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Renault imagines the Grand Prix car of 2027

It has 1 megawatt of power, all-wheel drive, and active suspension and aerodynamics.

TIBCO and Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport Form Global Partnership

London, UK, April 13, 2017 - TIBCO Software Inc., a global leader in integration, API management, and analytics, today announced a global partnership with the 2016 FIA Formula One World Champions, Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport.

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The McLaren P1 is old news; get ready for the 1,000hp...

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McLaren and BMW team up to build engines again

The plan: develop even higher specific output engines without losing sight of emissions.

Cop filmed killing fleeing suspect testified he felt “total fear”

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Excerpts from Michael Slager's testimony. A white South Carolina police officer on trial for shooting an African-American man in the back—in a video of the killing that has been watched millions of times online—took the witness stand in his own defense and said he was gripped with "total fear." Michael Slager, a 35-year-old North Charleston officer, is on trial for killing Walter Scott, 50, who was pulled over in April 2015 for a routine traffic stop.
Scott, who had a warrant for his arrest, fled the Mercedes-Benz he was driving, was chased into a field, and was then shot and killed as a passerby secretly captured the shooting on video.

The footage prompted the police to change their response to the killing, and charges were eventually levied. "In my mind at that time was, people don't run for a broken tail light.

There's always another reason," he testified Tuesday, sometimes in tears. "I don't know why he ran.
It doesn't make any sense to me." "My mind was like spaghetti," the officer said in his self-defense testimony. Slager faces anywhere from 30 years to life if convicted of murder, and a term of between two and 30 years if convicted of voluntary manslaughter.

The monthlong trial continued Wednesday in a Charleston, South Carolina, court.

The defense team was unsuccessful earlier in trying to keep jurors from seeing the video that a local man took as he happened upon the scene while he was walking to work. The officer testified that after the brief chase, a struggle ensued, and he fired his Taser on Scott.

Then Scott grabbed his Taser, the officer said. "He rips it out of my hand," Slager testified, adding: "I knew I was in trouble.
I was scared. "I was in total fear that Mr.
Scott didn't stop, continued to come towards me," he said.
Feidin Santana, a 24-year-old South Carolina man, came upon the scene and began filming at about this point in last year's confrontation.
Santana had said that another police officer on the scene "told me to stop" recording. After Slager said there was a confrontation over the Taser, Slager said he readied his firearm. "At that point I pulled my firearm and pulled the trigger," he testified. "I fired until the threat was stopped as I was trained to do. "I didn't know if I hit him.
I didn't know if he tripped or fell," Slager said. Scott was shot five times in the back. The video shows the officer placing a Taser next to the dead man, whom Slager had handcuffed. He said he wasn't trying to plant evidence, but was following police procedure to take stock of their weapons. "I must have dropped it by Mr.
Scott's body.
I don't remember doing that," he said. Closing arguments are expected to begin Wednesday, after which the case will go to the jury for deliberations. Listing image by YouTube

Defense tries to exclude video from trial of cop shooting man...

