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28 Aug 03:28

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The Tacoma Police Department apparently has bought — and quietly used for six years — controversial surveillance equipment that can sweep up records of every cellphone call, text message and data transfer up to a half a mile away.

You don’t have to be a criminal to be caught in this law enforcement snare. You just have to be near one and use a cellphone.

Known as Stingray, the device — small enough to be carried in a car — tricks cellphones into thinking it’s a cell tower and draws in their information.

News that the city was using the surveillance equipment surprised City Council members, who approved an update for a device last year, and prosecutors, defense attorneys and even judges, who in court deal with evidence gathered using the surveillance equipment.

“If they use it wisely and within limits, that’s one thing,” said Ronald Culpepper, the presiding judge of Pierce County Superior Court, when informed of the device Tuesday. “I would certainly personally have some concerns about just sweeping up information from non-involved and innocent parties — and to do it with a whole neighborhood? That’s concerning.”

For years, a growing number of local law enforcement agencies have used the surveillance devices to track a cell signal to deduce a subject’s location, who he communicates with, for how long and how often.

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The only reason it even was learned about was a Pierce County Sheriff’s department employee questioned a billing statement, where the city as charging the county a “Sharing Fee” for the operation. 

“The Police Department appears to have updated its equipment last year with money authorized by a City Council whose members now say they didn’t know what they were buying.

“I’ve got to find out what I voted on before I comment,” Councilman David Boe said Monday. “This is new information.”

The devices are indiscriminate in the information they collect, and that bothers civil libertarians.”


28 Aug 02:16

bettyfelon: actual footage of when jordan and i finally met


actual footage of when jordan and i finally met

27 Aug 01:18

Every State in the USA, Ranked by Beer

by gguillotte

re: Louisiana; speak truth to power

or at least Abita's distribution people, because god, please, stop with the Purple Haze and Turbodog. Please. it's over. stop.

your seasonal not-sweet fruit beers are the best fucking things at that scale and you send like one six pack of them each to like 12 states? fuck you. give me my strawberry and satsuma fucking beers you assholes. GIVE

Obviously the beer discussion here starts with Abita. Purple Haze sounds more exciting than it tastes, but some of their less widespread releases make up for their more average flagships.
26 Aug 15:05

App gives moms the power to lock kids’ phones if they screen their calls

by Springwise

via Ze Do Gas
app gives kids the power to teach themselves how to flash their phone's firmware

Photo: Francisco Osorio/Flickr

When it comes to parenting, there are a million different methods. Some prefer a hands-off approach and like to let their child make their own decisions, while others will go to great lengths to make sure their kids aren’t getting into trouble. For those in the latter camp, a new Android app called Ignore No More enables them to remotely shut down their child’s smartphone until they return their calls.

Created by Texas-based Mountaineer Technology Ventures, the app requires parents to be able to install the software on both their own and their child’s phone. This means they’ll need to have their child’s permission, or at least feel ok about sneaking into their kid’s room and stealing their phone. The app enables devices to be registered under either a Parent or Child account. The Parent account gives moms and dads certain admin rights to their child’s phone, meaning they can control the lock screen and password and add their number to the emergency call abilities. Through the Ignore No More app, parents can simply tap a button to shut down the child’s phone by setting a new lock code. The child’s phone can then only be used for emergency services calls or to call their mom back to get the new code.

Members can add as many children accounts as they like and up to two parent accounts. The app also notifies parents if the child tampers with the Ignore No More installation on their device. It’s available to buy from Google Play for USD 1.99 per device.

While the app may prove a hit with worried parents, whether kids would allow them to install the app or give them their lock code in the first place is another matter. Are there other ways kids can stay connected with their parents throughout the day without feeling trapped?


28 Aug 03:05

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Yūga being extra smooth while performing Moonlight Legend at Japan Expo (x)

Tuxedo Mask becomes so much more compelling to me when played by a woman, sign me up, I am HERE for this.

