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(Kinston Free Press)   N.C. restaurant delivers hot grits with unmanned drone   (kinston.com) divider line 99
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2014-02-06 08:11:35 AM  
Where they instant grits?
 
2014-02-06 08:15:53 AM  
I thought the Geneva Conventions had rules about that sort of thing.
 
2014-02-06 08:51:56 AM  
I read that as "hot girls" at first.
 
2014-02-06 08:51:59 AM  

Sybarite: I thought the Geneva Conventions had rules about that sort of thing.


Almost word-for-word what I came in here to say
 
2014-02-06 09:08:47 AM  

Nefarious: Where they instant grits?


NO selfrespecting southerner, wait.
that's an oxymoron.
 
2014-02-06 09:38:59 AM  

Diogenes: I read that as "hot girls" at first.


Oh good, I feel better now that I wasn't the only one.  Clicking that link was a major disappointment.
 
2014-02-06 09:41:37 AM  

vudukungfu: Nefarious: Where they instant grits?

NO selfrespecting southerner, wait.
that's an oxymoron.


Are we to believe that boiling water soaks into a grit faster in your kitchen than any place on the face of the earth?
 
2014-02-06 09:42:17 AM  

Diogenes: I read that as "hot girls" at first.


Seconded
 
2014-02-06 09:43:15 AM  

theknuckler_33: Diogenes: I read that as "hot girls" at first.

Seconded


There's a crack about "lumps" in here somewhere but I'm really off my game today.  Lousy cold.
 
2014-02-06 09:43:20 AM  
I was believing the article was real until I got to the part where the auto shop said they used the drone to remotely fix a cars transmission, not just to deliver the parts.

Blah, stupid satire?? I don't even know what to call this.
 
2014-02-06 09:43:46 AM  

theknuckler_33: Diogenes: I read that as "hot girls" at first.

Seconded


thirded and was extremely confused by the article
 
2014-02-06 09:47:26 AM  

lennavan: Diogenes: I read that as "hot girls" at first.

Oh good, I feel better now that I wasn't the only one.  Clicking that link was a major disappointment.



Same here.

I immediatly thought of this
static4.wikia.nocookie.net
static3.wikia.nocookie.net

But then if they are delivering girls, the drone wouldn't be unmanned, would it.
Well maybe it would be unmanned, but not unpersoned.
 
2014-02-06 09:49:35 AM  

MindStalker: I was believing the article was real until I got to the part where the auto shop said they used the drone to remotely fix a cars transmission, not just to deliver the parts.

Blah, stupid satire?? I don't even know what to call this.


D.B. Cooper didn't set off your BS detector?
 
2014-02-06 09:51:48 AM  

ChipNASA: vudukungfu: Nefarious: Where they instant grits?

NO selfrespecting southerner, wait.
that's an oxymoron.

Are we to believe that boiling water soaks into a grit faster in your kitchen than any place on the face of the earth?


Perhaps the laws of physics cease to exist on his stove. Maybe they were magic grits.  Maybe he bought them from the same guy who sold Jack his beanstalk beans.
 
2014-02-06 09:51:55 AM  
Do these drones have "bomb-doors" so they can drop the grits into the gaping maws of the customers?
It's a long walk from my deck chair in the backyard to the front door.
 
2014-02-06 09:51:58 AM  
unmanned drone

redundant headline is redundant
 
2014-02-06 09:54:41 AM  
I think this may be a satirical article, there Edith.
 
2014-02-06 09:54:45 AM  
How long until the FAA shuts them down.

They shut down this guy for delivering beer to ice fishers via drone:

http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/31/tech/innovation/beer-drone-faa/
 
2014-02-06 09:58:18 AM  
These "drone delivery" articles that keep popping up are just a way for companies to get some free publicity.

Retail drone-delivery is not a thing.  It is not going to be a thing for a very-long-time.

I can see drone-delivery being used on the battlefield to send supplies around, but basic retail?  No one will want to insure it.

You'll have every idiot and his brother ramming their heads in to them to get grounds for a lawsuit.
 
2014-02-06 09:58:26 AM  

lennavan: Diogenes: I read that as "hot girls" at first.

Oh good, I feel better now that I wasn't the only one.  Clicking that link was a major disappointment.


Me too. So disappointed.
 
2014-02-06 10:05:15 AM  
blogs.ocweekly.com

Kiss mah drones!
 
