A Win for Apple, and Liberty, For Now: Fed Magistrate Rules Against Feds

By |February 29th, 2016|

A federal magistrate-judge in New York City has ruled that the U.S. government can’t force Apple to hack an iPhone to investigate a drug dealer. It’s a win for Apple, which is being pressured by federal law enforcement agents to help it break into iPhones in at least 13 instances across the country. Apple says doing the federal government’s bidding would undermine the security features in hundreds of millions of iPhones around the world. So far, the Department of Justice is relying on the All Writs Act, passed in 1789, which basically says that judges can tell all people to follow the law. But on Monday, Judge James Orenstein said federal investigators can’t use that law to pull this off. The U.S. government’s argument doesn’t justify “imposing on Apple the obligation to assist the government’s investigation against its will,” the judge wrote.

he question to be answered in this matter, and in others like it across the country, is not whether the government should be able to force Apple to help it unlock a specific device,” Orenstein wrote. “t is instead whether the All Writs Act resolves that issue and many others like it yet to come. … I conclude that it does not.
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This Was The Worst Hedge Fund February Since 2007 – Here’s Why

By |February 29th, 2016|

It's been a rough stretch for the 2 and 20 crowd. Everyone from Bill Ackman to David Einhorn to (gasp) the zen master himself, Ray Dalio has been seemingly unable to cope with markets that are increasingly volatile, correlated, and impossible to explain. Indeed many of the industry's "rock stars" have massively underperformed of late. As it turns out, "hedge" funds aren't so good at "hedging" after all. Rather, they're simply adept at riding the CB put with massive leverage. But when everything fell apart in August, in a harrowing bout of flash crashing madness on Black Monday, no one was safe, not even risk parity. Subsequent idiosyncratic shocks (e.g. Valeant for Ackman) only added to the malaise and before you knew it, the rout was on. The apparent lesson: just buy the SPY for 11 bps. In any event, the trend continued in February, a month in which hedge funds saw their biggest underperformance relative to the market since 2007. What happened to make Febru..

Here’s What Your Socialist Utopia Looks Like

By |February 29th, 2016|

Socialism works so well that this Venezuelan man was caught smuggling... not drugs, not guns... But food - powdered milk!!! Source: @Jenn_Abrams Coming to a Sanders-sponsored America near you soon.

Global Anarchy: Woman Waves Severed Head, Man Stabs 10 Schoolchildren, Burnt Horse Head Found In Box

By |February 29th, 2016|

When we reviewed the most popular Zero Hedge posts of 2014, we weren’t entirely surprised to learn that civil unrest was one of the themes readers were most interested in discussing. Indeed, polite society seems to be breaking down all over the world and in 2015, we got what certainly looks like evidence that anarchy beckons - even in the US, the supposed bastion of modernity and human “advancement”. There were, for instance, the riots that reduced parts of Baltimore to smoldering ash in April... In August, an apparently disgruntled news anchor murdered his former colleagues on live television. That came on the heels of a horrific shooting at an African American church in Charleston perpetrated by a rather angry 17-year-old. Since then, things have only gotten worse. In fact, the US has seen three mass shootings in the last week alone. And the trend towards societal disintegration is a global phenomenon. The Paris attacks underscore the extent to which the chaos and outright..

Renewable Microgrids Bring Per Kilowatt Electricity Costs Down For Remote Communities

By |February 29th, 2016|

Remote communities face unique challenges where electricity is concerned. Renewable microgrids help them overcome those challenges and provide reliable power for individuals living there.To live in a remote place is to depend on oil. Fuel for the ships or airplanes that bring supplies from outside, and fuel for local power generation. Dependence on oil makes remote communities vulnerable to both fluctuations in global oil prices and possible interruptions in supply due to weather. Where mainland..

Israeli Precision Irrigation Sensor Company Saturas Raises $1 million in Seed Funding

By |February 28th, 2016|

Israeli startup Saturas has secured $1 million to develop its precision irrigation sensor technology for permanent crops. The post Israeli Precision Irrigation Sensor Company Saturas Raises $1 million in Seed Funding appeared first on AgFunderNews.

6 Questions with Ex-Khosla Partner Andrew Chung on his New $200m VC Fund

By |February 28th, 2016|

Former partner at Khosla Ventures Andrew Chung today launched 1955 Capital, which will invest in the energy, food and agriculture, education and health sectors. The post 6 Questions with Ex-Khosla Partner Andrew Chung on his New $200m VC Fund appeared first on AgFunderNews.

Angela Merkel Fires Up Hydrogen Plasma Fusion Stellarator Wendelstein 7-x

By |February 28th, 2016|

At a ceremony at the Max Planck Institute for Plasma physics in Greifswald Germany, German Chancellor Angela Merkel pressed a button that caused a two-megawatt pulse of microwave radiation to heat hydrogen gas to 80 million degrees for a quarter of a second. No, she was not setting off some new kind of hydrogen bomb. She was inaguriating the fusion reactor Wendelstein 7-X, the world’s largest stellarator, by generating its first hydrogen plasma. … Read Original Article by IEEE Spectrum

Three Schemes to Revolutionize Nuclear Power

By |February 28th, 2016|

The future of nuclear energy could lie with super small reactors and alternative technologies. There’s more than one design for a nuclear reactor, but you wouldn’t know it judging by the array of aging light-water reactors in operation around the world. A number of potentially better reactor types have been stuck on drawing boards or at the experimental stage for decades. Now a handful of small companies say the best way to commercialize these advanced concepts is to hitch nuclear to the distributed-energy bandwagon. … Read Original Article From IEEE Spectrum

Just One Huh? Now FBI Wants Apple to Hack TWELVE iPhones … and Counting, I’m Sure

By |February 24th, 2016|

Until now, the FBI is asking for Apple’s help in unlocking the iPhone belonging to one of the terrorists in the San Bernardino shootings that killed 14 and injured 24 in December. However, in addition to iPhone 5C belonged to San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook, the U.S. Justice Department is looking at court orders forcing Apple to help officials unlock at least 12 iPhones.

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