usa – Layover in Canada from US under COVID regulations

The main question is, regardless of nationality and reason for travels, are travelers from the US allowed to transit through a Canadian airport (for <24 h and within the secure transit area) to a third country (EU)?

https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/travel-restrictions/border#transit-air

You may be permitted to transit through Canada to reach another country.

Where may could be interpreted in several ways. It also stipulates that:

While travelling
You must follow all flight requirements and comply with any guidelines provided by the Airport Authority.

with a link to:

https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/travel-restrictions/flying#health-check

which links to a checklist that is very specific for people that actually want to enter Canada.
It feels safe to me to assume that, regardless of nationality, travelers from the US (and only the US?) are allowed to transit without completing any additional testing or checklists, with no visa or ArriveCAN.

Is this correct?

monetization – Creating a online game with a max $20 investment to potentially win much more. Want as little regulations

Creating an online game where maximum entry is $20, which is pooled amongst players and, in a series of stages, the players will lose until there is 1 person left who takes most of the pot. The T&C of the game will be that the most the creators (us) are liable for is your initial investment. I guess it’s analogous to a poker tournament.

I want as little regulations as possible. Of course the game will be above-board and fair but I want the government out of it as much as possible.

Is there a particular jurisdiction/country that would be best for incorporating such a business and hosting these type of games?

What are the wild camping regulations in Iceland?

I was in Iceland 3 weeks ago, July 2017.
Wild camping was a priority for me and my two sons.
It’s essentially impossible to wild camp.
Reasons:

It is aggressively discouraged by icelanders, understandably because of the large number of potential morons mucking up the country side. If the clientele were typical outdoorsmen it might be different.

There are no trees or cover on 90% of the island.

The areas amenable to tent camping with a reasonably soft surface (not lava) are all near the coast which is occupied by farmers pretty much exclusively. There is no land unoccupied by farmers along the ring road. Trying to find farmland to pitch a tent with permission, though it might be legal is just plain rude and idiotic.

To get remote, one must go into the highlands. The highlands also have no trees or geography to break the wind or offer cover. It is, therefore, impractical and somewhat risky to pitch a tent and sleep. People do it, but very dicey.

Unlike the US, there are no back country trails/passes to help backpackers find remote sites to camp. Camping anywhere other than designated campsites is highly discouraged.

As “wild” as Iceland truly is, wild camping is not much of an option. Having said that, we did manage to find a farm road that led us toward a hike that landed us at the base of a waterfall and a soft spot to lay down two tents and spend the night in one of the most amazing scenes ever. Our tents pressed down some grass, and we left some human foot prints along the way. I would wager the sheep left more of a footprint and within days our presence vanished.

Bottom line: if you want remote backpacking and wild camping do not go to Iceland. I repeat, don’t go to Iceland.

If you want to see one of the worlds last remote wonders and astonishing natural scenes go to Iceland. The entire island would be a national park in the US. The beauty is not capably captured by words or even photos. Go there as a guest, enjoy the kindness of the natives, and marvel at the raw beauty of the never ending landscape. It is truly a phenom of nature. But plan on sleeping in a campground or other accommodations. Hope this helps people like me who are used to walking into the woods for a few days with no second thoughts.

privacy – What is it that frees Bisq from all these KYC/AML laws and regulations?

I feel as if I should probably not ask about this, and instead just quietly go on using it in my little corner, not bringing any attention to its existence, but I still must ask:

What is it that enables Bisq (the decentralized exchange software/network) from not having to follow KYC/AML laws/regulations?

The obvious answer may be “it’s decentralized”, but let’s be real: their website, forum and Github repo are all very much centralized, and this is the only way that I and 99% of its users would be able to get any updates, and probably for the already installed software to be able to fetch updates as well. Even decentralized applications always have some sort of “hardcoded bootstrap list of nodes”, whether by hostname or IP address. Basically, decentralized anything is kind of an illusion in this Internet.

So, if it gets too big and thus poses a real threat, can’t “they” just shut it down extremely easily by just taking away the domains/Github accounts, or just going after the public individuals who are known to run/develop the software?

Isn’t it only because so few people use/know about it that they “get away” with this?

covid 19 – Visiting Iceland: Details on quarantine regulations

I’m planning to visit Iceland for 1-2 weeks. My flight arrives on Saturday. So far I’m convinced about this few things:

  • I’m tested already at the airport (unless I arrive past 10p.m., but that shouldn’t be the case),
  • I’m obliged to go to a place of quarantine where I spend 5-6 days,
  • I’m notified about the test results the next day,
  • after the 5-6 days quarantine I’m taking another test which results in my being let free to roam the country

The few things I’m missing are:

  • are there some more restrictions about the place I’m staying for the quarantine?
  • can I get the results in some paper form so I can present them when coming back to my country?
  • how does the quarantine look like if the second result is positive?

Have you recently been through this situation? I know the regulations could’ve recently changed. I’d appreciate any more suggestions about this process.

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covid 19 – What are the current regulations to move between islands in Maldives?

You will not be allowed to move between islands, you are only allowed to stay on one island for the period of stay. I doubt you will be able to visit Maafushi either as for the time being only resort islands are open for tourists.

Source:
The guidelines published on the official website – VisitMaldives.com

❕NEWS – The US senate has agreed to summons big tech leaders for a tightening in regulations | Proxies-free

As reported by Techcrunch, the senate has summoned Jack Dorsey, The CEO of Twitter; Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook; and Sundar Pichai, the CEO of Alphabet, the holding company that owns Google to a hearing session that focuses on the Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, a piece of law that protects big tech companies from legal damages from content that users posted on their platform. This hearing is part of the government effort to further regulate these companies.

 

regulations – Drone in Italy as a tourist – Where/what to do?

I am a German citizen and have a hobby drone dji mavic 2 pro. I would like to know how/where I have to do all the paperwork so that I can as a tourist fly my toy over Pisa tower and make a short video and take some pictures….

For doing this in Germany, the process is pretty clear. But what about Italy?

I want to avoid things like this here:

French tourist could face €113,000 fine…