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Drone Hunters Lining Up and Paying Out In Colorado

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  • Irony (Score:5, Insightful)

    by roman_mir (125474) on Thursday September 05, 2013 @10:28PM (#44771229) Homepage Journal

    I think this may fit the definition of irony, that people, who just may eventually be hunted by drones, are trying to get licenses to hunt the drones, while the drones that hunt them, do not need any license, because the people have already given the government enough power to ensure both: that they eventually can be hunted by drones (and no license required) and that they can't actually get a license to protect themselves.

    On the second thought, this is not irony, it's just oppression.

  • by wisnoskij (1206448) on Thursday September 05, 2013 @11:09PM (#44771401) Homepage

    So you are saying that drones are a cheap, easy, and incredibly effective way to oppressive your citizens, and you are wondering why everyone is worried?

  • by Obfuscant (592200) on Thursday September 05, 2013 @11:12PM (#44771411)

    So you are saying that drones are a cheap, easy, and incredibly effective way to oppressive your citizens,

    They're also a cheap, safer way to obtain scientific data in remote areas of the country (like Deer Ass, Colorado). Despite the paranoia, not all UAV use is for shooting you while you sleep.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday September 05, 2013 @11:25PM (#44771501)

    But nearly all of drone use is spying on someone or something. You painting the DOW logo on the wing wont make me think you are counting deer in Ft Collins.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday September 06, 2013 @01:08AM (#44772049)

    So you are saying that drones are a cheap, easy, and incredibly effective way to oppressive your citizens, and you are wondering why everyone is worried?

    Men with sticks are cheaper, easier, and more effective. Why are you worried?

    Seriously, you folks have insecurity issues. How you can fear intelligence gathering and drones more than destroyers, jets, tanks, and rifles borders on the insane.

    What the fuck do drones have to do with oppression? You could achieve that any number of ways with old technology, you are just a luddite.

  • by BBCWatcher (900486) on Friday September 06, 2013 @01:16AM (#44772097)
    I don't think anybody likes drones except perhaps the people who build them. However, I'm really upset with the idiots who even think about pointing a weapon up in the sky -- or aiming a laser, for that matter -- in a misguided attempt to fight the spread of drones. There are *people* flying overhead all the time in aircraft both small and large, and there's no way to tell which aircraft is manned and which isn't even if you want to do something stupid. There's a federal death penalty for anyone interfering with an aircraft (or "related facilities") that results in death, so this is serious stuff. I don't like it when people go duck hunting without being careful not to point their weapons anywhere near a family cruising along in their Cessna. If you want to fight the spread of drones then do it in ways that won't get people hurt or killed -- resulting in more drones, probably. Defund them, prevent them from being based in or launched from your community or state, boycott their manufacturers and affiliates, tax them heavily, make their owners/operators/manufacturers personally liable for the worst torts imaginable, and/or whatever. But for the sake of the people up in the skies, please, please don't even think about shooting at them.
  • by NouberNou (1105915) on Friday September 06, 2013 @01:30AM (#44772157)
    I actually personally know a number of drone operators and its not a "just push a button" type scenario. Weapons release requires a significant amount of authorization, ranging from commanders in the field to lawyers in the pentagon. There is up to a dozen people in the chain of command that are all required to say "yes" to engage targets.

    The reason they have the luxury is because it is a drone and not a pilot over enemy territory (this is in operations that occur in "areas" not recognized, where the country letting them do the drone strikes doesn't particularly want it known to their general population). A fighter pilot has a lot more stress, and they are more prone to making bad decisions because of the many more immediate constraints on their judgment.

    Do drones allow these types of attacks to occur more easily? Probably, but on the other hand they'd probably be executed in some form or fashion either way (cruise missile strikes, which are far more prone to failure in target selection, or human operations, aka spec-ops or hired guns/foreign service).
  • by Spiked_Three (626260) on Friday September 06, 2013 @05:30AM (#44772933)

    The head of the science committee in congress, an elected person, does not believe in dinosaurs and climate change.

    WTF does that tell you about America at least?
  • Re:Irony (Score:4, Insightful)

    by dave420 (699308) on Friday September 06, 2013 @09:22AM (#44773971)
    So if everyone went out and fished as much as they want, and all the fish died out from overfishing, you'd be fine with that. Gotcha.

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