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Should realtors use drones to film your home and property to sell another home?   The Real You: Personality Poll

Started 11/14/20 by Showtalk; 8930 views.
Showtalk
Host

From: Showtalk 

11/29/20

You could learn if you really wanted one.

kizmet1

From: kizmet1 

11/29/20

I am curious but have better places to spend my money
Showtalk
Host

From: Showtalk 

11/30/20

Don’t we all?  I don’t want a drone.

kizmet1

From: kizmet1 

11/30/20

It would b fun to try and master one. They will probably be outlawed within most city limits.
Showtalk
Host

From: Showtalk 

11/30/20

That hasn’t happened so far.

kizmet1

From: kizmet1 

11/30/20

Wait until it happens to politicians or cops.
Showtalk
Host

From: Showtalk 

11/30/20

You’re right, they won’t like it.

Another thing that would be really hard to establish liability, although in a densely populated area you couldn't keep having such a feathered household member secret for long because they eat a lot and also have to do a lot of flying to stay in shape - is the time honored sport of falconry.

A large eagle or other bird of prey can be trained (and many have) to take down drones that intrude over military installations, government buildings, nuclear power plants, and similar places. Some of these birds can quickly climb several thousand feet above the target, then tuck in and dive on the thing at up to 200 mph. The bird, rabbit, kitten, or drone doesn't stand a chance, and never knows what hit it.

But if you've ever handled such a bird - which can weigh more than a grown house cat and have a wingspan that is way too big to handle being cooped up in a typical apartment or house beyond a safe place to sleep at night, and you ought to see how much one of them can defecate - because any organism that has a high intake volume also has a high exhaust volume.

Other than that, they can be incredibly affectionate and can bond with the person who trains it.

Now if you are on the steppes of central Asia, living a nomadic or semi-nomadic lifestyle, the bird becomes the hunting tool to bag a wild mountain goat on a high cliff up the side of a canyon for the family to have supper and breakfast the next day and lunch, and the bird gets a good portion. And then the bird sleeps on your bed post after everyone is well fed.

Showtalk said:

I suspect illegal drone users aren’t calling the police.

Probably not.

Another thing that can be improvised, although it might be "defined" as some kind of destructive device even though it uses no explosive compound - that's something you can bury in the ground that will launch about 5 gallons of water about 50 feet into the air very suddenly using the abrupt release of a lot of compressed air or other convenient gas. The rising slug of water hits the drone with the impact of a baseball bat. Since water is about 800x more dense than air at sea level, the flight rotors tend to not fare too well. And if you use salt water, well, electronics tend to not survive getting soaked with sea water.

And of course once the water falls back to the ground, evidence is kind of gone unless someone arrives really quick with a warrant.

In Vietnam, one feared IED using that basic principle involved not water, but a 55 gallon drum of napalm, buried on top of an anti-tank mine that had been wired to be command detonated, usually beside part of the Ho Chi Minh Trail. The explosion would launch the entire 55 gallons of jellied gasoline nearly a thousand feet into the sky, directly into the path of an unlucky helicopter or low flying spray plane loaded with Agent Orange. A (now deceased - he never could quit smoking) former Special Forces type person said they called it Fougasse, a hold over from the French colony era.

The Viet Cong also used other improvised asymmetrical warfare techniques to down US aircraft during the war.  One was as simple as a large bungee type slingshot which would fling a cluster of beer cans up into the flight path of any aircraft arriving at treetop level. One of two things would happen.

The most usual thing was the terrain following radar would detect the reflections of the metal in the cans, and make an abrupt pull-up to try and miss them, which could over-stress the airframe and make it crash. The second was it slammed into one of the cans at about the speed of a bullet, which would have a similar effect. Since the cans were full of gravel or dirt, they had a lot of weight which impacting at mach 1 would just punch a hole all the way through the aircraft and usually do damage too extensive for the pilot to keep control of it. And at such low altitude, it would happen so fast that there was no time to eject.

We lost a few pilots and aircraft to these, according to the more elderly folks who ended up over there.

kizmet1

From: kizmet1 

12/11/20

Sleeps on the bedpost? Is it housebroken?
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