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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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2012-12-27 05:30:17 PM  
www.amazing1.com

Bring it on, pigs.
 
2012-12-27 05:31:03 PM  
War... war continues to change... or something to that effect.
 
2012-12-27 05:31:37 PM  
So start recruiting at Wal-Marts.
 
2012-12-27 05:34:54 PM  
1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-12-27 05:36:29 PM  
"Mr. President, we must not allow a mutant gap!"
3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-12-27 05:36:31 PM  
upload.wikimedia.org

We were warned, as early as 2002, as to the dangers of the United States falling behind in the mutant gap, and the resulting consequences in the next world war.
 
2012-12-27 05:36:45 PM  
Mutants you say?

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-12-27 05:37:02 PM  

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

 
2012-12-27 05:39:32 PM  

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:

wiki.eveonline.com
 
2012-12-27 05:40:22 PM  

phlegmmo: "Mr. President, we must not allow a mutant gap!"
[3.bp.blogspot.com image 304x380]



upload.wikimedia.org

Clearly the only answer is to breed prodigiously. Do we have any experts on this here?
 
2012-12-27 05:41:01 PM  
sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net
 
2012-12-27 05:42:46 PM  
Fire up the mako reacters.
 
2012-12-27 05:44:03 PM  
And this says nothing about Fartbamas refusal to fully fund plasmid research. We're going to have a splicer gap with the North Koreans, mark my words.
 
2012-12-27 05:46:05 PM  
img690.imageshack.us
likes where this thread is going
 
2012-12-27 05:46:05 PM  
Genetically engineered super soldiers, you say?

i.imgur.com

Sure, as long as they look like this.
 
2012-12-27 05:46:40 PM  
It's only a matter of time, really. *EVENTUALLY* we'll see genetic engineering of humans at a level which enables us to overcome disease, cancer, loss of vitality to aging, etc. The only question is when.
 
2012-12-27 05:46:51 PM  
Yeah, lets make a lot of mutants. That'll be the one thing our military needs! Cancer. Lots and lots of cancer.
 
2012-12-27 05:46:59 PM  

Satanic_Hamster: And this says nothing about Fartbamas refusal to fully fund plasmid research. We're going to have a splicer gap with the North Koreans, mark my words.


But what's the best part? Is it forever? Please tell me it's forever.
 
2012-12-27 05:53:17 PM  
d.gr-assets.com
 
2012-12-27 05:53:38 PM  

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:

[wiki.eveonline.com image 287x187]


+3's? ... cheapskate :).
 
2012-12-27 05:54:54 PM  
What, no mention of Zahn's Cobras yet?
 
2012-12-27 05:56:18 PM  
Or so you have been led to believe........
 
2012-12-27 05:56:23 PM  
I'm currently reading The Passage, where the US government uses death row inmates as test subjects for a virus that they are trying to tame in order to enhance the healing capabilities of soldiers. Unfortunately, the raw form of the virus turns those killers and rapists into vampire-like creatures, and hilarity inevitably ensues to an apocalyptic extent.
 
2012-12-27 05:56:57 PM  
i.imgur.com
 
2012-12-27 05:57:52 PM  

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 killed Nevarre on Hard mode with a knife without saving.
I beat the game using only melee weapons.
I beat the game without killing anyone except Nevarre (and I used the killphrase to do that).
I beat the game disallowing other non-player characters to kill each other, except 4 or 5 fatalities in Hell's Kitchen.

Deus Ex is my favorite game. May it live forever on my secret virtual optical drive on my thumb drive. I can play it on any computer without installing.

Damn Terrorists.
 
2012-12-27 05:58:52 PM  
Just gotta find the right serum and use injectors to turn ours into unstoppable soldiers - that'll be acceptable, right?

i.somethingawful.com
 
2012-12-27 05:59:21 PM  

khitsicker: +3's? ... cheapskate :).


In my defense, just started with FW, I've been losing like a pod a week to the new timer setup and aggression rule tweaks/bugs.
 
