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German Laser Destroys Targets More Than 1Km Away

samzenpus posted about a year ago | from the lazlo-approved dept.

Sci-Fi 338

kkleiner writes "A German company has brought us one step closer to the kinds of shootouts only seen in Sci-Fi films. Düsseldorf-based Rheinmetall Defense recently tested a 50kW, high-energy laser at their proving ground facility in Switzerland. First, the system sliced through a 15mm- (~0.6 inches) thick steel girder from a kilometer away. Then, from a distance of two kilometers, it shot down a handful of drones as they nose-dived toward the surface at 50 meters per second."

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Pop Corn (4, Funny)

bkmoore (1910118) | about a year ago | (#42510757)

But can it wreck a college professor's house full of pop corn?

nuh-uh (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42510857)

Heck, it can't penetrate my Maginot Line

Re:Pop Corn (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42510895)

Get that shit away from me. I can't stand it.

Re:Pop Corn (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42510903)

It has come to my attention that the entire Linux community is a hotbed of so called 'alternative sexuality', which includes anything from hedonistic orgies to homosexuality to paedophilia.

What better way of demonstrating this than by looking at the hidden messages contained within the names of some of Linux's most outspoken advocates:

  • Linus Torvalds [microsoft.com] is an anagram of slit anus or VD 'L,' clearly referring to himself by the first initial.
  • Richard M. Stallman [archive.org], spokespervert for the Gaysex's Not Unusual 'movement' is an anagram of mans cram thrill ad.
  • Alan Cox [microsoft.com] is barely an anagram of anal cox which is just so filthy and unchristian it unnerves me.

I'm sure that Eric S. Raymond, composer of the satanic homosexual [goatse.fr] propaganda diatribe The Cathedral and the Bizarre, is probably an anagram of something queer, but we don't need to look that far as we know he's always shoving a gun up some poor little boy's rectum. Update: Eric S. Raymond is actually an anagram for secondary rim and cord in my arse. It just goes to show you that he is indeed queer.

Update the Second: It is also documented that Evil Sicko Gaymond is responsible for a nauseating piece of code called Fetchmail [microsoft.com], which is obviously sinister sodomite slang for 'Felch Male' -- a disgusting practise. For those not in the know, 'felching' is the act performed by two perverts wherein one sucks their own post-coital ejaculate out of the other's rectum. In fact, it appears that the dirty Linux faggots set out to undermine the good Republican institution of e-mail, turning it into 'e-male.'

As far as Richard 'Master' Stallman goes, that filthy fudge-packer was actually quoted [salon.com] on leftist commie propaganda site Salon.com as saying the following: 'I've been resistant to the pressure to conform in any circumstance,' he says. 'It's about being able to question conventional wisdom,' he asserts. 'I believe in love, but not monogamy,' he says plainly.

And this isn't a made up troll bullshit either! He actually stated this tripe, which makes it obvious that he is trying to politely say that he's a flaming homo [comp-u-geek.net] slut [rotten.com]!

Speaking about 'flaming,' who better to point out as a filthy chutney ferret than Slashdot's very own self-confessed pederast Jon Katz. Although an obvious deviant anagram cannot be found from his name, he has already confessed, nay boasted of the homosexual [goatse.fr] perversion of corrupting the innocence of young children [slashdot.org]. To quote from the article linked:

'I've got a rare kidney disease,' I told her. 'I have to go to the bathroom a lot. You can come with me if you want, but it takes a while. Is that okay with you? Do you want a note from my doctor?'

Is this why you were touching your penis [rotten.com] in the cinema, Jon? And letting the other boys touch it too?

We should also point out that Jon Katz refers to himself as 'Slashdot's resident Gasbag.' Is there any more doubt? For those fortunate few who aren't aware of the list of homosexual [goatse.fr] terminology found inside the Linux 'Sauce Code,' a 'Gasbag' is a pervert who gains sexual gratification from having a thin straw inserted into his urethra (or to use the common parlance, 'piss-pipe'), then his homosexual [goatse.fr] lover blows firmly down the straw to inflate his scrotum. This is, of course, when he's not busy violating the dignity and copyright of posters to Slashdot by gathering together their postings and publishing them en masse to further his twisted and manipulative journalistic agenda.

Sick, disgusting antichristian perverts, the lot of them.

