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Removing a GPS tracking device from your car isnt theft, court rules

Enlarge / Indiana Chief Justice Loretta Rush.Indiana Supreme Court An Indiana man may beat a drug prosecution after the state's highest court threw out a search warrant against him late last week. The search warrant was based on the idea that the man had "stolen" a GPS tracking device belonging to the government. But Indiana's Supreme Court concluded that he'd done no such thing—and the cops should have known it. Last November, we wrote about the case of Derek Heuring, an Indiana man the Warrick County Sheriff's Office suspected of selling meth. Authorities got a warrant to put a GPS tracker on Heuring's car, getting a stream of data on his location for six days. But then the data stopped. Officers suspected Heuring had discovered and removed the tracking device. After waiting for a few more days, they got a warrant to search his home and a barn belonging to his father. They argued the disappearance of the tracking device was evidence that Heuring had stolen ..

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Apple Maps expands its Street View competitor to Boston, DC, Philadelphia

Diamond City Fenway Park in Boston, as seen in Apple Maps' Look Around feature. Samuel Axon The US Capitol Building in Look Around. The Philadelphia Museum of Art in Look Around. Samuel Axon Boston Public Garden in Look Around. Samuel Axon The White House in Look Around—or about as close as you can get, anyway. Samuel Axon Philly's Reading Terminal Market in Look Around. Harvard Square in Look Around. Samuel Axon DC's Washington Monument in Look Around. Samuel Axon Apple Maps has been slowly expanding regional coverage for its Google Street View-like Look Around feature, and now MacRumors forum members have spotted rollouts for the feature in the US cities of Philadelphia, Boston, and Washington DC. Look Around was added as a feature in iOS 13 last September, but it launched with coverage only in or near San Francisco. Like Google Street View, the feature allows users to zoom in to street-level photography of most streets in an urban area. Apple d..

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WHO tries to calm talk of pandemic, says the word “does not fit the facts”

Enlarge / World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus gives a press conference on the situation regarding the COVID-19 at Geneva's WHO headquarters on February 24, 2020. Getty | Fabrice Coffrini As outbreaks of the new coronavirus flare up in several countries beyond China, experts at the World Health Organization on Monday tried to rein in fears and media speculation that the public health emergency will become a pandemic. “I have spoken consistently about the need for facts, not fear,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a press briefing Monday. “Using the word pandemic now does not fit the facts, but it may certainly cause fear.” As always, the director-general (who goes by Dr. Tedros) and his colleagues at WHO tried to shift the conversation away from speculation and worst-case scenarios. Instead, they want to focus on data and preparation. In doing so, though, Dr. Tedros noted that some of the latest figures in the epidem..

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Online prices skyrocket in Italy amid coronavirus fears

Online retailers in Italy have found an easy way to take advantage of widespread coronavirus panic: hawking sold-out products for exorbitant prices. While pharmacies run out of sanitizing products and masks, the same items appeared online at inflated prices set by individual merchants. A 250 ml. bottle of Amuchina — a popular hand sanitizer which normally costs €7.50 — was sold for €50 on eBay Monday. A one-liter bottle of the same product reached a record price of €799. Overpriced common products were displayed as specifically conceived to protect against the virus, even if they are not. Politicians and consumer groups promptly pointed the finger at online merchants and platforms. “This is not free market [but] a shameful speculation that has to be stopped immediately,” reads a parliamentary question submitted Monday by Partito Democratico MP Marianna Madia. The center-left group is part of the governing coalition. Codacons, a major Italian consumer organization, filed a complai..

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One of NASAs greatest mathematicians, Katherine Johnson, has died

Enlarge / Katherine Johnson sits at her desk with a globe, or "Celestial Training Device." NASA Katherine Johnson, a trailblazing mathematician best known for her contributions to NASA's human spaceflight program and who gained fame later in life due to the movie Hidden Figures, died Monday. She was 101 years old. "At NASA, we will never forget her courage and leadership and the milestones we could not have reached without her," said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. "We will continue building on her legacy and work tirelessly to increase opportunities for everyone who has something to contribute toward the ongoing work of raising the bar of human potential." Born in rural West Virginia on August 26, 1918, Johnson showed an aptitude for mathematics early in life. “I counted everything," she said late in life of her formative years. "I counted the steps to the road, the steps up to church, the number of dishes and silverware I washed… anything that could be counted, I did." Wh..

