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2017-09-29 09:24:16 AM  
They should use it to try and target TETSUOOOOOOOOOO!
 
2017-09-29 10:09:14 AM  
Great Dane seen trotting around Jerry's house.
 
2017-09-29 11:25:36 AM  
sites.google.com
 
2017-09-29 01:20:31 PM  
The reason laser weapons are not particularly practical: Retroreflectors.

They are also the only weapon that can be defeated by sufficiently white paint.
 
2017-09-29 01:57:03 PM  
That could give you a really bad case of heartburn.
 
2017-09-29 02:45:46 PM  
So we'll be seeing an increase of shiny chromed enemy planes i guess?
 
2017-09-29 02:47:23 PM  
So instead of 'shields up', it's 'mirrors up'?
 
2017-09-29 02:47:31 PM  
Laughing my ass off at the name of the Foxnews blog section for this stuff.

Fox Firepower

It's like a bald eagle came all over the browser window.
 
2017-09-29 02:47:36 PM  
Was this the final result?
 
Real Genius (8/8) Movie CLIP - Jerry's House of Popcorn (1985) HD
Youtube rthHSISkM7A
 
2017-09-29 02:49:12 PM  
Nice ad
 
2017-09-29 02:50:53 PM  
"Delilah....get me, 8-14."
 
2017-09-29 02:54:14 PM  
media.istockphoto.com
 
2017-09-29 02:55:48 PM  

nmrsnr: The reason laser weapons are not particularly practical: Retroreflectors.

They are also the only weapon that can be defeated by sufficiently white paint.


From what I've read that's not a serious concern as the lasers are powerful enough to simply burn through white paint and reflectors are both too heavy and too hard to maintain. A coating reflective enough to bounce a 30 kw laser wouldn't stay clean or unscratched long while exposed to the elements.
 
2017-09-29 02:57:57 PM  
"For the United States, thanks to pioneering efforts of American companies like Lockheed Martin and the military, laser weapons are no longer the stuff of Star Wars and Star Trek. "

Want to know more?

Seriously, this reads like a pamphlet from the Lockheed both at Farnborough.
 
2017-09-29 02:58:49 PM  
I can only imagine the author of that article was busy clamping electrodes to their nipples while they were writing that piece. And maybe drooling a little.

Just get it over with and f*ck the laser already. Jesus Christ.
 
2017-09-29 02:58:58 PM  
Last night I had a dream where I saw myself standing in sort of sun-god robes on a pyramid with a thousand naked women screaming and throwing little pickles at me.
 
2017-09-29 03:01:36 PM  

Bonzo_1116: Laughing my ass off at the name of the Foxnews blog section for this stuff.

Fox Firepower

It's like a bald eagle came all over the browser window.


Fox News knows their demographic.

orig03.deviantart.net
 
2017-09-29 03:01:49 PM  

Lorenzo Von Matterhorn: Last night I had a dream where I saw myself standing in sort of sun-god robes on a pyramid with a thousand naked women screaming and throwing little pickles at me.


I thought I was the only one with that dream.
 
2017-09-29 03:03:32 PM  

tn_prvteye: "For the United States, thanks to pioneering efforts of American companies like Lockheed Martin and the military, laser weapons are no longer the stuff of Star Wars and Star Trek. "

Want to know more?

Seriously, this reads like a pamphlet from the Lockheed both at Farnborough.


It's fox News. Of course it reads like a pamphlet from the Lockheed booth.

/Disclaimer: I own LM and Raytheon stock. I figure its one way to make the rubes pay me.
 
2017-09-29 03:08:06 PM  
Not that lasers aren't cool and promising and everything, but damned if that article didn't read like a sales pitch from the developer.
 
2017-09-29 03:08:34 PM  

To The Escape Zeppelin!: nmrsnr: The reason laser weapons are not particularly practical: Retroreflectors.

They are also the only weapon that can be defeated by sufficiently white paint.

From what I've read that's not a serious concern as the lasers are powerful enough to simply burn through white paint and reflectors are both too heavy and too hard to maintain. A coating reflective enough to bounce a 30 kw laser wouldn't stay clean or unscratched long while exposed to the elements.


