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How the judge on Oracle v. Google taught himself to code - The Verge
"The tech community maintains an entrenched belief that the law will never understand what it does, and certainly the higher-level court decisions made in Oracle v. Google do nothing to dispel that notion. Yet [William H Alsup]’s very existence is a challenge to this belief: a 72-year-old former engineering student who has been quietly and delightedly tinkering away in BASIC for decades, playing with his radios and his cameras, teaching his clerks and random journalists alike the things that he knows.
In the same patient and meticulous manner that Alsup explained the ionosphere to me, he explained software to the Federal Circuit in his Oracle opinion. And because it was so precise and so specific, he forced the Federal Circuit to engage with software development more than it otherwise might have. Regardless of the Federal Circuit’s ultimate decision, a great deal of Alsup’s understanding of software remains preserved in appellate caselaw."
law  legal  programming  from:verge  2017 
21 hours ago by mechazoidal
IoT Cybersecurity: What's Plan B? - Schneier on Security
What the bill does do is leverage the government's buying power to nudge the market: any IoT product that the government buys must meet minimum security standards. It requires vendors to ensure that devices can not only be patched, but are patched in an authenticated and timely manner; don't have unchangeable default passwords; and are free from known vulnerabilities. It's about as low a security bar as you can set, and that it will considerably improve security speaks volumes about the current state of IoT security.
law  security  iot 
yesterday by whip_lash
Passing the California bar exam shouldn't be made easier, court says - LA Times
In a letter Wednesday, the court said it was “not persuaded that the relevant information and data developed at this time weigh in favor of departing from the longstanding pass score of 1440.”

economics  law 
yesterday by whip_lash
IoT Cybersecurity: What's Plan B? - Schneier on Security
"The Internet is dangerous -- and the IoT gives it not just eyes and ears, but also hands and feet. Security vulnerabilities, exploits, and attacks that once affected only bits and bytes now affect flesh and blood.

Markets, as we've repeatedly learned over the past century, are terrible mechanisms for improving the safety of products and services. It was true for automobile, food, restaurant, airplane, fire, and financial-instrument safety. The reasons are complicated, but basically, sellers don't compete on safety features because buyers can't efficiently differentiate products based on safety considerations. The race-to-the-bottom mechanism that markets use to minimize prices also minimizes quality. Without government intervention, the IoT remains dangerously insecure."
computer  security  usa  law  internet  future 
yesterday by ssam
דעתכם על התנאים שהושגו ובית השקעות שזכה במכרז קבוצת הרכישה | עמוד 4 | פורום הסולידית
לא נראה לי כלכך חדש. IRA קיים כבר כמה שנים, ואני בטוח שלא מעט אנשים כבר ניידו. קח בחשבון שמראש אנשים שיש להם IRA הם לקוחות מתוחכמים יחסית, שנוטים יותר להשוות מחירים ולעבור בין חברות.
hasolidit  israel  finance  pension  law 
yesterday by yevgenyd
Les documents relatifs aux associations et aux organismes privés subventionnés - CADA
Les statuts et déclarations des associations, ainsi que toutes les pièces faisant connaître les modifications de statuts et les changements survenus dans leur administration ou leur direction sont communicables à toute personne qui s’adresse à la préfecture ou à la sous-préfecture (article 2 du décret du 16 août 1901 pris pour l’application de la loi du 1er juillet 1901 relative au contrat d’association).
association  lang:fr  france  law  reference  documentation 
yesterday by whilelm
Is Your Loan in Violation of State Usury Laws? by By Joel Glick, CPA/CFF, CFE - Berkowitz Pollack Brant Advisors and Accountants Berkowitz Pollack Brant Advisors and Accountants
Very often, lending contracts are based on a 360-day year. However, under usury laws, the “per annum” in the statute is based on a 365-day year.  Lenders can be surprised to learn those extra five days can turn an otherwise non-usurious loan usurious.  Consider a lender who charges the maximum interest of 18 percent on a one-year, $500,000 loan based on a 360-day year. The annual interest charge is $90,000, resulting in a daily rate of $250 ($90,000 / 360 days).  However, because usury laws are based on a 365-day year, the resulting interest charged is actually $91,250 (365 days x $250/day), resulting in an interest rate of 18.25 percent ($91,250 / $500,000) and, therefore, creating a usurious loan.
finance  law  legal  realestate  mortgages 
yesterday by Chirael

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