Can someone explain to me why this article didn't end with a "/sarcasm" tag?
$5000 to take a course on how to fly a drone? Has to be renewed every 6 months? What, at another $5000?
This doesn't even consider the cost of a walkie-talkie. Wait. Do they even make these anymore? To contact a control tower whose sole purpose it is to guide planes to let them know a drone is nearby (well beyond an airport's concern at 5k) is asking for trouble.
These "laws" are just plain stupid, though I do agree with the training portion of it. ONCE, with a license issued at completion.
Sure, poorly managed comments can devolve into a cesspool of banality... Pay someone to moderate a comment section? Think of the profits, damn it!
I sit in the minority who appreciate the removal of comments from news sites. I'm with Reuters: just report the news and tell everyone to shut their damn mouth about it.
I just got sick and tired of "banal" being the primary reason people post. Trying to wade through that shit to find the one or two decent comments isn't anyone's definition of "a pleasant experience".
I will say this is one of the reasons I appreciate Techdirt. The staff just doesn't report the news, but relates it to different arenas, which is definitely reason to spark a discussion.
You're never going to get clickbait-headline grabbing news sites to value their own content. The "If it bleeds, it leads" gives zero room for conversation as the primer for pushing the discussion into one direction has already been set.
Man kills self with firework on head? Primer set for "Darwin award for natural selection".
Black person killed by police? Primer set for race baiting.
"Cat saved by fireman" Primer set for "daaaw, wooky da widdle kiddy".
In fact, it would be better if sites who want to continue having comments just have a programmer write the scripts to produce them, since they won't change.
If I recall, didn't Techdirt once have an article noting how the tone of the first few comments sets the tone for most of them?
That is "social communication". Thanks, but no thanks.
No matter the outcome of this case, in 7 years, it'll all be moot because you can bet Mickey Mouse is going to take a giant shit on copyright extensions since, you know, he's terrified of the public domain.