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License-Plate Tracking – Common Core Tests by a Yale Graduate – Under 30s Aren’t Starting Businesses

A year after firestorm, DHS wants access to license-plate tracking system

The Department of Homeland Security is seeking bids from companies able to provide law enforcement officials with access to a national license-plate tracking system — a year after canceling a similar solicitation over privacy issues.

How is it keeping information private? It won’t collect the data itself, it is seeking bids from companies that already gather the data to say how much they would charge to grant access to law enforcement officers at Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a DHS agency. “If this goes forward, DHS will have warrantless access to location information going back at least five years about virtually every adult driver in the U.S., and sometimes to their image as well,” said Gregory T. Nojeim, senior counsel for the Center for Democracy & Technology.

http://wapo.st/1GgJYUt

No More ‘Speeding’ For You!

Tomorrow, you may not be able to “speed” even if you wanted to.

Because your car will not allow you to.

The uber governor — Ford’s Intelligent Speed Limiter — will see to that.

It uses cameras and GPS mapping technology to keep track of the speed limit in real time — that is, as you drive — on whatever road you happen to be on at any given moment and — by dialing back the throttle — prevents the vehicle from exceeding it. Mash the pedal all you like. Resistance is futile.

http://bit.ly/1EAKS37

What happens when a Yale grad takes the 8th grade Common Core exam?

More than half of the sample exam had essay questions listed after the fiction and non-fiction passages that make up the content of the test . I was pleased with the specificity of the essay question instructions. As opposed to the multiple choice responses, the essays allowed for detailed and specific answers.

In the hour and three minutes I had available to take the test, I scored 22 points out of 25, or 88 percent. And that was the score of a grownup who reads for a living. Compare that to a child knowing that a lot is riding on the exam.

http://bit.ly/1EAPaaU

Why Aren’t Young People Starting Businesses Anymore?

According to the Federal Reserve Survey of Consumer Finances, the share of people under 35 who own a stake in private businesses has fallen from 10.2 percent in 1989 to 6.5 percent in 2013, the latest year data is available, and it is likely all the following reasons have played a part:

  • It has become more difficult to run a small business with various government entities pushing new regulations at entrepreneurs. Government regulations ranked as one of the biggest challenges facing small businesses in a recent survey of 1,000 small business owners.
  • Older people who have run businesses for years have learned to navigate the regulatory regime, but younger entrepreneurs struggle to jump through all the hoops required to start a business.
  • Would-be entrepreneurs are emerging from college with more debt than in the past, making it hard to get additional loans to start businesses.
  • Banks faced with higher costs and new regulations themselves are not willing to make as many small business loans as they did in the past.

http://dailysign.al/1FkOCoe

Smartmeters Being Used by California Water Authorities To Use New Tool In Fight Against Water Wasters

“It collects the data every five minutes, then after midnight, the cellphone that’s built in here comes on, makes one call, and calls it in to the database that we and the customer, through a password security system, have online access to their consumption.”

Using this data, the town knew the precise moment to send his employees to videotape the infractions to use as evidence.

“We are using it specifically for an enforcement tool to go after those customers who we’ve gotten lots of complaints about,” Wattier said.

http://cbsloc.al/1DIBX96

NYCLU releases details of EC Sheriff’s cell phone spying

Erie County Sheriff’s Office has been using taxpayer-funded cell phone spying equipment. The cell phone surveillance equipment is called the Stingray, which costs $350,000. It allows the sheriff’s office to track and record the location of a person through their cell phone.

Records show it has been used at least 47 times, but the sheriff’s office obtained a court order only once, even though the sheriff made statement to local media and the Erie County Legislature that each use of the device was subject to “judicial review.”

http://bit.ly/1PxvFla

How Long to Nap for the Biggest Brain Benefits

For a quick boost of alertness, experts say a 10-to-20-minute power nap is adequate for getting back to work in a pinch.

For cognitive memory processing, however, a 60-minute nap may do more good, Dr. Mednick said. Including slow-wave sleep helps with remembering facts, places and faces. The downside: some grogginess upon waking.

Finally, the 90-minute nap will likely involve a full cycle of sleep, which aids creativity and emotional and procedural memory, such as learning how to ride a bike. Waking up after REM sleep usually means a minimal amount of sleep inertia, Dr. Mednick said.

http://bit.ly/1OmqTd3

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14 Year Olds Driving Cars – Knee-Jerk Reaction to 9/11 Leads to Germanwings Crash – Shownotes March 28, 2015

France Is Letting 14-Year-Olds Drive an Electric Car

Beg your parents to buy you a Renault Twizy, a $7,600 “car” that 14-year-olds can now legally drive.

