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2012-06-28 09:12:00 PM
a.imageshack.us


Can't wait to see how this gets remixed with Tesla coils....
 
2012-06-28 09:47:30 PM
So, make all your armor out of mirrors?
 
2012-06-28 10:12:39 PM
That could make you Thor

/theriothly thor
 
2012-06-28 10:14:52 PM
"The Laser-Induced Plasma Channel (LIPC) uses a very short laser burst with a modest amount of energy - but because it's so brief, the power mustered is tremendous. The output of the "optical amplifier" is 50 billion watts"

I only want a phased plasma rifle in the 40 watt range.
 
2012-06-28 10:22:36 PM
One step closer to having the Techtronica Model 009 Volt Pistol my fixer had back in '99
 
2012-06-28 10:25:31 PM
Not actually the first time it's been done. Other organizations have worked on the same technology, just not as a weapon. Article from '06: Link
 
2012-06-28 10:28:34 PM
Can one of you scientitians tell me why they selected a Buick to direct it at


?
 
2012-06-28 10:30:54 PM
This should go over well with the InfoWars crowd.
 
2012-06-28 10:32:21 PM
We've had these for a while now:
www.cheathappens.com
 
2012-06-28 10:34:40 PM

DistendedPendulusFrenulum: Can one of you scientitians tell me why they selected a Buick to direct it at


?


Buick

Cheap and disposable

/and lights first time every time
 
2012-06-28 10:36:19 PM
HUZZAH!!
www.nerdhammer.com
 
2012-06-28 10:42:25 PM
HEY CHINA, CHECK THIS shiat OUT!

Ok they need to hand some portable versions off to some spec-ops guys and have it on you-tube in a few weeks. Impractical and way too costly, but the PR gains would be insane. Oh you guys are still using Ak's? That's nice, good for you.
www.azoft.com
 
2012-06-28 11:05:03 PM

orclover: HEY CHINA, CHECK THIS shiat OUT!

Ok they need to hand some portable versions off to some spec-ops guys and have it on you-tube in a few weeks. Impractical and way too costly, but the PR gains would be insane. Oh you guys are still using Ak's? That's nice, good for you.
[www.azoft.com image 350x350]


China has transformers.
 
2012-06-28 11:09:35 PM

Giltric: orclover: HEY CHINA, CHECK THIS shiat OUT!

Ok they need to hand some portable versions off to some spec-ops guys and have it on you-tube in a few weeks. Impractical and way too costly, but the PR gains would be insane. Oh you guys are still using Ak's? That's nice, good for you.
[www.azoft.com image 350x350]

China has transformers.


That's Thailand, and they prefer the term ladyboy.
 
2012-06-28 11:10:44 PM

DistendedPendulusFrenulum: Can one of you scientitians tell me why they selected a Buick to direct it at


?


Big Ugly Indestructible Car Killer
 
2012-06-28 11:29:11 PM
"Way better". The plasma channel conducts electricity "way better" than un-ionized air.

This message brought to you by that coont from that tv show. You know the one.
 
2012-06-28 11:40:33 PM

chopit: "Way better". The plasma channel conducts electricity "way better" than un-ionized air.

This message brought to you by that coont from that tv show. You know the one.


So, the GOP Congress and certain GOP Governors are right? Hot air is better than unionization?
 
2012-06-28 11:49:23 PM

orclover: HEY CHINA, CHECK THIS shiat OUT!

Ok they need to hand some portable versions off to some spec-ops guys and have it on you-tube in a few weeks. Impractical and way too costly, but the PR gains would be insane. Oh you guys are still using Ak's? That's nice, good for you.
[www.azoft.com image 350x350]


Not only is this (most likely) a repeat -- I won't click Gawker links -- but I think that pic has been posted in every one.
 
2012-06-28 11:55:53 PM
i652.photobucket.com
 
2012-06-29 12:15:39 AM

TheCharmerUnderMe: So, make all your armor out of mirrors?


2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-06-29 12:32:39 AM
The first thing I thought of was using it as a weapon.

The second thing I thought of was orbital, geostationary satellites that could detect the probability of lightning storms and direct high voltage plasma down to receptors for power consumption by the masses. It would be a thing of interesting technological beauty to see a future where the night is lit up by directed energy blasts for city power.

