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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Is the FAA Purposefully Trying to Confuse Everyone About Its Drone Rules?

What is the Federal Aviation Administration doing with drones? No one knows—it doesn’t even know. Maybe that’s by design.On Friday, the agency said that AC 91-57, the 33-year-old document that guides drone operation in the United States was canceled. Today, it’s back on the books. This is the latest in a very long string of completely paradoxical moves made by the agency

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11 Halloween Costumes for People Who Spend Too Much Time on the Internet

Halloween is almost two weeks away, which means time is running out to create the perfect costume. (Yes, you could always buy one, but homemade costumes are so much more fun and clever.) If you’re anything like us, you spend most of your time hiding behind a screen, entrenched in the weird world of the Internet — so why not use Halloween as an opportunity to celebrate the web’s biggest trends?
Here, ideas for 11 costumes that will help you take your web-savviness off of the screen and into the real world.
1. The Apparently Kid
Five-year-old Noah Ritter became a massive internet sensation thanks to his scene-stealing appearance on a local news segment

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Serbia condemns football drone stunt

The Serbian foreign minister says a flag incident which halted a football match with Albania was a “political provocation” as Uefa takes action.

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A European Soccer Match Was Abandoned Over a Drone-Induced Brawl

Last night, Serbia played Albania at soccer in a Euro 2016 qualifier. But, in the 40th minute, things turned surreal: a drone flew over the pitch flying a flag which raised tensions enough to start a fight and get the match stopped.Read more..

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A drone carrying a political banner causes soccer fight that shuts down game

It seems quadcopters aren’t all about attaching cameras and shooting awesome footage. They can also be used to cause mass brawls at international soccer games, as one operator discovered in Serbia on Tuesday night. The post A drone carrying a political banner causes soccer fight that shuts down game appeared first on Digital Trends.

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This Drone Just Started a Soccer Riot

For the first time in probably ever, a drone started a soccer brawl. Albania and Serbia faced off in what was an ethnically charged match between two former Yugoslav states vying for qualification in the European Championships. But thanks to a rogue drone, the game didn’t even get past the second half.The Guardian reports that what appears to be a remote controlled quadcopter trailing the “Greater-Albania” flag flew above the field during gameplay. A Serbian player attempted to take it down, which prompted several rival Albanians to attack him, kicking off a team brawl

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Rogue Albanian drone flies over Serbian soccer stadium, cancelling match

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An already tense soccer match in Belgrade between the national teams of Albania and Serbia has been suspended after a drone flew over the field waving a Greater Albania flag. Based on online footage, the drone appears to be a DJI Phantom or a Phantom 2, which retails for roughly $500 to $800 depending on the model.
The Tuesday game, which was to be a Euro 2016 qualifier match between the two sides, was the first time they had met in the Serbian capital since 1967. According to The Guardian, away fans were not allowed in the stadiums in either Belgrade or in the upcoming rematch in Tirana, the capital of the Republic of Albania.
The two sides’ enthusiasm for soccer has been overshadowed by a larger political issue: Kosovo, a republic that broke away from Serbia in 2008

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Flag-Waving Drone Sparks Chaos, Halts Serbia-Albania Soccer Match

And now for a truly surreal story featuring international soccer, geopolitical beef, tussling players, riot police and — of course — a flag-waving drone.
To set the stage: Serbia and Albania played a qualifying match for the Euro 2016 soccer tournament on Tuesday night in Belgrade, Serbia. It was Albania’s first match in Belgrade since 1967. The two countries have long had major, and sometimes violent, tension. No visiting fans were allowed in the stadium
The evening did not end well

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Serbia-Albania qualifier abandoned

A European championship football match between Serbia and Albania is abandoned after a drone carrying a political message sparks clashes.

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