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So, tell me again why we are building the CRL?

While the Green Taliban wants us to ride around in an 18th-century transport solution, other countries are exploring other more innovative solutions.

There are autonomous cars coming, and soon autonomous taxi drones.

An autonomous drone that can transport humans will start ferrying passengers around Dubai this summer.

The head of Dubai’s transportation agency said that self-flying taxis would start taking people across the city starting from July.   Read more »

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Dodgy socialist Argies using drones to catch out rich tax dodgers

The Argie government is using drones to catch out dodgy rich pricks who are rorting taxpayers on their tax returns.

The Argentine government has used drones to catch out wealthy tax evaders who had not declared mansions and swimming pools.

Unmanned aircraft were dispatched over an upper class area of Buenos Aires and discovered 200 homes and 100 pools that had not been detailed on returns.

Tax officials said the drones took pictures of luxury houses standing on lots registered as empty.

The evasions found by the drones amounted to missing tax payments of more than $2 million and owners of the properties have been warned they now face large fines.    Read more »

17 year old with a quadcopter and a camera

I’m so happy with this footage, I can’t stop looking at it! Wait for the final shot! Everything came together perfectly for this flight: the wind dropped, the sun was low and orange and the tide was almost completely in. In fact, this footage is straight out of the camera. Apart from the obvious cuts and transitions I’ve done no editing or colour correcting whatsoever. It’s just not needed.

The location is on the north Cornwall coast in England, near Newquay

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Dolphin and whale pod stampede… Drone+GoPro=Win

Apart from this being obligatory material for Whaleoil, it is also pretty awesome

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Help please, my livelihood might be under threat

Michael Field has taken a break from writing poorly researched pieces aboutFiji or whispering the same erroneous information into Karl du Fresne’s ear to write one of the most outrageously stupid articles I have seen in a long time.

The headline makes you think that we are under attack from Drones or that a massive accident has occurred as a result of drones.

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Far from the alarmist headlines what ewe find upon reading the article is that it’s actually a story using the press to try and protect one blokes own interests.  Worse he is using his media pals to do it making Michael Field a gun for hire advocating for legislative change to protect his mate.  Read more »

Game of Drones: Shotgun vs Drone

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The effectiveness of drones

Are drones effective? Obama is certainly the drone-meister, deploying and utilising drones more than any other president. Of course technology has advanced at a greater pace too. But are they effective?

There’s no doubt that drone strikes can have horrific consequences. Beyond the disputed numbers of noncombatants killed, there are psychological consequences to consider as well. In the Senate hearing, Farea al-Muslimi, an American-educated Yemeni writer and activist, spoke eloquently of the heartbreak and fear that drones cause in Yemen. News reports from Pakistan suggest something similar: People are deeply afraid of drones. These perspectives matter greatly. But they only scratch at the surface of a much bigger problem with how the U.S. government uses drones. At a basic level, are they effective?

Gauging the effectiveness of drones is not simply a question of body counts. It is a larger evaluation of whether the terrorist threat is affected, whether the countries where drones are used are becoming more stable or less, and whether America’s ability to partner with other governments for future counterterrorism missions is improving or getting worse. The human factor, which Congress has focused on recently, is an important part of that evaluation, but it is only one part. In other words: Can we tally up all the costs and benefits of the drone war?  Read more »

The new tinfoil hat?

I don’t know whether the guy who made this app/device is a fool or a genius…tending toward genius because he is suckering in all those conspiracy theorists to paying him money. He has already scalped over $6000 from the tinfoil hat brigade.

DroneShield is an indieGOGO project from a DC aerospace engineer that aims to build a tiny, net-connected drone-detector/identifier. Based on a Raspberry Pi gumstick computer, it uses a mic to detect the audio signature of nearby drones, and then communicates about its findings over the Internet. The project promises free/open hardware and software specson its main site. Ars Technica’s Cyrus Farivar spoke to Chris Kyriakakis, a USC electrical engineering prof, who suggests the project is feasible, but believes it will need an array of mics for accurate identification. But John Franklin, who’s running the effort, says the device will produce useful — if imperfect — output even with one mic.

The fully assembled drone detector costs at least $69 as a pre-order (as with all crowdfunded project, it’s important to remember that you may never get your device). The project goal is to get them down to $20. For my part, I wonder how this would perform against active countermeasures: it’s one thing to detect drones that aren’t making any effort to remain hidden or fool detectors about which drone they are, but what about a drone that uses some technology (from playing a recording of a different drone to full-on modifications of its engines and blades) to sound different?

Uhmmm…so what do you do when it sends you an alert? Hide under a table? Crawl into your portable bomb-shelter?

The drone that isn’t

There is a great deal of talk at the moment about drones…and usually in news media when there is talk of drones and all over the internet this image of a reaper drone is used.

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Even our own media use the image:

However the image is fake…its is a rendering. The Atlantic has the storyRead more »

The Economist on wasting bad bastards with drones

There are a lot of people overly concerned about drone strikes against bad bastards. But it is clear from polling and opinion makers that drone attacks on Wogistanis in Wogistan are OK according to the American public despite the best efforts of the media to turn people against drone strikes.

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