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Time Warner Turns Down Takeover Bid From Rupert Murdoch

mrspoonsi Good (70 comments)

The more these big media / film studios merge, the less choice there will be.

about a week ago
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HP Claims Their Moonshot System is a 'New Style of IT' (Video)

mrspoonsi Re:4.3 U (68 comments)

It would have been smarter not to require an additional chassis (who wants to lug an extra 13U chassis into a datacenter?). It should be done in the rail system to offset the 2nd and 3rd server, then you only have to fit different rails to offset.

about a week ago
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HP Claims Their Moonshot System is a 'New Style of IT' (Video)

mrspoonsi Re:4.3 U (68 comments)

Exactly, in a cold / hot isle rack you are left with a gap which would need plugging with something.

A 42U rack would have 7U wasted space that is almost another 2 servers...

about a week ago
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Germany Scores First: Ends Verizon Contract Over NSA Concerns

mrspoonsi Better yet ban the company from the whole country (206 comments)

If it can be shown that the company is working against the countries interests (company treason?), such as in this case, ban them from all sales in that country. That really would get the attention deserved.

about three weeks ago
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EU's Online Shoppers Get an Extended "Cooling Off Period"

mrspoonsi Re:Great (140 comments)

godaddy.co.uk They should be following UK law.

about a month ago
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The Computer Security Threat From Ultrasonic Networks

mrspoonsi Re:Does it really matter? (121 comments)

Normally Desktops do not have inbuilt speakers, so they can be ruled out, that leaves laptops, which do have wifi. An owned laptop could self enable the wifi, create its self as a hot spot and allow other computers elsewhere in the building to connect to it (through walls and what not).

about a month ago
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The Computer Security Threat From Ultrasonic Networks

mrspoonsi Does it really matter? (121 comments)

For this to work, the computers must already be 'owned', the fact the computers can communicate 20 meters with another infected machine is the least of the worries if you ask me.

about a month ago
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Justice Dept. Names ZeuS Trojan Author, Seizes Control of P2P "Gameover" Botnet

mrspoonsi Only Control For Short While (76 comments)

According to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/tech... the C&C servers will be replaced by new ones, so there is only a 2 week window until the network is back up and running.

about a month and a half ago
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Is Carbon Fiber Going Mainstream?

mrspoonsi Re:Aluminum? (152 comments)

>While Jaguar makes some beautiful looking cars, you can barely keep them out of the shop mechanically.

See: http://www.autocar.co.uk/car-n...

"Jaguar has been named the best manufacturer in the 2013 JD Power customer satisfaction survey. Jaguar's victory came off the back of the Jaguar XF, which finished third overall in the entire survey, as owners rated it as "excellent" in every area. In particular they praised reliability, dealership service and servicing and repair work."

about 2 months ago
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Autonomous Car Ethics: If a Crash Is Unavoidable, What Does It Hit?

mrspoonsi Cars will have a GTA button? (800 comments)

"If a Crash Is Unavoidable, What Does It Hit?"

Hare Krishnas....GOURANGA!

about 2 months ago
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Google May Be $1 Billion Behind In Tax Payments To France

mrspoonsi Re:Same tricks played in UK (199 comments)

Except the rich would put the 747 through their business and pay 0% VAT

about 3 months ago
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White House: Get ACA Insurance Coverage, Launch Start-Ups

mrspoonsi Poor Record on Health (578 comments)

"A study last year found that in many American counties, especially in the deep South, life expectancy is lower than in Algeria, Nicaragua or Bangladesh. The U.S. is the only developed country that does not guarantee health care to its citizens; even after the Affordable Care Act, millions of poor Americans will remain uninsured because governors, mainly Republicans, have refused to expand Medicaid, which provides health insurance for low-income Americans. Although the federal government will pay for the expansion, many governors cited cost, even though the expansion would actually save money. America is unique among developed countries in that tens of thousands of poor Americans die because they lack health insurance, even while we spend more than twice as much of our GDP on healthcare than the average for the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), a collection of rich world countries. The U.S. has an infant mortality rate that dwarfs comparable nations, as well as the highest teenage-pregnancy rate in the developed world, largely because of the politically-motivated unavailability of contraception in many areas." Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/po...

about 4 months ago
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A Dispatch From Outside the Prison Holding Barrett Brown

mrspoonsi Re:A year and a half locked up (95 comments)

Even if his found not guilty, the state have already 'won' by making serve so long in prison.

