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The Drones That May Soon Be Watching Your Every Move: VIDEO

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The coming drone invasion:

“The sky’s going to be dark with these things,” said Chris Anderson, the former editor of Wired, who started the hobbyist Web site DIY Drones and now runs a company, 3D Robotics, that sells unmanned aerial vehicles and equipment. He says it is selling about as many drones every calendar quarter — about 7,500 — as the United States military flies in total.

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  1. They'd make interesting slingshot targets.

    Posted by: Frank | Mar 19, 2013 12:05:10 PM


  2. Wonder how many will be shot down by fed-up citizens?

    Posted by: Sean in Dallas | Mar 19, 2013 12:49:24 PM


  3. Sean in Dallas: quite a few, I think. This is one citizen who plans to do a lot of target practise on those drones.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Mar 19, 2013 12:58:10 PM


  4. I'd prefer drones over Africa protecting elephants,rhinos, etc.

    Posted by: Mastik8 | Mar 19, 2013 1:36:34 PM


  5. Gawd the future is looking ugly.

    Posted by: Ken | Mar 19, 2013 1:37:43 PM


  6. @jamal49 : don't use them for target practice. In addition to it likely being illegal, someone might be injured (you would be shooting into the air, and the bullet could hit something on the ground - even a "spent" bullet can cause an injury).

    If you can find out what frequency they use, a transmitter for jamming and a highly directional antenna so you don't impact others should be highly effective and hard to detect. With a loss of control, the drone will probably crash - at best it will wander off (e.g., if it can fly autonomously). At least it might keep the paparazzi at bay. If you try that with a government-owned drone and get caught, you can expect to be in some trouble, although probably not as much as you would be if you used a rifle.

    Posted by: Bill | Mar 19, 2013 2:31:00 PM


  7. I shall henceforth imagine "Flight of the Valkyries" in my head is I see one of those. And I live in Canada (so not expecting them to honour international borders at all)

    Posted by: Stephen | Mar 19, 2013 6:02:34 PM


  8. @Stephen: the Ride of the Valkyries" starts the 3rd act of Die Walküre, and depicts Valkyries arriving on flying horses carrying the bodies of dead warriors. The drones are far too prissy for that.

    Posted by: Bill | Mar 19, 2013 7:01:54 PM


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