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DanJones
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12/31/2013 | 1:50:39 PM
Re: Here come the zombie wifi drones
Today's latest snippet of news.

 

Security researcher Jacob Appelbaum says that the NSA can hack your WiFi from 8 miles away. In the future, they could even use a drone to do it, he suggests, although an unmarked van is probably more practical these days.

 

Source: http://www.theverge.com/2013/12/30/5256636/nsa-tailored-access-jacob-appelbaum-speech-30c3
DanJones
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12/27/2013 | 4:28:45 PM
Re: Here come the zombie wifi drones
Would be great for a hi-tech remake of Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds" though.
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12/27/2013 | 3:33:16 PM
Here come the zombie wifi drones
This one seems a bit inevitable:

Programmer Sammy Kamar has written the SkyJack code which allows a drone to sniff out WiFi control signals from other hobbyist drones and allows them to take control of the craft.

"One AR Drone flier using Skyjack can steal and create an army of zombie drones, Kamkar says."

Source: www.newscientist.com/article/dn24726-drones-turned-into-zombies-using-an-easy-wifi-hack.html#.Ur3iZiekKSoc


Happy holidays!
DanJones
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12/2/2013 | 10:07:48 AM
Now Amazon testing drones
Here's their video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98BIu9dpwHU
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11/30/2013 | 9:52:56 PM
Forbes weighs in
Interesting to notes.

"Drones" doesn't just mean flying robots, it can mean robots that bounce or scale walls. Wow, there's a lot more to all of this to grapple with, isn't there:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/ryancalo/2013/11/30/flightless-drones/
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11/29/2013 | 2:58:05 PM
Post-Bird Drone Update: Flying Eyes on Wine!
Larger drones could carry payloads of pesticides or fertilizer, an application now being tested at vineyards in California's Napa Valley, according to agri-pub Capital Press

 

See: http://www.capitalpress.com/article/20131122/ARTICLE/131129962/1318

What if drones can make wine better?
DanJones
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11/27/2013 | 2:28:29 PM
Latest unmanned snippet
FAA expects 30,000 drones in US skies by 2020:

http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/investigations/Drones-Are-Watching-233560941.html

Meanwhile, the University of Connecticut is the only known non-military body currently licensed for drone use by the FAA.
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11/26/2013 | 12:20:36 PM
Today's two-sided drone links
Drones to change how we respond to disasters:

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/2013/11/25/civilian-drones-to-change-how-we-respond-to-emergencies/

But, Feds reportedly have little oversight on who is flying domestic drones now:

http://motherboard.vice.com/blog/the-feds-have-no-idea-whos-flying-drones

Glass=half empty/full.

 

 
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11/25/2013 | 3:29:52 PM
Re: Pros of drones
Thanks for the interesting link. Much appreciated.  DG
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11/25/2013 | 3:15:34 PM
Re: Pros of drones
The BBC has been using drones in the Philipines and the UK for overhead reporting:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/25/business/media/drones-offer-journalists-a-wider-view.html?_r=0

The NY Times reports that the FAA has said that journalists in the US can't operate like that. J-schools have to get a license for "drone journalism" programs. (Damn, I had just got used to video, now I need a drone?)
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