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(Quartz)   Drones in China will deliver packages with the same enthusiasm as your postal worker   (qz.com ) divider line
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2013-09-03 04:45:01 PM  
My mail carrier is always friendly and chipper. Maybe subby is just an asshole?
 
2013-09-03 04:45:31 PM  
With great enthusiasm, then. There's robot sex in China?
 
2013-09-03 04:46:29 PM  

fusillade762: My mail carrier is always friendly and chipper. Maybe subby is just an asshole?


Mine brings me cookies.
 
2013-09-03 04:46:31 PM  
well, they're going to beat us in the new and exciting field of green energy, may as well win the delivery services too.

/DNRTFA
 
2013-09-03 04:47:38 PM  
So it will drop it on the floor and grumble as it kicks it over to the counter?
To be fair, I'd probably do the same if I was working for the USPS when I was pushing sixty.
 
2013-09-03 04:47:57 PM  
"Beep beep speciar derivery!"
 
2013-09-03 04:48:33 PM  
My letter carrier is a woman. I get a blowjob with each & every letter. I can't see a budget problem.
 
2013-09-03 04:49:15 PM  
Also, I assume the Chinese postal union will be outraged over the loss of jobs to robots
 
2013-09-03 04:50:08 PM  
I want a personal drone that follows me with a boombox playing Yakety Sax 24/7.

Even balancing your checkbook is fun with Yakety Sax.
 
2013-09-03 04:51:27 PM  
will he ling twice?
 
2013-09-03 04:51:45 PM  

DrSansabeltNoShiatSlacks: My letter carrier is a woman. I get a blowjob with each & every letter. I can't see a budget problem.


Must be tiring when Christmas Cards start arriving the same day bills come in.
 
2013-09-03 04:54:28 PM  
My mail carrier is a hottie. I hate to see him leave my porch but I love to watch him walk away.
 
2013-09-03 05:03:03 PM  
Express delivery:

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Still working out how to avoid damaging the packages.
 
2013-09-03 05:03:10 PM  
You are likely to hear a loud whistle
on the day you receive this epistle
Delivery is better
when you tape your letter
to the front of a Hellfire missile.
 
2013-09-03 05:03:59 PM  
LOL. Order trinket online, hey free drone!
 
2013-09-03 05:04:06 PM  
Damn, seven seconds.  That would have been a sweet simulpost.
 
2013-09-03 05:04:46 PM  
I fail to see the economics.  China has 1.3 billion people (versus 300mil in the US).  And the average worker makes between 1k and 2k a year, which I'm sure is far less than the cost of a commercial grade helicoptor type drone (including maintenance).

Maybe as sort of an attention whore marketing tool, yeah it makes sense.
 
2013-09-03 05:06:11 PM  
Also, I don't know where the above Farkers live, but I have yet to see a postal carrier where the idea of sex comes immediately to mind.

No offense to USPS, as I need them, but yeah....
 
2013-09-03 05:10:16 PM  
So with the energy of an M2HB with a silencer?
 
2013-09-03 05:14:29 PM  
JungleBoogie  ,
Express delivery:
Still working out how to avoid damaging the packages.


I like it but I  can do better:
The United States has been delivering special order packages to people in South Asia and the Middle East for many years.
The packages being delivered may become unstable upon delivery.
 
2013-09-03 05:19:08 PM  

SirEattonHogg: Also, I don't know where the above Farkers live, but I have yet to see a postal carrier where the idea of sex comes immediately to mind.

No offense to USPS, as I need them, but yeah....


blkmav.com
 
2013-09-03 05:27:56 PM  
I told my mailman how to make copies of all the "route progress" barcodes he has to scan that are attached inside certain mailboxes along his route for "performance metrics"... All I know is my stuff shows up on time and in one piece.
 
2013-09-03 05:56:04 PM  

albatros183: So with the energy of an M2HB with a silencer?


Uhhh... Unless somebody cooked that up homebrew-style, the M2HB does not and never has had the option to attach a Suppressor. Even if you could, what would the point be? "Quieter than a .50 BMG but still as loud as a .308 Remington Model 700." is still pretty damn loud.
 
2013-09-03 06:24:44 PM  
OMFG stop with this stupid gimmick already.
 
2013-09-03 06:32:17 PM  
There is no law in the USA that prevents drones from being used for package delivery.  FAA regulations don't have any bearing on flying objects that do not exceed 100ft (I think it is), unless it's in the leeway of an existing airfield.

