The Turkish military claims to have shot down a drone on its border with Syria. It is not known who the drone belongs to.
Turkey’s air force on Sunday reported shooting down an unidentified drone on its border with Syria after it allegedly breached Turkish air space six times, the defense ministry said
According to reports, the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) reached the west of the border town of Kilis, in southeastern Turkey, around 70 kilometers (43 miles) north of Aleppo in Syria.
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F-16 fighter jets shoot drone
Two F-16 fighter jets were scrambled from the Turkish military base Incirlik which then shot down the drone.
“The wreck of the drone was found at the Cildiroba base” by Turkish authorities in the Kilis province near the Syrian border, the ministry said.
The country’s ministry of defense tweeted photos of the downed drone.
The origin of the drone has not been determined, the ministry added.
kmm/jlw (AFP, dpa)
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- Stamos on CLOUD Act — cogent and informative set of tweets (words I never thought I would say) from Alex Stamos, with context for the latest piece of Internet regulation to get alarmist and wrong media coverage.
- Migrating from Cloudflare — This is pretty cool, and it’s why I’ve used Cloudflare for a few years. However, I don’t really like Cloudflare. I don’t like how they protect hate forums, where mass shootings are planned; I don’t like how they have grown to the point where a huge portion of the internet’s total traffic flows through their infrastructure; I don’t like how un-seriously they treat their responsibilities. So, I wanted to move off. More datapoints for the emerging Ethical Consumption of Bits.
- Three Recent Papers on the Tracking in TVs (Arvind Narayanan) — Here’s a doozy: Roku has a “Limit Ad Tracking” option. Turning it on increased the number of tracking servers contacted . It did prevent Roku’s AD ID from being leaked, but a whole bunch of other unique IDs are available. Even Pi-hole wasn’t that effective at limiting tracking. (via Hacker News)
- Strategies for Long Projects (Ben Brostoff) — Relentless, irrational optimism is the only attitude that works.
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About half of the world’s militaries are now flying drones, according to a sweeping new study published this week that revealed the swift spread of a critical technology that until recently was too expensive or sophisticated for most countries.
Why it matters: The increasingly robot-crowded skies mean that clashes involving drones — like the recent attack on a Saudi oil facility that the U.S. has blamed on Iran — are likely to become commonplace.
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By Neelabh Srivastava
NEW DELHI: India has an estimated over 6 lakh rogue or unregulated unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and security agencies are analysing modern anti-drone weapons like ‘sky fence‘ and ‘drone gun’ to counter terror or similar sabotage bids by these aerial platforms, official sources said on Sunday.
An official blueprint prepared by central agencies has been accessed by that states unregulated drones, UAVs and remotely-piloted aircraft system are a “potential threat” to vital installations, sensitive locations and specific events and a “compatible solution” is required to counter them.
A data estimation study conducted by these agencies state that over 6 lakh unregulated drones, of various sizes and capacities, are present in the country and anyone of them can be used for launching a nefarious act by disruptive elements.
Recent incidents like the lethal drone attack on Saudi Arabia’s largest petroleum company and arms dropping by UAVs in Punjab from across the India-Pakistan border has alerted Indian security and intelligence agencies.
These agencies are now looking at some specific anti-drone techniques like sky fence, drone gun, ATHENA, drone catcher and Skywall 100 to intercept and immobilise suspicious and lethal remote-controlled aerial platforms.
A recent paper titled ‘Drones: A new frontier for Police’ published in the Indian Police Journal (IPJ) by IPS officer and Additional Director General in Rajasthan Police, Pankaj Kumar Singh, has talked about these new techniques.
A drone gun is capable of jamming the radio, global positioning system (GPS) and mobile signal between the drone and the pilot and forces the drone to ground in good time before it could wreak any damage. This Australia designed weapon has an effective range of 2 kms, the paper said.
Another solution to block a lethal drone is the sky fence system that uses a range of signal disruptors to jam the flight path and prevent them from entering their target, a sensitive installation or event venue, it said.
Officials said prototypes of these counter-drone weapons were displayed for the first time at an open field in a BSF camp in Bhondsi, Haryana last week as part of a national conference organised by the Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPRD) on anti-drone technology.
