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Tracking Trash with GPS: Are Recyclables Ending Up in the Landfill?

landfillTracking family members, vehicles, and assets makes sense because hey, they’re valuable. But tracking trash? MIT researchers say, yes. Announced on Tuesday, MIT plans to electronically track 3,000 pieces of common garbage over the next three months using GPS cellular technology. The tagged trash, all potentially recyclable, will be monitored from the time it’s thrown out in an attempt to find out exactly where it’s going: in the landfill or in the recycle bin. By showing people that recyclable trash is still ending up in the landfill, MIT researchers hope to promote a lifestyle change nationwide.

“Trash Track aims to make the removal chain more transparent. We hope that the project will promote behavioral change and encourage people to make more sustainable decisions about what they consume and how it affects the world around them.”

The project was inspired by New York City’s Green Initiative goal to divert 100% of the city’s recyclables from landfills to recycle centers. By creating “trash transparency,” MIT researchers hope to change people’s  recycling habits  by using this high tech GPS tracking technology.

(Via Backpacker.com)

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Technology Goes Head to Head: GPS v. Radar

speedingticket11In Los Angeles, California parents are attempting to use their son’s GPS navigation system to beat a speeding ticket. Los Angeles Police however, believe that the radars don’t lie.

Shaun Malone was given a speeding ticket after police radars found him going 72 mph in a 45 mph zone. The parents of the teen decided to fight the ticket using information retrieved from the GPS device installed in their son’s vehicle. The GPS showed Malone was traveling at a speed of 45mph during the time in which the cops stopped him. Sgt. Ken Savano of the Petaluma Police traffic division stated “We think he sped up to 62.5 m.p.h., then saw the police car and slowed down.”

The discussion as to whether or not the young man was speeding comes down to the reliability of radar vs GPS. The police are standing by their technology, stating that the information given by the GPS systems could have been altered by other cars and road signs. The parents are taking a similar stance and claiming that the radar could have tracked another vehicle’s speed rather than their sons. Malone’s father supports the GPS system because he has “seen too many times how teens are killing themselves all over this country [by] being irresponsible behind the wheel.” He is eager to prove his son is not one of those teens.

(Via The Christian Science Monitor)

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Burglar Busted After Checking Facebook During Robbery

burglarJonathan Parker is like most teens nowadays that can’t stop checking Facebook. But for Jonathan, his Facebook addiction ended up being his Achilles heel. Earlier in the week, the 19 year old broke in to a home and stole two diamond rings. While breaking in, he took a break to log on to one of the household’s computers and check his Facebook account. Unfortunately for him, he forgot to log out. By not logging out, he lead a trail directly to him that the police could use.

Mr. Parker is currently in custody and is facing a maximum 10 year sentence.

(Via Mashable)

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Victim Manages to Recover His Stolen Laptop Using LogMeIn

David Krop, Laptop Theft Victim

David Krop, one of the very few laptop theft victims that end up with a smile on their face

David Krop, the vice president of marketing at Nationwide Diabetic, was rushing to a meeting one morning when he left his two laptops inside of his car. He later returned to discover that the car’s door window had been smashed in and that both of his laptops were stolen. He reported the theft to the local police but they were not too enthusiastic about getting his laptop back.

When Krop got home, he remembered that he had installed a remote access application called LogMeIn on one of his laptops.  Using the service he was able to log into his laptop from his home PC and view what was happening on his lost laptop. Shortly after entering his information he was able to see that the person who had his laptop was using it to watch porn, download videos, talk with friends and occasionally change his Facebook status. Krop took notes and still frames of his laptops activities before deciding to go to video. He got especially lucky when the new user entered into a video chat with a friend and he was able to see the suspects face.

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Video Surveillance Leads to Raymond Clark Arrest for Murder of Yale Student

alg_raymond_clark_arrestA lab technician named Raymond Clark has been arrested for the murder of Annie Lee, the Yale student recently found murdered. Lee was a graduate student at Yale university, with her wedding just a few days away, when she was found strangled to death behind a basement wall in a Yale lab this past Sunday.

