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Drone Carrying Drugs, Hacksaw Blades Crashes In Oklahoma Prison (itworld.com) 123

itwbennett writes: A drone carrying drugs, a cell phone, hacksaw blades, cigarettes, glue, and other contraband was discovered crashed in an Oklahoma prison yard on Monday morning. The drone "apparently crashed after hitting razor wire that guarded the facility."
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Drone Carrying Drugs, Hacksaw Blades Crashes In Oklahoma Prison

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  • bummer (Score:5, Funny)

    by monkeyzoo ( 3985097 ) on Tuesday October 27, 2015 @07:37PM (#50813983)

    Sounds like an unfortunate accident. Whoever was flying the drone is probably very disappointed their drone crashed and they've lost their Amazon drugs and hacksaw blades.

  • Really? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by amiga3D ( 567632 ) on Tuesday October 27, 2015 @07:37PM (#50813987)

    Hacksaw blades? For crying out loud, what century is this again?

    • Re:Really? (Score:5, Funny)

      by bobthesungeek76036 ( 2697689 ) on Tuesday October 27, 2015 @07:40PM (#50814015)
      it was in Oklahoma...
    • A Slashdot maker challenge... Who can create the most inventive device with the following items?
      - drugs
      - a cell phone
      - hacksaw blades
      - cigarettes
      - glue

      • A Slashdot maker challenge... Who can create the most inventive device with the following items? - drugs - a cell phone - hacksaw blades - cigarettes - glue

        i can make a drone.

      • by AK Marc ( 707885 )
        Too short a list of materials. Combine that with the things allowed in prison, like paper, and you can get some more interesting things. Enough glue and paper and you can use it like paper mache, but much stronger.
        • by swb ( 14022 )

          I'm pretty sure I've read or seen one of those "Crazy shit in prison" stories where they show the kinds of paper mache they can make with just paper and water.. Like tightly rolled newspaper rolled and progressively built up until it becomes hard enough to sharped into a point and made into a shank, sometimes with some kind of random bit of metal embedded into the tip.

          The ingenuity of prisoners is often quite amazing. You'd almost think that for "The Martian" they would have used JPL for the space technol

      • With access to steel wool from the kitchen and some copper wire and a battery from a smoke detector, I think I could fashion some kind of phone detonated exploding hacksaw bomb. Then take the drugs.
        • +1 =)

        • With access to steel wool from the kitchen and some copper wire and a battery from a smoke detector, I think I could fashion some kind of phone detonated exploding hacksaw bomb. Then take the drugs.

          In fact, forget the steel wool, copper wire, battery, phone and hacksaw blades.

        • That's funny, when I start making things out of steel wool it's usually after I take the the drugs.

      • Hm, drugs, cigarettes, and glue, sounds like a party. I could use the cell phone to invite people and if you don't know what the hacksaw blades are for you might want to decline the invitation.
      • MacGyver could make a helicopter with just the hacksaw blades and glue. And give the drugs and cigarettes to a few inmates to act as lookouts.

        I guess he could use the cell phone as a hammer, because in the 1980s they were the size of a brick.

    • Seriously, we have drones that fly, but aren't smart enough to use a hacksaw to cut through razor wire. This must still be the first century of the Internet Age.
      • Apparently the package was suspended below the drone with fishing line. Said package/ line snagged on the fence...

        So much for situational awareness...

    • Re: (Score:2, Interesting)

      by Anonymous Coward

      Seriously! A flyback transformer and graphite mechanical pencil leads would have been much more appropriate tool for the hardened steel used in prison bars. They give the fuckers 120 VAC and water, it doesn't take a physicist or chemist to turn that in to an escape plan in an oxygen rich environment...

      • ! A flyback transformer and graphite mechanical pencil leads would have been much more appropriate tool for the hardened steel used in prison bars. They give the fuckers 120 VAC and water, it doesn't take a physicist or chemist to turn that in to an escape plan in an oxygen rich environment...

        It takes more expertise than this slashdot poster has. What can you do with those materials to get through steel bars?

        • and what do you say to the guard when you trip the circuit breaker...
        • Re:Really? (Score:5, Informative)

          by BarbaraHudson ( 3785311 ) <barbarahudsononline AT gmail DOT com> on Tuesday October 27, 2015 @09:17PM (#50814479) Journal

          You don't need the flyback transformer - just the graphite rods from pencils, an extension cord, a styrofoam cup of salt water, three popsicle sticks, some tape (optional) and paper clips (optional) and you can make an electric arc.

          Cut one side of the two-wire extension cord in half and expose the wires.
          Tape (or use bits of wire or paperclips) to attach the bare ends to the popsicle sticks.
          Put the popsicle sticks in the cup so that the wires are immersed but not touching. You can use paper clips to hold the sticks in place.
          Cut the end of the extension cord that you don't plug into the wall off.
          take the now headless end of the extension cord and separate it in two.
          Expose an inch or two of bare wire on both leads.
          attach one end to the metal object of interest.
          take the last popsicle stick and wire the graphite rod to it with the other wire lead and optionally another paperclip.
          plug into wall outlet.
          using the popsicle stick as a handle, touch and slightly pull back the graphite rod from the metal object, completing the circuit
          enjoy your new arc torch.

          The salt water acts as a resistor on one side of the circuit, preventing a short circuit when you touch the metal with the graphite.

          Of course, better results are obtained using carbon rods from new zinc-carbon batteries and higher voltages.

          • So is this carbon arc lamp used to signal the guards or what??

            Perhaps some welding goggles. Lots of them, for the prisoners and also so they can persuade the guards nearby to wear them?

            • If you can surround it with blankets well enough, then you'll be ok.
              Guards don't like to look in jail cells at night if they can avoid it.
            • by Anonymous Coward

              You massively underestimate the amount of time and patience available to people who are paid $0/hr to stare at a concrete wall 8-16 hours/day. I've never been to jail so the minutiae of their exercise/meal schedules escapes me.

