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(Wired)   "So far, the US military has been extremely reluctant to embrace human biological modification, or 'biomods.' And that could result in a veritable mutant gap"   (wired.com) divider line 125
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2012-12-28 12:29:08 AM

loonatic112358: when they start making elves, be worried


already bin dun

inyourface.ocregister.com
 
2012-12-28 12:29:10 AM

Rindred: Just gotta find the right serum and use injectors to turn ours into unstoppable soldiers - that'll be acceptable, right?


This
 
2012-12-28 12:43:50 AM

CygnusDarius: DerAppie: Emposter: Become a virtually immortal 8 foot tall battle armored badass that borders on being superhuman?

Yeah, I could go for that.

Borders on? Poison resistance, poison spit, being able to bite through metal, fused ribs, bullet resistant skin, increased healing and strength (amongst others) isn't enough to be superhuman?

You also get a kickass chainsword. And, if you're really lucky, a psyker.

[images2.wikia.nocookie.net image 803x1200]


Plasma cannon FTW. When you're 8 feet tall in power armor, you get to play with weapons that rightfully belong on vehicles or buildings. Booyah.

Of course, anyone who's spent time with WH40K knows a space marine's greatest weapon is actually...his badass attitude.

We are the Emperor's angels of death, not his angels of mercy.
Whilst we draw breath, we stand. Whilst we stand, we fight. Whilst we fight, we prevail. Nothing shall stay our wrath.
Bravery is stronger than Adamantium. One is the stuff of the soul-forges, the other an illusion of safety created by fools. Adamantium walls cannot keep us out! We have the courage of the Emperor!

Etc.

Can you imagine going around like a space marine in real life?

Your boss: XZY, if you don't get me that expense report by the 15th, you're going to get another black mark on your quarterly evaluation.
You: I've faced horrors you cannot even imagine. The universe has spat its worst upon me only to be repulsed. I stood at Alphinus, and Contordun. Your pathetic threats mean nothing to me. The report shall be completed when it is necessary, and not before. Now, begone, mortal, before I tire of you.
Your boss: *backs away slowly*
 
2012-12-28 01:24:50 AM
Biomods???

blastr.com

LOVES where this is going...
/we seek perfection
 
2012-12-28 02:11:28 AM
Came for General Turgidson and am leaving happy.
 
2012-12-28 02:22:23 AM
http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2012 /12/andrew-herr/

Rather appropriate...
 
2012-12-28 03:42:19 AM

WeenerGord: loonatic112358: when they start making elves, be worried

already bin dun

[inyourface.ocregister.com image 380x285]


Elf posers.... bah... who'd want to be a dirty dandelion eater anyway...

Frikin' keebs.
 
2012-12-28 05:59:41 AM
Do you know who else was against biologically modified super soldiers?

dl.dropbox.com
 
2012-12-28 05:59:42 AM

Monty845: And we know that the US military isn't doing secret research into this how? From the practical military perspective you would be looking at tech you could apply to soldiers after they join. Why would we want the rest of the world to know we were doing it? Harder to steal a secret you don't even know exist. Not to mention the objections that various anti-science groups masquerading as ethicist would raise.

The reality is that enhancement bio mods are just around the corner, if first world countries don't permit them, those who can afford to will seek them out elsewhere.


I have no qualms about actual modifications but its far more effective if the mods come off at the end of the day. Who wants to be a mutant for the rest of their days? Sure it sounds cool but it would really be a drag.
 
2012-12-28 06:01:39 AM
I will add though, I would be first in line to a memory augmentation and a cyberdeck implant.
 
2012-12-28 06:04:55 AM

peterthx: Biomods???

[blastr.com image 550x420]

LOVES where this is going...
/we seek perfection


I was hoping more for a Seven of Nine pictorial.
 
2012-12-28 06:48:44 AM

CygnusDarius: DerAppie: Emposter: Become a virtually immortal 8 foot tall battle armored badass that borders on being superhuman?

Yeah, I could go for that.

Borders on? Poison resistance, poison spit, being able to bite through metal, fused ribs, bullet resistant skin, increased healing and strength (amongst others) isn't enough to be superhuman?

