TechCrunch reports that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) wants to ban the use of drones for delivering packages.
There might have been an Amazon loophole in the proposed rules, however. Amazon’s Prime program provides free shipping to its subscribing customers, so could it get around the FAA’s language due to its use of the word “fee”? Nope.
A footnote to the delivery comment says the following, eliding the online retailer perfectly:
If an individual offers free shipping in association with a purchase or other offer, FAA would construe the shipping to be in furtherance of a business purpose, and thus, the operation would not fall within the statutory requirement of recreation or hobby purpose.
Surprising? No, but it is almost fun to see the government be so particular in its language.
Incidentally, I am using this news item to test out a new SQL query for the mainpage. Wish me luck!
|Rise of the Patent Troll|
|Government Discovers That Paper Has Two Sides|
|“Governments around the world are dramatically increasing their efforts to manipulate information on social media.”|
|Why Al Qaeda is Ignoring the Torture Memos|
|Obama's Secrecy Tent|
|“Social media is the publisher, not just the postman.”|
|“Bulgaria is hemorrhaging citizens at a rate of 164 per day.”|
|What Nothing Really Means in Seinfeld|
|How to Make a Cheesecake that Looks Like Cheese|
|CaptchaTweet: Write Tweets in Captcha Form|
|iPhone 6, the First Smartphone to Disrupt NSA's Spying|
|The (Very Scary) People of Public Transit|
|How to Avoid Jury Duty|
|Fake Name Generator|
|“Featuring over 2,000 flags in motion to Ludwig van Beethoven.”|
|U.S.S. Enterprise Owner's Manual|
|“How easy it is for anyone who tracks our digital activities to gain insight into our personalities.”|