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(Some Tacos)   "The U.S. government is single-handedly preventing you from ordering a taco and having it delivered to you by a totally sweet pilot-less helicopter"   (marginalrevolution.com) divider line 39
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2012-03-24 12:51:19 PM
 
2012-03-24 01:15:01 PM
Am I the only one who thinks this would be a stupid idea to begin with?
 
2012-03-24 01:20:50 PM

SN1987a goes boom: Am I the only one who thinks this would be a stupid idea to begin with?


Yes. When the technology is ready, the idea of ordering an item and having it zipped right to your current physical location is awesome.
 
2012-03-24 01:32:47 PM
Don't live in SF, so they'd be useless to me anyway.

Now, if they were proclaiming plans to expand and setup service in NJ at the terminus of the Alameda-Weehawken Burrito Tunnel and deliver across the river to Manhattan, and that was a hoax, then I'd be pissed.
 
2012-03-24 01:34:57 PM
They jip you in the drive thru, and now the tacocopter will jip you too.
 
2012-03-24 01:39:54 PM

SN1987a goes boom: Am I the only one who thinks this would be a stupid idea to begin with?


Not necessarily, but if done right, it could be a hell of a new business model for food delivery. I see major problems in urban centers like New York and Chicago with tons of apartment buildings, but for the sprawling cities and smaller towns, I could totally see this as viable.
 
2012-03-24 01:40:18 PM
Were these to actually exist...could a person bring one down and enjoy a free, albeit, messy food order?
 
2012-03-24 01:49:38 PM

Artemus_Hackwell: Were these to actually exist...could a person bring one down and enjoy a free, albeit, messy food order?


Yep. If I was a teenager, I'd be out there with a bb gun aiming for a free meal.
 
2012-03-24 01:57:15 PM

Artemus_Hackwell: Were these to actually exist...could a person bring one down and enjoy a free, albeit, messy food order?


nbchardballtalk.files.wordpress.com
 
2012-03-24 02:04:32 PM

joe714: Don't live in SF, so they'd be useless to me anyway.

Now, if they were proclaiming plans to expand and setup service in NJ at the terminus of the Alameda-Weehawken Burrito Tunnel and deliver across the river to Manhattan, and that was a hoax, then I'd be pissed.


That was an awesome read, thanks. My favorite part:

By the time they reach Cleveland the burritos are fully heated through and traveling uphill at about twice the speed of sound. A series of induction coils spaced through central Pennsylvania repeats the magnetic process in reverse, draining momentum from the burritos and turning it into electrical power (though Weehawken residents still recall the great blackout of 2002, when computers running the braking coils shut down and for four hours burritos traced graceful arcs into the East River, glowing like faint red sparks in the night).
 
2012-03-24 02:06:13 PM
You guys have decided my path in life. I'm going to make a fortune selling food delivery escort copters that will detect and respond in kind to any use of force against them or the main food delivery copter.
 
2012-03-24 02:09:09 PM

SN1987a goes boom: Am I the only one who thinks this would be a stupid idea to begin with?


No. I think it's insanely dumb. Also, I will be using someone else's cell phone to order this if I'm ever in SF again and the service is actually offered.
 
2012-03-24 02:10:32 PM
They keep me from driving an ATV on the freeway and from ordering guns through the mail.
Government = anti fun

/ then they came for the UAV delivered taco.
/and there was no one left to speak
 
2012-03-24 02:15:04 PM

picturescrazy: You guys have decided my path in life. I'm going to make a fortune selling food delivery escort copters that will detect and respond in kind to any use of force against them or the main food delivery copter.


...and thus, the hunter killer drone was invented.
 
2012-03-24 02:18:07 PM
Tell me, could one make this into a private club(like a smoking bar in a clear county) in order to avoid the regulatory environment?
 
2012-03-24 02:22:47 PM
Think if all the things you could have delivered by helicopter! Not only tacos, but burritos, fajitas, eventually even chorizo!
 
2012-03-24 02:40:33 PM

JesusJuice: Think if all the things you could have delivered by helicopter! Not only tacos, but burritos, fajitas, eventually even chorizo!


Think of all the means by which to deliver a taco! Not only by helicopter, but blimp, parachute, eventually even glider!
 
2012-03-24 02:51:48 PM
This is how Jesus performed his miracles.
 
2012-03-24 03:11:44 PM
It the delivery location isn't moving, then who needs a vehicle when a projectile will suffice?

