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Posted 2006-09-29 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
South Korea unleashed its very own battlemech yesterday, intended to hunt down and "supress" North Koreans at the border and eventually become part of the army's regular forces. Reported capabilities include:
  • Detect humans at distances of up to 2km
  • Armed with machine gun and rubber bullet weapon.
  • Identify an enemy at distances up to 10m through a password. ["You have ten seconds to comply!"]
  • Sensor-activated alarm systems and closed-circuit TV cameras
It remains to be seen if the robots will be a more cost-effective alternative to humans in the long run.

If it ever gets to the point where both sides are using robots, the Koreans might as well put the hardware away and settle their differences through video game simulations of robot armies fighting over accurately-modeled terrain. If one side could easily overpower the other in the simulated war, why bother to conduct a real one? Game over, man--and without spilling an ocean of blood.
 
     
 
   
 
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Comment posted by Brace
October 2, 2006 @ 5:40 pm
     
 
All this border crap is getting out of hand. I live relatively near the AZ/Mexico border and all these politicians are using scare tactics and (basically racist) platforms - to try to get elected come November.

I second the motion on folks just duking it out in one big ass video game.

I mean seriously. If I hear one more republican carrying on how terrorists are scrubbin thru the desert and cactus to get into AZ I'm gonna puke.

Better to spend their moneh patrolling the damn airports or the US/Canadian border. All this hoorah out here is a smokescreen (thin one at that) to keep them dirty mezicans out our pristine perfect country.

I'm sure we know who is just rollin on the floor of his cave laffin at all this, while sending his cells more millions to fly first class into countries and blow shit up.

And THAT dear friends is gonna be REALITY and no video game.

(sorry for cussin again on yer blog T-dawg, but this thing has me all riled up) Can you tell? ;)
 
     
 
     
   
 
 
     
 
     
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