If everything goes according to plan, a lander roughly the size of a household washing machine will be touching down on a comet hurtling through space: London (CNN) — The Rosetta mission to land a probe on Comet 67P is past the point of no return, the European Space Agency (ESA) announced on Wednesday. “There […]

President Obama Urges FCC to Make Internet a Utility

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Obama proposes four ‘net neutrality’ rules.

iPhones and the US-China Trade Gap

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Another example of the silliness of the “trade deficit” concept.

A Veto Proof Majority In Favor Of Keystone XL?

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Politico notes that, with the GOP’s victories last night and the Democrats who are on record supporting it, there is now a veto proof majority in Congress in favor of the Keystone XL pipeline, a project that the Obama Administration has spent the last five years delaying time after time: Republicans will command a filibuster-proof Senate […]

The End Of Private Industry In Space? Hardly

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A pair of accidents has led some to wonder if we are at the end of commercial ventures in space. Clearly, we are not.

Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo Crashes During Test Flight

Virgin Galactic Spaceship Two Crash

Another setback for commercial space ventures, the second this week and this time with tragic consequences.

Would You Fly On This Airplane?

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If a British aerospace company gets its way, you could one day have a chance to fly in a passenger plane where the windows are replaced by wraparound view screens that show you what’s outside the plane all around you: A British aerospace company released pictures Sunday of its “windowless” plane concept that would make even the […]

Pope Francis’s Remarks On The Big Bang Are Nothing New For The Catholic Church

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Pope Francis restates something the Catholic Church has taught for a long time and, again, the American media thinks its something new and revolutionary.

Antares Rocket Headed To Space Station Explodes Seconds After Liftoff

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A disappointing setback.

Google Executive Alan Eustace Completes Record Breaking Skydive From 135,890 Feet

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A Google Executive jumps from the edge of space, breaking a record.

Trials Of Ebola Vaccine Being Accelerated

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The World Health Organization has announced that testing is set to begin soon on what could end up being a vaccine against the Ebola virus: Health authorities and pharmaceutical companies are planning to test several new vaccines to prevent Ebola infection over the next few months, including one that is taken as a tablet, making […]

Gun Rights, Mental Health, And A Denial Of Due Process

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New York State’s gun law takes rights away from nearly 35,000 people without any due process whatsoever.

F.B.I. Director Hints At Regulatory Action Against Apple, Google Over Encyrption

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Law enforcement remains unhappy about the recent changes that will make it harder to break into a locked smartphone.

Lockheed Martin Says It Made A Breakthrough On Nuclear Fusion

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Lockheed Martin says that it has made a promising breakthrough that could lead to the development of reactors based on nuclear fusion, the same process that powers the Sun: (Reuters) – Lockheed Martin Corp said on Wednesday it had made a technological breakthrough in developing a power source based on nuclear fusion, and the first […]

HBO To Launch Stand-Alone Streaming Service In 2015

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The start of a trend? Probably.

GOP Digs HRC with 404 Page

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Slate‘s Will Oremus calls attention to a clever Republican jab at the Democratic frontrunner for 2o16: “The Republicans’ 404 Error Page Is a Hillary Clinton Joke.” The Republicans have not lately been known as the party of Internet savvy, as eventheir own party operatives will admit. But give them credit, at least, for making the best […]

Farewell To Lotus 1-2-3

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The program that helped bring IBM PC’s into offices across America will soon be no more: Thirty-one years is a good run for any product and that is how long we have lived with the spreadsheet that defined the PC generation, Lotus 1-2-3. Earlier this week IBM Lotus 1-2-3. Millennium Edition, IBM Lotus SmartSuite 9.x, […]

Google Being Targeted Over Leaked Celebrity Nude Photos

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Attorneys for celebrities caught up in the leak of nude photographs are targeting Google.

Parenting as a Gen Xer

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We’ve got one foot in two very different technological worlds.

Yahoo Directory Goes Way of Alta Vista

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Danny Sullivan reflects on the end of another era.

Law Enforcement Claims New Apple And Google Encryption Policies Will Hurt Investigations

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The FBI and other law enforcement agencies are pushing back against Apple and Google’s efforts to provide greater privacy to users.. They’re wrong.

