Wednesday, March 12, 2014
How to use Glass Bottles to cover Candles and Prevent a Housefire - Support Lemon Grass Candle Industry by making them safer with Glass Bottles
Here’s yet another super short post from yours truly. This time it’s on a growing hobby of mine, that being the use of Glass Bottles for other purposes via cutting then using the technique described in my blog article entitled “How to Cut Glass Bottles and make your own Rooftop Garden made up of Wick-Based Hydroponic Gardening System - More uses for the Distilled Water from the Fresnel based Solar Desalinator”.
In that article I described making a Hydroponics Garden using Glass Bottles cut using Acetone and Water. This new idea is the same thing, except you cut off the bottoms of Glass Bottles, creating a Glass shield that you can place over Candles or any small open flame as shown below.
Except the use it has is not only interesting but it may help solve a common problem I often read about in Jamaica regarding houses catching afire because candles tumble over as was reported in “Brothers Perish In Westmoreland Fire”, Published Tuesday April 9, 2013, The Jamaica Gleaner and “Family separated by a raging inferno”, published Sunday, January 05, 2014 BY DONNA HUSSEY-WHYTE Sunday Observer staff reporter, The Jamaica Observer.
More importantly, it would also make it easier to promote the idea of Citronella Candles as a replacement for harmful imported Mosquito Destroyer Coils as I’d argued in my Geezam blog article entitled “How to make Environmentally Friendly Citronella (Lemon Grass) Oil for Mosquito Repellant Lotion and Candles”.
Support our Citronella Growers – Lemon Grass Candles covered with Glass Bottles
It’s important that we support our local Pharmaceutical Industry based on natural indigenous and even common flora and fauna that grow on the island, as they have export potential like Marijuana (Cannabis Sativa) for medicinal uses as noted in my blog article entitled “Dr.Henry Lowe launches Medicanja and jump-starts Pharmaceutical Industry in our Back yard – Pharmaceutical Research Renaissance in Jamaica”.
It would also extend the Ban on Smoking to things other than Cigarettes that also cause Lung Cancer. The SDA (Seventh Day Adventists) have pointed out the most obvious examples of noxious fumes coming from old outdated Motor Vehicles, to which I’ve added these imported Mosquito Destroyer Coils which contain a poisonous cocktail of chemicals as explained in my blog article entitled “Adventists want Ban on Vehicle Pollution as Smoking Ban looms on Monday July 15th 2013 - Dr. Fenton Ferguson's Escape Plan leads to All-Electric Vehicles, Bio-Fuel and Citronella Candles”.
The Use of Lemon Grass (Citronella) Candles covered with Glass Bottles covered in this manner would reduce the need for Malathion Spraying, which already has been demonstrated to have unforeseen health risks on people as reported in my blog article entitled “Ministry of Health attempted murder of Ocho Rios High School in St Ann by spraying Malathion - Malathion Spraying and Destroyers ban needed and Citronella Candles and Education introduced”.
Folks, make the Switch to Citronella Candles today and use the technique as described in my blog article entitled “How to Cut Glass Bottles and make your own Rooftop Garden made up of Wick-Based Hydroponic Gardening System - More uses for the Distilled Water from the Fresnel based Solar Desalinator” to make your own Glass Cover so you don’t burn down your house!
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Australian Government and NASA planning to Search and Destroy Asteroids and Space Debris - Space Junk and Asteroid spotting is a Non-Stop Global Initiative that Telecom Providers need to get involved
“Everywhere humans have been in space, we leave some trash behind. We now want to clean up space to avoid the growing risks of collisions and to make sure we don't have the kind of event portrayed in 'Gravity.'”
Director of the Australian National University Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics at Mount Stromlo Matthew Colless commenting on the Australian Government plan to use Lasers to remove Space Debris
Removing Space Debris may end up being the ultimate dream job in the future. Interestingly too may not necessarily require a “Dumpa Truck” to sent into space to collect the garbage we’ve left behind as I’d predicted in my blog article entitled “Private Space Enterprise and Space Junk - Dumpa Truck”.
You’re main Qualifications for such a job?
You’d have to be good at games like Star Defender 4 or even Star Wars Starfighter as plans are afoot to basically shoot down the debris with lasers as explained in “Pew pew! Scientists hatch plan to laser-blast space junk”, published March 10, 2014 2:10 PM PDT by Amanda Kooser, CNET News and “Take that, space junk! Australian scientists to zap debris with lasers”, published Monday 10 March 2014 03.36 GMT, The UK Guardian.
That is, if the US$90 million initiative as describe in “Lasers to clean up space junk”, published March 7th 2014, Australian National University gets off the ground. The members of the CRC are as listed below:
1. The Australian Government
2. NASA's Ames Research Center
3. Lockheed Martin
5. EOS Space System Australia
Probably might have some connection to NASA (National Aeronautical and Space Administration) launching their US$35000 Asteroid Data Hunter series starting on Monday March 17th 3014 to recruit amateur astronomers to spot Asteroids before they kill us all as noted in “NASA asks citizen scientists to become 'Asteroid hunters'”, published March 10, 2014 3:33 PM PDT by Dara Kerr, CNET News and “NASA offers $35,000 to ‘citizen scientist’ asteroid hunters”, published March 11, 2014 By Trevor Mogg, DigitalTrends.