reader comments 58 Share this story [embedded content] Jury selection in a local Charleston, South Carolina, courthouse entered its second day Tuesday in the murder trial of a 34-year-old fired North Charleston police officer who was secretly captured on video shooting a fleeing suspect multiple times in the back. The defense is trying to keep jurors from seeing the video, calling it "factually deficient." Michael Slager. Pool photo via Getty Images Michael Slager, a white North Charleston officer, is accused of killing Walter Scott, 50, a black man who was pulled over in April 2015 for a routine traffic stop. Scott had a warrant for his arrest, fled the Mercedes-Benz he was driving, was chased into a field, and was then shot and killed as a passerby secretly captured the shooting on video. For the most part, those are the general undisputed facts in a case that likely would have been swept under the rug without video evidence. Before the video surfaced, the police defended the officer's actions. As reported by the Post and Courier, the police said that "...a man ran on foot from the traffic stop and an officer deployed his department-issued Taser in an attempt to stop him. That did not work, police said, and an altercation ensued as the men struggled over the device. Police allege that during the struggle the man gained control of the Taser and attempted to use it against the officer. The officer then resorted to his service weapon and shot him..." The defendant's attorney is sticking with that story. The defense is trying to have the video excluded, saying in a Tuesday court motion that it is "highly prejudicial, inflammatory, and factually deficient." "The video of the shooting taken on April 4, 2015 is unreliable, technically inadequate, limited in scope, and extremely unrepresentative of the events at issue,” according to the motion. The South Carolina man who used his phone to record a video of Slager fatally shooting Scott said that another officer who arrived on the scene ordered him to stop recording. The film went viral days later, and the police agency changed its public story. In short, Slager's defense is that the video doesn't capture the whole story and that he was acting in self-defense. If the judge allows the video, the defense is asking that it not be shown in slow motion because "recent peer reviewed social scientific studies have shown that slow motion videos are inherently prejudicial." Walter Scott. Slager faces 30 years in prison if convicted. Prosecutors had opted not to seek the death penalty for a killing that has been viewed online millions of times. They said the nature of the charges against Slager did not make him eligible. Moments after the shooting, Slager went on the police radio and said, "Shots fired and the subject is down. He took my Taser." The video, however, shows what looks like Slager placing a Taser next to the dead man's body. What's more, sound inside the police vehicle captured by dashcam records Slager phoning his wife. "Hey. Hey, everything's OK. OK? I just shot somebody," Slager said, according to the recording. "He grabbed my Taser, yeah. Yeah," he said, according to the recording. "He was running from me... I'm fine." In the wake of the video surfacing, the police agency had purchased body cams for the department's officers. Jury selection is expected to conclude Tuesday or perhaps Wednesday. Listing image by YouTube

Chicago official gets 10 years for role in dirty red light...

Enlarge / A Redflex red light camera at the intersection of Sylvan and Coffee in Modesto, California as seen in 2013.Cyrus Farivar reader comments 13 Share this story A former Chicago transportation official has been sentenced to a decade in prison. He was found guilty in January on 20 counts of mail and wire fraud, bribery, extortion, and many other charges stemming from a corrupt contract involving Redflex, a major red light camera company.

During the Monday hearing, US District Judge Virginia M. Kendall also ordered John Bills to pay over $2 million in restitution. According to the Chicago Tribune, "Bills’ voice broke with emotion as he acknowledged ‘ethical and moral’ mistakes, but he denied masterminding the massive bribery scheme in exchange for growing the city’s controversial network of red light cameras into the largest in the nation." As Ars has reported previously, Bills, who was the managing deputy commissioner at the Department of Transportation, helped steer a lucrative city contract to Redflex.

After Bills urged his colleagues to approve the deal, the city hired the embattled Australian firm to provide automated enforcement cameras, known formally as its Digital Automated Red Light Enforcement Program (DARLEP), from October 2003 until February 2013. That contract abruptly ended after Bills was shown to have accepted a hotel room that Redflex paid for—but city officials believe that the corruption ran far deeper.
In October 2013, Chicago selected Xerox ACS to replace Redflex as its new red light camera operator.
Since then, Redflex has suffered financially, dubbing North America a "low/no-growth market." The May 2014 criminal indictment explained that Redflex hired Bills’ friend Martin O’Malley, who was paid $2 million for his services as a contractor, effectively making him one of the company’s highest paid workers. Much of that money was then funneled to Bills, who used it for personal gain.
Via Redflex employees, Bills also acquired a Mercedes and a condominium in Arizona. O’Malley and then-CEO Karen Finley, who have pleaded guilty in their own respective criminal cases, both testified against Bills at trial. O’Malley is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Kendall on September 12, and Finley is scheduled to be sentenced, also by Judge Kendall, on November 10. In December 2013, Ars reported on red light cameras nationwide, with a particular focus on Redflex's four cameras in the central California town of Modesto.

If you’re an alleged drug dealer, don’t use “asshole209” as a...