The Twizy is a quadricycle, a 1,000-pound, two-seat electric car meant for zipping around cramped European cities. It’s designed to be a safer alternative to bicycles and scooters for the urban set, sporting a 13-horsepower electric motor and enough batteries to take you 60 miles at a maximum speed of 50 mph.

http://wrd.cm/1G1W72O

Andreas Lubitz: Knee-jerk reaction to 9/11 enabled mass murder

[I’ve been saying this for more than a decade. We may be up to 3 crashes caused by our stupidity.]

Andreas Lubitz used his expertise to lock the captain out of the flight deck of the Airbus A320. He knew that the procedures implemented since 11 September 2001 enabled someone on the flight deck to take total control.

After the terrorist attacks, airlines began to install reinforced doors. Costing hundreds of thousands of pounds each, they are intruder-proof and bullet-proof. The system includes a keypad that is intended to allow authorized crew to enter the flight deck if the pilots become incapacitated. But a promotional video made by Airbus demonstrates how easy it is to deny access even to fellow crew who know the emergency code.

http://ind.pn/1BvCytP

Exclusive: TSA’s Secret Behavior Checklist to Spot Terrorists

Fidgeting, whistling, sweaty palms. Add one point each. Arrogance, a cold penetrating stare, and rigid posture, two points.

The checklist ranges from the mind-numbingly obvious, like “appears to be in disguise,” which is worth three points, to the downright dubious, like a bobbing Adam’s apple. Many indicators, like “trembling” and “arriving late for flight,” appear to confirm allegations that the program picks out signs and emotions that are common to many people who fly.

http://bit.ly/1BRx50k

Media Giants Are Ready to Publish Inside Facebook’s Walls. Will They Ever Get Out?

As the late David Carr poetically wrote when first breaking the news of Facebook’s publishing plans in October, “For publishers, Facebook is a bit like that big dog galloping toward you in the park. More often than not, it’s hard to tell whether he wants to play with you or eat you.”

http://bit.ly/1FVV99T

Is Internet Addiction a Real Thing?

Is it possible for someone to actually be addicted to the Internet? I mean, we all love our phones, and maybe I check mine whenever it buzzes, but is that the same as being addicted to alcohol or drugs? I’ve heard of people being so addicted to video games that they forgot to eat or feed their kid. How much of it is real psychology and how much is technophobic hype?

http://bit.ly/1CiXqI5

Tim Cook Named ‘World’s Greatest Leader,’ Reflects on Leading Post-Jobs Era at Apple

Cook brings a different leadership style to Apple, placing more trust in others instead of being as impulsive and manipulative as Jobs often was. The results have been favorable, as Apple has grown to become the world’s most valuable company during the three-and-a-half years since Cook took over the helm.

http://bit.ly/1EfHhqu

Arrogant? Facebook unveils platform to integrate third-party apps, customer support for businesses into Messenger

http://bit.ly/1EfIC0w

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New Ice Age – Tax Scams – Craig Show Notes for March 7th, 2015

And That’s the Way It Was: In 1972, Cronkite Warned of ‘New Ice Age’

walter-cronkite-at-broadcast-deskSome winters are “bone-chilling,” like this one has been, others are mild, and some like the 1972-1973 winter started early and harsh, but grew surprisingly mild. That was the same year Walter Cronkite was “the most trusted man in America” in 1972, according to polls. A 2009 CBS obituary for the journalist said, “Cronkite was the biggest name in television news, the king of the anchormen; in fact, he was the reporter for whom the term ‘anchorman’ was coined.”

On September 11, 1972, Cronkite cited scientists’ predictions that there was a “new ice age” coming. He called that prediction from British scientist Hubert Lamb “a bit of bad news.”

Global warming activists have claimed for years that the 1970s global cooling scare never existed. They have tried to erase the inconvenient history which ironically blamed extreme weather like tornadoes, droughts, record cold and blizzards on global cooling.

Climate fear promoters switched effortlessly from global cooling fears in the 1970s to global warming fears in the 1980s. In the present day, the phrase ‘global warming’ has lost favor in favor of ‘climate change’ or ‘global climate disruption’ or even ‘global weirding,’ Morano added. “’Settled science’ has never seemed so unsettled.

http://bit.ly/1MeckDZ

Unprecedented surge in online tax scams raises questions about TurboTax

As fraud rises sharply — Intuit, which makes TurboTax, said some states have seen a 37-fold increase in suspicious returns this year — it remains unclear who is responsible for combating the problem. Each year, TurboTax files millions of returns that its internal screening algorithms have flagged as “suspicious,” internal documents show. The company said it does not immediately alert taxation authorities.

Rejecting a return and determining whether it is fraudulent are ultimately up to the IRS, Intuit added. “We do not have that authority,” the company said in a statement.

