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Britain Bringing Out 'Sonic Gun' For Olympics Security

Soulskill posted about 2 years ago | from the weapons-of-mass-annoyance dept.

The Military 193

skipkent writes with news that Britain is planning to use high-tech, non-lethal sonic weapons to provide security at the Olympics this summer. The Ministry of Defense says they intend to use the devices primarily as giant loudspeakers. But if they find themselves in need of a way to disperse crowds, the weapons can project sound up to 150 decibels, causing physical pain within a few hundred meters. "It has been successfully used aboard ships to repel Somali pirates." The maximum range for alarms and warnings is 3km. "Police and military planners say they are preparing for a range of security threats at the Olympics including protesters trying to disrupt events and attacks using hijacked airliners."

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I'll counter (2)

bobstreo (1320787) | about 2 years ago | (#39979457)

with my sonic screwdriver
Welcome to the future

Re:I'll counter (1)

ThunderBird89 (1293256) | about 2 years ago | (#39979493)

"Hey hijackers! Word of advice: if you're attacking an event with a sonic screwdriver ... don't let it near the sonic cannons..."

Re:I'll counter (1)

Jetra (2622687) | about 2 years ago | (#39979895)

"Airline hijackers"? Is Britain just stupid or is that how they really think? While it is possible, the chance of it happening is slim because it's TOO OBVIOUS! Like our freaking TSA: Oh let's check this 4 year old, he might be carrying a bomb. Ignore that shifty-eyed dude with the laptop battery and lemons.

Re:I'll counter (1)

NotQuiteInsane (981960) | about 2 years ago | (#39979939)

Yes, unfortunately our polititicians really are that stupid.

Re:I'll counter (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39980379)

I don't think politicians are usually stupid.

Politicians at upper levels are highly motivated people. They have a singular focus, to further their careers... which is closely tied to money and influence. So you look at a poor/silly "remedy" for something like this and think, "that's stupid". The problem is, you're evaluating it against the stated goal.

Figure out what the real goal is, be it the appearance of having done something high-tech to protect the people, or influence with manufacturers, or prestige among people that might be able to get you on some important committee... and then you'll usually find that it makes perfect sense.

Even the ones that are genuinely pretty stupid are surrounded by people that aren't, and know how to use them. Otherwise they never would've made it to where they are. They just don't do stuff like this because they think they're helping in the best way possible.

Re:I'll counter (1)

CastrTroy (595695) | about 2 years ago | (#39979777)

How well would a good set of earplugs or even construction style earmuffs protect against the sound of this. Would be interesting to walk right up.to the cop holding this and see his reaction.

Re:I'll counter (1)

Jetra (2622687) | about 2 years ago | (#39980239)

Actually, you can still do damage because of pressure. Enough of it, disregarding earplugs, will rupture organs.

That's not a Deterrent (1)

Greyfox (87712) | about 2 years ago | (#39979485)

That's a party! We pay to have that done to us over here. Just load that thing up with Muse and point it over here! Ohhhhh yeahhhh!

And what if this causes... (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39979489)

someone to go deaf or partially deaf? Will the UK compensate someone for that life-long disability? I thought the government was suppose to protect the people, not harm them in the name of corporate interests. The more reason to boycott The Olympics this year. Thankfully I'm not in/from the UK.

Re:And what if this causes... (0)

JockTroll (996521) | about 2 years ago | (#39980337)

Of course not. If someone gets hurt, the government will start a smear campaign accusing the injured one to be an "illegal immigrant" or something perceived as equally dangerous/subversive/nonwhite. And they'll say "had he been a TERR-OW-REEST now everybody we'll hail us as HEROES!" and the clueless populace will support the police and ask for more laws.

Britain deserved everything up to and including a biowarfare attack involving mutant rabies.

The real way to Olympics security (2)

Kupfernigk (1190345) | about 2 years ago | (#39979525)

Basically, clear all the poor people out of East London and then charge so much for the tickets that only the rich can get in. Sonic guns are only needed to clear ordinary people off the roads when the Zil convoys go by (which is more or less what is going to happen).

Bitter? Twisted? Very glad that I live over 100km West of London? Yes.

ordinary people can see the games in FTA HD (1)

Joe_Dragon (2206452) | about 2 years ago | (#39979613)

ordinary people can see the games in FTA HD on like 24 channels so they can sit at home and not pay for tickets.

