Monthly Archive: April 2018

Google and Amazon seek to “own” airspace by de facto kicking out radio control model airplane hobbyists #Drones #modelaircraft #airplanes #stem

Google, Amazon and others have asked Congress to require that model aircraft hobbyists be Federally licensed pilots and place radio transponders on all model aircraft. This would apply to everyone from the 8 ounce toys flown by children the legislation may ban youth from flying radio control aircraft) to typical hobby model planes. Model airplane enthusiasts have been flying model aircraft since before the FAA was formed and have a safety record better than any...

Commercial #Drone Alliance (Google, Amazon, CNN, etc) asks Congress to require all hobby Radio Control aircraft operators to be Federally licensed, have transponders on models #Drones

Source: COMMERCIAL DRONE ALLIANCE CALLS FOR CONGRESS TO REPEAL SECTION 336 OF THE FAA MODERNIZATION AND REFORM ACT OF 2012 — Commercial Drone Alliance To put this in a different context, this is like requiring a Federal license to operate a Wi-Fi transmitter in your tablet or notebook computer.  In the US, manned ultralight aircraft fly – license free – under FAA Part 103 rules. Not everything needs to be Federally licensed. Not including study...

Palantir is spying on everyone #Facebook

Peter Thiel’s data-mining company is using War on Terror tools to track American citizens. Source: Palantir Knows Everything About You The entire high tech world is now spying on everyone “to serve you better”.

“Arrogance Peaks in Silicon Valley”

Says M.G. Siegler, Google Ventures General Partner There’s something that has been in the back of my mind for some time now. And while it pre-dates the Facebook fiasco, that situation certainly brings it to the forefront. Increasingly, it feels like people in our industry, the tech industry, are losing touch with reality. Source: Arrogance Peaks in Silicon Valley – 500ish Words I earned an MBA in mid-life. Prior to that I was a software...

Yahoo Email spies on people who do not give consent to their privacy policy

Yahoo spies on people who never consented to Yahoo’s privacy policy. They say this right in their new privacy policy. “Oath analyzes and stores all communications content, including email content from incoming and outgoing mail.” This means Yahoo is reading and storing the email of people who have sent email to you, and who themselves are not users of Yahoo nor have they agreed to Yahoo’s Privacy Policy as a condition of service. When ever...

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