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billythrilly7th
12-09-2006, 03:15 AM
http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/story?id=2708856&page=1


The crowd grows unruly. Units on the scene fear that insurgents or sympathizers may have blended into the crowd and are attempting to loot the vehicle of ammunition and parts.

Today, those units have two choices — and both of them are bad. They can attempt to disperse the crowd by ordering them to get away from the vehicle — which would likely have little effect — or they can fire into the crowd, possibly injuring or even killing innocent civilians in the process.

"If you're a soldier dealing with an unruly mob, you don't have a lot of options," says Noah Shachtman, editor-in-chief of Defensetech.org. "You have the M-16 option, the bullhorn option, and there's not that much in between."

That is, until now. A new non-lethal weapon developed by the Department of Defense intends to give soldiers a third option in these situations.

The ADS, or Active Denial System, fires an invisible beam that penetrates the top 1/64th of an inch on a target's skin, hitting sensitive pain receptors and causing a burning sensation some have likened to being dipped in molten lava.

When the target steps out of the beam's path, the pain goes away instantly, causing no permanent damage and leaving no marks, bruises or burns.


Is that not awesome?

No damage done. Crowd dispersed.

And I can feel we're getting close to my Sleep Ray or the SR as we call it down at R&D being a reality.

Once we have that. Game over, earthlings.
:)

dclary
12-09-2006, 03:25 AM
A duel... TO THE PAIN!

Bionic Robot Bees, Pain-Guns.

Good god, the 21st century is gonna ROCK.

Opty
12-09-2006, 03:39 AM
I eagerly await the BDSM home version.

billythrilly7th
12-09-2006, 03:42 AM
I think we should sneak this thing into the UN the next time Amhinjeadad talks.

And give him a taste of his future if he doesn't shape up soon.

SC Harrison
12-09-2006, 04:02 AM
some have likened to being dipped in molten lava.


Wow. I didn't know there were some previously-dipped-in-molten-lava people advising the DoD on the effectiveness of new pain weapons.

This reminds me of a video-game geek saying, "When you get your head chopped off, you don't really feel any pain, but you can still see and smell stuff for like three minutes or so."

billythrilly7th
12-09-2006, 04:06 AM
Wow. I didn't know there were some previously-dipped-in-molten-lava people advising the DoD on the effectiveness of new pain weapons.

Lots of people have been dipped in molten lava.

It's a new extreme sport in Hawaii.

http://www.worth1000.com/entries/11000/11198_w.jpg

Dangerous but exciting.

And without excitement, the extreme sport junkie doesn't want to live.

Thank you.

MattW
12-09-2006, 06:05 AM
There's a sound weapon that does the same thing - concentrates waves into a narrow beam that registers at painful/sickening decibel levels.

The brown-note gun is not far off.

dclary
12-09-2006, 06:14 AM
Yeah, they used it on arrakkis.

MattW
12-09-2006, 06:16 AM
"Sandworms - you hate em right? I hate em too!"

dclary
12-09-2006, 06:26 AM
If we had friggin sandworms, Iraq coulda been over and done in 6 months. Who the hell's gonna try an IED against a sandworm?

MattW
12-09-2006, 06:29 AM
If we had friggin sandworms, Iraq coulda been over and done in 6 months. Who the hell's gonna try an IED against a sandworm?With fricken lazer beams on their fricken heads!

dclary
12-09-2006, 06:29 AM
NOW YOU'RE TALKING!!!!

MattW
12-09-2006, 06:39 AM
Did everyone but us get banished?

*cranks "Rock You Like a Hurricane" on the stereo*

dclary
12-09-2006, 06:39 AM
It's Friday night. Everyone else but us have lives.

:(

MattW
12-09-2006, 06:40 AM
Who needs a life when you've got Hair Metal?

limitedtimeauthor
12-09-2006, 07:15 AM
Is that not awesome?

No damage done. Crowd dispersed.
:)

Why don't they just lob a stink-bomb into the crowd?

ltd.

Unique
12-09-2006, 07:28 AM
I like the bomb sniffing bees (http://tinyurl.com/ygfa77). It's a two-fer if they have bee allergies.

Opty
12-09-2006, 10:17 AM
I'm offended that no one recognized the comic genius of my post.

Hmpf.

I'm taking my comedy ball and going home.

limitedtimeauthor
12-09-2006, 10:19 AM
I don't have anything against this AD thing, for the record. I thought it was pretty cool, and could work, as long as you have one of those things around when you need them.

