If you've ever had a parking ticket, there's a good chance you know what "chalking" is.
A federal appeals court ruled this week that the practice of marking a car tires unconstitutional, a violation of your Fourth Amendment rights against unwarranted searches and seizures. For years traffic enforcement officers have marked car tires with chalk to see when they check back if a car has moved. It's often used in places where parking meters aren't available. Parking violations often serve as a key source of revenue for local municipalities....
What may seem like a victory to anyone who's ever wanted to fight a parking ticket, some are worried that the legal precedent could lead to the adoption of more privacy-invasive technologies instead.
Twitter has suspended over 5,000 accounts tied to a network amplifying a message denouncing the report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller as a "RussiaGate hoax." According to a researcher, the accounts -- most of which had only posted three or four times in the past -- were connected to other accounts previously used to post pro-Saudi messages. read more
The federal government is expanding an investigation into malfunctioning air bags to include an additional 12.3 million vehicles with air bags that could fail to inflate in a crash.
The investigation now includes certain models of cars by Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Mitsubishi, Toyota and Fiat Chrysler, which contain an airbag control unit produced by ZF-TRW, a German auto-parts company. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says this control unit, which is supposed to deploy the airbag upon detecting a collision, could fail to sense the crash because of electrical interference caused by the crash itself.
The problem may be responsible for as many as eight deaths, The Associated Press reports.
Some MSFT employees are criticizing the company's efforts to increase hiring from under-represented demographics to make its staff more diverse....
Threads started by an as-yet unnamed female program manager and posted on the internal Yammer message board in January and April assert that white and Asian men are being penalized or overlooked because of hiring practices that reward managers for hiring people outside of those groups. ...
Further, the employee questions the value of diversity at all: "Many women simply aren't cut out for the corporate rat race, so to speak, and that's not because of 'the patriarchy,' it's because men and women aren't identical." She follows up that it is "established fact" that the "specific types of thought process and problem solving required for engineering of all kinds (software or otherwise) are simply less prevalent among women," and that women simply aren't interested in engineering jobs.
A fallen U.S. Marine who was also a decorated FDNY firefighter was honored with a three-state procession Monday. Staff Sergeant Christopher Slutman, 43, was killed April 8 in a roadside bomb attack near Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan. read more