Not sure what NASA plans to do, but I hope it’s something to do with Directed Energy Weapons. If so, then it would be best to include Boeing. Boeing has already been testing of their Boeing HEL MD 10 KW Laser as explained in my blog article entitled “Boeing HEL MD 10 KW Laser successfully Tested shooting down Mortar Rounds and Drones - Portability and stability under Fire are Burning Issues for this Star Wars Future Weapon”.
Global Initiative needed to clean Space Junk – Telecom Providers need to get involved
A forever optimist, I’m suspecting that this initiative needs to be a global initiative and include Weapons Systems Contractors and the Designers of Satellites, possibly the Telecom Providers themselves. These as they are indirectly responsible for leaving the Space Junk up there in the first place as many of those satellites belong to them!
Drawing a parallel with the GOJ (Government of Jamaica) JA$200 million Recycle Now Jamaica Project to clean up the PETE (Polyethylene Terephthalate) Bottles that are littering our drains and gullies as explained in my blog article entitled “GOJ launches JA$200 million Recycle Now Jamaica Project to Recycle PETE Plastic Waste - JEEP finally get self-sustaining Engine in small Step towards Telecom Providers Recycling Electronic Waste”, it nice to see the Developing World Cleaning up their Waste for a change.
Recycle Now Jamaica Project not only includes the Government of Jamaica but also the very same companies, dubbed The Plastic 7, that produced the PETE (Polyethylene Terephthalate) Bottles that are littering our drains and gullies. Thus it’s nice to see the Developed World Countries copying an initiative, even if in spirit, that’s taking Shape in the Developing World.
I just wish it was a little more International and involved those responsible for designing, launching and using those very same Telecommunications Satellites, including the Telecom Providers, the NSA (National Security Agency) and the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency).
In the meantime, I’m practicing on beating my high scores in Star Defender 4 or even Star Wars Starfighter to shoot down Asteroids or Space Debris Non-Stop (2014) .
Here’s the link to my favourite video Games to start practicing to do the same:
Monday, March 10, 2014
Supreme Ventures Limited no longer takes half of unclaimed Lottery Winnings - SVL Scaled back their promotions and sponsorships thanks to Sabotage by the greedy GOJ
SVL (Supreme Ventures Limited), owners of the popular Cash Pot, Lotto, Super Lotto Pick 3 and Dollaz Games are no longer profiting directly from uncollected winnings. Winning is still a must though for many Jamaicans, as my hand guide explains how one can win the SVL Lotto Games as per my blog article entitled “3rd Jamaican wins JA$186 million Super Lotto Prize yet to collect prize - How to win Supreme Ventures Limited Super Lotto as Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters wait till March 28th 2013”.
This as under new Taxation rules set by the GOJ, all unclaimed winnings are split between the BGLC (Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission) and the CHASE Fund as stated in “SVL no longer gets share of unclaimed lottery prizes - Scales back on sponsorships”, published Sunday February 23, 2014, by Tameka Gordon, Business Reporter, The Jamaica Gleaner.
SVL used to use some of that money to sponsor Lottery Games and Sponsorship programs, sharing the unclaimed winnings in a 50-50 split with the CHASE Fund only. But thank to a cash-strapped GOJ, they are now scaling back such operations, to quote SVL's Sponsorship and Public Relations Manager Carlene Edwards: “Sponsorships and donations have been reduced by 25 per cent”.
This makes for some interesting Stats relating to unclaimed winnings and internal stats the common man can relate. But first a quick pick list of the unclaimed winnings:
1. 2010 - JA$136 million
2. 2011 - JA$222 million
3. 2012 - JA$220 million
4. 2013 - JA$180 million
Payments to the Government were split as follows:
1. JA$800 million to the CHASE Fund
2. JA$1.3 billion in lottery and gaming taxes
3. JA$360 million for BGLC fees
SVL Internal Stats indicate a fairly steady cash flow, a possible reason for the GOJ's actions:
1. 700,000 daily transactions on average for its games
2. JA$19 billion of prize money paid out in 2013 for the Cash Pot, Pick Two, Pick Three and Pick Four games
So despite this turn of events, SVL is still kicking. They still have the option to launch Mobile Gaming on smartphones as predicted in my blog article entitled “Supreme Ventures Limited and the JA$232.2 million Super Lotto Winner - Pointer Sister's Automatic” or even enable Gaming via your local ATM.
SVL has also expressed an interest in going into providing a Mobile Money to make up for the shortfall as predicted in my blog article entitled “JCCUL get's approval from BOJ to launch their JCUES Mobile Money Platform - JCUES Mobile Money Wolverine marks the Kick-Ass 2 beginning of a Cashless Society”.
