articles tagged: lawmakers
when no one really knows if you broke the law
# tech

when no one really knows if you broke the law

When the courts encounter computer science and chemistry, the end result isn't sophisticated regulation but utter confusion as judges and lawyers try to figure out what's legal, what's not, and what should be.

why the web will never forget and what you can’t do to fix it
# tech

why the web will never forget and what you can’t do to fix it

EU's latest idea for making the web forget you and your embarrassing posts? Set all data to self-destruct.

how to create a legal false dichotomy
# tech

how to create a legal false dichotomy

We should always think of the children, especially if we're being told to let our ISPs spy on our every move, ostensibly to protect said children.

sopa was horrible, but piracy is still a problem
# tech

sopa was horrible, but piracy is still a problem

Piracy might not kill entertainment as we know it, but the justifications for why it's supposedly harmless seem to fall short of their goal.

why dog eat dog politics is a really bad thing
# politics

why dog eat dog politics is a really bad thing

Christopher Hitchens accurately dissects why very few sane people want to go into Western politics anymore.

could we see a brand new kind of jail?
# tech

could we see a brand new kind of jail?

In the future, we might be putting far fewer people in jail and far more under constant surveillance. But will virtual prisons work?

how do you protect people from themselves?
# tech

how do you protect people from themselves?

Getting naked in front of digital devices with cameras as a teenage minor can become a huge legal problem. So why aren't states fixing the laws for modern times?

why you can’t tax your way to better health
# health

why you can’t tax your way to better health

Soda taxes can curb consumption of sugary drinks, but their benefits are vastly oversold and the problems we're facing need a more holistic approach.

the state of texas vs. science and education
# education

the state of texas vs. science and education

Texas congressman sabotages funding for science and education in a move so low, it should literally nauseate you.

constellation tries to rise from the grave
# space

constellation tries to rise from the grave

NASA is trying to keep Constellation on life support by exploiting a loophole in its currently open-ended mission while Congress looks the other way.

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