Archive for May, 2011
Supreme Court upholds warrantless search of apartment based on marijuana smell | The Raw Story: “Police find illegal drugs after busting into wrong apartment complex
The smell of marijuana smoke and sound of evidence being destroyed is enough reason for police to knock down an apartment door and search the place without a warrant, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday.
In an 8-1 decision [PDF], the nation’s highest court said the warrantless search of an apartment in Lexington, Kentucky was legal because of ‘exigent circumstances,’ which permits law enforcement officers to conduct a warrantless search if there is a strong likelihood of destruction of evidence.
In the case Kentucky v. King, uniformed Lexington police officers pursued a suspected drug dealer to an apartment complex. The officers approached an apartment door where they believed the suspect had entered, knocked loudly and announced their presence.
The officers said they could smell marijuana smoke and heard noises consistent with the destruction of evidence after knocking.
The officers then kicked in the apartment door — which turned out to be the wrong apartment — and entered, finding marijuana and powder cocaine in plain sight and finding additional evidence during a second search.
Lexington police officers eventually entered another apartment in the complex where they found the initial target of their investigation.”
TUAW — The Unofficial Apple Weblog: “If you want to know which supercomputer is the fastest in the world, you check the Top 500 list. The keeper of that list is Dr. Jack Dongarra, who teaches at the University of Tennessee.
Dongarra is one of the authors of the Linpack computing benchmark, introduced way back in 1979. With this benchmark, supercomputing sites can rate computers’ relative performance at solving a set of linear equations.
Dongarra’s group has ported Linpack to the iPad 2 to see how fast it really is, according to the New York Times. Tests on the iPad 2 have so far only been run on a single core of the A5 processor, but Dongarra estimates that a dual-core Linpack run will yield performance of between 1.5 and 1.65 gigaflops — that’s up to 1.65 billion floating-point operations per second. That raw performance means that the iPad 2 would have remained on the list of the world’s speediest supercomputers until about 1994.”
Ahmadinejad allies charged with sorcery | World news | The Guardian: “Close allies of Iran’s president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, have been accused of using supernatural powers to further his policies amid an increasingly bitter power struggle between him and the country’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
Several people said to be close to the president and his chief of staff, Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, have been arrested in recent days and charged with being ‘magicians’ and invoking djinns (spirits).
Ayandeh, an Iranian news website, described one of the arrested men, Abbas Ghaffari, as ‘a man with special skills in metaphysics and connections with the unknown worlds’.”
Trump’s ‘University’ Accused Of Scamming Customers: “Trump’s credentials as an educator may be undercut by the recent history of his so-called university. The for-profit institution is the target of a class-action lawsuit in federal court and the attorneys general of six states are investigating numerous complaints about it.
Last year in New York, Trump University was forced to change its name by the Department of Education. State officials sent the mogul a tough letter saying that it was misleading for his company to use the term ‘university.’ Several months earlier, the Better Business Bureau gave the program a D-minus rating. The BBB is also currently reviewing several complaints against the renamed Trump Entrepreneur Initiative.”
Wall Street Journal launches WikiLeaks imitation | The Raw Story: “WASHINGTON — The Wall Street Journal launched a WikiLeaks rival called ‘SafeHouse’ on Thursday, calling for online submissions to help uncover fraud and abuse in business and politics.
‘If you have newsworthy contracts, correspondence, emails, financial records or databases from companies, government agencies or non-profits, you can send them to us using the SafeHouse service,’ the Journal said at wsjsafehouse.com.
The newspaper said SafeHouse’s security features include file encryption and the possibility for a contributor or whistleblower to remain anonymous.
It said the SafeHouse site was located on secure servers managed directly by Journal editors.
The Journal said SafeHouse’s interests include ‘politics, government, banking, Wall Street, deals and finance, corporations, labor, law, national security and foreign affairs.’
‘SafeHouse will enable the collection of information and documents that could be used in the generation of trustworthy news stories,’ Journal managing editor Robert Thomson said in a statement.
‘We’re open to receiving information in nearly any format, from text files to audio recordings and photos,’ the newspaper said. ‘Help The Wall Street Journal uncover fraud, abuse and other wrongdoing.’
The Wall Street Journal is the latest news organization to launch a site similar to WikiLeaks, which has released tens of thousands of US military documents from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and secret diplomatic cables.
Bill Keller, the executive editor of The New York Times, told Yahoo! News in January that the newspaper was considering the creation of a site for leakers.
Pan-Arab television network Al Jazeera launched a ‘Transparency Unit’ in January seeking documents, photos, audio and video clips as well as ‘story tips.’
A former WikiLeaks spokesman, Daniel Domscheit-Berg, has also launched a WikiLeaks competitor, OpenLeaks.
Ira Cohen, poet, filmmaker, counterculture icon – The Boston Globe: “NEW YORK — Ira Cohen made phantasmagorical films that became cult classics. He developed a way of taking photographs in mesmerizing, twisting colors, including a famous one of Jimi Hendrix. He published works by authors like William Burroughs and the poet Gregory Corso. He wrote thousands of poems himself. He wrote ‘The Hashish Cookbook’’ under the name Panama Rose. He called himself ‘the conscience of Planet Earth.’’”