Who’s responsible to police fraudulent returns? How do you find out if there’s been fraud against you?

http://wapo.st/1aPRBsQ

Secrets of Clinton emails revealed: Chelsea’s alias was Diane Reynolds. Hillary planned Chelsea’s wedding on same account she used as Secretary of State.

At the center of the controversy: Hillary Clinton’s personal email account – hrd22@clintonemail.com

Domain name was registered to Eric Hothem, the aide who packed up and carted off furniture from the White House that he said was ‘Clinton’s personal property’. The furnishings were later determined to be government’s and the Clintons were required to pay $86,000 in restitution for the items they kept.

Clinton’s arrangement to have her correspondence run through a private domain name and server have set off alarms. Her sensitive communications could be being hacked or destroyed: Republicans want investigations into the matter

http://dailym.ai/18WOkr1

16 Ways Modern Dating Is Changing The Way We Think About Love

1. We’ve all but made dating the equivalent of online shopping.
2. We’re almost equating ‘committing’ to ‘giving up’ on finding better.
3. Many people believe that sex is meaningless when you are literally inside another human being, but calling rather than texting? That’s a huge deal.
4. We make snap judgments based on someone’s online presence more than we actually get the chance to know them.
5. Things are only official when they’re public.
6. It’s easier now, more than ever, to compare yourself to other people, and to start making decisions and judgments about your life based on those comparisons.
7. We are so caught up in being the person who cares less, that we become afraid of even caring at all.
8. We don’t even know what romance means anymore. We feel gratified by a “good morning” text.
9. We’ve been squeezed into an environment where “pursuing our dreams” has become increasingly paramount.
10. “Casual dating” is obsolete.

http://tcat.tc/1MegzPX

Health checks by smartphone raise privacy fears

In a few years, new technology will be able to monitor numerous essential physiological indicators by telephone and to send alerts to patients and the specialists who look after them.

More and more patients are using smartphone apps to monitor signs such as their blood sugar and pressure.

There is a steady increase in remote consultations with medical practitioners. Your doctor can be someone who’s based in Mumbai. We have to be very careful about our data, because they’re the ones who probably will end up storing your data and keeping a record of it.

http://yhoo.it/1FjtHit

Report: China Believes Space War Is Inevitable, Sets Goal Of Space Supremacy

The report, compiled by the University of California’s Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC), was released by the commission on Monday and reveals that China is interested in attaining space supremacy, adding that Chinese military leaders think that control of space determines control of Earth.

Chinese and Russian military leaders understand the unique information advantages afforded by space systems and services and are developing capabilities to deny access in a conflict. Chinese military writing highlights the need to interfere with, damage and destroy reconnaissance, navigation and communication satellites.

http://bit.ly/1G1P9ZD

You Should Really Consider Installing Signal, an Encrypted Messaging App for iPhone

Signal 2.0, folds in support for encrypted text messages using a protocol called TextSecure, meaning users can communicate using voice and text while remaining confident nothing can be intercepted in transit over the internet.

Other apps with encryption tend to enter insecure modes at unpredictable times — unpredictable for many users, at least. Apple’s iMessage, for example, employs strong encryption, but only when communicating between two Apple devices and only when there is a proper data connection. Otherwise, iMessage falls back on insecure SMS messaging.

http://bit.ly/1EPXtO3

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Show Notes – Air Traffic Control – Goodbye to Apple and Microsoft – Apple Project Titan

Why 40-Year-Old Tech Is Still Running America’s Air Traffic Control

At any given time, around 7,000 aircraft are flying over the United States. For the past 40 years, the same computer system has controlled all that high-altitude traffic—a relic of the 1970s known as Host. The core system predates the advent of the Global Positioning System, so Host uses point-to-point, ground-based radar. Every day, thousands of travelers switch their GPS-enabled smartphones to airplane mode while their flights are guided by technology that predates the Speak & Spell.

http://wrd.cm/1M09XV9

Why I’m Saying Goodbye to Apple, Google and Microsoft

I can use Linux, and I can get my work done well. I can play games. I can surf endlessly. The platform alternatives have reached a stage where they’re capable of handling just about everything I need.

More important, I’ve moved to these alternative platforms because I’ve changed my mind about the politics of technology. I now believe it’s essential to embed my instincts and values, to a greater and greater extent, in the technology I use. Those values start with a basic notion: We are losing control over the tools that once promised equal opportunity in speech and innovation—and this has to stop.

http://bit.ly/1ACLkKl

Apple’s ‘Project Titan’ could reshape the auto world

Detroit had a good year in 2014, selling 16.5 million autos — up 1 million from 2013. The stock of Ford and GM has revved on the good news, jumping 5.7 and 7.8 percent, respectively, in 2015.

