Thursday, March 27, 2014

Gee! I didn't think you cared!
The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation released its report, “A “Kill Chain” Analysis of the 2013 Target Data Breach.” The report was prepared by the majority staff for Chairman Rockefeller.

Debate is good!
Orin Kerr writes:
This is my second post on recent decisions in computer search and seizure law by Magistrate Judge John Facciola of the federal court in the District of Columbia. In my first post, I covered Judge Facciola’s opinion denying a warrant on the ground that the government didn’t need one. In this post, I’ll address a more dramatic and important opinion that considers how search warrants for e-mail and social media accounts should be drafted and executed. Judge Facciola’s opinion rejects an approach to e-mail warrants that DOJ has recommended. It then concludes that the Fourth Amendment may require third-party service providers to execute warrants and then pass on the results to the government. I have posted the opinion here: In the Matter of the Search of Information Associated with [redacted] that is Stored at Premises Controlled by Apple, Inc.
Read more on WaPo The Volokh Conspiracy.

Just another one of those, “I'm not a lawyer, but here's a legal question.” If the cops were flying a drone to monitor rush hour traffic and recorded a car speeding down the shoulder of the road, do they have to ignore/destroy that evidence?
Activist Post reports:
A Missouri bill to strictly limit drone use passed out of the state House on Monday by a vote of 109-44. It now moves on to the Senate for consideration.
HB1204, the “Preserving Freedom from Unwarranted Surveillance Act,” would ban law enforcement agencies in Missouri from using a “drone or other unmanned aircraft to gather evidence or other information pertaining to criminal conduct or conduct in violation of a statute or regulation except to the extent authorized in a warrant.”
Read more on Activist Post.

An interesting illustration of Big Data analysis.
1957 was the best-ever year for movies (and other surprising insights from IMDb)
Want to know which episode of “Seinfeld” was the greatest? Curious which year produced the best films? At one point in time, these types of esoteric queries fell firmly in the realm of bar debates and bickering critics. But thanks to IMDb — that massive compendium of cinematic trivia and ratings — we can at last quantify things like, say, the best move made in 1985. (Spoiler alert: It’s “Back to the Future.”)
This brilliant and vindicating insight comes courtesy Reddit, where “monoglot,” an enterprising user in the /r/movies forum, parsed tens of thousands of movie reviews to assemble a list of the movies that got the most perfect reviews for every year between 1894 and the present. (More on the methodology here.)

Students, fair warning!
By Request - Seven Tools for Building and Sharing Online Quizzes
Earlier today, through the Free Technology for Teachers Facebook page, I was asked for suggestions for tools for creating and sharing online quizzes. Many online quiz services allow you to create quizzes that give your students instant feedback. Some of the services provide the option to include picture and video prompts in your quizzes. And all of these services save you the hassle of printing your quizzes. Here are seven ways that you can create and deliver quizzes online.

This is an interesting iPhone/iPad App. Lots of my students could use this one.
– draws floor plans all by itself – just touch each wall with your phone. The free version of RoomScan is great for scanning single rooms, and RoomScan Pro is available with more advanced features. For super-accurate instant floor plans, use RoomScan in conjunction with a laser measure. Just tap a wall on the finished floor plan and input your measurement.

For my Math students.
Free Graphing Calculator

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