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Russian Man Aims To Reinvent "Taser" Technology 131

Posted by timothy
from the hammers-are-cheap-too dept.
Lanxon writes "A Russian man is hoping to overhaul the technology within Taser-type weapons — transforming them from single-shot, short-range devices that stun for a few seconds, into more effective long-range, rapid-fire weapons — by modifying the wires and the type of shock they generate, reports Wired. Non-lethal weapon developer Oleg Nemtyshkin's design uses bare wires, rather than the insulated wires favored by Taser and other stun gun makers. These wires weigh only about one sixteenth as much as insulated wire, providing less drag on the darts and improved accuracy. Nemtyshkin demonstrated his bare wire technology with a prototype – 'Legionary" — in 2001. His latest version is the S5, and a video of the weapon in action shows it firing repeatedly — almost as fast as the trigger can be pulled."
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Russian Man Aims To Reinvent "Taser" Technology

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 22, 2010 @05:57AM (#32304300)

    ...to humanity.

  • by Kupfernigk (1190345) on Saturday May 22, 2010 @06:02AM (#32304312)
    That's almost all.

    Mobs will be led by people with carbon fibre jacket liners and helmets. Innocent people will get killed. Given the ability of our own police to shoot innocent electricians, guys carrying chair legs, and kill innocent bystanders in demonstrations, presumably pour decourager les autres, this thing is bad news for civil liberties and brings closer the risk of retaliation against the police. It sounds to me like a perfect "unintended consequences" weapon.

  • by indre1 (1422435) on Saturday May 22, 2010 @06:14AM (#32304364)
    What about people with weak hearts... They would survive one hit, but what if some triggerhappy cop gives 10 shots to a big person with a weak heart? Not so non-lethal anymore...
  • by Joce640k (829181) on Saturday May 22, 2010 @07:20AM (#32304610) Homepage

    The answer is to make all cops wear video cameras and record what they do.

    Transparency/accountability is the best weapon against state oppression.

  • Am I the only one? (Score:3, Insightful)

    by OrwellianLurker (1739950) on Saturday May 22, 2010 @07:29AM (#32304646)
    Am I the only one that is seeing a quick progression towards a police state fueled largely by corporate interests and technological advances? I'm predicting a rise in "domestic terrorism" directed towards those in government. Luckily we have all these new laws to stop "domestic terrorism." I mean sure, we're giving up our constitutional rights without pause to be safe from terrorists, but who are the real terrorists? Those who invade and occupy foreign countries with the blood and money of the general population and redirect all profits towards multinational corporations? Those who bring us decades of class warfare in the "War on Drugs?" Those who masquerade as populist reformers who are really just manipulating the perceptions of their actions and doing entirely contrary actions? We have millions in prison, huge debt, legal corruption running rampant, undemocratic elections (I don't consider elections decided by the number of dollars you can get from corporations to be democratic), and so on. :(
  • 99.999% (Score:3, Insightful)

    by MRe_nl (306212) on Saturday May 22, 2010 @09:18AM (#32305290)

    of everything is bullshit.
    "I'd rather be hit with a tazer then a 40cal any day."
    What's that, a 9mm? Of course you'd rather be hit by a tazer than a 40cal! Bullets: 25% chance/death, 30%/chance perm.damage (Red Cross figures)
    Tazer: "Although the company spins it otherwise, Taser-associated deaths are definitely on the rise. In 2001, Amnesty International documented three Taser-associated deaths. The number has steadily increased each year, peaking at 61 in 2005. So far almost 50 deaths have occurred in 2006, for an approximate total of 200 deaths in the last five years." Not very save at all, it would seem, but better odds than any bullet.
    "Nothing is 100% safe," agreed
    "and besides 99.999% of the time you did something to warrant getting hit, so its your own damned fault if you die."
    That's just utter bollocks. "friendly fire","mistaken identity","weapon system error","overzealous operator", i could go on, i seriously think a more realistic figure would be 25% of the time you did something to warrant getting hit.
    (and yes i've been in the army and handled many different weapons).
    Some food for thought on how these systems are going to be used (on us ;():

    http://trueslant.com/allisonkilkenny/2010/03/07/normalizing-the-police-state-and-how-it-ends-with-taser-firing-drones/ [trueslant.com]

  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 22, 2010 @10:41AM (#32305870)

    99.999% of the time you did something to warrant getting hit, so its your own damned fault if you die.

    i'll accept your made up statistics on faith

    I have never personally seen a case where the suspect didnt have some hand in instigating

    as long as we're sharing irrelevant anecdotes, i've never seen someone undergo knee surgery

  • by PitaBred (632671) <slashdot@pitabre ... org minus distro> on Saturday May 22, 2010 @11:05AM (#32306006) Homepage

    The problem with that is that the "less lethal" weapons then get deployed more often, and the cops are held less accountable because they tried to use the "soft" weapons.

  • by clarkkent09 (1104833) * on Saturday May 22, 2010 @12:38PM (#32306694)
    You are confusing the cause and effect by stating that police not carrying guns results in more peaceful society. I think it's the other way around.

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