2014-02-06 10:13:34 AM  

Nefarious: Where they instant grits?


This is bad grammar. The correct Southern grammar is "Where them grits at?"
 
2014-02-06 10:14:11 AM  
www.biography.com

Should she be worried?
 
2014-02-06 10:14:39 AM  

lewismarktwo: I think this may be a satirical article, there Edith.


Kinston? Check.

Jon Dawson yanking chains again? Check.

Kinston, home of Jamie Pressley and Maceo Parker. What a strange town . . .
 
2014-02-06 10:16:11 AM  

theknuckler_33: Diogenes: I read that as "hot girls" at first.

Seconded


Oh, big deal. Eunuchs have been delivering hot girls for thousands of years. Assuming that is what you mean by "unmanned drones". If not, then a lot of eunuchs are out of a job unless they can sing.
 
2014-02-06 10:17:09 AM  

Harry Freakstorm: [blogs.ocweekly.com image 146x174]

Kiss mah drones!


You've made a lot of Farkers feel really old, boy. I wanted to do that!
 
2014-02-06 10:22:26 AM  
Came for Natalie Portman. As always, leaving satisfied.
 
2014-02-06 10:23:55 AM  
Local newspaper columnist, you are really terrible at writing satirical fake news stories. I mean, just godawful. Spelling the aerospace company's name "Locheed Marton" doesn't make it funny.
 
2014-02-06 10:28:26 AM  

Arkanaut: unmanned drone

redundant headline is redundant


During testing of the L-3 Mobius they have had a human pilot on board in case the AI goes blue screen...

/I may have just said too much about someone else's project...
//Never on their non-disclose.
 
2014-02-06 10:36:23 AM  

Diogenes: I read that as "hot girls" at first.


So did I and I was bummed because I thought someone else had already come up with my idea for a Hooters type of company, but they deliver food.
 
2014-02-06 10:36:55 AM  
This stupid farking gimmick is old. Just farking stop it you morans.
 
2014-02-06 10:38:53 AM  
Spring did arrive early! It must be April 1 because of the stupid "April Fool" story.
 
2014-02-06 10:40:24 AM  

abhorrent1: This stupid farking gimmick is old. Just farking stop it you morans.


Do you like paying tips for food delivery?
 
2014-02-06 10:41:29 AM  

wildcardjack: Arkanaut: unmanned drone

redundant headline is redundant

During testing of the L-3 Mobius they have had a human pilot on board in case the AI goes blue screen...

/I may have just said too much about someone else's project...
//Never on their non-disclose.


imageshack.com
 
2014-02-06 10:44:36 AM  
Isn't "unmanned drone" redundant? Are there manned drones?
 
2014-02-06 10:46:40 AM  

mikebdoss: Came for Natalie Portman. As always, leaving satisfied.


Nothing's more satisfying than hot grits in your pants. Unless it's oatmeal.

www.mindhuestudio.com
 
2014-02-06 10:50:33 AM  

theorellior: mikebdoss: Came for Natalie Portman. As always, leaving satisfied.

Nothing's more satisfying than hot grits in your pants. Unless it's oatmeal.

[www.mindhuestudio.com image 545x720]


Oatmeal Party??!!?

www.quickmeme.com
 
2014-02-06 10:53:43 AM  

Sybarite: I thought the Geneva Conventions had rules about that sort of thing.


They probably specify that the grits must have real butter in them, nothing else
 
2014-02-06 10:55:06 AM  

ikanreed: abhorrent1: This stupid farking gimmick is old. Just farking stop it you morans.

Do you like paying tips for food delivery?


Do you think they won't add a delivery fee?
 
2014-02-06 10:55:33 AM  

gfid: How long until the FAA shuts them down.

They shut down this guy for delivering beer to ice fishers via drone:

http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/31/tech/innovation/beer-drone-faa/


I saw this on the TV news, too.  Pretty cool...

/Grits, bah!  Get back to Mayberry and try again.
 
2014-02-06 10:55:48 AM  

Diogenes: I read that as "hot girls" at first.


I did too.. I wonder if the headline was changed?
 
2014-02-06 10:55:57 AM  
Okay, I was just skimming, but by the second page it was obvious that the entire thing was a put on.

The question is: Is this satire? It doesn't seem to be making a point about anything, I mean other than the overly ebullient quotes from the fictional store owners, none of these things are really all that out of the ordinary.
 
