A woman says she spotted a drone peeping at her as she was getting dressed in her Washington apartment. KIRO reports.
Image: Refat/ShutterstockWe might have more video than ever before at our fingertips, but that doesn’t mean we’ve got the patience or, indeed, the hours in the day, to watch it all. How often have you recorded events with your smart devices only for the resulting footage to end up forgotten in the growing slag pile of big data? Or perhaps more to the point, how often have you not watched someone else’s videos?Even when it’s cool stuff like GoPros strapped on animals, badass drone footage, or, um Glass porn, there are only so many minutes our YouTube generation is willing to sit through. And let’s face it, most of the video minutes out there are pretty tedious. With this in mind, computer scientists at Carnegie Mellon University have developed an algorithm that sifts the interesting bits out of the tedium so you can watch the good bits without sitting through the filler—like a trailer of highlights for boring home movies. If there’s already an algorithm that’ll direct your band’s next music video, there’s now one that’ll edit it for you
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Image: Flickr/Hans Age MartinsenDrone hobbyists, prospective commercial drone operators, and even model aircraft old-schoolers are looking at Monday’s Federal Aviation Administration action, in which the FAA tries to greatly restrict hobby drone flights and asserts its authority to ban commercial drones, as a declaration of war on the hobby they love. How bad is it? The nation’s largest model aircraft group, which has existed longer than the FAA itself and has partnered with the FAA on proposed drone rules, just blasted the agency’s guidance, saying it threatens the entire hobby, from quadcopters to WWI replica biplanes.The Academy of Model Aeronautics, itself disliked by many newer drone pilots, absolutely slammed the FAA in a press release issued last night. That’s no small thing: The AMA has more than 165,000 members in all states and has more than 2,400 flying clubs around the country. The guidance “threatens to destroy a wholesome and enriching activity enjoyed by a vast cross-section of our society,” the AMA said