1. Load taco into parachute-equipped container
2. Load container in sabot.
3. Load sabot into long-barrel, slow-burn cannon.
4. Aim cannon at GPS coordinates
5. Fire cannon
6. Repeat.
 
2012-03-24 03:34:13 PM
What if you're in Zaire?
 
2012-03-24 03:52:43 PM
I can just see what happens the first time someone orders this from the 10th story of a skyscraper and the drone comes through the wall...
 
2012-03-24 04:29:52 PM
Why does Obama hate tacos?
 
2012-03-24 04:48:27 PM

hogans: JesusJuice: Think if all the things you could have delivered by helicopter! Not only tacos, but burritos, fajitas, eventually even chorizo!

Think of all the means by which to deliver a taco! Not only by helicopter, but blimp, parachute, eventually even glider!


Don't be absurd.
 
2012-03-24 04:49:21 PM
Since no one has mentioned it yet, I'll just point out that saying that the government is "single-handedly" doing anything is nonsensical. The government has many branches that consist of many people. Think of how ridiculous it sounds to say "The government single-handedly invaded Iraq."

/Before the civilian contractors got involved in the occupation - but that's tangential
 
2012-03-24 05:41:03 PM
fc09.deviantart.net
 
2012-03-24 06:21:13 PM

xellas84: I can just see what happens the first time someone orders this from the 10th story of a skyscraper and the drone comes through the wall...


Hey Taco-Aid!
 
2012-03-24 07:06:55 PM

TheShavingofOccam123: It the delivery location isn't moving, then who needs a vehicle when a projectile will suffice?

1. Load taco into parachute-equipped container
2. Load container in sabot.
3. Load sabot into long-barrel, slow-burn cannon.
4. Aim cannon at GPS coordinates
5. Fire cannon
6. Repeat.


You paint with words my friend. I'll be outside on my picnic table.
 
2012-03-24 07:23:28 PM
If this were reality, how long would it be before a customer or bystander got thwacked in the head by a fast-moving rotor blade?
 
2012-03-24 07:41:37 PM

Martian_Astronomer: Since no one has mentioned it yet, I'll just point out that saying that the government is "single-handedly" doing anything is nonsensical. The government has many branches that consist of many people. Think of how ridiculous it sounds to say "The government single-handedly invaded Iraq."

/Before the civilian contractors got involved in the occupation - but that's tangential


It's possible you are over estimating government.

Someone probably asked the FAA if it would be possible to do this and, when confronted with something they don't have a rule for, they bounced the question around until it landed on the desk of a lone bureaucrat.
Not having a clue he probably says "I don't know but... No, you can't do that".

Thus a policy is born!
 
2012-03-24 07:44:48 PM
I doubt they compare with the tacos my mailman, Jake, makes and delivers to me each weekday.

Goodbye, mailbox
 
2012-03-24 08:53:20 PM

TheShavingofOccam123: It the delivery location isn't moving, then who needs a vehicle when a projectile will suffice?

1. Load taco into parachute-equipped container
2. Load container in sabot.
3. Load sabot into long-barrel, slow-burn cannon.
4. Aim cannon at GPS coordinates
5. Fire cannon
6. Repeat.


Angry tacos!
 
2012-03-24 09:05:07 PM
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The real foe
 
2012-03-25 05:32:03 AM
90% of area around where I live is a no fly zone. Take that for what you will.
 
2012-03-25 07:08:25 AM
I'd love a CurryCopter, but that might constitute an act of war in some places.
 
2012-03-25 02:22:19 PM
If it's a sound idea, then it's probably inevitable. "The government," as I keep saying over and over to thousands of deaf, stupid people with no memory, is not an alien regime that rules over us. It's US. If we want something badly enough, and it's not entirely stupid, then it's probably inevitable, for those reasons alone.

If current laws prevent tacocopters, but they are not inherently a bad idea, and if enough people desire them, then we're sure to see them eventually.

When I used to deliver pizzas many moons ago, I foresaw this. I realised that it was probably inevitable that some form of automation would replace drug-addled losers delivering pizza, and one day there would be no more pizza drivers. Even at the time I thought that would be an improvement.
 
2012-03-25 07:01:15 PM

coco ebert: What if you're in Zaire?


you're out of the service area, try ordering something from South Africa
 
2012-03-26 11:29:49 AM
Sweet Matilda! What will those Chinese come up with next?
 
2012-03-26 01:39:28 PM
WWWWAAAAALLLLLLLL-EEEEEEE
 
2012-03-26 07:14:44 PM
Helicopter? Now that's what *I* call a taco!
 
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