LA City Council Dear John Letters

The LA City Council just confirmed everyone’s worst fears about license plate data collection

December 2nd at 5:30 PM

The LA City Council just confirmed everyone’s worst fears about license plate data collection

Everyone remember the film Minority Report that revolved around people with psychic abilities who used their powers predict crimes so that cops could arrest perpetrators before they could commit any wrongdoing? Well it looks like the Los Angeles City Council has watched that movie, but instead of seeing it as a dystopian warning about convicting people for crimes they haven’t yet committed, it’s used it as an instruction manual. More →

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ISIS Sharia Law No Beer Sex

How ISIS will punish you for drinking a beer, talking to women and more

November 18th at 7:15 PM

How ISIS will punish you for drinking a beer, talking to women and more

The fact that Islamic State members go into other countries to commit acts of terrorism is bad enough. But actually living under them might be even worse, as testimony from people who once lived in ISIS-controlled territories shows us. A lengthy article in The Daily Beast tells us that ISIS will enact severe punishments on its citizens/prisoners for committing any number of sins, including drinking beer or talking to single women. Essentially, it’s like living in a country run by a homicidal and sadistic version of Dean Wormer from Animal House (“No fun of any kind!”). More →

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Do Cops Need A Warrant To Track Your Phone

Use this map to see if cops in your state can track your phone with no warrant

November 11th at 11:00 PM

Use this map to see if cops in your state can track your phone with no warrant

Do cops need a warrant to track your phone? Believe it or not, the answer to this question varies by state. To help you figure out whether cops can track your phone without a warrant, the American Civil Liberties Union has created an interactive map that details what procedures, if any, police need to follow in every state before tracking your location. More →

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How To Fight Speeding Tickets

Ex-cop offers insider tips for fighting speeding tickets

October 27th at 8:00 AM

Ex-cop offers insider tips for fighting speeding tickets

If you’ve been pulled over for speeding and you think you’re innocent, there are ways to fight your speeding ticket that will increase your chances of getting off the hook. Writing over at The Raw Story, former police officer Roy Reyer (a.k.a., “Radar Roy”) offers some essential tips for anyone who wants to challenge their speeding ticket and win.

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TPP Wikileaks ISP Copyright Infringement

Leaked docs reveal TPP will force ISPs to hand over copyright infringers’ identities

October 12th at 9:30 PM

Leaked docs reveal TPP will force ISPs to hand over copyright infringers’ identities

Oh goody: A recent WikiLeaks document dump of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement reveals that the deal compels Internet service providers to hand over the identities of copyright infringers to rights holders. ZDNet has done a very thorough deep dive through the leaked documents and has found that ISPs are about to be responsible for keeping track of which of their customers frequently infringe upon copyrighted material and for reporting those infringing users to content creators. More →

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Patent Troll eDekka

Notorious patent troll dealt fatal blow as Judge throws out 168 cases

October 2nd at 7:05 PM

Notorious patent troll dealt fatal blow as Judge throws out 168 cases

I think most people would agree that patent trolls represent a plague on the tech community, consistently leveraging questionable and often times silly patents in an effort to extort money from companies that actually work hard to release products and services.

In many respects, the patent system is out of control, and nowhere is this more apparent than in the Eastern District of Texas where judges have a seeming affinity for frivolous patent claims. Consequently, and not at all surprisingly, a staggering number of patent infringement lawsuits are filed in Texas each and every year.

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FTC Google Android Antitrust Investigation

FTC reportedly launches antitrust investigation over Google’s Android practices

September 25th at 7:37 AM

FTC reportedly launches antitrust investigation over Google’s Android practices

It looks like Google isn’t out of the antitrust hot water just yet. Bloomberg’s sources claim that the Federal Trade Commission is in the early stages of an antitrust investigation into Google’s business practices with Android, its popular mobile operating system. More →

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Google Photos Auto Backup Police Assault

Google Photos helps exonerate man assaulted by cops

September 24th at 4:28 PM

Google Photos helps exonerate man assaulted by cops

We’ve seen several instances of police misconduct recorded on smartphones. But what happens if you get arrested and the cops seize and conveniently “lose” your phone? That’s what happened to Toronto man Abdi Sheik-Qasim, whom The Toronto Star reports was accused of assaulting two police officers and then exonerated when a short video of his arrest was discovered backed up on Google Photos. More →

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Student Arrested Homemade Clock Confused For Bomb

14-year-old arrested for bringing homemade clock to school, cops insisted it was a bomb

September 16th at 8:20 AM

14-year-old arrested for bringing homemade clock to school, cops insisted it was a bomb

Awesome work, Texas police: You’ve officially discouraged a promising young engineer from doing something productive with his time. The Dallas Morning News reported this week that Ahmed Mohamed, a 14-year-old student at MacArthur High School in Irving, Texas, was arrested after he brought a homemade clock to school that school officials mistook for a bomb. More →

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