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(Outside Online)   Man illegally tries to fly camera drone over Yellowstone Park's Grand Prismatic Spring, winds up in hot water   (outsideonline.com ) divider line
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2014-08-08 02:05:50 PM  

cryinoutloud: jshine: .I.e., "peeing in the ocean"
Look, if you want to be angry about something, go ahead. I won't try to stop you with any more science.
Need some more laws, do you? Funny, I've had you farkied as that kind of guy for quite a while already. But that's how it usually is with engineers--you all can figure out how to build a city on the bottom of the ocean, but you never figure in how to dispose of the waste. The only goal is to demonstrate how superior your brains are, never 'why would we want to do that in the first place, and what might be the consequences of doing it?'


I have him farkied as "chemical engineer" in pee yellow.
 
2014-08-08 02:15:00 PM  

RexTalionis: TheDirtyNacho: ModeratelyProfane: OOOO Scary Drone crash!!! Better get my drone hunting permit, and load up the shotgun.....


Seriously... It's a battery powered RC toy that you can  attach a camera to, and take pictures with...I doubt it will become Self-aware and start World War 3.


The reason they're banned is because they're obnoxious - many sound like a lawnmower flown by bees - and because when idiots crash them, as they inevitably will, it will be difficult if not impossible to retrieve the wreckage, thus littering the landscape and contributing pollution.

Most people have the good sense to not be obnoxious in a national park.  As we all know though, not everyone who visits a park has this.

I have found many drone owners (I hesitate to call them pilots when they know little about flight) lack this social awareness.  At concerts in the park there's always one or two dorks who hover theirs above pretty women, or swooping around making people feel uncomfortable.  I doubt they carry liability insurance too.

It's one thing to gather in an empty park or lot and practice flight - that's cool.  I'm down with that.  But it's the dumbasses with more money than sense that are ruining it.

Not to mention that they're kind of hazardous - those blades bite!

Also, there was a dude flying a remote control helicopter that he lost control of last year. The blades accidentally sliced off the top part of his skull.


There are some positive points to owning/operating these things, then?
 
2014-08-08 02:32:56 PM  

fiddlehead: I go to YNP fairly frequently, and nothing pisses me off more than seeing how people have drawn their names and other shiat into the bacterial mats of Grand Prismatic next to the boardwalk. Or seeing coins in some of the hot springs. Fark those people, and fark this guy.


It's unfortunate that in order for us to enjoy these beautiful spaces, we have to let the morons in too.

I live on the Niagara Escarpment, and while it's no Yellowstone, it IS a world heritage biosphere, and there are some absolutely stunning waterfalls.  Many of them "decorated" with spray paint graffiti and litter.  It makes me sick.
 
2014-08-08 03:52:55 PM  

Fiction Fan: Bullshiat that a drone can't be flown over some of the most beautiful and pristine land our country has left.
What was the thinking? That it would disturb the mosquitos? Maybe camping nudists?
I really would want to know the reasoning.


This is the same group trying to limit access to public parks. They don't seem to understand less visitors to the parks = less funding.
 
2014-08-08 04:23:54 PM  

JDJoeE: This is the same group trying to limit access to public parks. They don't seem to understand less visitors to the parks = less funding.


The National Park Service issued the restriction. They aren't trying to limit access to the parks, and they're keenly aware of how little funding they have. From their memo:

"We embrace many activities in national parks because they enhance visitor experiences with the iconic natural, historic and cultural landscapes in our care," Jarvis said. "However, we have serious concerns about the negative impact that flying unmanned aircraft is having in parks, so we are prohibiting their use until we can determine the most appropriate policy that will protect park resources and provide all visitors with a rich experience."
 
2014-08-08 05:00:45 PM  

wiredroach: JDJoeE: This is the same group trying to limit access to public parks. They don't seem to understand less visitors to the parks = less funding.

The National Park Service issued the restriction. They aren't trying to limit access to the parks, and they're keenly aware of how little funding they have. From their memo:

"We embrace many activities in national parks because they enhance visitor experiences with the iconic natural, historic and cultural landscapes in our care," Jarvis said. "However, we have serious concerns about the negative impact that flying unmanned aircraft is having in parks, so we are prohibiting their use until we can determine the most appropriate policy that will protect park resources and provide all visitors with a rich experience."


Yes, one of the reasons why rangers are wary of giving fines to tourists for dumb activities is that the tourists would then complain about the park and people who read the complaints would be less likely to visit. Easier to give a verbal warning and leave it at that. Frankly, I wouldn't miss the type of people who would avoid the park because dumb activities are penalized. But funding for national parks is always an issue.
 
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2014-08-08 07:56:13 PM  
But funding for national parks is always an issue.

My earlier comment aside, I say this as an avid hiker and fan of getting as far from civilization as possible within half a day's trek (sadly, I don't usually have time for more than day-hikes) - Why the hell do we need "funding" for a "pristine wilderness"?

Seriously, you want to keep places like this pristine? Get rid of the farking road, simple as that.  The grafitti tends to stop within an hour's walk of the nearest parking lot, and by four hours, even most traces of human life (except the trail, if lucky) vanish into the brush.

Whether or not some asshat crashed his drone into a spring counts as the very least of the problems we have in this situation. "Boardwalk"? Dingdingding!
 
2014-08-08 08:33:15 PM  

RexTalionis: Lsherm: Park spokesperson Al Nash addressed concerns that the downed aircraft, which sank into the 370-foot-wide and 121-foot-deep "boiling lake," could potentially damage the famous natural landmark.
"What we have to determine is whether the presence of this radio-controlled recreational aircraft poses a threat to that unique resource," Nash said.
"We are trying to determine if we can locate it, and if we locate it, if we'll be able to remove it. Our concern is about any potential impacts to the iconic Yellowstone thermal feature."

Well, I should hope a 1lb plastic toy can't make that much of a difference. That's a fair amount of water and energy and a very small interruption. I'd think a strong rainstorm would have a greater effect on it.

it has a lithium battery. Do you know what happens to lithium batteries in high temperatures?


Yeah, they explode. Which I still somehow think isn't going to matter in a hot tub of several million gallons.
 
2014-08-08 10:51:40 PM  

fiddlehead: kyrg: Fiction Fan: Bullshiat that a drone can't be flown over some of the most beautiful and pristine land our country has left.
What was the thinking? That it would disturb the mosquitos? Maybe camping nudists?
I really would want to know the reasoning.


Because some people have a crazy idea that Nature should be enjoyed in it's natural state, that it is not a narcissist  playground for personel assholery by thinking only of themselves and not the 3 million other people who come to enjoy the place without the need for a drone to take the same picture you can find online or in a dozen giftshops inside the park.
They tend to be the same people who hold conversations infront of busy doorways, stop their car in the middle of a busy road preventing passing them on the right when they are turning left and talk on a blue tooth loud enough to hear an echo.

Oh yeah, I also forgot about the YNP tourists that are so excited to see wildlife that they stop their car in the middle of the damn road, pile out of it, and forget that it is now blocking all traffic behind it. Thanks, guys!


I was there last week, three buffalo jams and one bear jam in three days.
 
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