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(Network World)   US military research agency comes up with the great idea of dropping robotic pods all over the world's seafloors, where they'll await further commands. What could possibly go IA IA CTHULHU FHTAGN?   (networkworld.com) divider line 20
    More: Interesting, DARPA, ejector seats, submersibles, ocean floor, military research, distributed systems, Cthulhu  
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2013-01-12 09:10:14 AM  
Pacific Rim? Actually a documentary, as it turns out.
 
2013-01-12 09:26:38 AM  
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We could end up spending two hours searching every cabin on a cruise ship for that one last alien.
 
2013-01-12 09:57:52 AM  
Pods, you say?

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2013-01-12 09:59:04 AM  
And if they decide to use high explosives as the preferred 'payload' those things would become an instant remotely activated minefield... interesting...
 
2013-01-12 10:06:47 AM  
One of my favorite episodes.
Link
 
2013-01-12 10:31:16 AM  
It's OK, Martha and the Doctor will never allow the use of the Osterhaugen Key.
 
2013-01-12 10:49:35 AM  
Let's keep making up crazy ass projects like these to keep Chinese spies busy sorting the gold from the dirt.
 
2013-01-12 11:03:14 AM  
Podsweeper:

www.cs.sjsu.edu
 
2013-01-12 11:41:58 AM  

malle-herbert: And if they decide to use high explosives as the preferred 'payload' those things would become an instant remotely activated minefield... interesting...


A minefield on the ocean floor wouldn't be very useful.
 
2013-01-12 12:15:38 PM  
Those things can be made to float to the surface by remote control... so...
 
2013-01-12 12:19:31 PM  
Some day someone is going to have to clean all that crap up.
 
2013-01-12 12:20:09 PM  
Either DARPA is not cleared to know about the Benthic Treaty with BLUE HADES/The Old Ones, or they're not talking about very deep water here.

/yeah I read "The Jennifer Morgue", why do you ask?
//DARPA comes up with all sorts of wacky ideas, it's their job.
 
2013-01-12 12:20:51 PM  
KarmicDisaster:
Some day someone is going to have to clean all that crap up.

Also an excellent point. Hopefully the packages would be "smart" enough to avoid that.
 
2013-01-12 12:21:16 PM  

malle-herbert: Those things can be made to float to the surface by remote control... so...


Mines in the middle of the ocean are pretty worthless; they're put into choke points and still are only effective in massive numbers.

Put some propulsion and a sensor package on them? That's different
 
2013-01-12 12:52:46 PM  
Without direct wire connections wouldn't a system using infrasound be necessary to communicate with devices located at any substantial depth?
 
2013-01-12 02:30:09 PM  
malle-herbert

And if they decide to use high explosives as the preferred 'payload' those things would become an instant remotely activated minefield... interesting...

Old sci-fi is old. The Wabbler.
 
2013-01-12 02:43:56 PM  
You don't need high explosives. You use variable buoyancy, and when one of these things becomes strongly buoyant it will reach the surface with more than enough energy to sink a large warship.

This is one of the variations of the Infinity Torpedo concept from the early 1980s. It's not new; it did in fact originate (outside of SF, even) well before WWII. New technology produces new ways of accomplishing the same effect, and it gets resurrected as a 'new' idea. That's all.
 
2013-01-12 03:21:51 PM  
I'm a little curious how this meshes with lots-o-countries' interest in exploiting the seafloor for mineral resources (say, manganese nodules etc) - particularly since the US hasn't yet ratified the Law of the Sea treaty that would actually enable  us to legitimately get involved in that sort of thing.

"If we can't have it, shall we just drop military shiat all over it to make it harder for everyone else?"
 
2013-01-12 10:52:56 PM  
Considering that a decent percentage of the ocean floor is already wired with hydrophones (SOSUS) that we know about...
 
2013-01-12 11:22:01 PM  
Sounds like the "pods" from hunger games.

//that's right. I said it.
 
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