Godzilla is nearly at our doorstep. In less than a week, Godzilla’s 2014 big-screen movie will be bringing mayhem to the world. Understandably, the folks at Air & Space with the Smithsonian decided it’d make far more sense to speak about the film with the United States Air Force than the filmmakers - not about the film, but about Godzilla himself.
In our post-Snowden world, concerns about privacy are at an all-time high and tech companies have been caught in the cross-fire. Since the NSA leaks began, big-name companies have been making big changes, among them being a decision to inform users of data requests when possible.
The government is proceeding with a plan to test an online ID system, something that has been referred to as a "driver's license for the Internet." The test will kick off with a pilot program for the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace in Pennsylvania and Michigan.
Ever had a package delivered to you by mistake? Maybe — but were they parts for a drone? One Redditor had parts for an NOAA drone used to monitor oceanic activity delivered to him via UPS, which was not exactly what he was expecting.
Post Edward Snowden and the revelations of widespread NSA intrusion, many larger tech companies have been as forthcoming as possible about what information they’re giving to authorities. In anticipation of reform bills for how and why the NSA does what they do (as well as those currently in process), The White House is asking that any legislation include language to keep tech companies safeguarded from prosecution.
Drones have been a hot topic as of late, not the least of which being concern over various related legalities. Drone hunting -- the use of drones for hunting, that is, not the act of hunting drones -- is one of the latest topics of choice, and New Mexico is set to address it with a series of proposed regulations later this month.
The Washington State Attorney General has filed a lawsuit against Asylum Playing Cards' crowdfunding project, which reportedly failed to live up to its promises. This marks the first action of this sort, and could kick off a set of legal actions against companies and individuals who fail to deliver.
The use of drones in law enforcement is a touchy subject, drawing critics on both sides of the fence. One such recent instance of this was the purchase of a rather expensive helicopter drone by the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office in Texas, which crashed last Friday into Lake Conroe.