      • by PIBM ( 588930 )

        They can't even fly high enough to get through the fence unharmed.. think they'll get that one right ?

    • by AK Marc ( 707885 )
      The century where prisons still use bars, and hacksaw blades still cut bars. Why?
      • actually modern steel bars and hacksaws don't get along well. they might scratch at it a bit but the steel in the bars is harder than the steel in the blades.

        Though if they can get out of their cell the hack saws would work on some of the fence(but not the razor wire)

        • by AK Marc ( 707885 )
          I didn't see the blades in question, but I've bought some diamond blades designed for hardened steel at a common store. If not the bars, then maybe a padlock or two somewhere would fall to the blades.
        • I thought that at least a few of the bars were were hollow with a smaller bar inside, when you cut through the outer bar the inner bar would just roll with the blade, stopping you cold; of course this could just be an urban legend to discourage escape attempts. Prison escape is really stupid any ways, your unlikely to succeed for very long, when your recaptured they add on another 10 years for the escape if you survive capture, they usually make the escape penalty sequential not concurent, and they tend to

    • by Anonymous Coward

      This is a century where phone service in prison is expensive. Everything other than the phone was just a decoy so the prison telcos don't catch on to the real plan of delivering a affordable phone to prisoners.

    • Hacksaw blades? For crying out loud, what century is this again?

      Its a century without handheld phasers for cursing through steel. :-)

    • Hacksaw blades? For crying out loud, what century is this again?

      The century where there still is metal that needs cutting to get through?

      Last I checked, real tools are required for real materials.

    • Hacksaw blades make fantastic bases for shivs. But they are also very useful for making other things. They hold up very well to multiple types to use and are relatively easy to conceal.

      Don't make the assumption that the contraband is for escaping.

      • Hacksaw blades make fantastic bases for shivs. But they are also very useful for making other things

        Yes, like making a rake for lock-picking,

        or jamming a lock,

        or jamming a door-jamb, such that it cannot open.

        Ah, memories. Such good times were had.

    • Hacksaw blades? For crying out loud, what century is this again?

      Drugs, you can stuff in your orifices, but hacksaw blades, not so much.

    • by sudon't ( 580652 )

      Maybe the hacksaw was one of those "gag gifts"? He would of baked it into a cake, but the drone was too small to carry it.

    • Hacksaw blades? For crying out loud, what century is this again?

      They're a bit lighter and easier to conceal than a Sabre saw.

  • by zenlessyank ( 748553 ) on Tuesday October 27, 2015 @07:38PM (#50813991)
    To fuck it up for everyone else. Sorry guys, guess it's back to Estes rockets again...
  • by tomhath ( 637240 ) on Tuesday October 27, 2015 @07:38PM (#50813997)
    Give all the inmates shotguns so they can shoot those pesky drones down.
  • The other day, there was a discussion of what sort of jobs are there in the IoTs marketplace. I guess you can put this on your craigslist resume, Well, I downloaded the software to the controls and helped fly and maneuver a helicopter to Bubba so he could get a hacksaw blade & can get out.
  • So I guess it's because a large portion of the Slashdot audience is currently incarcerated?

    • I'm afraid your suggestion is probably wrong. If Slashdotters were involved, the drone would have been carrying at least a dozen Hyper X Predator flash drives crammed to the limit with fake nudie pix of Felicia O'Day and Natalie Portman.

    • I am Sooooo shanking you tonight.

      • I am Sooooo shanking you tonight.

        I don't think that word means what you think it means.

      • by KGIII ( 973947 )

        D block - represent! whoo whoo!

        Why yes, yes I have spent a night in a drunk tank and once a whole weekend. Well, it was a long weekend. You should see me throw gang sign! Hola my G block bitches!

  • A drone carrying... glue

    No doubt the glue was simply for well-intending prisoners to seal their anuses shut, this being Oklahoma and all...

  • That's an incredible mix of objects... Is MacGyver in prison?

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  • LOL (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Type44Q ( 1233630 ) on Tuesday October 27, 2015 @08:02PM (#50814151)

    in what the officials said was the first attempt in the state to smuggle material into a prison with an unmanned aerial vehicle.

    Yes, this was surely the first ever attempt in the state; it's perfectly within the limits of Okie "logic" to assume this has never been tried before... :p

    • by T.E.D. ( 34228 )

      in what the officials said was the first attempt in the state to smuggle material into a prison with an unmanned aerial vehicle.

      Yes, this was surely the first ever attempt in the state

      That depends on if paper airplanes count as UAVs.

  • by waynemcdougall ( 631415 ) <slashdot@codeworks.gen.nz> on Tuesday October 27, 2015 @09:03PM (#50814435) Homepage

    Meanwhile, on the other sides of the prison, the drones with the C4, etc, all successfully arrived.

  • Incidents like these serve to remind me the tools are in the criminals hands. Just like software "hacking" and botnets, robotics will no doubt see increasingly sophisticated applications in circumventing security. Maximum security jails are probably going to have to become more and more advanced, equipped with loads more sensors and probably far more enclosed. Weird little machines in the walls of buildings snooping and cutting away like mice infestations don't seem to me like an absurd possibility. At lea

  • So ... something flying over the wall and crashing doesn't get seen doing that, but rather "discovered" as having crashed?
  • by watermark ( 913726 ) on Wednesday October 28, 2015 @05:07AM (#50815471)

    Is it ironic that Slashdot is advertising drones for sale?

    • No it's all okay. I'm sure the Slashdot drones will all be registered so nothing illegal can be done with them.

  • Which government agency placed these items on the grounds in order to highlight how scary drones can be?

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