In addition, many of the Linux distributions (a 'distribution' is the most common way to spread the faggots' wares) are run by faggot groups. The Slackware [redhat.com] distro is named after the 'Slack-wear' fags wear to allow easy access to the anus for sexual purposes. Furthermore, Slackware is a close anagram of claw arse, a reference to the homosexual [goatse.fr] practise of anal fisting. The Mandrake [slackware.com] product is run by a group of French faggot satanists, and is named after the faggot nickname for the vibrator. It was also chosen because it is an anagram for dark amen and ram naked, which is what they do.

Another 'distro,' (abbrieviated as such because it sounds a bit like 'Disco,' which is where homosexuals [goatse.fr] preyed on young boys in the 1970s), is Debian, [mandrake.com] an anagram of in a bed, which could be considered innocent enough (after all, a bed is both where we sleep and pray), until we realise what other names Debian uses to describe their foul wares. 'Woody' is obvious enough, being a term for the erect male penis [rotten.com], glistening with pre-cum. But far sicker is the phrase 'Frozen Potato' that they use. This filthy term, again found in the secret homosexual [goatse.fr] 'Sauce Code,' refers to the solo homosexual [goatse.fr] practice of defecating into a clear polythene bag, shaping the turd into a crude approximation of the male phallus, then leaving it in the freezer overnight until it becomes solid. The practitioner then proceeds to push the frozen 'potato' up his own rectum, squeezing it in and out until his tight young balls erupt in a screaming orgasm.

And Red Hat [debian.org] is secret homo [comp-u-geek.net] slang for the tip of a penis [rotten.com] that is soaked in blood from a freshly violated underage ringpiece.

The fags have even invented special tools to aid their faggotry! For example, the 'supermount' tool was devised to allow deeper penetration, which is good for fags because it gives more pressure on the prostate gland. 'Automount' is used, on the other hand, because Linux users are all fat and gay, and need to mount each other [comp-u-geek.net] automatically.

The depths of their depravity can be seen in their use of 'mount points.' These are, plainly speaking, the different points of penetration. The main one is obviously/anus, but there are others. Militant fags even say 'there is no/opt mount point' because for these dirty perverts faggotry is not optional but a way of life.

More evidence is in the fact that Linux users say how much they love `man`, even going so far as to say that all new Linux users (who are in fact just innocent heterosexuals indoctrinated by the gay propaganda) should try out `man`. In no other system do users boast of their frequent recourse to a man.

Other areas of the system also show Linux's inherent gayness. For example, people are often told of the 'FAQ,' but how many innocent heterosexual Windows [amiga.com] users know what this actually means. The answer is shocking: Faggot Anal Quest: the voyage of discovery for newly converted fags!

Even the title 'Slashdot [geekizoid.com]' originally referred to a homosexual [goatse.fr] practice. Slashdot [kuro5hin.org] of course refers to the popular gay practice of blood-letting. The Slashbots, of course are those super-zealous homosexuals [goatse.fr] who take this perversion to its extreme by ripping open their anuses, as seen on the site most popular with Slashdot users, the depraved work of Satan, http://www.eff.org/ [eff.org].

The editors of Slashdot [slashduh.org] also have homosexual [goatse.fr] names: 'Hemos' is obvious in itself, being one vowel away from 'Homos.' But even more sickening is 'Commander Taco' which sounds a bit like 'Commode in Taco,' filthy gay slang for a pair of spreadeagled buttocks that are caked with excrement [pboy.com]. (The best form of lubrication, they insist.) Sometimes, these 'Taco Commodes' have special 'Salsa Sauce' (blood from a ruptured rectum) and 'Cheese' (rancid flakes of penis [rotten.com] discharge) toppings. And to make it even worse, Slashdot [notslashdot.org] runs on Apache!

The Apache [microsoft.com] server, whose use among fags is as prevalent as AIDS, is named after homosexual [goatse.fr] activity -- as everyone knows, popular faggot band, the Village People, featured an Apache Indian, and it is for him that this gay program is named.

And that's not forgetting the use of patches in the Linux fag world -- patches are used to make the anus accessible for repeated anal sex even after its rupture by a session of fisting.

To summarise: Linux is gay. 'Slash -- Dot' is the graphical description of the space between a young boy's scrotum and anus. And BeOS [apple.com] is for hermaphrodites and disabled 'stumpers.'

FEEDBACK

What worries me is how much you know about what gay people do. I'm scared I actually read this whole thing. I think this post is a good example of the negative effects of Internet usage on people. This person obviously has no social life anymore and had to result to writing something as stupid as this. And actually take the time to do it too. Although... I think it was satire.. blah.. it's early. -- Anonymous Coward, Slashdot

Well, the only reason I know all about this is because I had the misfortune to read the Linux 'Sauce code' once. Although publicised as the computer code needed to get Linux up and running on a computer (and haven't you always been worried about the phrase 'Monolithic Kernel'?), this foul document is actually a detailed and graphic description of every conceivable degrading perversion known to the human race, as well as a few of the major animal species. It has shocked and disturbed me, to the point of needing to shock and disturb the common man to warn them of the impending homo [comp-u-geek.net]-calypse which threatens to engulf our planet.

