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  • My Proposal for Systems of Legal Recreational Drugs

    11/06/2017 9:11:50 AM PST · by Brian Griffin · 60 replies
    11/06/2017 | Brian Griffin
    I know this proposal will be met with strong opposition, but it is my firm belief that the 108-year old 'War on Drugs' needs to come to an end. It has turned into a decades-long war on millions of our young people. It would be replaced with FDA-supervised quality control systems for supplies of comparatively safe recreational drug forms, probably reducing the number of overdose deaths by over 98% (~50,000/year -> ~1,000/year). Manufacturers, distributors, retailers and customers would have to get DEA licenses. There would be three forms of customer DEA licenses: casual user, habitual cocaine user and habitual opiate...
  • Police Commission approves controversial year-long test of drones by LAPD

    10/17/2017 8:19:12 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    The 3-1 vote was met by jeers from dozens of people who crowded the Police Commission’s meeting room, many of whom repeatedly urged the civilian oversight panel to reject the proposal. “Shame on you!” some shouted. “Shame on you!” That frustration spilled outside the LAPD’s downtown headquarters as protesters settled in the middle of 1st and Main streets, chanting and holding signs as they denounced the decision. Officers ultimately led four people away in handcuffs. Drones have been hailed by law enforcement across the country as a valuable technology that could help find missing hikers or monitor armed suspects without...
  • Army Blackhawk Collides With Drone Over NYC

    09/29/2017 3:28:42 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 43 replies
    Air & Space Magazine ^ | 9/27/17 | Tim Wright
    The first confirmed mid-air collision involving a U.S. drone. Helicopter pilots flying over cities have to be extra cautious, as the pilot of this UH-60 (photographed over New York in 2014) undoubtedly was. (Maine Army National Guard) History was made and prophecies fulfilled last week when a quadcopter collided with a UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter over Staten Island in New York. According to the FAA, the event represents the first confirmed inflight collision between a drone and a piloted aircraft in the United States, although there have been other unconfirmed reports. The Black Hawk, which carried a crew of four,...
  • India Eyes $8 Billion Worth 100 Avenger Predator Drones from US

    09/24/2017 11:03:09 AM PDT · by Jyotishi · 3 replies
    Defense World ^ | September 22, 2017 | Vishwanath Patil
    Predator C Avenger Drone (Image: General Atomics) India has plans to buy 100 jet propelled Avenger predator drones from the US costing an estimated $8 billion for the Indian Air Force (IAF). Besides joint projects under the bilateral Defence Technology and Trade Initiative (DTTI), in her first major engagement with a foreign counterpart, defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman talks on September 26 with the US officials will focus on India-US defence cooperation, maritime security, avenger predator drones, counter-terrorism and other major issues of mutual concern, the sources added. Issues related to American defence companies seeking guarantees of retaining control of propriety...
  • Facebook reveals it has created an AI digital map showing where EVERY human on the planet lives

    09/10/2017 6:33:12 AM PDT · by ptsal · 45 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | Sept 01, 2017 | Mark Prigg
    **full title** *snip*Facebook aims to use a mix of solar-powered aircraft and low-orbit satellites to beam signals carrying the internet to hard-to-reach locations. The drones, flying at 65,000ft (19,800 metres), will be capable of staying in the air for months. Facebook reveals it has created an AI digital map showing where EVERY human on the planet lives Facebook has created a map showing where every single person on the planet lives, it has been revealed. The internet giant hopes the map will help it to offer internet access to more people by creating an 'internet in the sky'. The mapping...
  • U.N. aviation agency to call for global drone registry

    09/08/2017 5:47:29 PM PDT · by Governor Dinwiddie · 20 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 8, 2017 | Allison Lampert
    MONTREAL (Reuters) - The United Nations’ aviation agency is backing the creation of a single global drone registry,
  • France Turns to Armed Drones in Fight Against Sahel Militants

