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(Washington Post)   Domestic drone in San Francisco ends the life of a single man   (washingtonpost.com) divider line 69
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2013-08-19 06:33:06 AM  
Great headline
 
2013-08-19 07:10:36 AM  
Nice one, subby! :D
 
2013-08-19 07:23:57 AM  
As a photographer, I'd love to have one of those, large enough to carry a quality camera.

But I fully expect, in the next couple of years, for some idiot to disrupt an airport or a televised sporting event, and they'll be banned or severely restricted.  Not to mention other nefarious potential uses: hands-free anonymous drug deals, voyeurism, even murder/terrorism.  It'll happen.
 
vpb [TotalFark]
2013-08-19 07:38:59 AM  

Earguy: As a photographer, I'd love to have one of those, large enough to carry a quality camera.

But I fully expect, in the next couple of years, for some idiot to disrupt an airport or a televised sporting event, and they'll be banned or severely restricted.  Not to mention other nefarious potential uses: hands-free anonymous drug deals, voyeurism, even murder/terrorism.  It'll happen.


From what I understand some realtors were using them to take pictures of houses but had to stop because they are only authorized for non-commercial use.  That may have changed though.

I am waiting for some idiot to pack one with explosives and blow up his ex wife or something.
 
2013-08-19 08:42:58 AM  

Earguy: As a photographer, I'd love to have one of those, large enough to carry a quality camera.

But I fully expect, in the next couple of years, for some idiot to disrupt an airport or a televised sporting event, and they'll be banned or severely restricted.  Not to mention other nefarious potential uses: hands-free anonymous drug deals, voyeurism, even murder/terrorism.  It'll happen.


B..b..but the Second Amendment says I have a right to any weapon, regardless of how dangerous it is or how little training I have, so Imma buy a drone.

For freedom.
 
2013-08-19 09:34:18 AM  
trollolololol
 
2013-08-19 09:35:08 AM  
And becomes a cat!

i.imgur.com
 
2013-08-19 09:35:09 AM  
Huh, I really thought this was going to be about the video of the guy flying a quadcopter (drone) right into a groom's face.
 
2013-08-19 09:36:46 AM  
Divorce drone coming soon.
 
2013-08-19 09:36:58 AM  
Can we stop calling everything that flies remotely a fking drone?
 
2013-08-19 09:40:47 AM  

scottydoesntknow: Huh, I really thought this was going to be about the video of the guy flying a quadcopter (drone) right into a groom's face.


See, in that case, the drone  saved a guy's life.
 
2013-08-19 09:43:14 AM  

Unoriginal_Username: Can we stop calling everything that flies remotely a fking drone?


No, its a media buzzword now.
 
2013-08-19 09:45:26 AM  
How the hell am I gonna shoot upskirt pictures with that thing?
 
2013-08-19 09:46:19 AM  

Unoriginal_Username: Can we stop calling everything that flies remotely a fking drone?


drone 1
n.
1. A male bee, especially a honeybee, that is characteristically stingless, performs no work, and produces no honey. Its only function is to mate with the queen bee.
2. An idle person who lives off others; a loafer.
3. A person who does tedious or menial work; a drudge: "undervalued drones who labored in obscurity" (Caroline Bates).
4. A pilotless aircraft operated by remote control.
 
2013-08-19 09:46:34 AM  
Yes but the sidebar headline- A drone that crawls inside your plumbing.  I...yeah not clicking that one.
 
2013-08-19 09:46:59 AM  

darth_badger: How the hell am I gonna shoot upskirt pictures with that thing?


Cleavage. You need an RC car to accomplish your task.
 
2013-08-19 09:47:49 AM  
Now THAT is a well-constructed headline.
 
2013-08-19 09:53:46 AM  

vpb: Earguy: As a photographer, I'd love to have one of those, large enough to carry a quality camera.

But I fully expect, in the next couple of years, for some idiot to disrupt an airport or a televised sporting event, and they'll be banned or severely restricted.  Not to mention other nefarious potential uses: hands-free anonymous drug deals, voyeurism, even murder/terrorism.  It'll happen.

From what I understand some realtors were using them to take pictures of houses but had to stop because they are only authorized for non-commercial use.  That may have changed though.

I am waiting for some idiot to pack one with explosives and blow up his ex wife or something.


If I remember correctly, that changes in 2015.  The only hard and fast rule will be keeping it under 400 feet.  I've thought about getting one myself, but remain worried that I will, indeed, pilot the thing accidentally into someone's head.
 
2013-08-19 09:54:42 AM  
Gah. Those aren't drones. Those are RC toy helicopters.

This is a drone:
upload.wikimedia.org

This is an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle:
strikefighterconsultinginc.com

This is a toy aircraft:
www.cam-and-carrier.com
 
2013-08-19 10:00:14 AM  
bravo, subby
 
2013-08-19 10:01:04 AM  

Earguy: As a photographer, I'd love to have one of those, large enough to carry a quality camera.

But I fully expect, in the next couple of years, for some idiot to disrupt an airport or a televised sporting event, and they'll be banned or severely restricted.  Not to mention other nefarious potential uses: hands-free anonymous drug deals, voyeurism, even murder/terrorism.  It'll happen.


