Richard Satran at US News has a scary little piece out about how The Internal Revenue Service collects more than your taxes: "It's also acquiring a huge volume of personal information on taxpayers' digital activities, from eBay auctions to Facebook posts and, for the first time ever, credit card and e-payment transaction records, as it expands its search for tax cheats to places it's never gone before."
ShotSpotter is a service that installs microphones around town and "spots" gunshots, but is frequently criticized for its reliability and price. One study found it offers "no reductions in serious violent crimes, yet … increases demands on police resources". The problems with it are both systematic (the mics confirm the biases that went into the… READ THE REST
A gentleman in South Nashville cut a fence and broke into the headquarters of Pro Systems, a company that specializes in security cameras. The thief absconded with $20,000 worth of goods. Unsurprisingly, police quickly apprehended the man who was easily identified on surveillance footage. According to WKRN, "Pro Systems was able to recover most of… READ THE REST
After 20 years on the lam, convicted murderer and mafia Gioacchino Gammino of Italy was arrested last month in Galapagar, Spain after police spotted him in a Google Street View photo. Gammino was standing outside a fruit and vegetable store he had opened under a fake name. They confirmed his identity by comparing that photo… READ THE REST
Great gaming goes so far beyond the game itself or the console itself. How's the sound quality? You might care to know, especially if you're competitively gaming online and talking trash to your friends. How's the lighting on the screen and/or room you're gaming in? If you're a streamer, you want to make sure your… READ THE REST
No surprise to you, some pretty terrible people scour the cyber world. Sure, not everyone is a total hacker, but you've always got to stay protected and vigilant not to leave your information and documents in a vulnerable state. Luckily, VPNSecure can keep everything locked up and tidy no matter where you are. So, how does VPNSecure keep all of your precious… READ THE REST
Calling all puzzle-lovers! Your relaxing hobby may very well become your ticket to a million dollars. We know: That sounds utterly crazy. But it's true! The 2 Million Dollar Puzzle by MSCHF doesn't just give buyers the joy and fulfillment of putting a puzzle together — it also offers a monetary prize when you finish it! That's right:… READ THE REST