    09/07/2017 4:25:23 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Voice of America News ^ | Sept. 05, 2017
    TOULON, France --- France has decided to arm its surveillance drones in West Africa as part of counter-terrorism operations against Islamist militants, Defense Minister Florence Parly said on Tuesday. French President Emmanuel Macron has made fighting Islamist militants his primary foreign policy objective and the move to armed drones fits into a more aggressive policy at a time when it looks increasingly unlikely Paris will be able to withdraw from the region in the medium to long-term. France has six Reapers France currently has five unarmed Reaper reconnaissance drones positioned in Niger's capital Niamey to support its 4,000-strong Barkhane counter-terrorism...
  • UFO in near miss with airbus plane over Glasgow with 200 passengers onboard

    09/02/2017 12:05:28 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 37 replies
    The Scottish Sun ^ | Mike Merrit
    “The light passed about 100-200ft above their aircraft. They assumed it to be a drone and reported it to air traffic control. There was no time to take avoiding action,” said the report on the incident, which happened on May 26. ... In 2013 another A320 also had a narrow miss with an unidentified object over Glasgow. The A320 was flying with its landing lights on, in clear conditions and at an altitude of about 4,000ft above the Baillieston area of Glasgow, when the pilot and non-flying pilot saw an object “loom ahead” at a range of about 100m. The...
  • 'It just takes one mistake:' Lost floaters rescued by drone in northeast Iowa

    08/26/2017 12:03:08 PM PDT · by Aliska · 113 replies
    Quad City Times ^ | August 26, 2017 | Jack Cullen
    Caked in mud and covered with bug bites, a shivering group of six friends from the Quad-Cities huddled together in the dark this past Sunday, stranded in the woods of northeast Iowa.
  • Ships fooled in GPS spoofing attack suggest Russian cyberweapon

    08/21/2017 4:50:22 PM PDT · by oxcart · 68 replies
    New Scientist ^ | 08/10/2017 | By David Hambling
    Reports of satellite navigation problems in the Black Sea suggest that Russia may be testing a new system for spoofing GPS . On 22 June, the US Maritime Administration filed a seemingly bland incident report. The master of a ship off the Russian port of Novorossiysk had discovered his GPS put him in the wrong spot – more than 32 kilometres inland, at Gelendzhik Airport. After checking the navigation equipment was working properly, the captain contacted other nearby ships. Their AIS traces – signals from the automatic identification system used to track vessels – placed them all at the same...
  • Man Using Drone to Smuggle Meth Across U.S.-Mexico Border Arrested: CBP

    08/18/2017 3:11:22 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | 8/18 | Cassia Pollock
    The 2-foot-tall drone carried drugs worth about $46,000 into San DiegoAfter a drone carrying bags of methamphetamine landed in San Diego, a man was arrested for allegedly smuggling drugs nearby. The drugs were worth about $46,000 and weighed over 13 pounds, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). On Aug. 8, the agent spotted the remote-controlled drone flying over the U.S.-Mexico border around 11:25 p.m. Other agents in the area were immediately placed on the lookout for the drone, said CBP officials. “Due to the agents’ heightened vigilance, this drone smuggling scheme was stopped before these dangerous narcotics could...
  • DJI drones to gain privacy mode after US Army ban (Rumor Army may vet new fix)

    08/15/2017 9:50:27 AM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 5 replies
    BBC ^ | August 15, 2017 | Unattributed
    The world's best-selling drone-maker is adding a privacy mode to its aircraft to prevent flight data being shared to the internet. The announcement comes a fortnight after it emerged that the US Army had prohibited its troops from using the Chinese firm's equipment because of unspecified cyber-security concerns. DJI told the BBC that it had already been working on the new facility, but had speeded up development after the ban. The mode should be launched next month. DJI previously faced security fears in 2016 after a member of its staff told reporters that the firm had repeatedly shared customer data...
  • Iranian drone nearly collides with American jet