2012-12-27 05:59:23 PM  
Our biochem corpus is far more advanced, and their...ethical inflexibility...is allowing us to make progress in areas they wouldn't even consider.

*greasel purr*
 
2012-12-27 05:59:32 PM  

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


WIN!
 
2012-12-27 06:01:26 PM  

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


Lulz
 
2012-12-27 06:01:37 PM  
I forgot to brag that I beat Deus Ex without augs as well. Not even the flashlight. You have no idea how many flares there are in that game until you go no-flashlight.
 
2012-12-27 06:02:06 PM  
Lexx: It's only a matter of time, really. *EVENTUALLY* we'll see genetic engineering of humans at a level which enables us to overcome disease, cancer, loss of vitality to aging, etc. The only question is when.

images2.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2012-12-27 06:02:28 PM  

dj_spanmaster: What, no mention of Zahn's Cobras yet?


Bunch of young folk here.

/GOML
 
2012-12-27 06:04:07 PM  
The military could select troops and their officers for their unique, inborn ability to cope with stress. Or it could directly tweak a soldier's body functions - re-balancing the normal hormonal cocktail so the soldier doesn't panic, doesn't retreat and keeps on fighting, even when the odds are against him and any normal person would just give up.

images2.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2012-12-27 06:07:01 PM  

Slartibeerfest: War... war continues to change... or something to that effect.


www.themidnightcafe.com
 
2012-12-27 06:15:55 PM  
Obviously no-one will ever accept enhanced people

i47.tinypic.com
 
2012-12-27 06:16:20 PM  

Wangiss: 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 killed Nevarre on Hard mode with a knife without saving.
I beat the game using only melee weapons.
I beat the game without killing anyone except Nevarre (and I used the killphrase to do that).
I beat the game disallowing other non-player characters to kill each other, except 4 or 5 fatalities in Hell's Kitchen.

Deus Ex is my favorite game. May it live forever on my secret virtual optical drive on my thumb drive. I can play it on any computer without installing.

Damn Terrorists.


I discovered you could crouch and melee the chairs of the NPC. Once destroyed, they have to stand, and they end up wandering around. Sometimes they get annoyed. On my second playthrough, I grabbed every dead NSF member the filthy UNACTO pigs had killed and piled them on Manderlay's desk, then destroyed his chair. He was forced to stand up and LOOK AT THE DEATH HE BROUGHT. TO CONFRONT HIS EVIL.

I love that game and I note the difficulty of your achievements too.
 
2012-12-27 06:20:50 PM  

mjjt: Obviously no-one will ever accept enhanced people

[i47.tinypic.com image 284x177]


You can use all the fancy words you like, they're still witches to me.
 
2012-12-27 06:21:56 PM  

mjjt: Obviously no-one will ever accept enhanced people

[i47.tinypic.com image 284x177]


It's one thing to be mechanically enhanced due to loss of limb, and entirely another to be genetically engineered from birth. See the movie Gattica for an idea on how that would work out.
 
2012-12-27 06:23:06 PM  
You know who else wanted genetically superior soldiers?
 
2012-12-27 06:24:00 PM  
1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-12-27 06:25:50 PM  
You first, Andrew.
 
2012-12-27 06:27:01 PM  
The Pentagon's human-alien hybrid program has been shackled with inefficiencies since the early 80's with Reagan's numerous budget cuts. Reagan, Weinberger, and Bush misinterpreted the reasons behind the Human-Alien Genetic Hybridization program's failure to deliver on their stated goals with their XXO-0079i prototype. They, naturally, saw things through their small government perspective, while the HAGH's problems were more rooted in the Carter administration's more holistic defense aims which neutered HAGH's funding and flexibility. The DoD pawned HAGH's responsibilities off to a number of defense contractors in an effort to spur innovation through competition, but the division of talent only resulted in a number of programs too small and lacking in expertise to produce human-alien hybrids with any real practicality. While the diversity of contractor backgrounds certainly made for innovative concepts, they simply were not feasible and the hybridization aspects were often overshadowed by the contractor's primary development aims.

