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Comment Or... just hear me out here... (Score 1, Insightful) 1018 1018

You could call the police and lodge a complaint like a civilized person instead grabbing your gun and shooting randomly at everything that you don't like.

Yeah, the drone pilot was probably being a douche. Does this give people free reign to go randomly shooting at things?

Comment Re:"Pocket dialed"? (Score 1) 179 179

How can you not know this. It used to be a major problem when phones had physical buttons that were easy to accidentally press. I always felt kind of sorry for my friend who's name starts with a "B". I had to add a bunch of "AAA" entries on my old fip-phone to prevent this.

Touch screen phones with unlock are much less susceptible, between unlock patterns and that a certain sequence of taps would need to be used in order to dial.

Comment Re:But did anyone hit reply-to-all? (Score 1) 58 58

Had one of those bouncing around several thousand employees at a company I worked for. I don't even know why they had the mail server configured to allow to send to so many people. Probably lazyness on the part of IT.

It was repeated rounds of "TAKE ME OFF YOUR MAILING LIST" and "STOP HITTING REPLY ALL" (which was reply-alled, of course) And then people ironically sending the same just to piss people off.

It eventually took threats from someone in senior management to get people to quit it.

Comment Re: They're not going to arrest him! (Score 1) 312 312

I am not talking about carrying a weapon in a car. I am talking about mounting one on top of the vehicle to be used while driving it. This is the better analogy to the drone in the article.

As awesome as it would be to have a belt-fed .50 on top of a truck... I think it should be illegal on public roadways, as there is no possible legal way to use it.

Now, if the vehicle is on private land out of sight (and range) of the public... go for it! I bet you could charge a fee and get some thrill seekers to have fun with it. As for transporting the weaponized vehicle from point A to point B... you would either need to store the vehicle in a trailer or disassemble the weapon from it.

I am sure there are more caveats that I have not thought of, but this is what makes sense to me.

Comment Re: They're not going to arrest him! (Score 1) 312 312

Fair enough. I hope for hell it is without some kind of permit.

But a quick google search says it is in the same grey area as the drone. It simply doesn't happen often enough for there to be specific laws one way or another. Best thing people could come up with is that it would be "causing a panic." Which is pretty reasonable depending on how visible the weapon is.

Comment Re: They're not going to arrest him! (Score 1) 312 312

Mounting a gun on my car and driving it around is illegal. Why should mounting a gun on my drone and flying it around be legal?

Now, if he was on private property and away from the public enough where the gun posed no danger to anyone... sure, knock yourself out. Same as driving a tank on private property. Flying it over public land or private property without permission, yeah that is a no-no. Same as your makeshift tank.

Now, if your backyard is sufficiently small, there may be no way to safely fly the thing. This is the grey area that the laws need to figure out.

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