about 4 months ago
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A Dispatch From Outside the Prison Holding Barrett Brown

mrspoonsi A year and a half locked up (95 comments)

No trial yet, his free speech (as a journalist) removed, why? does he have the knowledge of a WMD which can wipe out man kind? no, he pasted a link to some credit card data. Good job he not share a few mp3s, it could be much worse.

about 4 months ago
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How Ireland Got Apple's $9 Billion Australian Profit

mrspoonsi Apple / Google / etc (288 comments)

Your tax time cometh, the world has your eye now.

about 5 months ago
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Bugatti 100P Rebuilt: The Plane That Could've Turned the Battle of Britain

mrspoonsi Captured (353 comments)

Also consider if a German pilot was shot down, bailed over the UK he became a POW, the same for an allied pilot, he could be back in the air again a few hours later.

about 5 months ago
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Bitcoin Exchange Flexcoin Wiped Out By Theft

mrspoonsi Re:hmmm.... (704 comments)

It would make theft worthless to the large extent, because it would become risky to pass on this tainted money. If $1M was stolen and passed on to 50,000 unsuspecting people that is 50,000 potential leads for the police when these people find their money is worthless.

about 5 months ago
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Bitcoin Exchange Flexcoin Wiped Out By Theft

mrspoonsi Re:hmmm.... (704 comments)

The technology is right there to stop large scale theft of bitcoin, as if I am not mistaken the transaction history is kept with each coin, why do the exchanges simply put a block on coins which had passed through hacker addresses? An where is MtGox's list of hacker addresses that made off with all their coinage?

about 5 months ago

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Researchers fully 'delete' HIV from human cells for the first time

mrspoonsi mrspoonsi writes  |  5 hours ago

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "So far, HIV has eluded a cure because it installs its genome into human DNA so insidiously that it's impossible for our immune system to clear it out. While current treatments are effective, a lifetime of toxic drugs are required to prevent its recurrence. But researchers from Temple University may have figured out a way to permanently excise it using a highly-engineered HIV "editor." Here's how it works: the team analyzed a part of our immune system that fights infection and built a "guide RNA" strand consisting of 20 nucleotides (RNA building blocks). Those strands were then injected into cells typically infected with HIV, like T-cells. There, they targeted the end parts of the virus's gene and snipped out all 9,709 nucleotides that made up its genome. Since the guide RNA strand contained no human DNA sequences, it left the host cell intact — but free from HIV."
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RJ Reynolds told to pay wife of cancer victim $23.6bn

mrspoonsi mrspoonsi writes  |  2 days ago

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "A US court has ordered the country's second largest cigarette company to pay $23.6 billion to the wife of a smoker who died of lung cancer. RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company was hit with the punitive fine in addition to $16.8m in compensatory damages. Cynthia Robinson took action against the firm in 2008, seeking compensation for her husband's death in 1996. A company official said the verdict was ``grossly excessive and impermissible under state and constitutional law.'' During the four-week trial, lawyers for Ms Robinson argued that RJ Reynolds was negligent in informing consumers of the dangers of consuming tobacco. This negligence, the lawyers said, led to her husband Michael Johnson Sr contracting lung cancer from smoking after becoming "addicted" and failing multiple attempts to quit."
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Edward Snowden Says NSA Workers Pass Around Your Nude Photos

mrspoonsi mrspoonsi writes  |  4 days ago

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "If you thought that nude photo you took of yourself was just for you and your significant other, you may be wrong. According to whistleblower Edward Snowden, young NSA employees occasionally get a hold of nude photos while searching through personal data and, if the person is attractive, the photos get passed around the office. Snowden explained how this happens to The Guardian during a 7-hour interview. Here's the relevant bit: You’ve got young enlisted guys, 18 to 22 years old, they’ve suddenly been thrust into a position of extraordinary responsibility where they now have access to all of your private records. Now in the course of their daily work, they stumble across something that is completely unrelated to their work in any sense. For example, an intimate nude photo of someone in a sexually compromising situation, but they’re extremely attractive. So what do they do? They turn around and they show their coworker. And their coworker says ‘Oh hey, that’s great. Show it to Bill down the way.’ And then Bill sends it to George, George sends it to Tom, and sooner or later this person’s whole life has been seen by all of these other people."
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Manuel Noriega sues Activision over Call of Duty

mrspoonsi mrspoonsi writes  |  about a week ago

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "Manuel Noriega, the former dictator of Panama, is suing Call of Duty's video games publisher.

