View Full Version : Set Phasers to "burn"....

10-28-2001, 06:44 AM
Link to news story about new microwave beam for crowd control (http://www.newscientist.com/news/news.jsp?id=ns99991470)

Eternal Padawan
10-28-2001, 07:45 AM
Aren't they getting these ready for next May? Celebration II, Midnite Madness II, Episode II...I can hardly wait.....

...to be microwaved alive!!! (yeesh.)

10-28-2001, 08:51 AM
Just equip the police with cell phones. Activate them all and there'll be enough microwave radiation to fry a football stadium full of people.

Water cannons were bad enough, this is just silly. Not to mention more radiation burning holes in the ozone layer. I'm not an especially active environmental campaigner but this just seems like wanton destruction to me. And isn't crowd control supposed to be non destructive? "Let's just split this crowd by blowing them limb from limb" I can see that being the next step.

10-28-2001, 10:09 AM
So, I'm wondering, if I wear reflective mylar will it deflect? (preferrably back at the source!)

If I wear aluminum foil will I start to project arc lightning in all directions, like that time I left the fork on my plate when I microwaved my spaghetti one day?
(hey, this could be cool!!)

10-28-2001, 10:15 AM
The very notion that someone would do this is ridiculously ghastly. Is the designer of this thing trying to win the coveted "mad scientist of the year" award?!? And why not super/subsonics instead of radiation?

10-28-2001, 10:25 AM
JT - my physics background isn't all that strong, but I'm pretty sure the wavelenghts of sound waves at any frequency are longer than microwaves, and the main point of the microwaves was the ability to control their depth of skin penetration down to .3 mm. I know they use sound waves to pulverize kidney stones, but I don't think they can control the penetration of tissue down to as low a level as m-waves.

However, you may have given us a preview of some new battlefield weapon - a directed ultrasonic beam that pulverizes our bones and organs. Can you imagine that used in combat? A beam sweeps across, and a whole division of troops just ploop into Jell-O-ish skin-bags full of powdered bones and soupy ex-organs?

Emperor Howdy
10-28-2001, 12:17 PM
Yeah, but if we're going to invent nasty little weapons like that, then we might as well stop debating nuclear missles. I mean, if we're going to start war like men, than let's fight like men. I say let's even eliminate the machine gun. Amass armys dressed in armor wielding shields and swords and let's do this the right way. Whoever walks away from the blood-covered battlefield wins. THAT'S when men were men. Microwave beams from airplanes!?!?? We might as well start wearing panties.

10-28-2001, 09:52 PM
Swaffy, that's true that there are weapons being worked on right now concerning directed ultrasonics that could liquify people if harnessed properly, but I was simply thinking of the stun factor of harnessed sound waves in various levels that wouldn't nuke someone or liquify them. Kinda defeats the purpose of a peace rally if you kill all the peaceniks on live TV. ;)

10-28-2001, 11:09 PM
Originally posted by SWAFMAN
So, I'm wondering, if I wear reflective mylar will it deflect? (preferrably back at the source!)

If I wear aluminum foil will I start to project arc lightning in all directions, like that time I left the fork on my plate when I microwaved my spaghetti one day?(hey, this could be cool!!)

Wouldn't that be more dangerous than what it is to begin with?

10-29-2001, 08:31 AM
Emp. Howdy has the right idea. If there has to be a war do it like a man not like a panty wearing sissy behind a desk pushing buttons.

10-29-2001, 09:40 AM
Be careful you two, this type of talk got Bill Maher in lots of trouble. ;)

I would think that the mylar or foil suit would actually force electricity in the form of sparks into any open points which could hurt you even more than the microwaves themselves.

10-30-2001, 08:50 AM
That last statment was not to smart,but that is how I feel sometimes.It really bugs me with all the hate and war that goes on in the world. Just think,if we put our differents aside we could have cured most all of sicknesses and been to Mars and even further in to space by now. I believe that man can do most anything he can think of,but it is wasted on hate and war.No wonder if there is any life out there they don't want to stay here.

10-30-2001, 01:30 PM
It appears that the powers that be have removed the link that was the subject of this forum from existance. Or perhaps the link just does not work properly and I am being paranoid. But that's what they want you to think!

10-31-2001, 09:05 AM
SSG didn't do nuthin', G! (just clarifying that we aren't the "powers that be" in the context of that above statement of Cole's. ;))

Mandalorian Candidat
10-31-2001, 11:42 AM
Wait a minute. If the advent of a portable microwave device happens, will that mean the evental firey death of all carrots on the planet? Holy parsnips!