Especially as NCB (National Commercial Bank) new Bank on the Go ATM that can read money would make a great platform to introduce ATM Gambling as noted in my blog article entitled “NCB Under Pressure cuts ties with Remittance Agent MoneyGram - NCB using innovation Edge to plan Mobile Money, Remittance and E-Commerce Triple Play Services by September 2014”.
Sunday, March 9, 2014
US$599 Asus Transformer Duet TD300 to launch at the end of March 2014 - Dual-OS Tablet Hybrid is the Muppets Most Wanted that gives the Best of Both Worlds, Hannah Montana Style
Hell has apparently frozen over. This as Asus, maker of the Asus Transformer Tablet which eventually made its debut in November 2011 as chronicled in my blog article entitled “Asus Transformer vs Apple iPad 2 - X-Men First Class for Ludacris' Numba' One Spot”, is doing their innovation design thing again.
It’s a Tablet/Laptop hybrid that can run Microsoft Windows 8.1 and Google Android Jellybean called the Asus Transformer Duet TD300 slated for a end of March 2014 launch as explained in “Android and Windows getting along inside your PC? Nope”, published March 1, 2014 11:20 AM PST by Brooke Crothers, CNET News.
And based on the latest news, the Tablet/Laptop hybrid, slated to hit the by the end of March 2014, isn’t getting any love from either Camp, especially Google as reported in “Google cited as bothered by Android-Windows hybrid”, published March 7, 2014 5:08 PM PST by Brooke Crothers, CNET News.
That’s because instead of being a dual-boot Device, where you have to shut down one OS to boot into another, it instead is hot swappable from one OS to another. Apparently Asus has designed the Asus Transformer Duet TD300 with enough memory resources for both OS to run simultaneously without any memory or Hardware Resource conflicts.
Even more interesting is the facts that both are essentially Tablet OS; once detached, the Screen switches into Table mode for both OS in under 3 seconds, much like a Dual-SIM (Subscriber Identification Module) smartphone.
Apparently the same trend of Dual-SIM Smartphones as predicted in my Geezam blog article entitled “Trend towards Dual-SIM Smartphones developing in Jamaica as MNP Approaches” has foisted a much-desired parallel in the Mobile Computing world with which they share the same customer space: Dual OS Tablet/Hybrids.
Google hates Asus Transformer Duet TD300 - Microsoft using Google Android like Captain America’s Shield
Microsoft has no problems with the product but Google may be using is business relationships with Asus to block this potentially game changing device. After all, they’re losing the battle of Attrition against Chromebooks as more and more PC makers are making Chromebooks!
They’re cheaper to make and are fast sellers, the latest being Toshiba’s US$280 Chromebook CB35-A3120 as noted in my blog article entitled “Toshiba launches the US$280 Chromebook CB35-A3120 - Chrome OS’s cheaper and a sure bet against Windows 8.1 Rising Tide as Apple prepare to go to Hybrid School”.
Microsoft, in a desperate attempt to stave off being overwhelmed by a crush of 7” Google Android Tables and Chromebooks, has slashed licensing fees on Windows 8.1 by 70% from US$50 (JA$ 5,394.88) to US$15 (JA$ 1,618.47) as reported in my blog article entitled “Microsoft cuts cost of Windows 8 Licensing by 70% - Low cost Windows 8 Tablets coming as Microsoft is now Walking with the Enemy, Google Chrome OS”.
Specs of the Asus Transformer Duet TD300 – A Shotgun Marriage made in Operating System Heaven
In case you’re confused, this is the same Asus Transformer Duet TD300 that had its debut at CES (Computer Electronics Show) 2014 as stated in “The Transformer Book Duet combines Windows with Android”, tablet with laptop, published January 6, 2014 05:10 pm by Vlad Snow, The Verge and “Asus shows new Windows tablet, Transformer Book convertible, gaming monitor”, published January 6, 2014 By Matt Smith, DigitalTrends.
Pricing isn’t available but is expected to start at around US$599. The specs for the Asus Transformer Duet TD300 are out though:
1. Processor: Intel Core i7
2. OS: Windows 8.1 and Google Android Jellybean
3. Display: 13.3 HD IPS
5. RAM: 4GB of RAM
6. Internal Storage: 64GB SSD expandable to 128GB (Solid State Drive)
7. Internet connectivity: 802.11ac Wi-Fi
8. Camera: Front Facing
9. Ports: HDMI, LAN, 1 USB 3.0, 2 USB 2.0
1. Keyboard dock with 1TB of internal memory
2. Dedicated software and Hardware button for easy three second live Switching between OS
Folks, I’ll leave it at that. To say I’m excited by the Game changing potential would merely be a clichéd superlative that doesn’t do this product justice. This product potential is that for the first time you can have the Google apps on a Product that can also allow you to get productive work don using Microsoft products that you’re already familiar with – all usable within 3 seconds Switch from one OS to another.
