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Baltimore police are using secret, real-time aerial surveillance. Bloomberg reports.
Since January, police have been testing an aerial surveillance system adapted from the surge in Iraq. And they neglected to tell the public.
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My main beef with surveillance is that only a few people have access to the data. Of it were available to all, I'd be very much in favour of it.

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Ugh, another depressing case of local law enforcement ignoring civil rights (in this case, right to property) especially impacting the poor.
 
“If our clients were doing what the police are doing, it’d be called robbery, and they’d be charged or indicted within a day or two.”
When officers categorize wallets or cellphones as evidence, getting them back can be nearly impossible—even if the owner isn’t charged with a crime.
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Jim Roberts has created a set of Raspberry Pi tutorials for the hearing impaired. Narrating each project through ASL, Jim assists viewers in learning how to create traffic signals and various clock interfaces, from start to finish.

We really like these videos, and congratulate Jim for all the work he has put into making them.

If you know anyone who would benefit from any of Jim’s tutorials, please subscribe for updates to his channel

And as always, don't forget to share, share, share...
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Systematic racism is alive and well in America.

I live in a gentrifying black neighborhood (Bed-Stuy), and as I was coming home from work today I witnessed a moped rider being run off the street into parked cars by a white SUV. A blue striped white SUV. And the moped rider was my neighbor's son, who with his friends tinkers with and welds together homemade mopeds. And sometimes rides them around the block, at reasonable and safe speeds, signaling, always going the correct way down the streets etc. OH SHIT.

Four cops jumped out of the SUV [which had neither siren nor lights on] once he'd been forced into a parked car, tackled him, and arrested him, then confiscated his motorbike. A pile of other cops came to watch, including an unmarked car with two plainclothes police and a big van to haul away the bike.

I caught the whole thing on video as soon as I realized what was going on [and yes, you should film, any time you see a person of color being harassed by the police]. Seriously, the escalation of force and arrest was unnecessary and did nothing to make my neighborhood safer. Had this kid been white, he'd have been pulled over with siren/lights and let off with a warning. Instead, he was ridden off the road, tackled, and hauled off for arrest.

The racism of broken windows, caught in action. And we wonder why there are so few black engineers. Because when they tinker and experiment, they're locked up and given criminal records.
but they quipped to me about "I bet your phone has a lot of storage space, eh"? Was afraid to get closer than standing on my own property. Liz Fong-Jones. 2h2 hours ago. Liz Fong-Jones @lizthegrey. seriously, the way to pull people over is to flash lights and wait for them to pull over, ...
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Good read, and gives direct links and context on "Authorization for Use of Military Force" (AUMF)
The campaign is a significant escalation in the U.S. war against ISIS. Like the others, it took place without congressional authorization or even debate.
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This is awesome.

Non-permissive license would be better, but it seems they're leaning on OSI definitions - a list of permissive licenses (and worse they're using they're not sticking to OSI recommendations to reduce proliferation of licenses). Anyway - a net positive!
 
This is important. 
Ripples from Bulgaria's recent decision requiring all software written for the government to be open source could build into something bigger.
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1800s Astronomical Drawings vs. NASA Images http://on.nypl.org/2b9kySj
Comparing astrological drawings from our Digital Collections to NASA images.
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Meteors! Go out to the park tonight, and lie in the grass! "Another outburst like this isn't expected until 2027 or so"
Stargazers, get ready for something spectacular on Thursday. The annual Perseid meteor shower, already one of the most reliably impressive celestial events, promises to be especially good this year.
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Huh, I'm late to reading this, but it's still good: http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2016/04/america-tyranny-donald-trump.html (longer reader)
That’s what’s scariest about Donald Trump.
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"You have the freedom to use the network for any purpose as long as you don’t harm the operation of the network itself, the rights of other users, or the principles of neutrality that allow contents and services to flow without deliberate interference.

You have the right to understand the network and its components, and to share knowledge of its mechanisms and principles.

You have the right to offer services and content to the network on your own terms.

You have the right to join the network, and the obligation to extend this set of rights to anyone according to these same terms."
Spanish engineer Ramon Roca got tired of waiting for telecom companies to wire his town — so he did it himself.
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lol, on tearing a book to read it in sections: _"This is an imperfect science, though: the pages on either end of the chunk were gradually peeling away from their gummy binding, and when I neared the book’s knuckle-biter conclusion I discovered that I couldn’t find pages 621/622 — the bastard wind had stolen them. I had to borrow a library copy with a smugly intact spine."_
It can’t be too heavy, and you shouldn’t use an e-reader.
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