Drones might soon be coming to a neighborhood near you. A federal judge has ruled that the Federal Aviation Administration has not explicitly outlawed the unmanned aerial vehicles. This will allow all number of businesses, from beer distributors to photography companies, to operate their drones without running afoul of the law.
The ruling was made in favor of Raphael Pirker, a drone pilot fined by the FAA for “operating a drone recklessly while filming at the University of Virginia,” according to Politico. Though the FAA could issue an emergency rule to ban commercial drones or appeal the ruling, the case will allow drone operators to fly their vehicles below 400 feet, at least for now.
LeClairRyan’s drone group, based in Annapolis, is led by Tim Adelman and Doug McQueen, a flight instructor and United Airlines pilot, respectively, in addition to being aviation attorneys. McKenna Long’s practice is headed by Mark Dombroff, a partner in the firm’s McLean office and a former in-house lawyer at the Federal Aviation Administration.
“We want to help [companies] shape rulemaking and get a seat at the table, then actually operate in a world they had a hand in creating,” Dombroff said.
There are thousands of companies building drones and trying to market and sell them, but they are running into hurdles because the federal government has yet to create regulations to govern them, Adelman said.
- Triangulation of Open Data sources and other freely available data (Anonymisation is bunk)
- Buy other private (maybe "lost") data for triangulation (Anonymisation is bunk part II)
- Use Open Data, together with Big Computing to drive products for commercial purposes
...there was a growing awareness, among participants, of the potential of tapping swelling reservoirs of external data—sometimes known as open data—and combining them with existing proprietary data to improve models and business outcomes. (See “What executives should know about open data.”) Hedge funds have been among the first to exploit a flood of newly accessible government data, correlating that information with stock-price movements to spot short-term investment opportunities.
The current ‘transparency agenda’ [of the UK government, supported by prominent Open Data advocates] should be recognised as an initiative that also aims to enable the marketisation of public services, and this is something that is not readily apparent to the general observer.
Further, whilst democratic ends are claimed in the desire to enable ‘the public’ to hold ‘the state’ to account via these measures, there is an issue in utilising a dichotomy between the state and a notion of ‘the public’ which does not differentiate between citizens and commercial interests…”
- The combination of enthusiasts who see no problems, and commercial interests who intend to make money from the exact problems it will cause, will ensure data will get out without adequate protections or safeguards, at low cost (to the buyers)
- The people who experience “the problems” (eg data hacked, sold, etc) will have little redress initially, but resistance will increase via social media channels
- There will be scandals, “lessons will be learned”, but little will be done…
- …until there is one scandal too many, too many "little people" will have been damaged, and the pressure to Do Something will be unavoidable.
- Finally there will be (over) regulation, an OfData will be formed, and it will all settle down to business as usual
....provide "rock-solid" assurance to patients that confidential information will not be sold for commercial insurance purposes, the Department of Health said.
He is to put a raft of measures in place including a statutory requirement that any patient's opt-out will be respected and legislation that will prevent the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) – the body which will control the data – from sharing personal information where there is "not a clear health or care benefit for people".
A Department of Health spokeswoman said this "puts beyond any doubt that the HSCIC cannot release identifiable, or potentially identifiable, patient data for commercial insurance or other purely commercial purposes."
The HSCIC will also be bound by laws to protect patient confidentiality when anonymised data is released. And any researchers who wish to access identifiable data must demonstrate "an ethical reason to do so".
A bitcoin bank has been forced to close after hackers stole 896 bitcoin, worth £365,000, in an attack on Sunday....
"On March 2nd 2014 Flexcoin was attacked and robbed of all coins in the hot wallet,” the statement read. “As Flexcoin does not have the resources, assets, or otherwise to come back from this loss, we are closing our doors immediately.”
Not all of the company’s assets were stolen. In line with best practices for running a bitcoin financial service, Flexcoin held some bitcoins in “cold storage”, keeping them on devices not connected to the internet. Those bitcoins are safe, but only users who explicitly requested their bitcoins be held in cold storage (and paid a 0.5% fee) benefit.
- House prices rose to the point that educated non techies couldn't afford them, so people like teachers were priced out. This is starting to happen again. (By the way, my "top of market" indicator was when teachers in SF/SV decided to sell and go and teach elsewhere/semi retire based on the huge house price gains)
- SOMA became littered with start up bumf, not old newspapers, and you were tripping over blue-bazered dotcommers instead of winos (SoMa to me has been the flood plain of economic exuberance in the SF/SV area, its use is a good marker of prevailing conditions) - and its filling up with DotCom 2-ers again.