You must work for the government. Trying to post the most obscene stuff in hopes that slashdot won't be able to continue or something, due to legal woes. If i ever see your ugly face, i'm going to stick my fireplace poker up your ass, after it's nice and hot, to weld shut that nasty gaping hole of yours. -- Anonymous Coward, Slashdot

Doesn't it give you a hard-on to imagine your thick strong poker ramming it's way up my most sacred of sphincters? You're beyond help, my friend, as the only thing you can imagine is the foul penetrative violation of another man. Are you sure you're not Eric Raymond? The government, being populated by limp-wristed liberals, could never stem the sickening tide of homosexual [goatse.fr] child molesting Linux advocacy. Hell, they've given NAMBLA free reign for years!

you really should post this logged in. i wish i could remember jebus's password, cuz i'd give it to you. -- mighty jebus [slashdot.org], Slashdot

Thank you for your kind words of support. However, this document shall only ever be posted anonymously. This is because the 'Open Sauce' movement is a sham, proposing homoerotic cults of hero worshipping in the name of freedom. I speak for the common man. For any man who prefers the warm, enveloping velvet folds of a woman's vagina [bodysnatchers.co.uk] to the tight puckered ringpiece of a child. These men, being common, decent folk, don't have a say in the political hypocrisy that is Slashdot culture. I am the unknown liberator [hitler.org].

ROLF LAMO i hate linux FAGGOTS -- Anonymous Coward, Slashdot

We shouldn't hate them, we should pity them for the misguided fools they are... Fanatical Linux zeal-outs need to be herded into camps for re-education and subsequent rehabilitation into normal heterosexual society. This re-education shall be achieved by forcing them to watch repeats of Baywatch until the very mention of Pamela Anderson [rotten.com] causes them to fill their pants with healthy heterosexual jism [zillabunny.com].

Actually, that's not at all how scrotal inflation works. I understand it involves injecting sterile saline solution into the scrotum. I've never tried this, but you can read how to do it safely in case you're interested. (Before you moderate this down, ask yourself honestly -- who are the real crazies -- people who do scrotal inflation, or people who pay $1000+ for a game console?) -- double_h [slashdot.org], Slashdot

Well, it just goes to show that even the holy Linux 'sauce code' is riddled with bugs that need fixing. (The irony of Jon Katz not even being able to inflate his scrotum correctly has not been lost on me.) The Linux pervert elite already acknowledge this, with their queer slogan: 'Given enough arms, all rectums are shallow.' And anyway, the PS2 [xbox.com] sucks major cock and isn't worth the money. Intellivision forever!

dude did u used to post on msnbc's nt bulletin board now that u are doing anti-gay posts u also need to start in with anti-black stuff too c u in church -- Anonymous Coward, Slashdot

For one thing, whilst Linux is a cavalcade of queer propaganda masquerading as the future of computing, NT [linux.com] is used by people who think nothing better of encasing their genitals in quick setting plaster then going to see a really dirty porno film, enjoying the restriction enforced onto them. Remember, a wasted arousal is a sin in the eyes of the Catholic church [atheism.org]. Clearly, the only god-fearing Christian operating system in existence is CP/M -- The Christian Program Monitor. All computer users should immediately ask their local pastor to install this fine OS onto their systems. It is the only route to salvation.

Secondly, this message is for every man. Computers know no colour. Not only that, but one of the finest websites in the world is maintained by a Black Man [stileproject.com] . Now fuck off you racist donkey felcher.

And don't forget that slashdot was written in Perl, which is just too close to 'Pearl Necklace' for comfort.... oh wait; that's something all you heterosexuals do.... I can't help but wonder how much faster the trolls could do First-Posts on this site if it were redone in PHP... I could hand-type dynamic HTML pages faster than Perl can do them. -- phee [slashdot.org], Slashdot

Although there is nothing unholy about the fine heterosexual act of ejaculating between a woman's breasts, squirting one's load up towards her neck and chin area, it should be noted that Perl [python.org] (standing for Pansies Entering Rectums Locally) is also close to 'Pearl Monocle,' 'Pearl Nosering,' and the ubiquitous 'Pearl Enema.'