    08/09/2017 8:48:54 AM PDT · by Lera · 12 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8/9/17 | Elad Benari
    An Iranian drone nearly collided with a U.S. Navy F-18 Super Hornet while the American jet was in a holding pattern, a U.S. defense official told Fox News on Tuesday. The jet was about to land aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz, which recently arrived in the Persian Gulf, according to the report. The incident marked the first time an Iranian drone has “interrupted a flight pattern,” the official told Fox News. The F-18 “maneuvered to avoid collision,” said the official, who described the unarmed Iranian drone as a Qom-1, and added that the encounter was “unsafe and unprofessional…and dangerous.”...
  • Iranian drone nearly hits US Navy fighter jet in Gulf, US defense official says

    08/08/2017 9:44:06 AM PDT · by b4its2late · 33 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8/8/2017 | By Lucas Tomlinson
    An Iranian drone nearly collided with a U.S. Navy F-18 Super Hornet while the American jet was in a holding pattern, a U.S. defense official told Fox News. The jet was about to land aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz, which recently arrived in the Persian Gulf. It was the first time an Iranian drone has “interrupted a flight pattern,” the official said.
  • US military to shoot down consumer drones (DJI drones also banned in military)

    08/08/2017 8:02:25 AM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 18 replies
    BBC ^ | August 8, 2017 | Unattributed
    The Pentagon has given US military bases permission to shoot down or otherwise destroy consumer drones flying overhead and nearby. A spokesman revealed that guidance was issued on 4 August. He said the exact terms of the policy were classified. The move comes days after the US Army ordered its own troops to stop using drones made by Chinese manufacturer DJI because of alleged "cyber-vulnerabilities". It became illegal to fly personal drones within 400ft (122m) of the US's 133 military facilities in April. The Federal Aviation Administration announced at the time that those who disobeyed the order would face financial...
  • US Army Seeks Internet-of-Battlefield-Things, Distributed Bot Swarms

    07/29/2017 6:31:08 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies
    Defense One ^ | JULY 18, 2017 | PATRICK TUCKER
    US Army Seeks Internet-of-Battlefield-Things, Distributed Bot Swarms After nearly two decades of war against technologically unsophisticated foes, the Army Research Lab is reorienting to counter China and Russia. The Army Research Lab is turning more of its attention to fighting land wars against far more technologically sophisticated adversaries than it has in the past several decades. In the coming months, the Lab will fund new programs related to highly (but not fully) autonomous drones and robots that can withstand adversary electronic warfare operations. The Lab will also fund new efforts to develop battlefield communications and sensing networks that perform well...
  • Drone Graphitti

    07/16/2017 4:33:46 PM PDT · by Trumpnation · 7 replies
    YouTube ^ | 7-16-17 | JR
    The next generation of "fly-by" graphitti artists now begins. Just imagine the possibilities!
  • Omni Hoverboard Drone Manned Flight

    07/15/2017 8:30:54 AM PDT · by Trumpnation · 12 replies
    YouTube ^ | 7-15-17 | JR
    Marty McFly's hover board technology really does exist!
  • The Air Force is updating its awards to recognize drone pilots and hackers

    07/05/2017 8:40:22 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 32 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Jun 23, 2017 | Christopher Woody
    The Air Force is updating its awards to recognize drone pilots and hackers Christopher Woody Jun. 23, 2017 US airmen tasked with jobs like surveillance and cyber operations have a growing role on the battlefield, even though they are often physically distant from it. To ensure that kind of work is recognized, the Air Force has introduced new hardware for its service men and women. "As the impact of remote operations on combat continues to increase, the necessity of ensuring those actions are distinctly recognized grows," Defense Department officials said in a memo published on January 7, 2016.
  • **BREAKING**US FIGHTER SHOOTS DOWN IRANIAN DRONE IN SYRIA!!

    06/20/2017 9:27:35 AM PDT · by Strac6 · 54 replies
    Few details. Video at link with what is known. This s**t is going to spin out of control. Russian A/C buzzed USAF A/C today.