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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?

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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

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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.

Russia Develops Pizza Delivery Drone While U.S. Lags Woefully Behind

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The Moscow Times reports that a Russian company has perfected the technology to deliver pizzas via drone: A pizzeria in the Komi republic’s capital city of Syktyvkar has launched a helicopter drone-delivery service. DoDo Pizza’s first unmanned delivery was made on Saturday to much applause from witnesses in the city’s main square. According to the regional news agency FlashNord, the drone was able to complete its task in just […]

Solar Power in Germany

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Via the Local:  Germany produces half of energy with solar Analysis from the Fraunhofer ISE research institute showed solar panels in Germany generated a record 24.24 GW of electricity between 1pm and 2pm on Friday, June 6th. And on Monday June 9th, which was a national holiday, solar power production peaked at 23.1 GW, which […]

Former NSA Chief Cashing in Big as Cyber Security Consultant

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Retired General Keith Alexander is hawking his services to banks at princely sums.

Stephanie Kwolek, Kevlar Inventor, Dies at 90

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Stephanie Kwolek was looking for a way to improve tires. She invented a life-saving material.

Amazon’s next step towards total retail (and search) domination

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Some thoughts on Amazon’s new smartphone: Fire

Federal Appeals Court Rules Warrant Required To Track Cell Phone Location

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Should the police be able to track you without a warrant? One Federal Appeals Court says no.

100,000,000 Habitable Planets In Our Galaxy Alone?

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A new theory posits that planets capable of supporting life may be far more common than previously thought.

There’s A Smartphone App That Will Let You Order Booze And Have It Delivered

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There is now a smartphone app that will allow you to get alcohol delivered to you, but it currently only works in Los Angeles: Enter Drizly. “The smartphone app for fast, convenient alcohol delivery” just launched in Los Angeles following its debut in Boston and New York. The first neighborhoods to launch include Silverlake, Venice, Westwood, Beverly Hills, […]

Majority Concerned About Global Warming, Supportive Of Measures To Combat It

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A new ABC News/Washington Post poll shows that the public is broadly concerned with the issues surrounding global warming, climate change, and the impact human activity is having on the environment: Seven in 10 Americans see global warming as a serious problem facing the country, enough to fuel broad support for federal efforts to limit greenhouse […]

42% Of Americans Believe In Creationism

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A new Gallup poll finds that 42% of Americans believe that so-called “Creationism” explains the origin of man: PRINCETON, NJ — More than four in 10 Americans continue to believe that God created humans in their present form 10,000 years ago, a view that has changed little over the past three decades. Half of Americans […]

Obama’s New Carbon Rules Pose Political And Economic Risks For Questionable Benefits

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The EPA’s new carbon rules leave much to be desired.

The Absurdity Of The “Right To Be Forgotten”

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The so-called “right to be forgotten” created by Europe’s highest court is unworkable, and ultimately absurd.

The Moon May Have A Better Internet Connection Than You Do

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Smithsonian reports that NASA has succeeded in creating what is basically an Internet connection to the Moon: The Moon may now have a better wireless signal than your local coffee shop. In a test last fall, NASA and MIT researchers showed off a fancy new rig that uses pulses of laser light to shoot data across the […]

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