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A lack of decent software means that information harvested from unmanned aerial drones in Afghanistan is not being used properly. The military is deploying thousands of these pilotless machines in Iraq and Afghanistan but is hamstrung by a lack of resources to properly deal with all the video footage created and by …

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Grenade

SkyNet

"The Pentagon wants one system to control and harvest data from any of its unmanned vehicles."

Right. Let's name it "SkyNet".

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Re : US military .....

Put it on it's own TV channel - get people to phone in when they see anything 'interesting'. At 10p a minute should generate quite an income too !

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Or...

Or you could just try not spending all that money on cash cows for various US senators and try employing people to actually view and sort the footage...

Nahh your right thats crazy talk...

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camera phone smarter than a drone

"adding geographical information to existing video footage to make it more usable"

Are you telling me that the photos and videos aren't even geotagged!? They just pile up the tapes somewhere and (if viewed later) try to figure out if the desert cliffs in the footage are in yemen or afganistan, based on which pile the tape was in?

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Grenade

RE: camera phone smarter than a drone

"Are you telling me that the photos and videos aren't even geotagged!? They just pile up the tapes somewhere and (if viewed later) try to figure out if the desert cliffs in the footage are in yemen or afganistan, based on which pile the tape was in?"

Why do they need to geotag. If a place on the map looks like th footage just bomb it. Better safe than sorry.

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Terminator

Yes, because it generally isn't needed

Most of the drone-cam stuff is used to either target a missile strike or to guide troops. There's not really a need to tag it with anything other than "Sharpie on the CD", because the subject of the video is probably not going to be around past the end of the footage.

And the vast majority is "dude screwing sheep" so there's no reason to keep it at all, unless you're into that sort of thing.

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Facebook

If they open a Facebook account then everyone should be able to view the data in short order.

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Inevitable and already being done

If the USAF weren't so pig headed, let cheaper and lower ranks do a lot of the work, plus actually listened to other people, there are cheap and ready to go solutions out there. Unfortunately, politics and empire building keeps getting in the way. I suspect the contractors don't really want to play ball either as this would cut into their profit margins.

People have offered solutions to the USAF almost for free (I know this for a fact) and they refused to play ball. They are also going to have to learn how to declog the bandwidth because all this fancy tech is generating huge amounts of data and there is only so much you can send via satellites, plus the grunts are going to get pretty hacked off that their requests for air support is being blocked by a congested network!

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Coffee/keyboard

Choking on stream from fat pipe

Splutter!

New keyboard please.

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Grenade

FOW?

Gives a new meaning to Fog of War, doesn't it?

Grenade because, well..

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Megaphone

Ah, the mythology of data mining

"If we have enough data, the problem will be solved"

You want information, not more data. As more data are added, the problems of finding what you need get harder and harder. It's like Pratchett's omniscope: becase it can show you everything, it is practically useless at showing anything in particular.

THINK before you add more sensors and more data.

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Terminator

Automation

I see a candidate for automation, there's nothing safer than hunter killers with self targeting tactical computers. Plus we have got pretty good at detecting skin textures that's all that's really required right.

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Self targeting =

shooting yourself in the foot? (if written in C of course)

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Joke

Turning large amounts of data into information...

...would require an army of cheap humans to do the processing. Sounds like a perfect task for outsourcing!

Joke... I think.

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Anonymous Coward

Outsourcing

I hear Pakistan does a lot of IT outsourcing.

Just saying.

Oh!.....wait....

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MyKillZone.Org?

I think the title says it all.

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Terminator

Make a MMORG

Let people pay USD 100 per month to drive the drones, the person who spots The Taliban gets Gold which can be used to buy more and better missiles - spot 10 and you get to launch a missile. Its perfectly safe, the missiles are intelligent and always, always hit "Taliban Leaders"; we know that from the news.

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Free whitepaper might help...

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"Taking control of your data demons"

Indeed.

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Anonymous Coward

Um....

"The military is deploying thousands of these pilotless machines in Iraq and Afghanistan".

THOUSANDS!

Have you been sniffing aviation fuel again?

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