The ex-military ruler is seeking lost profits and damages after a character based on him featured in Activision's 2012 title Black Ops II. The 80-year-old is currently serving a jail sentence in Panama for crimes committed during his time in power, including the murder of critics. One lawyer said this was the latest in a growing trend of such lawsuits. "In the US, individuals have what's called the right to publicity, which gives them control over how their person is depicted in commerce including video games," explained Jas Purewal, an interactive entertainment lawyer. "There's also been a very well-known action by a whole series of college athletes against Electronic Arts, and the American band No Doubt took action against Activision over this issue among other cases. "It all focuses upon the American legal ability for an individual to be only depicted with their permission, which in practice means payment of a fee. "But Noriega isn't a US citizen or even a resident. This means that his legal claim becomes questionable, because it's unclear on what legal basis he can actually bring a case against Activision.""
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Massive Job Cuts Are Reportedly Coming For Microsoft Employees

mrspoonsi mrspoonsi writes  |  about a week ago

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "Microsoft Corp is planning its biggest round of job cuts in five years as the software maker looks to integrate Nokia Oyj's handset unit, Bloomberg reported, citing people with knowledge of the company's plans. The reductions, expected to be announced as soon as this week, could be in the Nokia unit and the parts of Microsoft that overlap with that business, as well as in marketing and engineering, Bloomberg reported. The restructuring may end up being the biggest in Microsoft history, topping the 5,800 jobs cut in 2009, the report said."
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Pope Francis: 'About 2%' of Catholic clergy paedophiles

mrspoonsi mrspoonsi writes  |  about two weeks ago

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "Pope Francis has been quoted as saying that reliable data indicates that "about 2%" of clergy in the Catholic Church are paedophiles. The Pope said that abuse of children was like "leprosy" infecting the Church, according to the Italian La Repubblica newspaper. He vowed to "confront it with the severity it demands". He wants to show a more compassionate attitude towards Church teaching than his predecessors, but this can sometimes cause consternation among his media advisers, our correspondent adds."
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The First Person Ever To Die In A Tesla Is A Guy Who Stole One

mrspoonsi mrspoonsi writes  |  about two weeks ago

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "Elon Musk can no longer say that no one's ever died in a Tesla automobile crash. But few people will be pointing fingers at the electric car maker for this senseless tragedy. Earlier this month, 26-year-old Joshua Slot managed to successfully ride off with a Model S he'd stolen from a Tesla service center in Los Angeles, but police quickly spotted the luxury vehicle and gave chase. According to Park Labrea News, the high-speed pursuit was eventually called off after officers were involved in a fender bender of their own, leaving the police department strained for resources and without any feasible way of catching up to Slot. Reports claim he was traveling at speeds of "nearly 100 mph," but losing the police tail apparently didn't convince Slot to hit the brakes. Instead he sped on, eventually colliding with three other vehicles and a pair of street poles. The final impact was severe enough to "split the Tesla in half" and eject Slot from the car's remains. The Tesla's front section wound up in the middle of the road and caught fire. Its rear portion flew through the air with such force that it slammed into the side of a local Jewish community center and became wedged there."
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ISPs take legal action against GCHQ

mrspoonsi mrspoonsi writes  |  about three weeks ago

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "Seven internet service providers have filed a legal complaint against the UK's intelligence agency GCHQ. ISPs from the US, UK, Netherlands and South Korea have joined forced with campaigners Privacy International to take the agency to task over alleged attacks on network infrastructure. It is the first time that GCHQ has faced such action. The ISPs claim that alleged network attacks, outlined in a series of articles in Der Spiegel and the Intercept, were illegal and "undermine the goodwill the organisations rely on". The allegations that the legal actions are based on include: claims that employees of Belgian telecommunications company Belgacom were targeted by GCHQ and infected with malware to gain access to network infrastructure. GCHQ and the US National Security Agency, where Mr Snowden worked, had a range of network exploitation and intrusion capabilities, including a "man-on-the-side" technique that covertly injects data into existing data streams to create connections that will enable the targeted infection of users. The intelligence agencies used an automated system, codenamed Turbine, that allowed them to scale up network implants
German internet exchange points were targeted, allowing agencies to spy on all internet traffic coming through those nodes."
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Court Allowed NSA To Spy On All But 4 Countries