Take for instance, General Dynamics' ill-fated "Dallara" prototypes which spliced Whadrian psychonetic genes with human fetuses which were then incubated for 15-months in a HGH/VZX-based slurry. The souls were then extracted in a F-class exorcism and placed in a Stryker. The soul would then utilize Whadrian sub-neural soothe-melodies to place passengers and Stryker operators into a hyper-aware fugue state. We all know that the initial results showed that the Whadrian-induced states were great for improving soldier awareness (soldiers spotting camouflaged enemies at over 15000 yards with only their eyes) and endurance (5.2 shots to the torso before experiencing any pain). But only one additional exposure to the soothe-melodies resulted in the soldiers' brains collapsing into themselves and leaving them with the same mental acuity as a Gila Monster. $1.6 Billion down the drain because General Dynamics did not have any communication with SAIC who had discovered this four years earlier.

All HAGH programs are under Pegasus Global Holdings now and are producing hybrids of some meager quality. Some nights I experience hyper-dimensional dreams caused by an accidental hybridization with a Vlan brain-fruit which show me where we would be if HAGH wasn't split up and I weep crystal tears. The decades we in Dimension AXDD1992855939221 lost due to politics getting in the way of hybridization is just that painful to me and my Vlan emotional cortex.
 
2012-12-27 06:27:34 PM  

Mad_Radhu: I'm currently reading The Passage, where the US government uses death row inmates as test subjects for a virus that they are trying to tame in order to enhance the healing capabilities of soldiers. Unfortunately, the raw form of the virus turns those killers and rapists into vampire-like creatures, and hilarity inevitably ensues to an apocalyptic extent.


Read that book. It's a good read, reminded me of the better parts of The Stand.

Didn't care for the ending, as I was under the mistaken impression that it was a stand-alone story and not the beginning of a trilogy.
 
2012-12-27 06:31:05 PM  

NexusSix: Our biochem corpus is far more advanced, and their...ethical inflexibility...is allowing us to make progress in areas they wouldn't even consider.

*greasel purr*


Is this Kane of the Brotherhood of Nod?
 
2012-12-27 06:31:14 PM  
Well if the U.S. military falls too far behind they can always contact Major League Baseball about their program.
2.bp.blogspot.com
www.takethepiss.com
 
2012-12-27 06:31:36 PM  
fc00.deviantart.net
 
2012-12-27 06:33:06 PM  
Our future soldiers on top compared to weaker USSR soldiers on the bottom.

4.bp.blogspot.com

Only one inserted GM gene does this
 
2012-12-27 06:33:54 PM  

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]


Rifts reference on the play: automatic first down.

/Be careful that "He Who Shall Not Be Named" doesn't unleash his cadre of copyright lawyers on ya.
//And he will.
 
2012-12-27 06:35:24 PM  

Acharne: Wangiss: 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 killed Nevarre on Hard mode with a knife without saving.
I beat the game using only melee weapons.
I beat the game without killing anyone except Nevarre (and I used the killphrase to do that).
I beat the game disallowing other non-player characters to kill each other, except 4 or 5 fatalities in Hell's Kitchen.

Deus Ex is my favorite game. May it live forever on my secret virtual optical drive on my thumb drive. I can play it on any computer without installing.

Damn Terrorists.

I discovered you could crouch and melee the chairs of the NPC. Once destroyed, they have to stand, and they end up wandering around. Sometimes they get annoyed. On my second playthrough, I grabbed every dead NSF member the filthy UNACTO pigs had killed and piled them on Manderlay's desk, then destroyed his chair. He was forced to stand up and LOOK AT THE DEATH HE BROUGHT. TO CONFRONT HIS EVIL.

I love that game and I note the difficulty of your achievements too.


Thank you for the hilarious protip and the recognition. I also love to kill people by falling on them, but that's a feature in most every game nowadays.

I loved to aug my arms and legs to be able to pick up heavy objects and jump high. Oh the places you'll go!
 
2012-12-27 06:35:36 PM  

Wangiss: Deus Ex is my favorite game. May it live forever on my secret virtual optical drive on my thumb drive. I can play it on any computer without installing.

