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Thursday Morning (6 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 3-September-2015  00:31:41 (GMT +10) - by Agg

A few people sent in this video of a guy flying a 54-rotor personal helicopter made from RC drone bits. In a video posted to YouTube, the man is seen taking off and landing his DIY contraption — called “The Swarm” — over and over again, displaying the drone’s apparent ease of control. Though he never seems to fly much higher than about ten or fifteen feet into the air, the fact that he created a rideable drone is incredibly impressive.

Dallas Buyers Club LLC have decided not to appeal a recent ruling in their case. Dallas Buyers Club LLC's first attempt at a methodology for calculating damages was last month rejected by a federal court judge. The decision meant iiNet and a number of internet service providers would be spared for the moment from handing over details of around 4700 alleged pirates.

Meanwhile, the piracy code that was expected to come into action on September 1st is still in limbo. Australia's internet service providers and rights holders remain stuck in a stalemate over the costs involved in the industry copyright infringement code five months after it was submitted, leaving the start date for the code's operation unclear.

British Telecom are rolling out superfast internet - interestingly, using an FTTN model. G.fast technology aims to provide ‘ultrafast’ broadband speeds without having to run fibre directly to the premises. The first practical trials of the tech were completed in 2013, at BT's Adastral Park R&D facility, and since that time BT and Openreach R&D teams have been preparing for public trials.

We're a little late to get involved (because I missed the original email from Jeremy, whoops) but if you read down on this page a bit, you can see a cool story unfold about rescuing thousands of old electronics manuals from being pulped. That’s how I was told there was some place with manuals that was going out of business at some point. And that’s how I mailed them last year, and that’s how I was on the phone with Becky, first and last employee of the Maryland edition of Manuals Plus, on a Wednesday. By Friday, I was visiting the warehouse. And by Monday, it was me and dozens of people loading things into boxes.

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