drone

Scaring migrating birds off a toxic lake in Montana:

Interesting video.  They are using so many different methods.. Initially I thought it seemed like an easy enough problem that could be taken care of by more drones with some AI.  They mention at around 5:28 though, that each bird responds differently to different scaring methods like drones etc.  Definitely an interesting problem to solve; terrible that it’s yet another man made issue.

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Gat tip: Sweeny

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Yoooooo:

Big 🤝 link between Viridian, Springfield, Federal, and Gunsite. Holy, whoever is flying the drone is a pro.  They got pretty damn close to both of the shoot house shooter’s faces a few times, but it was all good.

They got some really cool footage, and the editing was on point too.

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I knew this wasn’t going to be “positive” since it’s a VICE video:

Tough jobs requiring tough decisions when you’re dealing with war.  I’ve seen similar pieces on drone operators, and it always surprises me that it’s almost like they initially assumed they would be exempt from PTSD since they’re not up close to the death and destruction.

I don’t like to get political on this blog (mainly because it’s not something I think a lot about), but I always find it interesting how democrats and Obama enthusiast-cheerleaders in general fully sweep the whole “King of drone strikes” title under the rug like it never happened.

I can sympathize with this guy in the video, however it’s not like he was in a prison camp being forced at gunpoint to fly drones.  Plenty of jobs available in and outside the military that don’t have all that potential for emotional baggage attached.

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haha PULL UP (pull down? 🤔) from the friendly skies 🛩💨💨💨.  Russia’s largest defense contractor did this:

The Almaz-Antey company filed a patent for the armed drone with the Federal Service for Intellectual Property in 2018. Described as “a fully functioning [gun] inside a set of wings,” the 23-kilogram drone is capable of flying for 40 minutes and staying aloft while shooting. (source)

Holy this looks like the most awkward thing on the planet to shoot.  It’s doable though, so I guess that’s all that matters.

Thoughts? I hope the AK guy starts mounting some AKs on cheap drones for some ridiculous YouTube shennigans.

Gat tip: Krystian

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2018 is wild, man:

Yes I know it’s a qUaDcOpTeR not a drone.  I imagine that irritates the quadcopter crowd as much as the clip vs magazine things irritates the gun crowd (or just me anyways).

Trust 22Plinkster to be able to pull this off.

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The TIKAD from Duke Robotics:

This always seems like a good idea to me.  Why send people where you can use robots instead? There’s definitely a lot of debate about using machines to kill humans (even if they are the enemy) being moral and ethical. I’ve always really seen things in black and white, so I don’t have a problem with it. If they are a threat then they are a threat. The grey area probably happens more when it’s set to an autonomous kill mode (if that ever will exist) rather than human controlled through the screen, and can’t potentially differentiate from surrenders, kids etc..  The weaponized drone with the M4 in this looks really janky, but I’m sure it works.  Initially I was wondering why they would just strap in something like that rather than a custom built solution.. but it’s actually kind of smart and saves a whole lot of money if it actually works.  Probably would want to get a large magazine though, as 30 rounds presumably without the ability for the drone to reload isn’t going to be that great.

Oh and ☑️ Dubstep music in at least part of the video.  haha

Duke Robotics has a lot more information on their website, including a place where you can invest in their company if you’re interested.  The speculations they are making about the drone market and defense spending looks promising.

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