But there could be problems. Apparently the millimeter waves, like microwaves, are dangerous, but it seems they've "set it on stun," so to speak. And effective:

"When you feel that millimeter wave energy, you get a heating sensation, a clear distinct sensation that you know somebody's telling you to stop your actions and get out of the area," said LeVine.

But then the writer of the article asks a good question. (Go, writer.)



But what if you're stuck in a crowd? Trapped on the ground or simply unable to get out of the weapon's path?

But from a marketing standpoint, the answer made me say "uh-oh."



LeVine said that's not possible due to the operator's training and the camera used to target the device. She said the operator will see what is happening.


Why did she evade the question? IMHO, it doesn't help her cause. She should have said, at least: "We train our operaters to avoid situations like these, but this isn't a perfect weapon. Serious injuries could occur, but it is much safer than firing an M-16 into the crowd."

It's better to just tell it like it is right up front. Saying that a situation like that "isn't possible" is so obviously incorrect. Can't you just hear the backlash later on down the road, when the machine fries someone?

Reporter: I thought you said this was a non-lethal weapon. Can you tell me why someone was killed?

Her: This isn't a perfect world and in war there are unpredictable conditions, yada yada.

Reporter: Was the operater properly trained, yada yada yada?

I wonder, just from a PR or marketing standpoint, why she didn't tell it like it is. Do you know what I mean? Am I missing something?

ltd.

dclary
12-09-2006, 10:59 AM
I'm offended that no one recognized the comic genius of my post.

Hmpf.

I'm taking my comedy ball and going home.

Most of us figured you were serious.

limitedtimeauthor
12-09-2006, 11:04 AM
Yeah. Being serious is the kiss of death to all posts. Especially long, overthought ones with references to outside sources. :P

What was I thinking???

ltd.

Opty
12-09-2006, 11:30 AM
Most of us figured you were serious.

I was.

That's the genius of it.

limitedtimeauthor
12-09-2006, 11:34 AM
Seriously, guys. Don't mind me. I'm not here.

ltd.

dclary
12-09-2006, 12:06 PM
I bow to your comedic timing and instincts, Sporky.

Dead on as usual.

limitedtimeauthor
12-09-2006, 08:19 PM
This is just funny! LOL.

ltd.

...see if they do it again..."Hello. Is this thing on?"

limitedtimeauthor
12-09-2006, 09:12 PM
Alright. It's dead. Move on. You're talking to yourself.

Well, it's kinda fun.

Yeah, but other people can read it.

Oh. Yeah.

Move on.

Okay.

ltd.

You don't have to sign your name. No one is here.

But you said other people can read it.

Just go.

Okay.

Still, it is kinda fun, isn't it?

Yeah, it is. I'm the only one here! I have it all to myself. Wheeee!

But go.

Okay.

SC Harrison
12-09-2006, 09:43 PM
Still, it is kinda fun, isn't it?

Yeah, it is. I'm the only one here! I have it all to myself. Wheeee!



Yeah, this place gets kind of dead around lunchtime, so these geniuses can go fill up on fuel before continuing to slave away at their keyboards without growing faint.

Plus, these pedestrians don't always pay attention to thoughtful posts, especially when they start talking about boobs, baseball or hair bands. It can get a little tricky, because Mac can spot an insult a mile away, but every now and then you have to prime the pump by making a statement like, "Don't throw your pearls before the swine". Nah, she'll probably catch that one too. She's pretty smart for a girl. :)

And now for the ubiquitous Monty Python reference: "Run away!"

Opty
12-09-2006, 10:27 PM
Aw, poor LTA.

Nobody's validating your thoughtful post.

There, there.


http://wiki.coolmon.org/files/cookie.jpg

MattW
12-09-2006, 10:33 PM
Cookies, boobs, and ignored posts - this topic has everything!

Opty
12-09-2006, 10:38 PM
No, NOW it has everything...

http://static.flickr.com/28/36263591_3f98b7573d.jpg

MattW
12-09-2006, 10:42 PM
Curtains match the drapes. :vomit:

Pull your pants up! There's no way Carrot Top can be so narcissistic to work out nude - he's carrot top!

dclary
12-09-2006, 11:10 PM
Don't make me recursively hasselhoff this thread, sporky.

SpookyWriter
12-09-2006, 11:21 PM
Let's get physical.

http://therapysessions.blogspot.com/capt.nyet10903251507.people_richard_simmons_nyet10 9.jpg

MattW
12-09-2006, 11:48 PM
6 posts until banning.

10 posts until thread lock.

30 minutes until a formal apology.

dclary
12-09-2006, 11:56 PM
what are you, the bare naked ladies?