2014-02-06 11:05:25 AM  

TwistedFark: Okay, I was just skimming, but by the second page it was obvious that the entire thing was a put on.

The question is: Is this satire? It doesn't seem to be making a point about anything, I mean other than the overly ebullient quotes from the fictional store owners, none of these things are really all that out of the ordinary.


It's mocking 'dem big city technology persons.

Seriously, WTF? That really, really sucks, even by small town newspaper standards.

\From NC
\\Grits can be good.
 
2014-02-06 11:06:14 AM  
Please tell us all the different ways in which you misread the headline.
It's really interesting.
 
2014-02-06 11:07:29 AM  
Southerners always be eating the grits because down south, grits is polenta-ful.
 
2014-02-06 11:08:52 AM  

lack of warmth: Southerners always be eating the grits because down south, grits is polenta-ful.


Dude...too corny.
 
2014-02-06 11:09:09 AM  

theorellior: mikebdoss: Came for Natalie Portman. As always, leaving satisfied.

Nothing's more satisfying than hot grits in your pants. Unless it's oatmeal.

[www.mindhuestudio.com image 545x720]


I... ye gods. Bwuh. *pzzt*
 
2014-02-06 11:09:55 AM  
This is a satirical piece.
 
2014-02-06 11:11:45 AM  
I just remembered that publicity gimmicks can be tax deductible ways to buy toys using your business accounts.
 
2014-02-06 11:13:12 AM  
Our delivery drones don't just accept tips, they forcibly take them directly from you hand with their blades..
 
2014-02-06 11:20:00 AM  
Is the near-future really going to consist delivery drones buzzing around the skies like flies on sh*t?
It sounds noisy & annoying.

/prepares to yell at clouds
 
2014-02-06 11:20:28 AM  
FTFA: "We sent a gallon of piping hot grits out to the people sledding down the hill at the overpass in La Grange."

How how how how?
 
2014-02-06 11:23:15 AM  

oldfarthenry: Is the near-future really going to consist delivery drones buzzing around the skies like flies on sh*t?
It sounds noisy & annoying.

/prepares to yell at clouds


Yeah, that's probably the future. And really, is it really going to be any louder than the traffic noise you get from delivery trucks?
 
2014-02-06 11:24:49 AM  

ChipNASA: theorellior: mikebdoss: Came for Natalie Portman. As always, leaving satisfied.

Nothing's more satisfying than hot grits in your pants. Unless it's oatmeal.

[www.mindhuestudio.com image 545x720]

Oatmeal Party??!!?

[www.quickmeme.com image 625x396]


Seconded ..... Thirded ..... And WTFuqded
 
2014-02-06 11:29:23 AM  
Grits, God's gift. Pour uncooked grits on fire ant hills and it will kill the whole coloney.
All natural too.
 
2014-02-06 11:30:20 AM  

cptjeff: oldfarthenry: Is the near-future really going to consist delivery drones buzzing around the skies like flies on sh*t?
It sounds noisy & annoying.

/prepares to yell at clouds

Yeah, that's probably the future. And really, is it really going to be any louder than the traffic noise you get from delivery trucks?


No, it isn't. There won't be flying delivery drones; that's just bullshiat trolling by Amazon to distract their competition from what they're really planning. Helicopters are WAY too inefficient at load-carrying, and nobody wants their packages left in the middle of the yard (just try landing a quadcopter under a porch roof sometime). There may very well be unmanned or autopiloted delivery trucks in the not-too-distant future, but quadcopter drones are no more likely than commuting by helicopter, which people started predicting about 1945.
 
2014-02-06 11:34:49 AM  
www.bet.com
Da fuq?
 
2014-02-06 11:35:22 AM  
Lockheed Marton?

martOn?
Is this a troll twitter account?
 
2014-02-06 11:36:50 AM  

cptjeff: oldfarthenry: Is the near-future really going to consist delivery drones buzzing around the skies like flies on sh*t?
It sounds noisy & annoying.

/prepares to yell at clouds

Yeah, that's probably the future. And really, is it really going to be any louder than the traffic noise you get from delivery trucks?


Personally I think this is really many years away until it goes mainstream. I don't think the energy density in prospective power sources is quite there yet to make the drones both economical in both the fiscal and logistical sense.

Maybe if they used combustion engines instead of electrical batteries, but then I don't see the FAA approving that due to the size the machines would have to be and how much fuel they'd have to carry.

