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Should Congress Regulate the Sexbot Industry?

Are sexbots bad or are they just made that way?

In a sexually complicated society, it is actually a question for debate. One law professor wants Congress to regulate the developing sexbot industry because it could cause people to act out rape and other sex crimes.

"The obvious first step would be to have hearings and do studies to determine just how serious the threat is, whether there are any real benefits to having sexbots programmed to simulate being raped, and then what if any new laws, regulations, etc. might be appropriate," says John Banzhaf, a professor at George Washington Law School.

More Lawyers at Top Law Firms Are Working From Home

For all the talk about lawyers lagging in technology, it's nice to see that many law firms are leading in at least one area: remote work.

According to reports, more than half of the attorneys at the best law firms work remotely. That includes partners, associates, and of counsel logging in from desktops and laptops at home.

"Remote work is the most popular flex option among both male and female lawyers at every level, and it is offered by all of our top firms," says Working Mother's 2017 Best Law Firms for Women.

Modern Forgery 101: The Tell-Tale Signs of 'Fontgate'

"Watergate" for political scandal. "Deflategate" for NFL cheaters. "Fontgate" for forgers?

It works because "Fontgate" is about forgers using Microsoft's Calibri font to fake documents. In any case, the forged font story is a remake of scandals that actually date back to the original cover-up.

Fontgate really began in 1973, the same year Richard Nixon began the Watergate cover-up. But both gates reverberate in law and politics today.

When Is It Safe to Use Keyloggers?

Keyloggers are like knives.

They can be very useful, but also very dangerous. It depends on who is using them.

When anyone can get a keylogger for $10, it's a good idea to know how to use one. Even if you don't want to use keyloggers, at least you should know how dangerous they can be.

Signs Your Law Firm Has Been Hacked

Ignorance is no excuse, and intelligence is no guarantee.

In either case, it turns out that many lawyers do not know when their computers have been hacked. According to a survey of 200 law firms, about 40 percent did not realize their confidential client data had been breached.

Lawyers are not alone when it comes to cybersecurity challenges, but they have a high duty of care when it comes to protecting their information from hackers. Here are some signs your firm may have been hacked:

Court Won't Act on Computer Glitch That Generates Bad Orders and Warrants

You could call it a glitch in the system, but this is criminal.

The Alameda County Superior Court's computer system has caused countless numbers of people to serve unnecessary jail time, be improperly arrested, and wrongly registered as sex offenders. The public defender's office has filed about 2,000 motions challenging legal process due to the faulty software.

While judges dealt with the problem in the courtroom, public defender Brendon Woods petitioned an appeals court to order the county to fix the software. But now there is a problem with the paperwork.

Silk Road Ends at 2nd Circuit: Founder's Life Sentence Upheld

Ross William Ulbricht, founder of the notoriously successful Silk Road, didn't want the fame. He just wanted the fortune.

He didn't even want anyone to know that he created the website, which did more than $180 million in business in just a few years, for people to make "darknet" purchases. He worked anonymously because, after all, it was a drug-trafficking site.

The government discovered his real identity, however, and sent him to jail for life. Now a federal appeals court has affirmed the sentence.

What Internet of Things Devices Are Lawyers Using?

It won't be long before you -- personally -- will be connected to the internet.

It will happen with an earpiece or contact lenses or some wearable. Oh wait, we're already there.

If you haven't noticed, lawyers are literally talking to the air, if not their hand, because they are wirelessly connected to someone, or something, somewhere. Here are some of the smart devices they are using on the Internet of Things.

Citepad: a Digital Keypad for Lawyers

Citepad is like a magic wand that floats over your screen and inserts legal terms, symbols, and phrases into documents with the touch of your finger.

It does not turn your computer screen into a touch screen, but you "touch" the Citepad virtual keyboard with your mouse and "Voila."

An innovation from Juristech, it is available by download for as little as $15. Not bad for a magic wand.

Amazon's Digital Assistant Alexa Will Track Your Billable Hours

If you haven't met Alexa yet, you're gonna love her now.

Alexa is Amazon's digital assistant -- and she does more than ever. She started out as a desktop version of Siri, the iPhone know-it-all who responds to voice commands.

Now, thanks to innovation from Thomson Reuters, FindLaw's parent company, Alexa does something only a lawyer could love. She keeps track of billable hours!