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2014-01-04 09:59:06 PM
/oblig:

www.maniacworld.com
 
2014-01-04 10:20:30 PM
I hope he sprung for Amazon Prime.
 
2014-01-04 10:32:37 PM
MOUNTAIN FOLK'L FIND A WAY!

api.ning.com
 
2014-01-04 10:34:30 PM
Oh God, my co-worker had kidney stones.  They are crazy painful, and they can make a grown man drop in seconds.
 
2014-01-04 10:54:23 PM

Lsherm: Oh God, my co-worker had kidney stones.  They are crazy painful, and they can make a grown man drop in seconds.


You're not kidding. Easily the worst physical pain I've ever experienced in my life.

Making it worse was the fact that mine was misdiagnosed as a urinary tract infection before spending several weeks as a spiky, 6mm-wide ball of screaming agony crawling its way down my ureter. By the time the goddamned thing finally dropped into my bladder, I was ready to claw it out with a rusty pitchfork just to get the pain to stop.
 
2014-01-04 11:27:00 PM
wildworldwiki.wikispaces.com

So all the times I've been shooting these down, I've been stealing from Amazon customers?
 
2014-01-04 11:56:48 PM

RedPhoenix122: [wildworldwiki.wikispaces.com image 508x234]

So all the times I've been shooting these down, I've been stealing from Amazon customers?


Oh no. The truth is much, much darker.

lparchive.org
 
2014-01-04 11:57:14 PM
This is how Skynet actually starts.
 
2014-01-04 11:58:04 PM
Was he startled when he saw one of those turtles?
 
2014-01-04 11:58:20 PM
All it takes is one accident, like somebody getting sliced n' diced by the propellers, and the whole delivery drone idea will be gone.
 
2014-01-04 11:58:46 PM
Bezos revealed as a pussy just in time for Caturday.
 
2014-01-04 11:59:57 PM

netgamer7k: All it takes is one accident, like somebody getting sliced n' diced by the propellers, and the whole delivery drone idea will be gone.

because it's stupid

Fixed for you
 
2014-01-05 12:02:05 AM

netgamer7k: All it takes is one accident, like somebody getting sliced n' diced by the propellers, and the whole delivery drone idea will be gone.


It would probably work in Japan, or Europe. Canada, even.
 
2014-01-05 12:03:46 AM
www.realclear.com

Looking at this picture I thought they'd used a balloon.
 
2014-01-05 12:03:51 AM

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: It would probably work in Japan, or Europe. Canada, even.


Only because they don't have sawed off shotguns to shoot them down before they arrive with their wives feminine products.
 
2014-01-05 12:04:37 AM
How do these drones even work, given things like utility lines, balconies, wind chimes, hawks, and low-flying airplanes? Hell, there are crows around here that attack buzzards, why wouldn't they go after a delivery drone just because it was shiny and in their airspace?
 
2014-01-05 12:12:38 AM

Gyrfalcon: How do these drones even work, given things like utility lines, balconies, wind chimes, hawks, and low-flying airplanes? Hell, there are crows around here that attack buzzards, why wouldn't they go after a delivery drone just because it was shiny and in their airspace?


Great question. I also wonder about FAA regs and things. I'm highly skeptical they can make this idea work. Part of me thinks they're trolling us all for some reason.
 
2014-01-05 12:13:29 AM

fusillade762: [www.realclear.com image 600x400]

Looking at this picture I thought they'd used a balloon.


Looking at the picture I thought he used his power of levitation.
 
2014-01-05 12:14:16 AM
I just hope Amazon is better at flying their drones than I am at flying mine. My flights generally go:
take-off / giggle and dance around / try to fly it in one direction / it goes the other way / crash violently

Gyrfalcon: How do these drones even work, given things like utility lines, balconies, wind chimes, hawks, and low-flying airplanes? Hell, there are crows around here that attack buzzards, why wouldn't they go after a delivery drone just because it was shiny and in their airspace?


Also this.
 
2014-01-05 12:16:01 AM

MaxxLarge: Lsherm: Oh God, my co-worker had kidney stones.  They are crazy painful, and they can make a grown man drop in seconds.

You're not kidding. Easily the worst physical pain I've ever experienced in my life.

Making it worse was the fact that mine was misdiagnosed as a urinary tract infection before spending several weeks as a spiky, 6mm-wide ball of screaming agony crawling its way down my ureter. By the time the goddamned thing finally dropped into my bladder, I was ready to claw it out with a rusty pitchfork just to get the pain to stop.


Are you trying to make us faint?
 
2014-01-05 12:16:06 AM

Gyrfalcon: How do these drones even work, given things like utility lines, balconies, wind chimes, hawks, and low-flying airplanes? Hell, there are crows around here that attack buzzards, why wouldn't they go after a delivery drone just because it was shiny and in their airspace?


