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Can autonomous vehicles navigate the law? This year has been full of big news about the progress of self-driving cars. They are currently street legal in three states and Google says that on a given day, they have a dozen autonomous cars on the road. This August, they passed 300,000 driver-hours. In Spain this summer, Volvo drove a convoy of three cars through 200 kilometers of desert highway with just one driver and a police escort. Cadillac's newest models park themselves. The writing, one might think, is on the wall. But objects in the media may be farther off than they appear.
posted by modernnomad
on Dec 14, 2012 -
is a Mac application that, if you try to register it with a pirated serial number, will delete your entire home directory
. (Windows users: This is a very, very bad thing, second only to wiping the entire drive.) Is this a good way to fight piracy, and can it even be legal?
posted by jjg
on Sep 9, 2004 -
Log onto an unsecured wireless LAN, go to jail.
This frightening story involves a computer security expert doing a bit of war driving
. The fact that he didn't access any of their files, and that they shut down the network instead of simply reading the manual on basic WEP security didn't stop them from claiming $5,000 in damages and bringing charges, with possible fines up to $250k and up to 5 years jail time.
posted by mathowie
on Aug 1, 2002 -
Folks, this one's not a joke.
The major software publishers are trying to make an end-run around the copyright laws. If this passes anywhere
we're all potentially going to be bound by it. All they have to do is stick a clause in the license that says "This shall be governed by the laws of the state of Virginia."
They're also trying to make an end-run around the First Amendment. If this passes it will be illegal for you to write a review about any software package, or to reveal any information about bugs you find.
Finally, they're trying to make an end-run around property law. If it passes, you won't own
the software you purchase, you'll be leasing
it, and you won't be protected by state laws on commercial purchase.
posted by Steven Den Beste
on Mar 5, 2000 -