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(Daily Mail)   U.S. government to use "drones the size of golf balls to spy on American citizens." Let me just grab my 4-iron   (dailymail.co.uk) divider line 186
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2012-06-09 04:02:24 PM  

tuffsnake: letting


That's the important part.
 
2012-06-09 04:02:34 PM  
Remember that part in Innerspace where he bad guys got shrunk down, but only halfway, so they turned into midgets? That was awesome.
 
2012-06-09 04:02:34 PM  
starsmedia.ign.com
 
2012-06-09 04:02:45 PM  
Some nice nasal mining from the German coach.
 
2012-06-09 04:05:11 PM  
I'm callint bullshiat. Mainly because it's the Daily Mail. I mean we've caught them red-handed lying through their teeth. Remember the whole female dentist fiasco?
/Also can you even fit all of the needed equipment in something that small and make it so it can fly?
 
2012-06-09 04:09:24 PM  
upload.wikimedia.org

Maybe those asshole kids at the multiplex were on to something all along.
 
2012-06-09 04:09:37 PM  
TFA:

i.dailymail.co.uk

dude on left

3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-06-09 04:10:29 PM  

Trolljegeren: serial_crusher: Meh, if you have something to hide, you should hide it better.

Maybe in the hole the government kicked our privacy and Constitutional rights into?


No constitutional right to privacy. Robert Bork said so. From the bench. (Perhaps the most arrogant, self-important asshole I ever had the misfortune to meet).
 
2012-06-09 04:10:33 PM  
Hey look, another thing everyone would be shiatting their pants over if Bush was still in office.
 
2012-06-09 04:11:34 PM  

crabsno termites: Trolljegeren: serial_crusher: Meh, if you have something to hide, you should hide it better.

Maybe in the hole the government kicked our privacy and Constitutional rights into?

No constitutional right to privacy. Robert Bork said so. From the bench. (Perhaps the most arrogant, self-important asshole I ever had the misfortune to meet).


Not if you don't know it's there. Besides, it'll just fly home (it will do that without user intervention) and be back shortly.
 
2012-06-09 04:12:15 PM  

GilRuiz1: [i224.photobucket.com image 557x378]


Dayum. Nice.
 
2012-06-09 04:14:53 PM  

paygun: Hey look, another thing everyone would be shiatting their pants over if Bush was still in office.


I liked watching my privacy and rights completely erode before it was cool.

- Proto-fascist Hipster
 
2012-06-09 04:15:32 PM  
Given how much taxpayers have been soaked for super-duper-mini UAVs that already don't work, the golf-ball sized super-duper-micro-UAVs are probably just vapour ware being released so some farkwit can get some free PR and eventually a contract for something else that won't work.

• How will it fly?
• How will it be powered?
• How will its connectivity work?
• How will it be manufactured?
• How will it be maintained?

If you can't answer all of these, you don't have a product. You have PR.
 
2012-06-09 04:16:25 PM  
paygun: Hey look, another thing everyone would be shiatting their pants over if Bush was still in office.

ahhh, the coveted "Reverse B-B-But Bush."

Flawless.
 
2012-06-09 04:18:18 PM  

rohar: sfpfc: Shouldn't the common man be able to purchase these for personal security observance and protection. A flight path around my house armed with poison darts will be sufficient..

/pick up pizzas?

My property is already covered by video streams. They're all fed into a system that can understand "normal" "not normal" which alerts me when something's up.

How would drones on the property help?


For the lulz? If you are paranoid enough to cover everything with a video feed with a custom alert algorythem, then why not a swarm of little drones?
 
2012-06-09 04:19:32 PM  
4 iron? You can't hit a 4 iron.
 
2012-06-09 04:20:17 PM  

ultraholland: paygun: Hey look, another thing everyone would be shiatting their pants over if Bush was still in office.

ahhh, the coveted "Reverse B-B-But Bush."

Flawless.


Don't be racist.
 
2012-06-09 04:22:02 PM  

hovsm: 4 iron? You can't hit a 4 iron.


I can, but "Even God can't hit a 1 iron" (Trevino, I believe)
 
2012-06-09 04:23:43 PM  

paygun: Hey look, another thing everyone would be shiatting their pants over if Bush was still in office.


Yeah, we would. Because he was a farking evil moron.
 
2012-06-09 04:24:40 PM  

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: paygun: Hey look, another thing everyone would be shiatting their pants over if Bush was still in office.

Yeah, we would. Because he was a farking evil moron.


We get it, he's white.
 
2012-06-09 04:26:03 PM  

LasersHurt: SoCalSurfer: Well if you can't beat em, join em

Let's be honest, look at the average government worker. Its probably some guy just trying to spy on naked housewives

[images1.cliqueclack.com image 425x232]

Yes, indeed. Out of the millions of government workers, the "average ones" will use drones to spy on housewives. That's sensible. They'll all leave their administrative or service positions to use drones to look at shiatty tits, because the internet doesn't exist.


