Q. Recently, all southbound DVP lanes were closed for four hours after someone jumped from an overhead bridge. In another case, a motorcycle crash closed the Gardiner Expressway for six hours. Why? One was obviously self-inflicted and the other a single-vehicle crash. A. Eric Lai replies: Rather than make assumptions, police must determine — based […]

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Is the CIA’s targeted killing campaign the “most precise and effective application of firepower in the history of armed conflict”? Retired Gen. Michael Hayden, former director of both the CIA and the NSA, argued exactly that in The New York Times earlier this year. While Hayden might be right, he elides a number of significant […]

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As promised, DJI is going to start shipping the Inspire 1 RAW Edition drone and the Zenmuse X5R mirrorless camera this month. Starting next week, DJI will be shipping out the drone with camera to those who preordered, and will then start shipping the camera by itself a few days later. Direct orders will also […]

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A senior White House aide has pledged to release how many terrorism suspects and civilian casualties the US has killed in its drone strikes since 2009, the first-ever disclosure surrounding the US’s most controversial lethal operations. Lisa Monaco, Barack Obama’s counter-terrorism and homeland security adviser, said in a Washington speech on Monday that the expanded […]

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Sunday, March 27 At 1:25 a.m., there was a report of a car with a loud exhaust going up and down Arnold Avenue. At 9:30 a.m., there was a report of a pickpocket at a store on Walkers Brook Drive. A cellphone, ID, and cash were reported stolen. At 4:22 p.m., there was a report […]

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The United States government has been using drones as a weaponized platform since at least February of 2002, when the Central Intelligence Agency launched a Hellfire missile from a Predator drone, killing neither Osama bin Laden—the presumed target—nor any militants, but rather four civilian men scouring an abandoned military base for scrap metal.  This intelligence […]

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Aerial photography drone manufacturer DJI just released its latest drone on Tuesday—the $1,399 Phantom 4—and the reviews are already overwhelmingly positive. “The drone for everyone.” “Outsmarts bad pilots.” “Blazingly fast and almost crash-proof.” So when I came across DJI’s pop-up shop and flying cage during South by Southwest Interactive, I had to take the Phantom […]

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Every time we post about autonomous delivery drones, we have to point out that despite the promises implied by overproduced and optimistic videos, the drones are simply not capable of autonomous navigation in complex environments. Same goes for those camera drones that promise to follow you: the videos inevitably show them following skiers on wide open […]

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MARCH 28–A hooker who was filmed by a drone as she serviced a john in the front seat of a car has pleaded guilty to a public lewdness charge, according to Oklahoma court records. Amanda Zolicoffer, 27, copped to the misdemeanor charge and was sentenced to a year in state prison, a term that will […]

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