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Post Sun Sep 09, 2007 5:51 am

USAF buys electric stealth golf buggies..

$3.2 million for 4 golf carts. Gosh, camo paint and .50cals must have really gone up in price lately, or this is yet another DoD research project full of pork that doesn't come up with the goods.

On a similar note, that crazy plan for 747-mounted lasers to shoot down planes and missiles is still soaking up millions(or billions by now) of tax-dollars. This dumb project has been on the go as long as I can remember, they were messing about with this in the early 80s and it still can't do the necessary, yet the American military's obsession with hi-tech kill kit keeps this white elephant going. Clearly white elephants are loaded with pork! (this'll be those $10,000 dollar hammers and $50,000 toilet seats again!)

Post Mon Sep 24, 2007 5:19 am

US Army "dalek" assassins to pack mini-missiles?

it's all so very, very, wrong. Clearly the robot factories are now working overtime, preparing for the day that the 'droid armies rise up and *exterminate!* us, their supposed fleshy masters.

Post Mon Sep 24, 2007 6:06 am

"Luddites of the world Untie"


Post Thu Sep 27, 2007 10:53 am

no no that's dyslexics, or as they would write it, sycdexils. Mrs Taw is dyslexic which explains a lot of why I'm prematurely grey

Post Tue Oct 02, 2007 7:06 pm

Lies! You're prematurely grey because you don't drink Ginger Beer.

Post Sun Nov 11, 2007 5:16 am

caffeinated soap? thou jestest, shoorly? why not just wash with normal soap while your pot of coffee is brewing? As Mrs Taw succintly put it when I told her just; "caffeinated soap? that's ****ing mental!"

as for the microwave boiling weapon, well if some cops can't even use their tasers properly (6yr old kids, people on dialysis, 70yr old ladies, pregnant women, cheeky students - all well documented and some on video too!) I doubt that this is much of a step in the right direction. And a coat with a metallic finish or lining would soon see to that as an effective weapon anyway, as would a nice shower of rain.

just loved the "real" X-wing video! that's what happens to Rebel scum...

Edited by - Tawakalna on 11/11/2007 7:29:34 AM

Post Sun Nov 11, 2007 6:58 am

I thought American cops had guns, do they need training in how to use them? What about battons?

All this new technology is useless, just train them to use existing weapons properly.

Post Sun Nov 11, 2007 7:59 am

its the mentality that makes -some- cops so dangerous, not their lack of training in trigger control - also the meyers-tasering incident was staged.... can anyone believe that guy was convicted after putting up a rigorous defense (he got resisting arrest, disturbing peace, blah blah blah trumped up BS charges)? 18 months probation and he just plead guilty with no protest... very odd considering how, erm - vocal he was. not that the media here ever got around to repeating what *he said* outside of 'bro' (ah... someone uses a vulgar form of your language, and that makes unwarranted attacks with tasers ok? hm...) - which would have been nice, since they claim monopoly on objectivity and *always* get both side's stories

just don't drop a crumb of cake in the cafeteria.... or yell at a politician... or stand within a mile of the president while holding an unsanctioned opinion outside of a pen...

Rise so high, yet so far to fall
A plan of dignity and balance for all
Political breakthrough, euphoria's high
More borrowed money, more borrowed time
Backed in a corner, caught up in the race
Means to an end ended in disgrace
Perspective is lost in the spirit of the chase

Foreclosure of a dream
Those visions never seen
Until all is lost
Personal holocaust
Foreclosure of a dream

Barren land that once filled a need
Are worthless now, dead without a dream
Slipping away from an iron grip
Nature's scales are forced to tip
The heartland cries, loss of all pride
To leave ain't believing, so try and be tried
Insufficient funds, insanity, and suicide

{Solo : Dave}

Now with new hope some will be proud
This is no hoax, no one pushed out
Receive a reprieve and be a pioneer
Break new ground of a new frontier
New ideas will surely get by
No deed, or dividend. Some may ask "Why?"
You'll find the solution, the answers in the sky!

{Solo : Marty}

Rise so high, yet so far to fall
A plan of dignity and balance for all
Political breakthrough, euphoria's high
More borrowed money, more borrowed time



Edited by - Cold_Void on 11/11/2007 8:01:21 AM

Post Sun Nov 11, 2007 8:09 am

Bwahahahaha, I'm currently studying Mechatronics. Current concepts being studied are meat-bag recognition systems and electronic mind control. Flee, flee for your lives!

In all seriousness, the careers fair at uni last week had quite a few military tech companies: MBDA, Qinetiq, DTSL and MoD DESG as well as GCHQ (ugh creepy spooks) who all seemed to love engineers.

Edited by - Recusant on 11/11/2007 8:09:29 AM

Post Sun Nov 11, 2007 9:16 am

well medicine could certainly use more engineers - i recently read an article about a Vietnamese doctor who built his own fully functional endoscope for a couple thousand dollars, where the commercial models cost 10 times as much or more. seems there is a real shortage of good engineering in the medical field, or perhaps it is the certification being done on these things that runs the costs up so high but just based on my own experience with EV propulsion for example, i can tell you there is no way one of those chintzy plastic-fendered scooters they sell on tv are worth what they're billing.

theres a lot of new fields opening up with applied energy therapies, new scanning methods with better sensitivity and less side-effects, remote controlled therapeutic robots in the body, all sorts of stuff an engineer could sink his teeth into if he had a strong background in electronics and an interest in medicine. i dunno about you but i find engineering fascinating for its potential to do good, not harm - i just can't help but point and squawk like chicken little, tho everyone knew the sky will fall eventually

Post Sun Nov 11, 2007 9:58 am

Recusant, long time no see.

Post Mon Nov 12, 2007 3:52 am

Aye there's plenty an engineer could do to help people - medical and surgical equipment, renewable energy, developing world technology, safety equipment, vehicle impact design, the list goes on and on for the "noble" side of engineering.
I find bio-engineering and in particular bio-mimetics is fascinating but I'm not sure how much work is available out there. I'll be graduating with a BEng and after that I guess I'll figure out what I want to do: whether generic office job, an actual engineering job (which would probably require going back to do a masters) or even something unrelated like work in the outdoors pursuit industry

Anyway, that's quite enough derailing so I give you:
Missile system that uses dragonfly-like behaviour to blow up jets that much more efficiently (yes it's a bit of an oldie)

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