legal – Is there really no way for Australian citizens to return home from India right now legally?

They can spend 14 days in another country and then return, but that becomes increasingly difficult with travel restrictions.

Australian citizens are simply not allowed to return home, even if they found a way?

That’s why the laws threatens with fines and jail terms. They will not be sent back if they somehow reach Australian soil.

Is there absolutely no way to do it? Can’t the embassy in New Delhi assist in some way? I assumed the government would arrange some kind of quarantine with rigorous testing in approved and monitored facilities before and after a chartered government flight to get citizens home or something.

I am not sure if you are asking if there is no way for the government to do it or the affected citizens and residents. For the government, it is sovereign and can decide to provide such facility or not, subject to possible consequences on its international reputations or internal approval. Why they choose one way or another is not a question suitable on Travel.SE.

For the affected citizens and residents, once the proposed measures take effect, it is not legally possible for them to return.


Additionally, even if the international law requires to different degrees that citizens have a right of return, it is not really enforceable unless the country incorporates the right in domestic law (e.g. Canada, even then it’s subject to limitations, but at least the court would carefully examine the case), although in some cases other countries where the citizens of the country denying the right of return currently are may protest. Australia apparently does not have a direct incorporation of a right to return in its constitution, though legal challenges on other grounds can take time but it is not clear and will take some time.

Plus, it doesn’t prohibit countries making reentry very difficult or very expensive.

legal – Are there any trains where roof riding is legally possible?

I just read an article about the Indonesian railways, where they put low hanging concrete balls above railroad tracks to deter train rooftop riders.

Roof riders in Burma, photo by Peter Hahndorf

Roof riding is common on certain trains in Indonesia, but it is illegal.

In Burma people also did it, but they wouldn’t let us go up on the roof. What about India?

It was also popular on the tourist trains in Ecuador, but after two people cut their heads off a while ago, they are now very strict about this.

So are there any trains where you are actually allowed to ride on the roof? And how dangerous is it assuming there are no concrete balls in the way?

legal – can I legally make a “RTX game”

I’m making a game called “karlson RTX”, a remake of the game “karlson” by danidev, but it has “RTX” in the name and the game starts with a the way it’s meant to be played splash screen, containing the nvidia icon, and soon to be containing it’s slogan

will this game (which will be released free, and open source) run into any legal issues? and if so how can I fix them?

I suppose it’s free advertising for the brand but you can never be too sure, It also isn’t in any way offending the brand if anything promoting it

publishing – I want to make a video game based off of Dungeons and Dragons. How much am I legally permitted to use?

I want to make a video game based off of Dungeons and Dragons. It’ll be a top-down RPG with similar battle and class mechanics. But I’ve been planning out more, and seeing how much I’m copying. How much am I legally permitted to use? I am awayer of the SRD, but don’t understand it fully. Is it like a book of what I’m allowed to use?

usa – Visa extension due to covid pending – am I legally okay until I hear back from UCIS?

I filed and paid for extension of Visa with I-539 form before my original visa expired on May 6th 2020. I have not heard back from UCIS, should I worry? I dont want to travel while tests and vaccines are required, therefore prefer to stay as long as I can.

It says on UCIS homepage https://www.uscis.gov/about-us/uscis-response-to-covid-19
If You File in a Timely Manner. Nonimmigrants generally do not accrue unlawful presence while the timely-filed, non-frivolous EOS/COS application is pending. Where applicable, employment authorization with the same employer, subject to the same terms and conditions of the prior approval, is automatically extended for up to 240 days after I-94 expiration when an extension of stay request is filed on time.

Is someone else’s surgery a legally permitted reason for international travel from the UK?

Your need to see a person before a surgery, or to bring some people to see that person, is not a medical emergency. Her need for the surgery, may be, but it is not her who wants to travel. I doubt you will get an exception.

Where you might have a chance is, it says on your link that you can travel for the same reasons you can leave home, and you can leave home

to visit someone who is dying or to visit someone receiving treatment in a hospital, hospice or care home, or to accompany a family member or friend to a medical appointment

Now, it also says you can leave home to exercise, and I’m sure you couldn’t get permission to fly to another country to exercise, so this isn’t a guarantee of success, especially since this “major surgery” is one that can be postponed a few times already.

I can’t see a way for you to apply for permission to travel; it looks like you just do it and perhaps argue with someone at the airport about it? This looks too risky to me.

My personal definition of emergency travel (under which I did travel internationally in November) is: does any cost, quarantine or other issue mean I won’t go, or will I go no matter what? I will go no matter what, then I go. In my case this involved two separate two week quarantines, one of which cost me over $5000, and Covid testing. Didn’t matter, I had to go. If your need is not that urgent, then you know you should not go.

privacy – Can a school legally track my location using a software downloaded without permission on my personal computer?

After looking around on my school email account to see what extensions for google chrome my district installed on my computer without asking I noticed a “Tracker For Chrome” software and after looking what it does, it does as the name implies, tracks my location hopefully only when using the school account and not my own, but what I do not know if this is even legal, I did not sign a consent form, I’am not using a school issued laptop, and I’am not using a school issued internet connection, but I am forced to use this account to access both my classes and schoolwork.
Below is the page on the extention installed on my deviceenter image description here

germany – What are the “legally permitted reasons” for international travel FROM the UK?

I have a flight ticket from the UK, to Costa Rica, with a connecting flight in Germany (in March). The airline is Lufthansa.

Costa Rica is allowing international travellers in, however, the UK is currently in lockdown and has put out restrictions on leaving your home. The current rules the that UK Government has put out are not very clear:

You can only travel internationally – or within the UK – where you first have a legally permitted reason to leave home. In addition, you should consider the public health advice in the country you are visiting.

If you do need to travel overseas (and are legally permitted to do so, for example, because it is for work), even if you are returning to a place you’ve visited before, you should look at the rules in place at your destination and the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) travel advice.

Additionally, the travel info page specific to Costa Rica says:

Commercial flights are not running normally. United Airlines, Iberia, Air France and Lufthansa are operating some flights and other airlines are resuming operations on certain dates. Check with the airlines or a travel agent.


Supposing that these rules are still in place in March, can I travel to Costa Rica for tourism purposes? I cannot find a list of the “legally permitted reasons” anywhere on the GOV website.

How is Apple legally allowed to run x86 compiled binaries on their M1 processors, when Intel and AMD have exlusive rights to the instruction set?

I’m no legal expert, but I was under the impression that Intel and AMD had exlusive rights to produce CPUs capable of natively executing x86 binaries. So even if Apple wanted to make a traditional x86 CPU, they would not be allowed without signing some deal with AMD or Intel (or perhaps both).

Yet clearly, Apple is now selling hardware that is capable of running these binaries using their software translation layer. From one perspective, it is fully within Apple’s rights to sell an ARM processor, and allow the user to emulate x86 on it. From another perspective, Apple is selling a product packaged with an x86 emulator tightly integrated with the operating system and hardware, essentially circumventing the intent of the IP law.

Is Apple facing any legal challenges from AMD or Intel that their IP, the ability to sell hardware capable of executing x86 binaries, is being infringed upon?