Re:ordinary people can see the games in FTA HD (1)

BasilBrush (643681) | about 2 years ago | (#39979675)

Being a spectator at the Olympics isn't about seeing the sport. It's about being seen to be important/rich/lucky enough to be at the Olympics.

Re:ordinary people can see the games in FTA HD (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39979805)

Then why the fuck would anyone want to do it?

Re:ordinary people can see the games in FTA HD (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39979897)

And being in the Ministry of Defense is about being seen to be important enough to control those important/rich/lucky people, "if they find themselves in need of a way to".

Re:ordinary people can see the games in FTA HD (4, Insightful)

1s44c (552956) | about 2 years ago | (#39979951)

ordinary people can see the games in FTA HD on like 24 channels so they can sit at home and not pay for tickets.

Everyone from the UK has paid for the games and they were very expensive too.

The ticket that are for sale are way out of the price range of normal honest working people yet the ticket prices don't even nearly cover the cost of the thing, taxpayers got soaked for the rest. The whole thing is an insane waste of money and turning London into North Korea for some misguided idea of 'security' is doubly insane.

Eddie Van Halen should sue (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39979571)

Here is some prior art [youtube.com] by Van Halen.

And if you use a stack of Marshalls, you'd get the same effect; without the PR backlash of using a "weapon" on a crowd AND it'd be cheaper than buying something from a defense contractor.

Re:Eddie Van Halen should sue (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39979819)

Pete Townshend and the Who would probably have better prior art than Eddie VH.
They were renowned for playing at 12 in the 1960's.
They were even louder than Hendrix.

Really putting out the welcome mat (4, Insightful)

mspohr (589790) | about 2 years ago | (#39979573)

The more I read about preparations, the less I want to attend.
Sounds like it will be a lot more pleasant to watch at home.

Re:Really putting out the welcome mat (2)

LostCluster2.0 (2637341) | about 2 years ago | (#39979791)

I agree, sporting events to me are much more fun to watch on TV.

Re:Really putting out the welcome mat (0)

Threni (635302) | about 2 years ago | (#39979943)

No, I'm LostCluster. See the problem?

Re:Really putting out the welcome mat (0)

LostCluster2.0 (2637341) | about 2 years ago | (#39980031)

No, I'm LostCluster. See the problem?

The editors have the ability to authenticate me. I'm coming from the same IP address LostCluster was last seen at before the e-mail and password change that locked me out of my account. There's other before/after differences they can notice to return the LostCluster account to me.

Re:Really putting out the welcome mat (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39979861)

Attend? Just being in (or near) London during that time (well, and some time before and after) sounds more and more like a really horrible idea.

Re:Really putting out the welcome mat (1)

1s44c (552956) | about 2 years ago | (#39980037)

The more I read about preparations, the less I want to attend.
Sounds like it will be a lot more pleasant to watch at home.

The more I hear about the insane security measures and the use of the military for policing the more I want to go sit on a beach in Asia until it all goes away.

I mean the choice is cheap seafood, sunlight, friendly people or mind blowingly expensive food, bad weather, hostile people, heavily armed army types performing crowd control. The army is trained and equipped to work in war zones and effectively kill people, they are not trained to perform police work.

Re:Really putting out the welcome mat (1)

Crash24 (808326) | about 2 years ago | (#39980289)

Most of those "army types" you see smacking down protesters are paramilitary police - armed to the teeth, more trigger happy and less disciplined than actual fighting forces.

Re:Really putting out the welcome mat (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39980185)

The more I hear about preparations, the more I wonder whytf we even do this anymore.

I've used the LRAD... (5, Interesting)

Crash24 (808326) | about 2 years ago | (#39979579)

...while conducting detainee operations (prison guard) in Iraq. It's basically a five-hundred watt directional speaker shaped like a big flat disc that can play back a shrieking wave (sounds like a modulated sawtooth from what I can remember) that's so loud that you'll feel your bones rattle if it's pointed at you - even from a hundred meters away. While we usually used it as a big megaphone, the disruptive tone was really only effective in surprise or as a threat. In compounds where certain idiots used the LRAD repeatedly, the detainees eventually learned to ignore it.