As for rumours of Google trying to crash this wedding instead of “forever holding their peace”, I only have these words for them: First Do No Evil. If customers want Dual-OS Tablet/Laptop Hybrids, then it’s good for business, as they’ll buy them knowing they’ll get the Best of Both Worlds, Hannah Montana Style!
State Minister Julian Robinson has announced that MNP is delayed until December 2014 - ICT Roadmap in shambles as Fourth Delay Suggest Telecom Provider's Stalling the Process
“Minister (Phillip) Paulwell first announced the completion of number portability by the end of 2012, then by the end of 2013 and then again at the end of May 2014. In fact, the ministry's own ICT road map, as presented by state minister Robinson in his 2013 sectoral presentation, projected completion by the end of this fiscal year. There is an obvious disconnect between both ministers' understanding of what is required to make number portability a reality and what is being pitched to the Jamaican people”
Opposition spokesperson on Science Dr. Andrew Wheatley commenting on the Fourth Delay in the implementation of MNP and LNP
There is something strange going on in the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining! Conspiracy may be the name of the Game here, as the Telecom Providers may not be too keen on having a Telecom Regulator as noted in my blog article entitled “New Telecom Regulator finally coming by July 2014 - New Telecom Provider looking for stability in the Jamaican Telecoms Market post-LNP and MNP by May 2014”.
This as State Minister in the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy, and Mining, Julian Robinson, has announced that MNP (Mobile Number Portability) and LNP (Landline Number Portability) has been delayed until the end of 2014 as stated in “Number portability by end of year”, Published Thursday March 6, 2014, The Jamaica Gleaner and “Gov't closer to implementing number portability”, published Tuesday, March 04, 2014 6:25 PM, The Jamaica Observer.
To be more specific, the MNP won't take place until November or December of 2014. LNP's even more delayed; that won't happen until well into 2015! It was promised for May 2014 back in May 2013 as stated in “Number Portability Timeline Pushed Back To May 2014”, Published Tuesday May 28, 2013 6:05 pm, The Jamaica Gleaner but this latest announcement means it’ll be missed yet again.
State Minister in the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy, and Mining, Julian Robinson made the announcement at the Realtors Association of Jamaica at the New Kingston Conference Centre, a rather strange place to admit something that’s got nothing to do with Realtors, save that Telecom Providers use land!
ICT Roadmap delayed yet again – JLP’s Dr. Andrew Wheatley demands answers as Investors wary
This is yet another delay in the process, the fourth to be exact, in a process which apparently is a lot more complex than anticipated. This may be oweing to the fact that it may require those Telecom Providers currently involved to open up their systems to a Third party Porting Company that has to do this process.
The process is being advised and guided by the following Government and Telecom Interests:
1. Ministry of Science, Technology Energy and Mining
2. Office of Utilities Regulation
3. Telecom Provider LIME
4. Telecom Provider Digicel
5. Triple Play Provider Flow
To this end, the State Minister in the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy, and Mining, Julian Robinson has put out an RFP (Request for Proposal) for a suitable contracting company to do portability. Apparently that’s where the problem lies; lack of consultation from experienced Telecoms Consultants on how the Government of Jamaica must proceed.
Thus far eight (8) entities have answered the call, but this latest delay represents the fourth (4) time there has been once such as stated by Opposition spokesperson on Science Dr. Andrew Wheatley in the article “Wheatley says Gov't number portability delays 'unacceptable'”, published Thursday, March 06, 2014 3:51 PM, The Jamaica Observer and “Wheatley slams Gov’t over number portability delay”, published Friday, March 07, 2014, The Jamaica Observer.
This prompted Opposition spokesperson on Science Dr. Andrew Wheatley to point out the fact that this made FDI (Foreign Direct Investor) Telecom Providers decision to come to Jamaica to do 4G LTE that much difficult, quote: “Let me also state that this continued uncertainty does not bode well for the possibility of a new entrant to the telecoms market and sends the wrong signals to potential investors in”.
This is quite right, as along with a Telecoms Regulator for whom a Consultant will be hired in June of 2013 (hopefully), MNP is one of the four pillars that need to be in place to have 4GG LTE in Jamaica as may be the case in Bahamas as noted in my blog article entitled “Bahamas Telecommunications Company launched 4G LTE on Valentine's Day - Jamaicans need UNCHR Right to Broadband Access needed to empower Jamaicans before 4G LTE can go National”.
Facilitating new entrants into Telecoms – MNP is key to increasing Number Ranges
While I’m quick to think there may be something conspiratorial in nature to the delay, being as I’d worked at Cable and Wireless (2001 to 2004) and later CLARO Jamaica (2008-2009). I know with the Telecom Provider involved in giving advice on their own fate with regards to MNP/LNP despite sounding upbeat back in February 2012 as stated in Flow, Digicel Back Number Portability, Published Sunday February 19, 2012, by McPherse Thompson, Assistant Editor, The Jamaica Gleaner, they may themselves be stalling the process so that they can continue making money in the current unregulated Telecom Sector.
