Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Drones are a Christmas gift?

Last night I read a terrifying article on Mashable.com called "Drones 'flying off the shelves' ahead of UK's festive season."  Granted it's talking about England, but still...

Here are a few quotes from it:

"But what happens on Dec. 25 when there's a mass switch on of new devices, do people know what to do with them? Do they understand the law around drones and will your neighbour now be nosing into your business with their new flying contraption?" 
"Last week, the Information Commissioner's Office released new guidance for people operating UAVs [unmanned aerial vehicle]. ... It advises that people flying drones should let others know before they start recording, that both the drone pilot and the device remain visible at all times and that people plan the flight and be mindful of the battery life." 
"Liverpool-based Michael McDaid founded the very first drone users group in Britain a year ago. ... He advises people getting drones to get insurance and to take things one step at a time, starting off with a small drone, even something that can be flown indoors, and work up from there. 'You have to be proactive, look on the internet and find out what you can and cannot do,' McDaid tells Mashable."

Halfway through the article I had to go back and check to make sure it was real and not a fake story from The Onion.

Just to clarify, in England a hugely popular Christmas gift this season is the same thing that Carrie Mathison uses unsuccessfully to kill the world's No. 1 terrorist on Homeland.

Also, this makes me think I should start a weekly blog feature entitled "Real or Onion?"

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