Re:I've used the LRAD... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39979665)

I have a question about these: Would they have the potential to cause hearing damage for whoever is in the way? As someone who's experienced some tinnitus from just going to some shows, these horrify me.

Re:I've used the LRAD... (5, Interesting)

Crash24 (808326) | about 2 years ago | (#39979747)

Anything that loud can cause hearing damage. It won't fuck your eardrums up like an actual shock wave from an explosion or flashbang, but standing in the beam without earplugs (we never used it for more than 30s or so at a time) sure won't help your tinnitus - my ears rang briefly after someone in my compound accidentally pointed an LRAD in my direction, but there was no lasting hearing loss. It's annoyingly loud outside the beam, but in my experience not deafeningly loud like an rock concert.

Re:I've used the LRAD... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39979769)

Did you miss where he said "a five-hundred watt directional speaker" and "feel your bones rattle if it's pointed at you -- even from a hundred meters away"?

Hell yes, they have the potential for hearing damage. Your horror is well justified.

Re:I've used the LRAD... (2)

BasilBrush (643681) | about 2 years ago | (#39979707)

And of course if people are planning to protest in the street, they'll take ear-plugs, which will take most of the pain and disorientation away. This will only be really effective against non-protestors.

Re:I've used the LRAD... (1)

Crash24 (808326) | about 2 years ago | (#39979911)

Depending on the hearing protection used the LRAD would have to be much closer to really have any disorienting effect. What it will probably do is cause all those without earplugs to scatter away from those that do, if directed at a spot in a crowd like that.

Re:I've used the LRAD... (4, Interesting)

1s44c (552956) | about 2 years ago | (#39980089)

And of course if people are planning to protest in the street, they'll take ear-plugs, which will take most of the pain and disorientation away. This will only be really effective against non-protestors.

The take home message is that peaceful protesters anywhere in London will be subjected to experimental torture devices. Also anyone who happens to be near protesters.

Re:I've used the LRAD... (3, Interesting)

Crash24 (808326) | about 2 years ago | (#39980253)

The LRAD is hardly experimental, and I'd rather listen to it up-close-and-personal again than get pepper sprayed again. If the law enforcement types over there have any sense they won't subject peaceful protesters to this (knowing most cops, they probably will). Of course, if I were a protester I'd have a camera (or CCTV, it is London after all) on hand and be ready to capitalize on any perceived police brutality to further my cause.

Re:I've used the LRAD... (3, Insightful)

BasilBrush (643681) | about 2 years ago | (#39980491)

The lesson from the introduction of Tasers and pepper spray is that given more choices of offensive weapons, police don't reduce the force they apply. They use weapons in more situations than they would before.

So you won't get LRADed instead of being pepper sprayed. You'll still get pepper sprayed in situations where you would before. But in lesser situations, where previously they wouldn't have done anything, now they'll LRAD you.

Earplugs AND a video camera are both essential equipment now.

Re:I've used the LRAD... (1)

Alex Belits (437) | about 2 years ago | (#39979917)

You used that IN PRISON??? It's supposed to disperse crowds, for fuck sake! In confined space such as prison yard (I hope, no one was stupid enough to place it indoors) it only pisses people off because they can't run away.

Re:I've used the LRAD... (1)

aliquis (678370) | about 2 years ago | (#39980079)

This is most likely the US military of course ..

Yeah, I'll be modded down. So what. No AC for this post.

Re:I've used the LRAD... (2)

Crash24 (808326) | about 2 years ago | (#39980101)

It was at Camp Bucca, where the vast majority of the compounds were open-air and larger than a football field. The LRAD's effective footprint was only a small part of an entire compound, and I do believe a hundred rioting detainees qualifies as a crowd-sized target.

Re:I've used the LRAD... (1)

Alex Belits (437) | about 2 years ago | (#39980295)

Oh, wonderful. Did it come to anyone's mind, that housing prisoners in permanent structures instead of a bum city would improve security, hinder communications and give fewer causes for the riots?

Re:I've used the LRAD... (3, Interesting)

Crash24 (808326) | about 2 years ago | (#39980469)

I did a AMA on Reddit [reddit.com] about this last year.