Someone doesn't watch Bullshiat.
 
2012-06-09 04:26:38 PM  

hovsm: 4 iron? You can't hit a 4 iron.


2 clubs I can always hit well are my 4 and my 7.
 
2012-06-09 04:27:32 PM  

SharkTrager: LasersHurt: SoCalSurfer: Well if you can't beat em, join em

Let's be honest, look at the average government worker. Its probably some guy just trying to spy on naked housewives

[images1.cliqueclack.com image 425x232]

Yes, indeed. Out of the millions of government workers, the "average ones" will use drones to spy on housewives. That's sensible. They'll all leave their administrative or service positions to use drones to look at shiatty tits, because the internet doesn't exist.

Someone doesn't watch Bullshiat.


Not regularly. What episode am I missing here?
 
2012-06-09 04:27:34 PM  

gaslight: Given how much taxpayers have been soaked for super-duper-mini UAVs that already don't work, the golf-ball sized super-duper-micro-UAVs are probably just vapour ware being released so some farkwit can get some free PR and eventually a contract for something else that won't work.

• How will it fly?
• How will it be powered?
• How will its connectivity work?
• How will it be manufactured?
• How will it be maintained?

If you can't answer all of these, you don't have a product. You have PR.


well if you make them small enough, hollow and light enough and paint them black, the warmth from the sun will cause them to float.

/god I really need to finish my work
 
2012-06-09 04:29:20 PM  

Cerebral Knievel: rohar: sfpfc: Shouldn't the common man be able to purchase these for personal security observance and protection. A flight path around my house armed with poison darts will be sufficient..

/pick up pizzas?

My property is already covered by video streams. They're all fed into a system that can understand "normal" "not normal" which alerts me when something's up.

How would drones on the property help?

For the lulz? If you are paranoid enough to cover everything with a video feed with a custom alert algorythem, then why not a swarm of little drones?


It's not that nutty really. I work for a firm that writes the video interpretation system. I've got livestock and don't wanna go out every 30 minutes during kidding season. Throw out a couple of more cameras and you're where I ended up.

/pain in the ass teaching it to recognize when an animal was going into labor
//strange paths technology takes you
 
2012-06-09 04:31:59 PM  

LasersHurt: Not regularly. What episode am I missing here?


They did one on The Patriot Act.

When people were given surveillance equipment and told to watch a house allegedly housing a terrorist they all ended up watching the actors hired to get naked next door. Similar studies have shown this is the case as well. It is also backed up by TSA actions.
 
2012-06-09 04:33:16 PM  

paygun: Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: paygun: Hey look, another thing everyone would be shiatting their pants over if Bush was still in office.

Yeah, we would. Because he was a farking evil moron.

We get it, he's white.


He's also the one who appointed Michael Donley Secretary of the Air Force, right before he left office. He also holds the presidential record for "Most Secretaries of the Air Force Appointed."
 
2012-06-09 04:33:20 PM  

SharkTrager: LasersHurt: Not regularly. What episode am I missing here?

They did one on The Patriot Act.

When people were given surveillance equipment and told to watch a house allegedly housing a terrorist they all ended up watching the actors hired to get naked next door. Similar studies have shown this is the case as well. It is also backed up by TSA actions.


Good thing there's nothing stupid about telling people to watch a house, then intentionally having someone strip next door with no curtain or blinds.

I love Penn and Teller and usually love their show, but that's pretty stupid.
 
2012-06-09 04:35:23 PM  
I'm not worried because I honestly doubt this is real. I mean, it's the Daily Mail. Secondly, The Supreme Court would strike this down before the first golf ball left the ground. And if this project became reality, it wouldn't last long. It would just be too damn expensive to keep replacing the drones shot down by U.S. citizens.
 
2012-06-09 04:36:38 PM  

thamike: paygun: Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: paygun: Hey look, another thing everyone would be shiatting their pants over if Bush was still in office.

Yeah, we would. Because he was a farking evil moron.

We get it, he's white.

He's also the one who appointed Michael Donley Secretary of the Air Force, right before he left office. He also holds the presidential record for "Most Secretaries of the Air Force Appointed."


The article claims that Donley works for Obama now. Another great example of the right wing media conspiracy.
 
2012-06-09 04:37:30 PM  

HotIgneous Intruder: There's going to be booming business in drone interdiction systems pretty quick.


Lasers.
 
2012-06-09 04:37:50 PM  
And who are you, little fellow? Not nice! *BOOM!*
/Obscure?
 
2012-06-09 04:38:45 PM  

Great Janitor: I'm not worried because I honestly doubt this is real. I mean, it's the Daily Mail. Secondly, The Supreme Court would strike this down before the first golf ball left the ground. And if this project became reality, it wouldn't last long. It would just be too damn expensive to keep replacing the drones shot down by U.S. citizens.


