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Submission + - Utah Lawmaker Wants Porn Filters on Phones and The Internet

JustAnotherOldGuy writes: Here we go again...Republican Sen. Todd Weiler continues his anti-porn crusade by introducing a bill that would require porn filters to be placed on the Internet and phones. His previous resolution declaring pornography a public health crisis, which sailed through the 2016 session, was only the first step. Weiler said that two other bills he's drafting would help to restrict kids' access to pornography by adding filters on IPhones and tablets, and in libraries. The idea would be that these devices would come pre-installed so that they filter out porn sites, he said. In order to remove the filter, the user would have to prove that they're at least 18 years old. First Amendment lawyer Andrew McCullough says such a requirement would restrict free speech, as it would involve blocking certain postings. "I really don't expect that the state of Utah is going to be able to exercise that kind of control over an interstate item such as the Internet," he said. "I don't think they have the jurisdiction to." Sen. Todd Weiler doesn't seem to understand that blocking porn is about as feasible as blocking cat pictures- impossible to do technologically as well as legally.

Submission + - SPAM: SoftBank's Pepper Robot Lands Job At Pizza Hut

An anonymous reader writes: SoftBank’s humanoid robot Pepper is to be introduced in Pizza Hut restaurants in Singapore by the end of the year. Pepper will be responsible for placing customer orders and processing payments via MasterCard digital service MasterPass. According to the U.S. payments network, Pepper will take orders either verbally from the customer or digitally through the tablet attached to its chest. Diners can ask for recommendations and special offers, and also request nutritional information and further details about the food and drink.

Submission + - Successful Flight Test For India's Experimental Reusable Spaceplane (gizmag.com)

Zothecula writes: India has entered the ranks of spacefaring nations with reusable spacecraft, as the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) conducted the first flight of its locally-built spaceplane demonstrator. The unmanned, scale hypersonic Reusable Launch Vehicle-Technology Demonstrator (RLV-TD) spaceplane took off yesterday at 7:00 am IST on a suborbital flight of 770 seconds from First Launch Pad at Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota and was safely recovered after a successful reentry and splashdown.

Submission + - Linux patch to circumvent Microsoft's FAT patent 2

ariefwn writes: "A Linux developer has published a new kernel patch that provides a workaround to avoid Microsoft's patents on the FAT filesystem. The patch, which has undergone extensive legal review by patent lawyers, could make it possible to use FAT on Linux without having to pay licensing fees to Microsoft."

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