They do occasionally.  (hawk attack about 10 seconds in)

For the rest of it, they're just hoping for better on-board sensor analysis.  The mass-production boards that even make that remotely possible haven't been out that long and the software to make decisions based on sensory input will take a while to mature.
 
2014-01-05 12:20:51 AM
Amazon drones don't exist as anything more than a Xmas-season attention-whoring gimmick, and most certainly never will do.

/the entire idea is nonsense and was from the first second it was mooted
//but man did it ever get Amazon a lot of free viral advertising from credulous idiots
 
2014-01-05 12:23:33 AM

MaxxLarge: Lsherm: Oh God, my co-worker had kidney stones.  They are crazy painful, and they can make a grown man drop in seconds.

You're not kidding. Easily the worst physical pain I've ever experienced in my life.

Making it worse was the fact that mine was misdiagnosed as a urinary tract infection before spending several weeks as a spiky, 6mm-wide ball of screaming agony crawling its way down my ureter. By the time the goddamned thing finally dropped into my bladder, I was ready to claw it out with a rusty pitchfork just to get the pain to stop.


What the fark do they do with it once it's in your bladder?
 
2014-01-05 12:30:02 AM
From what I've heard, passing a kidney stone is on the same scale with childbirth for a woman.

Stay hydrated, folks.
 
2014-01-05 12:38:46 AM

Lsherm: Oh God, my co-worker had kidney stones.  They are crazy painful, and they can make a grown man drop in seconds.


Passed em twice. First time was about 8 hours in fetal position but the second time was nearly full 24 hours, after which they found out I also had appendicitus.

Both instances started on a friday night.

My only advice is to never get hospitalised on a friday night. Forget how many times I was prepped, then reprepped after getting bumped for glassings and motorcycle accidents. When the appendicitus finally got bad enough to put me to the head of the queue, I was feeling relatively fine (as the concurrent stones had passed).
 
2014-01-05 12:39:26 AM

studebaker hoch: From what I've heard, passing a kidney stone is on the same scale with childbirth for a woman.

Stay hydrated, folks.


I have a history of getting and passing kidney stones. Once, when getting an ultrasound to look for a stone, I asked the female tech if she ever had a kidney stone. She had. She also told me childbirth was much less painful to her than her experience with her own kidney stone.

/ YMMV.
 
2014-01-05 12:47:33 AM

Archimedes' Principal: studebaker hoch: From what I've heard, passing a kidney stone is on the same scale with childbirth for a woman.

Stay hydrated, folks.

I have a history of getting and passing kidney stones. Once, when getting an ultrasound to look for a stone, I asked the female tech if she ever had a kidney stone. She had. She also told me childbirth was much less painful to her than her experience with her own kidney stone.

/ YMMV.


I've heard the same from another woman who's both had a kidney stone and delivered a baby (kidney stone was worse).
 
2014-01-05 12:54:49 AM
Amazon has already lost this race. FedEx has been using drones for years.

http://youtu.be/--4U4BkulC0
 
2014-01-05 12:59:42 AM
Um, what about raptors? VERY territorial. I don't have a clue how to attach a pic, so if you google king bird escorting hawk you'll see a much smaller bird on the shoulders of a hawk making it get the fark out of its Kingdom.
 
2014-01-05 01:13:41 AM

hardinparamedic: MOUNTAIN FOLK'L FIND A WAY!

[api.ning.com image 346x194]


Just don't touch the trim!
 
2014-01-05 01:17:58 AM

Lsherm: What the fark do they do with it once it's in your bladder?


It depends. Sometimes they have to go and get it surgically. more frequently, they hit it with sound waves in a procedure called a shock wave lithotripsy, and knock it into bits the size of sand granules that pass naturally. Other times, you have to piss out a spiky little chink of calcium the size of a Grape-Nut, and it shreds your urethra to ribbons on its way through. Meaning you piss blood. Which is just about as awesome as it sounds.

I, however, am lucky. My dad used to get kidney stones a lot. So he recommended that I drink a LOT of cranberry and lemon juice, and he was right. Once it dropped into my bladder, follow-up x-rays showed no more stone after about a week. Essentially, I dissolved the little bastard in a fruit-acid bath.
 
2014-01-05 01:18:44 AM

MaxxLarge: Lsherm: Oh God, my co-worker had kidney stones.  They are crazy painful, and they can make a grown man drop in seconds.

You're not kidding. Easily the worst physical pain I've ever experienced in my life.

Making it worse was the fact that mine was misdiagnosed as a urinary tract infection before spending several weeks as a spiky, 6mm-wide ball of screaming agony crawling its way down my ureter. By the time the goddamned thing finally dropped into my bladder, I was ready to claw it out with a rusty pitchfork just to get the pain to stop.


You read the book Screams from the Outhouse by Rusty Pitchfork?
 
2014-01-05 01:48:47 AM
as I was saying before its lot of bull,  who going to jump on next for some free TV ads ?

