Very good news (Score: 4, Insightful)

by in Supreme Court limits cell phone searches on 2014-06-26 13:06 (#29A)

Especially good parts of this story are
- It was unanimous
- Roberts specifically addressed the fact that this ruling will make police work more difficult, and concluded that 'privacy has a cost'
- They clearly state that modern 'cell phones' are worthy of such protection not because of the type of data on them, but the amount of data on them; that is, while police are able to search wallets, and cell phones contain similar data, the fact that cell phones contain so much more data, and data of such varied types, makes them worthy of protection

A common complaint of the courts is that they don't 'get' technology; this shows to me that the Supereme Court does 'get' the privacy implications of modern data-holding technology.

Combination of efforts (Score: 1)

by in Soylent News has launched! on 2014-02-17 07:03 (#R)

Since pipedot and soylentnews are both working towards the same goal, are there any plans to merge the two? Pipedot seems better in some respects (https by default, CSS looks more modern in places), but soylentnews has far more users.

The ideal, to me, seems like a merge of pipedot's improvements to slash into the soylentnews codebase.

As far as a I know, there are still plans to run a name choosing competition for soylentnews; pipedot is a good idea, and could easily be one of the options.