For about $1,500, you can get a DJI Phantom drone with a self-stabilizing gymbal that can mount a GoPro camera. Going to be more expensive to get a drone that has enough power to lift an SLR.
 
2013-08-19 10:11:01 AM  
game over man, game over
 
2013-08-19 10:13:48 AM  
So. It's come to this.
 
2013-08-19 10:14:48 AM  

Bloody William: Earguy: As a photographer, I'd love to have one of those, large enough to carry a quality camera.

But I fully expect, in the next couple of years, for some idiot to disrupt an airport or a televised sporting event, and they'll be banned or severely restricted.  Not to mention other nefarious potential uses: hands-free anonymous drug deals, voyeurism, even murder/terrorism.  It'll happen.

For about $1,500, you can get a DJI Phantom drone with a self-stabilizing gymbal that can mount a GoPro camera. Going to be more expensive to get a drone that has enough power to lift an SLR.


It looks like cameras are getting to the point where they can trade pixels for lenses.  Not quite there yet, but don't be surprised if this is replaced by the no fancy lens ( no gymbal?) camera:
http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2012/03/innovation-or-hype-ars-examin es -nokias-41-megapixel-smartphone-camerainnovation-or-hype-ars-examines- nokias-41-megapixel-smartphone-camera/  (digital zoom that doesn't suck [much.  This article surprised me.])
https://www.lytro.com/  (focus?  I'll take the shot now and send it back to ground control for focus).

Note that producing each sensor is quite a risk (and typically needs a big order) while the drones and gymbals are likely built by startups, so it isn't as clear as I thought.  Just don't assume that a tiny drone always means poor quality photos because of traditional SLR lens size.
 
2013-08-19 10:18:00 AM  

mbillips: Gah. Those aren't drones. Those are RC toy helicopters.

This is a drone:


This is an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle:


This is a toy aircraft:


Oh yeah? Well tell the dictionary. We didn't invent English.
 
2013-08-19 10:18:07 AM  

vpb: I am waiting for some idiot to pack one with explosives and blow up his MY ex wife or something.


fify
 
2013-08-19 10:20:04 AM  

yet_another_wumpus: Bloody William: Earguy: As a photographer, I'd love to have one of those, large enough to carry a quality camera.

But I fully expect, in the next couple of years, for some idiot to disrupt an airport or a televised sporting event, and they'll be banned or severely restricted.  Not to mention other nefarious potential uses: hands-free anonymous drug deals, voyeurism, even murder/terrorism.  It'll happen.

For about $1,500, you can get a DJI Phantom drone with a self-stabilizing gymbal that can mount a GoPro camera. Going to be more expensive to get a drone that has enough power to lift an SLR.

It looks like cameras are getting to the point where they can trade pixels for lenses.  Not quite there yet, but don't be surprised if this is replaced by the no fancy lens ( no gymbal?) camera:
http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2012/03/innovation-or-hype-ars-examin es -nokias-41-megapixel-smartphone-camerainnovation-or-hype-ars-examines- nokias-41-megapixel-smartphone-camera/  (digital zoom that doesn't suck [much.  This article surprised me.])
https://www.lytro.com/  (focus?  I'll take the shot now and send it back to ground control for focus).

Note that producing each sensor is quite a risk (and typically needs a big order) while the drones and gymbals are likely built by startups, so it isn't as clear as I thought.  Just don't assume that a tiny drone always means poor quality photos because of traditional SLR lens size.


You can also just extract the core and integrate it without all the other camera junk weight if you have the knowledge.


And there was already that guy trying to poperatzo photograph Mandela in the hospital wasn't there?
 
2013-08-19 10:23:24 AM  
Resistance is futile....
 
2013-08-19 10:26:07 AM  

mbillips: Gah. Those aren't drones. Those are RC toy helicopters.

This is a drone:
[upload.wikimedia.org image 850x545]

This is an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle:
[strikefighterconsultinginc.com image 800x571]

This is a toy aircraft:
[www.cam-and-carrier.com image 800x533]


Does the toy aircraft come with the hawt chick?

/I'll take two
 
2013-08-19 10:26:35 AM  

vpb: From what I understand some realtors were using them to take pictures of houses but had to stop because they are only authorized for non-commercial use. That may have changed though.


You need to have a pilot's license for commercial use.

Bloody William: For about $1,500, you can get a DJI Phantom drone with a self-stabilizing gymbal that can mount a GoPro camera. Going to be more expensive to get a drone that has enough power to lift an SLR.


The Phantom is awesome and incredibly easy to fly.
 
2013-08-19 10:27:01 AM  
The real money will be in making (illegal) drone killers.  Dozens of different kinds and techniques, that operate at different altitudes, but all with the purpose of taking out other drones.  Some may even be designed for counter-drone operator attacks.  Take out the guy with the joystick.

Imagine if the Branch Davidians in Waco had a hundred small drones with video cameras and explosives?  The government would have had to send in F-16s to slaughter them all.
 