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Open source licenses: What, which, and why

Enlarge / Most open source projects are vastly more restrictive with their trademarks than their code. OpenBSD's Puffy, Linux's Tux, and the FSF's Meditating Gnu are among the few FOSS logos that can easily and legally be remixed and reused for simple illustrative purposes.OpenBSD, Free Software Foundation, Larry Ewing, Seattle Municipal Archives Most people have at least heard of open source software by now—and even have a fairly good idea of what it is. Its own luminaries argue incessantly about what to call it—with camps arguing for everything from Free to Libre to Open Source and every possible combination of the above—but the one thing every expert agrees on is that it's not open source (or whatever) if it doesn't have a clearly attributed license. You can't just publicly dump a bunch of source code without a license and say "whatever—it's there, anybody can get it." Due to the way copyright law works in most of the world, freely available code ..

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Europe is fighting tech battle with one hand tied behind its back

Digital Politics is a column about the global intersection of technology and the world of politics. As Europe lays out its grand vision for a digital future, there is at least one area where the bloc remains unrivaled — creating obstacles for itself. When the European Commission unveiled its proposals for competing with the United States and China on everything from artificial intelligence to the data economy, President Ursula von der Leyen made it clear the 27-country bloc would do things its own way. “We want to find European solutions for the digital age,” she told reporters in Brussels. Those solutions include creating vast pools of data from industry to spur innovation in machine learning and other next-generation technologies — all while upholding the blocs fundamental rights like data privacy, which set the European Union apart from the worlds other powers. Such balanced rhetoric is appealing. Amid a global techlash, who wouldnt want greater control over digital services? ..

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Online marketplaces rife with unsafe and illegal items, study shows

For sale: Exploding power banks, toxic toys and faulty smoke alarms. These products — all banned in the European Union — can be purchased with a click of a button from large online marketplaces such as Amazon, AliExpress, eBay and Wish, according to a study carried out by consumer organizations in Belgium, Italy, the Netherlands, Denmark, Germany and the U.K. Of the 250 products bought from popular online shops, including electronics, toys and cosmetics, two-thirds failed the EUs product-safety rules. Some products, such as toys with loose parts or childrens hoodies with long cords that pose a choking hazard, were visibly unsafe. Others had up to 200 times more dangerous chemicals than allowed, while smoke and carbon monoxide alarms failed to detect deadly amounts of gas or smoke. Three out of 4 tested USB chargers, travel adaptors and power banks failed electrical safety tests. Most of them were cheap and unbranded products. Under current laws, platforms are required to removed l..

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Georgia Tech physicists unlock the secret to perfect wok-tossed fried rice

Enlarge / Wok tossing has long been suspected of causing the high shoulder injury rate among Chinese chefs.Hunting Ko and David Hu/Georgia Tech Fried rice is a classic dish in pretty much every Chinese restaurant, and the strenuous process of tossing the rice in a wok over high heat is key to producing the perfect final product. There's always chemistry involved in cooking, but there's also a fair amount of physics. Scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology have devised a model for the kinematics of wok-tossing to explain how it produces fried rice that is nicely browned, but not burnt. They described their work in a recent paper published in the Journal of the Royal Society: Interface. This work hails from David Hu's lab at Georgia Tech, known for investigating such diverse phenomena as the collective behavior of fire ants, water striders, snakes, various climbing insects, mosquitos, the unique properties of cat tongues, and animal bodily functions like urinati..

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Ten rules for dating my teenage daughter placing your Wi-Fi access points

Enlarge / The top floor of our test house is relatively straightforward—although like many houses, it suffers from terrible router placement nowhere near its center.Jim Salter Here at Ars, we've spent a lot of time covering how Wi-Fi works, which kits perform the best, and how upcoming standards will affect you. Today, we're going to go a little more basic: we're going to teach you how to figure out how many Wi-Fi access points (APs) you need, and where to put them. These rules apply whether we're talking about a single Wi-Fi router, a mesh kit like Eero, Plume, or Orbi, or a set of wire-backhauled access points like Ubiquiti's UAP-AC line or TP-Link's EAPs. Unfortunately, these "rules" are necessarily closer to "guidelines" as there are a lot of variables it's impossible to fully account for from an armchair a few thousand miles away. But if you become familiar with these rules, you should at least walk away with a better practical understanding o..

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