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Bay Area transit system approves new surveillance-oversight policy
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Enlarge / MacArthur BART station in Oakland, as seen in 2006. (credit: Thomas Hawk / Flickr) On Thursday, the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Board of Directors voted to approve a new policy that requires that it be notified if the local police department wishes to acquire new surveillance equipment. BART is one of the […]

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Ajit Pai finally gets around to fighting fraud in FCC comment system
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Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | Palto) The Federal Communications Commission is planning to overhaul its public comments system to deter fraud and abuse, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said in a letter to lawmakers last week. The FCC may institute a CAPTCHA system as part of a redesign that will “institute appropriate safeguards against abusive conduct,” […]

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Ars Technica System Guide, Spring 2018: The show-your-work edition
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Enlarge (credit: Aurich Lawson / Getty) In the December 2017 System Guide, we discovered the unexpected. Given the bevy of pre-built computing devices now available, there’s a lot of debate and confusion about building one yourself these days. What’s the goal behind a custom PC build in 2018? What makes a certain hardware choice “right” […]

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Zyxel Multy X Mesh Wi-Fi System (MSQ50) review     – CNET
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Zyxel’s Multy X is great for people new to mesh Wi-Fi and provides reliable coverage in a large home.

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Engineer Develops Sonar Alarm System To Monitor Kids In the Pool
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British electrical engineer John Barstead created a sonar alarm system that will warn parents or nearby sunbathers if a small child has accidentally fallen into a pool. The Dolphin Alarm, as it is called, is currently raising production funds on Kickstarter. New Atlas explains how it works: When small children who have no business going […]

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Baltimore’s 911 system, Boeing join Atlanta in week of crypto-malware outbreaks
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Enlarge / Ransomware took Baltimore’s 911 system offline on March 24 and 25 as the city’s IT department worked to isolate and restore the computer-assisted dispatch network. (credit: Kim Hairston/Baltimore Sun/TNS via Getty Images) Last Friday, the City of Atlanta was struck by a ransomware attack that took much of the city’s internal and external […]

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MIT gadget puts multiple artificial organs into a paperback-sized connected system
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If you want to see how a proposed drug affects human physiology, your options are limited — and usually you end up using mice, which are in many ways poor analogues. What’s a pharmacologist to do? MIT researchers have a solution: a “body on a chip” that simulates up to 10 interconnected human organs at […]

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Sony may launch an AI-powered taxi hailing system
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Sony definitely isn't the first name you think of when you're looking for a ride, but that might change soon in its native Japan. Nikkei has learned that the tech heavyweight is leading an alliance of taxi companies (Checker Cab, Daiwa Motor Transpo…

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Researchers create a light-based key distribution system for quantum encryption
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 Researchers at Duke University, OSU, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory have solved one of the biggest problems with new forms of quantum encryption: quantum key distribution. QKD is the process of distributing keys during a transmission and in a way that will tell both sides of the conversation that someone is eavesdropping. The new system, […]

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