I'm not taking any chances. I've already modified my car.

img.fark.net
 
2017-09-29 03:13:49 PM  

afghanwhiggle: Lorenzo Von Matterhorn: Last night I had a dream where I saw myself standing in sort of sun-god robes on a pyramid with a thousand naked women screaming and throwing little pickles at me.

I thought I was the only one with that dream.


Oh great, thanks for mentioning that on the Internet.   Now thousands of people know one of the Five Infallible Dreams.  How are we supposed to find the True Prophet now?

/When you start having the dream about the _____ and the _____, call me.
 
2017-09-29 03:14:14 PM  

DarkSoulNoHope: Bonzo_1116: Laughing my ass off at the name of the Foxnews blog section for this stuff.

Fox Firepower

It's like a bald eagle came all over the browser window.

Fox News knows their demographic.

[orig03.deviantart.net image 619x472]


Well, if the guy was holding a My Little Pony doll instead of a machine gun, and on a desk chair instead of a scooter that would be your average FARKer.
 
2017-09-29 03:15:13 PM  
'real lasers are invisible'

You know what? fark it. I don't care anymore, just say whatever you think is correct. Make definitive statements about shiat you don't understand and speak with authority about them because who gives a shiat anymore? fark your journalistic integrity, fark your viewers or readers fark it all, doing shiat like research is farking work and fark that.
 
2017-09-29 03:16:51 PM  
So as long as the enemy uses drones with a matte finish, stick to the flight plan, on clear days and maintain a constant speed, they don't have a chance.
 
2017-09-29 03:17:20 PM  
Damn. Must be a +5 Sanctum Repeater, L2/LT.
 
2017-09-29 03:17:42 PM  

BigNumber12: To The Escape Zeppelin!: nmrsnr: The reason laser weapons are not particularly practical: Retroreflectors.

They are also the only weapon that can be defeated by sufficiently white paint.

From what I've read that's not a serious concern as the lasers are powerful enough to simply burn through white paint and reflectors are both too heavy and too hard to maintain. A coating reflective enough to bounce a 30 kw laser wouldn't stay clean or unscratched long while exposed to the elements.

I'm not taking any chances. I've already modified my car.

[img.fark.net image 668x500]


Add run-flat tires and your golden (well silver anyways)
 
2017-09-29 03:20:42 PM  

mrshowrules: BigNumber12: To The Escape Zeppelin!: nmrsnr: The reason laser weapons are not particularly practical: Retroreflectors.

They are also the only weapon that can be defeated by sufficiently white paint.

From what I've read that's not a serious concern as the lasers are powerful enough to simply burn through white paint and reflectors are both too heavy and too hard to maintain. A coating reflective enough to bounce a 30 kw laser wouldn't stay clean or unscratched long while exposed to the elements.

I'm not taking any chances. I've already modified my car.

[img.fark.net image 668x500]

Add run-flat tires and your golden (well silver anyways)


Yeah until they program the targeting computer to aim at your face through the windshield or side windows.
 
2017-09-29 03:24:36 PM  

mrshowrules: So as long as the enemy uses drones with a matte finish, stick to the flight plan, on clear days and maintain a constant speed, they don't have a chance.


That's how it is TODAY, yes.
 
2017-09-29 03:29:29 PM  
Kudos on an excellent headline, subby.

Free sun-god robes and little pickles for you!
 
2017-09-29 03:30:25 PM  

nmrsnr: The reason laser weapons are not particularly practical: Retroreflectors.

They are also the only weapon that can be defeated by sufficiently white paint.


That only works for lasers in the visible spectrum.
 
2017-09-29 03:30:44 PM  

mrshowrules: So as long as the enemy uses drones with a matte finish, stick to the flight plan, on clear days and maintain a constant speed, they don't have a chance.


So if they got l33+ P40+0540p 5k1llz, we're all hosed?
 
2017-09-29 03:31:00 PM  
img.fark.net
 
2017-09-29 03:32:49 PM  

mrshowrules: So as long as the enemy uses drones with a matte finish, stick to the flight plan, on clear days and maintain a constant speed, they don't have a chance.


It's pretty easy to track objects with a camera. That's kinda how optical mice work. The harder part will be buying and deploying these lasers to the extent Lockheed Martin TFA gushes about. In other words, no, there won't be fancy lasers defending most targets so low-tech attacks will still work.
 