I’m fully aware of what’s involved, as under a Telecom Regulator in a MNP Environment that was slated to come on stream by July 2013, they won’t be able to fix prices and overcharge customers as they were doing for the past decade as noted in my blog article entitled “New Telecom Regulator finally coming by July 2014 - New Telecom Provider looking for stability in the Jamaican Telecoms Market post-LNP and MNP by May 2014”. So they’re trying to prolong their money-making spree while in a two-faced manner, declaring in the Media that they’re interested in fulfilling this critical part of the ICT Roadmap.
Any such MNP/LNP has to be automated and not manual, with the customer having their numbers ported within a reasonable timeframe after making a request either via their handset or face-to-face Customer Care or via calling 100 for Customer Care. Hours, days, should be the standard, and best of all without the need to physically change SIM (Subscriber Identification Module)!
The importance of MNP/LNP beyond how it’ll work with customer is clear though; it allows for the more efficient use of phone numbers, be they mobile or landline, thus making it easier for another Telecom Provider to enter Jamaica as they’ll have a ready supply of phone numbers. It’s also a part of the process that’s needed to get more number ranges by getting a new Area Code from the NANP (North American Numbering Plan) as stated in my blog article entitled “OUR applies for new Area Code for Jamaica - Competition in Telecoms in the coming Hunger Games Catching Fire of Mobile Computing”.
These new numbers are needed for Telecom Providers to provide Voice Services to themselves as well as a customer while setting up their 4G LTE Networks as explained in my blog article entitled ”Minister Paulwell in Parliament debut two 700MHz Licenses for 4G LTE for Monday July 15 2013 Auction - 4G LTE Means After Earth Everything is Possible”.
Hence the reason why I suspect that the Telecom Providers may be stalling, as they logically wouldn’t be so eager to make decisions that would make it easier for a Third Telecom Provider to enter the Jamaican market when competition and the Economic downturn means Jamaicans are cutting back on their Spending on Calling Credit.
But their concerns aside, this reflects badly on the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy, and Mining; they seem unable to control the Three Major Telecom Providers and have now missed a fourth deadline on their ICT Roadmap.
It’s bad enough too, that the 4G LTE and sale of other spectrum for WiMaX have not taken place because of a lack of a proper regulatory environment as noted in my blog article entitled “Jamaica's 700MHz Spectrum Auction fails to attract bidders on Friday October 11 2013 - Jamaicans Lack interest in Broadband Internet and no Telecom Regulator for the Sector” and
“GOJ and MSTEM auctioning WiMaX and AWS Spectrum by Monday December 5th 2013 - AWS for Point-to-point, Point-to-Multipoint Networks and Residential WiMaX for Economic Prosperity”.
Now thanks to the tardiness (or is it self-interest and self-preservation?) of the Telecom Providers and the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy, and Mining, Jamaica lack of regular consultation and a display of urgency in sticking to the ICT Roadmap, Jamaica may yet again be late to go 4G LTE, effectively Wireless Broadband. This even as our Caribbean neighbor the Bahamas has achieved this milestone as reported my blog article entitled “Bahamas Telecommunications Company launched 4G LTE on Valentine's Day - Jamaicans need UNCHR Right to Broadband Access needed to empower Jamaicans before 4G LTE can go National”.
Friday, March 7, 2014
NTSB Judge Patrick Geraghty rules Drones for commercial purposes are now free - Forward thinking Black Sheep founder Raphael Pirker leading America towards an Almost Human Future
“There is no enforceable federal regulation concerning the operation of a model Airplane”
Attorney Brendan Schulman representing Team BlackSheep founder Raphael Pirker, in an interview with Wired Magazine on October 2013
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and all Drone enthusiasts in the USA just caught a legal break, clearing the way for Commercial Drone Projects like Amazon PrimeAir and competitors FedEx and UPS as noted in my blog article entitled “UPS and FedEx developing their Own Delivery Drones to compete with Amazon PrimeAir - Premium Rush Package Delivery Drones herald the coming of Google's Personal Androids that are Almost Human”.
Turns out that the six year ban on Drones imposed by the FAA (Federal Aviation Authority) in 2007 is not an official regulation and neither is it clear-cut when it comes to Model Aircraft, which many Americans have been flying for years before this Drone Ban came into place as argued by Team BlackSheep founder Raphael Pirker in “Drones allowed to fly the US skies, for now”, published March 6, 2014 8:55 PM PST by Dara Kerr, CNET News.
This as the National Transportation Safety Board Judge Patrick Geraghty has ruled that the Ban by the FAA on Drones is not legally binding and in fact doesn't even apply to Model Airplanes as the FAA, to quote his case notes: “has not issued an enforceable Federal Acquisition Regulation regulatory rule governing model aircraft operation. Respondent's model aircraft operation was not subject to FAR regulation and enforcement”.
