Here’s how to get a refund if you registered your drone with the FAA

If you’ve been following the drone registration saga in the United States, you may remember that in May a Federal Appeals Court struck down the FAA’s drone registration requirement. The re

Artificial intelligence and the law

Laws govern the conduct of humans, and sometimes the machines that humans use, such as cars. But what happens when those cars become human-like, as in artificial intelligence that can drive cars? Who

IRS Rules Bitcoin Is Property, Not Currency

The IRS has officially stated that <a href="">bitcoin</a> is a property - similar to any other valuable commodity - rather than a currency. What does this mean?

Ontario law bans the use of portable gadgets while driving

<img src="" />A new law in Ontario, Canada has banned the use of handheld devices while driving. This includes cellphones, GPS devices, M

New Zealand law poised to ban GPS, e-mail, etc. on in-car cellphones

<img src="" />A well-meaning law, yes, but one that just misses the mark. I refer to, of course (as if you have any idea what I'm talking

French anti-piracy measure inching closer to reality

<img src="" />Yup, France is now one step closer to that vicious anti-piracy bill becoming law. Legislators there approved the provis

If you buy a phone in Mexico, you now have to get fingerprinted

<img src="" />It's wrongheaded legislation gone wild! Monday saw a law passed in Mexico that will establish a national register o

New York bill would ban the sale of racially insensitive video games to minors. Nope, not joking.

<img src="" /> Oh for the love of God, don't we have better things to do than legislate whether or not kids are playing video games that

Canada banning fees for text messages! Well, not quite

Bloomberg reports that Canada’s Prime Minister will be allowing telecoms industry regulators to “ban fees for unsolicited text messages on mobile phones and other ‘unfair charges.'&#

Texting while driving now banned in California

To the girl who almost slammed into me as she was texting away on her phone while driving last week: regardless of the crazy face you made and the nasty words you mouthed through your windshield, that

US lawmakers permaban cell phones in-flight

US Lawmakers are sick of people sitting on airplanes, talking about all sorts of private matters while waiting for the plane to taxi. After a round of story-telling on conversations they’ve over

New York law targets video game violence

Details are scarce right now, but New York’s Governor David Patterson just signed a bill into law that could lead to restrictions in video game violence. Good to see that with the worldwide econ

Associated Press wants to charge $12.50 to quote five words, then turns around and quotes Arrington

Far be it for the simple gadget bloggers here at to comment on legal issues concerning fair use and quoting other news sources, but if you’ve been following the Associated Press brouh

High school hacker could get 38 years in jail

You're under arrest, citizen, for crossing the street while talking on the phone

Mother of god. I’m supportive of the handheld ban while driving, but while walking? Well, if Representative Kenneth Duncan of Illinois gets his way, you’ll have to hang up at every crosswa

New Mexico wants to tax video games to make kids less giant

[photopress:games_for_guns_mexico.jpg,full,center] If there’s one thing we’ve learned over and over again, it’s that you can’t tax people into changing their ways. They’l

The Pirate Bay does that European thing to the IFPI where you flick your two front teeth with your thumb

The IFPI (basically the worldwide RIAA) must have been riding high when it got Denmark’s Tele2 ISP to block access to The Pirate Bay. However, according to the Pirate Bay blog, traffic is up abo

Final Word: You can carry batteries on flights

So it seems that you can carry batteries, extra batteries, spare batteries, and other, presumably, Leyden jars on flights. The TSA warnings only mention banning “large, palletized shipments&#822

Reminder: Washington's "texting while driving" law goes into effect January 1

If you live in the state of Washington, as I do, you’ve a scant six days left to legally drive whist text messaging, as a new law forbidding just that practice goes into effect on the first. Ega

France wants Amazon to gouge book buyers, or else

The other day at the subway station, a Frenchman asked me if I could spare him a dime so he could buy a bottle of pop. Soda. Whatever you call it from wherever you are right now. Anyway, I didn’
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