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Old 03-22-2014, 03:27 PM
 
Location: Pueblo - Colorado's Second City
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All I can say it get use to it because this is nothing to what is coming in the next 10 years.
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Old 03-22-2014, 03:36 PM
 
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All I can say it get use to it because this is nothing to what is coming in the next 10 years.

All too true. The world, and US in particular, will be awash in these things (drones). In all sizes, from that of airplanes to small insects. They already exist, and are being quickly perfected. The FAA is on the cusp of allowing the widespread release and use of in US airspace. Over and throughout your home.

Kiss sanity and privacy goodbye, especially in any urban area. Few realize what is actually upon us.
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Old 07-12-2014, 12:11 PM
 
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'But Misener's letter to the FAA says Amazon wants to bring the service into use "as soon as we are permitted to do so". It adds: "One day, seeing Amazon Prime Air will be as normal as seeing mail trucks on the road today." [1]



One had possibly better get used to seeing—AND certainly hearing the racket of—these things on a continual basis. If Jeff Bezos of Amazon and others have their way, which seems likely.

One may recall the recent story of Amazon's interest in drones on the CBS program '60 Minutes,' portrayed therein as a quixotic if half-serious idea. However Bezos is entirely serious and intent on deploying a fleet of drones towards package delivery. Amazon has formally asked the US Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) to test drones in US airspace that can fly 50mph, with a battery life of 30 minutes. They would be capable of carrying up to 5 pounds, which covers 86% of packages Amazon ships. Do the math.

The only real limitations—aside from a likely amenable FAA; and an outraged public—are guidance systems which are yet rudimentary and not entirely safe (from hitting your head with spinning propellers) and, crucially, the limits of battery technology. Sufficient guidance should be achieved soon, batteries down the road. So expect to see these things deployed commercially first in urban areas conducive to short flight times.

Yet, ultimately, no one's privacy is safe. In larger and different forms drones are deployed over the deserts of Yemen, piloted from the US state of Nevada. It is more a question of technology, and how many government palms have to be greased to gain approval. The potential in various applications is global. If for now Amazon's interest is simply in quicker delivery while lowering its delivery costs.

But something few may be asking at the moment—if possibly many in future—is if anyone should not have the expectation of some peace and quiet and simple civility in their life and airspace at times, free of ALL unnecessary aircraft and other irritations.


1) 'Amazon seeks US permission to test Prime Air delivery drones,' The Guardian
Amazon seeks US permission to test Prime Air delivery drones | Technology | The Guardian
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Old 07-12-2014, 12:39 PM
 
Location: Wherabouts Unknown!
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Idunn wrote: But something few may be asking at the moment—if possibly many in future—is if anyone should not have the expectation of some peace and quiet and simple civility in their life and airspace at times, free of ALL unnecessary aircraft and other irritations.

To the billionaires who run the planet, civility in our lives....simply does not matter. Profit and control take precedence. Their puppets in the government give them license to do as they please, by legalizing their crimes against humanity.
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Old 08-18-2014, 10:17 PM
 
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“Everyone thinks, gee they are going to be spying on me, I’m going to see this little thing poking in through my window.” But he said, “If you’re a good person chances are that’s not going to happen.” However, he said criminals are already being watched by police departments that are using drones for surveillance.' [1]



Make of it what one will, drones are apparently being used above the protests in Ferguson, Missouri. As relayed by a bystander there tonight, Monday. If, keep in mind, this is unconfirmed.

The FAA has restricted air traffic from the area, including news helicopters.[2] It seems this ban on aircraft does not include police helicopters and drones.

As of April, residents of Deer Trail, CO voted down the initiative to grant hunting licenses for drones. [3]

Elsewhere in Colorado, drones are increasingly being employed in a variety of tasks, including policing. In example, police in Mesa County have used drones for such as investigation, search and rescue, and apprehending suspects. [4] Whoever the suspect may be.



1) 'Drones increasingly used in Colorado to track crime, weather,' Fox 31
http://kdvr.com/2012/11/08/fox31-den...spying-on-you/

2) 'FAA bans news helicopters over Ferguson, but what about citizen*drones?' The Verge
FAA bans news helicopters over Ferguson, but what about citizen drones? | The Verge

3) 'Colorado town rejects proposed drone hunting licenses,' Fox News
Colorado town rejects proposed drone hunting licenses | Fox News

4) 'Look to the skies in Mesa County for the police drone frontier,' The Denver Post
http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_24...drone-frontier
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Old 08-22-2014, 02:29 PM
 
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Wink Not in our city

“We believe the acquisition of drones signify a giant step forward in the militarization of local law enforcement that is normalizing continued surveillance and violations of human rights of our communities,” coalition spokesman Hamid Kahn told CBS.' [1]



Citizens of Los Angeles, CA gathered in front of the LA city hall to protest against the deployment of drones by LA police.

The LAPD received two state of the art Draganflyer X-6 drones from Seattle, WA, financed with federal grants.

Seattle's mayor was forced to relinquish their plans for police spy drones after civic protests in that city.

The Denver City Council has at least considered the possibility of replacing a police helicopter with drones. If as well what limits might be placed on the use of drones due apt privacy concerns of this potentially very invasive technology. [2]


1) '‘Drone-Free LAPD!’ LA residents protest police spy drones,' RT
?Drone-Free LAPD!? LA residents protest police spy drones ? RT USA

2) 'Police drones and privacy concerns,' The Denver Post
http://www.denverpost.com/ci_2355537...ivacy-concerns
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Old 08-27-2014, 12:53 PM
 
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"The potential for abuse of drones is high and we need to be vigilant to ensure our Constitutional rights are protected," the bill's co-author, Democratic Senator Ted Lieu, told Reuters.' [1]



California may well limit the use of police drones to emergencies, such as fires, or in all other applications only once having secured a warrant for a specific reason (per the 4th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution).

Having tried and failed once before, on Tuesday the California Senate voted 25-8 to favor legislation AB 1327, transferring this amendment to the State Assembly for final approval, before passing to the desk of California Governor Jerry Brown.

If with limited drone surveillance capability, the Los Angeles Police Department has thus far been circumspect in their deployment, fearing citizen backlash. California police agencies in general oppose this measure or limits to their use of drones.

Meanwhile in Colorado, Mesa County (with Grand Junction as county seat) is one of the leaders in police drone deployment. "We can fly them pretty much anywhere we want," says program director Ben Miller. [2]

The FAA expects some 30,000 UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) in US airspace by 2020. If that likely a conservative estimate.


1) 'California Senate bans warrantless drone surveillance,' RT
http://rt.com/usa/183164-california-...-restrictions/

2) 'Mesa County, Colo. A National Leader In Domestic Drone Use,' Huffington Post
Mesa County, Colo. A National Leader In Domestic Drone Use
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