Talk:1846: Drone Problems

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It will work for this, though. She might finally get some use out of it. Mulan15262 (talk) 04:21, 6 June 2017 (UTC)

I wrote a short little explanation that needs a lot more. Maybe I'll add more after school. LordFlashmeow (talk) 15:56, 5 June 2017 (UTC)LordFlashmeow

There's a much simpler, if less elegant, solution in buying a Mossberg 500. OldCorps (talk) 16:20, 5 June 2017 (UTC)

As I read it, the drones were flying around her, in the first place, because people can't control them properly. I find the comic even funnier, reading this way. (New here. Is the below signature the right way to sign?) <saim> -- Saim (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

No. you type ~~~~ and it gives you something like this: (mine is customized) That's right, Jacky720 just signed this (talk | contribs) 23:22, 5 June 2017 (UTC)
I might be more useful, as I'm also anonymous/lacking an account. :) I like to manually include a nickname, like you did, so I end with " - NiceGuy1 ~~~~", and the bots turn those tildes into garabbing a timestamp and capturing my IP address to use as my real "signature". Yours would then be "<saim> ~~~~" (Please note that to get the tildes to actually appear this time, Jacky and I had to encase them in "nowiki" tags to force the bots to ignore them, for actually signing you would need to not include those tags) - NiceGuy1 04:46, 9 June 2017 (UTC) I finally signed up! This comment is mine. NiceGuy1 (talk) 06:31, 13 June 2017 (UTC)

Wasn't there another comic where black hat builds something similar that shoots birds or squirrels or something? I can't find it now —Artyer (talk|ctb) 19:36, 5 June 2017 (UTC)

I think you mean this one 382: Trebuchet, where Megan has a laser canon to shoot squirrels from the bird feeder... ;-) So in that way it fits here, as it is again Megan and Cueball. I'll link it in the description. I found it by looking at the Category:Squirrels. --Kynde (talk) 19:05, 6 June 2017 (UTC)

Maybe Cueball's problems came with him from here? That's right, Jacky720 just signed this (talk | contribs) 23:20, 5 June 2017 (UTC)

Something like the old riddle: Why do elephants paint their toenails red? To hide in cherry trees. Have you ever seen an elephant in a cherry tree? See? It works. 04:32, 6 June 2017 (UTC)

Ah, the classic solution in search of a problem. -- 12:34, 6 June 2017 (UTC)

I'm having a geekgasm that I was talking about the concept of an anti-drone turret in the Comment section of the Eagle comic, now here Randall does one, LOL! Synergy! Though I was talking about an automated one, :) Next step. - NiceGuy1 04:48, 7 June 2017 (UTC) I finally signed up! This comment is mine. NiceGuy1 (talk) 06:31, 13 June 2017 (UTC)

Missile Defense[edit]

I thought this was a parallel to North Korean ICBMs and US anti-missle technology... (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

I also got the impression that this was an ICBM metaphor. Note the news in recent days: North Korea missile launch Anti-missile Launch-- 22:12, 5 June 2017 (UTC)

I added some text about missile defense (several hours ago). I'm not sure how far to take this, but if the note about "Megan previously had a laser canon to shoot down squirrels in 382: Trebuchet, so this is not the first time she has build a device for shooting annoying things down..." is taken as canonical, then that's another missile defense reference, this time to the now-cancelled Airborne laser project that, err, never got off the ground. JohnHawkinson (talk) 11:34, 7 June 2017 (UTC)

Some drones have security bugs that allow anyone within WiFi range to shut off the motors. I couldn't figure out how to crash mine, but I can get a root shell. It's certainly feasible to cut the motors, because you can fly the drone over wifi. Add a directional 2.4 GHz antenna to a handheld device for exploiting the bug, and you have a gun that shoots a particular model of drone out of the air but is harmless to any{thing|one} else. 21:07, 7 June 2022 (UTC)

... unless the drone falls on someone's head, or crashes into their windshield while they're driving. This is not necessarily harmless. Nitpicking (talk) 18:44, 25 December 2022 (UTC)