Currently, at a secret location near its Cupertino, Calif., headquarters, Apple is said to be working on a car design — code-named “Project Titan” — at breakneck speed. While auto companies can take as long as seven years to develop a car, Apple is said to be hoping to start shipping its vehicles in five years — as early as 2020.

Well, Apple has been offering the best and the brightest in the car-battery field $250,000 signing bonuses plus salaries 60 percent higher than what they currently earn, Musk told Bloomberg Businessweek this month.

http://bit.ly/1LSjGNb

The Government’s War on Freedom of the Press – US Ranks 49th on Press Freedom Index

The U.S. plummeted to a dismal 49th place on the Reporters Without Borders annual Press Freedom Index, marking the country’s second lowest ranking since the list was created in 2002 and its lowest since 2006. Other countries ranked in the 40s and 50s include Haiti, Mongolia, and Chile.

Since the Obama Administration took power, it has used the Espionage Act to prosecute data leakers a record seven times—more than every other president combined in the law’s nearly 100-year history—a Fox News journalist has been spied on by the Justice Department under the justification that he’s a criminal conspirator, Wikileaks creator Julian Assange has been declared “a hi-tech terrorist,” and the Supreme Court refused to overturn a lower court ruling against Risen stating that the First Amendment doesn’t protect him from refusing to testify about a whistleblower that allegedly leaked classified information about the CIA’s efforts to disrupt Iran’s nuclear program.

http://bit.ly/1LOLRwv

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Net Neutrality – Craig Peterson Show Notes 2/21/2015

Net Neutrality

The 332-page secret memo from the Whitehouse, is
going to eliminate free speech and innovation from the Internet. We
have the fewest numbers of C-Corp businesses in this country in 30+ years,
and that’s even with the innovation sparked by a free and open
Internet. The FCC is expected to vote on Thursday to bring full
1934-era regulation to the Internet.

Over the past two decades, the Internet has flourished and
revolutionized our lives precisely because it has remained free of
government overregulation. Recently, however, Obama’s Federal
Communications Commission (FCC) proposed new rules that could
reclassify broadband Internet as a monopoly-era plain old telephone
service of decades past.

http://www.stopnetregulation.org/

Lenovo Pre-Installing Evil Software

We recently learned that PC manufacturer Lenovo is selling computers
preinstalled with a dangerous piece of software, called Superfish,
that uses a man-in-the-middle attack to break Windows’ encrypted
Web connections for the sake of advertising.

Internet security for at least Internet Explorer, Chrome, and
Safari for Windows, on all of these Lenovo laptops, is now broken.

This is a serious security issue. For example, shortly after this
news became widespread, security researcher Robert Graham was able
to extract the certificate from the Superfish adware and quickly
cracked the password. With this password, a malicious attacker
would be able to intercept encrypted communications on the same
network (like at a cafe Wi-Fi hotspot).

How to Remove Superfish Adware From Your Lenovo Computer.

http://bit.ly/1EdBVuf

SIM Card Hack

Massive SIM card encryption key hack gives US, UK spies access to
billions of phones.

U.S. and U.K. intelligence agencies have reportedly hacked into the
computer network of giant SIM card maker Gemalto and taken
smartphone encryption keys potentially used by customers of
hundreds of mobile phone carriers worldwide.

The British Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), allowed
the two spy agencies to monitor a large portion of the world’s
mobile phone voice and data traffic, according to a story in The
Intercept.

http://bit.ly/187f7QX

How A 14-Year-Old Hacked A Car, Overnight, With $15 Worth Of Radio
Shack Parts.

He had an idea about using a wireless transmitter to connect to the
car and talk with the vehicle over the CAN bus. He got to a local
Radio Shack, spent around $15 on a circuit board, transmitter, and
other bits, and then spent the rest of the night creating a “smalltongue_in_cheek
robotics project” made from easily available parts.

Thankfully Radio Shack is closing down. Problem solved.

http://bit.ly/1CTuiVr

It’s not the Tablets That Are Rotting Kids Brains

No, Tablets Aren’t Necessarily Rotting Kids’ Brains. There’s a huge
range of things kids need to learn to thrive in real life. Toddlers
need to watch faces, talk to people who are listening and can talk
back, manipulate actual three dimensional objects, and so on. All
kids, like adults, need to keep their social skills limber and be
able to focus on tasks and learn good time management. So, while
tablets aren’t as bad as television, kids still need to develop
these real-world skills.

Kids who spent time at a no-screens-allowed camp showed better
social skills after just five days. While this was widely reported
as a strike against screen time, the results may have more to do
with what the kids did do than what they didn’t: They spent time
interacting with teams of their peers.

http://bit.ly/1GcMCwr

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