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   Drone crash on San Diego college campus? Yeah, that was probably a hoax. Probably

07 Dec 2012 12:44 PM   |   6240 clicks   |   Boing Boing
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The Stealth Hippopotamus    [TotalFark]  
Or some kids where having some fun with rockets.


Lord know we did.

07 Dec 2012 12:39 PM
Ed Finnerty     

The Stealth Hippopotamus: Or some kids where having some fun with rockets.


Lord know we did.


I'm guessing an remote-controlled device with a camera that was attempting surveillance of the women's showers. Porky's 2012, if you will.

07 Dec 2012 12:46 PM
ChipNASA     
NEWS FROM THE FUTURE!!!!!!

/trust me...this *will* happen....sooner rather than later.

07 Dec 2012 12:48 PM
TrainingWheelsNeeded     
i want to work for the Center of Drone Policy and Ethics. I bet the uniforms are cool.

07 Dec 2012 12:49 PM
talkertopc     
It's aliens. Drones are the new weather balloon.

07 Dec 2012 12:56 PM
darth_badger     
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07 Dec 2012 01:00 PM
stuffy     
College's are places of evil and need to be watched closely.

07 Dec 2012 01:01 PM
JackieRabbit     
What? A hoax on a college campus? I fail to see how this is possible.

07 Dec 2012 01:03 PM
Perducci     
Drones mostly come out at night. Mostly.

07 Dec 2012 01:03 PM
natmar_76     
That's UCSD, a major university of 30,000 students and a billion dollar yearly research funding.

It's a a little better than a simple college.


/UCSD alumni

07 Dec 2012 01:06 PM
Gonad the Ballbarian     
Well on a side note, the library in the background is slowly sinking into the ground because the designers failed to factor in the weight of the books into the plans...

/it's true
//it's on the 'net

07 Dec 2012 01:07 PM
Rivethead     
You should always wear a gas mask when looking at a downed drone. ALWAYS.

07 Dec 2012 01:09 PM
uncleacid     
All Iranian students must report to the Dean's office.

07 Dec 2012 01:23 PM
titwrench     

Gonad the Ballbarian: Well on a side note, the library in the background is slowly sinking into the ground because the designers failed to factor in the weight of the books into the plans...

/it's true
//it's on the 'net


Did your French supermodel girlfriend read that to you?

07 Dec 2012 01:37 PM
sidgates     
General Atomics is about three miles from UCSD.

07 Dec 2012 01:41 PM
fknra     
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07 Dec 2012 01:42 PM
Silent_B1812     
ROBOT HOUSE!!!! (Shaking fist in frustration)

07 Dec 2012 01:42 PM
Jim_Callahan     
To be fair, drones are also used in various civilian applications, mostly for aerial surveys, because the "cheaper than hiring an actual pilot" principle still applies. I'd also be somewhat disappointed if it hasn't occurred to anyone to use them for things like crop dusting yet.

There's nothing really inherently sinister about them any more than any other aircraft, most of them are supersized versions of those radio-controlled foam things you used to hate getting as christmas presents because they'd break in 15 minutes when you sucked at driving them. Except that they're actually useful.

So... realistically it's believable and not terribly worrisome that one might crash in the UCSB area. I'm not sure what the art project's farking point is supposed to be or why this is supposed to be shocking. Are they going to terrify us with red-light cameras sinisterly taking pictures without human input next? Maybe reveal the dark and horrible world of pressure plates automatically alerting the dude in the McDonalds that you're at the drive-through window? Unearth the deadly secret that some men exploit the deadly "fire" phenomenon with which man should not meddle simply to ward off hypothermia? HELP HOW DID THIS POST GET HERE I AM BAD AT TECHNOLOGY HOW LANGUAGE WORK NEW THING BAD.

//USSD art students fr a permanent GOP majority, I guess?

07 Dec 2012 01:42 PM
DeathCipris     

07 Dec 2012 01:47 PM
Diogenes Teufelsdrockh     

Rivethead: You should always wear a gas mask when looking at a downed drone visiting a California college campus. ALWAYS.


FTFY

/Also Evergreen, Reed, etc.

07 Dec 2012 01:51 PM
Gonad the Ballbarian     

titwrench: Gonad the Ballbarian: Well on a side note, the library in the background is slowly sinking into the ground because the designers failed to factor in the weight of the books into the plans...

/it's true
//it's on the 'net

Did your French supermodel girlfriend read that to you?


She did, but she's in Canada right now, so it was more of a RE:RE:RE email...

