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UK Parliament to consider new #drone laws, today #drones #quadcopters

Existing 400 foot height restriction applied to drones weighing 250g to 7 kg (note the odd use of both English and Metric measures!) 1 km exclusion zone around all certified aerodromes/airports (but not private strips) Require registering with the Civil Aviation Authority Pass an online test Source: New UK drone laws are on the way – but actual Drones Bill still in limbo • The Register On YouTube we can easily find numerous videos in...

Facebook’s ad placement tools  used by many companies to avoid hiring older workers

A proposed class-action lawsuit alleging Facebook’s ad placement tools facilitate discrimination against older job seekers has been expanded to identify additional companies, further widening the latest front in claims that candidates are being filtered out by gender, geography, race and age. “When Facebook’s own algorithm disproportionately directs ads to younger workers at the exclusion of older workers, Facebook and the advertisers who are using Facebook as an agent to send their advertisements are engaging in...

How to set up Two Factor Authentication (2FA) for EBay account

Finding this information was not easy but after searching I found a forum post that said to use this link and it did indeed set up 2FA for EBay. https://signinalert.ebay.com/sgninalrt/twofa/onboard?clk_rvr_id=1320452358102&rmvSB=true Logging in to EBay, I receive a text message and must enter the received code to log in to EBay. Two factor authentication depends on something you know (your password) and something you have in your possession (your phone) to thwart hackers attempting to gain...

High school #Drones #Quadcopters racing as part of #STEM curriculum

A group of high schools in Hawaii have spent the past year studying physics, aerodynamics and learning how to build quad copters, culminating in a multi-high school competitive quadcopter racing program. Very cool! Students participate in first interscholastic drone race In some ways, this is similar to FIRST Robotics, also an awesome program for students interested in learning more about engineering, planning, fabrication and organizing complex projects. There are now many similar programs – nice!

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...

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