The golf ball sized drones part, yeah. I just don't the technology exists to make it practical.
 
2012-06-09 04:41:39 PM  

Great Janitor: It would just be too damn expensive to keep replacing the drones shot down by U.S. citizens.


You obviously have no idea the technologies at play in the modern world.
 
2012-06-09 04:41:42 PM  

paygun: Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: paygun: Hey look, another thing everyone would be shiatting their pants over if Bush was still in office.

Yeah, we would. Because he was a farking evil moron.

We get it, he's white.


I... Uh... What? You know what, nevermind.
 
2012-06-09 04:44:01 PM  
i158.photobucket.com


Nowhere will be safe! Not even shopping / University!
 
2012-06-09 04:56:37 PM  
What happens if it's windy?
 
2012-06-09 04:56:55 PM  

paygun: Hey look, another thing everyone would be shiatting their pants over if Bush was still in office.


I was thinking the same thing. Instead the Obama slurpers use the "Meh, don't do anything illegal and you have nothing to fear from govt surveillance" defense. Hilarious.
 
2012-06-09 04:57:05 PM  

ultraholland: paygun: Hey look, another thing everyone would be shiatting their pants over if Bush was still in office.

ahhh, the coveted "Reverse B-B-But Bush."

Flawless.


It's a valid point. America is full of so-called "conservatives" who were peachy-fine with things like this, right up until the uppity black guy started doing it.

News flash, teatards: If you didn't have anything to hide from Bush, you don't have anything to hide from Obama, either.
 
2012-06-09 05:02:08 PM  

mynamebackwards: paygun: Hey look, another thing everyone would be shiatting their pants over if Bush was still in office.

I was thinking the same thing. Instead the Obama slurpers use the "Meh, don't do anything illegal and you have nothing to fear from govt surveillance" defense. Hilarious.


Literally nobody said that (except for one person who said it Ironically) You butthurt loser.
 
2012-06-09 05:02:10 PM  
Not sure what the big deal is? The various levels of Government already use surveillance devices to monitor certain people. I do not think that one new type of surveillance device will make the government any less likely to follow proper legal channels in obtaining "search warrants" to "spy" on people.
 
2012-06-09 05:03:20 PM  

mynamebackwards: paygun: Hey look, another thing everyone would be shiatting their pants over if Bush was still in office.

I was thinking the same thing. Instead the Obama slurpers use the "Meh, don't do anything illegal and you have nothing to fear from govt surveillance" defense. Hilarious.


Wtf? Is this what the politics tab is like? No wonder I never go there.
 
2012-06-09 05:04:37 PM  

serial_crusher: sithon: yep. Stephenson is great. Too bad I havn't seen anything from him for a while.

Not sure if trying to say REAMDE sucked.
I thought it was better than Anathem, if that says anything.



I'm reading README right now. I've hit a wall at about 250 pages.

Cryptonomicron, it's not.
 
2012-06-09 05:07:46 PM  

Man On Pink Corner:

News flash, teatards: If you didn't have anything to hide from Bush, you don't have anything to hide from Obama, either.


And even though it was the Obama administration that authorized domestic drones, it really sounds like something Bush would have done. So yeah.
 
2012-06-09 05:08:32 PM  
i926.photobucket.com
 
2012-06-09 05:10:50 PM  

LordOfThePings: Whatever happened to preparations A through G?


Preparations A through G were a complete failure.

suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com
 
2012-06-09 05:10:53 PM  
So flood your property with infrared transmitters.

Wouldn't that take care of most digital camera surveillance? (I'm thinking of the effect where you can see your remote light up if viewed through your phone's camera. And wouldn't these drones need to use digital cameras purely out of weight requirements?)

Of course, that's almost literally like putting up a neon sign to the watchers saying "Hey. Hey you. Yeah, you. Look closer at me".
 
2012-06-09 05:12:15 PM  
1.bp.blogspot.com

We've come a long way since 1979, when they were the size of softballs. Closer to a grapefruit, actually.
 
2012-06-09 05:12:23 PM  

Mock26: Not sure what the big deal is? The various levels of Government already use surveillance devices to monitor certain people. I do not think that one new type of surveillance device will make the government any less likely to follow proper legal channels in obtaining "search warrants" to "spy" on people.


Warrants don't come in to play. Anything visible from a legally public place needs no warrant. You don't own the airspace over your home, so it's a legally public place.

The part that scares me isn't the unprecedented access, but the ability to automate decision making. Millions of hours of video can be consumed, analyzed and triggered on in minutes today with less than $2MM worth of hardware.

I'm not sure what's ethical here, but the idea makes me uncomfortable at best.
 
2012-06-09 05:12:40 PM  

Pancoaifo: Of course, that's almost literally like putting up a neon sign to the watchers saying "Hey. Hey you. Yeah, you. Look closer at me".


That's how it would start anyway. How it would end is with charges for domestic terrorism.
 
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