/has RC aircraft
//including drones

Of course, I can't imagine why you would want to use an entirely too expensive method of delivery like this, but hey, you COULD do it, if you wanted too.  For 1/100th the cost I can build you out a ground vehicle that can do the same thing, and has exactly 0 chance of damaging a person or property.  It would also be subject to easier theft, and lower operational costs.
 
2013-09-03 06:39:22 PM  
... and without all the shooty gunfire.
 
2013-09-03 06:47:48 PM  
To match the US postal disservice, they will have to damage at half of what they deliver, and lose half of what they were supposed to deliver.
 
2013-09-03 06:53:42 PM  

abhorrent1: OMFG stop with this stupid gimmick already.


Don't worry, the first blade that goes flying off towards someone and it's gonna be game over.

Google for quadcopter injuries to see what I mean.
 
2013-09-03 07:00:45 PM  

Kahabut: There is no law in the USA that prevents drones from being used for package delivery.  FAA regulations don't have any bearing on flying objects that do not exceed 100ft (I think it is), unless it's in the leeway of an existing airfield.

/has RC aircraft
//including drones

Of course, I can't imagine why you would want to use an entirely too expensive method of delivery like this, but hey, you COULD do it, if you wanted too.  For 1/100th the cost I can build you out a ground vehicle that can do the same thing, and has exactly 0 chance of damaging a person or property.  It would also be subject to easier theft, and lower operational costs.




It will be used for advertising, like all new tech. Oh and porn.
 
2013-09-03 07:16:56 PM  

Nick Nostril: ... and without all the shooty gunfire.


Awww, where's the fun in that?
 
2013-09-03 07:54:54 PM  

fusillade762: Nick Nostril: ... and without all the shooty gunfire.

Awww, where's the fun in that?




Don't worry, we will always have cars.

Oh, and retreads.

For the children!
 
2013-09-03 08:18:56 PM  

SirEattonHogg: I fail to see the economics.  China has 1.3 billion people (versus 300mil in the US).  And the average worker makes between 1k and 2k a year, which I'm sure is far less than the cost of a commercial grade helicoptor type drone (including maintenance).

Maybe as sort of an attention whore marketing tool, yeah it makes sense.


Pretty sure the delivery guys are independents that bid for the deliveries. None of them want to go out to BFC for cheap.

Plus, it's just cool. Some countries just like to do cool stuff even if its at a loss.

Like high speed trains and stuff.
 
2013-09-03 08:33:47 PM  
Anyone got a picture of the cowboy bebop mail delivery.
 
2013-09-03 08:44:20 PM  
I call bullshiat. This is a PR stunt, nothing more or less.

Delivering *anything* by drone is horrendously efficient, and there's pretty-much nobody who would willingly live in a place that was easier to get to by a flying contraption with extremely limited range, speed, and battery / fuel life than it was on foot, by road, or by boat.

/(relatively inexpensive) quadcopter owner
//aware of what expensive quads can do
///they're fun toys. They're also useful for aerial surveillance and photography / videography (although damping vibration and reducing rolling shutter is a challenge).
////They will not be used to deliver mail, deliver pizzas, construct buildings, or any of the other ridiculous PR stunts I've seen over the last year or two
 
2013-09-03 08:46:08 PM  

Quantum Apostrophe: Don't worry, the first blade that goes flying off towards someone and it's gonna be game over.

Google for quadcopter injuries to see what I mean.


Physics. How does it work?

/unless you are right next to the quad when the blade comes off, it is not going to hurt you
//an aerofoil does not want to fly at high speed, it wants to slow down
///it will do so very quickly when unpowered
 
2013-09-03 09:02:23 PM  

gweilo8888: Physics. How does it work?


It just needs to happen once.

Statistics, how does it work?
 
2013-09-03 09:21:20 PM  

Quantum Apostrophe: abhorrent1: OMFG stop with this stupid gimmick already.

Don't worry, the first blade that goes flying off towards someone and it's gonna be game over.

Google for quadcopter injuries to see what I mean.


That is not how propeller blades work.  The only people that get anything more than a scratch from such things, are the people within range of touching the operating drone/vehicle.

If the blade breaks off, as they sometimes do, then you're far more at risk from the falling drone than from the blade breaking off.

Just imagine what people like you would have said if you had any idea where the hobby began, and the kinds of things that were possible before everything was made of break away plastics and in-built safety systems.  We used to start nitro airplanes by flipping the propeller with our fingers.  If you weren't quick, you lost a finger.  (although officially you were supposed to use a stick, but that wasn't as common as the manufacturer would hope)
 
2013-09-03 09:25:38 PM  

gweilo8888: I call bullshiat. This is a PR stunt, nothing more or less.

