13 March 2017 · Comments Off on Twits on Twitter · Categories: "That Conversation about Race", Clone Wars

King of the twits.

19 December 2016 · Comments Off on Droning On, Facebook Frolics Dept. · Categories: Clone Wars, Geek Stuff

El Reg reports that Zuckerborg’s junior bird men don’t seem to be doing so well.

Facebook’s plans to beam internet access from drones has crashed, literally, after the company revealed the first flight of its “Aquila” craft ended with a bang.

The United States’s National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) late last week published a report about the incident that says “On June 28, 2016, at 0743 mountain standard time, the Facebook Aquila unmanned aircraft, N565AQ, experienced an inflight structural failure on final approach near Yuma, Arizona. The aircraft was substantially damaged.”

12 December 2016 · Comments Off on Droning On · Categories: Clone Wars, Geek Stuff

What’s in a name? A drone by any other name would reap the same.

14 October 2016 · Comments Off on Conservative Dissonance · Categories: Clone Wars

Foreground:  Man says to woman,

Via Job’s Anger.

31 August 2016 · Comments Off on Droning On · Categories: Clone Wars

Only a matter of time . . . .

The first near miss took place in mid-May when an Airbus A319 pilot flying to Heathrow saw a one metre-long drone, painted green and purple, “extremely close” to his aircraft.

(snip)

In the second incident, which took place a fortnight after the first, an Airbus A320’s first officer saw “a white, twin rotor drone pass by the right wingtip” barely 100m away as the aircraft was descending through 7,000ft over New Malden, south London.

22 August 2016 · Comments Off on Droning On · Categories: Clone Wars

Britain is high on drones:

Cops have seized drones being used to fly drugs into London’s Pentonville prison – and are now on the hunt for the people operating them.

One drone crashed while flying over the all-male jail on 14 August.

Another was intercepted in “mid-flight” heading towards the prison later that same day.

Police did not say exactly how they stopped the second drone.

17 August 2016 · Comments Off on Droning On · Categories: Clone Wars, Too Stupid for Words

It won’t be long before some boy kills someone with his toy.

An emergency helicopter carrying an car crash victim to hospital in Austria narrowly avoided a mid-air collision with a drone that flew within metres of the craft.

The drone was spotted by the helicopter pilot at the last second and he was able to steer the aircraft out of the way and prevent a collision.

Toy boy is as yet unidentified.

Boys and their toys . . . .

A Foresthill man has been arrested on suspicion of interfering with firefighting operations during the recent Trailhead Fire by flying a drone over the fire, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

The presence of the drone forced Cal Fire to ground firefighting aircraft due to the risk of a collision.

Information posted on social media helped lead Cal Fire law enforcement officers to 57-year-old Eric Wamser. He was arrested Friday afternoon and booked into the Placer County Jail.

22 June 2016 · Comments Off on Droning On · Categories: Clone Wars

It looks as if we nay not have robotic radio-controlled delivery after all.

Don’t hold your breath waiting for Amazon to start delivering Prime orders by drone.

New rules for commercial use of drones under 55 pounds were finalized by the Federal Aviation Administration on Tuesday, and things don’t look good for Amazon’s planned drone deliveries.

Under the new regulations, drones have to stay within unaided sight (read: no binoculars or the like) of the pilot or an observer, even if the drone has cameras.

The FAA got this one right.

Too many members of the Geekosphere suffer from arrested development: They think like teenaged boys. “Because you can” is an insufficient reason in and of itself for doing something, especially something as stupid as filling our airspace with robots with rotating blades.

18 June 2016 · Comments Off on Droning On: Days of Future Pissed Dept. · Categories: Clone Wars

Rat says;


Click for the original image.

10 June 2016 · Comments Off on Droning On · Categories: Clone Wars

27 May 2016 · Comments Off on Droning On · Categories: Clone Wars

The question is not whether, it’s when: When will some boy bring down an airliner with his toy?

The pilot of the airliner “expressed his surprise” after spotting the object shortly after take-off, the UK Airprox Board (UKAB) said.

He was turning right at an altitude of 450 metres (1,500ft) – a “critical phase of flight” – when the incident occurred.

The report stated that the drone was “extremely close to the aircraft”, passing just 15 metres above and 30 metres to the left.

20 May 2016 · 3 comments · Categories: Clone Wars

Animated GIF:  Drone leading puppy across the screen.

Via Sampler, an image site (Some images NSFW).

10 May 2016 · Comments Off on Droning On · Categories: Clone Wars

Boys and their toys.

A (Seattle–ed.) Capitol Hill couple heard the sound of breaking glass at their home Thursday morning, prompting them to find a shattered dining room window and a drone on the ground.

The incident occurred about 7:30 a.m. near 13th Avenue East and East Aloha Street, according to Seattle police.

The couple found a white drone lying on the ground outside their dining room window, with a still-recording camera affixed to the aircraft, reports say.

Why would someone fly a drone outside someone else’s window at the time of day when most folks are getting dressed for work? Whatever might the reason be?

18 April 2016 · Comments Off on Droning On (Updated) · Categories: Clone Wars

No one could have predicted . . . .

Police are investigating a pilot’s claim that his plane was struck by a drone as it approached Heathrow airport.

The Metropolitan police said they were contacted on Sunday afternoon by the pilot, who landed the plane safely at Terminal 5. No one has been arrested, officers said.

The flight, BA727, was coming in to London from Geneva, carrying 132 passengers and five crew.

Addendum, a Week Later:

No evidence of a drone found.

05 April 2016 · Comments Off on Something Fishy This Way Comes · Categories: Clone Wars, Mammon

21 March 2016 · Comments Off on Droning On · Categories: Clone Wars, Geek Stuff

Dragnet drones.

It is just a matter of time till some overgrown adolescent yahoo downs an airliner.

A drone came within 200 feet of hitting a Lufthansa jet near Los Angeles International Airport on Friday — the latest run-in between aircraft and the increasingly popular unmanned flyers.

The pilot of a Lufthansa A380 approaching the airport on a flight from Frankfurt, Germany, reported that a drone passed about overhead around 1:30 p.m., said Ian Gregor, spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration.

11 March 2016 · Comments Off on Droning On · Categories: Clone Wars

Drones beneath the sea.

04 March 2016 · Comments Off on Droning On · Categories: Clone Wars

Let more robotic death rain from more skies.

France and Britain on Thursday inked a deal to invest more than €2 billion in the development of combat drones, Paris said in a statement.

“We hope to proceed to the next phase in 2017 to prepare for the full-fledged development of operational demonstrators of air combat drones by 2025,” the statement said.