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    Default Are UAVs a growing threat?

    UAVs (Unmanned Autonomous Vehicles), or drones, are now available for prices as little as €300.

    There have been a couple of near misses involving them:

    Heathrow Airbus in near miss with drone that ghosted into Britain's biggest airport undetected by air traffic control | Daily Mail Online

    A drone carrying a flag resulted in the abandonment of a match beetween Serbia and Albania:

    http://edition.cnn.com/2014/10/14/sp...ame-abandoned/

    Unlike model aircraft, UAVs are simple to operate. Their gyroscopes control the trim and other factors affecting stability. The user is merely specifying where it should be rather than altering the flight control surfaces in order to get the thing there.

    They are already being used by the paparazzi as well as by the porn industry(!).

    My question is as to whether terrorists will find a use for them.

    Normally, model planes can only operate not only within line of sight of the operator, but also within a defined radius of the operator.

    Some UAVs don't feature this limitation, though. If they are GPS enabled, they can be preprogrammed with a destination and will direct themselves there without requirement for the operator to be there. They can carry a small payload, but certainly enough to cause serious damage.

    The drone carrying the flag into the football match could as easily have had a couple of kilos of primed explosive.

    Will drones become a new terrorist threat?

    If so, how can they be countered?

    ETA: I should have included the fact that various nuclear power stations in France have reported flyovers by drones which were probably mapping the facilities. Orders now are to shoot down any seen in thee vicinty of sensitive installations.
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    I'm intrigued to find out how they're used in the porn industry. "Boldly going where no man has gone before" is what springs to mind, but then again it's porn stars, not virgins

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    Quote Originally Posted by ted08 View Post
    I'm intrigued to find out how they're used in the porn industry. "Boldly going where no man has gone before" is what springs to mind, but then again it's porn stars, not virgins
    The porn industry has always been excellent at exploiting new technology and awful at naming its films.

    http://i100.independent.co.uk/articl...fw--lyqCaWIVPg

    It's safe enough to click. You wouldn't find yourself ducking at a 3D money shot.

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    I definitely think they will be used non State groups to carry out attacks and gather information

    It remains to be seen how effective they will be though...
    If you can convince a People to engage in the mass elimination of their own offspring - you can probably get them to do anything...http://irelandinhistory.blogspot.ie/

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    UAV's are nothing more than souped up souped toy helicopters, which have been around for years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Des Quirell View Post
    The porn industry has always been excellent at exploiting new technology and awful at naming its films.

    http://i100.independent.co.uk/articl...fw--lyqCaWIVPg

    It's safe enough to click. You wouldn't find yourself ducking at a 3D money shot.
    They're going to love Google Glass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ren84 View Post
    UAV's are nothing more than souped up souped toy helicopters, which have been around for years.
    Programmable via your USB port?

    Capable of operating independently without any human intervention once launched?

    The new generation has completely different capabilities.

    Amazon are trialling delivery via drone.

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    They ate simply tools,

    Some will use them for evil, like the US gov,

    But others will use them for good,

    I was thinking the other day about how great it would be to be able to have your take away delivered by drone, and to use GPS to track its progress on your phone as you wait by the tv licking your lips,

    A pizza from the oven to your door in a couple of minutes,

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    Sorry, I'm not trying to hijack the thread to debate US foreign policy, that's just an example,

    I'm actually very interested in the commercial potential of drones,

    A domestic drone enabled wit GPS and video could be like a personal helper monkey,

    In the future, could we see all manner of local shops, take aways and even off licenses with drone collection bays out the back?

    Fly my prettys.....fly.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Des Quirell View Post
    Programmable via your USB port?

    Capable of operating independently without any human intervention once launched?

    The new generation has completely different capabilities.

    Amazon are trialling delivery via drone.
    They effectively perform the same role. Stick a miniature camera to a toy plane and you have a drone. I'm not in the slightest bit worried about "drones". People are frequently scared of new tedhnology, has been that way since antiquity.

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