Drone deliveries are strictly commercial, the FAA says.Once again, the Federal Aviation Administration has reaffirmed its policy on drones: for hobbyists only.Read Full Story

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In a document seeking feedback on new drone policies, the FAA indicated that it does not want unmanned aircraft “delivering packages to people for a fee.” Even if a company doesn’t collect a fee—as Amazon has proposed—drone deliveries count as commercial activity, the agency says. And that’s against the rules.Read more.

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Sparkfun Electronics held their 6th annual Autonomous Vehicle Competition last weekend, and this year was bigger than ever before. The action was at Boulder Reservoir in Colorado, but anyone could follow along (with a few technical difficulties) on the YouTube LiveStream. (Part 1), and (Part 2).
The story of the day was Team SHARC’s Troubled Child, which won the ground vehicle doping class. Rather than mess around with miniature cars, Team SHARC built their ‘bot out of a freaking Jeep, a 1986 Jeep Grand Wagoneer to be exact

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The Federal Aviation Administration has ruled that Amazon and other firms cannot use drones to deliver packages.

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Image: USAFWhy does the United States think it can kill an American citizen overseas, without a trial? The answer is surprisingly simple: because it says it can. With the constitutional rationale largely redacted, what other conclusion can you draw?After years of legal battles, the United States government finally released its legal rationale for the 2011 drone strike that killed Anwar al-Awlaki, an American al-Qaeda imam who was living in Yemen and was allegedly planning terrorist attacks on the United States.Does the rationale boil down to specific threats al-Awlaki made against the United States? No—at least not ones that weren’t redacted. Does it come down to imminent aggression against the United States? Nope, not really, at least. Instead, it boils down to the fact that the United States is at war with terror, and even the simple act of joining up with a foreign enemy is enough to make someone a target, imminent threat or not

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