It most certainly did, though I was just a guy on the ground. Bucca was a "temporary" solution that became too permanent for its own good - it was oringinally a UK POW camp set up for the invasion that was slated to be closed until the Abu Ghraib fiasco. For most of these facilities, the prisoners weren't legally prisoners but detainees that were being held until they could be sent to the Iraqi civilian courts for trial or simply released based on intelligence. By '07 most detainees' families were actually receiving stipends from the US government for lost income. A shitty situation to be in, nonetheless.

Most of the "bum city" pictures you see were from when the camp was re-opened around '05. By the time I arrived in '07 there were permanent structures in my compound - big caravans (sheds) with industrial-sized air conditioning. During Ramadan a few of our detainees were upset that we moved known insurgents to another compound...so they burned down their caravans (rubber bullets, tear gas and LRAD definitely did not stop them from pulling that off). They loved doing this when we would re-build the caravans after a big riot...but that time around, we decided that maybe they wanted tents after all.

Four Year Games (4, Interesting)

future assassin (639396) | about 2 years ago | (#39979591)

Athletes are considered corporate cattle with reduced rights.
Viewers are considered potential terrorists with weapons aimed at them.

People still watch/attend the Four Year Games because?

Re:Four Year Games (1)

Blue Stone (582566) | about 2 years ago | (#39980359)

Athletes are considered corporate cattle with reduced rights.
Viewers are considered potential terrorists with weapons aimed at them.

People still watch/attend the Four Year Games because?

Mandatory Happy Fun Time, citizen.

Now get back in line before they start the collective punishment, and you get shivved in the showers.

attend the war games! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39979601)

and dont forget to bring your kids! they dont listen anyhow, so they dont really need intact ears.

Counter Measures? (1)

Martz (861209) | about 2 years ago | (#39979617)

I'm guessing (since I'm a /. user who thinks they're always right) that a £/$1 pair of ear plugs would thwart these 'guns'

Re:Counter Measures? (1)

BasilBrush (643681) | about 2 years ago | (#39979733)

Mostly yes. In fact I'm quite tempted to go and be a street ear-plug vendor. I get to make a point and a profit too!

Re:Counter Measures? (1)

gman003 (1693318) | about 2 years ago | (#39979737)

Most $1 earplugs I could find were at most NRR 33 - they reduce sound by 33 decibels, which in this case would still be 120dB - on the threshold of immediate hearing damage.

It would be smart to also grab some $15 earmuffs (also NRR 30), bringing the noise down to 90dB or so - comparable to highway traffic.

the Olympics seems to be losing its purpose (5, Insightful)

Trepidity (597) | about 2 years ago | (#39979619)

The Olympics was supposed to be an event promoting amateur sports competition to solidify friendship and peace between nations.

Now we have:

1. Increasingly, highly paid professional athletes, not amateurs; and even the "amateurs" are often exceptionally well-funded and de-facto full-time athletes.

2. National pride of the host nation, where the Olympics is supposed to show off their greatness at least as much as promote any sort of friendship between nations (admittedly, this is an old trend, at least dating back to the 1936 Berlin Olympics).

3. Extensive commercialization of the entire event, with whole shady networks of construction/sponsorship/etc. deals, even extending to weird brand-exclusivity rules that would make it illegal for you to wear a shirt with the wrong logo.

4. Extensive security procedures and apparatus, which makes the event as a promotion of international friendship and peace fall a bit flat... peace under the watch of heavily militarized police is a pretty empty kind of peace.

Re:the Olympics seems to be losing its purpose (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39979723)

There's money involved, quid also facto commercia fiat.

Or in German, guttmarkenmakensbucherungaschwartz

The is no word in French, the Language Academy referred it to committee.

Re:the Olympics seems to be losing its purpose (1)

BasilBrush (643681) | about 2 years ago | (#39979771)

Absolutely. The sole argument for hosting it is that it is supposed to boost the economy of the host nation in some hard to define way.

As things are in the world right now, I'm pretty sure it's going to cost Britain a hell of a lot more than any boost in the economy.

I remember when Ireland won the Eurovision song contest about 3 times. They were hoping to lose by the end of it because the cost of hosting it was crippling them.

Re:the Olympics seems to be losing its purpose (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39979989)

This is something I have no clue about.

