Time to jump into the articles.
Judge strikes down small drones ban
Hmm, precedent for allowing commercial drone imagery? I think I might be able to get behind this. I am all for the regulation of commercial drones, but the complete banning of the practice seems a little harsh. I am a little concerned about the piloting of UAVs around urban environments, but if there are tiered licensing maybe we could get past this whole concern. Small permits for 100 meters or so and then actual licenses for higher altitudes. Seems simple enough, but i will be the first to admit that I am biased.
First Americans May Have Been Stuck in Beringia for Millennia
I think that I am more accepting of ideas about the settlement of the Americas. I think that it is foolhardy to assume only one method of immigration was possible. Maybe I am just naive or idealistic, but I think that keeping an open mind to the various ideas might be a good idea. Maybe remain skeptical? Keep testing new hypothesis?
What does it have to do with GIS? Um...sub sea level geography is actually pretty interesting? How glacial formation and present conceptions of coastline influence our current world view is interesting and a little shortsighted. With climate change these perceptions might change how we view 'ancient' settlements.
Alaska's scale puts USGS mapping systems to the test
First off, any perception that the Earth is not large is crazy. I think that globalization puts things into perspective, but at the end of the day the Earth is still pretty big. Error in land management of 1% is actually pretty good. The problem though is that there are land masses that are so large that the 1% is actually a significant amount. It turns out that over hundreds of miles the acceptable level of error stakes. Coming from a larger Western U.S. state I can easily see this. Compared to larger administrative units like Alaska or Quebec? I cannot even imagine.