NPR makes an assertion that 1984 is when personal computers in the home emerged and that parents only bought personal computers for their sons. The first assertion is false and the second assertion is made without any supporting evidence. The latter assertion provides no meaningful explanation for women in computer science prior to the mid-1980s nor that most young women today have a personal computer but still are, apparently, not going into computer science.
U.S. Copyright Office expands copyright exemptions for fair use, security research and other activities
U.S. Copyright Office gives okay to computer security researchers to thwart copyright protection systems for the purpose of good faith security research. This, and many other exemptions, have been added into the rules for accessing copy protected works.
AOPA sees government fees for future drone flying, certainly for commercial operations but also likely for recreational flyers depending on their locations. We may know more within 6 months. Additionally, mandatory beacon ID/transponders likely to be required for model aircraft, depending on where they are flown; hopefully areas including Class G airspace will be exempt.
If Democrats regain control of Congress, Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) will likely become head of the House transportation committee with oversight of the FAA. He appears to favor strong regulation of all model aircraft operations in the United States. What impact is this likely to have on model aviation or consumer drone/quadcopter activities?
To understand where Congress and the FAA are likely headed in regards to drone regulation, we look at public statements of Congressional representatives, the FAA and the drone industry. As these issues are under debated as part of the FAA funding bill, we should know within a few weeks where the regulatory environment is going.
What happened to ultralights? And does this foreshadow what may happen to drones and quadcopters? I lay out a case for what happens next: we are proceeding down a path where regulatory hurdles will do to model aircraft and quadcopters what the FAA did to ultralights (largely killing them off). Read the whole article to see the details.
Uniform Law Commission proposes #drones flying below 200 feet can be declared as trespassing on private property #quadcopters
“A person operating an unmanned aircraft is liable to a landowner or lessee for per se trespass when the person, without consent, intentionally causes the unmanned aircraft to enter into the airspace below 200 feet above the surface of land or below 200 feet above improvements built upon the surface of the land.”
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella on the issue of government regulation: ” instead of us trying to govern the government and its users, it’s better for governments, especially in democracies, to have a clear set rules on what’s the right use of some of these technologies.”