One scary thing about Perl [sun.com] is that it contains hidden homosexual [goatse.fr] messages. Take the following code: LWP::Simple -- It looks innocuous enough, doesn't it? But look at the line closely: There are two colons next to each other! As Larry 'Balls to the' Wall would openly admit in the Perl Documentation, Perl was designed from the ground up to indoctrinate it's programmers into performing unnatural sexual acts -- having two colons so closely together is clearly a reference to the perverse sickening act of 'colon kissing,' whereby two homosexual [goatse.fr] queers spread their buttocks wide, pressing their filthy torn sphincters together. They then share small round objects like marbles or golfballs by passing them from one rectum to another using muscle contraction alone. This is also referred to in programming 'circles' as 'Parameter Passing.'

And PHP [perl.org] stands for Perverted Homosexual Penetration. Didn't you know?

Thank you for your valuable input on this. I am sure you will be never forgotten. BTW: Did I mention that this could be useful in terraforming Mars? Mars rulaa. -- Eimernase [slashdot.org], Slashdot

Well, I don't know about terraforming Mars, but I do know that homosexual [goatse.fr] Linux Advocates have been probing Uranus for years.

That's inspiring. Keep up the good work, AC. May God in his wisdom grant you the strength to bring the plain honest truth to this community, and make it pure again. Yours, Cerberus. -- Anonymous Coward, Slashdot

*sniff* That brings a tear to my eye. Thank you once more for your kind support. I have taken faith in the knowledge that I am doing the Good Lord [atheism.org]'s work, but it is encouraging to know that I am helping out the common man here.

However, I should be cautious about revealing your name 'Cerberus' on such a filthy den of depravity as Slashdot. It is a well known fact that the 'Kerberos' documentation from Microsoft is a detailed manual describing, in intimate, exacting detail, how to sexually penetrate a variety of unwilling canine animals; be they domesticated, wild, or mythical. Slashdot posters have taken great pleasure in illegally spreading this documentation far and wide, treating it as an 'extension' to the Linux 'Sauce Code,' for the sake of 'interoperability.' (The slang term they use for nonconsensual intercourse -- their favourite kind.)

In fact, sick twisted Linux deviants are known to have LAN parties, (Love of Anal Naughtiness, needless to say.), wherein they entice a stray dog, known as the 'Samba Mount,' into their homes. Up to four of these filth-sodden blasphemers against nature take turns to plunge their erect, throbbing, uncircumcised members, conkers-deep, into the rectum, mouth, and other fleshy orifices of the poor animal. Eventually, the 'Samba Mount' collapses due to 'overload,' and needs to be 'rebooted.' (i.e., kicked out into the street, and left to fend for itself.) Many Linux users boast about their 'uptime' in such situations.

Inspiring stuff! If only all trolls were this quality! -- Anonymous Coward, Slashdot

If only indeed. You can help our brave cause by moderating this message up as often as possible. I recommend '+1, Underrated,' as that will protect your precious Karma in Metamoderation [slashdot.org]. Only then can we break through the glass ceiling of Homosexual Slashdot Culture. Is it any wonder that the new version of Slashcode has been christened 'Bender'???

If we can get just one of these postings up to at least '+1,' then it will be archived forever! Others will learn of our struggle, and join with us in our battle for freedom!

It's pathetic you've spent so much time writing this. -- Anonymous Coward, Slashdot

I am compelled to document the foulness and carnal depravity [catholic.net] that is Linux, in order that we may prepare ourselves for the great holy war that is to follow. It is my solemn duty to peel back the foreskin of ignorance and apply the wire brush of enlightenment.

As with any great open-source project, you need someone asking this question, so I'll do it. When the hell is version 2.0 going to be ready?!?! -- Anonymous Coward, Slashdot

I could make an arrogant, childish comment along the lines of 'Every time someone asks for 2.0, I won't release it for another 24 hours,' but the truth of the matter is that I'm quite nervous of releasing a 'number two,' as I can guarantee some filthy shit-slurping Linux pervert would want to suck it straight out of my anus before I've even had chance to wipe.

I desperately want to suck your monolithic kernel, you sexy hunk, you. -- Anonymous Coward, Slashdot

I sincerely hope you're Natalie Portman [archive.org].

