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(WTSP)   USF students can now check out drones from the school's library. What could possibly go wrong?   (on.wtsp.com) divider line 26
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2014-06-21 09:11:56 PM
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2014-06-21 09:43:48 PM
They might riot?
 
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2014-06-21 09:49:49 PM
You can checkout a hellfire missile too, but the late fees are a killer.
 
2014-06-21 09:56:26 PM
Perverts.
 
2014-06-21 09:58:47 PM
Two words: Pantie raid
 
2014-06-21 10:01:20 PM
If that thing costs $1500, I'm the queen of France.
 
2014-06-21 10:01:59 PM
FTA:  the students themselves are liable for anything that is broken on the $1,500 machine

The Phantom II Vision pictured in the article sells for $999 new out of the box. Wait, $1500 is the student price.
 
2014-06-21 10:07:56 PM

red5ish: FTA:  the students themselves are liable for anything that is broken on the $1,500 machine

The Phantom II Vision pictured in the article sells for $999 new out of the box. Wait, $1500 is the student price.


Turns out I'm not the Queen of France.

//disappointing
 
2014-06-21 10:08:21 PM

red5ish: FTA:  the students themselves are liable for anything that is broken on the $1,500 machine

The Phantom II Vision pictured in the article sells for $999 new out of the box. Wait, $1500 is the student price.


The extra $500 is for the manual. Which will be updated every year so each class will have to buy a new one.
 
2014-06-21 10:18:40 PM
Like they weren't building them already.
 
2014-06-21 10:29:45 PM
Not everything that is radio controlled and has a camera is a drone.

Its an RC quadcopter with a camera.

Stupid sheeple buying into the "drone" nom de guerre.
 
2014-06-21 10:30:22 PM

red5ish: FTA:  the students themselves are liable for anything that is broken on the $1,500 machine

The Phantom II Vision pictured in the article sells for $999 new out of the box. Wait, $1500 is the student price.


Was going to say this. They are $1000 brand new.
 
2014-06-21 10:39:08 PM

The more you eat the more you fart: They are $1000 brand new.



They must be getting them from a textbook distributor.

$1500 with the "student discount".
 
2014-06-21 10:49:32 PM

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2014-06-21 10:56:59 PM
Zoom camera into the 2nd floor shower room in the coed dorm... Isn't that a WWW site already?
 
2014-06-21 11:11:43 PM
Drones are toys. My 10 year old owns one. It's fun. Get over the big scary buzzword. It's a freaking toy helicopter with a camera.
 
2014-06-21 11:44:16 PM
So if I say obama walks on water, is that ok for free speech?
 
2014-06-21 11:45:47 PM
Fark has lost its way
 
2014-06-21 11:52:02 PM

verdigris1: So if I say obama walks on water, is that ok for free speech?


this just in...Obama can't swim.
 
2014-06-22 12:37:06 AM
Why is every RC quadcopter now considered a "drone"?
 
2014-06-22 12:38:25 AM
Drones are to be used to take videos of beavers.  Wtf is wrong with that?
 
2014-06-22 12:44:46 AM
American Dad Ref?
 
2014-06-22 12:45:20 AM

That Guy Jeff: Drones are toys. My 10 year old owns one. It's fun. Get over the big scary buzzword. It's a freaking toy helicopter with a camera.


Because teh ebil gub'mint is violatin mah priv'cy!

Alternatively: We cannot allow this continued intrusion of Big Government on our right to privacy because reasons!

No matter which side of the aisle you sit, the idea of those guys having something that flies and spies is SCARY BECAUSE!!! and they'll tell you for hours how this is awful and Something Must Be Done!
 
2014-06-22 01:05:50 AM

LincolnLogolas: Why is every RC quadcopter now considered a "drone"?


Because the media just loves to farking lie to you.  By using the term drone, they can connect the military, spying, and hobbyists into a single DERPtastic concept that 99% of people will buy into, hook line and sinker.