All that being said, corporate America (particularly when it comes to technology) doesn't always make the most logical decisions.
 
2014-02-06 11:36:50 AM  

cptjeff: TwistedFark: Okay, I was just skimming, but by the second page it was obvious that the entire thing was a put on.

The question is: Is this satire? It doesn't seem to be making a point about anything, I mean other than the overly ebullient quotes from the fictional store owners, none of these things are really all that out of the ordinary.

It's mocking 'dem big city technology persons.

Seriously, WTF? That really, really sucks, even by small town newspaper standards.



Zackley.  Reading it... "Locheed", okay terrible writer and proof reader, "D.B. Cooper", oh great it's a lame satire... reading, reading..  THIS ISN'T FUNNY!  At all.  It's amateur near-term futurism with not a stitch of the funny.
 
2014-02-06 11:38:35 AM  

vudukungfu: Nefarious: Where they instant grits?

NO selfrespecting southerner, wait.
that's an oxymoron.


Now, now ..
 
2014-02-06 11:38:46 AM  
t's a hip hop rap account. Who's in the mood for Hellfire grits?
 
2014-02-06 11:40:44 AM  

mbillips: cptjeff: oldfarthenry: Is the near-future really going to consist delivery drones buzzing around the skies like flies on sh*t?
It sounds noisy & annoying.

/prepares to yell at clouds

Yeah, that's probably the future. And really, is it really going to be any louder than the traffic noise you get from delivery trucks?

No, it isn't. There won't be flying delivery drones; that's just bullshiat trolling by Amazon to distract their competition from what they're really planning. Helicopters are WAY too inefficient at load-carrying, and nobody wants their packages left in the middle of the yard (just try landing a quadcopter under a porch roof sometime). There may very well be unmanned or autopiloted delivery trucks in the not-too-distant future, but quadcopter drones are no more likely than commuting by helicopter, which people started predicting about 1945.


They're faster than trucks, avoid traffic, routes and delivery patterns are WAY more customizable in every way imaginable, and it doesn't have to be middle of the yard- it could very easily be the same place on the porch where they're dumped now for a lot of people, and it's not hard to give people (prime subscribers, say), a gps beacon they can place where they want packages. Dropping something in a backyard does avoid the theft risks of putting it on the front porch, so yeah, people very much might want that. Also, vastly reduced human labor costs, a lot of which is money spent paying somebody to sit still in the aforementioned traffic. There are a whole lot of inefficiencies in the current system that drone delivery would be able to completely eliminate in a way no truck based system could ever do. Oh, and electricity is a lot cheaper than gas or diesel.

Sorry, but this is going to be the future.
 
2014-02-06 11:41:00 AM  

Far Cough: cptjeff: TwistedFark: Okay, I was just skimming, but by the second page it was obvious that the entire thing was a put on.

The question is: Is this satire? It doesn't seem to be making a point about anything, I mean other than the overly ebullient quotes from the fictional store owners, none of these things are really all that out of the ordinary.

It's mocking 'dem big city technology persons.

Seriously, WTF? That really, really sucks, even by small town newspaper standards.


Zackley.  Reading it... "Locheed", okay terrible writer and proof reader, "D.B. Cooper", oh great it's a lame satire... reading, reading..  THIS ISN'T FUNNY!  At all.  It's amateur near-term futurism with not a stitch of the funny.


Was it bad of me that my initial reaction to "Locheed Martin" was, "Typical d-bag technology entrepreneurs trying to be clever."

I probably spent too long in SJ, that shiat's got me all jaded.
 
2014-02-06 11:41:30 AM  

Yogimus: Lockheed Marton?

martOn?
Is this a troll twitter account?


cdn.uproxx.com
 
2014-02-06 11:42:24 AM  

lack of warmth: Southerners always be eating the grits because down south, grits is polenta-ful.


very nice
 
2014-02-06 11:47:21 AM  

cig-mkr: Grits, God's gift. Pour uncooked grits on fire ant hills and it will kill the whole coloney.
All natural too.


Uncooked grits are corn meal.
 
2014-02-06 11:48:05 AM  

mbillips: quadcopter drones are no more likely than commuting by helicopter, which people started predicting about 1945.


Since I grew up reading the old books in the library talking about the amazing future of helicopter commuting, I'm still a little miffed about that.
 
