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Saturday, April 13, 2019

Unauthorized drone flies over Fenway Park

A drone — an unauthorized one; not one owned by a TV network or anything — made at least two passes over Fenway Park last night. It was first spotted around 9:30 pm and was last seen around 10:20 pm. The Red Sox said they reported it to the Boston Police and the FAA.

According to FAA regulations, flying drones within three miles of a Major League Baseball stadium is prohibited from one hour before a game to one hour after. Which is a thing I had not considered until just this very moment but I suppose makes sense.

Are we sure it wasn’t Amazon, trying to deliver better starting pitching?

 

QLE Posted: April 13, 2019 at 07:02 AM | 33 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. TDF, trained monkey Posted: April 13, 2019 at 09:17 AM (#5831429)
There was a report on the news yesterday morning that didn't make such light of the situation. Apparently, they have no idea who was controlling the thing and had no way to bring it down. And to underline the seriousness of the situation, they tied it to the Boston Marathon on Monday.

Which got me thinking (and was probably the intent of the way the news story was presented) - that's really f'n scary. Someone could deliver something (bomb? biological agent?) via a drone and even if authorities could see it happening, they're helpless to do anything about it or find who did it.
   2. Jose is an Absurd Kahuna Posted: April 13, 2019 at 10:24 AM (#5831438)
It was weird, they stopped the game briefly in the ninth inning and Jerry Remy was laughing saying “geez, that thing has been there all night.”

I’m a bit of a fatalist when it comes to security issues. If someone really wants to take out a bunch of people indiscriminately it’s really easy to do. Targeted killing is a lot more difficult because individuals can be protected but if you just want to take some people out it’s not that tough. Hopefully nothing happens on Monday.
   3. McCoy Posted: April 13, 2019 at 10:42 AM (#5831440)
The reality is that a drone doesn't increased the danger. Everything that a drone could do that you could be terrified about already existed and was already a possibility.

In terms of anonymity, that isn't really possible nowadays. There are too many cameras, too many digital fingerprints, to many ways to track people and things for anyone to stay hidden for long.

Oddly enough the easiest way to stay hidden is to use a gun since the gun nuts have worked hard to keep authorities in the bronze age when it comes to tracking that stuff.
   4. Fancy Crazy Town Banana Pants Handle Posted: April 13, 2019 at 11:45 AM (#5831450)
Yeah, they take these things very seriously, and rightly so. A few months ago, there was a drone spotted over Heathrow Airport, and they closed the runway and grounded all flights, until that thing was clear.

Obviously, a drone is even more problematic at an airport, but still.
   5. Fancy Crazy Town Banana Pants Handle Posted: April 13, 2019 at 11:49 AM (#5831451)
that's really f'n scary. Someone could deliver something (bomb? biological agent?) via a drone and even if authorities could see it happening, they're helpless to do anything about it or find who did it.

Well that may not be entirely true. I remember a news story from a while back (from Japan I think), about people using drones to deliver drugs. So the police started using their own drones, equipped with large nets, to snare and capture them out of the air. Article definitely made it sound like the officers hadn't had as much fun in years...

Anyway, Boston PD may want to get in contact with Japan and enquire about a loan for a couple of those ahead of Monday...
   6. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: April 13, 2019 at 12:17 PM (#5831454)
The Dutch were training eagles to take drones out, but apparently they didn't think it would be very effective. Pretty cool that they tried though.
   7. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: April 13, 2019 at 12:45 PM (#5831459)
Are they sure it wasn’t just a Trevor Bauer being an ####### again?
   8. The Duke Posted: April 13, 2019 at 01:13 PM (#5831464)
I have to assume we are closing in on drone bans. You really can’t keep anyone safe and one thing we all know is that when A “security” issue is raised, the government will move heaven and earth to solve the problem

Where i live I get the occasional bee swarm and I was working in my yard one day when I heard one. Ran inside. Came back out, same thing happened.

Next morning I was walking my dog and saw a neighbor about 6 blocks away playing by with his drone which sounded an awful lot like a bee swarm. I had to laugh when he confirmed it was him flying it over my house - i find the drones to be massive invasions of privacy.
   9. The Yankee Clapper Posted: April 13, 2019 at 01:27 PM (#5831469)
Red Sox using a drone to steal signs? Shameful! Manfred needs to fine them, big time, and take away some draft picks, too.
   10. TDF, trained monkey Posted: April 13, 2019 at 01:50 PM (#5831477)
I remember a news story from a while back (from Japan I think), about people using drones to deliver drugs. So the police started using their own drones, equipped with large nets, to snare and capture them out of the air
Something like that only works when you know where the drones are, or where they're going to be.

