back to article I fought Ohm's Law and the law won: Drone crash takes out power to Silicon Valley homes

A wayward quadcopter is being blamed for a power outage in Google's back yard this week. The city of Mountain View said that a large portion of the city, including city hall and the central library, were without power from 8:15 to 11:00 Thursday night, as part of an outage that knocked out service to around 1,600 customers. …

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Happy

Reward?

... for the capture of the free electron numpty.

At least 10,000uF

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"a white adult male with white hair who fled the scene in a white hatchback car"

Was he at least wearing a white suit? I'm sure that would make him easier to find.

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'Was he at least wearing a white suit?'

Would that make it a white collar crime?

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"a white adult male with white hair who fled the scene in a white hatchback car"

/me sings that one show-tune-like theme song from a recent 'Family Guy' episode...

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Dear lord... they want to arrest Mr. Clean.

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There's an APB out for Colonel Sanders.

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Retirement Sucks.

He should leave the flying to Stringfellow Hawke.

http://airwolf.wikia.com/wiki/Michael_Coldsmith-Briggs_III

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Thought it was Doc Emmet Brown.

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In the face of these charges and a high power investigation this live wire should ohm up and turn himself in. I reckon he will only be free far a day a or so more. Resistance is futile.

His drone returned to earth already. So should he.

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How did Assange get from the embassy in London to the US?

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Just trying to harvest 1.21 GW..

"It's a weather experiment!"

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Obligatory conspiracy theory

"The damage of the drone crash totalled tens of thousands of dollars, and the repair work was completed early Friday morning," the city said.

Personally, I would have said from those photos that the drone was already totally totalled and wasn't worth fixing.

What are they not telling us?

Hard to choose between this and the flames icon. I want to be able to use more than 1 icon! >>

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Re: "Was he at least wearing a white suit?'

But did he own a white cat?

Enquiring minds ...

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"Thought it was Doc Emmet Brown."

A consequence of too many speeding cameras.

He's looking for a speed less than 88 mph.

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Mr. Clean has a clean shaven head, so no, not him.

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California. I'm betting he was wearing pink feathers.

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"There's an APB out for Colonel Sanders."

Well, his bird certainly got fried...

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"a white adult male with white hair who fled the scene in a white hatchback car"

Police went on to say they have apprehended 4 black male suspects.

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Police went on to say they have shot 4 black male suspects.

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"Police went on to say they have apprehended 4 black male suspects"

Sorry, Downvoted.

With the normal expected level of police competence should that not have read "Police went on to say they have apprehended 4 black female suspects"?

All of whom would have to have been carrying concealed loaded weapons or drugs. Or am I reading elReg too much these days?

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Yes turns out all 4 black males were on lunch from NASA.

pss Black people make up less than 3% in the area

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Who needs terrorism?

Usually it's just the birds and squirrels that do this. But now we have to watch out for generic white people too.

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Re: Who needs terrorism?

Sounds like someone has been trying to to tipex the incident out already.

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Re: Who needs terrorism?

Don't you mean "geriatric" white people?

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I'm sure he started off with innocent intentions, like trying to land the drone on a passing train.

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... and on these grounds we will apply to extradite Mr Assange to the USA

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As soon I read "a white adult male with white hair", I thought of Assange too!

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I thought of Emmett Lathrop "Doc" Brown, Ph.D.

Odd how our minds work.

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My brain coughed up Tom Wolfe, or maybe Andy Warhol. Although, if he was wearing a white suit, Alec Guinness should be in the running, for the surname alone.

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Alien

Nah, it's Lester from This Island Earth.

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John Sunlight?

Yes. I'm old.

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No doubt they want to offer to recompense him for the damage done to his drone.

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Well, it is California, so it's a distinct possibility.

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"a white adult male with white hair who fled the scene in a white hatchback car"

The art of camouflage. His evil pseudonym is the chameleon.

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Is it really . . .

. . . that easy to take out so many Tesla chargers?

Hmm, urban pranking goes large.

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Astonishing lack of robustness

Good job we're not facing an epidemic of terrorism.

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Re: Astonishing lack of robustness

It doesn't even require a drone - in the original Italian Job, the lad just threw a bicycle into the substation ... how times have changed.

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Re: threw a bicycle into the substation ... how times have changed

The current method would involve 50 bicycles per second (60 in the US).

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Taking the war home...

This is what other people have to endure if the US blows up their whole power distribution infrastructure with carbon chaff because reasons.

Only in that case it's permanent.

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Re: Taking the war home...

Um that would blow up Canada's power grid as the two are inter linked.

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Re: Taking the war home...

OTOH, IIRC, Texas has an independent power grid, because Texas.

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Re: Taking the war home...

Yup. There's an east/west split and a separate Texas grid (although it doesn't precisely follow the state borders.) The three grids are not synced with each other, so power transfers between them have to be done via DC conversion.

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Re: Taking the war home...

In the US non of the power grids are linked.

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There are other terrestrial explainations ...

Does anyone else think that this Amazon / Google rivalry is going a bit far?

Or did someone get the delivery coordinates wrong?

Or did someone order a drone and the broken winged messenger just delivered it in his normal manner as there was no one in?

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Get used to it people

With more any more numpties flying drones 'coz it is so cool' things like this are an inevitability.

Sooner or later someone will get killed as a result on this so called 'fun' thing.

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Re: Get used to it people

Already used to it in Cali. There was one in West Hollyweird back in '15 and another in San Frisco in '16 so I suppose it was due although it's probably already a thing that has stopped being news if it only takes out one block or so and only bigger ones like this make the news now.

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Amazon take note

I don't want my delivery fried in this fashion. I doubt your parachute in a packing label will avoid crashes like this one.

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Bah!

And the more idiots who ignore common sense when playing with these stupid machines, the more ridiculously baroque the laws governing their use will become.

So:

DRONE OWNERS! STOP BLAMING THE LUMPEN NON-DRONE OWNERS FOR THE LAWS SPRINGING UP AROUND YOUR HOBBY AND START YELLING AT THE IDIOTS IN WITH THE IN-CROWD!

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Re: Bah!

Trouble is they are not the in-crowd no mater how much you shout.

Most users who are part of the community are not connected to the "bought it fly it" users who probably saw some faked advert promising them "moving 4K selfies that will get them laid" and head on outside the house to give it a go.

In the same way you as a licensed driver are not responsible for the drunk driver because he bought a car.

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Re: No True Scotsman

Missed the point, powernumpty.

So tgere are now two classes of drone owners? The ones who cause all the problems, and the ones who raise their hands and say "no one of us" while decrying how lumpen non-drone owners are calling for "unworkable" laws.

Self-police the hobby by being more inclusive or suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous legal restraint.

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