Jail Time in the Digital Age

Stanford law professort Lawrence Lessig

offers an article that explains in plain

english the threat of the Digital Millenium

Copyright Act, as demonstrated in the

FBI's recent arrest of Russian

programmer Dmitri Sklyarov when he came

to the United States to give a talk

about commercial data encryption issues.

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But Will It Get You Into the Carpool Lane?

In a somewhat odd twist of new car

technology, IBM has developed

an electronic artificial passenger,

that tells jokes and engages you in

conversation, with the goal of preventing

accidents caused by drowsy drivers.

Among other measures, if the artificial

passenger decides you're dropping off

to sleep it may decide to open the

windows and spray you with icy water.