Thursday, April 23, 2015

Wasn't this in a Bruce Sterling novel? Or was it Gibson?

From a brief NYT piece on the use of drones to smuggle contraband into prisons:
Drones flying over prison walls may not be the chief concern of corrections officials. But they say that some would-be smugglers are experimenting with the technique as an alternative to established methods like paying off officers, hiding contraband in incoming laundry and throwing packages disguised as rocks over fences into recreational yards.
Jasper and Cletus and Ice Dog and Ray-Ray have thus far confined themselves to smuggling dope and burner smartphones, but the bigger quadcopters can loft a DSLR, and anything that can loft a DSLR can loft a couple-three Kel-Tec P3ATs just as easily. It'd make a good movie or TV show plot element.

O brave new world...