The fame Drone Maker had his ass hauled before the FAA after he was slapped with a US$10000 fine. This fine was issued as it was alledged that on October 17th 2011, Raphael Pirker aka “Trappy” who was contracted by Lewis Communications to do aerial photography and Video for their client the University of Virginia using his 4.5-pound Ritewing Zephyr-powered glider, endangered the lives of civilians at the event as described in “Remote aircraft pilot fights $10,000 FAA fine, could change Drone rules”, published October 9, 2013 04:39 pm By Chris Welch, The Verge.
Feeling trapped after years of plying his trade without incident, even doing some videos over New York, he naturally sought legal counsel and appealed the FAA Fine before the NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board). His argument was that albeit he had no pilot's license, the FAA had no legal ground to stand on as it related to their ban in the first place!
FAA erred – Administrative Procedures Act blunder means Drones and Model Planes are equals
Apparently when the FAA had imposed their ban on Commercial Drones in 2007, they failed to hold any notice-and-comment rulemaking period to consult the public via City and Town Hall Meetings, instead action on its own out of concern for public safety - and possibly assuming the public sentiment against Drones due to their lack of education would make the ban universally acceptable.
This guideline is as laid out in the Administrative Procedures Act, which informs Public Agencies on how they are to proceed to implement Bans, Warning and administer other regulatory instruments to enforce and enact their roles as State entities as explained in “Drone Pilot Fights for Right to Profit in the Unmanned Skies”, published 10.09.136:30 AM BY DAVID KRAVETS, Wired.
Well, turns out that it may not be the case, as that's the procedure that the FAA failed to follow, thereby making the ban invalidated and inapplicable to Drones. Worse, the FAA Ban was broad-brushed over every flying aircraft, excepting Model Airplanes which Airplane hobbyists and enthusiasts have been flying for years without incident.
These products technically aren't Drones, as most of them are a RC (Radio Controlled) and aren’t packing the sophisticated Audio, photographic and video Electronics and guidance packages typical of most Drones. But due to the similarity in the design of Raphael “Trappy” Pirker’s Drone, in this case a 4.5-pound Ritewing Zephyr-powered glider, he could be seen as flying a Model Airplanes, save for the bristling Electronics package onboard to film the whole thing.
From his point of view, he was being punished and his actions were being criminalized under an improperly enforced ban as he sought to commercialize flying his “Model Aircraft”, as he ask quote: “How come the flight is less dangerous if you’re not receiving any compensation for it?”.
Thus based on the National Transportation Safety Board Judge Patrick Geraghty ruling, Drones for commercial purposes are now free to fly. The FAA may appeal and kick the case up the US Court of Appeals, but that’s unlikely.
America the Backward – Forward thinking Black Sheep leading America towards an Almost Human Future
This is an interesting case to watch and my eyes are now firmly fixed on it. It seems rather curious as a Jamaican to observe this happening in a Developed Country quibbling over Drones, yet we here in Jamaica already use them for Aerial Photography as noted in my Geezam blog article entitled “Skycam Jamaica Aerial Photography marks possible Revival of Package Delivery in the Jamaica Postal Service”.
Worse, the UAE (United Arab Emirates) has now begun using them to deliver Government documents as of February 2014 as stated in “Drone deliveries get off the ground in Dubai”, published February 10, 2014 8:38 PM PST by Dara Kerr, CNET News. So the US of A is waaaay behind on Drones for Commercial usage.
The FAA themselves have been backpedalling on their Ban, apparently realizing that it’s not legally binding, despite their concern for public safety. Since November 2013 they’ve been cautiously recommending unmanned Drones for thing like Hunter spotting, Research and even for farmers to Spray their crops, so long as it’s shoe-box sized as noted in “FAA cautiously agrees to some use of civilian Drones”, published November 7, 2013 7:13 PM PST by Dara Kerr, CNET News.
Plus they have a double standard, as they routinely approve Drones for Military and Police work, but snub Commercial usage of Drones. Thus Amazon PrimeAir may be flying sooner than five years as pointed out in entitled “Amazon plans to launch Amazon PrimeAir, their 30 minute Drone Package Delivery Service for Amazon Prime users - Playing Catch-up as Mailpak launches DealBug in Jamaica”.
Looks like a Forward thinking Black Sheep leading America towards an Almost Human (2013 -) Future!
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Digicel reports increases in Data Services, DL600 and DL700 sales in 2013 - LIME's all about the Benjamins from 4G LTE making Digicel Captain America The Winter Soldier
“More and more customers are realising that when they purchase a data plan they manage their data spend better and their overall data experience”
Digicel CEO Barry O’Brien in Digicel's Press Release on Growth in Data over the last quarter ending December 2013 published March 3rd 2014
Telecom Provider Digicel is reporting a 40% increase in Data Penetration among their Digicel customers which are very encouraging numbers from the Telecom Provider as stated in “Digicel reports growth in data and 4G subscribers”, published Wednesday March 5, 2014, The Jamaica Gleaner.