2017-09-29 03:37:54 PM  
Subby, I'll see your 1980's obscure movie reference and raise you a 1960's obscure movie reference.

img.fark.net
 
2017-09-29 03:39:35 PM  

Egoy3k: 'real lasers are invisible'

You know what? fark it. I don't care anymore, just say whatever you think is correct. Make definitive statements about shiat you don't understand and speak with authority about them because who gives a shiat anymore? fark your journalistic integrity, fark your viewers or readers fark it all, doing shiat like research is farking work and fark that.


Bro, do you even θ ?
 
2017-09-29 03:41:09 PM  
While Zeus and MTHL were inefficient and had a very high R.K.R., the morale boost from seeing these weapons-systems against Zack was such that the DeStRes continued funding the projects.
 
2017-09-29 03:42:56 PM  
img.fark.net
 
2017-09-29 03:47:04 PM  
ATHENA Laser Weapon System Defeats Unmanned Aerial Systems
Youtube hNsUtZmWgdg

dig that techno-jam...
 
2017-09-29 03:47:39 PM  
"similar to when folks use a magnifying glass to start a fire while camping"

Lol the author fried ants with a magnifying glass and the editor thought it would be a bit too graphic for fox news.
 
2017-09-29 03:48:12 PM  

afghanwhiggle: Lorenzo Von Matterhorn: Last night I had a dream where I saw myself standing in sort of sun-god robes on a pyramid with a thousand naked women screaming and throwing little pickles at me.

I thought I was the only one with that dream.


No, you're not.
Pickle Surprise!
Youtube gysLH0sCm3c
 
2017-09-29 03:50:28 PM  

Egoy3k: Yeah until they program the targeting computer to aim at your face through the windshield or side windows.


Yeah ... they like to avoid mentioning that they can burn through the driver much faster than the engine block on a vehicle. Too icky.
 
2017-09-29 03:51:38 PM  

fireclown: mrshowrules: So as long as the enemy uses drones with a matte finish, stick to the flight plan, on clear days and maintain a constant speed, they don't have a chance.

That's how it is TODAY, yes.


I haven't seen significant advancement since I was 8 years old.  Rail-gun technology has more potential.
 
2017-09-29 03:52:26 PM  
In near-term future battles, the U.S. military can choose to bring laser weapons mounted on vehicles, vessels, and more, to war. By comparison, the weapons of any enemy will look like bows and arrows.

How do you feel about spears and shields?

img.fark.net

Excellent documentary about underestimating your enemy.

Who's Sorry Now, a Timeline documentary.
 
2017-09-29 03:53:44 PM  

Egoy3k: 'real lasers are invisible'

You know what? fark it. I don't care anymore, just say whatever you think is correct. Make definitive statements about shiat you don't understand and speak with authority about them because who gives a shiat anymore? fark your journalistic integrity, fark your viewers or readers fark it all, doing shiat like research is farking work and fark that.


Meh, I give them a pass if at the end of the day people have a closer expectation of reality than before.

Yes, the author could have said "unlike in films an observer would not be able to see the light of the laser as it was fired. Lasers are highly collimated, meaning that they do not disperse in vacuum, an have very little to bounce off of in regular air. As a result, unless you were in the direct line of fire of the laser you wouldn't see the shot, rendering the laser effectively invisible."

But explanations are hard, invisible lasers sound cooler, and at the end of the day, the average person would takeaway that this beam weapon won't look like Star Wars.
 
2017-09-29 04:08:35 PM  
WTF? Forget the lasers. I was too distracted by that horrible farking article written at about a 3rd grade reading level by someone who was obviously fapping furiously to the thought of the US military kicking some foreign ass.

I expect mainstream news outlets to be kind of dumbed down, but holy crap. Fox is going to be at "See Spot run" levels pretty soon.
 
2017-09-29 04:11:53 PM  
FTFA...

They are also silent, invisible and deadly

Perfectly describes a particular talent one of my college roommates had.
 
2017-09-29 04:13:24 PM  

patrick767: Fox is going to be at "See Spot run" levels pretty soon.


I don't think they will ever reach that high.
 
2017-09-29 04:17:40 PM  
This 'article' was literally handed to a 'reporter' by a defense contractor.
 
2017-09-29 04:23:22 PM  
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