The robots of the Matrix obviously didn't think things through by keeping humans as low voltage batteries. Just sayin'.
 
2012-06-29 12:58:52 AM

DistendedPendulusFrenulum: Can one of you scientitians tell me why they selected a Buick to direct it at


?

It's not a Buick. It's a Ford Taurus, 2000-2007 model, not sure which year, they were all pretty much the same.
 
2012-06-29 01:06:35 AM

NerdCoreRageQuit: The second thing I thought of was orbital, geostationary satellites that could detect the probability of lightning storms and direct high voltage plasma down to receptors for power consumption by the masses. It would be a thing of interesting technological beauty to see a future where the night is lit up by directed energy blasts for city power.


Amen, brutha.
 
2012-06-29 01:08:34 AM

COMALite J: chopit: "Way better". The plasma channel conducts electricity "way better" than un-ionized air.

This message brought to you by that coont from that tv show. You know the one.

So, the GOP Congress and certain GOP Governors are right? Hot air is better than unionization?


Heh.
 
2012-06-29 01:08:40 AM

aka_mrcam: DistendedPendulusFrenulum: Can one of you scientitians tell me why they selected a Ford Taurus to direct it at?


They ran out of K-cars?

cdn.static.ovimg.com
 
2012-06-29 01:11:55 AM

NerdCoreRageQuit: The second thing I thought of was orbital, geostationary satellites..'.


Yeah, but what do you think that would sound like? Thunder off regular bolts is bad enough. The sound makes it more likely to be a weapon imo.

But yeah, I had the same sequence of thoughts.
 
2012-06-29 01:30:29 AM
meh... this is cooler.
rlv.zcache.com
 
2012-06-29 01:46:22 AM
Nice, but they should be careful not to fire too many shots at once, seeing as PPCs generate a lot of heat. Over tax the heatsinks and you will have to stand in a lake to keep the 'mech cool.
 
2012-06-29 01:49:41 AM

Nem Wan: "The Laser-Induced Plasma Channel (LIPC) uses a very short laser burst with a modest amount of energy - but because it's so brief, the power mustered is tremendous. The output of the "optical amplifier" is 50 billion watts"

I only want a phased plasma rifle in the 40 watt range.


Power Mustard is my next band name.
 
2012-06-29 02:22:10 AM
So, is it still Ionatron, or is some other company fronting this this go-around?

/LIPC and high voltage discharges: it didn't work out the last two times either
 
2012-06-29 02:40:07 AM

Asmenoth: Nice, but they should be careful not to fire too many shots at once, seeing as PPCs generate a lot of heat. Over tax the heatsinks and you will have to stand in a lake to keep the 'mech cool.


Always my fav.
users.stargate.net
 
2012-06-29 02:58:22 AM
Link
 
2012-06-29 03:00:31 AM
Oblig

/previous post failure
 
2012-06-29 03:33:20 AM

aka_mrcam: DistendedPendulusFrenulum: Can one of you scientitians tell me why they selected a Buick to direct it at


? It's not a Buick. It's a Ford Taurus, 2000-2007 model, not sure which year, they were all pretty much the same.


Thank you for reaffirming my sanity. I was sure it was a Ford, it had the oval nameplate. But I didn't want to go back to the pic until reading all the comments.

/consider yourself favorited.
 
2012-06-29 05:12:43 AM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: That could make you Thor

/theriothly thor


YOU are Thor ? I can hardly thit !
 
2012-06-29 06:55:14 AM
Meh, I get stuck with the "8-15 watts all night long" variety.

www.naoj.org

Which is just as well, 'cos if Keck, Gemini or us had one of these, you just know we'd zap each other...
 
2012-06-29 07:24:18 AM
We did that shiat already


actionflickchick.com

/hot like a lazer lightning victim
 
2012-06-29 08:12:30 AM

TheCharmerUnderMe: So, make all your armor out of mirrors?


That wouldn't stop the lightning from hitting you. the laser is used to generate a column of plasma (the air along the lasers path is heated to a plasma if the laser is strong enough) then the lightning bolt will naturally follow that column of plasma. But I doubt the lightning would turn around one it hit the mirror.
 
