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A Very Low-Tech Drone Smackdown

Courtesy of my old friend Steve Renaker---computer programmer, maker of harpsichords, and menace to toy helicopters everywhere. Steve writes on Facebook about this video, "Office hijinks for the day---shooting down helicopters with rubber bands. A low-tech approach to a problem Ben once faced" (link added).

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What's the Deal With the New York Times and Really Bad Drone Humor?

As the co-creator of the Lawfare Drone Smackdown and the publisher (though not the baker) of this drone strike cake, I should perhaps check myself before cringing at other people's drone humor. But I can't help but ask at this point what's going on over at the New York Times? The staid paper of record is on a roll of truly terrible---deeply unhumorous---supposedly comic drone pieces.

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Lessons from the Smackdown

Most of the press coverage of the Lawfare Drone Smackdown has focused, understandably enough, on the FAA's intervention in the event. In this post, however, I want to focus on some of the lessons of the event itself. The Smackdown was a game, not an attempt at a realistic simulation---a kind of a spoof, in some ways. But it ends up, in a parable-like fashion, representing and distilling real issues pointedly. In this post, which will be my last substantive post on the Smackdown, I want to highlight three such lessons.

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