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New laws are very silly, should go through Beta testing (The Funny Side)
A colleague asked me to be her babys godparent but her smile faded as she watched me trying to operate a microwave.
 
Not my fault. There's obviously a hidden law which says All Microwave Ovens Must Be Impossible to Turn On in a Different Way.
 
Hidden laws are troublesome. For example: A school recently rejected a woman who applied for a job as a Spanish teacher because she could not speak Spanish. 
 
You might think that was a reasonable decision, but the woman, Tracy Rosner, took out a lawsuit against the Miami school under an "affirmative action" law guaranteeing jobs for ethnic minorities. 
 
"Most new laws look good on paper but cause problems in real life," said reader Alison Au, who sent me the report. 
 
So true. I told her about the problem in Hengshui, a city in the Hebei province of China, where officials recently passed a law forcing all taxi drivers to switch to electric vehicles. This made the officials appear very forward-looking -- but horrified taxi drivers since the city had no electric car charging stations. Hengshui's taxi fleet might not be able to move, but it will look great. Citizens will have to go back to their bicycles which will be better for their health and for the planet, so I guess the world needs more officials like these.
 
Meanwhile, back in the United States, a reader reports that a new law in Arizona has made it illegal for any adult to touch the private parts of anyone under 15. This sounded wise until residents realised that all the babies in the state now have to change their own nappies and give themselves baths, or their parents can be arrested.
 
The legal sector needs to copy the system used by tech people, having a "beta" period where new laws are tried out. The official objection to this is that social engineering is evil.
 
I dispute this, since a great many of us already do social experiments on human beings, a technique known as "parenting". For example, since the Olympics, I have encouragingly referred to my children as "Olympic hopefuls", a phrase much used on TV. They are useless at sport, but there's no law against being hopeful, right? 
 
The advantage of having a testing period is that we could try out much-needed laws which might be controversial. Case in point: There clearly needs to be a law saying that once a year, all singers need to sing in public without autotune. This would lead to the tragic ends of the careers of Britney Spears, Rihanna, Justin Bieber, Kesha, T-Pain, One Direction and the like. It would also mean that my children would stop talking to me. Good news upon good news.
 
Before I had kids, my favorite game was "rock paper scissors". This is because, as a writer, I loved the fact that this game recognised that paper should actually be classified as a powerful weapon. But now I have kids and they beat me every time, as the game shamefully penalises people who are loyal to any particular commodity.
 
By the way, did I mention my kids are Olympic hopefuls?
 
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SC cancels Subrata Roy's parole
The Supreme Court on Friday cancelled the parole of Sahara chief Subrata Roy and two other directors and directed to take them into custody.
 
A bench headed by Chief Justice T.S. Thakur cancelled the "interim arrangements" of granting him parole after market regulator SEBI's counsel Pratap Venugopal told the bench that all the properties given by Sahara to the market regulator were already under attachment by Income Tax authorities.
 
Apparantly annoyed over this, the Chief Justice immediately ordered the cancellation of parole and directed Roy and the two other directors to be taken into custody and they will remain so till october 3 when the matter will again be taken up for hearing.
 
Disclaimer: Information, facts or opinions expressed in this news article are presented as sourced from IANS and do not reflect views of Moneylife and hence Moneylife is not responsible or liable for the same. As a source and news provider, IANS is responsible for accuracy, completeness, suitability and validity of any information in this article.

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500 mn accounts hacked in 'state-sponsored' attack: Yahoo
Joining the list of global companies who have faced users' data breach in the recent past, a Yahoo investigation has confirmed that at least 500 million user accounts were hacked in late 2014 which, it believes, was a "state-sponsored" attack.
 
The account information may have included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords (the vast majority with bcrypt) and, in some cases, encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers," Yahoo revealed in a statement late Thursday.
 
"The ongoing investigation suggests that stolen information did not include unprotected passwords, payment card data, or bank account information; payment card data and bank account information are not stored in the system that the investigation has found to be affected," the Sunnyvale, California-based company added.
 
According to Yahoo's Chief Information Security Officer Bob Lord, the information was stolen from the company's network in late 2014.
 
Based on the ongoing investigation, Yahoo believes that information associated with at least 500 million user accounts was stolen and the investigation has found no evidence that the state-sponsored actor is currently in Yahoo's network.
 
Yahoo is working closely with law enforcement on this matter. The breach could also impact Yahoo's $4.8 billion sale of its core business to Verizon.
 
Yahoo has notified potentially affected users and has taken steps to secure their accounts.
 
These steps include invalidating unencrypted security questions and answers so that they cannot be used to access an account and asking potentially affected users to change their passwords.
 
Yahoo has recommended that users who have not changed their passwords since 2014 to do so.
 
"Yahoo encourages users to review their online accounts for suspicious activity and to change their password and security questions and answers for any other accounts on which they use the same or similar information used for their Yahoo account," the statement read.
 
The company further recommends that users avoid clicking on links or downloading attachments from suspicious emails and that they be cautious of unsolicited communications that ask for personal information.
 
Additionally, Yahoo has asked users to consider using Yahoo Account Key, a simple authentication tool that eliminates the need to use a password altogether.
 
Online intrusions and thefts by state-sponsored actors have become increasingly common across the technology industry including professional social network LinkedIn, micro-blogging website Twitter and file hosting service Dropbox, to name a few.
 
Yahoo and other companies have launched programmes to detect and notify users when a company strongly suspects that a state-sponsored actor has targeted an account.
 
Since the inception of Yahoo's programme in December 2015, independent of the recent investigation, approximately 10,000 users have received such a notice.
 
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