Remember the story of 9/11 - jets were scrambled once they figured out one of the planes might be headed to the White House, but it was later revealed that there was no way they'd make it in time.
   11. QLE Posted: April 14, 2019 at 03:31 AM (#5831682)
   12. Fancy Crazy Town Banana Pants Handle Posted: April 14, 2019 at 05:01 AM (#5831684)
For those interested, the Boston Police Department seems to have figured out who was operating the drone.

Damn juveniles! *shakes fist at cloud*
   13. Greg Pope Posted: April 14, 2019 at 11:39 AM (#5831698)
I had to laugh when he confirmed it was him flying it over my house

So, was he taking pictures of the neighborhood? I don't really understand what people use drones for. I mean, I get that Amazon wants to deliver packages, but what does a drone hobbyist do with it?

My son got one from his grandfather, but it didn't come with a camera or anything. So he flew it around the back yard one day, then put it away and hasn't taken it out since.
   14. Fancy Crazy Town Banana Pants Handle Posted: April 14, 2019 at 01:28 PM (#5831714)
Yeah, a lot of people use them for photography or for videos.

Other than that, a lot of people just love to fly ####. I mean what do people use kites for? Not everything has to have a purpose beyond entertainment. Some people even race drones. Some people use them to create synchronised ####### light displays. Let people enjoy things.
   15. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: April 14, 2019 at 02:04 PM (#5831723)
And some people use drones to make extrajudicial assassinations of terrorists.
   16. Jose is an Absurd Kahuna Posted: April 14, 2019 at 08:07 PM (#5831846)
So, was he taking pictures of the neighborhood? I don't really understand what people use drones for. I mean, I get that Amazon wants to deliver packages, but what does a drone hobbyist do with it?


Photography is the big thing. If you know what you are doing you can get some really cool shots. Beyond that flying model planes is not a particularly new thing. As Fancy Pants people seem to enjoy it. I have to be honest I’d enjoy trying it out sometime.

Last year I was coaching a game and one of the kids had a family reunion at the same time. They lived right down the street so he came to the game and while the cookiout was going on his dad flew a drone over our game so the assorted relatives could watch him play.
   17. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: April 14, 2019 at 08:54 PM (#5831856)
Last year I was coaching a game and one of the kids had a family reunion at the same time. They lived right down the street so he came to the game and while the cookiout was going on his dad flew a drone over our game so the assorted relatives could watch him play.
Or they could have, you know, just walked over to the damn park and cheered the kid on in person. Yeesh.
   18. Bote Man Posted: April 15, 2019 at 09:40 AM (#5831903)
Photography is the big thing.

Truth. I periodically complain to my railfan friends that "railfanning" these days means little more than snapping photos of every locomotive at every location a bazillion times over with the same setting. Boring.

But there are a rare few guys who use drones to take some breathtaking photos of a train snaking through a mountain pass or crossing a trestle in a heavily wooded area that simply can't be captured any other way because there's no structure or ground in that spot.

A few forward-thinking Fire Chiefs have used drones to evaluate large brush fires and even structure fires. So there's one practical and helpful application of drones.

But there is at least one "sure-fire" way to take down a drone in a big hurry, although that cure might be worse than the disease in a crowded ballpark :-)
   19. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: April 15, 2019 at 09:41 AM (#5831904)
I am frequently amazed by the aerial photos I see on Instagram that are taken with drones. I also frequently want to attack people who illegally use their drones in national parks. I understand that it enables you to get photos that you couldn't otherwise get but the noise pollution basically ruins the park for everyone else.
   20. Jose is an Absurd Kahuna Posted: April 15, 2019 at 09:43 AM (#5831907)
Or they could have, you know, just walked over to the damn park and cheered the kid on in person. Yeesh


Yeah but it was kind of neat. Evidently they were having a big ass cookout so this allowed people who wanted to watch him to watch, people who just wanted to chat or play cornhole or whatever to do that.
   21. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: April 15, 2019 at 09:52 AM (#5831908)