Who the hell is going to travel cross-country, sometimes even through plane, to an event with very limited seats?
A very tiny amount of people.
The cost of all this nonsense is far beyond what will ever be recovered from the event alone. I'd be surprised if they even got 10% back.
Even long-term it is pretty hazy at best.

I never asked for this.

Having worked an Olympics .... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39979807)

and it I get the impression that you have also - they've hired quite few tech people over the years, so I'm sure probably quite a few of us here on Slashdot. To add:

You wouldn't believe what happens when a sponsor gets their panties in a twist over something.

And there many other things with the international sports associations .... t

Left a real bad taste in my mouth ....

Yeah, peace by jocks... please (3, Insightful)

SmallFurryCreature (593017) | about 2 years ago | (#39980023)

The Olympics are a vile joke, they always have been and always will be. Didn't the nazi's hosting it? It simply going on after Munich because not a single jock wanted to give up their chance at a bit of fame? The boycots by the USSR and the USA in turn show this clearly already?

It is only held so the rich can show off on tax-payers money they don't pay any of themselves while bankrupting a nation. Not a single event has actually helped the economy. Goes for all such events. For god sakes, the South African Soccer laugh off had the hookers hoping for extra profits. THINK about it, the average WHITE soccer fan, is he looking for a BLACK hooker? Not all soccer fans as racist hooligans you say? Indeed, so you are saying that there are nice respectable soccer fans... going to hookers?

Brits will be paying the price for this rich men show off for decades, just as all the other nations before and new nations are lining up to pay for work shy rich boy athletes to show how they fail in modern society. Nobody without free money can afford to take part and the sports are all the sports nobody cares about. Really, stick throwing? How wonderful.

The simplest proof how unwanted the olympics are is to ban all subsidy. Let the origanisers build their own buildings, pay rent to the nation it is hosted in, pay for their own security etc etc. They couldn't even hold it for one hour on a commercial basis. So instead it is a tax payers event for the rich while the poor have to evicted from their houses and put up with months of congestion, construction and invasion of privacy and reduction of liberty.

Nice.

Re:the Olympics seems to be losing its purpose (3, Informative)

Freultwah (739055) | about 2 years ago | (#39980081)

The Olympics was supposed to be an event promoting amateur sports competition to solidify friendship and peace between nations.

In all honesty, the concept of amateur sports was originally introduced to keep out the working class. Amateur sports were to be performed by gentlemen of leisure, i.e. people with no training, thus without an advantage. Being a working joe was considered being a professional, because they got paid to train, sometimes paid to play (to compensate for having to skip work) and had an unfair advantage of being in shape. I don't know how that idea solidifies friendship and peace between nations, or within nations, come to think of it.

Re:the Olympics seems to be losing its purpose (1)

Culture20 (968837) | about 2 years ago | (#39980527)

The Olympics was supposed to be an event promoting amateur sports competition to solidify friendship and peace between nations.

In all honesty, the concept of amateur sports was originally introduced to keep out the working class. Amateur sports were to be performed by gentlemen of leisure, i.e. people with no training, thus without an advantage. Being a working joe was considered being a professional, because they got paid to train, sometimes paid to play (to compensate for having to skip work) and had an unfair advantage of being in shape. I don't know how that idea solidifies friendship and peace between nations, or within nations, come to think of it.

Because it was a gathering place for the upper crust of all nations to rub elbows with each other back when travel was difficult and communications slow. They actually got to see each other and start off conversations with a known mutual topic (the sport they entered).

Re:the Olympics seems to be losing its purpose (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39980443)

2. National pride of the host nation, where the Olympics is supposed to show off their greatness at least as much as promote any sort of friendship between nations (admittedly, this is an old trend, at least dating back to the 1936 Berlin Olympics).

It dates right back to the first London Olympics, where Britain introduced the idea of having national teams flying their countries flags.
Before that everyone competed as individuals.

Wow! (4, Informative)

gman003 (1693318) | about 2 years ago | (#39979627)

The terrorists must really be loving this. They don't even have to do anything anymore to get the public terrorized - the 'security forces' are taking care of that for them! They don't even have to make half-credible bomb threats anymore - the {Ministry|Department} of Defense will just make threats up for them!

The terrorists aren't winning. They already won.

Re:Wow! (3, Insightful)

LostCluster2.0 (2637341) | about 2 years ago | (#39979799)

Sometimes the security people are the terrorists, spreading threats they make up to justify their own existing.