A Bengaluru-based private company, BEML and Electronics Corporation of India Ltd (ECIL) among others showcased the latest technology available in this domain to the participants of the national conference which included officials from the Indian Air Force (IAF), airports guarding force CISF, Directorate General of Civil Aviation and Airports Authority of India among others, they said.
A drone gun and sky fence looks feasible solution and are being recommended to the government for consideration, a senior official in the security establishment said.
ATHENA, acronym for Advanced Test High Energy Asset, is another weapon under analysis as it works by firing a high energy laser beam on a rogue drone resulting in its complete destruction in the air.
However, this is a very costly technology and is being currently tested by the US army, officials said.
A counter-UAV technology called drone catcher– that swiftly approaches an enemy drone and grabs it by throwing a net around it– is also being thought upon.
Such a tool is required when a rogue drone is needed to be captured safely to extract incriminating evidence from it, the paper presented by IPS officer P K Singh said.
A ‘skywall 100’, the paper said, is the ground version of the ‘drone catcher’ and it works by bringing down an UAV using a parachute that is hurled through a net from 100 meters distance.
Two separate BPRD and Ministry of Civil Aviation (MCA) appointed task forces are now mulling on “priority areas that need to be armed with counter-drone weapons and the cost estimation to procure suitable gadgets,” the senior official said.
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The KeySmart Nano Torch Twist is a high quality aircraft-grade aluminum swivel-head 600 lumen flashlight that ships with a rechargeable AA battery and has a magnet to secure the flashlight for optimal lighting positioning.
I’ve been playing with it putting it against my trusty 97 lumen mini Maglite for a couple of days and unless something pops up, here’s what we’ve got:
It’s extremely bright, but a fairly narrow beam. Pretty much the same aperture as my Maglite but more intense.
Learning to use it is a little bit of a curve. It’s a two seconds press to turn it on. Single quick press after it’s on to cycle brightness between low, medium, and 600 lumen eye hurting power.
They’ve included a map that also appears to indicate that you can also press two seconds to get to strobe and SOS mode. For those I’ve found that I have to press two seconds to turn on, then press and hold for maybe 4 seconds more for it to power off and then cycle into the hidden modes.
There’s also a five second lock press for the times when you think you’ll somehow trigger it with a two second push but not any longer. To disable that just press for five seconds.
The head can swivel 90 degrees and the light is balanced well enough and has a flat enough back that you can put it on a table and probably aim light wherever you want. The swivel is machined well enough that I was unable to get my skin caught in it while I was actively trying to get my skin caught in it. This is a beef I had with an ex-light of mine.
The battery is a 750mAh 14,500-USB Li-ion 3.7v rechargeable (via USB). If I’m not mistaken that’s less than a AA battery in terms of mAh storage, but it’s rechargeable and evidently can deliver better than a standard from what I’m reading. I guess just be sure to juice up the battery before you go and rob the library. Alternately put a AA battery in there (I did for an initial test because the battery it came with shipped dead).
I have been informed I was incorrect about battery capacity assumptions and that delivers more than a standard AA…
But… three things… maybe four
There are three things I do not like about this. The first being that it comes with a belt clip and not a belt holster. The position of the clip means the flashlight can’t hang with most of the body down. Personal preference for me is that no lights can be bent into by gut or side gut.
The second thing I don’t like is that jostling the Nano Torch Twist can turn it off. This means if you drop your flashlight while running from Old Man Smithers who’s wearing a zombie mask to scare away customers and close down the park so that he can work a deal with developers, you’re going to have to trust that your canine friend can find the dropped flashlight in the dark.
Here’s a video where it turned off a couple of times just from magnetic snapping.
I’m able to have it shut off about once every six drops from standing. It’s always when it lands on the head or the tail, never on its side.
The awesome memory features comes in as my third complaint. It remembers the last setting on the low, med, high. The next time you turn it on it’ll be at that setting. For me this resulted in expecting low and getting high a couple of times which may not sound like much but when you’re crawling around under a desk and expecting ~200 lumens and you get 600 it’s not pleasant.
I’d really rather just cycle low to high manually, but maybe that’s just me.
Four… four things… I forgot the belt clip caused me issues and I chucked the light in my pocket, with my wallet, and credit cards, and forgot that it had a strong magnetic base. (sad trombone)
Coming in at $59.99 on the manufacturer’s website, this premium flashlight has a premium price as well. That doesn’t include shipping. You can also pick it up at Amazon for about $10 more.
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