Damn juveniles! *shakes fist at cloud*

I'm guessing this was nothing, but a reminder that one of the Boston marathon bombers was only 19 at the time.
   22. Ben Broussard Ramjet Posted: April 15, 2019 at 10:25 AM (#5831931)
I was assuming the drone would be used to broadcast the game with only implied aural consent and not express written consent. Or so the legends say.
   23. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: April 15, 2019 at 11:10 AM (#5831955)
Yeah but it was kind of neat. Evidently they were having a big ass cookout so this allowed people who wanted to watch him to watch, people who just wanted to chat or play cornhole or whatever to do that.
Sends kind of a sh!tty message to the kid, though, doesn't it? "Yeah, your whole family is just a couple blocks away, but they'd rather play cornhole than watch your game for an hour." Go support the kid. If you're just shooting the sh!t with Uncle Frank, you can do that at the park. Your burger and cornhole can wait for an hour or two.
   24. Nasty Nate Posted: April 15, 2019 at 11:12 AM (#5831959)
I'm sure they had 10 other chances to go watch the kid eat bugs out in RF, and fewer chances to have a big family reunion.
   25. PreservedFish Posted: April 15, 2019 at 11:16 AM (#5831961)
Sends kind of a sh!tty message to the kid, though, doesn't it?


I don't think so.
   26. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: April 15, 2019 at 11:18 AM (#5831962)
Yeah, but they're not mutually exclusive. I'm sure the reunion was much longer than the game, and of course they could have continued the reunion at the park during the game. Seems like cheering on the kid would be a great family reunion activity, in fact. Bring a cooler, etc. Could have even brought a little grill if people absolutely couldn't stop eating for a little while.
   27. Nasty Nate Posted: April 15, 2019 at 11:21 AM (#5831965)
Shutting down and moving a whole party for an hour because of a little league game might be bad message to send the kid. Youth sports shouldn't be the most important thing in the world.
   28. Jose is an Absurd Kahuna Posted: April 15, 2019 at 11:22 AM (#5831967)
He seemed pretty happy about it. 12 year old kids don't necessarily want to spend all day with family. He comes to play his game, has a good time, goes home. No muss no fuss. Frankly all the kids were pretty excited about the drone flying over head, they thought it was cool so he had a bit of minor celebrity among his friends.
   29. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: April 15, 2019 at 11:23 AM (#5831968)
It's not saying that youth sports are the most important thing in the world. It's just, "Hey, let's all go show our love and support for the kid as a nice gesture!" I mean, apparently even the people who actively wanted to watch couldn't be arsed to show up in person.
   30. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: April 15, 2019 at 11:24 AM (#5831969)
12 year old kids don't necessarily want to spend all day with family. He comes to play his game, has a good time, goes home. No muss no fuss. Frankly all the kids were pretty excited about the drone flying over head, they thought it was cool so he had a bit of minor celebrity among his friends.
Heh. Yeah, that's a fair point.
   31. PreservedFish Posted: April 15, 2019 at 11:24 AM (#5831970)
Shutting down and moving a whole party for an hour because of a little league game might be bad message to send the kid. Youth sports shouldn't be the most important thing in the world.


I agree, not because of the message about youth sports, but because of how it makes the kid a spectacle. "You are so the center of our universe that the entire extended family will come watch you play." It's just a LL game, the kid will play dozens in his life, and I'm sure the aunts and uncles see enough of their own kids' games and in fact have zero interest in watching it.

Also agreed with above that the kid might not actually appreciate it. Extended family can be awkward.

I mean we're nitpicking this like crazy but I just don't see any reason to criticize at all.
   32. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: April 15, 2019 at 11:31 AM (#5831977)
I agree, not because of the message about youth sports, but because of how it makes the kid a spectacle. "You are so the center of our universe that the entire extended family will come watch you play."
Sure, if they did that every week, but under the circumstances it's more like "Everyone happens to be here, let's take an hour to go do this nice thing for a kid in our family, and we can still continue to do 97% of the stuff we were doing in the backyard at the park."
   33. PreservedFish Posted: April 15, 2019 at 11:38 AM (#5831983)
Eh. Sure, if the family decided to come watch, whatever, it'd be fine. But staying at home is absolutely not sending a bad message.

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