The U.S. government uses them to bomb alleged terrorists in far-away places. Tech companies like Amazon, Google and Facebook are all toying with the idea of using them, and now they’re a photographer’s secret weapon. Drones are a big part of our lives, whether we see them or not
Image: YouTube screengrabRegardless of the hobby’s legality, flying drones have been a touchy subject with some members of the public—namely, those worried about being filmed or photographed in public. In at least one case, that fear has turned violent: A woman was recently arrested in Connecticut for assaulting a hobby drone pilot.The whole thing, naturally, was captured on tape, which was originally posted by the pilot, Austin Haughwout, but has since been taken down by YouTube. Part of the video has made its way over to LiveLeak, which you can watch here:As you’ll see, the woman, who is identified in arrest reports as Andrea Mears, is shown calling the police—she says that Haughwout is “taking pictures of people on the beach” with a “helicopter plane.” Mears then attacks Haughwout, rips his shirt, and appears to get him in a leg lock
Image: PixabayIf you thought the CIA kicking off its new Twitter account would usher in an era of spies retweeting celebrity nonsense and “#unclassified” stories, Canada’s intelligence agencies have some bad news. The Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) and Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC) have both independently confirmed to Motherboard that they will not be proceeding with Twitter accounts.CSIS spokesperson Tahera Mufti was particularly quick in responding to the question. “Hey Ben,” she wrote in an email, “no we have no plans at this time to have a twitter account.” CSIS is the most direct Canadian parallel to the CIA, responsible for covert intelligence gathering operations pertaining to national security threats
As hurricane season enters its second week, scientists are gearing up to unleash a low-flying drone that stands to improve their ability to predict intensity, the component of a storm that most confounds forecasters.
NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton (red tie) at his promotion ceremony in February. Image: NYC Mayor’s Office/FlickrPolice officials in New York won’t stop talking about the potential benefits of flying drones over the city. But when it comes to releasing records of its actual drone plans, the NYPD’s response has been a unilateral stonewalling.At a city council committee meeting last month, NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton confirmed once again that his department is exploring drones as an addition to their surveillance inventory. “Myself, I’m supportive of the concept of drones, not only for police but for public safety in general,” the New York Daily News quoted Bratton as saying