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(Boing Boing)   Drone crash on San Diego college campus? Yeah, that was probably a hoax. Probably   (boingboing.net) divider line 34
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2012-12-07 12:39:15 PM
Or some kids where having some fun with rockets.


Lord know we did.
 
2012-12-07 12:46:04 PM

The Stealth Hippopotamus: Or some kids where having some fun with rockets.


Lord know we did.


I'm guessing an remote-controlled device with a camera that was attempting surveillance of the women's showers. Porky's 2012, if you will.
 
2012-12-07 12:48:07 PM
NEWS FROM THE FUTURE!!!!!!

/trust me...this *will* happen....sooner rather than later.
 
2012-12-07 12:49:40 PM
i want to work for the Center of Drone Policy and Ethics. I bet the uniforms are cool.
 
2012-12-07 12:56:58 PM
It's aliens. Drones are the new weather balloon.
 
2012-12-07 01:00:10 PM
www.mtv.com
 
2012-12-07 01:01:51 PM
College's are places of evil and need to be watched closely.
 
2012-12-07 01:03:11 PM
What? A hoax on a college campus? I fail to see how this is possible.
 
2012-12-07 01:03:44 PM
Drones mostly come out at night. Mostly.
 
2012-12-07 01:06:17 PM
That's UCSD, a major university of 30,000 students and a billion dollar yearly research funding.

It's a a little better than a simple college.


/UCSD alumni
 
2012-12-07 01:07:53 PM
Well on a side note, the library in the background is slowly sinking into the ground because the designers failed to factor in the weight of the books into the plans...

/it's true
//it's on the 'net
 
2012-12-07 01:09:52 PM
You should always wear a gas mask when looking at a downed drone. ALWAYS.
 
2012-12-07 01:23:35 PM
All Iranian students must report to the Dean's office.
 
2012-12-07 01:37:55 PM

Gonad the Ballbarian: Well on a side note, the library in the background is slowly sinking into the ground because the designers failed to factor in the weight of the books into the plans...

/it's true
//it's on the 'net


Did your French supermodel girlfriend read that to you?
 
2012-12-07 01:41:33 PM
General Atomics is about three miles from UCSD.
 
2012-12-07 01:42:14 PM
i15.photobucket.com
 
2012-12-07 01:42:40 PM
ROBOT HOUSE!!!! (Shaking fist in frustration)
 
2012-12-07 01:42:56 PM
To be fair, drones are also used in various civilian applications, mostly for aerial surveys, because the "cheaper than hiring an actual pilot" principle still applies. I'd also be somewhat disappointed if it hasn't occurred to anyone to use them for things like crop dusting yet.

There's nothing really inherently sinister about them any more than any other aircraft, most of them are supersized versions of those radio-controlled foam things you used to hate getting as christmas presents because they'd break in 15 minutes when you sucked at driving them. Except that they're actually useful.

So... realistically it's believable and not terribly worrisome that one might crash in the UCSB area. I'm not sure what the art project's farking point is supposed to be or why this is supposed to be shocking. Are they going to terrify us with red-light cameras sinisterly taking pictures without human input next? Maybe reveal the dark and horrible world of pressure plates automatically alerting the dude in the McDonalds that you're at the drive-through window? Unearth the deadly secret that some men exploit the deadly "fire" phenomenon with which man should not meddle simply to ward off hypothermia? HELP HOW DID THIS POST GET HERE I AM BAD AT TECHNOLOGY HOW LANGUAGE WORK NEW THING BAD.

//USSD art students fr a permanent GOP majority, I guess?
 
2012-12-07 01:47:56 PM
 
2012-12-07 01:51:54 PM

Rivethead: You should always wear a gas mask when looking at a downed drone visiting a California college campus. ALWAYS.


FTFY

/Also Evergreen, Reed, etc.
 
2012-12-07 01:56:38 PM

titwrench: Gonad the Ballbarian: Well on a side note, the library in the background is slowly sinking into the ground because the designers failed to factor in the weight of the books into the plans...

/it's true
//it's on the 'net

Did your French supermodel girlfriend read that to you?


She did, but she's in Canada right now, so it was more of a RE:RE:RE email...
 
