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Judge won’t let student challenge electronics searches at US border

On Tuesday, a US federal judge dismissed (PDF) a 2010 case brought by an American student, Pascal Abidor, who challenged the broad ability of government officials to search and seize electronics like laptops and cell phones at international borders.

It’s a major setback for civil liberties advocates, who have long chafed at the huge amount of information that can be taken—without a warrant—from citizens passing through airports. “I was at the initial hearing for the motion to dismiss—I’m not surprised [at the decision],” Abidor told Ars. “But, I am thoroughly unconvinced [as to the judge’s logic].”

Abidor said he was not sure if he and his co-plaintiffs would appeal the decision.

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HP to cut 5,000 more jobs in 2014, bringing total layoff count to 34,000

In May 2012, Hewlett-Packard announced that it would be cutting about 27,000 jobs through fiscal year 2014 in a move expected to save the company as much as $3.5 billion. That number ticked up to 29,000 by July 2013.

However, the company released its annual report yesterday, and buried on page 110 is this nugget of additional bad news: HP will be cutting 5,000 more jobs, for a total of 34,000 cuts by the end of fiscal 2014.

As of the end of October 2013, HP employed 317,500 people. This is down from almost 350,000 in May 2012; by the time the layoffs are over, HP will have shed at least 10 percent of its total workforce. HP cites “continued market and business pressures” as the reason behind the creeping layoff numbers.

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iFixit tears the 2013 Mac Pro asunder, finds an actually repairable Mac

The Mac Pro, exploded by iFixit.

Apple rarely gets much love from iFixit. The same things that make the company’s products thin and alluring to consumers also makes them incredibly difficult for end users to repair. Whether it’s a battery glued into its case, CPUs and RAM that have been soldered to the motherboard, or proprietary connectors on everything, it’s been a long time since a Mac, iPhone, or iPad received anything but faint praise from iFixit.

That changed today when iFixit tore the new Mac Pro apart. It isn’t the first outlet to break the computer down, but its teardown is accompanied by the high-resolution pictures and detailed notes that we’ve come to expect. What they found is a computer that, despite its more integrated nature and fair number of proprietary parts, is actually pretty easy to repair and upgrade (for a Mac).

The RAM is the easiest component to remove and replace, since it only requires you to slide the case’s cover off. This can be done with the push of a button, rather than special screwdrivers and suction cups (as is often the case with MacBooks and iMacs). As we’ve mentioned before, these are standard 1866MHz ECC DDR3 DIMMs, and it should be trivial to purchase and upgrade your own RAM down the line. Replacing the SSD is also simple—although the connector is proprietary, the drive is held in place by a single Torx screw. The PCI Express SSD is apparently very similar to the PCIe drives found in the 2013 MacBook Air and Retina MacBook Pro.

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US acceptance of evolution holds steady overall, drops among Republicans

Yesterday, Pew Research Center released the results of a poll of US residents that asked about their acceptance of the theory of evolution. In keeping with past surveys, this one found that a completely uncontroversial idea within the scientific community—modern organisms are the result of evolution—is rejected by a third of the US public. While that fraction has held steady over time, the survey found that the political divide over evolution has grown over the past four years, with Republicans now even more likely to reject the idea than they were before.

In the poll, people were asked whether they thought that humans and other living things have existed in their present form since the beginning of time, or if we and other creatures had evolved over time. To make sure that mentioning humans didn’t make things overly personal, Pew also asked a subset of questions just about other animals; this didn’t make any difference in responses.

Acceptance of evolution was higher in younger people and those who had graduated college, as had been found in previous polling. Among the 60 percent of Americans who do accept the theory, a bit over half ascribed it solely to natural causes—32 percent of the total. 25 percent of all adults believed in some form of theistic evolution, where a deity or deities guided the process, possibly in a way that’s indistinguishable from the random mutations that have been observed. That figure’s a bit higher in most religious groups, and a bit lower among the unaffiliated.

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The Hobbit, Django Unchained are most-torrented movies of 2013

The most-torrented movies of 2013.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey topped the list of most torrented movies for 2013, per a report from TorrentFreak. The movie’s 8.4 million estimated downloads beat Django Unchained and Fast and Furious 6, which were numbers two and three on the list, respectively.

Two movies on the list, The Hobbit and Iron Man 3, crossed a billion dollars in their worldwide gross. The two smallest gross earners on the list were Gangster Squad at number seven with 7.2 million estimated downloads, and Silver Linings Playbook at number five with 7.5 million estimated downloads.

Television piracy also had a big year, both in download numbers and industry members who tentatively endorsed it as a means to an end. Both Game of Thrones director David Petrarca and Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes cited piracy as a practice with an upside. But many in the industry still worry about the effect on revenues. Peter Jackson, director of The Hobbit trilogy, said in 2009 that piracy “could lead to the death of films.” At the tail end of 2012, Sushi Girl director Kern Saxton said that he appreciates having people watch the film, even through piracy, but that indie films need money to survive; he hopes pirates follow up with a purchase.

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