That wink

breathes heavily

that wink

Lady Tuxedo Mask is the best Tuxedo Mask.

27 Aug 01:58



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31 Aug 16:33

Japanese high school baseball game lasts 50 innings over 4 days

by Bill Hanstock


That's ... probably too many innings.

In Japan, the semifinal game of a high school baseball tournament lasted 50 innings and took four days to play. It ended on Aug. 31 When Chukyo High School scored three runs in the top of the 50th -- THE TOP OF THE FIFTIETH -- to defeat Sotoku High School.

Here are the absolute most ridiculous things to happen in this marathon of a game, as reported by The Asahi Shimbun:

- The losing pitcher, Jukiya Ishioka, threw a complete game, going 50 innings and tossing 689 pitches.
- The winning pitcher, Taiga Matsui, also threw 50 innings, needing 709 pitches.
- 709 pitches.
- Matsui pitched in relief IN THE NEXT GAME.
- "According to the tournament rules, if the game was still tied after 54 innings, the winner would have been decided in a drawing." -- oh okay

30 Aug 22:05

Nebraska receiver catches pass with his butt

by Zach Woosley


Why just catch a football with your hands when you can use your butt as well?

How do we know this is gonna be a great season of college football? BUTTCATCH!!

Excellent footwork to stay inbounds and even better use of the gluteus maximus by Nebraska's Jordan Westerkamp.

At last we can start debating which is greater, BUTTCATCH or BUTTGOAL!

31 Aug 04:30


30 Aug 17:30

You Can Now Access All Of Richard Feynman's Physics Lectures For Free

by Robbie Gonzalez

You Can Now Access All Of Richard Feynman's Physics Lectures For Free

The lectures of Nobel Prize winning physicist Richard Feynman were legendary. Footage of these lectures does exist , but they are most famously preserved in The Feynman Lectures. The three-volume set may be the most popular collection of physics books ever written, and now you can access it online, in its entirety, for free.


31 Aug 00:07

Comcast rasing prices yet again


all carriers suck forever

Beginning October 2014. I have some of the new prices.

Modem/Wireless gateway is now $10 / mo HD DVR is now $20 / mo

TV packages have increased by 2 dollars. TV broadcast fee is 1.50

Internet prices now 2-3 dollars more a month.

Tech service visit is now $70 (from 50) You will see the full list on your next bill

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31 Aug 18:45

Strangers will verbally deliver your messages with this app



No matter how many emoticons you use, messaging apps (for the most part) remain a rather impersonal form of communication that fall somewhere between e-mail and phone calls on the formality scale.

Artist and actress Miranda July is hoping to change this with her new messaging app Somebody, which will send your missives not directly to your friend, but to a nearby human stranger who will relay the message verbally to its intended recipient.

While the app is very much a real piece of technology, it is also a far-reaching public art project that to some extent involves the sender replacing their avatar with a real-life messenger, who is being directed in a mini performance. On the app's website, July describes Somebody as: "The antithesis of the utilitarian efficiency that tech promises, here, finally, is an app that makes us nervous, giddy, and alert to the people around us."

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31 Aug 20:38



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(X) the Wire is about D&D: it's OK wallace you can reroll your character
(X) Shirokuma Wire:
( ) Wire sext

jesus do I need to keep track of all my wire gif categories

30 Aug 17:38


28 Aug 15:30

Jump Ball scoreboard

by Christopher Noessel

'I do find it hard to believe that such an advanced civilization would fail to innovate anything for the design of a physical scoreboard in over three hundred years.'

