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The Haunting Math Of America’s War On Drugs

The Haunting Math Of America’s War On Drugs [Infographic]
By Colin Lecher, popsci.com

Keeping people locked up ain’t cheap.

In 2010, the U.S. spent a whop­ping $500 per sec­ond fight­ing the War on Drugs, and most peo­ple sent to prison for drug-related offens­es are there for pos­ses­sion, not sell­ing. The upshot? More than hal…

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Anti-Surveillance Hoodie And Scarf Prevent Drones From Tracking

Anti-Surveillance Hoodie And Scarf Prevent Drones From Tracking You
By Clay Dillow, popsci.com

Or, how to accessorize in Waziristan.

The increas­ing­ly vast suite of sur­veil­lance tools avail­able to state author­i­ties has cer­tain­ly given pri­va­cy advo­cates some­thing to bris­tle at. In an exhi­bi­tion launch­ing this week, NYC-base…

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US cities employ precog algorithm to predict murder

US cities employ precog algorithm to predict murder
By Kim Zetter, wired.co.uk

Politics

Who needs the freaky pre­cogs of Minor­i­ty Report to pre­dict if some­one’s like­ly to com­mit mur­der when you have an algo­rithm that can do it for you?

New crime-prediction soft­ware used in Mary­land and Penn­syl­va­nia, U…

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US diplomats believe Syria dropped hallucinogenic weapon on rebels

US diplomats believe Syria dropped hallucinogenic weapon on rebels
By Noah Shachtman, wired.co.uk

Politics

The Syr­i­an mil­i­tary used an exot­ic chem­i­cal weapon on rebels dur­ing an attack in the city of Homs, some US diplo­mats now believe.

That con­clu­sion — first report­ed by For­eign Pol­i­cy’s Josh Rogin and laid out in a…

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The Amazon will message authorities when loggers strike

The Amazon will message authorities when loggers strike
By Liat Clark, wired.co.uk

Technology

Brazil­ian author­i­ties hope to com­bat defor­esta­tion in the Ama­zon by fit­ting trees with wire­less loca­tion devices that send out alerts if their host tree is cut down.

Invis­i­ble Trac­ck is a device about the size of a…

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Keith Ratliff, YouTube’s most famous gun lover, found dead

Keith Ratliff, YouTube’s most famous gun lover, found dead
By Chris Welch, theverge.com

Keith Ratliff, whose gun enthu­si­ast YouTube chan­nel FPSRus­sia is among the most pop­u­lar on the video site, was found dead on Jan­u­ary 3rd — killed by a sin­gle shot to the head. Ratliff’s body was dis­cov­ered in the office where he stored…

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FDA finally tries to regulate pharma social media, God Help Them

FDA Guidance on Responding to Unsolicited Requests for Off-Label Information
pharma-mkting.com

Two days after Christ­mas, on Decem­ber 27, 2011, while most of us were still on vaca­tion, the FDA qui­et­ly issued “Guid­ance for Indus­try Respond­ing to Unso­licit­ed Requests for Off-Label Infor­ma­tion About Pre­scrip­tion Drugs and Med­ical…

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Case lets you film people with an iPhone laying flat (like presidential campaign fund raisers)

iPhone case allows you to take photos with phone held horizontally
Mark Frauenfelder, boingboing.net

The Mir­ror­Case for the iPhone lets you take pho­tos while hold­ing the phone flat, like an old-timey cam­era. It seems like a good way to shoot video of your­self, too – just set it on a table and do your thing. At $50, it’s a bit pricey. I won­…

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Tweet analyzer ranks trustworthy Tweets during emergencies

 

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Cory Doctorow, boingboing.net

In “Cred­i­bil­i­ty rank­ing of tweets dur­ing high impact events,” a paper pub­lished in the ACM’s Pro­ceed­ings of the 1st Work­shop on Pri­va­cy and Secu­ri­ty in Online Social Media , two Indraprastha Insti­tute of Infor­ma­tion…

Machine-learning algorithm develops heuristics for trustworthy tweets in time of emergency