The idea of using definitions developed by popular consensus to define words in court cases arose when some lawyers and judges were confronted with unfamiliar words that aren’t defined either by Webster’s or Black’s dictionaries. They have turned to a street-slang resource, the Urban Dictionary. Though the Urban Dictionary gives some clarification of informal language, it is not totally reliable and could prove to be disastrous in court. Although a fan of the Urban Dictionary, Tom Dazell, senior editor of the New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English, notes that just because the definitions have popular support, it does not indicate they can be defended in court to represent true meaning. To learn more, go to http://www.abajournal.com/news/article/urban_dictionary_defines_slang_for_some_court_cases_but_is_it_accurate/.
Leap Motion recently released a video showing what its 3D gesture-control system will be like on a Windows computer. With Leap Motion technology and Windows, you can do everything possible with multi-touch inputs without actually touching anything. This means that existing applications in Windows 7 and 8 will respond to your natural hand and finger movements. The Leap system is planned for a July launch. To learn more, go to http://news.cnet.com/8301-11386_3-57585392-76/leap-motion-shows-off-windows-compatibility/.
During National Cyber Awareness Week, technology law expert Nigel Wilson, from the University of Adelaide’s School of law, explained the potential problems and legal pitfalls of the rapidly growing use of cloud computing. Security of data and protection of identity are major risks of using web and computer-based technologies. Wilson says that those using cloud computing should investigate whether their main service provider is subcontracting out some of its services. If so, legal issues could occur since the user’s agreement is not with these subcontractors. “Cloud computing is an important technology adopted by major corporations, governments and others rights around the world, and for good reason. But like all technologies of this nature, you need to be careful when using them.” To learn more, go to http://phys.org/news/2013-05-cyber-cloud.html.
A team of scientists at North Dakota State University have created a way to trace paper money using RFID tags. Keeping in mind that physical cash is easier to lose and steal, the team developed a process called Laser Enabled Advanced Packaging (LEAP), that uses lasers to create and install RFID tags. Currently, the RFID-enabled cash can only be tracked from a short range, preventing tracking by satellite. RFID-equipped paper is presently just a lab project, as the North Dakota team is looking for a way to bring it to market. To learn more, go to http://www.extremetech.com/electronics/154874-researchers-create-rfid-enabled-paper-bringing-us-ever-closer-to-traceable-cash.