You don't have to register personal drones with the FAA anymore


In March, the FAA noted that over 100,000 hobby drone owners had registered their machines since the year began, bringing the total in the US over 770,000. Owners have filed their non-commercial UAVs with the agency ever since the DoT passed a law in December 2015 that made registration mandatory. But a Washington, D.C. court has struck down that legislation, freeing just-for-fun drone owners from notifying the government of their purchases -- for good and ill. Model aircraft enthusiast John Taylor brought his case against the FAA back in January 2016, shortly after the regulations came in place. The DC court of appeals ruled (PDF) in his favor, effectively classifying non-commercial drones as model aircraft and subject to the FAA's 2012 Modernization and Reform Act, which prohibited the agency from making new laws restricting flying hobbyist craft.

Drone law goes down, and now hobbyists don't have to register


Buying a drone for fun just got a little less complicated. A court ruling has declared that civilians c no longer need to register their non-commercial drones with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). On Friday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled in favor of drone user John Taylor, who filed an initial petition challenging the drone registration rule back in 2015, just days after the FAA's drone registry went live in December of that year. The rule required drone hobbyists to pay a $5 fee to register their drone with the FAA's website. However, the judge in Taylor's case cited the 2012 FAA Modernization and Reform Act, signed by President Obama, which states that the FAA "may not promulgate any rule or regulation regarding a model aircraft."

ACCC suggests Budget funding for non-commercial NBN services


The Federal Budget should fund the non-commercial satellite and fixed-wireless National Broadband Network (NBN) services in an attempt to recover the costs of delivering broadband to uneconomic areas, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has recommended. Following questions last week over NBN's commercial viability, the ACCC said the government could instead directly fund the satellite and fixed-wireless networks through the Budget; introduce debt-relief measures; or re-evaluate NBN's assets instead of extending the rural broadband scheme (RBS) charge to non-NBN mobile services. "We do not consider this [RBS] charge should be extended to other substitute networks in the future; indeed, we have a preference that all non-commercial services be funded directly from the Budget," the ACCC said in its Communications Sector Market Study: Draft report [PDF] published on Monday. "Given the social objectives it is required to fulfil by supplying services to uneconomic parts of Australia, and depending on future developments, the government could consider whether NBN Co should continue to be obliged to recover its full cost of investment through its prices via ... direct Budget funding arrangements for non-commercial services, debt relief measures, or an asset re-evaluation. "The latter step is consistent with that usually taken by private sector enterprises if and when business plans are not met ... our preference is for direct Budget funding, as it would be the least distortionary alternative and not serve as a means of protecting the NBN from network competition."

For noncommercial music lovers, it's often DIY venues like Oakland's Ghost Ship or nothing at all

Los Angeles Times

To the editor: People who are not members of an underground music community may find it easy to declare that they would never patronize a venue such as the Ghost Ship in Oakland, a converted warehouse where dozens of people were killed in a massive fire Friday night. But if you're interested in noncommercial music, the concerts you attend will probably be in DIY venues. These places don't make a profit and consequently are excellent community spaces: Tickets are cheap, enabling individuals of diverse means to attend and artists without a commercially significant fan base to perform. Much of the news coverage ignores this part of the story in favor of the sensationalist narrative that implies that the Ghost Ship was so obviously dangerous that anyone attending was irresponsible. Certainly, there were lapses in oversight -- by the city government, promoters and warehouse owners -- but the fans who came out that night were simply supporting local musicians and enjoying the music, like they had many times before.

A Temporal Analysis of Posting Behavior in Social Media Streams

AAAI Conferences

In this work, we investigated the social media streams to understand their characteristics and their temporal aspects. We assumed that each blogger has different temporal preference for posting. To investigate this hypothesis, we analyzed a massive dataset, nearly 700,000 blog articles, with the consideration of two factors which are day of the week and time of the day. The comparison was done in manifold ways: Blogosphere vs. Twitter, commercial blogs vs. non-commercial blogs, and their individuals. We hope that this work provides a hint to develop a personalized system which can be used for the reduction of the system resources for pull/fetch technology.