GPS

Not sure if serious.  Currently only available on Android devices…

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The Gun Geo Marker app, released to Google’s Play app store on July 7, invites users to mark the homes and businesses of “suspected unsafe gun owners … to help others in the area learn about their geography of risk from gun accidents or violence.

Full Story – Fox News

ROFL “suspected gun owners”.  If this app actually becomes popular I really hope all pro gun people with compatible devices download it and hammer the app by submitting random bullshit locations of suspected gun owners, just to make the information already more useless than it already is.

Gun-Geo-Marker-App-LogoYou can check out the Gun Geo Marker page in the Google Play store.  I have a few Android devices, but I’d rather stare at paint drying than spend even a second right now in an app so useless.  Another reason I suspect this to be a troll app is because it came out first for Android, and the user interface looks like complete shit.  Who does that?  haha.  I’m sure the iPhone version will be release any day now, much to the joy of anti-gun hipsters everywhere.

My main question is, what would someone that is very afraid / paranoid of firearms do with the information in this app?  Boycot gun-owner run businesses?  Plan daily life around staying at least 100 yards away from all gun owner’s houses?  Both options are equally retarded and hardly feasible.

A positive outcome of this app (if the geo-marked information is accurate) may be finding yourself some more range friends that live close by.

Thoughts?Troll-Face

Hat tip: Nick, Mike, Kevin

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Input Coordinates And Wave Goodbye:

The APMI XM395, cartridge uses a standard M934 high-explosive 120mm projectile body. In the nose, a GPS receiver and computer controlled aerodynamic directional fins keep the round on its programmed trajectory. Folding fins in the tail provide stability.

APMI also has a multi-functional fuse, which allows the round to be programmed to explode in the air, once it hits a hard surface or after it penetrates inside a target.

In order for the autonomous flight and fuse control to function properly, operators must input mission and GPS data from a fire control computer into the round using a setting device.

Full Story – HERE

It warms my heart to see technology used to more efficiently kill our enemies.

Hat Tip: Mark M

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DARPA_weather_balloon

On December 4th I blogged that DARPA was holding a competition (On Dec. 5th) where you could win $40000 in prize money.

My Predictions:

My guess is the correct answer is submitted in less than 30 minutes, on behalf of some sort of tightly knit organization.  It will be interesting to see how this plays out.

I wonder if anyone is planning on playing dirty and attaching a bunch of fake decoy balloons at various locations throughout the U.S. … If that is the case then maybe my prediction of 30 minutes isn’t realistic.

The Winner:

The Red Balloon Team of M.I.T. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

I find it unsurprising that M.I.T. won, considering the people that go there are obviously very intelligent.

What I do find surprising though is the lack of information released by M.I.T. or DARPA about the details on the network that was established that led to the win.

There is a useless PDF that the DARPA site links to – HERE and all it says it it took “less than 9 hours”.

The FAQ of the M.I.T. Red Balloon Team offers some insight into the process, but still doesn’t give any details about how many people ended up signing up and how they eventually won.

Kind of anti-climatic considering I thought there would be a lot of fake balloons launched, and other random hi-jinx.  Well maybe there was, but who knows, because like I mentioned earlier there seems to be absoultely no information about the progression of the contest.

Here is the map from DARPA on where they placed the 10 Balloons.  I wonder what their problem was with the central U.S.?

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DARPA Network Challenge

The competition kicks off Dec. 5 at 10 a.m. Eastern Standard Time, when DARPA ( Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency ) will display 10 8-foot, red weather balloons at undisclosed, publicly accessible sites around the continental United States. The balloons will remain at their locations throughout the day, until sunset.

The first person to identify the precise latitudes and longitudes of all 10 balloons will win the prize money.

Norman Whitaker, deputy director of DARPA’s transformational convergence technology office, conceded that it would be nearly impossible for any one person to pinpoint every balloon within the designated timeframe. But if the competitors worked together as teams – using social networking forums made possible through the Internet – it is possible, he said.

My guess is the correct answer is submitted in less than 30 minutes, on behalf of some sort of tightly knit organization.  It will be interesting to see how this plays out.

I wonder if anyone is planning on playing dirty and attaching a bunch of fake decoy balloons at various locations throughout the U.S. … If that is the case then maybe my prediction of 30 minutes isn’t realistic.

Good luck to everyone that is participating.

More information on the contest – HERE

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