7/10/2013 12:58pm, #1
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- Jan 2010
- Southeast WI
Florida accidentally bans all computers
Florida's 1,000 Internet cafes were shut down immediately, including Miami-Dade's Incredible Investments, LLC, a café that provides online services to migrant workers, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
The owner, Consuelo Zapata, is now suing the state after her legal team found that the ban was so hastily worded that it can be applied to any computer or device connected to the Internet, according to a copy of the complaint obtained by The Miami Herald.
I attempted to come up with something witty to write here, but there is literally nothing I could say to make the fact that Florida accidentally banned all computers any funnier.
7/10/2013 1:04pm, #2
What was the original motivation to ban all internet cafes?
EDIT: Internet gambling? Seriously?
I may be out of touch here. How does an internet cafe facilitate e-gambling better than say a home computer?
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7/10/2013 1:15pm, #3
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- Nov 2012
- San Diego
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The ban defines slot machines as "any system or network of devices that may be used in a game of chance".
Seems to me that they've not only banned computers in Florida, but human beings as well.
7/10/2013 1:24pm, #4
I hear we are going to get rid of trading on the stock market too.
And eating raw oysters.
7/10/2013 1:40pm, #5
Scott and legislators acted in the wake of the Allied Veterans of the World charity scandal. The charity _which was affiliated with dozens of storefront parlors – was accused of running a $290 million illegal gambling business that directed most of the proceeds into its owners' pockets.
The parlors started sprouting around the state within the last six years amid debates over their legality. The game makers argued they were legal sweepstakes because there is a predetermined number of winners, similar to a McDonald's Monopoly game or Coca-Cola cap contest. Unlike slot machines run at casinos, the operations were not heavily regulated.
Most of the parlors sell customers Internet or phone time, allowing them to check email and surf the Web on computers. Instead, however, many customers play games like "Captain Cash" and "Lucky Shamrocks," and players are encouraged to spend more to win more, investigators said.
Existing law allows slot machines in casinos run by the Seminole Tribe and at dog and horse tracks in South Florida. The new law makes it clear that machines that simulate slot machines or other casino type games are illegal elsewhere in the state.
7/10/2013 1:43pm, #6
7/10/2013 2:12pm, #7
I think that the Florida police have an obligation now to seize every computer in the state, including their own.
7/10/2013 2:17pm, #8
Wait does this mean that if the cops in Florida run a check on someone that it would be an illegal act??
7/10/2013 2:46pm, #9
7/10/2013 2:48pm, #10