OTTAWA – Transport Minister Marc Garneau has issued tough new regulations for the use of drones in Canada, from banning drunk droning, to banning drones from flying in airspace near emergency scenes and airports.
Drone operators will now have to register their drones and pass an online test to receive certification to continue operating them.
These new changes apply to drones between 250 grams and 25 kilograms that are operated within the pilot’s sight, regardless of whether the drones are being used recreationally or for work.
Among the new rules:
- You can’t pilot a drone while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or within 12 hours of consuming alcohol;
- You must be over 14 years of age to apply for basic registered ownership and pass a test to become a certified pilot;
- Drones cannot fly higher than 122 metres above ground level, or 30 metres above a building or structure;
- Special certification is needed if you want to transport weapons or explosives;
- You can’t transport living creatures on your drone; and
- Unless a certified first responder, drones cannot fly over or near an emergency scene.
“This is very serious. If you put an object in the air, in the airspace of this country, you are in fact piloting it and if you cause an accident, that can have enormous repercussions,” said Garneau in Montreal on Wednesday while unveiling the new rules.
The minister noted that the new regulations come with fines up to $25,000 or even jail time depending on the severity of the offence.
It will cost $5 to register a drone, and the pilot exam for basic operations costs $10, while the test for advanced drone operations is $25.
The changes come after consultation with the public and drone industry stakeholders, and after hundreds of reported drone safety incidents or near-misses in Canada. The department says these changes are aimed at improving aviation safety.
According to Transport Canada, there are 193,500 remotely piloted aircraft systems in Canada, in contrast to the 37,000 “traditional” aircrafts such as commercial, cargo, or recreational small planes.
Rules around drone operations exist now, and will continue to apply until these new provisions come into effect on June 1.
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Motherboard has a very long and good write up on this (link at the bottom of the article,)) but the TL;DR version is if you’ve got a phone and it’s turned on, anyone with some money, without a warrant, can find you for a pretty low price.
Which, since you’re on Pocketables you probably already assumed.
What’s important the important takeaway here is that the carriers (T-Mobile, Sprint, AT&T are mentioned,) are selling real time location information to third parties who are then turning around and reselling it to groups that then turn around and sell it to whoever is willing to pay for it.
Motherboard spent $300 on the article, so if you’ve got a couple bucks laying around maybe consider supporting them.
There’s a lot of spokespeople saying that they confirmed that this was done incorrectly and shut down access, but it will still be out there on the grey and black market for anyone willing to pay $300 for a $4 lookup through a third party.
So yeah, if you’re on the run from Dog the Bounty Hunter, grab a burner phone on Verizon evidently.[Motherboard]
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One of my favourite network tools and apps just tweeted about something really exciting. For a while now, I have been bothering PR team about the API and 3rd party access to the Fingbox. Guess what? The 3rd party support finally happened. Say hi to Fingbox and IFTTT integration
Fing, Fingbox and IFTTT
My phone just buzzed and I got this tweeter update:
Exciting news today! Fingbox on #IFTTT beta is now ready for testing. Sign up if you’d like to be an early tester: https://t.co/jq2svsRLRj Only 2000 spots available, so hurry! @IFTTT pic.twitter.com/34gKdXYcyG
— Fing (@fingapp) January 7, 2019
I’m very excited as Fingbox is a very capable tool and I’m looking forward to Fing, Fingbox and IFTTT integration. I signed up (although late) for the beta access – and my email just arrived.
I have logged in to my IFTTT account and loaded the Fing trigger to see the available options. And to my surprise, there is almost anything you could imagine!
Additionally, Fingbox triggers come with the following modifiers:
- User Groups
- Active time (the hour and sun-based)
- Multiple Fingboxes
- Internet speed and threshold
- Individual devices
That’s impressive even for beta access… Let’s see what actions are available, as I’m really surprised that you can not only use Fingbox and IFTT as the trigger but also as an action:
The internet actions can be applied to individual users and adjusted for the specific amount of time.
