A hint

Drones may be a significant threat:

It allows truly scalable global coercion:  the automation of comply or die. 
 
Call up the target on his/her personal cell (it could even be automated as a robo-call to get real scalability — wouldn’t that suck, to get killed completely through bot based automation).
 
Ask the person on the other end to do something or to stop doing something.

All the money is on cyber intel (to generate targets based on “signatures”) and drones to kill them.  When domestic unrest occurs in the US due to economic decline, these systems will be ready for domestic application.

Drones also need to be built, communicate with people on the ground, refueled and rearmed. And if they are using your cell phone for tracking and terminal guidance that phone doesn’t need to remain in your possession. It might just be that a vehicle supplying the drone base could use an old cell phone for a few days.

13 thoughts on “A hint

  1. Luckily, drone countermeasures are also cheap and scalable (they come in 10, 12, 16, 20, and 28 gauge as well as .410 and various pistol calibers for those pesky micro-drones.)

  2. If small arms were effective against drones, a lot of people in Afghanistan would still be alive. They have lots of small arms over there.

  3. It might just be that a vehicle supplying the drone base could use an old cell phone for a few days.
    That would be an effective countermeasure, but what if you don’t know who to bribe?

  4. It might just be that a vehicle supplying the drone base could use an old cell phone for a few days.
    That would be an effective countermeasure, but what if you don’t know who to bribe?

    Now how did that double post happen? I never pressed save.

  5. It reminds me of the apocryphal story about the Polish general whose irregulars asked him what they were supposed to do against German armor with just rifles. “When they get out of the tank to piss, shoot them in the head.”

  6. Rob,

    What are you going to do if an asteroid flattens your house? Are you prepared for that?

  7. ubu52

    RLH with my BOB.

    “Laugh-a while you can monkey-boy”* When the zombies come (people who haven’t eaten in days and are are suffering loss of cognitive abilities) I will be ready.

    If the zombies don’t come, folks who think that my stuff is their stuff will note that I offer stiff resistance to that thought.

    Rob

    *Obscure movie reference – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0086856/quotes

    RLH = Run Like Hell
    BOB = Bug Out Bag
    What? You think I am too stupid to check in with Space Weather for near earth objects? Sheesh! B-)

  8. It’s ironic, but if the use of drones by the po-po ramps up, the best state to live in might be Kalifornica, which has a strong legal position against air surveillance.

  9. Rob, How dare you call Buckaroo Bansai “Obscure”!

    I just knew that you were my people! I suppose I don’t need to explain “Brave brave brave brave Sir Robbin” or the “Castle Anthrax” either. B-)

    Rob

    “They said I was daft to build in the swamp…”

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