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Our new Indie Games subforum is now open for business in G&T. Go and check it out, you might land a code for a free game. If you're developing an indie game and want to post about it, follow these directions. If you don't, he'll break your legs! Hahaha! Seriously though.
Our rules have been updated and given their own forum. Go and look at them! They are nice, and there may be new ones that you didn't know about! Hooray for rules! Hooray for The System! Hooray for Conforming!
Yes, its official, all that money that the Pentagon has spent on ridiculous pipe dreams has finally paid off!
(Well, except for the fact that the Pentagon has spend an absurdly small percentage of its budget on non lethal weaponry (http://www.globalsecurity.org/org/news/2003/031211-nonlethal-weaponry.htm)).
Apparently this ray gun is supposed to fire highly concentrated radio waves that penetrate just below the first layer of skin, to the nerve endings. The amount of pain caused is so severe that it is essentially impossible to stand in the way for five seconds.
My thoughts about it:
This seems like the most effective thing we could be using for crowd dispersal in Iraq right now. The battle against the insurgency is essentially based on the opinions of the Iraqi people. If they reject the insurgents, like Anbar province did to Al Qaeda in Iraq, the US has its job done for it. It seems clear that it would be much better if the US could accomplish basic crowd control without killing anyone. Of course, I do have qualms over the fact that it is extremely clumsy to use in the cramped urban areas where it would be most desired, particularly when a well placed grenade or any form of IED take out the Humvee. Having this thing in a smaller form would lead to natural abuse, as nobody could prove that a US soldier used the weapon on them. I also fear the day that this technology is somehow used by civilians?
What do you guys think? And how many of you first thought about what would happen if that sucker was used on an icecube?