From the technical side, RC quadcopters do have a certain amount of drone to them (self balancing motor output and stabilization).  But most aren't equipped with autopilots, and never will be, meaning they aren't drones in any sense of the word worth considering.

I have an RC drone.  It can be flown by remote, or it can be programmed on the ground and left to do all the work itself.  (it almost always gets the take off right, almost)  In every sense, it's a real drone, because beyond programming where you want it to go, you don't have to do anything at all.  It will fly to waypoints, take pictures, and then come home and land itself.  (at which point you'll need some tape and glue to put the wings back on straight)  It's a plane, btw, not a quad copter, much much faster than any copter, and longer flight times too.

The confusion on this issue used to drive me nuts, but I've given up caring.  (well, not entirely, apparently)
 
2014-06-22 02:38:52 AM

Kahabut: LincolnLogolas: Why is every RC quadcopter now considered a "drone"?

Because the media just loves to farking lie to you.  By using the term drone, they can connect the military, spying, and hobbyists into a single DERPtastic concept that 99% of people will buy into, hook line and sinker.

From the technical side, RC quadcopters do have a certain amount of drone to them (self balancing motor output and stabilization).  But most aren't equipped with autopilots, and never will be, meaning they aren't drones in any sense of the word worth considering.

I have an RC drone.  It can be flown by remote, or it can be programmed on the ground and left to do all the work itself.  (it almost always gets the take off right, almost)  In every sense, it's a real drone, because beyond programming where you want it to go, you don't have to do anything at all.  It will fly to waypoints, take pictures, and then come home and land itself.  (at which point you'll need some tape and glue to put the wings back on straight)  It's a plane, btw, not a quad copter, much much faster than any copter, and longer flight times too.

The confusion on this issue used to drive me nuts, but I've given up caring.  (well, not entirely, apparently)


Gah. The pedantry in this post rivals "clip vs. magazine" rants. Drone is a short and punchy synonym for unmanned aerial vehicle. UAVs are navigated either remotely, or by onboard computers. There's nothing wrong with calling a camera-equipped RC quadcopter a drone, because it performs one of the main functions of a military drone: aerial surveillance.

An RC hobbyist aircraft in most people's minds is a 1/12 scale Piper Cub, not a hovering spy camera.
 
2014-06-22 09:51:22 AM

The more you eat the more you fart: Not everything that is radio controlled and has a camera is a drone.

Its an RC quadcopter with a camera.

Stupid sheeple buying into the "drone" nom de guerre.


LazyMedia: Kahabut: LincolnLogolas: Why is every RC quadcopter now considered a "drone"?

Because the media just loves to farking lie to you.  By using the term drone, they can connect the military, spying, and hobbyists into a single DERPtastic concept that 99% of people will buy into, hook line and sinker.

From the technical side, RC quadcopters do have a certain amount of drone to them (self balancing motor output and stabilization).  But most aren't equipped with autopilots, and never will be, meaning they aren't drones in any sense of the word worth considering.

I have an RC drone.  It can be flown by remote, or it can be programmed on the ground and left to do all the work itself.  (it almost always gets the take off right, almost)  In every sense, it's a real drone, because beyond programming where you want it to go, you don't have to do anything at all.  It will fly to waypoints, take pictures, and then come home and land itself.  (at which point you'll need some tape and glue to put the wings back on straight)  It's a plane, btw, not a quad copter, much much faster than any copter, and longer flight times too.

The confusion on this issue used to drive me nuts, but I've given up caring.  (well, not entirely, apparently)

Gah. The pedantry in this post rivals "clip vs. magazine" rants. Drone is a short and punchy synonym for unmanned aerial vehicle. UAVs are navigated either remotely, or by onboard computers. There's nothing wrong with calling a camera-equipped RC quadcopter a drone, because it performs one of the main functions of a military drone: aerial surveillance.

An RC hobbyist aircraft in most people's minds is a 1/12 scale Piper Cub, not a hovering spy camera.


All of this.

It's still just a farking quadcopter.
 
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