2014-02-06 11:49:27 AM  
east Carolina Automotive? What do they do, deliver parts? Losing a UAV with an automotive starter, and it comes crashing trough someones roof? How's the insurance actuarial tables set up for that? Plus, being in that region of the U.S., people like their guns. Fine, so the critters will fly higher. Granted, but they still have to land, or just make a drop delivery from the air, like a WWII bomber. Carpet bombing with Crazy Bread!
 
2014-02-06 11:52:05 AM  

ikanreed: Uncooked grits are corn meal.


Not quite. They're made from hominy, which is corn treated with lime.
 
2014-02-06 11:53:55 AM  
This might be against the Geneva conventions, given the napalm-like qualities of freshly cooked grits.

As the mother of a friend used to say to dissuade her from consuming her grits before they had cooled
sufficiently:  "Grits sticks to kids".
 
2014-02-06 11:59:07 AM  
ts1.mm.bing.net
 
2014-02-06 12:02:50 PM  

i.r.id10t: [www.biography.com image 402x402]

Should she be worried?


Yes, petrified
 
2014-02-06 12:05:25 PM  

vudukungfu: Nefarious: Where they instant grits?

NO selfrespecting southerner, wait.
that's an oxymoron.


Well, bless your heart.
 
2014-02-06 12:07:25 PM  

cig-mkr: Grits, God's gift. Pour uncooked grits on fire ant hills and it will kill the whole coloney.
All natural too.


Good to know.  Never heard of it.  I had to check it out to make sure you weren't posting satire, as well. :)
 
2014-02-06 12:07:56 PM  

cptjeff: mbillips: cptjeff: oldfarthenry: Is the near-future really going to consist delivery drones buzzing around the skies like flies on sh*t?
It sounds noisy & annoying.

/prepares to yell at clouds

Yeah, that's probably the future. And really, is it really going to be any louder than the traffic noise you get from delivery trucks?

No, it isn't. There won't be flying delivery drones; that's just bullshiat trolling by Amazon to distract their competition from what they're really planning. Helicopters are WAY too inefficient at load-carrying, and nobody wants their packages left in the middle of the yard (just try landing a quadcopter under a porch roof sometime). There may very well be unmanned or autopiloted delivery trucks in the not-too-distant future, but quadcopter drones are no more likely than commuting by helicopter, which people started predicting about 1945.

They're faster than trucks, avoid traffic, routes and delivery patterns are WAY more customizable in every way imaginable, and it doesn't have to be middle of the yard- it could very easily be the same place on the porch where they're dumped now for a lot of people, and it's not hard to give people (prime subscribers, say), a gps beacon they can place where they want packages. Dropping something in a backyard does avoid the theft risks of putting it on the front porch, so yeah, people very much might want that. Also, vastly reduced human labor costs, a lot of which is money spent paying somebody to sit still in the aforementioned traffic. There are a whole lot of inefficiencies in the current system that drone delivery would be able to completely eliminate in a way no truck based system could ever do. Oh, and electricity is a lot cheaper than gas or diesel.

Sorry, but this is going to be the future.


Are you serious?  Where's all that "electricity" being generated from?  How efficient are heavy helicopters?  Where are all the refueling / recharging stations for these short flights?  How are all these packages getting delivered in urban or even suburban areas?  What neighborhood is NOT going to want to ban flying wings of death regularly swooping down city streets and stoops et al. ?  How can anyone guarantee the flying wing of death is going to notice dad coming home and avoid dropping the new microwave on his head just as he reaches the door?  What about the baby in its tiny carrier on the ground while mom is unloading the trunk in the driveway?  I have to agree, this ain't happening.
 
2014-02-06 12:12:53 PM  

Diogenes: I read that as "hot girls" at first.


I did too and way very intrigued till the coffee kicked in
 
2014-02-06 12:16:59 PM  
If this article is satire, it's not funny. If it's not satire, it's stupid.
That's North Carolina: lose-lose.
 
2014-02-06 12:19:47 PM  
Butter, Crystal hot sauce, mix in the egg yolk...

YUM!
 
2014-02-06 12:41:35 PM  

TwistedFark: cptjeff: oldfarthenry: Is the near-future really going to consist delivery drones buzzing around the skies like flies on sh*t?
It sounds noisy & annoying.

/prepares to yell at clouds

Yeah, that's probably the future. And really, is it really going to be any louder than the traffic noise you get from delivery trucks?

