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California Governor Vetoes Bill Requiring Warrants For Drone Surveillance

Slashdot - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 8:12am
schwit1 sends word that California governor Jerry Brown has vetoed legislation that would have required warrants for surveillance using unmanned drones. In his veto message (PDF), Brown said, "This bill prohibits law enforcement from using a drone without obtaining a search warrant, except in limited circumstances. There are undoubtedly circumstances where a warrant is appropriate. The bill's exceptions, however, appear to be too narrow and could impose requirements beyond what is required by either the 4th Amendment or the privacy provisions in the California Constitution." The article notes that 10 other states already require a warrant for routine surveillance with a drone (Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Montana, Oregon, Tennessee, Utah, and Wisconsin). Further, Brown's claims about the bill's exceptions are overstated — according to Slate, "California's drone bill is not draconian. It includes exceptions for emergency situations, search-and-rescue efforts, traffic first responders, and inspection of wildfires. It allows other public agencies to use drones for other purposes — just not law enforcement."

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A Smartwatch That Nudges You to Meet Your Fitness Goals

Wired - Top Stories - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 7:01am

Basis introduced one of the first general purpose fitness tracking watches back in late 2012. Its newest version, the Peak, comes with a slimmer design, better mobile interactions, and more robust sensors to help give you a more meaningful picture of your daily activities.

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21 Awesomely Well-Designed Products We’re Dying to Own

Wired - Top Stories - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 6:30am

We're always scouring the world of products for whatever's most innovative, clever, and beautiful.

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7 Simple Ways to Make Every City Friendlier to Pedestrians

Wired - Top Stories - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 6:30am

San Jose is expected to grow faster than any city in the Bay Area in the next few decades. The local government is working to meet that demand with mixed-use, pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods. To help it out, the non-profit San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR) wrote a 67-page report looking at building and design […]

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The Non-Profit That’s Using Technology to Put Itself Out of Business

Wired - Top Stories - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 6:30am

Pierre Ferrari is working hard to put himself out of business.

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Brilliant Photos Capture Tokyo’s Electric Colors in Unexpected Places

Wired - Top Stories - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 6:30am

Tokyo often appears in photographs as a metropolis awash in light and color. Usually it’s neon signs or bright streetlights, but sometimes its something unusual, like the green flash of a flock of parakeets. Photographer Yoshinori Mizutani captures all of these things as he wanders the city seeking inspiration in things he might not understand—like, […]

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Get Ready for WIRED by Design, the Ultimate Creative Retreat

Wired - Top Stories - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 6:30am

If you're not there, we're going to do our best to put you there. In the coming days, you'll see stories drawn from WxD.

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Letter From the Editor: Why Design Matters More Now Than Ever Before

Wired - Top Stories - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 6:30am

On September 30, WIRED will host its first design conference. WIRED by Design will be held at Skywalker Sound in Marin County, California, and will feature today's top technologists, artists, and thinkers. I started my college career studying mechanical engineering, but halfway through my sophomore year, I accidentally found my way into the world of […]

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Touch-Controlled Headphones That Know When They’re on Your Head

Wired - Top Stories - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 6:30am

Calling Parrot’s new Zik 2.0 headphones “headphones” is like calling the Iron Man suit a “shirt.” These cans are loaded with sensors, connectivity options, noise-cancellation features, and gesture controls.

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The Weird Way the Heartbleed Bug Made the Web More Secure

Wired - Top Stories - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 6:30am

Over the weekend, the world wide web became a lot more secure. That’s because a San Francisco started called CloudFlare turned on a free service that will let its 2 million customers add SSL encryption to their websites. SSL—short for “secure sockets layer”—makes it harder for criminals to spoof sites, and it encodes site traffic […]

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Analyzing Silk Road 2.0

Slashdot - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 5:17am
An anonymous reader writes: After a recent article about breaking the CAPTCHA on the latest incarnation of Silk Road (the darknet-enabled drug market place), Darryl Lau decided to investigate exactly what narcotics people were buying and selling online. He found roughly 13,000 separate listings. Some sellers identify the country they're in, and the top six are the U.S., Australia, England, Germany, and the Netherlands, and Canada. The site also has a bunch of product reviews. If you assume that each review comes from a sale, and multiply that by the listed prices, reviewed items alone represent $20 million worth of business. Lau also has some interesting charts, graphs, and assorted stats. MDMA is the most listed and reviewed drug, and sellers are offering it in quantities of up to a kilogram at a time. The average price for the top 1000 items is $236. Prescription drugs represent a huge portion of the total listings, though no individual prescription drugs have high volume on their own.

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