Marc Falardeaureader comments 6 Share this story Nearly 18 months ago, federal authorities began investigating a man from Merced, California, who they believed was selling millions of dollars in bitcoins to an “unlicensed digital currency exchanger.” That man, David Ryan Burchard, was arrested in March 2016 and pleaded not guilty at his first court appearance.

After being recently released on bail, he now faces nearly 20 counts of drug-related and money laundering charges. According to the affidavit by special agent Matthew Larsen of Homeland Securities Investigations (HSI), the FBI estimates that Burchard was the 18th largest vendor on Silk Road.

That made Burchard the third-largest US-based vendor on the notorious and now-shuttered online drug market. Following Burchard’s arrest, prosecutors said that he sold $1.4 million worth of marijuana and cocaine on Silk Road. When the site was shut down, Burchard allegedly moved on to other sites, including Agora, Abraxas, and AlphaBay. Burchard’s lawyer, Anthony Capozzi, himself a former federal prosecutor, said the case is still in its early stages and that a plea deal has not been offered yet. “We received thousands of pages of discovery, and I haven’t gone through [them] yet,” he told Ars. He noted that this was the first digital currency case that he’d ever worked on. “It’s too early on, so many pages of discovery,” Capozzi added. “I can’t tell one way or the other which way the case is going at this point. With a case this complicated, it’s going to take a while.” Assistant United States Attorney Grant Rabenn declined Ars’ request for comment.
It is common for prosecutors to not respond to questions pertaining to ongoing cases. However, Lauren Horwood, a spokeswoman for the US Attorney’s office in the Eastern District of California, pointed out that there have been other Silk Road-related cases in the district. Like Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht and many other online criminals, Burchard’s case highlights the difficulty of maintaining good operational security (opsec). Case in point: HSI forensics analysts determined that Burchard’s PGP password was “asshole209“ (the numbers refer to his California area code). With that easily cracked password, all of Burchard’s encrypted communications became readable. Here’s how federal authorities tracked down Burchard. Betrayed by a trademark According to Larsen’s affidavit, HSI special agents located Burchard’s address “using surveillance and public records” by mid-March 2015. Once they found out that he drove a white Chevrolet Tahoe, they began conducting physical surveillance on his home on Gabriel Street in Merced, a city roughly two-and-a-half hours from San Francisco. After observing the Burchard residence for two hours and seeing the Tahoe parked nearby, Larsen called a federal judge and “swore out a search warrant” to install a GPS tracking device on Burchard’s Tahoe. (This is notable, as since the 2012 Supreme Court decision, US v. Jones, law enforcement must get a warrant to place a GPS tracking device on a car.) Fifteen minutes later, Larsen and the other agents left. Six days later, Larsen and other agents saw Burchard at a residence on Duke Court, a residential street just a few blocks from Merced College. Larsen and the other agents watched as the Tahoe drove from Merced to a post office in Clovis, about 67 miles away.
Surveillance video obtained later showed that a “white male resembling BURCHARD” had three medium-sized parcels in the Clovis post office. Working with United States Postal Inspector (USPI) Jessica Burger, Larsen continued monitoring the Tahoe’s movements and eventually got warrants to open several packages that Burchard had sent.

All of them tested positive for marijuana. By early June 2015, Larsen found that, amazingly, Burchard had applied for a United States trademark, in his own name, for the name “CALI CONNECT.” According to Burchard’s application, he said the name was to be used for t-shirts and hooded sweatshirts.

Authorities subsequently began searching posts on Reddit and other websites for “caliconnect” or related variations. Larsen found “Caliconnect” in the “Silk Road NTC Vendor List” that had been provided to him by HSI headquarters. “Caliconnect” was a marijuana trafficker with sales over $1.4 million.