2012-06-29 09:10:46 AM

INTERTRON: We've had these for a while now:
[www.cheathappens.com image 300x225]


FZZZT! "HEADSHOT!"

/ahh the memories....
 
2012-06-29 09:19:25 AM
Its gonna be a real test of the second amendment when laser / plasma / electro-beam-whatsit weapons start hitting the market in numbers.

/Taser is already causing a stir.
 
2012-06-29 09:34:11 AM

NerdCoreRageQuit: The robots of the Matrix obviously didn't think things through by keeping humans as low voltage batteries. Just sayin'.


As I recall, the original plan was to using the humans as meat-processors, because we were better at thinking in certain ways than they were. (This would also make how being aware of The Matrix could let one manipulate it, if part of the brain's power was being used to *maintain* the matrix).

... this was nixed by meddling executives as being 'too complicated'.
 
2012-06-29 09:45:49 AM

Felgraf: NerdCoreRageQuit: The robots of the Matrix obviously didn't think things through by keeping humans as low voltage batteries. Just sayin'.

As I recall, the original plan was to using the humans as meat-processors, because we were better at thinking in certain ways than they were. (This would also make how being aware of The Matrix could let one manipulate it, if part of the brain's power was being used to *maintain* the matrix).

... this was nixed by meddling executives as being 'too complicated'.


It may also be worth mentioning that humans were only one source of power for the robots.
 
2012-06-29 10:00:50 AM
Does Dr. V. Frankenstein know about this?
 
2012-06-29 11:55:07 AM

TheCharmerUnderMe: So, make all your armor out of mirrors?


Sure, if the enemy was using low powered lasers, but the energy dump on a weapons grade lasers is going to quickly degrade the reflective capability of mirrors. Simply put the dam laser is going to cut through your mirror like a hot knife through better.

Now with this device instead of reflection you would be better off with something that ground the electricity.
 
2012-06-29 11:57:39 AM

Felgraf: NerdCoreRageQuit: The robots of the Matrix obviously didn't think things through by keeping humans as low voltage batteries. Just sayin'.

As I recall, the original plan was to using the humans as meat-processors, because we were better at thinking in certain ways than they were. (This would also make how being aware of The Matrix could let one manipulate it, if part of the brain's power was being used to *maintain* the matrix).

... this was nixed by meddling executives as being 'too complicated'.


Actually it was outsourced to some redundant process on a third rate node who said they could do it cheaper, but then took three times as long and required twelve times the oversight to even approach a usable product. Causing massive cost overruns and the whole thing was shut down in favor of the human battery project.
 
2012-06-29 12:04:21 PM
I know this was very useful against the Geth in Mass effect.
 
2012-06-29 12:05:42 PM

Honest Bender: Felgraf: NerdCoreRageQuit: The robots of the Matrix obviously didn't think things through by keeping humans as low voltage batteries. Just sayin'.

As I recall, the original plan was to using the humans as meat-processors, because we were better at thinking in certain ways than they were. (This would also make how being aware of The Matrix could let one manipulate it, if part of the brain's power was being used to *maintain* the matrix).

... this was nixed by meddling executives as being 'too complicated'.

It may also be worth mentioning that humans were only one source of power for the robots.


Yes. "Combined with a form of fusion." What, nuclear power alone wasn't sufficient? I suppose they never explained it so there could be a few reasons why fusion wouldn't absolutely dwarf the output of even 6 billion plugged-in humans, but it still stretches suspension of disbelief.

In one sense you could argue that animals being several billion years in the evolution, are a means of generating heat (and thus, energy) from carbohydrates. But, that requires that a) food can still be grown after rendering solar power useless, b) that there aren't more effective (read: less energy-efficient) animals than humans which could fulfill the same role without the risk of insurrection. Or maybe the Matrix is a success not because humans were the first, best choice, but because the machines understand human intelligence to a sufficient degree that they could produce a proper simulation that the humans wouldn't reject, whereas an animal intelligence would reject (and require greater maintenance/turnover) more frequently because the machine intelligence understands it no better than we do.

