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I regret to inform you, dear reader, that this is the final Practical Tech with Tony podcast. Why? You’ll have to listen to the podcast to find out!
So, for this final Practical Tech with Tony podcast, I thought Jeffrey and I would touch on a number of topics that we have covered in previous podcasts. Here are links to items discussed in this podcast:
Ring Video Doorbell – the one my wife and I got is the $199 one. We also subscribe to the cloud video storage for $3/month or $30/year. The reason we got this particular unit is that it runs on an internal, rechargeable battery. Other units from other companies we looked at required being hardwired into the home’s existing doorbell system, which we could not do as the previous owners of our home had cut the wiring off for the doorbell that had been part of the home when it was built. Ring is also compatible, or is working on becoming compatible, with a host of other home automation systems.
Just want to reiterate that neither Jeffrey or I are lawyers, so take whatever we say as opinion and not as pure fact, although we try very hard to get our facts right.
As technology makes it way further and further into our society, into our work, our schools, our homes, we need to stay on top of how things are playing out in the legal sphere. The law tends to be very reactive and not very proactive. Technology is developing faster than the law can keep up.
No list of links directly related to this topic for this podcast, but if you are Twitter user, I’m going to give you the handles of some technology feeds that I pay close attention to. They all have corresponding websites, but the Twitter feeds are the best for monitoring breaking news.
ArsTechnica – @arstechnica
TechCruch – @techcrunch
Reddit Tech – @reddit_tech
Engadget – @engadget
Gizmodo – @Gizmodo
Wired – @WIRED
Internet of Shit – @internetofshit – This is a great one to watch for the outrageous items being connected to the Internet. He also focuses on how things go so terribly wrong. “Why did they connect THIS to the Internet?” is another ongoing theme. Recently he’s had a series of tweets about having to update light bulbs with new firmware/software and an Internet-connected winebottle.
FAA sued over drone registration – The meat of the issue is there was a law passed by Congress in 2012 that said the FAA cannot require registration of small hobbiest aircraft that weighs under 55 pounds, but the FAA did just that, requiring registration of these drones that weigh anywhere from 0.55 to 55 pounds. Here is the relevant text about the law from the article:
“Section 336(a) of the FAA reform law declares that the agency cannot ‘promulgate any rule or regulation regarding a model aircraft … if … the aircraft is flown strictly for hobby or recreational use,’ does not interfere with other aircraft, weighs less than 55 pounds, and operates ‘in accordance with a community-based set of safety guidelines and within the programming of a nationwide community-based organization.’”