That entry also included many United States Postal Service tracking numbers, which Larsen sent to another USPI to follow up on. “I observed that all the post offices utilized to send the parcels are located within the Central Valley of California, near the home of BURCHARD, who resides in Merced, California,” Larsen wrote in the affidavit. By continuing to mine the Silk Road database, Larsen found numerous messages from “Caliconnect” to his customers and discovered that not all of them paid with Bitcoin.

At least one of them used a pre-paid credit card loaded by a service called Green Dot Money Paks. When Larsen subpoenaed the Green Dot corporation for information about 12 Money Pak accounts, the company responded that it had no information on 11 of them.

The 12th account, however, belonged to David Burchard of Merced, California. By mid-June 2015—just weeks after a federal judge in New York gave Ulbricht a double life sentence—an account under the name “the_real_caliconnect” turned up on Agora, another dark market.

Agora records show that “the_real_caliconnect” sold approximately 470 pounds of marijuana over the course of approximately 1,000 transactions. The raid Beginning in September 2015, Larsen and someone named “Intern Mann” tracked Burchard’s frequent visits to a Raley’s store in Merced where Burchard shipped numerous packages.

The unknown intern seems to have had the foresight to use a dark web search engine to figure out where else that PGP public key was being published.

Turned out, “caliconnect4life” was selling on Alpha Bay as well. In December 2015, Larsen and Intern Mann joined a Fresno police detective in a controlled buy of half a pound of marijuana from “caliconnect4life” on Alpha Buy.

They had it shipped to Buffalo, New York, where another HSI agent sent it back to California for Larsen’s inspection. “I examined the parcel and determined the method of packaging was similar to the parcels sent by BURCHARD and previously seized by HSI Fresno,” he wrote. “The suspected marijuana was vacuum sealed in a food saver bag, which was then sealed in a moisture barrier bag.” On January 20, 2016, Larsen obtained a search warrant for Burchard’s home on Gabriel Street in Merced.

The next day, HSI agents raided the home, where they encountered Burchard, his partner Monica Saucedo, and their three children.

As Larsen wrote: [Special agents] and investigators conducted a search of the residence as authorized by the search warrant and seized numerous computers and other electronic storage devices.
I also seized numerous items associated with the distribution of narcotics, including anti-static bags, a digital scale, food saver vacuum sealing bags; Amazon boxes with plastic storage bags; a trash bag containing marijuana, a box containing a sealed bag of marijuana.
I also found pieces of clothing apparel with the label “caliconnect.” In addition to this evidence, case agents seized a 2010 Jaguar XF sedan; a Mercedes S63, a 2013 Mercedes, and a 2007 Chevy Tahoe. Burchard also allowed law enforcement to search his nearby storage units.

About an hour after the search of the residence began, Larsen, Intern Mann, and Internal Revenue Service Special Agent Kulbir Mand started questioning Burchard. After he was read his Miranda rights, Burchard told the investigators that he traded bitcoins on LocalBitcoins.com, but he'd lost his wallet address when he discarded the computer where it was stored. He claimed that “Caliconnect” was the name of his clothing brand and denied selling marijuana through the “dark web.” Burchard denied that he had mailed marijuana to anyone. Saucedo was also questioned after being read her rights.
She said that her fiancé, Burchard, had not worked in “six or seven years” and that she was a stay-at-home mother.
Somehow, though, the family was able to afford the monthly $1,350 rent on the Gabriel Street house in Merced. Weeks later, after HSI forensics analysts had inspected the seized Asus laptop found in Burchard’s dining room, they found several notable pieces of circumstantial evidence, including the black and gold “Caliconnect” logo in use on AlphaBay, an installation of Tor, and a decrypted message that matched, identically, the controlled Buffalo, New York, transaction. “This address and message are identical to the information provided by who conducted the undercover controlled buy of a half-pound of marijuana from ‘caliconnect4life’ on the dark-web market AlphaBay,” Larsen noted. Capozzi, Burchard’s lawyer, told Ars that we should check back in October 2016, when the next status conference is set to be held before the judge in federal court in Fresno. “This one is very interesting, and it’s going to be an exciting case to handle,” Capozzi said.