The main fear associated with the government use of drones in the United States has been one of privacy invasion when police use them. But at least one guy in California has turned that idea on its head and has begun using drones to film police conduct, instead.Cameras and cops don’t get along all that often, despite the fact that photography in public places is a right protected by the First Amendment. Filming police from the ground can be a dangerous business. With unsettling frequency, videos that show police intimidating camera-toting citizens are being posted online

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Image: Sergey Kamshylin/ShutterstockAn inmate in a Dublin prison is in solitary confinement on 24-hour watch until authorities retrieve contraband from him that was smuggled into the medium-security joint via drone. Translation: prison authorities will be waiting until he takes a shit and then combing through his poop for drugs. Gross.On Tuesday morning, the remote-controlled quadcopter drone crash-landed in the exercise yard of Wheatfield Prison in west Dublin. Prison authorities explained to the Irish Independent that they suspect the drone wasn’t supposed to land in the prison, but “just hover over it until the inmates got their hands on the contraband

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The DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ and its gimbal-stabilized camera, doin’ its stabilization thing in flight.

Steven Michael

The Dunning-Kruger effect: a bias wherein unskilled persons mistakenly overestimate their ability to accomplish a given task. After buzzing DJI’s Phantom 2 Vision+ quadcopter drone around my driveway for about two minutes, I’m pretty sure I was the walking embodiment.
“This is easy!” I said, flying the expensive piece of equipment—on loan from DJI—around in a tight box. “And awesome!” I jammed the left stick forward and the drone rocketed skyward, shooting up to a hundred feet overhead without any apparent effort

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A woman says she spotted a drone peeping at her as she was getting dressed in her Washington apartment. KIRO reports.

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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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