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“Drug Cartel Now Assassinates Its Enemies With Bomb-Toting Drones”

For most of us, drones are fun flying and a fun aerial camera for amazing video. But for others, toys and tools become weapons.

Using mid to high end consumer drones with attached explosives:

The tactic has become widespread on battlefields overseas and now appears to be proliferating to organized crime.

Source: Drug Cartel Now Assassinates Its Enemies With Bomb-Toting Drones – The Drive

We know what government will do, of course – an eventual ban all consumer radio controlled aircraft. Guns and vehicles, also used in their cartel terror campaigns, however, will not be banned.

The FAA has formerly proposed the eventual ban on home construction of all DIY model aircraft – and allow only commercially built, certified model aircraft that transmit their location in real time, via cellular networks, to government databases. The FAA also proposes to ban the indoor flight of quadcopters, even inside your own home by allowing flight only when a GPS signal is present. The FAA has no legal jurisdiction to regulate the airspace inside your home but they have proposed doing that; they already assert they own all the airspace in your backyard and on your patio, from the ground up.

AT&T, T-Mobile fight speed tests that could prove their coverage maps wrong | Ars Technica

AT&T and T-Mobile are fighting a Federal Communications Commission plan to require drive tests that would verify whether the mobile carriers’ coverage claims are accurate.

The carriers’ objections came in response to the FCC seeking comment on a plan to improve the nation’s inadequate broadband maps. Besides submitting more accurate coverage maps, the FCC plan would require carriers to do a statistically significant amount of drive testing.

Source: AT&T, T-Mobile fight speed tests that could prove their coverage maps wrong | Ars Technica

Tests conducted by some states suggest that coverage maps may overstate actual coverage by as much as double the actual coverage.

The FAA, in their Notice of Proposed Rulemaking requiring Remote Identification on all model aircraft, and further requiring logging in real time via a cell phone connection – was oblivious to the fraudulent coverage maps provided by cell carriers. Further, a month ago I drove out in the eastern part of my state in an area running LTE and showing full coverage – but in reality, over a very, very wide area, there was LTE service – but no data! Only voice and text messaging was supported.

A related problem has been that up to the present, the broad coverage map we see when looking at the state looks great – until you zoom in and discover that many of the covered areas are, in fact, 2G voice and text only.

I agree with all he wrote: “Buying Criteria Changes – Small Sensor Photography by Thomas Stirr”

Good insights in to the changing patterns of camera buyers, and why. I agree with every observation he made (I think I usually agree with everything Thomas posts!)

This article discusses camera industry factors and consumer behaviours that may be affecting buying criteria of cameras and lenses.

Source: Buying Criteria Changes – Small Sensor Photography by Thomas Stirr