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(Defense Tech)   DARPA wants drones with frickin' laser beams attached to their heads   ( defensetech.org) divider line
    More: Followup, DARPA, lasers, airborne lasers, laser weapon, ballistic missiles, Northrop Grumman  
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1829 clicks; posted to Geek » on 02 Nov 2013 at 11:34 AM (3 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2013-11-02 10:02:13 AM  
This is the most reasonable purposed use of a military laser I have heard.
 
2013-11-02 11:39:39 AM  
Oh, goody! Anyone who thinks these lasers will be used purely for missile defense is delusional. Soon, we'll have the CIA lasing individuals and military targets from the air, anywhere in the world, solely on the say-so of intelligence reports.

On the one hand, our assassinations will be far more deliberate and involve far fewer civilian casualties. On the other hand, we're still assassinating people.
 
2013-11-02 11:51:13 AM  
Kent! Are you still touching yourself?
 
2013-11-02 11:51:24 AM  
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AND CHIHUAHUAS WITH CHAINSAW HATS!!!!!
 
2013-11-02 11:52:05 AM  
Drone: An idle person who lives off others; a loafer.

DARPA wants to put a laser beam on my ex-wife's head? Good luck!
 
2013-11-02 11:54:03 AM  

FormlessOne: Oh, goody! Anyone who thinks these lasers will be used purely for missile defense is delusional. Soon, we'll have the CIA lasing individuals and military targets from the air, anywhere in the world, solely on the say-so of intelligence reports.

On the one hand, our assassinations will be far more deliberate and involve far fewer civilian casualties. On the other hand, we're still assassinating people.


Meh, every once in a while someone vaporizes.  I can live with that.  Meanwhile, we're still subjected to Miley Cirus nekkid on a wrecking ball.  If I could remove one from reality first, I'd remove that hyper skinny twerker with sharp knees first.
 
2013-11-02 12:02:42 PM  
Get out the popcorn.
 
2013-11-02 12:02:47 PM  

FormlessOne: Oh, goody! Anyone who thinks these lasers will be used purely for missile defense is delusional. Soon, we'll have the CIA lasing individuals and military targets from the air, anywhere in the world, solely on the say-so of intelligence reports.

On the one hand, our assassinations will be far more deliberate and involve far fewer civilian casualties. On the other hand, we're still assassinating people.


Answer: Tin Foil Hats
 
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2013-11-02 12:29:25 PM  

FormlessOne: Oh, goody! Anyone who thinks these lasers will be used purely for missile defense is delusional. Soon, we'll have the CIA lasing individuals and military targets from the air, anywhere in the world, solely on the say-so of intelligence reports.

On the one hand, our assassinations will be far more deliberate and involve far fewer civilian casualties. On the other hand, we're still assassinating people.


And it'll be really cool!   Like using a magnifying glass on ants!
 
2013-11-02 12:47:34 PM  

FormlessOne: Oh, goody! Anyone who thinks these lasers will be used purely for missile defense is delusional. Soon, we'll have the CIA lasing individuals and military targets from the air, anywhere in the world, solely on the say-so of intelligence reports.

On the one hand, our assassinations will be far more deliberate and involve far fewer civilian casualties. On the other hand, we're still assassinating people.


Lasers require so much power (read: weight) that a laser powerful enough to take out a ground target isn't really practical.  Technically an air-compatible laser could kill someone, but they could stand behind a wall and be completely safe so not going to replace guns and rockets anytime soon


What laser weapons are good for is screwing up heat-sensitive equipment like missile guidance systems and blinding detection systems... like, for instance, the kind of camera systems you'd use to try to counter drones.  Both of those things are fairly useful from a drone deployment perspective.
 
2013-11-02 12:52:34 PM  
Science fiction writers foresaw this abuse of technology coming in dystopian novels of the Fifties and Sixties. For the rest of you, there's Fark and the farking news.
 
2013-11-02 01:12:17 PM  

FormlessOne: Oh, goody! Anyone who thinks these lasers will be used purely for missile defense is delusional. Soon, we'll have the CIA lasing individuals and military targets from the air, anywhere in the world, solely on the say-so of intelligence reports.

On the one hand, our assassinations will be far more deliberate and involve far fewer civilian casualties. On the other hand, we're still assassinating people.


So a hundred years from now we might have a problem? Got it.
 
2013-11-02 01:46:34 PM  
Will only be cool if they make a good "pew-pew-pew" sound.
 
2013-11-02 01:51:10 PM  
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Hi guys!.....
 
2013-11-02 02:36:05 PM  

rohar: FormlessOne: Oh, goody! Anyone who thinks these lasers will be used purely for missile defense is delusional. Soon, we'll have the CIA lasing individuals and military targets from the air, anywhere in the world, solely on the say-so of intelligence reports.

On the one hand, our assassinations will be far more deliberate and involve far fewer civilian casualties. On the other hand, we're still assassinating people.

Meh, every once in a while someone vaporizes.  I can live with that.  Meanwhile, we're still subjected to Miley Cirus nekkid on a wrecking ball.  If I could remove one from reality first, I'd remove that hyper skinny twerker with sharp knees first.


Seriously? You'd go right to her without test-firing on the Kardashians first?
 
2013-11-02 02:41:26 PM  
General Townes can afford his upgrade now?
 
2013-11-02 02:42:50 PM  

brantgoose: Science fiction writers foresaw this abuse of technology coming in dystopian novels of the Fifties and Sixties. For the rest of you, there's Fark and the farking news.


Embrace the self aware colony or go to the punishment sphere, your choice, Winston.
 
2013-11-02 05:52:17 PM  

BalugaJoe: Get out the popcorn.


What you did there, I see it.
 
2013-11-02 07:08:31 PM  
Always about DARPA with DARPA.
 
2013-11-02 07:47:35 PM  
Oblig.
www.theclevelandfan.com
 
2013-11-03 10:53:52 AM  
OK I need to let you all in on one important fact.

The United States Geological Survey will be using drones to fly topographical survey missions over the United States.   They will be looking at everything you have and every contour of the land.  They will sneak into your bedroom and sniff your wife's panties (except the ones made by Lockheed that sometimes swing the other way).  They will be taking pictures of your daughters swimming naked, your sons jacking off at the neighbor's wife and of your grandmother tending her ditch weed.

They will be flying over EVERY MILLIMETER of the United States and over portions of Canada, Mexico, Germany, Botswana, Madagascar and New Jersey.
They will report everything they see in real-time as well as store massive amounts of data that have to be downloaded on return to base.
They will give you cancer, aids, facial warts and baptize you into the Mormon church.

Their job is to produce REALLY GREAT MAPS as well as have you arrested so the government can take your land.
 
2013-11-03 06:45:14 PM  

prjindigo: OK I need to let you all in on one important fact.


Forgot the 'ground penetrating radar' bit. Anyone with a bunker or secret underground room might want to move the weed plants.
 
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