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Why I returned my DJI Spark #quadcopter #drones #quadcopters #geofencing

Ultimately, the geofencing feature was an impossible hassle to deal with – for flying the unit indoors – at my house. But before then, the set up process proved to be unnecessarily difficult. I bought a DJI Spark, Spark Remote Controller (RC), extra battery and prop guards. First thing I noticed was their instruction booklet is printed in about 4 point type font, making it extremely difficult to read. Once upon a time I had...

Age discrimination in tech industry becomes a global phenomena

In China, high skilled tech workers become unemployable as early as 30 years old. “Most people in their 30s are married and have to take care of their family—they’re not able to focus on the high-intensity work.” Source: China’s Tech Industry Wants Youth, Not Experience – Bloomberg Personal note – I graduated in 2012 with an M.S. in software engineering (GPA 4.0, thesis on Android and smart device power management). I already had an M.B.A....

Private Prison Phone Company tracking location of all cell phone users, nationwide

They collect cell phone location data collected by all major cellular phone carriers, and then sell that location data to law enforcement agencies (no warrant needed). The data is used to conduct surveillance on potentially everyone in the U.S. who has a cellular phone. Source: Senator Wyden Demands Answers from Prison Phone Service Caught Sharing Cellphone Location Data | Electronic Frontier Foundation When the FCC mandated “wireless 911” technology so that phones would be required...

Suspicionless “Forensic” Border Searches of Electronic Devices Are Unconstitutional

In a victory for privacy rights at the border, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit today ruled that forensic searches of electronic devices carried out by border agents without any suspicion that the traveler has committed a crime violate the U.S. Constitution. Source: Fourth Circuit Rules That Suspicionless Forensic Searches of Electronic Devices at the Border Are Unconstitutional | Electronic Frontier Foundation The government can still do manual searches of electronic devices...

Optimum age to be a successful entrepreneur is 45

The tech industry, and tech VCs, act as if the most successful age for starting a tech business is someone in their 20s. The tech sector tends to view most who are past age 30 to 35 as ancient history. But an academic study find’s that… Silicon Valley’s idea of successful young entrepreneurs is all wrong. Source: This is the optimum age to be a successful entrepreneur – MarketWatch The study found that older entrepreneurs...

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