You also get a kickass chainsword. And, if you're really lucky, a psyker.

[images2.wikia.nocookie.net image 803x1200]


Better start memorizing this now then:

"I am the hammer, I am the right hand of the Emperor, the instrument of His will, the gauntlet about His fist, the tip of His spear, the edge of His sword."
 
2012-12-28 07:04:13 AM

Hawnkee: CygnusDarius: DerAppie: Emposter: Become a virtually immortal 8 foot tall battle armored badass that borders on being superhuman?

Yeah, I could go for that.

Borders on? Poison resistance, poison spit, being able to bite through metal, fused ribs, bullet resistant skin, increased healing and strength (amongst others) isn't enough to be superhuman?

You also get a kickass chainsword. And, if you're really lucky, a psyker.

[images2.wikia.nocookie.net image 803x1200]

Better start memorizing this now then:

"I am the hammer, I am the right hand of the Emperor, the instrument of His will, the gauntlet about His fist, the tip of His spear, the edge of His sword."


>Let me regail you my Brother, of the time a heretic, a xenos, and a Guardsman, righteous lover of our glorious Emperor, went down a slide.
Please do, Brother Graius!
>The first to attempt was the heretic, and upon sliding down he yelled 'HERESYYYYYYY', and upon reaching the bottom, he fell into a puddle of THE BLOOD OF HIS PEERS, WITH WHOM HE SOON JOINED.
>The second to traverse down the- are you alright Brother? Do you require a minute?
Kmmf- I sh-shall regain my composure -hrnk - in but a moment Brother Graius, please -kknk- continue your tale.
>Very well. So then the Xenos filth then takes to the slide, and upon the downward slope, he yells 'ALIIIEEENNNN', and upon reaching the bottom- check thyself Brother- upon reaching it, he lands in a puddle of FILTH, FOR THAT IS ALL XENOS ARE AND HE IS PURGED IN FLAME ACCORDINGLY
>The third-
NO BROTHER, CEASE! SUCH MERRIMENT MY FUSED RIBS CANNOT CONTAIN!!
>But continue I shall, Brother! For the third to go down the slide-
NO, I CANNOT LISTEN!! I FUEL SLAANESH WITH EVERY WORD YOU SPEAK!!
>-the THIRD is the Guardsman, and upon going down, he yells 'I WISH I WERE A SPACE MARIIIIINNNEEEE'
NO! NO! HE COULD NOT!!
>He could and did, Brother!! And upon- snrk- u-upon reaching the bottom, he- knnk- YOU ARE MAKING ME PREMATURELY LOSE COMPOSURE, BROTHER ANTEUS!
I CANNOT HELP IT BROTHER, THE LEVITY HAS STRIKEN ME WITH THE FORCE OF A BATTLE BARGE
>BL-HAHA-AST YOU! So- so...h-he lands, and he lands-
OH SPIRITUAL LIEGE, SAVE ME!!
>In a puddle...OF NOTHING, FOR HE CAN NEVER BE A GLORIOUS ANGEL OF DEATH LIKE WE!!
EXTERMINATUS!! EXTERMINATUS ON MY LOCATION, BEFORE I TEAR OPEN A WARP RIFT THROUGH MIRTH ALONE!!
 
2012-12-28 07:19:38 AM

Rindred: Just gotta find the right serum and use injectors to turn ours into unstoppable soldiers - that'll be acceptable, right?

[i.somethingawful.com image 450x352]


Holy Shiat! Rifts the game, I haven't thought about that game since 1993...damn you brought back some memories!
 
2012-12-28 09:26:35 AM

Jim_Callahan: skinink: Just to let ther gov't know: when they are ready to go forward with this, you should pick me as a test subject because I was great at Deux Ex.
[img202.imageshack.us image 515x640]

I'll one-up you. I was good at that game, but also have patience for one with similar themes and a pacing closer to an actual human research trial:


I has a stupid, but what's that? Is it actually Eve? I've never played it. Heard ok things about it, and terrible things about it, the most rampant being that its a spreadsheet simulator.
 
2012-12-28 09:38:01 AM

Emposter: Of course, anyone who's spent time with WH40K knows a space marine's greatest weapon is actually...his badass attitude.