Damn Terrorists.


Are you a wizard?

How you do this thing?
 
2012-12-27 06:36:19 PM  
I saw this movie / read this book / played this game / watched this anime... it did not end well.
 
2012-12-27 06:36:21 PM  

Edwardo17: Genetically engineered super soldiers, you say?



Sure, as long as they look like this.


Fred, kelly, linda and john laugh at your feeble space marines.
◀mjolnirmkiv.jpg▶
/DUNNO HOW TO LINK ON SMARTPHONE :(
/someone gimme a hand hur
 
2012-12-27 06:39:50 PM  

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:

[wiki.eveonline.com image 287x187]


Your lack of faction implants makes me question your ability.

/I never had them either
 
2012-12-27 06:41:31 PM  

Baumli: Edwardo17: Genetically engineered super soldiers, you say?



Sure, as long as they look like this.

Fred, kelly, linda and john laugh at your feeble space marines.
◀mjolnirmkiv.jpg▶
/DUNNO HOW TO LINK ON SMARTPHONE :(
/someone gimme a hand hur


Put the following in between a less than and greater than symbols
img src = "link.html"
 
2012-12-27 06:41:54 PM  

Fano: NexusSix: Our biochem corpus is far more advanced, and their...ethical inflexibility...is allowing us to make progress in areas they wouldn't even consider.

*greasel purr*

Is this Kane of the Brotherhood of Nod?


green greasy greasels
 
2012-12-27 06:42:04 PM  

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


Nice, very nice. I knew my memory was piqued by something and that was it.
 
2012-12-27 06:42:35 PM  
Bollocks, Mulder and Scully have been investigating this since the mid-90s or so.
 
2012-12-27 06:42:49 PM  
cdn.gamerant.com

Really? I'm the first?
 
2012-12-27 06:42:59 PM  
Subby's mom already has a mutant gap.
 
2012-12-27 06:45:12 PM  

Dingleberry Dickwad: mjjt: Obviously no-one will ever accept enhanced people

[i47.tinypic.com image 284x177]

It's one thing to be mechanically enhanced due to loss of limb, and entirely another to be genetically engineered from birth. See the movie Gattica for an idea on how that would work out.


I'm not sure that's true - l think it will creep in almost unseen and undebated. The technology will become available and will be used ahead of any ethical decisions.

The debate over what sort of mechanical enhancement is legit only came after the technology.

We already accept in utero biological repairs of hearts, stomachs etc

Genetic repair for single gene problems (Huntingtons?) is the next step

And there is a pretty fuzzy line between fixing and enhancing.
 
2012-12-27 06:45:26 PM  

BumpInTheNight: [sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net image 850x314]

An army of Tabithas cannot fail!

/Okay,if I put a new keyboard on your tab? Because you just made me snort coffee all over mine...
 
2012-12-27 06:46:32 PM  
Moo!

inethub.olvi.net.ua
 
2012-12-27 06:46:44 PM  

President Merkin Muffley: Wangiss: Deus Ex is my favorite game. May it live forever on my secret virtual optical drive on my thumb drive. I can play it on any computer without installing.

Damn Terrorists.

Are you a wizard?

How you do this thing?


DAEMON Tools Lite will allow you to run a .ISO file (a CD image) as though it were a real CD. So you can store CDs and DVDs on a thumb drive. You can also install games directly on the thumb drive. Make sure to run them on a fast USB port or they'll be slow.

DO NOT download DAEMON Tools Lite from any source that asks you to download other files with it, pay a fee, or give out your personal information.
 
2012-12-27 06:47:53 PM  
Came for the Strangelove references, leaving satisfied.
 
2012-12-27 06:48:28 PM  
Approves
http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20120404140659/xmenmovies/image s /thumb/1/15/2.jpg/300px-2.jpg
 
2012-12-27 06:48:34 PM  
You can put StarCraft and other such fun games on a thumb drive as well. Think of walking around with emulators and roms in your pocket. Good times.
 
