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Comment: The Law Changes (Score 1) 937

by schi0244 (#45913429) Attached to: Who Is Liable When a Self-Driving Car Crashes?

Back in 1860 nobody had even conceived of an automobile or the telephone.

They had plenty of laws for cutting telegraph lines, which did exist at the time.

When the telephone and automobile were each widely deployed, laws were created to address the social affects brought on by these advances in technology such as negligent vehicle operation and wiretapping.

The fact that the laws Had to evolve was a result of society recognizing the utility these inventions brought to bear.

The law is not a static thing, it is constantly evolving to match the needs and whims of society.

Insurance companies, on the other hand will require standardized testing at some point for policies to be granted. I suspect that the car makers have been developing such standards with the insurance companies, as such the law will have to catch up.

My prediction is:
Ultimately, autonomous cars will be subject to two standards:
1) if the on board computer/data logger indicates there was user intervention, and
2) if there was no user intervention.

United Kingdom

Dogs Can Be Pessimistic 99

Posted by samzenpus
from the dog-in-black dept.
Not that it will change anything, but researchers at Bristol University say that your dog might be a gloom-monger. In addition to the downer dogs, the study also found a few that seemed happy no matter how uncaring the world around them was. "We know that people's emotional states affect their judgments and that happy people are more likely to judge an ambiguous situation positively. What our study has shown is that this applies similarly to dogs," said professor Mike Mendl, an author of the study and head of animal welfare and behavior at Bristol University.

+ - HP restores creased photos with flatbed scanners->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A crease can ruin an often-irreplaceable printed photograph. But new research from HP Labs points towards a future where this is much less of a problem. Scientists at HP have developed a technique to detect creases in photographs using standard, unmodified flatbed scanners. Once correctly scanned into a computer, software can determine where the photograph's defect is, and artificially correct it to remove any trace of a crease or fold. The result is a spotless JPEG scan from a creased photo, with absolutely no modified hardware and no technical know-how required on the part of the user."
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+ - Top Cracking Software Methods and Piracy Groups

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A report by V.i. Labs revealed the top methods used for cracking software and the top piracy groups responsible. The findings revealed that the piracy groups and the reverse engineering talent they recruit can tamper with a variety of hardware and software based licensing systems to enable overt piracy. The top five piracy groups (out of 212) contributed 59 percent of the cracked releases in the research sample. The top five most active groups in this sample were Lz0 (Linear Zero), NULL, Shooters, LND (Legends Never Die) and Magnitude."
Input Devices

+ - Researchers Debut Barcode Replacement->

Submitted by eldavojohn
eldavojohn (898314) writes "MIT Researchers have unveiled a new potential replacement for barcodes. Using an LED covered with a tiny mask and a lens, these new bokodes can be processed by a standard mobile phone camera and can encode thousands of times more information than your average barcode. New applications are being dreamed up by the team. Dr. Mohan of MIT said, 'Let's say you're standing in a library with 20 shelves in front of you and thousands of books. You could take a picture and you'd immediately know where the book you're looking for is.'"
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+ - Palm Releases webOS 1.1.0, Fixes Media Sync

Submitted by Tokerat
Tokerat (150341) writes "C|Net is reporting that Palm has released webOS 1.1.0, which contains a fix for Media Sync to work with version 8.2.1 of iTunes. Palm made a slightly underhanded comment about the situation on it's blog:

Oh, and one more thing: Palm webOS 1.1 re-enables Palm media sync. That's right — you once again can have seamless access to your music, photos and videos from the current version of iTunes (8.2.1).

You can find webOS 1.1.0 Release Notes on Palm's site."


+ - SPAM: New tool helps reconstruct sneakiest of attacks

Submitted by alphadogg
alphadogg (971356) writes "Certain attacks that leave no trace on computer hard drives may be discoverable using a new tool that will be demonstrated at the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas next week, which will feature many security advances [spam URL stripped]. Researchers who work for Mandiant will present a means for piecing together what malicious activity might have been carried out by an attacker's payload that runs only in memory and so evades traditional disk forensics, the researchers say. In particular, the memory forensics tool being presented finds traces in memory of what activity might have been performed via Meterpreter, a software module for the open-source Metasploit penetration testing framework. Meterpreter can be injected into a legitimate running process on a victim computer and thereby avoid detection by host IDS/IPS software. Meterpreter can then be used as a platform for further attack, the researchers say."
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IE 8.1 Supports Firefox Plugins, Rendering Engine 283

Posted by kdawson
from the fruits-of-competition dept.
KermodeBear writes in to note that according to Smashing Magazine, the newest version of Internet Explorer, codenamed "Eagle Eyes," supports Firefox plugins, the Gecko and Webkit rendering engines, and has scored a 71 / 100 on the Acid3 test. The article is pretty gee-whiz, and I don't entirely believe the claims that IE's JavaScript performance will trounce the others. (And note that the current Firefox, 3.0.8, scores 71 on Acid3, and Safari 3.1.2 hits 75.) No definitive date from Microsoft, but "sources" say that an IE 8.1 beta will be released in the summer.

UK Court Rejects Encryption Key Disclosure Defense 708

Posted by samzenpus
from the do-not-pass-go dept.
truthsearch writes "Defendants can't deny police an encryption key because of fears the data it unlocks will incriminate them, a British appeals court has ruled. The case marked an interesting challenge to the UK's Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA), which in part compels someone served under the act to divulge an encryption key used to scramble data on a PC's hard drive. The appeals court heard a case in which two suspects refused to give up encryption keys, arguing that disclosure was incompatible with the privilege against self incrimination. In its ruling, the appeals court said an encryption key is no different than a physical key and exists separately from a person's will."

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