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How Governments Are Getting Around the UN's Ban On Blinding Laser Weapons 180

Posted by samzenpus
from the don't-stare-directly-into-the-rifle dept.
Lasrick writes Despite the UN's 1995 Protocol on Blinding Laser Weapons, the world is moving closer to laser weapons in both military and law enforcement situations that can cause temporary and even permanent blindness. Military-funded research in this area continues to be conducted by the Optical Radiation Bioeffects and Safety program, and already "dazzlers" have been in use in Afghanistan. Domestic versions of these weapons are intended for use by law enforcement agencies and in theory cause motion-sickness type illness but not blindness. "But something bright enough to dazzle at 300 meters can cause permanent eye damage at 50 meters, and these devices can be set to deliver a narrow (and more intense) beam."

Comment: I dont know how - but dousing works (Score 1) 266

I tried it as a skeptic, but its hard to deny what happens in your own hands. It was demonstrated by someone who works in archeology and is highly respected in her field with a track record of finding buried structures (roman villas, neolithic burials etc).

Ignoring or ridiculing an observable phenomenon because you have no explanation. Even though that ridicule has precluded any sort of mainstream scientific study. Is pretty unscientific IMO.

Superposition or the simultaneous wave/particle properties of light sound pretty batshit to the layman. But im glad they are being investigated enough to at least present hypotheses to test.

Comment: Re:So... outsource ALL OF IT (Score 0) 74

by BeCre8iv (#47763269) Attached to: UK Prisons Ministry Fined For Lack of Encryption At Prisons
It already has been. Thats the problem. The civil service service is run by pension farming bureaucrats who pushed a lifetime of paper to get to the middle. For example vanloads of paper docs are secure couriered around the country because nobody knows enough about encryption to ask ATOS to make it so.

       

Comment: As a former employee... (Score 1) 74

by BeCre8iv (#47763245) Attached to: UK Prisons Ministry Fined For Lack of Encryption At Prisons
I can attest that the British MoJ is a Gilliamesque farce. It was as if an overzealous technocrat saw 'Brazil' and rebuilt the Civil Service in its image.

I was an temp admin-monkey for 6 months after things went to shit in 2008/9, in what we called the 'Ministry of Paperwork'. The HR offices for the MoJ. Holders of 60k+ complete records of everyone who ever applied to work in the UK courts. Right up to the top judges and bigwigs.

At this point we were using WinNT on boxes with XP CoAs and paying meeeelions for the privilege. All to run a bespoke Oracle client that topped out NTs user profile limits with excessive caching and borkt the windows session. All built and supported by one of the most predatory firms in the UK, affectionately known as Twatos.

The decision-makers were in another city and were clueless about the day to day running of a computerised office. Let alone data protection.

This sort of incompetence runs to the core of the Civil Service and they get fleeced at every turn. Including by the recruitment agency supplying staff to the HR department.

The idea of the government fining itself is preposterous. Terry Gilliam must be laughing in his grave.

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Comment: Re:Bio-accumulation - MOD Parent UP (Score 1) 116

by BeCre8iv (#47687785) Attached to: Fukushima's Biological Legacy
The short term death-toll is less of an issue than the long term dietary exposure.

Ironically it is the American denialists that are most likely to exposed via Pacific seafood.

The risk is not one of average exposures but a crapshoot of who gets to be the offspring of the person who ate the fish that ate the wrong mollusk which ate the wrong particle of the wrong isotope.

Americans could limit you exposure by choosing seafood from the west coast. oh wait.

Comment: Re:Recycle the Oceans? (Score 1) 184

by BeCre8iv (#47681589) Attached to: Man-Made "Dead Zone" In Gulf of Mexico the Size of Connecticut
Actually recycling mixed plastic particles for re-use is impossible. but brealing the long polymer chains can produce refinery feedstock of similar quality to light-sweet-crude.

Hydrothermal Depolymerisation.can turn mixed plastic particles back into crude.

Same for Plasma Gasification and potentially Hydrokinetic Cavitation.
Earth

Scientists Warn of Rising Oceans As Antarctic Ice Melts 784

Posted by samzenpus
from the it's-getting-hot-in-here dept.
mdsolar (1045926) writes "The collapse of large parts of the ice sheet in West Antarctica appears to have begun and is almost certainly unstoppable, with global warming accelerating the pace of the disintegration, two groups of scientists reported Monday. The finding, which had been feared by some scientists for decades, means that a rise in global sea level of at least 10 feet may now be inevitable. The rise may continue to be relatively slow for at least the next century or so, the scientists said, but sometime after that it will probably speed up so sharply as to become a crisis."

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