There's been a lot of talk lately about drones.
Not those killer ones that the government uses, but those increasingly common ones you've seen in stores that are so easy to control that anyone can use them. They're more fun than the traditional model airplane because they're easy to fly and they take pictures and video. They're also not that expensive and they're getting smaller all the time.
The problem is, there are going to be those idiots who do things like fly them through fireworks displays or land them on the White House lawn. And then there's this guy, who thought it would be a good idea to weaponize one:
And right now you're probably hearing your mother say, "You see, this is why we can't have nice things."
This is the kind of shenanigan that is going to guarantee some sort of law having to do with where and how you can use your drone. It's going to mean that sooner or later, you won't be able to use a drone anywhere but in some sort of special park. That's going to probably kill the whole drone industry, and while that's not the end of the world, it's really a shame because I'll tell you what, the things are awfully fun to fly.
Because yes, folks, I have one and I like flying it. It makes this whole topic a little more meaningful, considering that Solid Signal doesn't sell drones. It's not like we wouldn't sell them, it's just that we can't find one to offer you that gives you good value for your money. So I had to get my drone somewhere else. I like flying it around in parks and in my neighborhood and then looking at the video, it's just good clean geeky fun. But I'm not going to be the one who tries to fly it through the doors of city hall or try to smuggle it into a sports arena. But you know someone will, and then there will have to be a law. And then all the fun will be over. (The FCC has already issued rules
saying you can't fly your drone during a game, but so far the issue of flying one on a non-game day is still open.)
In the meantime, though, I'm struggling with whether or not it's ethical to follow the postman around at a discreet distance.