2012-12-27 06:55:16 PM  
"The Russians had a beard!"
 
2012-12-27 06:57:58 PM  
Hey, I went to high school with that guy. Crazy stuff.

/look at me contributing to the conversation.
 
2012-12-27 07:04:06 PM  

gaslight: You know who else wanted genetically superior soldiers?


jheesh, pretty far into the thread. nice work gaslight.
 
2012-12-27 07:05:07 PM  

phlegmmo: "Mr. President, we must not allow a mutant gap!"


Came for that, leaving satisfied.
 
2012-12-27 07:06:32 PM  

Lexx: It's only a matter of time, really. *EVENTUALLY* we'll see genetic engineering of humans at a level which enables us to overcome disease, cancer, loss of vitality to aging, etc. The only question is when.


You mean, who?
 
2012-12-27 07:07:15 PM  

It's Me Bender: www.amazing1.com

Bring it on, pigs.


do those things actually work? i mean, a cap, a coil, and sparkgap in dish casts a magic EMP beam? powerful enough to, what, knock out a laptop at 14 inches, ineffective by 14 feet?.
 
2012-12-27 07:07:22 PM  
Unacceptable.

I want machines in my body.

I want to make sweet, sweet love to a tentacle monster.
 
2012-12-27 07:07:54 PM  
Have we forgotten the lessons of Operation Infinite Walrus?

i.imgur.com
 
2012-12-27 07:10:08 PM  
So... The future of war... Is a Bioshock game?
Neat!
 
2012-12-27 07:12:56 PM  

Wangiss: President Merkin Muffley: Wangiss: Deus Ex is my favorite game. May it live forever on my secret virtual optical drive on my thumb drive. I can play it on any computer without installing.

Damn Terrorists.

Are you a wizard?

How you do this thing?

DAEMON Tools Lite will allow you to run a .ISO file (a CD image) as though it were a real CD. So you can store CDs and DVDs on a thumb drive. You can also install games directly on the thumb drive. Make sure to run them on a fast USB port or they'll be slow.

DO NOT download DAEMON Tools Lite from any source that asks you to download other files with it, pay a fee, or give out your personal information.


Ah, thanks for the info. Not going to use daemon tools ever again. It completely hosed my install of server 2003. Poweriso4lyfe.
 
2012-12-27 07:17:26 PM  
So, six million dollars?
 
2012-12-27 07:21:42 PM  

Edwardo17: Genetically engineered super soldiers, you say?

[i.imgur.com image 850x531]

Sure, as long as they look like this.


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

Yeah, I could go for that.
 
2012-12-27 07:33:42 PM  

Lexx: It's only a matter of time, really. *EVENTUALLY* we'll see genetic engineering of humans at a level which enables us to overcome disease, cancer, loss of vitality to aging, etc. The only question is when.


It's far more likely that the first ones will allow for auto-vibrating, everlasting hardons or skin that doesn't age.

Who cares about cancer when we can keep farkin well past our 90th birthday?
 
2012-12-27 07:35:34 PM  

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


first thing I thought of.
 
2012-12-27 07:39:01 PM  
24.media.tumblr.com
This is what I expected when I was a kid. War I am disappoint.
 
2012-12-27 07:46:22 PM  

President Merkin Muffley: Not going to use daemon tools ever again.


It's pretty stunning that after all this time, Microsoft hasn't provided a solution for this. Every other OS on Earth can mount ISOs without resorting to third party software. Microsoft still distributes much of its software on ISO, yet Windows can't mount it without help.
 
2012-12-27 07:57:00 PM  

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?
 
2012-12-27 07:58:56 PM  

Edwardo17: Genetically engineered super soldiers, you say?

[i.imgur.com image 850x531]

Sure, as long as they look like this.


Came here for Warhammer 40k, leaving BLOOD FOR THE BLOOD GOD.
 
2012-12-27 07:59:53 PM  

t3knomanser: President Merkin Muffley: Not going to use daemon tools ever again.

