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Sniping Could Be the Next Killer iPod App 461

Posted by samzenpus
from the pull-up-your-kill-list dept.
An anonymous Coward writes "Knights Armament Corp. who supply sniper rifles to the US military have developed a iPod Touch mounting system and software for the US Army M110 sniper rifle system. The use of off the shelf hardware no doubt cut costs and allowed rapid development of this system." If it automatically played a theme song after every head shot, this would be the coolest rifle accessory ever.

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Sniping Could Be the Next Killer iPod App

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  • Out of line (Score:5, Insightful)

    by ktappe (747125) on Tuesday January 20, 2009 @03:39PM (#26535581)

    If it automatically played a theme song after every head shot, this would be the coolest rifle accessory ever.

    Am I the only one who found this attempt at humor disturbing and objectionable?

    (And yes, I know my comment will get me modded down, but I strongly doubt I'm alone in thinking a real life killing is quite different from killing in an FPS.)

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 20, 2009 @03:48PM (#26535775)

    Stop looking for things to be offended by.

  • Re:Out of line (Score:3, Insightful)

    by red_blue_yellow (1353825) on Tuesday January 20, 2009 @03:48PM (#26535791)
    I also found it disturbing. The death of a human should not be treated so ... disgustingly. Somebody needs to do something about Samzenpus and the garbage he puts out.
  • by LordByronStyrofoam (587954) on Tuesday January 20, 2009 @03:51PM (#26535843)
    .. I thought it would be an article about sniping eBay bids at the last second from my iPod.
  • Illumination? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Culture20 (968837) on Tuesday January 20, 2009 @03:56PM (#26535959)
    Because what every sniper needs is to have his face lit up when he's trying to remain hidden.
  • Re:Out of line (Score:5, Insightful)

    by halivar (535827) <bfelger@gmail.cERDOSom minus math_god> on Tuesday January 20, 2009 @03:58PM (#26536013) Homepage

    I'm firmly convinced that 90% of all offenses taken spring from a deep-seated human desire for martyrdom and it's accompanying ego-expansion. Somehow, in the state of having been offended, we believe we can attain the deeply satisfying, self-aggrandizing self-righteousness of an unjustly oppressed person.

    IOW, you're just looking for stuff to piss you off because you like it. Suck it up, princess.

  • Re:Out of line (Score:2, Insightful)

    by arcmay (253138) on Tuesday January 20, 2009 @04:02PM (#26536123)

    Absolutely agree. The pun in the headline is a bad enough, but that "joke" is the most juvenile and disgusting editorial addition to a submission I've seen on Slashdot.

  • by faloi (738831) on Tuesday January 20, 2009 @04:03PM (#26536161)
    I doubt it'd be used much in the field, at least not without some heavy modification to the iPod. I can't imagine it's resilient enough to meat mil-spec standards off-the-shelf. Once it's out there, I'd bet the spotter uses it more to get rapid numbers to feed to the shooter than the shooter uses it. The spotter can keep it mostly concealed and hide the light.
  • by agrounds (227704) on Tuesday January 20, 2009 @04:16PM (#26536417)

    I'd consider them blessed that they don't know how it feels afterward, or have the sleepless nights that come with it, or the hot ball of sour sickness that tightens in your gut every time you come under fire.

    They may be ignorant, but it is not a failing, just the naivete of youth and living a privileged existence even if it is in very bad taste. In a better world, no one would have to know what it is like.

  • by Broken scope (973885) on Tuesday January 20, 2009 @04:17PM (#26536425) Homepage

    There are some exceedingly grim jobs in the military.

    Some folks never talk about it.
    Some folks talk about it.
    Some folks become very detached about what they do.
    Some folks develop a grim/dark sense of humor.

    Don't call someone a cretin or a sociopath because of their coping mechanism. It doesn't mean they enjoy it.

  • Re:Out of line (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 20, 2009 @04:22PM (#26536559)

    Even though I'm just a lowly AC, I'll concur as well. I don't want to say killing is never necessary (although I don't want to say it sometimes is, either), but NO MATTER whether it is, it's always a serious thing, and the death of any person is a sad occurrence and should never be taken lightly.

  • Re:Out of line (Score:5, Insightful)

    by thethibs (882667) on Tuesday January 20, 2009 @04:40PM (#26536901) Homepage

    Wow! An orgy of self-rightious political correctness. Can I play too?

  • Re:Out of line (Score:5, Insightful)

    by LanMan04 (790429) on Tuesday January 20, 2009 @04:42PM (#26536931)

    (And yes, I know my comment will get me modded down, but I strongly doubt I'm alone in thinking a real life killing is quite different from killing in an FPS.)

    90% of people on this board have experience with making virtual headshots. Real headshots, >1%. It's just what we know.

  • Re:Out of line (Score:5, Insightful)

    by halivar (535827) <bfelger@gmail.cERDOSom minus math_god> on Tuesday January 20, 2009 @04:45PM (#26537003) Homepage

    Of course. That's why I said 90%, not 100%. But I'll tell you this: the things that offend me are all actions, not words.

  • Re:Illumination? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Chemisor (97276) on Tuesday January 20, 2009 @04:57PM (#26537225)

    If you are close enough for the enemy to see your face, you need neither the sniper rifle, nor complex distance calculations.

  • Re:Illumination? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by mea37 (1201159) on Tuesday January 20, 2009 @05:03PM (#26537347)

    Depends on context.

    Your target may not be the only person in the area hostile to you.

