Drone Hobbyist Gets Threatened by FAA for Selling Pictures!!

OMG…I got so angry when I read this story about how Steve Girard of Gorham got threatened by the FAA. Steve has a full time job, but when he started playing with his new 3 lb. drone, and got pretty good at taking some pictures with it, and decided to sell them for a few dollars on his website, big brother, the FAA came in bullying him and threatened him with pulling down his site. You just HAVE to not only read this story, but also listen to audio recording they left on his voicemail. This shit just totally pisses me off!! Please share this story everywhere you can, and let the government know that it’s not nice to mess with the “little guy” …just because you can. It’s just not right.

If you want to go straight to the audio, that link is HERE, (but it’s also in the story above if you follow that link)

And since that article was a little old, I was curious. what exactly “is” the law ‘CURRENTLY’ and where do hobbyists stand? Well I did a little research for you. I found a case where the FAA tried to make another guy “register” his “unmanned aircraft” (really? It’s a toy for God’s sake!) …and the outcome. If you are a drone hobbyist, you are definitely going to want to read the outcome of that case. (I won’t spoil it for you, so please read the whole document, it’s not that long)

Artificial Intelligence is getting scary smart!

Artificial Intelligence is getting scary smart, and Google is the running. (of course) Their AI platform is integrated into playing the Game of “GO” which is the oriental version of chess really…and highly regarded strategic game in many circles. Google’s computerized version of the game, named AlphaGO, took on 5 top players AT ONCE and came out victorious. Even the best chess games, up to now, have been beatable by the champs…but soon, the computers will always win. (which takes the fun out of playing really) …but it does say something for AI. Anyway, you can read the article about the match-up here: Artificial Intelligence is getting scary smart!

India Demonetizes its Currency (some bills)

Quite often, the articles and/or information that I find so very interesting that they are worth re-posting, are often not related to information technology, and for that, I apologize. But I really could not pass this up. The whole situation sounds pretty serious to me, for an entire country to demonetize part of its cash currency to fight counterfeiting and terrorism. But that’s exactly what India did. Not all of its currency, mind you, but the most common bills I suppose. It would be equivalent of USA saying “as of midnight tonight, no $20’s, $50’s, or $100’s bills will be any more be considered legal tender for stores, bill payment, or anything that requires payment that you wish to render payment for in cash”; And that would have serious economic consequences for the country. But think; If they did it in one country, what is to stop them from trying it here if it’s successful? It’s scary to think about. If you want to read the article (which is very good, and worth reading) read it here: https://www.indipulse.com/demonetization-in-india-a-perfect-case-of-solution-worse-than-the-problem/