Monday, December 2, 2013

Drones, Drones, Everywhere

So Amazon's going to start delivering packages with drones, eh? Calm down, internet, it's not going to happen. Even if the FAA allowed civilians to operate thousands of drones over U.S. cities, the logistics are absurd.

If this idea were actually feasible or practical, it would require a massive amount of public interest. That brings with it hundreds of customers at any given time, eagerly awaiting a radio controlled helicopter at their doorstep.

Imagine what that would look like.

It's just plain silly. It's a marketing gimmick which should be obvious in its timing. Amazon conveniently reminded everyone online shopping exists at the second shoppers succumbed to Black Friday fatigue.

Come on people, you're smarter than that.

You know what is real?

Government surveillance blimps.

"Is there anything more terrifying than a hovering blimp?" - Roger, American Dad!

Yep. The D.C. area is launching blimps, developed by Raytheon to monitor the Washington metropolitan area for missiles.

Dubbed JLENS, or Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor System (because the Beltway loves its insane acronyms) the defense system is the most bizarre pork this side of Reagan's Star Wars initiative.

Welcome to the Skycaptain's World of Tomorrow, otherwise known as 1940.

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