One year ago, America was gripped with controversy over the Florida shooting of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman, who claimed he was shooting in self-defense under the "Stand Your Ground" statute, while many believe the shooting, subsequent police inaction, and even the court actions had racial undertones
- given Martin was black and Zimmerman Hispanic. Now, furor somewhat quieter, the trial is beginning, with startling (and occasionally hilarious) presentations and demands from each side, including cellphone photos and texts from Martin's phone
showing drugs and someone holding a gun, which the defense claims the prosecutors withheld
, a list of words
Zimmerman's attorneys want not to be used during the trial, which include any mention of racial profiling, and a (rejected) request that all 500 potential jurors be sequestered until their selection. [more inside]
posted by corb
on Jun 13, 2013 -
The comment period for the DRAFT Wireless code
] to address some cellular provider abuses is expiring soon (February 15th). Comments can be made here
Highlights of the draft code include:
posted by Mitheral
on Feb 12, 2013 -
- A $50 (or less) monthly cap on incurred fees.
- A limitation of cancellation fees equal to the remaining amount of the prorated incentive amount
- Mandatory unlocking at no cost for non subsidy phones with no waiting period.
- Limits on deposits and non payment cancellations.
- No termination fee, 15 day cooling off period
- Mandatory listing of limits on "unlimited" plans.
Verizon draws fire for monitoring app usage, browsing habits:
Verizon Wireless has begun selling information about its customers' geographical locations, app usage, and Web browsing activities. The company this month began offering reports to marketers showing what Verizon subscribers are doing on their phones and other mobile devices, including what iOS and Android apps are in use in which locations. Verizon says it may link the data to third-party databases with information about customers' gender, age, and even details such as "sports enthusiast, frequent diner or pet owner." [more inside]
posted by jaduncan
on Oct 16, 2012 -
"Maintaining this level of surveillance is very burdensome for companies. According to the letters, AT&T has more than 100 full time employees assigned just to handle law enforcement requests, Verizon has 70, and Sprint has a whopping 226. That’s a lot of people power devoted solely to surveillance." Mobile Phone Surveillance by the Numbers
posted by flapjax at midnite
on Jul 9, 2012 -
What do you do when your viola recital gets interrupted by someone in the audience getting a call on their cellphone? Improvise
posted by scalefree
on Jan 24, 2012 -
"That stainless steel band that runs around is the primary structural element of the phone. And there are these three slits in it. It turns out, this is part of some brilliant engineering which actually uses the stainless steel band as part of the antenna system... it's never been done before. And it's really cool engineering!"
Less than three weeks after Steve Jobs announced
the iPhone 4's (previously)
revolutionary signal-boosting design, the internet discovers a fatal flaw
that causes calls to drop when the bottom-left corner is touched. Jobs personally offered one customer a solution via email: "Just avoid holding it in that way."
Apple's marketing department apparently didn't get the memo
. [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis
on Jun 25, 2010 -
Flash Mobs Take Violent Turn in Philadelphia
[H]undreds of teenagers have been converging downtown for a ritual that is part bullying, part running of the bulls: sprinting down the block, the teenagers sometimes pause to brawl with one another, assault pedestrians or vandalize property. . . .
The flash mobs have raised questions about race and class.
Most of the teenagers who have taken part in them are black and from poor neighborhoods. Most of the areas hit have been predominantly white business districts.
In the flash mob on Saturday, groups of teenagers were chanting “black boys” and “burn the city,” bystanders said.
is not proud.
posted by grobstein
on Mar 25, 2010 -
Karsten Nohl and a team of fellow researchers has cracked
the 64-bit encryption used in 80% of the world's GSM phones. Nohl
had previously cracked the encryption in the MIFARE
smartcard system, demonstrating
that the encryption on that device can be cracked in approximately no time whatsoever. These, of course, aren't the first gaping holes in cellphone security to come to light; indeed, lack of security
seems to be part of the design spec. Perhaps all new cellphones should be just be distributed with a deck of cards
posted by kaibutsu
on Dec 28, 2009 -
There's been quite a stir
in Finland about the world's biggest cell phone maker, Nokia
, after it was alleged yesterday that politicians had been pressured
by the company in order for a law on electronic surveillance of its employees would to be passed. The company denies
threats to leave the country if email monitoring laws are not introduced. Electric Frontier Finland
is considering taking the case into the ECHR
posted by keijo
on Feb 2, 2009 -