"So class, we should all be very careful of what we put online, as it may be taken advantage of in a way what violates our feelings and rights. Like I've just done with Samantha. ...Right, Samantha?"
[child sobbing on corner]
"Next on the list is bullying. Timmy, you look like a dweeb. Go put your head in the toilet and flush it twice. Micheal, give me your lunch money and stand right here so I can punch you in the stomach."
[whimpering, a punch, and a child falling to the floor]
"Very good. So what have we learned today class?"
[Unison:] "Don't mess with Miss Wormwood or she'll mess with you."
Because they don't want to do damage; they want us to shred our own constitution and liberties as we curl up in a ball hiding from our wildest fears. Or at least let someone else leverage that fear into power and control.
Remember kids, sort your recycling. Because terrorism.
I'd like to suggest a grocery store analogy. If a product is available in only one of 34 local groceries, I would not call that product "widely available". Which is why setting the bar so low is disingenuous; "widely available" almost suggests that you're more likely to find it than not find it at any store.
If that's what's in the story then it's wrong. All the links I read say "false personation" though, as in impersonation, or pretending to be someone you're not.
The fact that it doesn't really seem to matter which word people use to describe the non-crime really drives home the point that this fishing expedition was personally motivated and didn't deserve to have a warrant issued.
Personification is a figure of speech in which a thing, an idea or an animal is given human attributes. The non-human objects are portrayed in such a way that we feel they have the ability to act like human beings. For example, when we say, “The sky weeps” we are giving the sky the ability to cry, which is a human quality. Thus, we can say that the sky has been personified in the given sentence.
How much "innovation" has there been, or do we expect, out of the content delivery industry? Deliver my packets, maybe do it faster for cheaper. Anything else?
All the "innovation" they talk about is coupling services from content subscription, making people buy things they don't actually want to get the delivery service they do. They're using their monopoly infrastructure to help ensure they don't lose any ground in the fight for media subscription. If we can't get title II (and we should) then we should split the vertical monopoly into separate companies. Ask them which of those two options they prefer.
You can save a map extent for offline use in the current version of Google Maps (for Android at least) by zooming to the extent you want, touching the search box, and scrolling to the bottom of the suggested locations list. There will be an option to "Save map to use offline" at the bottom.
Yes, not live tracking. All the talk about GPS location has confused the issue a bit. The devices can triangulate their live position from multiple towers (or satellites for GPS) and the device may relay that to a 911 operator or Google, etc. However the information available to law enforcement weeks or months later is only what business records the phone company has chosen to keep.
This varies from company to company (along with the retention period of records) but normally it is a single tower location, a time and an antenna ID. Most towers are composed of three antennas offset to provide 360 degrees of coverage, so each antenna ID corresponds to about 120 degrees of sweep. Analysts can evaluate tower location for elevation, obstructions, and competing towers to provide rough estimates for the maximum distance from which a device is likely to connect. It is generally several miles.
This provides a large swath of coverage that the phone is deduced to have been inside of at that time. If the device quickly "bounces" back and forth between that and another tower (or two) the coverages may be overlaid to perform a crude "triangulation" but nothing close to GPS. The odds that a device would bounce during any specific event, and that all the records would be kept, are pretty low.
This information comes from my having served on a federal jury and being presented with phone record location information and analysis. I was very surprised at the time because I assumed it would be much, much better.