Re:Wow! (2)

Blue Stone (582566) | about 2 years ago | (#39980389)

I'm more afraid of my government than I am of Al Quaeda.

I know the government can fuck with me, because for the last two years of a five-year term, they have been fucking with me and everyone else. And they show no signs of slowing. The true destroyers of Britain are the Tories and their LibDem enablers, not some remote dark-skinned jihadists who, statistically, pose less danger than a traffic accident.

Re:Wow! (2, Insightful)

xstonedogx (814876) | about 2 years ago | (#39979859)

How in the world does that count as a "win" for terrorists? The terrorists aren't winning anything. We haven't left their countries alone or changed our "evil ways" and adopted Sharia Law. Only Western authoritarians are winning.

A crowd dispersal weapon has absolutely nothing to do with stopping a terrorist. Why would you even think that?

Re:Wow! (1)

aliquis (678370) | about 2 years ago | (#39980103)

We haven't left their countries alone or changed our "evil ways" and adopted Sharia Law. Only Western authoritarians are winning.

If that's the definition just wait for immigration and democracy to do their things.

Re:Wow! (2)

1s44c (552956) | about 2 years ago | (#39980161)

How in the world does that count as a "win" for terrorists? The terrorists aren't winning anything. We haven't left their countries alone or changed our "evil ways" and adopted Sharia Law. Only Western authoritarians are winning.

A crowd dispersal weapon has absolutely nothing to do with stopping a terrorist. Why would you even think that?

If you define terrorists to mean people who cause terror and define terror as the emotion of strong fear then yes, the terrorists have won and they are the western governments. I think you are using terrorist to mean muslems, people from the middle east, or something like that.

A crown dispersal weapon doesn't stop terrorists, it prevents crowd of people openly opposing terrorists.

Re:Wow! (1)

artor3 (1344997) | about 2 years ago | (#39980463)

Read the OP. It's clear that we're using the word "terrorist" to refer to Muslim extremists. Stop watering down the meaning of terms. If you're going to change "terrorist" to mean "anyone who makes me scared", you might as well scrap the word all together. We have plenty of good terms to describe authoritarian governments already.

Re:Wow! (1)

artor3 (1344997) | about 2 years ago | (#39980041)

The terrorists aren't winning. They're dieing every day in the mountains of the middle east, suffering from severe PTSD thanks to the terror of drones patrolling the skies, and have accomplished nothing like their actual goals. Oh, wait, you don't actually think "they hate our freedom", do you? The terrorist leaders just want power, and they've gotten none of that. The terrorist lackeys want a glorious stuggle, and they've gotten none of that. Of course, their loss doesn't count as our win.

Nobody's winning. That tends to be the outcome of prolonged struggles.

London, now known as... (1)

owlnation (858981) | about 2 years ago | (#39979639)

Fort London: The Olympics.

I wonder if the sonic weaponry and SAMs get stood down after the Olympics. My guess is, they don't...

Why not simply arrest the world... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39979655)

... and shoot everyone who cannot prove that he is not a terrorist?

Sonic Gun? (2)

kakyoin01 (2040114) | about 2 years ago | (#39979709)

I guess they're trying to prevent the outbreak of that ridiculous Olympic Games series featuring a certain blue hedgehog.

Jokes aside, this is a good bit paranoid. At a certain point comes "too cautious" and this has probably reached that point. The balance of enjoyment vs safety is not safe in a world, nay, a country that has more countermeasures for a worldwide event than you can shake a stick at. Oh wait, they took my stick too. Darn it!

Sonic Attack! (0)

germansausage (682057) | about 2 years ago | (#39979715)

In case of Sonic Attack on your district, follow these rules.....

If you are making love it is imperative to bring all bodies to orgasm simultaneously
Do not waste time blocking your ears.
Do not waste time seeking a soundproof shelter.
Try to get as far away from the sonic source as possible,
but do not panic.....

Use your wheels. It is what they are for.
Small babies may be placed inside the special cocoons,
which should be left if possible, in a shelter.
Do not attempt to use your own limbs.
If no wheels are available, metal, not organic, limbs should be employed whenever possible.....
Remember, in the case of Sonic Attack, Survival means every man for himself.
Statistically more people survive if they think only of themselves.
Do not attempt to rescue friends, relatives, loved ones.
You have only a few seconds to escape.
Use those seconds sensibly or you will inevitably die.
Do not panic.
Think only of yourself....

