As Ars reported previously, it's important to note that there really isn’t any current science to support the need for the warnings Berkeley is mandating. There's no well-described mechanism by which non-ionizing radiation can induce long-term biological changes, although it can cause short-term heating of tissues. There are also no clear indications that wireless hardware creates any health risks in the first place, which raises questions of what, exactly, the city's legislation was supposed to accomplish. At best for cities like Berkeley, large and comprehensive works indicate that any potential risks take decades to be felt, and cell phones simply haven't been in use long enough for us to know for sure. … [Read more...] about Berkeley’s cell phone radiation warning law can go into effect, judge rules
Democracy and the rule of law
I'm not going to pretend to understand this, because I don't. But what I can tell you is that the researchers look at the moment of inertia of a toy universe. The moment of inertia is a measure of the shape of the mass distribution about some arbitrary point in space. If you set a universe filled with mass into motion, the masses will begin to orbit each other and generally move around, changing the moment of inertia. No matter what happens, there will always be a well-defined, deep minimum in this value at some point. … [Read more...] about One arrow of time to rule them all?
“We entrust police officers with an enormous amount of power," he wrote. "And for them to abuse that power totally undermines their credibility. My office is currently reviewing pending and closed cases involving these officers. The majority of these cases appear to be DUIs. We also have reached out to the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office in connection with those cases. We’re glad the Contra Costa District Attorney’s office is taking this behavior seriously and if any of this illegal behavior occurred in Alameda County, I know our District Attorney will take it just as seriously." … [Read more...] about Cop charged with stealing nude pics from women’s phones
"All settings are in place for an overreaction from society about the implications and this version of the world where we're no longer in charge of our own destiny if computers take over ... There's also this perception that 83% of people think they're going to lose their jobs and 25% are going to be out of work, and AI is the cornerstone for all of that." … [Read more...] about Setting the AI standard: What it could look like in Australia
The STIR and SHAKEN protocols use digital certificates, based on public-key cryptography, to verify the accuracy of Caller ID. STIR/SHAKEN would work best if all phone companies adopt it because it can only verify Caller ID when both the sending carrier and receiving carrier have deployed the technology. Robocallers who spoof real numbers to hide their identities would get flagged by STIR/SHAKEN. Depending on how each carrier implements it, flagged calls could be passed on to consumers with a warning or be blocked entirely. … [Read more...] about FCC requires anti-robocall tech after “voluntary” plan didn’t work out [Updated]