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Screenwriters warn against overreaching copyright laws ahead of reform

One of America’s foremost groups of movie and TV writers has written a detailed statement on the current and future states of copyright law. The Writers Guild of America West (WGAW) begins its letter by saying writers benefit hugely from the present system, noting that its members received roughly 25 percent of their income through residual payments for copyrighted sales such as DVD sales and online streaming. It’s of the opinion that copyright is of immense benefit to society as a whole, but nonetheless fears that bolstering copyright laws may not be the best way forward for the entertainment industry.

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Spain fines Google €900,000 for breaching privacy laws

Earlier this year, the French independent administrative authority CNIL advised six European countries to take action over Google’s privacy policies. Now Spain has become the first of the six to fine the search giant, demanding 900,000 ($ 1.24 million) for breaching the nation’s privacy laws. The Wall Street Journal reports that the fine, administered by the Spanish Agency for Data Protection, is for three legal breaches: “gathering data on users, combining the data through several services and keeping the data indefinitely without the knowledge or consent of users.”

EU regulators urged Google to change its privacy policy in September 2012. The company ignored the request, clearing the way for a lengthy investigation that resulted…

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We Robot 2013 | Do Robots Dream of Electric Laws? An Experiment in Laws as Algorithm.

On April 8, 2013, Stanford’s Program in Law, Science & Technology and Stanford’s Center for Internet and Society hosted the second annual robotics and law co…
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Calm before the swarm: domestic drones are here, but the law’s still catching up

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It was a muggy springtime morning in South Texas virtually one year ago when Gene Robinson got to the swampy waters near Sam Houston Lake Estates. All that week the location had been a hive of activity, as authorities browsed along the banks, diving underwater with scuba gear, and flying overhead in helicopters. 150 search-and-rescue workers aided by 40 pet dogs had actually criss-crossed the thick forest around the lake on foot, ATVs, and horseback. Texas Rangers stood guard with rifles, securing search celebrations from alligators, feral hogs, and huge predatory cats.

The missing out on boy was Devon Davis, a two-year-old who had relocated with his household to the location just a couple of weeks prior. While his mother was napping, Devon had wandered out of the house and …

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France mulls extending piracy laws to include streaming and direct downloads

France mulls extending piracy laws to include streaming and direct downloads

ISPs in the United States are simply getting around to enforcing a “six strikes” policy against unlawful P2P sharing, however France is now considering a suppression on the streaming and direct downloads of pirated content. Hadopi, the government company behind the nation’s existing “3 strikes” law, launched a brand-new report that proposes sites take a page from YouTube’s book and actively oversee content by using awareness algorithms and so on to take down things that are presumed unlawful. If a website just weren’t to cooperate after a round of warnings, it may face penalties consisting of DNS and IP obstructing, domain seizures and even monetary repercussions that include having their accounts with “payment intermediaries” (think PayPal) suspended. When it comes to enforcement of this potential government mandate, the dossier posits that it can bank on internet service providers instead of hosting services, which according to EU law, can’t be required to conduct extensive security. For now, these techniques aren’t being made policy, however Hadopi is mulling them over.

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California governor signs laws protecting social media accounts from employers, universities

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The fight to prevent California employers and universities from demanding your Facebook login as a condition of employment or enrollment officially ended on Thursday, as California Governor Jerry Brown announced his signing of Assembly Bill 1844 and Senate Bill 1349. The two laws passed in the state Senate last month.

AB–1844 prevents employers from asking workers for social media usernames or passwords, or logging into social media in their presence. It also protects workers from employer retaliation in the case they fail to comply with these kinds of demands. And university students and employees are gaining new protections as well. SB-1349 provides the same rights to students (either prospective or attending) at the state’s public…

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Sony RX1 camera leaks with full-frame sensor in compact body, laws of physics slightly bent

Sony RX1 camera leaks with fullframe sensor in compact body, laws of physics slightly bent

Here’s something you most likely didn’t expect: a compact Sony video camera with a full-frame sensing unit. While Photoprice. ca was finding out about a bonanza of leaked press shots that include the Alpha A99 and NEX-6, it also stumbled upon images of the RX1, whose body looks borderline pocketable yet things in the same kind of sensing unit (and most likely image quality) you ‘d generally reserve for pro-grade styles. Numerous additional details reveal themselves right from the start. The RX1 is carrying a 35mm, f/2.0 lens with no evident button to detach the lens– the consisted of glass is most likely as great as it’ll get. However, the RX1 is most absolutely tuned for experienced shooters, with a toggle for macro focusing along with dedicated controls for aperture and exposure settlement. We’re also liking that there’s a pop-up flash, a regular hot shoe for add-ons and three custom settings on the method dial. The slip doesn’t include reference of a release date or a price, however talk during the A99 slip discussed a September 12th unveiling that wouldn’t stun us if it consisted of several cameras– and we would certainly be similarly unsurprised if the RX1 carried the exact same high price frequently associated with additional full-frame bodies.

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according to the laws of robotics, robots can’t hurt humans?

Question by : according to the laws of robotics, robots can’t hurt humans?
but, how do the robots know that they are inflicting pain? what sort of input tells them that they are causing pain instead of some other intense emotion?
Helen- that was exactly my allusion :-)
I was more interested, theoretically, in how one might program a robot to gauge human reactions.

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Answer by ccrobe
Thats only in movies. Robots hurt humans all the time in various industrial accidents.

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What is the statistical probability that the universe and laws of physics just happened?

Question by : What is the statistical probability that the universe and laws of physics just happened?
The more I study the laws of physics, particle physics and astronomy the more I am in awe of how everything in the universe is so precisely tuned.

Isn’t it amazing how gravity and nuclear fusion are precisely tuned to create a star? How electrons, protons, neutrons, quarks, and gluon formed to create matter.The strong force, weak force, gravity and magnetism all work in harmony. The fact that light photons exists. Atoms got together to form an organic material that formed a brain that led to consciousness. I could go on and on.

I find it astonishing that none of these things existed, then an explosion and you got a fully functioning universe.

This isn’t a God or bible question. But a statistical question of the probability that everything happened just so, to create a functioning universe from a big bang/explosion?

Is there a greater probability of some sort of intelligent design?

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matter exists even when nothing else does and matter leads to life

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Motorola 'confident' that it has complied with EU antitrust laws

Motorola 'confident' that it has complied with EU antitrust laws
by Doug Drinkwater April 4 2012, 12:02 pm Comment The European Union's competition watchdog has opened up two investigations over whether Motorola Mobility – the company behind the Xoom and Xyboard tablets, and set to be acquired by Google – used legal …
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