Here is what is so maddening about the FAA rules; there are none. No one is against the regulation of drones. This isn't a regulation vs no regulation argument. What the FAA is doning isn't regulation, it is a blanket ban. We have had commercially available drones forever, and cheap ones for over half a decade. What has the FAA done to regulate this? Not a god damn thing. They have just banned it.
The FAA is asleep at the wheel. Yes, regulation of drones is going to be tricky, but it isn't so tricky that it takes over half of a fucking decade to write out some overly conservative rules and back off from them slowly. Write some god damn rules, make them conservative if you want to be paranoid, but writes some fucking rules. The head of the FAA should have his ass kicked to the curb for such negligence. One of the most interesting technological revolutions as at play here, and the FAA has essentially thrown up its hands, declared the regulation too hard, and declared a blanket ban.
A blanket ban does nothing other than support bad actors and punish enthusiast and entrepreneurs . All of the "scary" scenarios with drones would be illegal anyways under any sane set of rules. This is just ensuring that only the bad uses of drones will be advanced. The head of the FAA should be kicked out so hard his ass doesn't touch the ground until it meets the street, and should be replaced by someone willing to do their actual god damn job.