New FAA drone rule is a giant middle finger to aviation hobbyists

Enlarge (credit: Stuart O’Sullivan) More than 31,000 people have deluged the Federal Aviation Administration with comments over a proposed regulation that would require almost every drone in the sky to broadcast its location over the Internet at all times. The comments are overwhelmingly negative, with thousands of hobbyists warning that the rules would impose huge new costs on those who simply wanted to continue flying model airplanes, home-built drones, or other personally owned devices. “These regulations could kill a hobby I love,” wrote Virginian Irby Allen Jr. in a comment last week. “RC aviation has brought my family together and if these regulations are enacted we will no longer be… Read More

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DoorDash’s food deliveries earned it a $13 billion valuation, but experts say its IPO plans amid market turmoil and a virus outbreak are a recipe for disaster (GRUB)

DoorDash, which this week confidentially filed its public-offering paperwork, could face a poor reception from Wall Street, business experts told Business Insider. Many of the other jumbo-sized, money losing startups like DoorDash that have gone public recently have seen their stocks perform poorly, and WeWork wasn’t even able to complete its IPO, they noted. Door Dash’s chief public competitors are struggling with losses and its closest analog, GrubHub, has a market capitalization that’s about one-third of its valuation. Meanwhile, Coronavirus-related turmoil in the stock markets and the potential for an economic downturn could further dampen interest in DoorDash’s shares. Click here for more BI Prime stories. DoorDash isn’t WeWork or… Read More

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Windows 10 is falling apart – so it’s a great time to fall in love with a Chromebook

Windows 10 is a mess these days thanks to a series of faulty updates that have been introducing more problems than they’ve solved, which means it’s been the perfect time for me to fall in love with a Chromebook… the Pixelbook Go, to be specific. I’d been increasingly annoyed by Windows 10 recently. Not only have recent updates been causing problems – for example I lost the ability to search for files and apps for a day a while back, which was particularly frustrating – but there have been some long-running niggles that have been getting to me as well. My trusty Dell XPS 13, for instance, has been bugging… Read More

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How a hacker’s mom broke into prison—and the warden’s computer

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images) John Strand breaks into things for a living. As a penetration tester, he gets hired by organizations to attack their defenses, helping reveal weaknesses before actual bad guys find them. Normally, Strand embarks on these missions himself, or deploys one of his experienced colleagues at Black Hills Information Security. But in July 2014, prepping for a pen test of a South Dakota correctional facility, he took a decidedly different tack. He sent his mom. In fairness, it was Rita Strand’s idea. Then 58, she had signed on as chief financial officer of Black Hills the previous year after three decades in the food service industry. She… Read More

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