2013-08-19 10:28:37 AM  
Also, mark me down as skeptical these will remain unrestricted for long, as another Farker said some idiot will try to make a 'splodey version with nefarious intent.

/also, glad to see the rotocat made an appearance. lol
 
2013-08-19 10:30:01 AM  

blatz514: And becomes a cat!


Came for cat drone pic. Leaving satisfied, if a little skeeved out.
 
2013-08-19 10:31:07 AM  

Kentucky Fried Children: Also, mark me down as skeptical these will remain unrestricted for long, as another Farker said some idiot will try to make a 'splodey version with nefarious intent.

/also, glad to see the rotocat made an appearance. lol



Buries its head in your general direction.

www.damngeeky.com
 
2013-08-19 10:34:18 AM  

BafflerMeal: Kentucky Fried Children: Also, mark me down as skeptical these will remain unrestricted for long, as another Farker said some idiot will try to make a 'splodey version with nefarious intent.

/also, glad to see the rotocat made an appearance. lol


Buries its head in your general direction.

[www.damngeeky.com image 600x439]


lol, I wonder how many taxidermied drones there are out there

/someone needs to make a shark drone, stat
//callsign, Sharknado of course
 
2013-08-19 10:35:31 AM  
I'm guessing that as soon as these even came onto the market, there were people flying these things loaded full of drugs across the border.
 
2013-08-19 10:36:04 AM  
fbcdn-sphotos-a-a.akamaihd.net

Oh noz ... the drones were following me this weekend in Detroit for the Woodward Dream Cruise, lol.
 
2013-08-19 10:46:42 AM  
That "domestic drone"....JUST HAPPENS TO BE MY WIFE!

*She puts the "blah" into blah blah blah.  I know it's redundant, so is she.*
 
2013-08-19 10:47:12 AM  

Bloody William: For about $1,500, you can get a DJI Phantom drone with a self-stabilizing gymbal that can mount a GoPro camera. Going to be more expensive to get a drone that has enough power to lift an SLR.


Or for those of us on a serious budget, $36 for a Syma X1 plus $50 for a tiny HD video camera and a few cents' worth of adhesive-backed velcro.

/it hurts less when you accidentally your drone into a tree or a pond
 
2013-08-19 10:49:45 AM  

Earguy: As a photographer, I'd love to have one of those, large enough to carry a quality camera.

But I fully expect, in the next couple of years, for some idiot to disrupt an airport or a televised sporting event, and they'll be banned or severely restricted.  Not to mention other nefarious potential uses: hands-free anonymous drug deals, voyeurism, even murder/terrorism.  It'll happen.


As I read the article, I was thinking the same thing, we are using these to beat up on terrorists now, because we are way ahead in the tech curve, but  now that these things are getting to where any consumer can buy one, it won't be long before criminals or even terrorists  are using them.

There is a ton of potential for drug dealers, fly across the border, fly to your customer, etc.
 
2013-08-19 10:51:44 AM  

what_now: Earguy: As a photographer, I'd love to have one of those, large enough to carry a quality camera.

But I fully expect, in the next couple of years, for some idiot to disrupt an airport or a televised sporting event, and they'll be banned or severely restricted.  Not to mention other nefarious potential uses: hands-free anonymous drug deals, voyeurism, even murder/terrorism.  It'll happen.

B..b..but the Second Amendment says I have a right to any weapon, regardless of how dangerous it is or how little training I have, so Imma buy a drone.

For freedom.


No, the second amendment doesn't say that you farking moron.

/I own dozens of guns and don't even thing that.
 
2013-08-19 10:55:53 AM  

mbillips: This is a toy aircraft:


The latter however can be programmed to perform as the former
 
2013-08-19 10:57:11 AM  

Earguy: But I fully expect, in the next couple of years, for some idiot to disrupt an airport or a televised sporting event, and they'll be banned or severely restricted. Not to mention other nefarious potential uses: hands-free anonymous drug deals, voyeurism, even murder/terrorism. It'll happen.




www.automoblog.net

Oh noes!
 
2013-08-19 11:10:20 AM  
Exactly. That is not a drone ... subby needs to learn to read.
 
2013-08-19 11:11:02 AM  
the horror, the horror.
 
2013-08-19 11:24:54 AM  
"Drones make it possible to invade privacy without even trespassing," said Amie Stepanovich, a surveillance expert at the Electronic Privacy Information Center. "This is a real concern."

Nope.

Unless the drone is picking door locks or pulling back curtains, there is no expectation of privacy of anything within view from public space. Altitude of viewing angle is not a factor.
 
2013-08-19 11:26:31 AM  
I'll bet the bride was just super-thrilled that her groom's geeky brother just sucked all the attention away from her...
 
2013-08-19 11:29:58 AM  
If it doesn't have some kind of autopilot, it's a RC helicopter.
 
2013-08-19 11:42:23 AM  
It's Drone Killing Time™

www.corporateeventsguide.co.nz

You bring a drone
I bring it down

/simple math
 
2013-08-19 11:42:37 AM  
This is a drone.
t0.gstatic.com
 
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