Dan Johnston

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10 Things To Know About Taxes On Legal Settlements

Your car got rear-ended at a red light. Your contractor did shoddy work on your condo. You were unfairly fired. If you’’re collecting a settlement or judgment, is it taxable income? Usually yes, but taxes vary enormously depending on how you were damaged, how the case was resolved, and even how …

Libertarian Lawyer Offers ‘This One Trick’ for Dealing with DUI Checkpoints

Warren Redlich, back in 2010, was the Libertarian Party candidate for governor of New York (Nick Gillespie even highlighted him on the blog here). …

Florida

If they can imprison Barrett Brown, they can do it to anyone

<b>Barrett Brown (Wikimedia)</b><p>The real implications of the arrest and prosecution of journalist Barrett Brown — on our freedom of expression<p>Tim Donovan<p>January 30, 2015 7:29pm (UTC)<p>Maybe you don't care about the imprisonment of Barrett Brown. Maybe you'll never piss off a federal prosecutor, or get …

Surveillance

How the Hell Are These Popular Spying Apps Not Illegal?

Here are some sordid scenarios. Your ex-girlfriend can see every time you swipe right while using Tinder. Your former husband is secretly listening …

3 New Technologies to Keep Your Personal Data Safe

With the threat of data breaches continuing to grow, check out the latest products aimed at ensuring your (and your company's) information stays secure.<p><i>Update 1/30/15: Recently a vulnerability was discovered in the Blackphone's text messaging application, enabling hackers to decrypt and see users'</i> …

Information Systems

Consumer Reports Study: Demanding Respect From Doctors May Save Your Life

A hospital is a dangerous place to visit. Each year more than 400,000 people are killed due to preventable medical errors, which include preventable Hospital Acquired Infections (HAIs). This makes preventable medical errors the third leading cause of death in the U.S., behind heart disease (1st) …

Medicine

How Digital Tools Improve Teaching and Learning

Adapted from an article I co-authored, Real-World Ready: Leveraging Digital Tools <br>Digital tools are transforming essential elements of the education …

SnoopSnitch is an app by the German SRLabs that detects IMSI catchers, stingrays.

IMSI catchers, otherwise known as stingrays, are those surveillance tools that masquerade as cell towers and trick mobile phones into connecting, …

The Birth of a New Civil Rights Movement

2014 was an epochal year for social justice. 2015 could be even more dramatic.<p>The shattering events of 2014, beginning with Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, Missouri, in August, did more than touch off a national debate about police behavior, criminal justice and widening inequality in America. …

Infiltrate the NSA

Adding civil-liberties officers to the security state could go a long way to protecting innocent Americans.<p>The story of John Ashcroft and James Comey’s hospital-bed heroics has by now been told many times. On March 10, 2004, President Bush’s White House counsel, Alberto Gonzales, and chief of …

25 Trends for 2025

<i>Jim Carroll is one of the world’s leading global futurists, trends and innovation experts, with a massive global blue chip client list. Over the last</i> …

Inside the NSA's War on Internet Security

US and British intelligence agencies undertake every effort imaginable to crack all types of encrypted Internet communication. The cloud, it seems, …

5 Predictions for the Freelance Economy in 2015

As we’ve written about previously, the freelance movement is in full swing as businesses and workers engage in more flexible, on-demand work arrangements. And while this labor transformation has been well discussed during the last year, the real question is what will the future look like? What …

The 11 Most Invasive Privacy Stories of 2014

By Jessica Leber2 minute Read<p>The government is spying on us, as we know courtesy of Edward Snowden, and many companies are too, because we willingly …

How to Load a Dishwasher

Think your dishwasher has it bad? To test this workhorse appliance, Consumer Reports slathers plates, cups, and silverware with an imposing mix of …

Superintelligences Are Already Out There!

<i>“I think it very likely—in fact, inevitable—that biological intelligence is only a transitory</i> <i>phenomenon… If we ever encounter extraterrestrial</i> …

Singularity

The 12 Awesome Law Blogs Of 2014

(Photo by Taro Yamamoto)<p>As 2014 wraps up, we thought we’d share some of our favorite legal blogs of the year. Some of these you might not have heard …

5 Supreme Court decisions from 2014 impacting law enforcement

This year ends no differently than others — with reflections on the past year and hopes for the coming year.<p>The 2014 calendar brought us five …

Gluten-free foods are NOT an argument against grain-free: a rebuttal to Consumer Reports | Dr. William Davis

A recent Consumer Reports article has apparently raised skepticism that being gluten-free is really healthier. So let’s clear the air on this awful, …

8 Hot Tech Trends Coming to Your Office in 2015

From virtual assistants to virtual reality, the future is set to invade your workplace.<p>As the year comes to a close, it's time to speculate what new technologies 2015 has in store that will change the way we do business, again. Virtual reality, drones, and collaborative software are a few of the …

Five Ways Social Entrepreneurs Use Technology To Increase Their Impact

<i>“Technology for the sake of technology is a waste of precious resources. Social entrepreneurs need to understand the deep value that ICT can bring to social change when it is offered in context, with appropriate training, and with the intent of empowering the user. We hope this report inspires many</i> …

What Bad, Shameful, Dirty Behavior is U.S. Judge Richard Posner Hiding? Demand to Know.

<b>(updated below)</b>Richard Posner has been a federal appellate judge for 34 years, having been nominated by President Reagan in 1981. At a conference …

2 Futures Can Explain Time's Mysterious Past

Physicists have a problem with time. <br>Whether through Newton’s gravitation, Maxwell’s electrodynamics, Einstein’s special and general relativity or …

Secrets of the great steakhouses

There’s no fine dining experience quite like the one you’ll have in a great steakhouse. In a world where most high-end restaurants tend to skew toward the precious and intricate, having a big slab of perfectly seared beef placed before you can make for a much-appreciated change of pace. But how …

5 invaluable lessons from government whistle-blowers

<b>(AP)</b><p>“Surveillance doesn’t guarantee security” and other revelations in the age of Edward Snowden<p>Corinne Purtill<p>November 27, 2014 4:00pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on GlobalPost.<p>LONDON, UK — No matter how much they dislike it, governments need calling out.<p>That’s what a group of …

Revenge evictions: ‘An electrician said our shower was unsafe. The landlord’s response was to evict us’

When Lela Lewis suffered a minor electric shock while she was taking a shower, it was the last straw – for her landlord. After learning from an electrician that the back wall of her flat was effectively running with a live electrical current and that it wasn’t safe for her and her daughter to …

Let's Play NSA! The Hackers Open-Sourcing Top Secret Spy Tools

Michael Ossmann and a merry band of hackers are rebuilding the NSA's most secret weapons—for science.<p>Last August, at Defcon, the hacker conference in Las Vegas, a boyish 40-year-old engineer and security researcher named Michael Ossmann stood on the stage of a lecture hall, about to detail a …

Rand Paul Beats Ted Cruz, Saves NSA From ‘Reform’

One wants to fix the spy agency from the inside. The other wanted to block watered-down reforms of the secret state. The winner just might get to be …