The Jamaica Gleaner’s report is a somewhat watered down versions of the Press Release on Digicel’s Website that’s a bit more detailed! Also it stands a bit in contradiction of the news by Ratings Agency Fitch that reported that Telecom Provider Digicel made a loss of US$198.491 during 2013 as stated in “Digicel Makes Net Loss Of US$198m In 2013”, Published Wednesday February 12, 2014, The Jamaica Gleaner.
Possibly this recently published Statement on Digicel’s website by the CEO is timed to counter this and rumours that Telecom Provider Digicel has plans to leave Jamaica. This as the issue became a talking point in Parliament when Opposition Spokesman on Science, Dr. Wheatley quizzed Minister Phillip Paulwell on rumours of Digicel Executives being relocated outside of Jamaica as stated in “ Paulwell: No sign of Digicel moving headquarters overseas”, published Thursday, February 27, 2014 BY BALFORD HENRY Senior staff reporter, The Jamaica Observer.
Despite this and other troubles such as Vandalism of their Fiber Optic Cables which occurred on Wednesday January 8th 2014 as I’d reported in my blog article entitled “Vandals cut Armoured Fiber Optic Cable belonging to Digicel and Columbus Communications - 4G Broadband Outage possibly connected to Digicel Employee testifying in the Vybz Kartel Case”, Telecom Provider Digicel is much loved because of their giving ways, both by their business partners and the public in general.
Telecom Provider Digicel still managed to allow a Millennials (ages 8 to 28) 18-year-old Shaquille Sewell to win a 2013 Range Rover Evoque as part of their “DigicelBrighten Someone's Christmas” promotion, sure to win them praise from Millennials (ages 8 to 28) across Jamaica as stated in “Teenager Wins Digicel Range Rover”, Published Saturday January 18, 2014 by Curtis Campbell, Gleaner Writer, The Jamaica Gleaner.
Interesting too they even twinned one of their most recent promotions to give away free DL600 and DL700 smartphones, Digicel's Supa DigiDealz with the YVA (Youth View Awards) as noted in my blog article entitled “Digicel's Supa DigiDealz gives you a DL600 or DL700 free on a Smart Postpaid Plan - YVA 2013 to feature Zendaya as Digicel are the Big Bad Wolves in the Smartphone Wars”.
They also supported the Shaggy and Friend Concert to raise money to assist the Bustamante Children’s Hospital via streaming the concert free to their 600,000 followers on Facebook ,yet another notch in their belt as far as Millennials (ages 18 to 28) are concerned as stated in “Digicel, Gleaner Team Up To Give Shaggy And Friends Online Boost”, published Thursday January 2, 2014, The Jamaica Gleaner.
Their Digicel Foundation 5K Run/Walk in October 2013 managed to raise some JA$7.4 million for the following beneficiaries as reported in the article “Digicel Foundation Hands Over Millions”, Published Monday February 10, 2014, The Jamaica Gleaner:
1. Early Stimulation Plus
2. Genesis Academy
3. Jamaica Association for the Blind
4. Jamaica Association for the Deaf
5. Jamaica Autism Support Association
6. Liberty Academy
7. Mustard Seed Communities
8. NAZ Children's Centre
9. The Jamaica Association on Intellectual Disabilities
10. The Jamaica Down's Syndrome Foundation
11. The STEP Centre
Business Contractors love ‘em too, as they do pay pretty decent money for their work, to that end, Telecom Provider Digicel had also won the Avaya Partner of the Year award as betrothed to them by Avaya on Thursday January 23 2014 as stated in “Digicel Business wins Avaya Partner of the Year award”, published Friday, January 24, 2014, The Jamaica Observer.
Telecom Provider Digicel won the Caribbean Advertising Federation American Advertising Awards for Best of Show Overall Award and Best of TV Award for its ‘Be Extraordinary’ television ad as stated in “Digicel wins top prizes at Caribbean advertising awards”, published Saturday, February 22, 2014, The Jamaica Observer.
Truly, Telecom Provider Digicel is indeed Extraordinary!
Digicel sees increase in Demand for Data Subscriptions – DL600 and DL700 driving demand
The Stats are for the Fourth Quarter of 2014 and re-echo what’s now generally known if you’ve read my blog article entitled “Jamaicans fall in love with Digicel's DL600 and DL700 during Christmas 2013 - Sub-US$100 smartphones driving rapid smartphone adoption in Jamaica as Manufacturing is Possible”: Smartphones are hot:
1. 50% increase in Data subscriptions i.e. Data Plans
2. 28,000 DL600 and DL600 smartphones in November and December 2013
3. 60,000 Google Android smartphones sold in 2013
4. 200,000 new subscribers on their “4G” Mobile Broadband Network
The stats above reveal something even more interesting; the power of branding. According to Digicel CEO Barry O’Brien, their branded smartphones, the DL600 and the DL700, launched in October and December respectively as stated in my blog article entitled “Digicel officially launches DL600 smartphones on Friday October 18th 2013 and JA$100 2-Day Data Plans - Ours is the Fury as Digicel’s DL600 secures their Throne in this Game of Phones against LIME” and “Digicel has launched the DL700, an upgrade to the DL600 on Friday December 6th 2013 - The Alcatel One Touch Pop C3 is Digicel’s latest Unicorn that may be harder to catch” are outselling the more traditional Brand smartphones such as Samsung, Nokia and even Blackberry.
