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German Laser Destroys Targets More Than 1Km Away 338

Posted by samzenpus
from the lazlo-approved dept.
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."
EU

Ultra-Powerful Laser To Be Built In Romania 41

Posted by timothy
from the no-mr-bond-I-expect-you-to-fry dept.
cripkd writes "The 3rd pillar from the ELI program was given the go ahead Tuesday: 'In Romania, Magurele, the ELI pillar will focus on laser-based nuclear physics. For this purpose, an intense gamma-ray source is foreseen by coupling a high-energy particle accelerator to a high-power laser.' Here are some specs and details about why this is not your regular key-chain laser."

Comment: Re:Two kinds of users (Score 1) 184

by KarolisP (#38967251) Attached to: Former Google Exec: Traditional Search Market Shrinking
This is probably a permanent thing and applies for many areas, some people plow earth with tractors, some with horses, and some by hand...
Some computer users ( somewhere into 90% ), don't even know that you can search ANY site for a single word they are looking for

it's a shame really that same applies for money, but it's measured how much of a fucked up and usually immoral personality you are to get over other peoples heads.

Comment: Re:DUMP THEM! (Score 1) 330

by KarolisP (#38480468) Attached to: Go Daddy Reverses Course On SOPA

To be honest I couldn't care less what's in their hearts, as long as their actions mirror what they say. They're a faceless corporation, not my grandmother; if the CEO secretly wants to murder elephants, well that's none of my concern, and neither is their secret feelings towards SOPA; as long as they don't screw the pooch by creating corporate policy for it, I say let them be.

there FTFY :)

Facebook

High School Reunions — Facebook's Newest Victim? 168

Posted by timothy
from the would-rather-dine-with-old-friends dept.
Hugh Pickens writes "For sheer social awkwardness, it's hard to beat finally seeing those people in person that you never liked in high school but are 'friends' with on Facebook. The NY Times reports that both attendance and the number of high school reunions held have dropped in recent years — thanks, some say, to Facebook and similar sites, nobody really has to lose touch anymore. 'There was a Facebook page for my 20-year college reunion, which took place this May,' says Deborah Dietzler. 'I looked at it a couple of times and it didn't seem like anyone I knew would be there, so I lost interest.' 'Social networking has robbed us of our nostalgia,' adds Michael Fox, who attended his 20-year high school reunion in November at a bar in Larchmont, NY to see the adult version of his classmates but was disappointed to find there was little he didn't already know because of Facebook. Others say the familiarity bred by social networking enhance the high school reunion experience. 'It's enticing. It's like a little preview, seeing everyone's life online,' says Holly Goshin. 'And whether you're happy that someone is not doing as well as you or you're happy that they look amazing, you get to see it all in person. Then you can move on with your life.'"

Comment: Re:Fukushima Residents and Farmers Disagree (Score 5, Insightful) 201

by KarolisP (#38397876) Attached to: Fukushima Finally Reaches Cold Shutdown
thank you, I guess, for pointing out that earthquakes and tsunamis do indeed suck and destroy stuff. People will just get compensations and move on to somewhere else. There were definately WORSE (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhopal_disaster) disasters than this and It is worth taking for what it is. Also there are areas that are intentionaly and knowingly made into deserts/toxic lakes or whatever, and it's no disaster at all... so... 12 miles radius is not that big of a chunk to ward off and let smolder in ruins, wouldn't be the biggest or out of proportion dead-zone of the world.

Comment: Re:Tabula Rasa was not really that different (Score 2) 328

by KarolisP (#34765248) Attached to: Why BioWare's <em>Star Wars</em> MMO May Already Be Too Late
you must have missed the later added content. new breed of AI uses quite advanced tactics, and even tho they are so far focused on taking you down, not keeping themselves alive (that's what PVP is about) they pack quite a punch. and in 10 days these new breed AI npcs come in a form of incursion, that should fuel both pve and pvp content fuse .... im not sure this will end well, but there's only one way to see.

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