[Editor's Note: Knowing nothing of sportsball, I invited fellow Cooper designer Brendan Kneram to bring his considerable skills in both sportsball of design to write a review of this scoreboard seen in the movie. -Chris]


The Big Hurrah for students before they graduate Starship High is a game of Jump Ball followed by a Jump Prom. For the contemporary viewer, Jump Ball strongly resembles American Football with the occasional gravity-defying maneuver added for good measure. This similarity is further emphasized upon closer inspection of the scoreboard, making its first appearance when Johnny Rico finishes his first of two scoring plays (I hesitate to call it a “touchdown” because Rico is awarded only five points instead of the six given in American Football). The first impression is of its underwhelming high school aesthetic—it looks like something found in the 20th century, not the 23rd—and even the information conveyed is insufficient to make sense of the sport. It’s possible that the threat of invasion by giant killer-insects caused some sort of civilization-wide regression in scoreboards, but I do find it hard to believe that such an advanced civilization would fail to innovate anything for the design of a physical scoreboard in over three hundred years.

While it’s true the most important question, “Who’s winning?” is answered by the “Home” and “Guests” scores, the viewer is given very little else of interest.
For example, we know that there is 2:46 left in the fourth period, but until the game is over there is no way of knowing if there is a 5th period. This is a principle that can be found in many of the scoreboards of today: show it whenever possible. Display the periods as four lights that progressively turnoff (it also seems odd that they’re “periods” and not “quarters”). You can often see this progressive-turnoff on hockey scoreboards for its three periods, balls and strikes in baseball, and timeouts in basketball. It’s an efficient and fast way to communicate both the total as well as the remaining amount at once.
Another question that an observant viewer might have is: how was it possible that the teams arrived at scores of 46 and 43, two numbers not divisible by five? When the scoreboard reflects a change of score, there is no indication of previous scores. It would be helpful to not only know who is winning, but also the two team’s trajectories. Did the “Guests” score all of their points in the fourth period? Was either team able to score more than five points in a single play? Something of a sparkline would give a hint of not just the status of the game, but its momentum.
In addition to displaying scoring information, there is no specific context provided for the action on the field. Where is the ball? Is it at a specific location on the field? Conveniently, each team scores on a single play, so there is no opportunity to see how the scoreboard might handle a second play or a change of possession.
Had the designers taken a few more cues from scoreboards of today, the action on the field may have been more engaging. Although who knows, maybe the best scoreboard action is happening on HUDs via ocular implants…

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detective bunk

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dammit Shirley nobody wants to play M:tG

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28 Aug 17:41

Mozilla Rolls Out Sponsored Tiles To Firefox Nightly's New Tab Page

by timothy


An anonymous reader writes Mozilla has rolled out directory tiles, the company's advertising experiment for its browser's new tab page, to the Firefox Nightly channel. We installed the latest browser build to give the sponsored ads a test drive. When you first launch Firefox, a message on the new tab page informs you of the following: what tiles are (with a link to a support page about how sponsored tiles work), a promise that the feature abides by the Mozilla Privacy Policy, and a reminder that you can turn tiles off completely and choose to have a blank new tab page. It's quite a lot to take in all at once.

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28 Aug 17:14

Apple reportedly building huge, three-story structure at site of September 9th event

by Chris Welch

'Steve Jobs unveiled the original Macintosh at the exact same location 30 years ago.'

Apple has a lot to showcase on September 9th, and apparently it's not sparing any expense for the big occasion. MacRumors reports that Apple has quietly been building a massive, three-story structure at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts, the venue that's hosting Apple's event. The area, which is on De Anza College's Cupertino campus, has been barricaded off and is said to be surrounded by security. Unsurprisingly, college officials aren't offering any hint as to what's behind those white walls, saying only, "We are not at liberty to discuss that due to client wishes."

With two iPhones and the company's mythic wearable reportedly set for a grand reveal, the September 9th is already drawing plenty of speculation. The humungous size of the structure is causing many imaginations to run wild. Why is so much space necessary? Could Apple be planning some high-production demonstrations for its latest products? With over 2,000 seats, the Flint Center dwarfs the venues that Apple typically chooses for these events. (Its website could really use a touch up, though.) But there's some history in the mix; Steve Jobs unveiled the original Macintosh at the exact same location 30 years ago.

