Sunday, August 31, 2008
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Friday, August 22, 2008
Thursday, August 21, 2008
"This is my website, ladyada.net. I started it as a 1st year grad student in college, when my advisor required all of the students to have a webpage with their work. It used to live at www.media.mit.edu/~ladyada and there is still an incomplete mirror there. It doesn't work, though and I only recommend it if ladyada.net is down (which should not be happening much anymore).
Most of the stuff on this site is related to the electronic toys, gadgets and art that I've worked on since 2003.
The site is ad-free, and nearly all content is available 'open source' under the Creative Commons license. If you want to duplicate some of the content, and you're not sure if you are following the license, contact me.
Ladyada.net and myself are wholey supported by Adafruit Industries (www.adafruit.com), the sister site which sells kits and circuit boards for projects documented here."
Citizen Engineer is an online video series about open source hardware, electronics, art and hacking.
Link : http://www.privax.us/
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
"To forensic nurses, private investigators and Accident Investigators; from criminal profilers to forensic meteorologists, and Medical Board and fraud investigators.
It's an intricate web of professionals whose varied expertise can be paramount to the success of any one case.
No one can stand alone. We bring together a variety of backgrounds and rely on each other to help get the job done. This is what makes this field so fascinating to me. Nothing is stagnant and there is always so much to learn from each other.
It's for that reason that I created this weblog. The goal is to exchange news, commentary, and information related to the application of forensics to many different fields, so as to be both interesting and informative for professionals and the general public alike."
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
"This website was launched on the 10th January 2007 and is designed to help anybody looking for informed and detailed information on this fascinating topic. Definitions, history, topic areas, theory and practice, careers, debates, CSI, degree and study options will all be covered in detail here.
At the time of writing the website is still very much work in progress, although it will soon be showcasing the work of a number of forensic science experts who have kindly agreed to provide a clear and concise description of their forensic speciality, along with links to quality information resources and essential reading texts."
Friday, August 8, 2008
New Hampshire Union Leader, by Clynton Namuo
Kelly Gorham was last seen alive one year ago today.
Friends and family wondered for days what happened to the 30-year-old nursing student from Alfred, Maine. The truth was revealed nearly a month later when her body was found buried at a West Stewartstown property owned by the father of her ex-fiance, Jason Twardus. Her death was ruled a homicide.
Still, the mystery remains: Who killed Kelly Gorham?
A year after her death, answers remain elusive.
No one has been charged with her murder; police still have not said how, when or even where she was killed.
You know as much as I know," Kelly's mother, Pauline Gorham, told the New Hampshire Union Leader yesterday. "They don't share very much with me. All they tell me is that it's still an active case, it is still ongoing. That's all they tell me."
Today, Gorham plans to be with her daughter.
"I'm going to spend the day at her gravesite, or as much time as I can," she said, noting the weather forecast may not let her stay all day. "I've planted a lot of flowers there and I'm basically just going to spend some time with her."
Circumstantial evidence in the case points to Twardus. Gorham broke off their engagement shortly before her disappearance and neighbors reported seeing him near her apartment in the days leading up to her disappearance.
Police searched Twardus' father's home in Rochester last year and shortly after discovered Gorham's body on his property up north. But Jason Twardus remains free; no charges have ever been filed against him.
Last year, Twardus' father Brian hired private investigator Sid Carlson to find out what happened...
To read the complete article, click on the link below and look for the "Recent features" section written by Clynton Namuo on Thursday August 7th. 2008.
Thursday, August 7, 2008
1. Miami, FL
2. Los Angeles,CA
3. Houston, TX
4. Chicago, IL
5. Philadelphia, PA
6. Tampa, FL
7. Cleveland, OH
8. Orlando, FL
9. New York, NY
10. Boston, MA
Monday, August 4, 2008
"On January 24, 2002, the FBI raided the home of Sherman Martin Austin, the 18 year old owner/operator of the anarchist web site RaisetheFist.com, and carted away all his computers. (A detailed account of the government's pursuit of Austin was published in October 2003 by Merlin Chowkwanyun.) Mr. Austin was charged with publishing bomb-making information on the Internet with the knowledge or intent that it would be used to commit a federal crime of violence. On September 3, 2003, Mr. Austin, now 20, entered federal prison. He remained there until July 2004, when he was moved to a half-way house.
Did the amateurish bomb-making information, written by a minor, that Mr. Austin allowed to appear on his web site pose any signifcant threat to public safety? Did he personally intend to to promote crimes of violence? Because he was coerced (with the threat of a possible 20 year "terrorism enhancement") into signing a plea agreement, the government was spared the trouble of a public trial, and thus did not have to prove its case or enter its evidence against him into the public record. How then can we, the American people, judge whether our government acted reasonably in this matter? I have preserved the crucial evidence in this case: the Reclaim Guide that Austin was prosecuted for publishing. Read it and decide for yourself.
Why is this web site legal when Austin's wasn't? I don't share Sherman Austin's politics. I'm a registered Republican, a proud supporter of President Bush (despite the USA PATRIOT Act), and I have nothing but contempt for the mindless anarchism people like Austin mistake for political thought. My reason for republishing the Reclaim Guide is to facilitate public scrutiny of the law under which Austin was charged, and the government's application of the law in this particular case. In other words, I am acting in the public interest, and my speech is protected by the First Amendment. Austin's should be too; I don't believe he gave any thought to the consequences of his hosting the Reclaim Guide, which he didn't even write himself. But don't take my word for it: because this web site exists, you are free to examine the evidence and decide for yourself. Some people think that's a bad idea".
-- Professor David S. Touretzky, Computer Science Department, Carnegie Mellon University
All people should be trained to assert their constitutional rights in order to avoid the hassle and humiliation of police misconduct and illegal searches. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics report on citizen-police contacts, about 21 percent of the population age 16 years or older -- or about 44 million people -- had contact with the police during 1999. More than half of these face-to-face interactions occurred because of traffic stops. Of the 19.3 million traffic stops documented in the study, about 1.3 million motorists said they or their vehicle had been searched. In almost 90 percent of these searches, police found no evidence of a crime whatsoever! There is reason to believe that many, if not most, of these searches could have been avoided if the motorist had properly asserted his or her rights by refusing to consent to a warrantless search. Still, while all Americans should be prepared to exercise their constitutional rights during police encounters, certain groups must be particularly aware of these rights due to systemic biases in law enforcement. Data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics show that minorities and young people are disproportionately likely to be searched by police. The debate that has emerged in recent years over racial-profiling by law enforcement officers highlights the significance of constitutional provisions intended to prohibit discriminatory police practices. JustSayNotoSearches.org believes that educating citizens about their constitutional rights can play a significant role in reducing the harms associated with racial profiling.
Sunday, August 3, 2008
This website was important to investigators in keeping a running tally of which officers and departments were abusing their positions. I can only hope that a similar website will take its place.