07 Dec 2012 01:56 PM
WelldeadLink     
teach basic drone safety techniques that can be practiced on a daily basis to keep ourselves and others safe

Do not stand close to a terrorist.

07 Dec 2012 02:07 PM
ObscureNameHere     
Drone crash? *ppph!*

Wait unti the DRONE RIOTS!

/where's my nerve stapler?

07 Dec 2012 02:18 PM
Herbie555     

sidgates: General Atomics is about three miles from UCSD.


Not even that far, there's a small research reactor almost literally across the street from the north end of campus. (Across the street, then part of the GA campus, so maybe 800 yards away?)

CSB: I've seen that reactor spike and scram, in person. (They do it to impress the HS kids touring the facility)

That said: This story is relatively minor on the scale of "Art Projects slash Hoaxes" that have managed to seriously piss off people on the UCSD campus.

The guy who posed a perfectly-constructed construction project sign (mimicking the style of signs all over campus that showed an artist's rendering of some new research building under contstruction, etc.) of the "Giant Glass Pyramid" that was going to be constructed over the Sungod statue managed to REALLY upset people. It made some of the local talk-radio News stations before word got out that it was a hoax.

07 Dec 2012 02:30 PM
DeathCipris     

ObscureNameHere: Drone crash? *ppph!*

Wait unti the DRONE RIOTS!

/where's my nerve stapler?


An Alpha Centauri reference? You sir, are winning.
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"Speed Rovers: Unsafe At Any Speed! "

07 Dec 2012 02:34 PM
Gdalescrboz     
Rivethead

You should always wear a gas mask when looking at a downed drone. ALWAYS.


Actually, yes, you should. Unless you aren't familiar with what they are made with, then by all means go play with it

07 Dec 2012 02:46 PM
Stephen_Falken     
amongst

07 Dec 2012 02:50 PM
The Stealth Hippopotamus    [TotalFark]  

Ed Finnerty: I'm guessing an remote-controlled device with a camera that was attempting surveillance of the women's showers. Porky's 2012, if you will.


we didn't have money for fancy cameras. Mostly about speed and altitude

07 Dec 2012 02:56 PM
ObscureNameHere     

DeathCipris: ObscureNameHere: Drone crash? *ppph!*

Wait unti the DRONE RIOTS!

/where's my nerve stapler?

An Alpha Centauri reference? You sir, are winning.
[img206.imageshack.us image 400x240]

"Speed Rovers: Unsafe At Any Speed! "


Though in truth, I mis-represented myself. I was a die-hard Morganite.

"Human behavior is economic behavior. The particulars may vary but competition for limited resources remains a constant. Need as well as greed has followed us to the stars and the rewards of wealth still await those wise enough to recognize this deep thrumming of our common pulse.
CEO Nwabudike Morgan, "The Centauri Monopoly"

07 Dec 2012 03:03 PM
LograyX    [TotalFark]  
First Iran, now a San Diego college.

Can we stop crashing these things into enemy territory!?

07 Dec 2012 03:13 PM
DeathCipris     
I usually played Spartans or the University.
Target number 1 was the fundie biatch, Godwin. Target 2 was the peace-loving hippie, Pravrin Lowell.

That game had a lot of great quotes from the faction personalities.

07 Dec 2012 03:13 PM
BronyMedic     
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07 Dec 2012 03:35 PM
wraithmare     

Herbie555: sidgates: General Atomics is about three miles from UCSD.

Not even that far, there's a small research reactor almost literally across the street from the north end of campus. (Across the street, then part of the GA campus, so maybe 800 yards away?)

CSB: I've seen that reactor spike and scram, in person. (They do it to impress the HS kids touring the facility)

That said: This story is relatively minor on the scale of "Art Projects slash Hoaxes" that have managed to seriously piss off people on the UCSD campus.

The guy who posed a perfectly-constructed construction project sign (mimicking the style of signs all over campus that showed an artist's rendering of some new research building under contstruction, etc.) of the "Giant Glass Pyramid" that was going to be constructed over the Sungod statue managed to REALLY upset people. It made some of the local talk-radio News stations before word got out that it was a hoax.


I work across the street from GA and can see the reactor building. Hope they keep it nice and tame! I think most of the drone stuff is over in Poway anyway. Since we're in the flight path from Miramar an F18 into our building is the biggest (non-earthquake/fire/zombie) threat we worry about.

/Wish GA would let us use Tower Road to get to the train stop but oh well.

07 Dec 2012 03:50 PM
badhatharry    [TotalFark]  
Link


San Diego PD's drone is still quite operational.

07 Dec 2012 07:50 PM
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