Don’t fly camera-equipped drones over our police stations, LAPD says

Los Angeles authorities are weighing whether they may legally block hobbyists from flying camera-equipped drones over police stations.
The inquiry was prompted Friday after the LAPD confronted a Southern California man outside its Hollywood station. The cops told him he was trespassing for using a drone to capture footage of the station’s parking lot, and ordered him to stop. The incident is posted to YouTube.
“What concerns us is that they are filming over private property and it’s gated – you’re looking at the layout of the police station, how we operate, personnel license plates,” police Lt

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Building the NSA’s Tools

Back in 2013, the NSA ANT Catalog was leaked. This document contained a list of devices that are available to the NSA to carry out surveillance.
[Michael Ossmann] took a look at this, and realized that a lot of their tools were similar to devices the open source hardware community had built. Based on that, he gave a talk on The NSA Playset at Toorcamp 2014. This covered how one might implement these devices using open hardware

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Drone fails to deliver contraband into prison, crashes outside wall

A man has been arrested and charged with attempting to use a drone to deliver contraband into a South Carolina prison. The drone was found crashed outside prison walls with items like phones, marijuana, and tobacco.
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A Drone Crashed While Smuggling Weed Into a South Carolina Prison

These days, there’s no need to stuff drugs up your butt to get them into a prison—you can just drop them in from your trusty drone. Unless you crash it, that is.Read more..

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Watch an Autonomous Robot Farmer Harvest Data from the Field

The Ladybird is a solar-powered, autonomous, data-collecting robot built by Australian scientists to help make farming more efficient. In other words, it has clearly been engineered to include all of Silicon Valley’s favorite buzzwords, and will surely be the industry’s drone farmer of choice when the time comes to disrupt the farming industry.The farmbot recently completed its first round of tests, which we covered here. Shortly after, University of Sidney researchers running those tests uploaded video of the farmbot in action, and it’s worth another look. Right now, the Ladybird is an autonomous data collector that gives farmers in-depth information about their crops: it can map the yield, and identify problem areas where plants are suffering

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