Dude, nothing on slashdot larger than 3 paragraphs is worth reading. Try to distill the message, whatever it was, and maybe I'll read it. As it is, I have to much open source software to write to waste even 10 seconds of precious time. 10 seconds is all its gonna take M$ to whoop Linux's ass. Vigilence is the price of Free (as in libre -- from the fine, frou frou French language) Software. Hack on fellow geeks, and remember: Friday is Bouillabaisse day except for heathens who do not believe that Jesus died for their sins. Those godless, oil drench, bearded sexist clowns can pull grits from their pantaloons (another fine, fine French word) and eat that. Anyway, try to keep your message focused and concise. For concision is the soul of derision. Way. -- Anonymous Coward, Slashdot

What the fuck?

I've read your gay conspiracy post version 1.3.0 and I must say I'm impressed. In particular, I appreciate how you have managed to squeeze in a healthy dose of the latent homosexuality you gay-bashing homos [comp-u-geek.net] tend to be full of. Thank you again. -- Anonymous Coward, Slashdot

Well bugger me!

ooooh honey. how insecure are you!!! wann a little massage from deare bruci. love you -- Anonymous Coward, Slashdot

Fuck right off!

IMPORTANT: This message needs to be heard (Not HURD [linux.org], which is an acronym for 'Huge Unclean Rectal Dilator') across the whole community, so it has been released into the Public Domain [icopyright.com]. You know, that licence that we all had before those homoerotic crypto-fascists came out with the GPL [apple.com] (Gay Penetration License) that is no more than an excuse to see who's got the biggest feces-encrusted [rotten.com] cock. I would have put this up on Freshmeat [adultmember.com], but that name is known to be a euphemism for the tight rump of a young boy.

Come to think of it, the whole concept of 'Source Control' unnerves me, because it sounds a bit like 'Sauce Control,' which is a description of the homosexual [goatse.fr] practice of holding the base of the cock shaft tightly upon the point of ejaculation, thus causing a build up of semenal fluid that is only released upon entry into an incision made into the base of the receiver's scrotum. And 'Open Sauce' is the act of ejaculating into another mans face or perhaps a biscuit to be shared later. Obviously, 'Closed Sauce' is the only Christian thing to do, as evidenced by the fact that it is what Cathedrals are all about.

Contributors: (although not to the eternal game of 'soggy biscuit' that open 'sauce' development has become) Anonymous Coward, Anonymous Coward, phee, Anonymous Coward, mighty jebus, Anonymous Coward, Anonymous Coward, double_h, Anonymous Coward, Eimernase, Anonymous Coward, Anonymous Coward, Anonymous Coward, Anonymous Coward, Anonymous Coward, Anonymous Coward, Anonymous Coward, Anonymous Coward. Further contributions are welcome.

Current changes: This version sent to FreeWIPO [slashdot.org] by 'Bring BackATV' as plain text. Reformatted everything, added all links back in (that we could match from the previous version), many new ones (Slashbot bait links). Even more spelling fixed. Who wrote this thing, CmdrTaco himself?

Previous changes: Yet more changes added. Spelling fixed. Feedback added. Explanation of 'distro' system. 'Mount Point' syntax described. More filth regarding `man` and Slashdot. Yet more fucking spelling fixed. 'Fetchmail' uncovered further. More Slashbot baiting. Apache exposed. Distribution licence at foot of document.

ANUX -- A full Linux distribution... Up your ass!

"Read the rest of this comment..." (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42511663)

DO NOT DO THAT.

Fair warning.

Re:Pop Corn (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42511295)

So how well does it make popcorn?

Sheesh, and you people have the nerve to call yourselves nerds. A quick back of the envelope calculation:

Laser output: 50kW
Average microwave oven: 1kW
Duration of popping: 2 m. 30 sec. = 150 sec.
Therefore, 1 bag of popcorn every 3 seconds.

House volume: 2000 sq ft * 6 ft high = 12000 cu ft
Volume of a bag of popcorn = 0.25 cu ft
Therefore, 144k bags of popcorn would be needed.

(144k bags * 3 sec per bag) / 3600 secs per hour = 120 hours

Hope Val Kilmer isn't in a hurry.

Re:Pop Corn (4, Funny)

steelfood (895457) | about a year ago | (#42511337)

So instead of dropping bombs, the enemy will just drop disco balls. That ought to be fun.

Re:Pop Corn (2)

wolfemi1 (765089) | about a year ago | (#42511789)

So instead of dropping bombs, the enemy will just drop disco balls. That ought to be fun.

"Ach! Meine Augen!"

Re:Pop Corn (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42511539)

I want five megawatts by mid-May.

Re:Pop Corn (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42511621)

Sure, all you'd need is a big spinning mirror.

Popcorn? (2, Funny)

oneiros27 (46144) | about a year ago | (#42510765)

So how well does it make popcorn?