Most popular FIngbox and IFTTT recipes
Currently, the most popular things to do with your Fingbox are:
- Email me when Fingbox detects a drop in internet speed
- Have Fingbox record a presence log in a Google Spreadsheet
- Play a light effect on Fingbox when a user arrives
- Text Alert when Fingbox detects someone arrived
- Turn on Hue Lights when someone arrives
These are created by the Fing team and are pretty cool already, I picked the most popular ones from the list of 30 available recipes.
If you were holding off, there is no better time to get the Fingbox now! Plus I’m happy to report that with my referral link you not only going to get yourself the box at a discounted price (-10 $£€ OFF) of $89 but also you will support me at the same time too! So what are you waiting for! You know you want it!
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here are the items that have won CES Innovation Awards this year as well as the honorees in the Robotics and Drones category. I was planning on doing sort of a follow-up to the sexual aid device getting yanked article, but it’s not worth it.
Best of Innovation
- A Bluetooth water bottle/speaker (actually kind of cool)
- An atmospheric water generator (so you can pay even more for water)
- An Alexa enabled bluetooth FM transmitter
- A beehive warmer/cooler
- Harry Potter coding kit
- Lidar/computer vision thing
- An 8K 260 degree VR ball ($5000)
- A KitchenAid thing that looks like it should be out of the running with smart assistants
- A kitchen faucet
- A tablet
- LG Sound Bar
- LG V40 ThinQ
- Skin track wearable sensor
- NVIDIA video chips
- Personal AI assistant for hearing
- Owlet bell baby monitor
- PLOTT Extended reality platform
- Qoobo One (wireless tube amp)
- An embedded voice AI
- Sony WH-1000XM3 headphones
- A countertop dishwasher
- App the does in-picture 3d measurement
- The Window by Samsung (MicroLED display)
- TrustBox (IoT gateway)
- A universal wireless charger for laptops
- A powered wheelchair
- Battery free hearing aid
- ZOMEKit for Apartment buildings (looks like the Sense monitor with the word “blockchain” attached for marketing)
- Zumi RoboCar (AI self driving vehicle)
The device I was going to make this article was in the Robotics and Drones category, so let’s look through there…
Drone with arms, vacuum robot, multisensor thingie, better drone remote, hybrid power flying drone, Intel’s Shooting Star Drone, Roomba i7+, RC drone arm, another drone, build your own drone, computer vision enhancement, water done, a robot that follows you in stores while you shop, an electric skateboard, and a $250 robot who hangs out and helps you. OK, that last one (Vector) is pretty darn cool and you cat watch a video of it in action.
Notably absent in any category I can locate are sexual aids. Some interesting stuff though.
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- Quantum Computing Zines — from EPiQC, the University of Chicago-led quantum research collaboration. Topics: history, hype, measurement, operations, notation, reversibility, superposition, and entanglement.
- Surprising People Have Access to Your Phone’s Location (VICE) — T-Mobile, Sprint, and AT&T are selling access to their customers’ location data, and that data is ending up in the hands of bounty hunters and others not authorized to possess it, letting them track most phones in the country.
- Underclocking the ESP8266 Leads to Wi-Fi Weirdness (Hackaday) — underclock an 8266 and the channel width decreases proportionally. Underclock two by the same amount and you can create a channel so narrow that non-underclocked devices can’t understand it. Clever!
- Gödel Was Incompleteness Ex Machina — In this essay we’ll prove Gödel’s incompleteness theorems twice. First, we’ll prove them the good old-fashioned way. Then we’ll repeat the feat in the setting of computation. In the process, we’ll discover that Gödel’s work, rightly viewed, needs to be split into two parts: the transport of computation into the arena of arithmetic on the one hand and the actual incompleteness theorems on the other. After we’re done, there will be cake. (via Daniel Bilar)
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