These are the first signs of Sonic Attack:
You will notice small objects, such as ornaments, oscillating.
You will notice a vibration in your diaphragm.
You will hear a distant hissing in your ears.
You will feel dizzy.
You will feel the need to vomit.
There will be bleeding from orifices.
There will be an ache in the pelvic region.
You may be subject to fits of hysterical shouting, or even laughter.

These are all sign of imminent Sonic destruction.
Your only real protection is flight.
If you are less than ten years old, then remain in your shelter and use your cocoon.
But remember:
You can help no-one else, No-one else, No-one else......

Are the olympics a war? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39979773)

Sonic guns and missiles on houses... they sure need a lot of weapons.
Next they'll be purchasing human incineration ovens.
Olympics is serious business. No one is allowed to go just to enjoy themselves.

"But if they find themselves in need of a way to disperse crowds"... Who wants to make a bet that if they find themselves in possession of a way to disperse crowds, that they'll easily find themselves a need for it?

Loud enough to Rock (1)

c1t1z3nk41n3 (1112059) | about 2 years ago | (#39979825)

Don't know if it's the same exact device but we had these sonic emitters on a Maersk ship I sailed on. Had them mounted up on the bridge wings like spotlights. Awesome with some AC/DC playing through them.

Toronto G8/G20, Now London (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39979899)

Pompous? Crass? Disruptive? If a Hurricane or Ice Storm shuts down a city, it is labelled a disaster. If a city was shutdown when I rolled into town I would be declared a public enemy.

  Is shutting down a city the ultimate Status Symbol, the ultimate in Imperium and Gravitas?

  I appear powerful therefore I am powerful? When I walk, the city trembles? Kneel before me?

The ultimate i-Bling?

150 db won't just cause physical pain. (4, Insightful)

mark-t (151149) | about 2 years ago | (#39979957)

Is torture being declared legal now in the UK? Because that's what this is.

Sustained noise levels this loud will cause completely irreversible hearing damage, and the damage will only worsen with each passing second that the noise level is sustained. Even the loudest that rock concerts get is generally at about 120db or so (which even that can also problematic for sustained periods). I respect that they are trying to keep the peace here, but at what cost?

Re:150 db won't just cause physical pain. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39980433)

Its not torture if you have the option to walk away and get out of range.

Pirates, maybe... but 1st worlders are tougher (1)

russotto (537200) | about 2 years ago | (#39980121)

Somali pirates probably grew up in a relatively quiet environment with no amplified music louder than a boom box; the chattering of an AK-47 their loudest percussion. European and American troublemakers grew up with rock and rap concerts with massive amplifiers all turned up to 11, parties with the loudest amps technology can offer, personal music devices with headphones set so loud they could deafen the person next to them.

A loud noise like this will not stop them. Unless, perhaps, they can figure a way to play Barry Manilow at full volume.

Re:Pirates, maybe... but 1st worlders are tougher (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39980501)

"Unless, perhaps, they can figure a way to play Barry Manilow at full volume."

Oh please, please let this happen!

Didn't ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39980211)

the Japanese noise musician Merzbow use this in several, if not all, of his recordings?

Brits should seriously ask themselves (1)

alexmin (938677) | about 2 years ago | (#39980311)

... what they are doing now when Olympics involve aircraft carriers, SAMs on rooftops and sonic guns. Me, I stopped giving sh..t about these natinal dick contests by IOC long time ago.

I guess they never heard of earplugs (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39980457)

yeah.

Outragious, over the top, opressive madness! (1)

Paracelcus (151056) | about 2 years ago | (#39980497)

Pointing automatic weapons at the public, black clad, imperial stormtroopers (jack booted thugs), black helicopters, gunboats, hovercraft! Fighter jets, rooftop phalanx anti-missile/anti-aircraft guns potentially firing tens of thousands of depleted uranium rounds into London, Bradly fighting vehicles (or equiv).

All this TERROR just in case some roaring nutjob wants to try some bad shit!

I don't know which is worse, well maybe I do!

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