Mafia delivers hit by drones ?
Mom delivers babies by drones ?
World delivers new brains to most of the US by drones
Burger chain delivers salmonella by drones
 
2014-01-05 02:06:01 AM
bigger packages

Hi, I hear someone's summoning me?
 
2014-01-05 02:16:44 AM
If you drink lemonade made with real lemons on a regular basis, you're far less likely to get kidney stones. Also, it can help to eat less meat.

/The more you know...
 
2014-01-05 02:19:18 AM

gingerjet: Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: It would probably work in Japan, or Europe. Canada, even.

Only because they don't have sawed off shotguns to shoot them down before they arrive with their wives feminine products.


You wouldn't use a sawed-off. More like an improved-modified with triple B, or T shot. That should get them down just fine.
 
2014-01-05 02:34:12 AM
Dude's got some stones.
 
2014-01-05 02:35:13 AM

zzrhardy: getting bumped for glassings


You just made me look up what a glassing is. Is it a primarily UK term?
 
2014-01-05 02:42:55 AM
I thought Bezos' comment "Galapagos: five stars. Kidney stones: zero stars."  was very classy.
I also don't want drones delivering my packages. I like the UPS driver.
imageshack.us
 
2014-01-05 02:45:22 AM
Ya know, I was about to post a better way of doing this. Then I realized I'd be giving away my million dollar idea.
 
2014-01-05 02:48:34 AM

MaxxLarge: Lsherm: Oh God, my co-worker had kidney stones.  They are crazy painful, and they can make a grown man drop in seconds.

You're not kidding. Easily the worst physical pain I've ever experienced in my life.

Making it worse was the fact that mine was misdiagnosed as a urinary tract infection before spending several weeks as a spiky, 6mm-wide ball of screaming agony crawling its way down my ureter. By the time the goddamned thing finally dropped into my bladder, I was ready to claw it out with a rusty pitchfork just to get the pain to stop.


Hey.... .long time, no see.
 
2014-01-05 02:51:25 AM
An idea has also been floated to use runners, at least within a certain distance of the shipping centers.
 
2014-01-05 03:42:54 AM

Nogale: An idea has also been floated to use runners, at least within a certain distance of the shipping centers.


i1164.photobucket.com

Not impressed.
 
2014-01-05 03:55:47 AM
I have a history of kidney stones and they are not fun.  I had to have surgery to get one our because it was larger than a quarter and not a real candidate for lithotripsy.  The others I passed "normally" and they were not easy to pass down my ureters.  Passing them was like pushing a rock thru a garden hose, to use a comparison.  I got so I could take Vicodin and then sleep for about 8 hours, wake up and go to work like nothing ever happened.  Since I no longer drink 8 cans of Coca-Cola a day, I am not building them like I used to.
 
2014-01-05 04:14:55 AM
I love how half this thread is about taking down drones with pellet guns; the other half is about the comparative pain of kidney stones.

Fark is so far off the tracks, you couldn't find the station with a dowsing rod and a full complement of GPS satellites. Kudos!
 
2014-01-05 04:21:39 AM
Now, if people here had any sense of efficiency they'd use their kidney stones to aim at the drones, saving ammunition.
 
2014-01-05 04:27:37 AM

autopsybeverage: zzrhardy: getting bumped for glassings

You just made me look up what a glassing is. Is it a primarily UK term?


Yeah, the term came from the UK where disfiguring attacks were (relatively) common in certain "classes" of people. It used to be decidedly un-Australian and cowardly to resort to weapon use in a fight, but these days people are meaner than a cut snake.

/get off my lawn
 
2014-01-05 04:54:16 AM

MaxxLarge: Lsherm: What the fark do they do with it once it's in your bladder?

It depends. Sometimes they have to go and get it surgically. more frequently, they hit it with sound waves in a procedure called a shock wave lithotripsy, and knock it into bits the size of sand granules that pass naturally. Other times, you have to piss out a spiky little chink of calcium the size of a Grape-Nut, and it shreds your urethra to ribbons on its way through. Meaning you piss blood. Which is just about as awesome as it sounds.

I, however, am lucky. My dad used to get kidney stones a lot. So he recommended that I drink a LOT of cranberry and lemon juice, and he was right. Once it dropped into my bladder, follow-up x-rays showed no more stone after about a week. Essentially, I dissolved the little bastard in a fruit-acid bath.


*Drinking Cranberry Juice just for the hell of it - Farker.
 
2014-01-05 07:34:57 AM

gweilo8888: the entire idea is nonsense and was from the first second it was mooted


Not entirely.
Amazon jumped on the drone hype bandwagon for a bit of timely news coverage.

img.fark.net

But there are a number of companies interested in actually doing this.
Hence why the FAA's announcement of drone testing areas was a big deal.

/Someones likely to make it work.
/Amazone also likes investing in random stuff to give the "oh look at poor us, non-profitable again" appearance.
 
2014-01-05 07:43:29 AM
i.imgur.com

I'll just leave this here...
 
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