275 Blog Posts From the John Carr Tag

Bleeding revenue in Pennsylvania

A police lobbyist in Pennsylvania complained recently, “All the work we’d done was eviscerated.” The work he did was gathering support for a bill allowing local police to use radar. The evisceration was an amendment requiring radar to be used for safety rather than revenue. Bills to let local departments use radar are a perennial […]

America has gone nuts

How many top end speeders out there reading this? All of you? I thought so. Top end speeding is what we used to call speeding. It’s defined by the city of Portland as going 10 mph over the limit. Any of you commit extreme DUI? Probably some of you. More than you think. It’s what […]

The aggressive driver in the mirror

A strange legal fight has been raging in federal courts, as judges answer questions like “is robbery a violent crime?” The answer is often “no”, for the same reason you can be convicted of “aggressive driving” without doing anything out of the ordinary. When Congress prescribed extra punishment for people with a prior conviction for […]

Another week, another leak

Two weeks in a row, I wrote about surveillance of drivers and only to learn hours later that the problem was even worse than I thought. Last week we learned cell phone spy LocationSmart didn’t require authentication to use its tracking API. Anybody in the world could track you. During the rise of Facebook somebody […]

A one way street

A lot of news came out shortly after I wrote about a town’s plan to deploy cell phone trackers to keep nonresidents out. The New York Times told me it was even easier than I thought. Instead of buying hardware, police can use an online tracking service. A tracking service vulnerable to hackers, according to […]