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0089886/ [imdb.com]

Godzilla (3, Insightful)

sycodon (149926) | about a year ago | (#42511207)

Lastly, they’ll begin making these high-energy laser systems mobile by mounting a laser onto a TM170 armored vehicle.

Godzilla doesn't stand a chance now!

Now we need flintsteel armor. (4, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42510789)

Does anyone else think of the Bolo books when reading this.

it had to be said (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42510801)

phew-phew

50 m/s = 180 km/h = 111.85 mph (1)

G3ckoG33k (647276) | about a year ago | (#42510817)

Why do people use decimals on a non-metric system? sigh...

Re:50 m/s = 180 km/h = 111.85 mph (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42510933)

because within a unit, it still is meaningful? It is easier to understand 111.85 mph than 111 miles and 4488 feet per hour...notably, the inch is primarily used in decimal within the engineering disciplines, and the majority of electronics are still defined in mils/thousandths of an inch ("thou").

Re:50 m/s = 180 km/h = 111.85 mph (1)

aliquis (678370) | about a year ago | (#42511057)

What's more interesting is why they go from 1 to 5 significant numbers.

Would we convert that back to 50.000 m/s? Really?

Re:50 m/s = 180 km/h = 111.85 mph (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42511589)

How do you know that 50m/s wasn't already at five significant numbers? It'd look pretty stupid (from a written article point of view) saying 50.000 m/s in the first place.
Also, is 50 m/s one or two significant digits?

Re:50 m/s = 180 km/h = 111.85 mph (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42511039)

because any number can be divided into 1/10ths? was your issue with 0.6 inches? because your title was just a conversion from metric....

Re:50 m/s = 180 km/h = 111.85 mph (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42511103)

Because it's a useful feature.

What's the non-decimal metric equivalent of pi?

Re:50 m/s = 180 km/h = 111.85 mph (1)

TWX (665546) | about a year ago | (#42511177)

22/7, but only when one doesn't need much more than two decimal places significance.

Re:50 m/s = 180 km/h = 111.85 mph (1)

tedgyz (515156) | about a year ago | (#42511323)

IBM had PL/1 with syntax worse than JOSS,
and everywhere the language went, it was a total loss...

Aw! Give PL/1 a break. I used it extensively at Wang - the IBM knock-off. We programmed all the non-kernel OS software with it. It wasn't much worse than Ada.

Re:50 m/s = 180 km/h = 111.85 mph (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42511161)

Why do people still use non-metric system?

Re:50 m/s = 180 km/h = 111.85 mph (1)

cancerouspete (2746963) | about a year ago | (#42511401)

i agree, metric makes way more sense, but i gotta say, something feels stupid about describing my height in hundreds of centimeters, instead of just 6'4". its the gap between cm, and m that bothers me, cause i have yet to see anyone use something more appropriate like decimeter.

maybe ill just take it upon myself to use the correct prefix. I am 18.7 dm tall : )

Re:50 m/s = 180 km/h = 111.85 mph (2)

ericloewe (2129490) | about a year ago | (#42511847)

1.87m.

You wouldn't say that the distance between two places is 8800 yards, you'd say 5 miles. That's what's good about metric - you can just shift the decimal seperator to get a nicer number if you change the prefix.

Re:50 m/s = 180 km/h = 111.85 mph (1)

Hognoxious (631665) | about a year ago | (#42511497)

When I was at school we used decimals in maths. Sometimes the numbers were just numbers (i.e. dimensionless - no units at all). Those, by definition, aren't metric.

So it seems that out of you, me, and all my teachers at least one is a fucking retard.

Mirror mirror (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42510835)

Mirror mirror on my walls, send that light back and burn their balls!

Re:Mirror mirror (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42511721)

Doesn't work. No mirror in 100% effective and at these energies, that fraction of energy the mirror absorbs, is enough to destroy the reflective layer almost instantly.

50 meters per second (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42510863)

How many rods per hogshead were they diving?

Shoot down? (3, Insightful)

Lewie (3743) | about a year ago | (#42510879)

How do you shoot down something that is already nosediving?

Re:Shoot down? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42511601)

Not sure if trolling, or looking for a *whoosh*, but I imagine that they blew a hole through it before it hit the ground of its own accord... which is actually quite impressive at that distance and speed.

Re:Shoot down? (1)

peragrin (659227) | about a year ago | (#42511807)

easy you blow it up, or damage it off course.

if you destroy it beyond it's intended target it is a good thing

Oooh shiny!!! (4, Funny)

kimgkimg (957949) | about a year ago | (#42510893)

I predict a mirrored future for our military vehicles...

