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(The State)   Latest use for drones? Flying contraband items over prison walls   (thestate.com) divider line 27
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2014-07-31 12:02:05 PM  
Wasn't this problem solved with anti-helicopter netting years ago?
 
2014-07-31 12:45:08 PM  
I saw it on Batman.
 
2014-07-31 12:45:13 PM  
It's hard to believe that people who work to get contraband into prisons will use nearly any method possible, including adapting emerging technologies. I'm shocked.
 
2014-07-31 12:46:00 PM  
Is the "obvious" tag on break?
 
2014-07-31 12:48:14 PM  

Radak: Wasn't this problem solved with anti-helicopter netting years ago?


I would assume that these could drop items through a net designed to thwart human-capacity helicopters.
 
2014-07-31 12:49:19 PM  
Latest?  Has subby been in a coma?
 
2014-07-31 12:50:14 PM  

wildcardjack: I saw it on Batman.


Been a long time.
 
2014-07-31 12:53:07 PM  
It's like that Canadian prison escape, you'd think the snipers would get a boner if something like that happened here in murkia.  Still, taking pot shots at a drone would be fun.
 
2014-07-31 12:53:26 PM  
Because drones are outlawed, only outlaws have drones.
 
2014-07-31 12:53:49 PM  
The obvious tag is in the hole for 30 days.
 
2014-07-31 12:53:54 PM  
Paper airplanes are still ok though, right? I can get one cigarette per plane as a payload using those.
20 sheets of paper later, and I've smuggled an entire pack.

You want a cellphone? I've got a wrist rocket to launch them in - just get that first baseman's glove and you're set. Anything else?

Oh yeah, pot... I will get my flying rats (pigeons) to take about 2 grams each, all you need is a nice trail of sunflower seeds and we're golden.

Drones? It depends on what you mean by that... why would anyone want to smuggle a drone?
 
2014-07-31 12:59:39 PM  

cgraves67: Radak: Wasn't this problem solved with anti-helicopter netting years ago?

I would assume that these could drop items through a net designed to thwart human-capacity helicopters.


I was pondering that myself, thinking about the netting I'd seen on TV, and you're probably right.  Guess it's time to increase the density of the net.
 
2014-07-31 01:08:39 PM  
Kids these days have it too easy, what with the drones, and all. Back in my day, if we wanted contraband, we had to shove it up our keister.
 
2014-07-31 01:13:08 PM  
Oh FFS.  It may be a pet peeve of mine, but can we please come to terms on an appropriate definition for the term "drone?"

Just last week some nerd hobbyist in Seattle used his glorified RC helicopter to take some pics of the Space Needle, and before you know it, the national media are running stories saying that a "drone" was caught "buzzing" the northwest's most famous monument, and frantically wondering how much danger these "drones" pose to the public.

THIS is a drone, and yes, if you see one of these, you may be in considerable danger:

dronewarsuk.files.wordpress.com

To call one of those little four-rotor flying tripods a "drone" is disingenuous at best, and fear-mongering click-bait in the hands of most media outlets.

/I know it's semantics, but it still irks me.  Call em quad-copters, or roto-somethings, or whatever, IDGAF, but the term "drone" is taken by the contraption pictured above
 
2014-07-31 01:14:29 PM  

Radak: I was pondering that myself, thinking about the netting I'd seen on TV, and you're probably right.  Guess it's time to increase the density of the net.


As the exercise yard is unlocked for the day, the drone patrol does its first sweep over the area, then separates for standby cruising after the sensors have calibrated.
 
2014-07-31 01:30:47 PM  

GleeUnit: Oh FFS.  It may be a pet peeve of mine, but can we please come to terms on an appropriate definition for the term "drone?"

Just last week some nerd hobbyist in Seattle used his glorified RC helicopter to take some pics of the Space Needle, and before you know it, the national media are running stories saying that a "drone" was caught "buzzing" the northwest's most famous monument, and frantically wondering how much danger these "drones" pose to the public.

THIS is a drone, and yes, if you see one of these, you may be in considerable danger:

[dronewarsuk.files.wordpress.com image 850x637]

To call one of those little four-rotor flying tripods a "drone" is disingenuous at best, and fear-mongering click-bait in the hands of most media outlets.

/I know it's semantics, but it still irks me.  Call em quad-copters, or roto-somethings, or whatever, IDGAF, but the term "drone" is taken by the contraption pictured above



That's just an RC airplane
 
2014-07-31 01:37:01 PM  
unimpressed
www.widerscreenings.com
 
2014-07-31 01:56:51 PM  

MBooda: unimpressed
[www.widerscreenings.com image 512x288]


It's actually been done for real a number of times:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_helicopter_prison_escapes
 
2014-07-31 02:09:04 PM  
This always surprises me a bit.  I have to wonder how many people in prison have the finances to pay to have stuff smuggled in.  Are people smuggling drugs into prison out of the goodness of their hearts?
 
2014-07-31 02:10:28 PM  

NewWorldDan: This always surprises me a bit.  I have to wonder how many people in prison have the finances to pay to have stuff smuggled in.  Are people smuggling drugs into prison out of the goodness of their hearts?


Some do, because it's family.  Some can pay for it.
 
2014-07-31 02:21:45 PM  
It's just a matter of time until the drone are big enough to pick up prisoners.

Best not bring Otis though.

img.fark.net
 
2014-07-31 03:17:09 PM  

GleeUnit: THIS is a drone, and yes, if you see one of these, you may be in considerable danger:


Depends on the context. I see them all the time, but I'm a contributor, not a target

chitownmike: That's just an RC airplane


7/10
 
2014-07-31 03:33:43 PM  
I knew it was only a matter of time. Some of the smaller ones, they have the onboard GPS, and can be pre-programmed with the flight info, coordinates, altitude, speed, all from the desktop. When you find a decent launching place, pretty much just plug it in and go. You can even have them return to the launch site, all with no human intervention.
I've beeb doing this stuff for years, Now you've even got the "heavy lift" variety.
If you can spare the space, even can carry a gopro to video the flight.
 
2014-07-31 03:52:29 PM  
Just gotta keister the remote now
 
2014-07-31 04:02:46 PM  

GleeUnit: /I know it's semantics, but it still irks me. Call em quad-copters, or roto-somethings, or whatever, IDGAF, but the term "drone" is taken by the contraption pictured above


The line isn't that clear.

I would define "drone" to be a remote controlled aircraft with at least some autonomous capability.  Some of those quad copters have such capability.

Ex-Texan: I knew it was only a matter of time. Some of the smaller ones, they have the onboard GPS, and can be pre-programmed with the flight info, coordinates, altitude, speed, all from the desktop. When you find a decent launching place, pretty much just plug it in and go. You can even have them return to the launch site, all with no human intervention.
I've beeb doing this stuff for years, Now you've even got the "heavy lift" variety.
If you can spare the space, even can carry a gopro to video the flight.


Yup--and anything you can program GPS waypoints to be executed without intervention is a drone in my book.
 
2014-07-31 04:05:35 PM  
What about the butt?
 
2014-08-01 08:36:58 AM  

waterrockets: chitownmike: That's just an RC airplane


7/10


Honestly though, The term has apparently been already redefined.  Calling something a drone implies that it has it's own decision making capability.  UAVs are remotely controlled by a pilot on the ground.  They are, in fact, very sophisticated remote control airplanes.  Unless there's something we don't know about their decision making capabilities calling them drones is inaccurate.  Except that is what we now call them.
 
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