Delivering *anything* by drone is horrendously efficient, and there's pretty-much nobody who would willingly live in a place that was easier to get to by a flying contraption with extremely limited range, speed, and battery / fuel life than it was on foot, by road, or by boat.

/(relatively inexpensive) quadcopter owner
//aware of what expensive quads can do
///they're fun toys. They're also useful for aerial surveillance and photography / videography (although damping vibration and reducing rolling shutter is a challenge).
////They will not be used to deliver mail, deliver pizzas, construct buildings, or any of the other ridiculous PR stunts I've seen over the last year or two


This.

But given the rate of advance on the technology, I think we'll see some semi-serious use for them in the near future.  But that isn't going to be pizza delivery.  Nor likely mail.  I can see them being used in construction projects, but not to actually build anything.  More likely delivering tools/supplies to people in places that are time consuming to get back to.  Although a rope and bucket has worked for roughly EVER, so again the cost issue pops up.  That and as aerial photography platforms, which is their only really serious current use.
 
2013-09-03 10:05:09 PM  

Quantum Apostrophe: gweilo8888: Physics. How does it work?

It just needs to happen once.

Statistics, how does it work?




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2013-09-04 12:09:23 AM  

Kahabut: That is not how propeller blades work. The only people that get anything more than a scratch from such things, are the people within range of touching the operating drone/vehicle.


Can you guarantee 100% that this will never, ever be the case?

Kahabut: If the blade breaks off, as they sometimes do, then you're far more at risk from the falling drone than from the blade breaking off.


Wow, good for you, you can extrapolate from what I said. That puts you ahead of the rest of the idiots here. Good job.

Kahabut: Just imagine what people like you would have said if you had any idea where the hobby began, and the kinds of things that were possible before everything was made of break away plastics and in-built safety systems


Can you find me someone who wanted to deliver cake by 1950s ether-motor reed-relay radio controlled aircraft??? Jesus Christ.

Kahabut: We used to start nitro airplanes by flipping the propeller with our fingers.


Yes, you chose to do that to your finger, you didn't risk some innocent bystander's finger to deliver a cake, did you?

Jiminy crickets you people are approaching the density of neutronium.
 
2013-09-04 01:23:23 AM  

Quantum Apostrophe: Kahabut: That is not how propeller blades work. The only people that get anything more than a scratch from such things, are the people within range of touching the operating drone/vehicle.

Can you guarantee 100% that this will never, ever be the case?

Kahabut: If the blade breaks off, as they sometimes do, then you're far more at risk from the falling drone than from the blade breaking off.

Wow, good for you, you can extrapolate from what I said. That puts you ahead of the rest of the idiots here. Good job.

Kahabut: Just imagine what people like you would have said if you had any idea where the hobby began, and the kinds of things that were possible before everything was made of break away plastics and in-built safety systems

Can you find me someone who wanted to deliver cake by 1950s ether-motor reed-relay radio controlled aircraft??? Jesus Christ.

Kahabut: We used to start nitro airplanes by flipping the propeller with our fingers.

Yes, you chose to do that to your finger, you didn't risk some innocent bystander's finger to deliver a cake, did you?

Jiminy crickets you people are approaching the density of neutronium.


Quick, ban anything that might be remotely dangerous.  Start with cars and high cholesterol food, since those are the two biggest killers in civilized countries.  Then maybe you can work your way over to carcinogenic chemicals, which your house is chock full of.  And then, after you've saved all that innocent life, you can consider applying your particular brand of stupid to things which have a near zero incidence of doing damage.

Seriously, wtf is your problem?  Are you afraid of technology, or are you just one of those people that thinks just because you don't find it useful that it therefore shouldn't be available to anyone else?

My god, what happens if you find out about model rocketry.

Luckily, you and your ilk don't have any say in the matter, so that's nice.
 
2013-09-04 02:48:30 AM  

Quantum Apostrophe: It just needs to happen once.

Statistics, how does it work?


That's the thing about physics. The laws don't often change for just a minute. Something will either happen, or it won't.

Now, if planet Earth suddenly loses its atmosphere, you may have to worry about flying propeller blades on your drone. But you'll probably have bigger things to worry about.

/drone propeller blades have low mass and high surface area, not to mention high drag when their flight path is no longer being carefully controlled. They slow down quickly. If you have cause to worry about the failed rotor, you almost certainly have a lot more cause to worry about the much heavier, suddenly-whirling-out-of-control drone it just departed.
//not saying drones are 100% safe, just that it's not the rotors you have to worry about
 
2013-09-04 09:30:38 AM  
Gonna need more motors fo my Scoggins Dickey short block...
 
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