London-based roboticist Evangelos Georgiou wants to offer an open-source platform for helping Arduino hobbyists take their projects mobile, thanks to a remote controlled robot called the RK-1 that combines a programmable Arduino microcontroller...
Lauren Scime's insight:
This is pretty sweet! I want a robot that I can control with my phone...better yet a Roomba where I can control it with my phone when it gets stuck in between the couch and the coffee table :)
EFF argues he needs the documents to vindicate his Fourth Amendment rights.
Kyle Goodwin, the Ohio videographer who was chosen by the Electronic Frontier Foundation as a representative of innocent Megaupload users, has asked a Virginia federal judge to unseal search warrants and other documents related to the January raid on Megaupload's Virginia servers. In a brief filed on Goodwin's behalf, EFF argues Goodwin needs access to the documents to make his case for the return of his property. The civil liberties group also contends that the public has a right to know how the raid was conducted.
The government shut down Megaupload because it believes the site was a haven for copyright infringement. But Goodwin has told the court he didn't use the site for piracy. Rather, he used the site as a backup for videos he created in his work as a videographer. Goodwin suffered a hard drive crash shortly before the government raided the Megaupload servers. As a consequence, he says, the servers now contain the only remaining copy of his commercially valuable videos.
Search warrants are often sealed to avoid tipping off their targets. But the raid on Megaupload's Virginia servers happened nine months ago and it has received extensive media scrutiny. It's hard to argue with a straight face that the process is still secret. Indeed, the government has already told the courts that the "United States has completed execution of its search warrants," making it difficult to claim the search is ongoing.
The potential creep factor of Google Glass is something that the search giant has to mitigate as best it can if it wants that kooky head-worn display to become a mass-market sensation (and even that may not be enough), but a recent announcement...
Overlay prevents access to leaked data unless you tweet, share, pay, or wait.
Anonymous, the loose collective of hackers, dissidents, and the disaffected, roared into action in late 2010 to defend WikiLeaks, conducting denial-of-service attacks against MasterCard, Visa, and PayPal in retaliation for the payment processors' decision to block funding of the secret-publishing site. That support appears now to be at an end, with the hacking group outraged that WikiLeaks has placed its data behind a paywall.
WikiLeaks first implemented its paywall on October 10th. Most pages on the site were overlaid with a video and a banner imploring readers to "Vote WikiLeaks" and donate money to the site. Donating, sharing the video on Facebook, or tweeting about the campaign, would dismiss the overlay and allow access to the site. The overlay also disappears automatically after a period of time. After an immediate backlash on Twitter the overlay appeared to be removed within hours of its first appearance, but it returned on the 11th.
The reappearance of the overlay provoked an angry response from Anonymous representatives. The group claims to have been betrayed by WikiLeaks. The group's statement argues that numerous Anons have been charged or arrested over activities supportive of WikiLeaks, and that in contrast, no member of WikiLeaks staff has been charged or imprisoned.
Those charged include 14 Anonymous members who were indicted for the denial-of-service attacks of December 2010, and Jeremy Hammond, who provided WikiLeaks with e-mail pillaged from private intelligence company Stratfor. Those e-mails are now behind the WikiLeaks paywall, a move that "dishonors" and "insults" Anonymous. Anons "risk lengthy prison sentences" in their defense of WikiLeaks, but in return, WikiLeaks is "prostituting" the data that they have provided.
Concluding, the statement says that in the future the group will cease putting itself at risk to defend WikiLeaks and its founder, Julian Assange, and instead publish information through its own network of leak sites.
Justifying the call for donations, Assange wrote that the fund-raising was necessary to fund its "publishing and infrastructure costs," and further to fund its legal action against the payment processors. WikiLeaks' Twitter account also said that an overlay that allows you to share, tweet, or wait—or pay—isn't a paywall anyway.
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