To quote Digicel CEO Barry O’Brien: “What we are seeing is that customers are moving towards Android based smartphones. To that end, last year we introduced the Digicel range of Android smartphones (DL600 and DL700) and these are currently doing far better than traditional smartphones like Samsung, Nokia and BlackBerry in terms of sales.”
It also indicates that Jamaicans are finally warming up to the idea of spending money on dedicate Data Plans on the Android smartphones, with Digicel facilitating this interest via the re-launch and rebranding of the Data Lite, Data Plus and Data Max Data Plans as noted in my blog article entitled “Digicel rebrands Data Plans as Data Lite, Data Plus and Data Max - Elain Stitch Shoot Me as Prepaid 2G, 3G and 4G Data Services for Blackberry, smartphones and Tablets made more complex”.
Positive Effects of the OUR’s MTR – LIME Dragging their feet on 4G LTE, FTTH and IPTV LIME TV
It’s now clear to all Telecom Providers that the reduction in Cross Termination Rates had increased Jamaicans appetite for Mobile Data Services.
Like Telecom Provider Digicel, Telecom Provider LIME is also reporting some encouraging numbers as noted in my blog article entitled “LIME experiences 25% increase in Profits due to MTR - 4G LTE and FTTH like Bahamas with IPTV Streaming LIME TV will give LIME 3 Days to Kill”. I’m a bit more skeptical about their intent to expand islandwide as I’m yet to hear any official word of expansion plans for FTTH (Fiber to the Home) and IPTV Streaming LIME TV.
True, Telecom Provider LIME has recently launched the largest deployment of 4G LTE in Bahamas as stated in my blog article entitled “Bahamas Telecommunications Company launched 4G LTE on Valentine's Day - Jamaicans need UNCHR Right to Broadband Access needed to empower Jamaicans before 4G LTE can go National”. But knowing Telecom Provider LIME after having worked there myself from 2001 to 2004 and Bahamas as I once knew a friend from that country, I know that this is commercial, not a bid to help Bahamas connect to the Internet.
They only went to Bahamas because that country is a Tourism Enclave that has a high per capita Income level and an affluent population and strong Tourism based Economy that can pay the prices that they want for 4G LTE. For them, LTE is not about helping Bahamas to connect to the internet for Development; it’s to facilitate the wealthy living their lifestyles by having expensive Wireless Broadband.
Knowing Telecom Provider LIME’s modus operandii, I’m willing to bet they’ll be announcing another 4G LTE deployment in Barbados or Trinidad and Tobago, as they are rich enough a population to afford paying for 4G LTE and the expensive smartphones and modems that support such a Network.
Right now the next big thing is 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution), for which the way is being prepared by the Ministry of Science, Technology Energy and Mining via way of a Telecoms Regulator to regulate the rapidly expanding Telecom Sector as noted in my blog article entitled “New Telecom Regulator finally coming by July 2014 - New Telecom Provider looking for stability in the Jamaican Telecoms Market post-LNP and MNP by May 2014”.
Digicel’s Manifest Destiny – 4G for Everyone or Bust, Captain America The Winter Soldier Style
To this end Digicel CEO Barry O’Brien is trumpeting a Napoleon Bonaparte-esque Manifest Destiny-kinda slant to his usual rhetoric, quote: “We recognize that there is a growing appetite for access to the internet and access to data and we are happy to be facilitating this demand. As such, Digicel is in the process of rolling out an additional 170 4G mobile sites across the island which will see us increasing our 4G Network coverage from 80% to 92% population coverage. In the past year, we invested over $6 billion in our 4G Network, and this is in addition to an investment of J$7b over two years ago. We will continue to innovate while ensuring stability of our Network to deliver superior experiences for all our customers as we move Jamaica to being a smarter economy”.
Ok. Sounds different from the money-grubbing Telecom Provider LIME that STILL has no official word on 4G LTE, FTTH and IPTV LIME TV! It’s now March 2014. Let’s see what Telecom Provider Digicel does in the next few months as it relates to launching 4G LTE when the New Telecom Regulator comes online by July 2014!
Hopefully too they’ll do something about making their Telecom Facilities more secure from Vandals or disgruntled Contractors cutting their Fiber Optic Cables as I’d reported in my blog article entitled “Vandals cut Armoured Fiber Optic Cable belonging to Digicel and Columbus Communications - 4G Broadband Outage possibly connected to Digicel Employee testifying in the Vybz Kartel Case”. They still haven’t caught those people yet, who allegedly may be connected to embattled Dancehall Artiste Vybz Kartel.
Still, despite all of their current troubles, many Jamaicans see Telecom Provider Digicel as Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) coming to defend their right to Access Broadband via their Data Plans and Branded Shields aka the DL600 and the DL700.