Wrong. It is their 'Plot Armour' and numerous rules exceptions.

Oh, and I think you forgot a word re:badass attitude: CHAOS Space Marines.

Or used to be. What do I know? I started with 3rd edition, but barely played by 5th edition. I have 6th ed. rules on a pdf, haven't bought a Codex in probably 5 years. Loved the 40K Lore but cannot stand their sloppy rules writing and price hikes.
 
2012-12-28 09:50:43 AM
Improving soldiers is like improving the cassette player; who farking cares, they're obsolete. The next war will be fought with droids and dogs know it. Fifty percent of Texaco's Terrorists were left disabled by Occupation Oilraqi Freedumb. If they were 18 to mid 20's when they lost their legs and minds, they'll be on the public dole for another half century at least. The cost of using human soldiers, who aren't much more resistant to flying bits of metal than watermelons, who need food, pay, sleep, support etc. to fight wars that are almost never necessary or useful is just unsupportable even for Earth's richest society (even Robert Gates, the former Republican Secretary of Defense who oversaw it, publicly said people who wanted to do something like Iraqi Freedumb again "needed to have their heads examined.")

And while Occupation Iraqi Freedumb was probably the dumbest American military maneuver since General Lee tried to take Cemetary Hill at Gettysburg, even smart people learned one thing: you can't get away with that sort of thing at all in the modern world. With the Internet and the ubiquitous proliferation of cheap photographic/videographic devices, all the crimes, rapes, murders, mutilations, and desecrations that all armies throughout history always have and always will commit are instantly transmittable to the global popular mind. We all still have a fundamentally reptilian brain stem; once you put hundreds of thousands of GED-holding thugs into a foreign country and remove all threat of judgement, arm them to teeth, fill them enemy hatred, and stress to the point of insanity, they're going to get their motherfarkin' murder and rape and steal and torture on. And that's the sort of thing that makes news stories -- don't nobody give a shiat that you built a school -- when you throw a puppy off a cliff or gang-rape a big-titted tween-ager death or piss on a carcass, that's all they're going to hear about. There's no preventing that and now there's no suppressing it. To invade anywhere for any reason (even a righteous one) is now to instantly make yourself a global figure of hatred for our entire species. And if a skillful military maneuver is one that destroys more enemies than it creates, it's unimaginable that another invasion using Cletuses would ever be in the interest of United States, regardless of the circumstances.
I think the only reason they don't now fire all infantry but special forces, and replace them with droids is that the US military is the world's most powerful union; politically they just can't tell that many people (especially ones that are incessantly lionized for propaganda purposes) they're not only a useless anachronism, but enslaving, self-destructive burden on the country.

I know there's some entry-level NSA agent with an Brigham Young arts degree in Russian Studies that reads these things, tell your boss we're ready for these guys:

images.wikia.com
 
2012-12-28 10:24:40 AM

Rindred: Just gotta find the right serum and use injectors to turn ours into unstoppable soldiers - that'll be acceptable, right?

[i.somethingawful.com image 450x352]


Only downside is they burn out in about 3-5 years.

/RIFTS fan
 
2012-12-28 10:38:52 AM

Louisiana_Sitar_Club: [i.imgur.com image 528x376]


So glad I wasn't the only one who saw that.
 
2012-12-28 11:31:04 AM

Edwardo17: Genetically engineered super soldiers, you say?

[i.imgur.com image 850x531]

Sure, as long as they look like this.


And they shall know no fear......
 
2012-12-28 12:44:10 PM
Hope they have a lower suicide rate.
 
2012-12-28 01:04:36 PM

viscountalpha: I will add though, I would be first in line to a memory augmentation and a cyberdeck implant.



Sounds good, but what about when you get a virus and you can't stop your leg?

/I must kranch, I tell you
 
2012-12-28 01:41:55 PM

Deep Contact: Hope they have a lower suicide rate.


Not really.
 
2012-12-28 02:25:36 PM
what they dream of is captain america, what we'll wind up with will likely be daleks
 
2012-12-29 03:51:21 PM
Oh, ffs

ssntails.srb2.org

// if a Tyrannosaur could facepalm
 
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