Friday, July 19, 2013

God I love living in Colorado! Now, where did I leave my collection of drone recipes?
Town considers licenses for 'drone hunting'
… The town of Deer Trail, Colo., is looking to begin offering "drone hunting licenses" and actually paying rewards to anyone who presents proof that they were able to bring down an unmanned aerial vehicle belonging to the United States federal government, according to reporting by Denver TV station KMGH.
Phillip Steel, the man who drafted the ordinance, as well as other supporters, say it will provide a new source of revenue for the town, but Steel concedes that it's not exactly like Deer Trail has a drone problem. In fact, he's never seen one over the town.
"This is a very symbolic ordinance," he told KMGH. "Basically, I do not believe in the idea of a surveillance society, and I believe we are heading that way."

This is not the New Jersey I remember.
New Jersey’s constitution provides its citizens with more protections than the Fourth Amendment when it comes to an expectation of privacy. Today, the Supreme Court of New Jersey issued an opinion in New Jersey v. Earls that creates a new rule of law in New Jersey going forward: except in certain exigent circumstances, law enforcement obtain a warrant based on probable cause to obtain cell location information.
From the opinion:
Instead, our focus belongs on the obvious: cell phones are not meant to serve as tracking devices to locate their owners wherever they may be. People buy cell phones to communicate with others, to use the Internet, and for a growing number of other reasons. But no one buys a cell phone to share detailed information about their whereabouts with the police. That was true in 2006 and is equally true today. Citizens have a legitimate privacy interest in such information. Although individuals may be generally aware that their phones can be tracked, most people do not realize the extent of modern tracking capabilities and reasonably do not expect law enforcement to convert their phones into precise, possibly continuous tracking tools.
… we conclude that Article I, Paragraph 7 of the New Jersey Constitution protects an individual’s privacy interest in the location of his or her cell phone. Users are reasonably entitled to expect confidentiality in the ever-increasing level of detail that cell phones can reveal about their lives. Because of the nature of the intrusion, and the corresponding, legitimate privacy interest at stake, we hold today that police must obtain a warrant based on a showing of probable cause, or qualify for an exception to the warrant requirement, to obtain tracking information through the use of a cell phone.

Read here or download...
Perkins Coie has compiled an updated resource (141 pages) of state data breach notification laws:

What? You thought this was a 'don't tell the second class citizens' Top Secret? It was done quite openly, but no one really cared.
Ali Winston of the Center for Investigative Reporting writes:
As Oakland is rocked by renewed street protests and national attention focuses on government monitoring of phone and e-mail records, city officials are considering a federally funded project to funnel information from surveillance cameras, license-plate readers, gunshot detectors and other devices into a law enforcement-run center.
The Domain Awareness Center, a joint project between the Port of Oakland and the city, started as a nationwide initiative to secure ports [Mission creap! Bob] by connecting motion sensors and cameras in and around the shipping facilities. Since its inception in 2009, however, the project has evolved into a program that would cover much of the city.
Read more on the San Francisco Chronicle.

So, it's not what you do, it's how big your share of the market is?
Google gets off in Korea anticompetition case
Google won't be charged with antitrust violations in Korea over claims that it's breaking competition rules by compelling mobile vendors to include its search engine in their Android-based devices.
South Korea's Fair Trade Commission (FTC) ruled Thursday that Google is in no way violating competition rules by including its search engine with Android, Yonhap News is reporting. The company's chief competitors in the country, NHN and Daum Communications, have charged Google with hurting competition by automatically bundling Google Search in Android. The companies argue that the bundling is part of Google's attempt to increase its presence online in the country.
South Korea's FTC, however, disagrees, and decided to throw out the case. The organization argued that including Google Search in Android is not a competition violation, and pointed to Google's 10 percent market share in the country as proof that Android is doing little to hurt the company's competitors. NHN's search portal, Naver, has more than 70 percent market share.

Does this mean I have no hope of controlling the “.BOB” top level domain? Seems confusing...
Amazon scores victory against Pinterest over control of .pin, which earlier this week lost its bid to control the domain extension .amazon, has been handed a victory over another top-level domain: .pin.
The loser in this battle: social-networking site Pinterest, which, not surprisingly, didn't want Amazon controlling .pin. In March, Pinterest filed an objection with the World Intellectual Property Organization, arguing in part that domain names on .pin --, say, or whatever Amazon has in mind -- would cause confusion around the term "pin."
… The domain extension doesn't automatically go to Amazon. This is the biggest expansion of the domain name system ever, after all, so it's not quick.
The .pin domain extension is one of scores that Amazon has applied to control as part of the ICANN expansion of the domain name system.
The big question -- as Andrew Allemann, who writes about the topic for Domain Name Wire pointed out -- is what does Amazon really want to do with .pin anyway?

Monopolies are not “natural”
In Case You Don't Appreciate How Fast The 'Windows Monopoly' Is Getting Destroyed...
… Three charts really bring home the challenges that Microsoft and other PC-powered giants like Intel, Dell, and Hewlett-Packard face in adapting to this new Internet-driven world.

For my Students: Clean up your Internet footprints.
Are you trying to figure out how to delete your Facebook account? Or perhaps you no longer use your Yahoo account and want to deactivate? Whichever website it is that you want to remove your account from, you will find Delentis to be immensely helpful.
Delentis is a free to use web service that helps you delete accounts from numerous web services. Currently the website includes account removal guides for more than 800 websites – a number that is increasing. All you have to do is get started is type in the name of the website from which you want the account removal information for. You do not need to create any new account on the Delentis website to get started with using its features.

For my Ethical Hackers: How to get comped in Vegas! One small hack and you get treated like a Rock Star! (Also useful for warnings about a variety of auditors, inspectors, reviewers, etc.)
Are you a VIP? This facial recognition tech knows it
What retailer wouldn't be thrilled to have a big spender walk through the door itching to drop a few hundred thousand dollars?
A new facial recognition technology from NEC identifies VIPs so shopping clerks can ditch regular folk like you and me and swarm to the potentially big-ticket buyers.
The company's VIP Identification software monitors data from real-time closed-circuit TVs or surveillance cameras, matching images against a business' VIP guest database. If it spots a match, an alert, mobile or otherwise, can be sent to retail or hospitality personnel.
The matching process can take less than a second, meaning Donald Trump will barely have a chance to get past a store's humanoid robot greeter before receiving immediate doting service.

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