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Thursday, September 20. 2012
The good news: People are trying to get the word out.
The bad news: Talk is cheap.
Easy come, easy go.
That'll be the real wake-up call. A 747 hits one just entering New York City air space. 293 dead including the crew, 187 on the ground.
And the nightmare of links below the fold?
Actually, I'd suggest you skip it. Why ruin a perfectly good day?
And they're divided into four fairly distinct camps.
First are the fawning acolytes and drooling sycophants working for the MSM who daren't utter a discouraging word because, after all, a Democrat is in the White House.
And while we've discussed alternate forms of spy platforms, such as underwater drones and miniaturized models, let's not leave out...
Yeah, I'll be they do.
And then there are those naysayers who seem to think being watched 24 hours a day somehow infringes upon our right to privacy.
Is Your Car Being Tracked by a License-Plate Scanner?
And then there are those upbeat types who see a rosy future in the hands of our drone overlords. I'll let the first one speak for all.
Being watched 24 hours a day is just an imposition, you see.
Good ol' drones — humanity's new best friend.
And then there's that rosy future we mentioned. Got your seat belt fastened?
In all honesty, I've seen rosier scenarios.
Yeah, I'll bet they do.
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Link is broken on "Are Olympics a Trojan horse for Big Brother?".
It seems the problems and issues are a very close parallel to the dawn of manned-flight. How do we avoid collisions, how do we avoid crashes that damage property and injure or kill people on the ground, and how do we protect the rights of those dwell near or under the flight path.
The last time around we ended up with a de facto easement above 400 feet allowing any FAA regulated flight over just about any private property. So rights against trespass over and above private land were lost, although one can still make a private action for nuisance...
Got the link, thanks.
I suppose one of the biggest problems is that the things are so damn small. And especially the cheap 'economy model', which does nothing more than beam a camera down to monitor traffic for the local news. Hell, the average older-style airport radar might not even be able to pick them up. And if a couple of friggin' birds can bring down an airliner, you can imagine what even a small drone would do. It doesn't look pretty.
"Why ruin a perfectly good day?"
I should have heeded your good advice. Man, what a depressing post. Loved the one about the FBI and the $1B. Anyone got a pistol I can borrow?
A superior job in link collecting, though. Mighta set a blog record. Got anything CHEERFUL in the queue?
Thank you for mentally writhing in agony from my post. Mission accomplished.
As for 'cheerful', well, kind of. Ever heard of a show called "World's Toughest Fixes"? It's friggin' awesome. I'm posting an episode tomorrow as a teaser. It'll cheer you right up that you're not one of those guys!
this subject is of great intereste to me. Thanks for doing the hard work.
Domestic deployment delayed. See:
Gad. It doesn't look like they're even close to sorting out the whole thing. But thanks for link #1 of the next batch.
44 to go.
Apologies for the follow up - Here's a more comprehensive link from GAO.