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USAF Taps ESPN To Compile Drone "Highlight" Video 114

mbstone writes "The Air Force has a problem: Its drones generate thousands of hours of video (I almost said 'footage.') And most of it is miles of endless desert. USAF needs to distill the highlights, if you will, and nobody does it better than ESPN, the TV sports network. Air Force officials have asked ESPN for help in analyzing the 327,384 hours collected just this year. What we really need in times like these is sportscaster Warner Wolf. 'Let's go to the videotape, pick it up right here, Taliban in the home black.'"
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USAF Taps ESPN To Compile Drone "Highlight" Video

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 21, 2012 @07:22PM (#42365889)

    The ESPN guys will carefully add the yellow first down markers so us home viewers will be able to make sense of each operation as it unfolds.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 21, 2012 @07:24PM (#42365911)

    Reaper connects to Assam deep across the middle... Bam!
    Beast of Kandahar throws down the over the horizon hell fire jam... in your face Azim!
    Head drone in the red zone. Easy over the middle dump-off to Al Queda, called back by the UN for innocent bystander. Damn replacment observers.

    In the not top ten we have a village of children catching a bomb as the clock runs out. Poor situational awareness there Steve.

    Captcha: hammered

  • by Odin's Raven ( 145278 ) on Friday December 21, 2012 @09:02PM (#42366487)

    C'mon guys. Just a little bit of a clue?

    Slashdot Taps WWN To Compile Article "Highlight" Stories

    Slashdot has a problem: Its submitters send in hundreds of random links (I almost said "articles.") And most of it is dozens and dozens of sentences long, many with words of more than one syllable. Slashdot needs to distill something vaguely related to a few of those words that will generate page hits, and nobody does that better than Weekly World News, the "alien dingo Elvis impersonators ate my JFK love-child baby" organization. Slashdot officials have asked WWN for help in analyzing the 3,141,592 words collected just this year. What we really need in times like this is George Gilles de la Tourette. "Let's go to the story, pick up maybe three words out of it - USAF ESPN drone - and fill in the rest with whatever other random words come to mind."

  • by NettiWelho ( 1147351 ) on Friday December 21, 2012 @10:20PM (#42366797)
    ...Does the taliban present an existential threat to the US? Why is it ok to label civilian casualties as 'enemy combatants' and 'continue your day as nothing went wrong and no apologies or reparations paid? What does the history of war have anything to do with my main grievances? Am I stoopid to hold the 21st Century US fighting stone age goat herders in mountains to a higher standard than Nazi-Germany or Soviet Union? 'Oh, and I must have missed when US declared war on Pakistan, or Afghanistan Or Iraq for that matter...

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