Apple Sells 10 Million iPhones In Three Days

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Apple sold ten million new iPhones in three days: Early sales of Apple’s new iPhones have lived up to high expectations. The company on Monday said it sold more than 10 million of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models in the first three days they were available in stores. That is higher than the […]

Apple Strikes A Blow For Privacy

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A recent change by Apple is good news for advocates of privacy and civil liberties in the Internet Age.

Software Patents are Crumbling

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The courts have been striking them down at a dizzying pace since June.

Apple Announces iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iWatch, iOS8, and Apple Pay

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Apple announced a stunning array of upgraded and new products yesterday.

Copyright Office: Monkey Selfies Not Entitled To Copyright Protection

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The Copyright Office says that works not “created” by humans are not entitled to copyright protection.

‘Open and Free’ Compared to What?

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The “open and free” Internet is an ideal type, not a myth.

Doctor’s Office Baby Pictures Barred By HIPAA

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A good law has one rather silly unintended consequence.

Sanity Prevails In Case Of Sexting Teen Charged With Child Pornography

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In some sense, justice has prevailed.

Nothing is Private Anymore; Should it Be?

Google Privacy

Our laws and social norms have not caught up to modern life.

The Solar Storm That Nearly Destroyed Civilization As We Know It

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Just about two years ago, we dodged a bullet. We might not be so lucky next time.

Scientists: AIDS Could Be Brought Under Control By 2030

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Health experts are saying we could basically eliminate AIDS, or at least bring it under control, in fifteen years if we do the right things.

Texting At The Restaurant

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Managers at a New York City restaurant were puzzled as to why the speed of service in their restaurant seems to have slowed down in recent years despite the fact that they had not experienced any significant increase in customers. So, when they came across old videotapes of security footage of the restaurant during a […]

All of America’s Secrets on Amazon Cloud

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The US intelligence community is gambling that it can be more efficient through a public-private partnership than going it alone.

Implementation Of Europe’s ‘Right To Be Forgotten’ About As Absurd As You’d Expect

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Judging by the early results, the so-called “Right To Be Forgotten” recently created by Europe’s highest court is creating more problems than it will solve.

Huh?! (Temperature on Mars Edition)

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“I won’t get into the debate about climate change but I’ll simply point out that I think in academia we all agree that the temperature on Mars is exactly as it is here. Nobody will dispute that. Yet there are no coal mines on Mars. There’s no factories on Mars that I’m aware of.”–Kentucky state […]

From the Fools and Money Stack: Kickstarting… Potato Salad?!

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Kickstarting a dream of potato salad to the tune of $40k+

Make Your Password So Hard to Guess That Even You Can’t Remember It

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All you have to do is make up unique password for each site based on randomly chosen details of an incredibly complex story associated with the first letter of the site.

The Supreme Court’s Most Important Decision Wasn’t Hobby Lobby

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Hobby Lobby Is an important decision, but it’s one that the Supreme Court handed down a week earlier that will have the widest impact.

What Happens To Your Online Persona When You Die?

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Another area where the law has not caught up with technology.

Are Cell Phones Getting Worse?

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Modern devices are more fragile, frustrating, and resource intensive than those of a decade ago.

Daddy, What’s a Landline?

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In previewing a story about an Arkansas town fighting to keep phone booths, The New York Times explains what those are.

Restaurant Reservation Scalping Is A Thing

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A new app allows customers to cut the restaurant reservation line. What could go wrong?

Court Rules Defendant Must Reveal Computer’s Encryption Password

Computer Password Security

Another area where the law has yet to catch up to technology.

3D Printed Organs Coming Soon

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The burgeoning science of additive manufacturing is on the verge of being able to print functioning human organs.

Previewing Tomorrow’s Hobby Lobby Decision

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The Supreme Court has saved the biggest case of the term for its last day.

Supreme Court Finds Broad Right To Privacy In Contents Of Smartphones

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A unanimous Supreme Court rules that the Fourth Amendment bars police from searching your electronic device without a warrant.

British Ban Teaching Creationism As Science, Should The U.S. Do The Same?

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It is now illegal to teach creationism as science in the United Kingdom in any school, public or private, that receives public funding.

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