Personally I think this is really many years away until it goes mainstream. I don't think the energy density in prospective power sources is quite there yet to make the drones both economical in both the fiscal and logistical sense.

Maybe if they used combustion engines instead of electrical batteries, but then I don't see the FAA approving that due to the size the machines would have to be and how much fuel they'd have to carry.

All that being said, corporate America (particularly when it comes to technology) doesn't always make the most logical decisions.



At the moment it's actually illegal per FAA rules to fly them for commercial purposes.  They've been sending letters out to various companies promoting their services for aerial photography among other things.

Whenever the FAA finishes its studies and issues rules regarding drones, they're going to be very restrictive and involve licensing and probably require significant liability insurance.  It's way too easy for amateurs to accidentally crash them into a crowd and kill people, or for say a medical helicopter to collide with them and then crash.
 
2014-02-06 01:31:33 PM  
The Weeners this?!  You are a disappoint, farkers.


Grits, what are they?


i1180.photobucket.com
 
2014-02-06 01:33:19 PM  
"the weeners this"  where did that come from? I typed in "The Weeners this?!"
 
2014-02-06 01:34:23 PM  
What the hell is up with fark?  Whole words are being replaced???
 
2014-02-06 01:34:40 PM  

bucket_pup: The Weeners this?!  You are a disappoint, farkers.


Grits, what are they?

[i1180.photobucket.com image 462x306]


You're saying you want to weener a younger, gloriously toupeed Joe Pesci?  Wow, there really is a fetish for everyone.

/Flo GIF for the win
 
2014-02-06 01:36:09 PM  

bucket_pup: What the hell is up with fark?  Whole words are being replaced???


Geez and I thought I was new here.  It's an ancient Fark filter.  You can look into it.
 
2014-02-06 01:36:51 PM  

bucket_pup: "the weeners this"  where did that come from? I typed in "The Weeners this?!"


Ahh, it's so cute when they discover the filter.
 
2014-02-06 01:39:13 PM  
I have been here for years....learn something new every day around here. When did the word f i r s t become obscene?
 
2014-02-06 01:43:20 PM  

bucket_pup: I have been here for years....learn something new every day around here. When did the word f i r s t become obscene?


Seriously?  When it's combined with "post", because in the olden days idiots would type that when they were the first to respond to a new item.
 
2014-02-06 01:46:53 PM  
The more you know......


i1180.photobucket.com
 
2014-02-06 01:49:50 PM  

Far Cough: Where's all that "electricity" being generated from?


Power plants. We're not talking about a level of consumption that's going to radically shift power generation.

Far Cough: How efficient are heavy helicopters?  Where are all the refueling / recharging stations for these short flights?


They're not that heavy, and they're presumably only going to be relatively smaller and lighter deliveries. They lose efficiency in some areas, but efficiency is radically improved in others. Like not sitting in traffic, and not having labor costs. The recharging stations are going to be at the new amazon warehouses they're already building for faster service into major urban areas.

Far Cough: What neighborhood is NOT going to want to ban flying wings of death regularly swooping down city streets and stoops et al. ?


You can put a guard around the props, and program them to make sure nothing's moving in the vicinity where they're about to move down before they do. Alternately, you could do a skycrane type deal, where you lower the package on a rope and have a little electronic release on the end. Either way, it's pretty easily resolvable with a little planning. You can also centralize collection for apartment buildings and complexes if you so desire. Locked bin outside with a one way trapdoor from the top, amazon gives you a text when they drop it off.

Far Cough: How can anyone guarantee the flying wing of death is going to notice dad coming home and avoid dropping the new microwave on his head just as he reaches the door?


Motion sensors, lasers. They're getting pretty sophisticated with this stuff. They have cars that drive themselves now. Even Kias now have systems that allow cars to parallel park themselves.

Far Cough: What about the baby in its tiny carrier on the ground while mom is unloading the trunk in the driveway?


More difficult, but still can be addressed multiple ways technically or on a human level. If you had a delivery pad that you placed, which is how this will probably work, presumably mom wouldn't be stupid enough to put the baby on it while there's a drone overhead. There's also been talk of having the flights be automated and having a human do the actual drop. Looking at a camera. Or you could automate it, and give the drone permission to drop automatically if the pad is clear, and give a human control if it's not.

Far Cough: I have to agree, this ain't happening.


