Sunday, May 27, 2012

Not much on the blogs today, you'd think it was a holiday or something...

Thank God Maury Nichols sent me this article or I wouldn't have anything interesting to blog about.
Judge Orders Drug Evidence Suppressed in Warrantless GPS Tracking Case
A federal judge in Kentucky this week upheld a lower court's decision to throw out crucial evidence in a drug case because the evidence was gathered with the help of a GPS tracking device that was installed without a warrant on the suspect's vehicle.
In a 19-page ruling Tuesday, Judge Amul Thapar of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky wrote that Robert Lee's constitutional rights were violated when drug enforcement agents illegally tracked his car and then seized 150 pounds of marijuana from it.
Thapar granted Lee's motion to suppress the evidence, noting that it had been obtained purely as the result of a fishing expedition. "In this case, the DEA agents had their fishing poles out to catch Lee.," Thapar wrote. "Admittedly, the agents did not intend to break the law. But they installed a GPS device on Lee's car without a warrant 'in the hope that something might turn up,'" he said.

Can you believe the New York Times has a cartoon section? This one is on NYPD Drones...

Who says lawyers don't have a sense of humor? (Almost everyone, actually.) Perhaps a new legal specialization: Zombie Law
What are the tax implications of the zombie apocalypse?
Chodorow, a professor at Arizona State University's Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, authored the paper "Death and Taxes...and Zombies," which will appear in a forthcoming issue of the Iowa Law Review. Chodorow notes that, while the CDC is ready for the zombie apocalypse, the United States Congress has shown no such foresight, leaving us to question whether zombies, vampires, and other members of the undead class will have their estates transferred upon undeath or be able to collect income tax. To rectify that oversight, Chodorow looks, in all earnestness, to existing legal precedent.

For my Math students. All their work is online and I don't want their brains to explode...
… The two key elements of being able to manage your day in the browser are being able to actually see how you’re spending your time, and then being able to force yourself to manage that time more effectively. Mind the Time does the former and Time Limiter does the latter.
Mind the Time achieves a very simple goal for the user:
Keep track of how much time you spend on the web, and where you spend it. A ticker shows (1) time spent at the current site and (2) total time spent on the web today. A summary page shows data for today and the past seven days.
You’re able to pay attention to your remaining time if you’ve set up a lock rule. The time remaining is displayed in the title bar. When your time is up, the page is immediately blocked

For all my students.
If you are having issues allocating time to different tasks and getting distracted easily, give BringFocus a try.
… Once installed, select the time you want to spend on one task and the reason for using the time. You must finish the task before the timer runs down to zero. It also tracks the total amount of time spent on all tasks, so that you will know how much time you’ve worked.
Similar tools: Tasskr, Any.Do, and Workflowy.

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