Re:Oooh shiny!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42510991)

mirror for laser weapon wavelengths and absorptive for radar wavelengths? Is there such a material? Or do you put the mirror under the absorptive material?

Re:Oooh shiny!!! (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42511109)

I'm sure that's the next tech to come along: Stealth mirrors.

Then the next tech to come along: Laser Radar in the same frequency as Laser Cannons

Then the next tech to come along: Mirrors that are stealthy for certain wavelengths under a certain threshold wattage, and at the same time mirrors for that same frequency over that threshold wattage.

Then the next tech to come along: Laser Cannon Radar, where you just light up the entire sky except a small area around friendlies.

Re:Oooh shiny!!! (1)

Opportunist (166417) | about a year ago | (#42511873)

And the ultimate weapon would be something that obliterates everything except a few spots where highly important personnel is located. Just to be sure we hit the enemy.

Re:Oooh shiny!!! (3, Interesting)

SirGarlon (845873) | about a year ago | (#42511171)

That might be harder than you think. No reflective material is perfect: they would all absorb some heat from the laser. So you'd need a material that retains its reflectivity at high temperature. I'm not saying it can't be done, I'm saying it would be a technology race between the reflective materials and the high-energy lasers.

the real question is... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42510929)

how fast can the laser do all these tricks? slicing a stationary piece of steel isn't very impressive. What about a moving mirror, or something that can reflect the laser relatively effectively.

Re:the real question is... (1)

cancerouspete (2746963) | about a year ago | (#42511243)

its the distance.
yes, lasers can cut 1/2 inch steel no problem, but not easily through air at that distance. they also mention shooting down drones, so id imagine that if the piece of steel were falling at a similar speed, the laser could track it with its current platform

Re:the real question is... (1)

cancerouspete (2746963) | about a year ago | (#42511287)

i butchered that last post, sorry, not exactly what i meant to type. I meant that at that distance, even a moderate speed is still impressive, and given the ability to track objects at >= 110 mph shouldn't be an issue in destroying anything designed to fly through the sky (usually not 1/2 steel :D )

Re:the real question is... (1)

jcdr (178250) | about a year ago | (#42511709)

The same group of companies already make awesome weapons: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=neONcIVGUJA [youtube.com]

"35mm caliber Swiss-german revolver cannon, it fires a sophisticated tungsten fragmentation promity fuze high explosive amunition. The rate of fire is 1050 rpm and the muzzle velocity 1170 mps."

You can be certain that there known what there are talking about.

Achilles Heel (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42510949)

The system depends on radar to acquire and track a target. Therefore, it can be JAMMED by a determined opponent.

Laser weapon technolgy may seem advanced and impressive, but the underpinning old-style radar is the primary weakness.

Re:Achilles Heel (1)

cheesybagel (670288) | about a year ago | (#42511891)

Any sensor can be jammed or fooled in some way. The best sensors we have are either radar or infrared. Infrared is less useful in the ground because there are many heat sources which can obscure the target. The alternative is human eye tracking but humans don't have quick enough reaction times to intercept an artillery shell.

Germans acquire an advanced weapon! (5, Funny)

Kensai7 (1005287) | about a year ago | (#42511017)

What can possibly go wrong...?! :p

Re:Germans acquire an advanced weapon! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42511067)

I wonder what the weather is like in Poland this time of year....

Re:Germans acquire an advanced weapon! (3, Funny)

ClayDowling (629804) | about a year ago | (#42511347)

Once all the Germans were warlike and mean,
But that couldn't happen again.
We taught them a lesson in nineteen eighteen,
And they've hardly bothered us since then.

Tom Lehrer, Mlf Lullaby

Re:Germans acquire an advanced weapon! (1)

Hognoxious (631665) | about a year ago | (#42511733)

# Let's be meek to them
and turn the other cheek to them -
try and bring out their latent sense of fun .../#

Re:Germans acquire an advanced weapon! (1)

CFD339 (795926) | about a year ago | (#42511863)

Well, at least it isn't in the hands of the NRA.

Re:Germans acquire an advanced weapon! (1)

ganjadude (952775) | about a year ago | (#42511991)

right because those who preach gun safety, and offer gun training, are not to be trusted with weapons.

I know dont feed the trolls

Great use for it. (4, Insightful)

Nyder (754090) | about a year ago | (#42511023)

Shooting down drones. Sort of like one of them electric bug zappers, but for bigger bugs.

Excerpt from owners manual (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42511065)

Do not look directly into beam.

