articles tagged: law
how junk science can land you on death row
# science

how junk science can land you on death row

Far too much of what passes for forensic science in courtrooms fails to meet basic scientific standards while sending people to jail. And those who could fix this problem are refusing to help us.

australia declares war on digital security, demands encryption backdoor
# tech

australia declares war on digital security, demands encryption backdoor

Australian lawmakers stunned the country’s techies by passing a law requiring them to help law enforcement snoop on encrypted data on request, and putting e-commerce and basic digital security at risk.

the state of california vs. coffee
# health

the state of california vs. coffee

A California law mandating disclosure of any potentially cancer-causing chemicals is starting to cross the line from useful advice into eye-rolling alarmism.

why you never send an amateur to do an expert’s job, especially in government
# politics

why you never send an amateur to do an expert’s job, especially in government

Trump & Co. are showing us what happens when amateurs with huge chips on their shoulder take on jobs that require nuance and expertise.

when open source is the only fair way to go
# tech

when open source is the only fair way to go

If your code can result in people being sent to jail for decades, if not death row, that code should be open source and subject to review. The courts don't seem to understand that yet.

why asteroid mining could restart the cold war
# space

why asteroid mining could restart the cold war

Asteroid mining may require changes to The Outer Space Treaty and the consequences of amending it badly could be very serious...

the misguided idea to criminalize mmorpg trolling
# tech

the misguided idea to criminalize mmorpg trolling

Some activists want to see virtual crime punished by real world consequences. They do not want to go down that road and what it would entail.

how fundamentalists legalized child abuse
# politics

how fundamentalists legalized child abuse

Religious protections and exemptions have gone so far that in certain cases, neglecting and abusing children is legal as long as you claim there's a religious reason for it.

why shouldn’t robots write you a speeding ticket? they’re just not smart or lenient enough.
# tech

why shouldn’t robots write you a speeding ticket? they’re just not smart or lenient enough.

Computers respect the letter of the law, but they can't understand the spirit. That's why they're terrible at real world policing.

why would you say that in public?
# sex

why would you say that in public?

The Family Research Council, without a hint of sarcasm or whiff of hyperbole to make some point, wants the government to outlaw the sale of birth control to unmarried couples.

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