Thursday, December 02, 2010

"Let's Roooock!"


At least now when the xenomorphs inevitably overrun Earth, we'll be ready for them.

The Huffington Post: U.S. Military Unveils Smart Gun/11.30.10

7 comments:

Benoît from Ottawa said...

$375,000,000 = the admitted cost of 12,500 of these Y-CHAGs (You Can't Hide Airburst Guns).

The cost of killing people keeps going up. Oh well, the U.S. of A. can well afford it...

;p

Deacon Blue said...

While I certainly agree with many of the HuffPo comments in terms of the abandonment of people in need and the continued emphasis on military spending, I couldn't help but just want to slap so many of the people who have this opinion that somehow, if we as the U.S. stop moving forward with military technology, there will be peace on Earth and lions will lie down with lambs and Osama bin Laden will take up crochet.

I certainly think we put way too much focus on corporations, military contracts and war (and I hope none of my kids ever go into the military), but to listen to the people at HuffPo, I guess we should have never moved beyond the musket.

Left-wing over-ideology isn't really any better than right-wing batshit lunacy to me.

Besides, that a really fucking cool gun, I have to say...

CNNfan said...

Excellent Chez. Seriously, and not a criticism... The SciTech beat in the news, is exactly what I would like to read more of here.

Thanks for posting this.

ntx said...

Say what you will about the amount we spend on military tech and what better uses we could find for that money ... this thing solves a 250,000-year-old problem: It would be a hell of a lot easier to kick that guy's ass if he weren't hiding behind that rock.

Benoît from Ottawa said...

Dearest ntx: Yes, "It would be a hell of a lot easier to kick that guy's ass if he weren't hiding behind that rock." Very true.

But thefts occur, and things'll become interesting when those become available on the black market: they may be used against the U.S. military, but more likely, against law enforcement in the U.S.

Deacon Blue said...

"But thefts occur, and things'll become interesting when those become available on the black market: they may be used against the U.S. military, but more likely, against law enforcement in the U.S."

Yes and no.

You notice that terrorists and hostile nations toward us aren't exactly running around with a host of smart bombs and killer drone aircraft, and that's because certain weapons just aren't in sufficient quantities nor used routinely enough to simply leak out and be sold.

Not to say that it can't happen, but these aren't the kinds of guns you'd give out to every soldier like a pack of Lucky Strikes in WW2, and they're the kind of thing that you'll get your ass handed to you if you lose it.

One of the reasons AK-47s were traditionally so rampant in various nations along with other weapons is that they were plentiful and stockpiled. Even rocket launchers are a relatively "common" item.

So, yes, risk of them getting out exists. More likely to military or terrorist powers, but I think it will be quite some time before that would happen, barring some major shipping fuck-up or really lucky break by some terrorist strike force. And in the hands of common street gangs? Really? I'm not thinking so. How many of them are holding on to a bunch of rockets launchers, which would probably be easier to procure.

kanye said...

Big deal. Gene Simmons had one of these 25 years ago.