Laser light refraction (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42511107)

So what numbers of casualties due to blindness can we expect in future wars once laser systems become widely deployed?

Not only among combatants (they will probably have some appropriate glasses to protect themselves with) but also among civilians?

I have seen various comments about light scattered off of non-shiny surfaces being a problem even with lasers in the hundreds of watts.
Is there cause for concern here in this respect or are there mitigating factors? Range might be one I guess as the previously mentioned lasers were used in enclosed spaces for research or manufacturing (comparatively short "range").

I guess I was naive (3, Interesting)

davidwr (791652) | about a year ago | (#42511135)

I figured if a laser's very tight-column beam was so close to "perfect" that if it could destroy something at 10 meters, it could destroy or at least severely damage it at 1,000 meters, at least in a vacuum.

Perhaps I should be impressed that 1 km of atmosphere didn't disrupt the laser enough to disable its destructive power. Next time, try 1km of fog or 1km of Beijing smog.

Re:I guess I was naive (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42511397)

The rays all bounce around in a chamber and then exit through a hole. It's nontrivial to make them all bounce precisely so that they all hit the hole from the same angle, I suppose.

Re:I guess I was naive (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42511591)

That was quite forward-thinking of the Chinese to cloak their industrial cities in a thick haze of laser-disrupting poison!

Re:I guess I was naive (4, Informative)

wile_e_wonka (934864) | about a year ago | (#42511627)

The article seems to suggest that the laser was not simply going through air:

"[W]eather at the Ochsenboden Proving Ground in Switzerland where the demonstration was carried out included ice, rain, snow, and extremely bright sunlight – far from ideal."

You read the article? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42511865)

You must be new here.

Star Wars (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42511175)

I will live to see Star Wars like lasers in my life time!!!!!

laser war! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42511297)

Pew pew pew!

If true, low-level warplanes just became obsolete (3, Interesting)

dtjohnson (102237) | about a year ago | (#42511477)

This kind of weapon would be an incredible boost for air defense, at least for close-in ground support and other low-level attacks. It wouldn't do much against artillery shells or naval gunfire. It would also likely allow the development of a laser-based missile defense system far superior to a patriot system. If these things come to pass, the balance of power would shift away from nations with a heavy emphasis on air power (i.e. the U.S. with its aircraft carriers and air force) towards nations with large and mobile ground forces.

Re:If true, low-level warplanes just became obsole (2)

MachineShedFred (621896) | about a year ago | (#42511637)

Until the nations with a heavy emphasis on air power just hit all of your frikin' lasers with cruise missiles, and then bomb the shit out of you with their superior air power...

Re:If true, low-level warplanes just became obsole (2)

Maudib (223520) | about a year ago | (#42511717)

Skip the lasers. Hit the power plants.

Re:If true, low-level warplanes just became obsole (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42511797)

Put the power plants underground and add more lasers to protect them from cruise missiles.

Re:If true, low-level warplanes just became obsole (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42511841)

A laser should be able to destroy an approaching missile within seconds. It probably does require cool-down times to avoid overheating, but overwhelming a laser-based missile shield would still take a fuckton of missiles arriving near simultaneously.

Re:If true, low-level warplanes just became obsole (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42511977)

You didnt think that one out very well, did you?

(Hint - what do you think a laser based system would be rather good at destroying? Would that be...... a cruise missle?)

Re:If true, low-level warplanes just became obsole (4, Insightful)

dpidcoe (2606549) | about a year ago | (#42511679)

It wouldn't do much against artillery shells or naval gunfire.

It would be somewhat effective against artillery shells. Most large shells travel slowly and rely on explosives for their damage. Heat one up enough and you'll either bork the fuse or set off the explosives prematurely. Now you've got non-aerodynamic shrapnel with a relatively low terminal velocity raining down rather than a high explosive shell.

The other thing about slow moving artillery shells is that they're slow, so there's time to effect the flight path. Heat the metal enough and you'll have superheated metal gas ablating from the surface of the shell. The force from that will be enough to alter the course of the projectile. With enough tracking/accuracy, you could theoretically divert the shell to land somewhere harmless (or at least less damaging).

Hmm.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42511777)

.. and this happens just weeks after the USA Death Star petition came in the news.

Still too weak (4, Interesting)

cheesybagel (670288) | about a year ago | (#42511955)

100 kW is considered to be militarily useful, 1 MW is considered to be a battle grade laser.

There are 100 kW solid state lasers [engadget.com] available to the US military so this is not exactly leading edge military laser power. The interesting bit about this article is the revolver design they used.

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