    You may not know all of their locations.

    You would probably prefer that none of them know your location.

  • Re:Out of line (Score:5, Insightful)

    by PitaBred (632671) <slashdot@pitabre ... org minus distro> on Tuesday January 20, 2009 @05:08PM (#26537419) Homepage
    Naah. There are a number of people who make so many other people's lives so miserable that their deaths should be celebrated. For example, Kim Jong Il, Stalin, Hitler, and so on. There are numerous smaller warlords and tribal leaders who also deserve such treatment.

    Life is not sacred. If you use yours to deny other people rights, livelihoods or even their own lives simply for existing, you deserve to lose yours.
  • Re:Out of line (Score:5, Insightful)

    by DaveAtFraud (460127) on Tuesday January 20, 2009 @05:24PM (#26537671) Homepage Journal

    Center-of-mass hits are much more reliable than head shots.

    Yeah, but a head shot with a "pink cloud" is a confirmed kill. If the target is worth sending a sniper and you only get one shot, go for the sure thing.

    Cheers,
    Dave

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 20, 2009 @05:31PM (#26537769)

    I don't care where you live, you are wrong if you think your police force does not use long range rifles for certain situations

  • Re:Out of line (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Xemu (50595) on Tuesday January 20, 2009 @05:51PM (#26538063) Homepage

    Yeah, I also found it tasteless. Center-of-mass hits are much more reliable than head shots.

    No, you have to remember that the only way to kill a zombie is by shooting it in the head [youtube.com]

  • Nobody is normal (Score:2, Insightful)

    by LateArthurDent (1403947) on Tuesday January 20, 2009 @07:13PM (#26539175)

    if i enjoyed it, i'm a sociopath

    Your problem is that you're holding on to outdated views of that some people are "normal" and others are not. Psychology has done away with that a long time ago. Nobody is "normal".

    Now we only consider something to be a disorder if it interferes with the normal life of the person in question. It doesn't matter if a soldier is ecstatic after killing others in battle, as long as he never has the need to "get that feeling again" and starts considering killing people he's not supposed to. That would be interfering with his normal life, and he would be a psychopath.

    On the other hand, if a soldier gets excited and a sense of adventure in battle, but is completely normal in order circumstances while another is completely distraught at having killed and has nightmares every day since, the person with a disorder is the one that is distraught (its interfering with his life). The one who got excited and giddy and has now adapted just fine to his life after service is perfectly healthy.

  • by couchslug (175151) on Tuesday January 20, 2009 @07:51PM (#26539679)

    "frags, literally speaking, refer to killings of superior officers.

    I do believe sir, that you should use different terminology when marketing it to the military."

    No, "fragging" does. "Frags" is the plural of "fragmentation grenades".

    http://home.mweb.co.za/re/redcap/vietcrim.htm [mweb.co.za]

    FWIW:
    "Frag order" is a (WWII vintage at least) military for "Fragmentary Order" that is still in standard current daily use.

    Military folks are proficient at dealing with many different acronyms.
    One would not mistake a "frag order" for an "order to frag" someone.

    We also have MANY officers and enlisted troops who game.

  • by Gavagai80 (1275204) on Tuesday January 20, 2009 @09:11PM (#26540539) Homepage

    (B) long-range target shooting is a legitimate and popular sport.

    Is there a point the sport anymore if you let the computer do the work?

  • Re:Out of line (Score:4, Insightful)

    by drinkypoo (153816) <martin.espinoza@gmail.com> on Wednesday January 21, 2009 @06:57AM (#26544365) Homepage Journal

    The death of a human should not be treated so ... disgustingly.

    Aside from your total misapplication of the word "disgustingly" I'm not really clear on what absolute metric you are using to determine what should or should not happen.

    I'm glad that your moral compass is here to guide us all.

    Somebody needs to do something about Samzenpus and the garbage he puts out.

    Won't somebody think of the children?

    Your comment sickens me. Literally, as in, made me nauseous.

    "Somebody needs to do something" about your smug sense of moral superiority.

  • Re:Out of line (Score:3, Insightful)

    by styryx (952942) on Wednesday January 21, 2009 @07:32AM (#26544563)
    Wow. People replying with the most offensive things they can think of does come across as a bit petulant. I'd have to side with halivar on this one.

    Personally, the only things that offend me are ignorance, bigotry and zealous hatred. Humour is the most powerful tool against fear; perhaps the only tool we all have. If you are offended by something someone says then you should ask yourself why you are offended. More often than not, it is because you see in yourself that which caused offence and believe that by attacking the source of the offence you can purify yourself of it... but this is all psychobabble.

    Don't you think if a sniper rifle played a theme song (big hint: giving away the location of the shooter!) it would be the worst rifle accessory ever? Do you think that if it didn't play a theme song after a head shot then it would be acceptable? That is what the gun is for, killing people! regardless of whether or not it has any accessories. If the poster hadn't made that joke do you think the gun would be less lethal? Is there something sacred about the gun that causes offence if you apply humour to its (wait for it....) designed purpose?
  • by Dareth (47614) on Wednesday January 21, 2009 @11:01AM (#26546879)

    For sniping regular run of the mill soldiers, the perfect sniping shot is thru both butt cheeks.

    Requires 1-2 soldiers to carry guy off the field, and to provide more targets perhaps.
    Requires medical care from limited medical staff like surgeons to remove the clothing,etc pushed into the wound.
    Soldier will not be returning to the field anytime soon.

    Best shot for depletion of enemy resources.

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