ACCC suggests Budget funding for non-commercial NBN services

ZDNet

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."


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

Engadget

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

Mashable

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."


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.


5 Ways AI is Transforming the Finance Industry - Maruti Techlabs

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As global technology has evolved over the years, we have moved from television to the internet, and today we are smoothly and gradually adapting Artificial Intelligence. The term AI was first coined by John McCarthy in 1956. It involves a lot of the main things ranging from process automation of robotics to the actual process of robotics. It has become highly popular among large enterprises today owing to the amount of data these companies are dealing in. Increase in the demand for understanding the data patterns has led to the growth in demand of AI.