Our legal system actively excludes jurors with expertise from cases–we want the experts to be testifying and the jurors to be blank slates, pure reasoning machines without bias that weigh only the facts presented in court. I’m sure I’m not alone in wondering whether this is ever a good idea, but I’m particularly convinced that it’s a poor idea for technical matters. People who don’t understand the difference between copyright and trademark shouldn’t be in the jury for a copyright infringement case, and people who apparently don’t understand that public-key cryptography and secret-key cryptography have about as much in common as a gamalan performance does with Kelly Clarkson’s Breakaway shouldn’t be deciding a crypto patent case. Continue reading
I don’t usually participate in any of the Lego group builds/theme builds for a number of reasons. A lot of them don’t call to me, and the ones that do tend to be the more involved ones, and I just don’t have the time. But this year Nnovvember rolled around, and an idea struck me: I’d been wanting to do something in the style of the Galaxy Squad bug ships but hadn’t figured out what. I was thinking a beetle, but that doesn’t fit the requirements of a Vic Viper—then it hit me: stag beetle! It has the two forward spars. And I can use the wings and shell for the Vic Viper’s requisite structures!