30 Aug 04:20

Google Introduces HTML 5.1 Tag To Chrome

by timothy

<picture> beat

darthcamaro (735685) writes "Forget about HTML5, that's already passe — Google is already moving on to HTML5.1 support for the upcoming Chrome 38 release. Currently only a beta, one of the biggest things that web developers will notice is the use of the new "picture" tag which is a container for multiple image sizes/formats. Bottom line is it's a new way to think about the "IMG" tag that has existed since the first HTML spec."

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30 Aug 15:54

Reformatting a Machine 125 Million Miles Away

by Soulskill

have you tried turning it off and back on again

An anonymous reader writes: NASA's Opportunity rover has been rolling around the surface of Mars for over 10 years. It's still performing scientific observations, but the mission team has been dealing with a problem: the rover keeps rebooting. It's happened a dozen times this month, and the process is a bit more involved than rebooting a typical computer. It takes a day or two to get back into operation every time. To try and fix this, the Opportunity team is planning a tricky operation: reformatting the flash memory from 125 million miles away. "Preparations include downloading to Earth all useful data remaining in the flash memory and switching the rover to an operating mode that does not use flash memory. Also, the team is restructuring the rover's communication sessions to use a slower data rate, which may add resilience in case of a reset during these preparations." The team suspects some of the flash memory cells are simply wearing out. The reformat operation is scheduled for some time in September.

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29 Aug 08:00

Project Leviathan: A mini electric boat robot capable of autonomous navigation #piday #raspberrypi @Raspberry_Pi

by Jessica

boat drone

Project Leviathan is a pi controlled robotic boat that is capable of autonomous navigation. From the about page of the Leviathan site:

What is Project Leviathan?

Project Leviathan is an attempt to create a miniature electric boat robot capable of autonomous navigation using Raspberry Pi as computer. The history of this project dates back to March 2013. Our original intent was to create a navigation system for an actual boat, Matti’s Korkeasaari. Constructing a steering actuator to an old boat like this turned out to be a difficult task, so we decided to postpone the project for a while. As we had our software and a cool navigator algorithm ready, we wanted to test how it performs in real-life environment. We constructed a small, RC-like boat to act as testbed to find out what practical problems could arise when software hits the boundary of the real world. In this blog we are going to show and tell what problems we had during software and hardware development and how we solved them.

What is the goal of the project?

The goal of the project is to create an autonomous vechicle, which will be be able to

Navigate autonomously on a lake using GPS
Follow pre-defined route(s)
Perform pre-defined tasks
Communicate with user through mobile UI
Capture photos + record video as commanded
Survive in outdoor environment at least 5 – 8 hours
Most of the goals are already met at least in theory – incoming tests will show well the device actually performs.

What is the status of the project?

Project Leviathan is now ready for first tests in real-life environment. The hardware and software are mostly ready – stay tuned for details!

Why is it called “Leviathan”?

I wanted to name the apparatus by some kind of sea monster, and Leviathan was the first name which came into my mind. Leviathan is mentioned eg. in the book of Job. Altough our robot boat does not represent a coiled sea serpent, name is still valid – according to Hebrew mythology, Leviathan was among the first creatures God created. Leviathan is a prototype, and we will definitely build a better version once we get the basic concept working.

Who are we?

The project Leviathan is created and authored by Go Digi Oy, i. e. Matti and Heikki. We are 2 software professionals, good friends and neighbors. Since 2013 we have been doing software projects together as hobby.

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29 Aug 13:16

The official anthology of Rick Ross rapping about crustaceans

by Kim Martini

Deep Sea News on Rick Ross

I generally bow to Dr. M and Alex when it comes to rap music knowledge, but I’m just going to add this little factlet to the DSN vaults. Rick Ross, raps about crustaceans. A LOT*. And after reading all these lyrics, I’m positive there is a special place in his stomach for all arthropods. What does this dude do […]