Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Florida Starts Their Own Butlerian Jihad

Who isn't afraid of computers taking over? From Dune to Terminator and beyond, it's been a common theme of sci-fi for a half-century or more. But finally, lawmakers have listened. Lawmakers in Florida, shocked by internet cafes that were gambling parlors, outlawed any "system or network of devices" that could be used in a game of chance. Sadly, the proliferation of online gaming sites mean that definition includes all internet-enabled smartphones and computers. Now they're faced with a useless law that can't be enforced at all, or one that is enforced against suspected internet cafes but not everyone else that then has the problem of selective prosecution. Nice work, Florida!

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