Archive for the ‘Current Events’ Category

“Double, double, Donald’s in trouble: Witches…will gather at midnight to cast a spell on President Trump AND his supporters…”

February 25, 2017

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4257216/Witches-gather-midnight-cast-spell-Donald-Trump.html

Whether you’re a Trump supporter, opponent, or agnostic, if you’re interested in who was invited to participate last night, I did some research – – follow the links in the article excerpt, below.

Excerpt:

This is not an exclusive witches-only event wither, with Wiccans, shamans, Heremeticists, cunning folk, sorcerers and sorceresses, hoodooists, occultists, magicians, Ceremonialists and Ritualists also invited and urged to take part.

“[PETA filed suit] as “Next Friends” for a male macaque named `Naruto,’ [the court held] animals cannot be `authors’ [or] own copyrights.”

February 23, 2017

http://www.arnstein.com/newsletters/IP/Arnstein&Lehr-IP-Newsletter-Vol1-2017.pdf
For those who think intellectual property law cannot be interesting . . .

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In 2015, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (“PETA”) and primatologist Antje Engelhardt of the Macaca Nigra Project brought suit against Slater for copyright infringement, as “Next Friends” for a male macaque named “Naruto,” in the U.S. District
Court for the Northern District of California in San Francisco. Defendants filed motions to dismiss. On January 28, 2016, Judge William Orrick dismissed the case, finding that Naruto did not have standing to sue under the Copyright Act because animals cannot be “authors” and therefore cannot own copyrights.

PETA contended that the “highly intelligent” Naruto was accustomed to seeing cameras, observing humans handling cameras, hearing camera mechanisms in action, and seeing
them being used by humans for his entire life, as the reservation where he lives is next to a human village visited by tourists and photographers.

“Today, Britain enjoys a $17-billion [aerospace] industry that includes satellite companies and commercial space programs.”

February 23, 2017

https://www.wired.com/2017/02/james-ball-britain-in-space/

A nice article gives some historical perspective along with some interesting photos.

“A Google offshoot called Jigsaw declared war on trolls, launching a project to defeat online harassment using machine learning.”

February 23, 2017

https://www.wired.com/2017/02/googles-troll-fighting-ai-now-belongs-world/https://www.wired.com/2017/02/googles-troll-fighting-ai-now-belongs-world/

On the one hand, troll activity in comments fields of websites is a real problem.  On the other hand, depending on how a tool like this is used, we could experience a proliferation of automated political correctness enforcers run amok.

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Despite that impulse to create an increasingly necessary “safe space” for online discussions, critics of Conversation AI have argued that it could itself represent a form of censorship, enabling an automated system to delete comments that are either false positives (the insult “nasty woman,” for instance, took on a positive connotation for some, after then-candidate Donald Trump used the phrase to describe Hillary Clinton) or in a gray area between freewheeling conversation and abuse.

“More than 90% of the 65,000 undocumented immigrants removed last year from the U.S. interior were convicted criminals, and about 2,000 were affiliated with gangs.”

February 23, 2017

https://www.wsj.com/articles/trumps-deportation-surge-1487808545

Excerpt:

More than 90% of the 65,000 undocumented immigrants removed last year from the U.S. interior were convicted criminals, and about 2,000 were affiliated with gangs. This suggests that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is already targeting and removing as many bad guys as it can locate.