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Bioware’s sci-fi gaming wizards unveil new series called Anthem

We know there are robots (yes), will learn more at Sundayrsquo;s Xbox press conference

Hollywood Film Studio Seeks Up-And-Coming Hackers for Reality TV Show

New program on AE will feature competitions, personalities

Foiled! 15 tricks to hold off the hackers

Malicious hackers have outsize reputations.

They are über-geniuses who can guess any password in seconds, hack any system, and cause widespread havoc across multiple, unrelated networks with a single keystroke—or so Hollywood says.

Those of us who fight hackers every day know the good guys are usually far smarter. Hackers simply have to be persistent.Each year, a few hackers do something truly new.

But for the most part, hackers repeat the tried and true.
It doesn’t take a supergenius to check for missing patches or craft a social engineering attack. Hacking by and large is tradework: Once you learn a few tricks and tools, the rest becomes routine.

The truly inspired work is that of security defenders, those who successfully hack the hackers.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

An AI wrote all of David Hasselhoff’s lines in this bizarre...

Ars Film Debut: It's No Game was written partly by an AI destined to replace screenwriters.

6 Times Hollywood Got Security Right

Hollywood has struggled to portray cybersecurity in a realistic and engaging way. Here are films and TV shows where it succeeded.

How Ghost in the Shell got its main characters wrong—and why...

Apparently, "you can't lead" with philosophy in Hollywood.

Get ready for The Matrix reboot

Could this be The One that makes the franchise awesome again?

Casey Neistat wants to make his own news network, with help...

Plans start with a YouTube-based news channel, and extend to new broadcast options.

PHP vs. Node.js: An epic battle for developer mind share

It’s a classic Hollywood plot: the battle between two old friends who went separate ways. Often the friction begins when one pal sparks an interest in what had always been the other pal’s unspoken domain. In the programming language version of this movie, it’s the introduction of Node.js that turns the buddy flick into a grudge match: PHP and JavaScript, two partners who once ruled the internet together but now duke it out for the mind share of developers. In the old days, the partnership was simple. JavaScript handled little details on the browser, while PHP managed all the server-side tasks between port 80 and MySQL. It was a happy union that continues to support many crucial parts of the internet. Between WordPress, Drupal, and Facebook, people can hardly go a minute on the web without running into PHP.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Apple sued over singer’s right of publicity in iPhone ad singing

No copyright, but can an artist's voice sustain a "right of publicity" case?

Doctor: my hometown has basically banned drones entirely, so I’m suing

Lee Hutchinsonreader comments 14 Share this story A doctor and drone enthusiast from Newton, Massachusetts has sued his hometown, arguing that a new local ordinance restricting drone flights, is unconstitutional. In the suit, Michael Singer v.

City of Newton
, which was filed in federal court in Massachusetts last Tuesday, the plaintiff argued that the city has effectively banned drones over the entire town.
In short, he argues that Newton, which sits about seven miles west of downtown Boston, doesn't have the authority to regulate drones in this manner and that his First and Fourth Amendment rights, among others, are being violated. The lawsuit gets to the heart of a question that continues to bubble up in the age of personal, inexpensive drones: to what degree can individuals and municipalities restrict drone use? The new Newton ordinance, which was passed in December 2016, specifically bans sUAS (small unmanned aerial systems), or drone flights over private property at or below 400 feet without the property owner’s permission.

The law also requires that all drones be registered with the city.

The ordinance further stipulates that drones cannot "conduct surveillance," or capture video, still imagery, audio recordings, anywhere that people on the ground would have a "reasonable expectation of privacy." As Singer, who is representing himself in the lawsuit, wrote: Defendant crafted the "below 400 feet" restriction as a precise counterpart to the [Federal Aviation Administration’s] "higher than 400 feet" restriction, such that the two rules, concurrently applied, would presumptively prohibit sUAS over most of the land area of Newton, Massachusetts. It's a tad bit late The best case-law on the issue dates back to 1946, long before inexpensive consumer drones were technically feasible.

That year, the Supreme Court ruled in a case known as United States v.

that a farmer in North Carolina could assert property rights up to 83 feet in the air. However, the court declined to impose a firm limit as to how high a property owner’s claims go into the sky. Another lawsuit, Boggs v. Merideth, which is currently progressing in federal court in Kentucky, aims to force a court to make the determination on trespassing. "Right now, no one knows where to draw the line, but it’s important for the courts to draw the line," James Mackler, a Tennessee attorney who is representing Boggs, told Ars. "That’s why these lawsuits are important, because otherwise we’re not going to get there.
If you climb over someone’s fence you know that’s trespassing." In an e-mail interview with Ars, Singer explained that he is an entrepreneur, who wishes to provide medical services via drone. He’s concerned that national airspace could "become hopelessly fragmented" if local laws like this are allowed to stand. "As a practical matter, the Ordinance will ban commercial UAV operations from our city," he wrote. "Consider an aerial video service hired to fly a simple, unobtrusive, circular route around a property for a real estate agent.

The service can try, as the ordinance now requires, to contact the city and every homeowner under the planned flight path.

But will they all agree to the flight? What if the pilot needs to deviate from the planned flight path for safety reasons? Now suppose you’re an entrepreneur like me who wants to provide medical services, or for that matter, any kind of rapid response. You have no time to seek permission.

The city has grounded your business before it can even spread its wings." Regulators Other cities have already tried to restrict how and where drones can fly. Nearly a year ago, lawmakers in West Hollywood, California voted to regulate drone flights after one crashed into a power line. Last year, a report from the National Conference of State Legislatures noted that in Nevada, property owners now have the right to sue for trespass for any drone operator who flies at a height of less than 250 feet over that property, and if the owner has warned the pilot once before.
Similarly, a law in Oregon also allows for civil suits, but the height requirement is less than 400 feet.

Ars is not aware of any civil complaints that have been filed in those states as a result. A similar 2016 report from the National League of Cities highlighted that at least seven states—Arizona, Delaware, Maryland, Michigan, Oregon, Rhode Island and Virginia—have passed laws that forbid municipalities in those states from regulating drones. Neither the FAA nor the Newton City Solicitor’s office responded to Ars’ request for comment. "In sum, I believe that airspace and aircraft should be regulated by our nation's aviation experts—the FAA—not by a band of small-town politicians," Singer concluded. The case has been assigned to US District Judge William G. Young, but no hearings have been scheduled yet.