Huxleyed into the Full Orwell

The First Amendment Area was a good 800 yards from the courthouse, an imposing cage of chicken-wire and dangling zip-cuffs. The people inside the First Amendment area were weird. I mean, I include myself in that group. After all, I vacuformed my own Guy Fawkes mask mold. That is not the action of a sane woman

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Judgement Database

Spoiler Alert: contains spoilers for Targeted Strike 2: Judgment Database (Studio Version 1.0.2.1). Boilerplate Disclaimer: this transcript is completely from memory

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The problem with problems: Google[X] chief on finding the right real-world issues to fix

‘Head of getting moonshots ready for contact with the real world‘ isn’t the simplest job title you’ll ever see, but that’s exactly what Obi Felten at Google[X] gets to call herself.
In more comprehensible terms, Felten is a director of product management for early stage Google projects, working alongside engineers, scientists and everyone else to help turn “science fiction-like technology into real world products and businesses.”
Such projects include smart contact lens, airborne delivery systems and the much talked-about driverless car, in case you were wondering.
Felten was at Wired’s annual conference in London last week, where she was on-stage to discuss everything from drones and defibrillators, to the importance of startups finding worthwhile problems to fix.

So, how does Google[X] decide what projects to work on – why contact lens and drone delivery systems? They seem like a random collection of ‘things’, so what connects them?
“There’s nothing really that connects these projects,” says Felten

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New Program Will Test Air Traffic Control for Drones

How do you keep small drone aircraft safe in the world’s busiest national airspace? One idea is to have them use cellphone networks to feed data back to an air traffic control system made just for drones.
A startup called Airware is working with NASA on a project exploring how to manage the swarms of commercial drones expected to start appearing in U.S. skies. The four-year program will create a series of prototype air traffic management systems and could shape how widely commercial drones can be used

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The Air Force's Shadowy Space Drone Comes Back Down To Earth – Jalopnik

ABC NewsThe Air Force’s Shadowy Space Drone Comes Back Down To EarthJalopnikThe X-37B has become a blank canvas for which scientific and paranoid minds alike have painted their technological dreams and nightmares. With its long awaited return from space this morning, we’re still left wondering: What the hell has this thing been .

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Mystery spy spaceship lands on Earth after record 675-day orbit

The X-37B—America’s spy space drone—has landed safely after a record-setting orbit of 675 days. While this was expected, that doesn’t make it any less incredible. The fact that this spacecraft has been in orbit for almost two years and has returned to Earth intact is an amazing technological feat.Read more.

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Top-secret X-37B space drone lands on California coast after 2 year orbit

Officials at Vandenberg Air Force Base said the plane, which spent nearly two years orbiting Earth on a classified mission, touched down at 9:24 a.m. Friday.

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Flying a Drone Is Still Not a Crime, New York Police Department Learns

New York City police didn’t know what to charge two drone pilots with earlier this summer and, it turns out, they still don’t know what to charge them with: Charges were dropped today in a legal saga that never should have happened in the first place.To recap: Earlier this summer, Wilkins Mendoza and Remy Castro were flying their DJI Phantom 2 drone near New York City’s George Washington Bridge. An NYPD helicopter saw it and chased it down. Mendoza and Castro were arrested for felony reckless endangerment charges because, according to the police, the drone flew “very close” to the chopper, which was a lie.Not sure exactly what we gotThe media ran with the NYPD’s version of the story, and what was definitely a kind of stupid but not illegal flight by two people screwing around with their drone quickly turned into a rallying cry for the Federal Aviation Administration and others about how dangerous it is when people fly drones at aircraft

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Controlling a Quadcopter with Gestures

[grassjelly] has been hard at work building a wearable device that uses gestures to control quadcopter motion. The goal of the project is to design a controller that allows the user to intuitively control the motion of a quadcopter. Based on the demonstration video below, we’d say they hit the nail on the head. The controller runs off an Arduino Pro Mini-5v powered by two small coin cell batteries. It contains an accelerometer and an ultrasonic distance sensor

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The future is here: Drone racing

The gap between playing video games and being a professional raceway champion is one step closer to extinction with the arrival of drone racing, a sport which sees racers pit their remote controlled craft against each other (and thanks to an onboard camera) all from a safe distance.

The increase in drone ownership has grown dramatically in recent years as the cost of the gadgets has fallen.
Once a precious item reserved for military operations and gaining poorly framed angles of sportspeople mid-play, drones can now be picked up online, or at any decent camera shop, for anywhere between about $400 and $1,400.
With the number of drone owners on the rise, so rose the number of relatively bored people standing around in fields flying their new toys in circles.
Inevitably, one bored drone owner turned to another and proposed a race

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