2012-12-07 02:07:19 PM
teach basic drone safety techniques that can be practiced on a daily basis to keep ourselves and others safe

Do not stand close to a terrorist.
 
2012-12-07 02:18:08 PM
Drone crash? *ppph!*

Wait unti the DRONE RIOTS!

/where's my nerve stapler?
 
2012-12-07 02:30:56 PM

sidgates: General Atomics is about three miles from UCSD.


Not even that far, there's a small research reactor almost literally across the street from the north end of campus. (Across the street, then part of the GA campus, so maybe 800 yards away?)

CSB: I've seen that reactor spike and scram, in person. (They do it to impress the HS kids touring the facility)

That said: This story is relatively minor on the scale of "Art Projects slash Hoaxes" that have managed to seriously piss off people on the UCSD campus.

The guy who posed a perfectly-constructed construction project sign (mimicking the style of signs all over campus that showed an artist's rendering of some new research building under contstruction, etc.) of the "Giant Glass Pyramid" that was going to be constructed over the Sungod statue managed to REALLY upset people. It made some of the local talk-radio News stations before word got out that it was a hoax.
 
2012-12-07 02:34:19 PM

ObscureNameHere: Drone crash? *ppph!*

Wait unti the DRONE RIOTS!

/where's my nerve stapler?


An Alpha Centauri reference? You sir, are winning.
img206.imageshack.us

"Speed Rovers: Unsafe At Any Speed! "
 
2012-12-07 02:46:01 PM
Rivethead

You should always wear a gas mask when looking at a downed drone. ALWAYS.


Actually, yes, you should. Unless you aren't familiar with what they are made with, then by all means go play with it
 
2012-12-07 02:50:16 PM
amongst
 
2012-12-07 02:56:39 PM

Ed Finnerty: I'm guessing an remote-controlled device with a camera that was attempting surveillance of the women's showers. Porky's 2012, if you will.


we didn't have money for fancy cameras. Mostly about speed and altitude
 
2012-12-07 03:03:23 PM

DeathCipris: ObscureNameHere: Drone crash? *ppph!*

Wait unti the DRONE RIOTS!

/where's my nerve stapler?

An Alpha Centauri reference? You sir, are winning.
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"Speed Rovers: Unsafe At Any Speed! "


Though in truth, I mis-represented myself. I was a die-hard Morganite.

"Human behavior is economic behavior. The particulars may vary but competition for limited resources remains a constant. Need as well as greed has followed us to the stars and the rewards of wealth still await those wise enough to recognize this deep thrumming of our common pulse.
CEO Nwabudike Morgan, "The Centauri Monopoly"
 
2012-12-07 03:13:22 PM
First Iran, now a San Diego college.

Can we stop crashing these things into enemy territory!?
 
2012-12-07 03:13:51 PM
I usually played Spartans or the University.
Target number 1 was the fundie biatch, Godwin. Target 2 was the peace-loving hippie, Pravrin Lowell.

That game had a lot of great quotes from the faction personalities.
 
2012-12-07 03:35:07 PM
prestigedaily.com
 
2012-12-07 03:50:43 PM

Herbie555: sidgates: General Atomics is about three miles from UCSD.

Not even that far, there's a small research reactor almost literally across the street from the north end of campus. (Across the street, then part of the GA campus, so maybe 800 yards away?)

CSB: I've seen that reactor spike and scram, in person. (They do it to impress the HS kids touring the facility)

That said: This story is relatively minor on the scale of "Art Projects slash Hoaxes" that have managed to seriously piss off people on the UCSD campus.

The guy who posed a perfectly-constructed construction project sign (mimicking the style of signs all over campus that showed an artist's rendering of some new research building under contstruction, etc.) of the "Giant Glass Pyramid" that was going to be constructed over the Sungod statue managed to REALLY upset people. It made some of the local talk-radio News stations before word got out that it was a hoax.


I work across the street from GA and can see the reactor building. Hope they keep it nice and tame! I think most of the drone stuff is over in Poway anyway. Since we're in the flight path from Miramar an F18 into our building is the biggest (non-earthquake/fire/zombie) threat we worry about.

/Wish GA would let us use Tower Road to get to the train stop but oh well.
 
2012-12-07 07:50:35 PM
Link


San Diego PD's drone is still quite operational.
 
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