You just named a lot of issues that are pretty much universally easily addressed in multiple ways with either technical or human solutions. You also don't have to worry about people shooting them down- they'll have all sorts of video equipment, and Amazon would sue the crap out of anyone who tried it, and they'd probably have to answer to some criminal prosecution as well.

This is gonna be happening. Even if it costs more, the speed and convenience will get at least some people to pay a premium for it.
 
2014-02-06 01:58:26 PM  

bucket_pup: The more you know......


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And it's okay, your Pesci fetish secret is still safe with us.
 
2014-02-06 02:24:09 PM  
And oh geez the power lines!  i forgot about the high voltage, incredibly thin and hard to see high voltage overhead power lines et al.  The utilities change, move, and repair them all the time, and they're not "mapped" for navigation, whether the deliveries are by flying or by dropping down a line on a winch.  Bezos himself said "The hard part here is putting in all the redundancy, all the reliability, all the systems you need to say, 'Look, this thing can't land on somebody's head while they're walking around their neighborhood."

Damn straight it's the hard part.  Of course, I'm sure the "risk management specialists" and related bean counters will take into account all the lawsuits from the unavoidable losses of life, limb, and property.  UPS does too.  Again, though, I strongly suspect individual municipalities and neighborhoods are going to legislate against these if the FAA allows them.

When all is said and done, it sure seems easier to use good routing management, some electric trucks (manned or unmanned), and ordinary roads.  Everyone's home is already safely reachable by road, there are established rules for commercial and pedestrian presence, and KIDS KNOW TO STAY THE FARK OFF THE STREET TO AVOID TRAFFIC.  Having a few square meters of their own front or backyard that can be an instant death zone is a whole 'nother thing, particularly if they're just visiting someone else's house.

Combine the street trucks with the new local warehouses you mention (maybe even, you know, equipping those warehouses with a drive-through pickup like every drug store and burger joint does) and there's no need for the sky drones, from any perspective.  Unless you're just dead set on pretending to be George Jetson regardless of cost or loss of life.
 
2014-02-06 02:51:55 PM  
ATTENTION SUBBY:

Long story as to why but I recently moved and am temporarily residing in Kinston. I need friends because I know nobody here. If you're in Kinston too, maybe we can get a beer?

/Mother Earth Brewery?
 
2014-02-06 03:00:06 PM  

NeuroticRocker: ATTENTION SUBBY:

Long story as to why but I recently moved and am temporarily residing in Kinston. I need friends because I know nobody here. If you're in Kinston too, maybe we can get a beer?

/Mother Earth Brewery?


Not FRIENDS per se...not to sound clingy. Just want to meet cool people so I'm not so isolated.
 
2014-02-06 03:31:09 PM  

Send More Chuck Berry: i.r.id10t: [www.biography.com image 402x402]

Should she be worried?

Yes, petrified


And, I believe, naked.....

/// slashies for /.
 
2014-02-06 04:13:52 PM  

NeuroticRocker: ATTENTION SUBBY:

Long story as to why but I recently moved and am temporarily residing in Kinston. I need friends because I know nobody here. If you're in Kinston too, maybe we can get a beer?

/Mother Earth Brewery?


In Kinston, all you really need to know is that Hwy 11 leads to Greenville.

/home of the purple perverts
 
2014-02-06 05:04:27 PM  

i.r.id10t: Should she be worried?


A little disappointed it took so long, but glad to see this bit's covered.
 
2014-02-06 05:14:23 PM  

OldManDownDRoad: NeuroticRocker: ATTENTION SUBBY:

Long story as to why but I recently moved and am temporarily residing in Kinston. I need friends because I know nobody here. If you're in Kinston too, maybe we can get a beer?

/Mother Earth Brewery?

In Kinston, all you really need to know is that Hwy 11 leads to Greenville.

/home of the purple perverts


I try to not spend much of my time here. Life has taken me on a wickedly unpleasant road over the past 2 years and New York City (where I've lived my whole life) had become untenable and unfeasible. I'm going to grad school (well I applied, waiting to hear back which should be any day now) and hopefully find a way out of NC or at least Kinston. But I do go to Greenville and Raleigh frequently. Also, as a marine, my brother lives in New Bern so Im invited to have dinner with him and the wife and kids usually once or twice a week.
 
2014-02-06 05:15:01 PM  
I meant my brother is a marine. Im not.
 
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