Maybe time to buy a drone after all

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I want to get a drone but I feel that there are a few advances in technology around the bend (battery life, photography quality and accident avoidence) so I am watching and waiting.

Might be time to bite the bullet and get one now before our government takes it all away - from the office of Dianne Feinstein:

Feinstein Introduces Bill to Improve Safety of Consumer Drones
Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today introduced the Consumer Drone Safety Act, which would protect the public and U.S. airspace by requiring safety features for consumer drones and strengthening the federal laws that govern their operation. Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) cosponsored the bill.

Under current law, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) does not have the authority to require manufacturers of consumer drones to include technological safeguards. There are also no clear federal rules on when, where and under what conditions recreational users can operate drones.

Figured that Chuck the Schmuck would be in on this too - an odious little man who never did anything real in his life - law school and then straight into politics.

More:

Directs the FAA to require safety features for newly manufactured consumer drones, such as geo-fencing to govern the altitude and location of flights, collision-avoidance software, precautions for the loss of a communications link, a method for pilots and air traffic control to detect and identify the drone, anti-tampering safeguards, and educational materials to be provided to the consumer.

Requires manufacturers to update existing consumer drones to meet these requirements where feasible, such as through an automatic software update.

So the bill is instructing manufacturers to put back-doors into their operating software that enable limits to be programmed in via automatic software update.

There are a few idiots out there that are spoiling it for everyone. First they blocked the sale of high-power lasers (but I got one before the block) and now they are hamstringing the drones.

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