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  1. Michael wme

    Michael wme said, about 1 year ago

    Right now, one can buy a drone for about $100, meaning a remote controlled model plane.


    But $100 drones can’t carry a decent camera, and can only travel short distances.


    A drone that can carry a camera or 10 lbs of explosives for long distances costs at least $200,000, more than your garden-variety terrorist (or nosy neighbour) can afford.

  2. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, about 1 year ago

    @Michael wme

    Have enjoyed all of your comments I’ve seen so far this Monday morning, Michael. Sadly, our gov’t is willing to spend a lot of money on “law enforcement”. I believe Americans have a reason to be concerned of a time when “BlueThunder” meets drone based law enforcement.
    btw, did you see this story?
    http://www.cnn.com/2013/11/17/us/drone-malfunction-duplicate-2/
    ^
    My concern of drone use begins with who is controlling it. If it is operated by a lawful group with proper oversight, it can be a useful tool for many things. If that control is in more nefarious hands, OR if someone can hack the program and take control, it is much more of a threat.
    Thanks for your many good posts, Michael.
    Sincerely,
    C

  3. Enoki

    Enoki said, about 1 year ago

    People droning on about drones… Will it ever en… KER POW!

  4. Ransom D Stone

    Ransom D Stone said, about 1 year ago

    Hey KKK, great ideas for drone employment! Take 2 quiet pills and visit you doctor in the morning.

  5. Jase99

    Jase99 said, about 1 year ago

    @Debt Free

    Google Earth uses a collection of satellite photos that aren’t updated very often. It’s not exactly reliable for reconnaissance work.

  6. misterdantes

    misterdantes said, about 1 year ago

    @Michael wme

    You can compromise. A drone that can carry a HD cam like a go-pro costs only a few $100. Of course it has a limited range and autonomy but enough to spy on your neighbours. Also, the government could decide to support the drone industry by forcing consumers to by one (big ones) with 0$ deposit and affordable instalments, like a car. It’s even easier to repo, the seller or the bank just need to have access to the frequency of the remote and take control… come to think of it, it could also allow them to use the drone any way they want and blame it on the nosy neighbour…

  7. chip42

    chip42 said, about 1 year ago

    @Michael wme

    Actually a personal RPV (airplane) with first person video feedback, a 10lb payload, and a 2km+ range would only set you back about $1000.

  8. Stipple

    Stipple said, about 1 year ago

    A friend spent $1300 and built his own, it has only a four pound payload not counting the camera and batteries.
    Range at this time is 45 minutes.
    Nice aerial shots of the house and surrounding roads but dropping a unpropelled bomb weighing in at three pounds is neither accurate nor effective.
    Really a kick to fly though, and the overhead pictures of the neighborhood are more than cool.

  9. Jase99

    Jase99 said, about 1 year ago

    @NFLRedskins

    You’re pointless post has nothing to do with my reply to Debt Free.

  10. then00b

    then00b said, about 1 year ago

    I’m a little annoyed that the idea of robots have somewhat been derailed by drones. In the past sci fi was all about robots doing the tasks you may find wearisome, now because of the general term drone everyone seems to associate them with spying and executions.

  11. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, about 1 year ago

    @then00b

    I agree with you, Thenoob.
    The use of drones to inspect conditions of food crops, traffic control, and other mundane tasks currently performed by humans with varying degree of skills at those tasks is perfectly acceptable and useful. Sadly, Isaac Asimov’s “rules of robotics” do not apply when humans with their own “ends justify means” attitudes are the programmers/operators. If a gun is used to kill innocent civilians in a mall, it is too often the gun, not the one pulling the trigger who is judged at fault. I do support stronger controls on who gets gun, but I support even stronger controls on who gets to control an armed drone.
    Robots can be very cool. It’s the humans who program/operate them that make them dangerous.
    Thank you for an insightful comment.
    Sincerely,
    C.

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