Did You Know? The Pioneer of Electronic Surveillance Warned Against Its Misuse

Harold Lipset, famous for showing off a bugged martini olive, was a proponent of privacy

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Photo: Ted Streshinsky/Corbis/Getty Images
Photo: Ted Streshinsky/Corbis/Getty Images

THE INSTITUTEPrivate detective Harold “Hal” Lipset [above] took on thousands of cases and earned a reputation for inventing ingenious listening devices. He was also an advocate for public regulation of eavesdropping.

Lipset’s career was complicated. He took on controversial clients and testified as an expert witness in U.S. court cases. He also served many of his clients in unconventional ways, like breaking into hotel rooms to catch cheating spouses and pursuing suspected jewel thieves across Europe.

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The State of the Transistor in 3 Charts

In 75 years, it’s become tiny, mighty, ubiquitous, and just plain weird

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The most obvious change in transistor technology in the last 75 years has been just how many we can make. Reducing the size of the device has been a titanic effort and a fantastically successful one, as these charts show. But size isn’t the only feature engineers have been improving.

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