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    • CommentTimeApr 21st 2013 edited
    ^"Was faintly annoyed at just how interesting I found the experience."- William Gibson (via Twitter)
    • CommentTimeApr 22nd 2013
    @cat My life has somehow come full circle.
    • CommentTimeApr 22nd 2013
    Huge six-legged robot built in UK by enthusiast

    This guy clearly has a career in retrofuturistic supervillainy ahead of him.
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeApr 22nd 2013
    A lesson on guns, or a bit of a reality check on what you should do if there's a gunfight outside your house :
    5. In the real world, even when a bullet does hit something, unless it is at nearly a right angle, THAT BULLET CAN STILL KILL YOU. It is called a ricochet. Ever played pool? Same idea. Remember that. Even the bullets not aimed at, or anywhere near you, can ruin your whole day.

    6. In the real world, I have converted a sedan into a convertible, quite easily, using bullets. Not even a lot of bullets either. If the other guy is firing anything with greater hitting power than, say, a .32 (Google .32 caliber, .45 caliber, 5.56mm and 7.62mm...I can't do it ALL for you) it will go through things. Metals, woods, sheet-rock? No problem. Your front door will not protect you, at all. Nor will the walls of a normal suburban house, nor the three Sheet-rock walls beyond that. In a car, the only thing that really stops most bullets would be the engine block itself. All the rest of the body of a car, well, basically tin-foil. All those cop movies you remember from the 70s, when they hid behind the opened door of their patrol car and shot at the bad guy? Yea, no. Do not think that works. That is stupid, and nobody but actors in Hollywood actually does that.

    7. SO, the bottom line is this: If you are in a place where you hear steady, and sustained, and nearby (lets call that, for some technical reasons, anything less than 800 meters) gunfire, do these things:

    Go to your basement. You are cool there.
    If you don't have a basement, go to the other side of the house from the firing, and leave, heading away from the firing. Do not stop for a mile.
    If you do not think that you can leave, get on the ground floor, as far from the firing as possible, and place something solid between you and the firing. Solid is something like a bathtub, a car (engine block), a couple of concrete walls (single layer brick...nope).
    If you are high up (say 4rd story or higher) just get away from the side of the building where the firing is taking place. You will, mostly, be protected by the thick concrete of the structure.

    8. But for cripes sake, do not step out on to your front porch and start recording a video on your iPhone, unless you actually have a death-wish, or are being paid significant amounts of money, in advance, as a combat journalist/cameraman.
    • CommentAuthorKradlum
    • CommentTimeApr 23rd 2013
    I wonder where most of the rounds fired at the 2nd bomber ended up. On the news it sounded like they fired about 300 rounds in the general direction of the boat (although some of that could have been echo).
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeApr 23rd 2013 edited

    To celebrate, I'm marrying each and everyone of you.

    Consider yourself married, Whitechapel.
  1.  (11025.7)
    Bastard sells fake bomb detectors - people die

    If this guy had sold these things as 'crystal healing rods' to trustafarian festival goers, I wouldn't have a problem with this. As it stands, though, what a fucking arsehole.
  2.  (11025.8)
    @JP Carpenter: What I find fascinating is that some of the places are still using them, just saying you have to be "in the right state of mind". They've become very expensive dowsing rods.
  3.  (11025.9)
    Maybe there's something in it from a psychological perspective...if the guy with the detector and the guy with the bomb both believe it's real, is the behaviour and body language if the bomber going to give him away? Dunno...but Jesus, that guy is still a bastard...
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeApr 24th 2013
    The bomb detectors thing has been bubbling under as a story in the UK for some years now, several investigations revealed they were basically hokum but a lot of the people that bought them swore they worked so it was tough finding anyone willing to actually press charges.

    In the end they've done him for fraud which will probably get him a few years, but I get the feeling they were after something meatier to charge him with.
    • CommentAuthorScrymgeour
    • CommentTimeApr 24th 2013
    I was thinking about this yesterday. Its no different to quacks masquerading hokum as real science to sell holistic therapies. It's a confidence trick - see also: cults, religion, acupuncture, hopi ear candles, alien visitors
  4.  (11025.12)
    @Scrymgeour: That's why my mind jumped straight to dowsing. What seems odd is that, outside of a Charles Stross novel, I find it hard to imagine a government department putting in an order for, say, 300 industrial-strength dreamcatchers.
    • CommentTimeApr 24th 2013
    These bogus bomb-detectors are still being used, at least partly because the govt. depts which spent thousands and millions on them are a bit reluctant to admit they've been suckered.

    If there was any justice, Jim McCormick's sentence would be to visit Every Single Person stuck using these golf ball "finding" pieces of shit and be forced to take over their job until said user is convinced of exactly how useless they are.

    This wouldn't be an actual death sentence, though, because there's no actual "conclusive" proof this cunt's sales are directly responsible for any deaths.


    Morning, Whitechapellarians. Here endeth the rant lesson.
    • CommentAuthorScrymgeour
    • CommentTimeApr 24th 2013
    I'm considering buying up a load of them and marketing them as some kind of holistic remedy, surely the placebo effect of a "machine" is even better than that of pills. considering that needle > 2 pills > 1pill
    machines are sciency
  5.  (11025.15)
    @Scrymgeour: Pretty sure the Scientologists beat you to that one. They probably have a business patent for it.
  6.  (11025.16)
    Maybe I can sell thetan detectors to Tom cruise?
    • CommentTimeApr 25th 2013

    My Dad used to work as a public health inspector, and on occasion needed to find water pipes hidden in building sites and derelict properties. He reckons he used to get good results in finding these using the dowsing rods that he kept in his car. Now, my old man isn't a credulous kind of guy, usually. However, he still seems to think that dowsing rods have some kind of unexplained power. I put it to him that maybe the rods were just a psychological tool for focussing his own intuition and common sense, and he genuinely scoffed at the suggestion, like THAT was the weird idea.
  7.  (11025.18)
    I've used dowsing rods from time to time, and they seem to work scarily often. I can't possibly see how, but bugger me if they don't.
    • CommentAuthorScrymgeour
    • CommentTimeApr 25th 2013
    During my training excavation I had a tongue in cheek tutorial on how to use dowsing rods to find archaeology.
    I'll stick to geophysics thanks
  8.  (11025.20)
    How has this not appeared on whitechapel yet?
    NASA drew a penis on Mars!
    A PENIS!