It's pretty stunning that after all this time, Microsoft hasn't provided a solution for this. Every other OS on Earth can mount ISOs without resorting to third party software. Microsoft still distributes much of its software on ISO, yet Windows can't mount it without help.


Windows 8 does this.
 
2012-12-27 08:00:16 PM  

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
 
2012-12-27 08:07:08 PM  
Brings to mind the new DVD "Futurama 7" episode 7 "The Six Million Dollar Mon"! "Hermes replaces his body parts with mighty mechanical upgrades". Hilarity ensues when Dr. Zoidberg makes a new Hermes out of his cast off human parts!

i849.photobucket.com">
 
2012-12-27 08:23:16 PM  
Wangiss: DAEMON Tools Lite will allow you to run a .ISO file (a CD image) as though it were a real CD.

sudo mount -o loop ~/somefile.iso ~/somepath
 
2012-12-27 08:42:49 PM  

StoPPeRmobile: So, six million dollars?


Why build one when you can have two for twice the price?
farm4.static.flickr.com
BTW bionics were nuclear powered and detectable with a geiger counter outside the body. I hope they didn't get brain cancer from the eye and the ear by now.
 
2012-12-27 08:44:01 PM  

Foxxinnia: The Pentagon's human-alien hybrid program has been shackled with inefficiencies since the early 80's with Reagan's numerous budget cuts. Reagan, Weinberger, and Bush misinterpreted the reasons behind the Human-Alien Genetic Hybridization program's failure to deliver on their stated goals with their XXO-0079i prototype. They, naturally, saw things through their small government perspective, while the HAGH's problems were more rooted in the Carter administration's more holistic defense aims which neutered HAGH's funding and flexibility. The DoD pawned HAGH's responsibilities off to a number of defense contractors in an effort to spur innovation through competition, but the division of talent only resulted in a number of programs too small and lacking in expertise to produce human-alien hybrids with any real practicality. While the diversity of contractor backgrounds certainly made for innovative concepts, they simply were not feasible and the hybridization aspects were often overshadowed by the contractor's primary development aims.

Take for instance, General Dynamics' ill-fated "Dallara" prototypes which spliced Whadrian psychonetic genes with human fetuses which were then incubated for 15-months in a HGH/VZX-based slurry. The souls were then extracted in a F-class exorcism and placed in a Stryker. The soul would then utilize Whadrian sub-neural soothe-melodies to place passengers and Stryker operators into a hyper-aware fugue state. We all know that the initial results showed that the Whadrian-induced states were great for improving soldier awareness (soldiers spotting camouflaged enemies at over 15000 yards with only their eyes) and endurance (5.2 shots to the torso before experiencing any pain). But only one additional exposure to the soothe-melodies resulted in the soldiers' brains collapsing into themselves and leaving them with the same mental acuity as a Gila Monster. $1.6 Billion down the drain because General Dynamics did not have any communication with SAI ...


I'm not saying its aliens, but...

/am I issuing a reference here?
 
2012-12-27 08:46:58 PM  
Build a Macron.
 
2012-12-27 08:56:25 PM  
Qualities that today must be honed by years of training and education could be installed in a relative instant by, say, an injection or a targeted burst of electricity to the brain.

I know Kung Fu.
 
2012-12-27 09:05:58 PM  
U.S military? Bio-modification?
media.comicvine.com
You rang?
 
2012-12-27 09:08:15 PM  
My recommendation is Old Man's War by John Scalzi, great entertaining read about this very subject.
 
2012-12-27 09:09:21 PM  

Summer Glau's Love Slave: 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]

Rifts reference on the play: automatic first down.

/Be careful that "He Who Shall Not Be Named" doesn't unleash his cadre of copyright lawyers on ya.
//And he will.


Chat's a negative chummer.
 
2012-12-27 09:41:18 PM  
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.
 
2012-12-27 09:41:18 PM  
Nem Wan: The Indians did it cheaper in the '90s.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5p4GVEeg1DI
 
2012-12-27 09:43:44 PM  

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

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



Nice dress, pinhead
 
2012-12-28 12:24:00 AM  
when they start making elves, be worried
 
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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