Aug 312020
 

Enlarge / Lick Observatory (credit: Bill Dally | Getty Images) On the morning of Sunday, August 16, freak summer thunderstorms rolled into the Bay Area, peppering the ultra-dry landscape with lightning, setting nearly 400 fires across Northern California. Ten miles to the north of the historic Lick Observatory, atop Mount Hamilton near San Jose, one such blaze was closing in, and fast: By Tuesday morning, the flames were 6 miles away. That night, the California…

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Aug 272020
 

So far, no independent candidate or minor political party has managed to overcome any petition requirement greater than 5,000 signatures, during the period starting in March 2020. This statement might cease to be true if Kanye West is able to … Continue reading →

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Aug 262020
 

Microsoft’s ‘open source wonk’ Sarah Novotny wants to see easier ways for people to get involved Interview  Linux kernel development – which is driven by plain-text email discussion – needs better or alternative collaborative tooling “to bring in new contributors and maintain and sustain Linux in the future,” says Sarah Novotny, Microsoft’s representative on the Linux Foundation board.…

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Aug 262020
 

It was supposed to be magazines.Elaine Wooton contacted me as many people do – in the middle of a shutdown and discard project, asking if the Internet Archive might want some of what is destined for deep storage or the trash compactor. In this case, she said, there might be some old journals and magazines I’d want. They were centered around the culture and innovations of the modern office, “modern” being the 1970s and 1980s.…

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Aug 262020
 

Microsoft’s ‘open source wonk’ Sarah Novotny wants to see easier ways for people to get involved Interview  Linux kernel development – which is driven by plain-text email discussion – needs better or alternative collaborative tooling “to bring in new contributors and maintain and sustain Linux in the future,” says Sarah Novotny, Microsoft’s representative on the Linux Foundation board.…

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Aug 252020
 

Every year, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents seize tens of thousands of cell phones, laptops, and other devices from travelers at or near the country’s borders, often without charging them with a specific crime. Those seizures give the agency access to massive amounts of highly personal information—data that CBP will now upload to a searchable, agency-wide surveillance database and maintain for up to 75 years, according to a privacy assessment recently published by…

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Aug 252020
 

While a graduate student at the University of Utah in the early 1970s, computer graphics pioneer Frederic Parke created some of the first 3D models of human faces. The research was supported by the Department of Defense’s Advanced Research Projects Agency (now called DARPA). Parke’s wife Vicky was one the models. Here’s the full technical report from 1972: “Computer generation animation of faces”

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Aug 222020
 

SOUTH BEND, IN—Calling his presidential run a “perfect launchpad” for becoming a leader on a larger scale, Pete Buttigieg told reporters Friday that he was hoping to leverage his rising star status into ultimately becoming the mayor of Evansville, IN. “After the incredible year I’ve had serving not just as the mayor…Read more…

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Aug 222020
 

Tracking down, prosecuting, blocking and otherwise trying to prevent The Pirate Bay from operating has become an entertainment industry project for the last 15 years. The torrent site has faced more adversaries than any other on the planet yet today the site remains stubbornly online. Exactly where and operated by whom remains either a mystery or a topic of speculation. After a period of what seemed like calm, this year it became clear that the…

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Aug 222020
 

…on an eviction notice.The single mother of two says she lost her job in March when the restaurant where she was working cut hours. She was denied unemployment and fell behind on rent for June, July and August.The letter goes on to say, “Pay your outstanding balance, or release your apartment and turn in your keys to the leasing office by 6 p.m. today. Eviction will be filed promptly Tuesday morning.””The notice wasn’t there until…

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Aug 222020
 

It appears the Supreme Court is unwilling to address a another problem it created. The first major problem created by the Court has been discussed here quite frequently. Qualified immunity was created by the Supreme Court in 1967 as a way to excuse rash decisions by law enforcement if undertaken in “good faith.” Since then, it has only gotten worse. Fifteen years later, the Supreme Court added another factor: a violation of rights must be…

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Aug 222020
 

In September 1935, Modern Mechanix covered a new “electric glove” invented by Cirilo Diaz of Cuba. According to the report, it’s intended for “use by police while handling rough characters or in quelling riots…” Persons contacted by an officer wearing the glove receive a 1,500-volt shock, sufficient to remove all traces of flight.” (Archive.org via Weird Universe)

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Aug 222020
 

As previously noted, Space X, Amazon, and others are pushing harder than ever into the low-orbit satellite broadband game. The industry, pockmarked by a long road of failures, involves firing thousands of smaller, cheaper, lower orbit satellite constellations into space to help supplement existing broadband services. The lower orbit means that LO satellite service will offer lower-latency broadband than traditional satellite offerings, which for 15 years or so have been widely maligned as expensive, slow,…

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Aug 222020
 

In 1847, Frederick Douglass started a newspaper advocating the abolition of slavery that ran until 1851.  After the Civil War, there was a newspaper for freed slaves, the Freedmen’s Record.  The Internet Archive is bringing these and many more works online for free public access. But there’s a problem:  Our Optical Character Recognition (OCR), while the best commercially available OCR technology, is not very good at identifying text from older documents.   Take for example, this…

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Aug 162020
 

That’s a big dish! The Arecibo radio telescope in its salad days. (credit: NSF) Early Monday morning, a cable suspended over the Arecibo Telescope in Puerto Rico broke and left a 100-foot-long gash in the dish of the iconic radio telescope. The 3-inch-diameter cable also caused damage to the panels of the Gregorian dome that is suspended hundreds of feet above the dish and houses the telescope’s receivers. It is unclear what caused the cable…

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Aug 072020
 

Spreadsheet woes spanning 16+ years force official update Geneticists have issued new guidelines in naming human genes – after spending years wrestling with Microsoft Excel and similar software that automatically converts the names of genes to dates.…

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Aug 072020
 

There’s this dumb but persistent meme in American culture that somehow the First Amendment simply doesn’t exist within the walls of a public school district. This is patently false. What is true is that there have been very famous court cases that have determined that speech rights for students at school may be slightly curtailed and must face tests over “substantial disruption” of the speech in question in order to have it limited. Named after…

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Aug 072020
 

Proposals to use the tracking capabilities of our cell phones to help fight COVID-19 have probably received more attention than any other technology issue during the pandemic. Here at the ACLU, we have been skeptical of schemes to use apps for contact tracing or exposure warnings from the beginning, but it is clearer than ever that such tools are unlikely to work, and that the debate over such tracking is largely a sideshow to the…

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