Raymond Clark was arrested at a motel he was staying at after police were able to secure an arrest warrant based on several sources of evidence.

New Haven Police Chief James Lewis stated “Based on numerous interviews, forensic evidence, and information learned from viewing video surveillance, detectives have secured the arrest warrant for Clark.”

According the police report Lee was not sexually assaulted, police said her strangulation was a case of workplace violence. Police would not say what may have triggered Clark’s attack.

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Facebooks Fan Check App Might Be a Virus

facebook-fan-check-virusWord has spread through Facebook that the popular Fan Check application may actually be a virus. Many Facebook users who have downloaded the application have made complaints that their accounts were being hacked and sending unintentional messages to their contacts.

The application, which became available only recently, monitors the friends that comment on your wall or photos the most, and ranks them from highest to lowest. Shortly after it became available on the social networking site, groups already began forming asking for Facebook to ban the new application and warning fellow users not to download it.

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Hackers Change Focus from Operating Systems to Software Applications

hacked-computer-june081Since the dawn of computers, people have been worried about the viruses and hackers. Now there are companies specifically dedicated to preventing these hackers and viruses from affecting our computers. One report however, says that they aren’t doing nearly enough. SANS Institute states that the cybersecurity community is facing an epidemic of unpatched software especially with applications like Adobe, Flash, Java, and Microsoft.

The report found that exploitable bugs in those applications are often unpatched for long periods of time.

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How to Stop Someone Like Kanye Worst From Stealing Your Spotlight

kanye-west-grabs-the-mic-001On Sunday night, viewers were shocked and disgusted by the inappropriate actions of Kanye West as they watched the VMA’s live. After announcing Taylor Swift as the winner of “Best Female Video of the Year,” Kanye West proceeded to snatch the microphone out of her hand stating that Beyonce should have won. Having a personal opinion towards someone’s style of music is one thing, but stepping in on someone’s acceptance speech to alert the world of your disappointment is something completely different. For Taylor Swift, a moment like receiving your first VMA award is a super-special occasion that should be respected, and protected at all costs. Therefore we at BrickHouse Security have conspired a couple of ways to help keep your spotlight safe when the time comes for you.

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Surveillance Cameras Taking a Bite out of Crime in Newark Public Housing Complex

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A Contract Security worker from Winfield Monitoring the Security feeds

Until recently, the Newark Public Housing Complex was a regular spot for drug dealers to do their business. The drug dealers would hold up a parking lot, customers would make a purchase and they would drive away. But police have made strides in reducing the crime thanks to the over 700 cameras that were recently installed on rooftops, poles and hallways.

The cameras are under 24/7 surveillance and keep a watchful eye on 10,000 city residents and 27 housing complexes. The surveillance systems have helped keep the drug dealers from making open air transactions as well as keeping crack junkies and prostitutes from using the local residences as a hang out. Along with the security cameras, the Housing Complex also taps into the New Jersey state police department to make regular rounds through the houses and the Winfield security company has also been hired to monitor the video cameras.

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Lawyers Use GPS Ankle Bracelet Data to Defend Accused Shooter of Five Year Old Girl

gps_ankle_braceletPolice plan to use GPS coordinates to try and determine the location of a teen involved in the shooting of a five year old girl. Lamont Davis was wearing a GPS ankle bracelet that police cut off when he was arrested. Davis’ defense attorneys have also stated that at least three other witnesses identified another person as the shooter.

A motion was filed in the Baltimore Circuit Court stating that the makers of the GPS ankle device device have records showing that Davis was in violation of his parole at 4:09 pm. The defense attorney’s hope to prove that because the company is based in Nebraska the records reflected Central Daylight Time which would mean that Davis had violated his parole in Baltimore at 5:09 pm. Vicki Anzalone will testify that Davis “no more than 150 feet” from his residence which is half a mile away from the shooting site.

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