#1 By: Xeni Jardin, January 29th, 2014 20:27
#2 By: Stephen Schenck, January 29th, 2014 20:52
I realize the relevant copy comes from Reuters, and not Boing Boing, but: an "octocopter" drone? I count six rotors.
#3 By: wee joy, January 29th, 2014 20:55
I didn't vote for this dystopia
#4 By: Inquiry, January 29th, 2014 21:41
But it is the government model ... so they have done a study ... and it is definitely an octocopter. They will sell the two other "-copters" when they upgrade to octocopter 2.0 ... at which they are calling it the hexadecagocopter because it would have 16 "-copters" (once fully upgraded).
#5 By: openfly, January 29th, 2014 22:28
I'd just like to say I think in general the concerns about civil rights being put at risk by blanket surveilance are probably worthwhile to consider.
That being said, I think drones can be used effectively in a number of situations especially in a state like California. Monitoring emergency situations such as forest fires, earthquakes and other natural disasters. Search and Rescue. And even monitoring of game hunting and public lands for poaching / pot farming ( this is usually done by ultralight flights and can be risky to the personell on board ).
I think in general a healthy skepticism is a good thing, but I also think drones can serve to better the general welfare of the populace if limited in their application. So I am glad that this is a route people are choosing to take. As always though, the devil is in the details.
#6 By: HubrisSonic, January 29th, 2014 23:34
Begun the Drone War has....
#7 By: He who must not be named, January 30th, 2014 04:25
2014: Congress authorises use of drones for "specific investigations against a named individual or a specified premises for a limited duration. following judge-issued warrant"
2015: FISA court approves NSA drone warrant on 90 day rolling basis
2016: Number of drones exceeds US population
2017: GCHQ drones follow every American citizen from birth in the contiguous states, whilst in the UK, NSA drones follow all people at all times, thereby clarifying the "internal / external" reciprocal spying arrangements.
#8 By: hamish strong, January 30th, 2014 09:28
It's a legacy name from a distant ancestor. In the fossil record, you can see the full form of the two extra vestigial rotors that proved to be evolutionarily disadvantageous.
#9 By: hamish strong, January 30th, 2014 09:29
If it's illegal for the police to have weaponized drones, then only criminals will have weaponized drones. Am I doing this right?
#10 By: mstep, January 30th, 2014 12:29
I'm wondering if the wording is such that they could just use a third party private company to do all the spying and indefinite storage of data.
Hmmm. New business idea coming to me...
#11 By: Xeni Jardin, February 3rd, 2014 20:27
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