"The willingness of the government to punish leakers is inversely proportional to the leakers' rank and status, which is bad news for someone so lacking in those attributes as Edward Snowden," writes media critic Jack Shafer at Reuters. As the US moves to prosecute Snowden, Shafer says we should ask "Why Snowden is singled out for punishment when he's essentially done what the insider dissenters did when they spoke with Risen and Lichtblau in 2005 about an invasive NSA program. He deserves the same justice and the same punishment they received."
Singapore is testing autonomous ground robots that can move through crowds and detect undesirable social behaviors such as smoking in prohibited areas, illegal hawking, improper bicycle parking, and gathering in groups of more than five people. When a robot spots an undesirable person, it "will trigger real-time alerts to the command and control centre, and… READ THE REST
"Non-line-of-sight imaging" is the technique of shining light in a direction and measuring all the ways it bounces off objects to determine their rough shape — including ones the person holding the camera can't see. That means that, historically, they've been able to use NLOS imaging to, say, detect an object hidden around a corner… READ THE REST
Apple announced that it planned to scan images on iPhones to see if they matched the signatures of known child abuse images. Though iCloud mail (and many cloud storage services) are already subject to such scanning, the fact that the scanning would happen on users' own phones alarmed users and privacy groups. Even if the… READ THE REST
Owning a dog can be one of the most rewarding experiences. However, if you're someone who has owned one, you've undoubtedly figured out just how challenging taking care of your four-legged friend can be – despite the happiness it can share. A wealth of information on how to best raise and train your dog is… READ THE REST
Before COVID, we used minimal social media to post about cats and our kids. Now, social is a hotspot for viral dances, serious political discussions, and goofy Karen videos the world licks their chops in anticipation for. If you're going to record yourself or someone else being a complete goon, you better have the right… READ THE REST
The world's been in pretty rough shape these days, and if you're under the constant stress of day-to-day living in 2021, your sleep is most certainly taking a hit. Even if you're a sound sleeper, the last thing that's probably on your mind right now is how to correct snoring patterns for a more complete… READ THE REST