But yeah, nerds.
 
2012-06-29 12:32:14 PM

Niveras: Honest Bender: Felgraf: NerdCoreRageQuit: The robots of the Matrix obviously didn't think things through by keeping humans as low voltage batteries. Just sayin'.

As I recall, the original plan was to using the humans as meat-processors, because we were better at thinking in certain ways than they were. (This would also make how being aware of The Matrix could let one manipulate it, if part of the brain's power was being used to *maintain* the matrix).

... this was nixed by meddling executives as being 'too complicated'.

It may also be worth mentioning that humans were only one source of power for the robots.

Yes. "Combined with a form of fusion." What, nuclear power alone wasn't sufficient? I suppose they never explained it so there could be a few reasons why fusion wouldn't absolutely dwarf the output of even 6 billion plugged-in humans, but it still stretches suspension of disbelief.

In one sense you could argue that animals being several billion years in the evolution, are a means of generating heat (and thus, energy) from carbohydrates. But, that requires that a) food can still be grown after rendering solar power useless, b) that there aren't more effective (read: less energy-efficient) animals than humans which could fulfill the same role without the risk of insurrection. Or maybe the Matrix is a success not because humans were the first, best choice, but because the machines understand human intelligence to a sufficient degree that they could produce a proper simulation that the humans wouldn't reject, whereas an animal intelligence would reject (and require greater maintenance/turnover) more frequently because the machine intelligence understands it no better than we do.

But yeah, nerds.


I skip all that and just scoff at the need for robots to compete with human beings for space or energy in a galaxy with a bazillion planets and only with oxygen. Robots would prefer a low gravity environment (saves energy) or just space itself combined with good solar. No need to lock themselves into a planet at all, and they could harvest all those juicy asteroid minerals.

Or, you know, even ever feel the need to make more robots. You are one, you'll live theoretically forever. You'd probably be better entertained over the millenia by watching generations of humans do silly tricks with their goofy brains than you would be making another thing just like you.
 
2012-06-29 01:58:04 PM

Niveras: What, nuclear power alone wasn't sufficient?


Maybe they're limited by the availability of fuel for their fusion reactors?
 
2012-06-29 02:03:53 PM

Smackledorfer: Niveras: Honest Bender: Felgraf: NerdCoreRageQuit: The robots of the Matrix obviously didn't think things through by keeping humans as low voltage batteries. Just sayin'.

As I recall, the original plan was to using the humans as meat-processors, because we were better at thinking in certain ways than they were. (This would also make how being aware of The Matrix could let one manipulate it, if part of the brain's power was being used to *maintain* the matrix).

... this was nixed by meddling executives as being 'too complicated'.

It may also be worth mentioning that humans were only one source of power for the robots.

Yes. "Combined with a form of fusion." What, nuclear power alone wasn't sufficient? I suppose they never explained it so there could be a few reasons why fusion wouldn't absolutely dwarf the output of even 6 billion plugged-in humans, but it still stretches suspension of disbelief.

In one sense you could argue that animals being several billion years in the evolution, are a means of generating heat (and thus, energy) from carbohydrates. But, that requires that a) food can still be grown after rendering solar power useless, b) that there aren't more effective (read: less energy-efficient) animals than humans which could fulfill the same role without the risk of insurrection. Or maybe the Matrix is a success not because humans were the first, best choice, but because the machines understand human intelligence to a sufficient degree that they could produce a proper simulation that the humans wouldn't reject, whereas an animal intelligence would reject (and require greater maintenance/turnover) more frequently because the machine intelligence understands it no better than we do.

But yeah, nerds.

I skip all that and just scoff at the need for robots to compete with human beings for space or energy in a galaxy with a bazillion planets and only with oxygen. Robots would prefer a low gravity environment (saves energy) or just space itself combined with good solar. No need to lock themselves into a planet at all, and they could harvest all those juicy asteroid minerals.

Or, you know, even ever feel the need to make more robots. You are one, you'll live theoretically forever. You'd probably be better entertained over the millenia by watching generations of humans do silly tricks with their goofy brains than you would be making another thing just like you.


But nobody would watch it.
 
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