mrspoonsi mrspoonsi writes  |  about three weeks ago

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "A court permitted the NSA to collect information about governments in 193 countries and foreign institutions like the World Bank, according to a secret document the Washington Post published Monday. The certification issued by a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court in 2010 shows the NSA has the authority to “intercept through U.S. companies not just the communications of its overseas targets, but any communications about its targets as well,” according to the Post’s report. Only four countries in the world — Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand — were exempt from the agreement, due to existing no-spying agreements that the Post highlights in this document about the group of countries, known as “Five Eyes” with the U.S."
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Hover cars to be built in Tel Aviv

mrspoonsi mrspoonsi writes  |  about a month ago

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "A 500m loop will be built on the campus of Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) followed by a commercial network, according to skyTran, the company that will build it. Two-person vehicles will be suspended from elevated magnetic tracks, as an alternative transport method to congested roads, the firm promised. The system should be up and running by the end of 2015. The firm hopes the test track will prove that the technology works and lead to a commercial version of the network. The plan is to allow passengers to order a vehicle on their smartphone to meet them at a specific station and then head directly to their destination."
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US lifts restrictions on more detailed satellite images

mrspoonsi mrspoonsi writes  |  about a month ago

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "Sites like Google and Bing Maps will be able to use higher-quality satellite images, thanks to US government restrictions being lifted. Companies had not been allowed to make use of images where features smaller than 50cm were visible. But one imaging firm, Digital Globe, said it would be able to sell images that showed features as small as 31cm. Digital Globe said new satellites would be launched to take advantage of the ruling. The company's Worldview-3 satellite is due to launch in August and will be able to show "key features such as manholes and mailboxes". "In the past, collecting sub-50cm resolution required chartering and flying aircraft," the company said. "This is expensive, time-consuming, and can be limited by denied airspace or dangerous conditions.""
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Crowd-control drones reveal the technology's dark side

mrspoonsi mrspoonsi writes  |  about a month ago

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "The Skunk, built by Desert Wolf, is designed to "control unruly crowds without endangering the lives of security staff," and is reportedly already being adopted by South African mine owners. Equipped with a 4,000-strong clip and four paintball gun barrels, the Skunk can fire up to 80 projectiles in a single second. It can carry dye markers, pepper spray bullets or even solid plastic balls, which somewhat stretches the definition of "non lethal." The hardware also carries strobe lights and on-board speakers to disorientate and warn the crowd, as well as a FLIR thermal camera for night vision operations."
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Online shoppers across Europe now have new rights

mrspoonsi mrspoonsi writes  |  about a month ago

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "Previously, anyone who bought a product online was allowed seven business days during which they were able to change their mind and return the product for a full refund. This ‘cooling-off period’, during which a refund can be requested without being required to give a reason for the cancellation, has now been extended to fourteen calendar days from the date on which the goods are received. Online retailers and providers are now also banned from 'pre-ticking' optional extras on order forms, such as those adding insurance to the cost of a purchase. For the first time, laws have also been introduced to offer a cooling-off period for digital content, including music, films and books, as BBC News reports. Consumers may now cancel an order for digital content within fourteen days, but only if they have not downloaded it."
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NASA physicist, artist unveil an enterprising warp-speed craft design

mrspoonsi mrspoonsi writes  |  about a month ago

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "Thanks to a NASA physicist, the notion of warp speed might just travel out of sci-fi and into the real world.
NASA's Harold White has been working since 2010 to develop a warp drive that will allow spacecraft to travel at speeds faster than light — 186,000 miles per second. White, who heads NASA's Advanced Propulsion Team, spoke about his conceptual starship at a conference last fall. But interest in his project reached a new level this week when he unveiled images of what the craft might look like. Created by artist Mark Rademaker, who based them on White's designs, the images show a technologically detailed spacecraft that wouldn't look out of place in a "Star Trek" movie. Rademaker says creating them took more than 1,600 hours. In his speech, White described space warps as faraway galaxies that can bend light around them. "There's no speed limit on the expansion and contraction of space, You can actually find a way to get around what I like to call the 11th commandment: Thou shall not exceed the speed of light.""
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EU's top court may define obesity as a disability

mrspoonsi mrspoonsi writes  |  about a month ago

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "The EU's top court is considering a test case which could oblige employers to treat obesity as a disability. Denmark has asked the European Court of Justice to rule on the case of a male childminder who says he was sacked for being too fat. The court's final ruling will be binding across the EU. It is seen as especially significant because of rising obesity levels in Europe and elsewhere, including the US. If the judges decide it is a disability then employers could face new obligations. Employers might in future have a duty to create reserved car parking spaces for obese staff, or adjust the office furniture for them, she said."
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Mozilla to sell '$25' Firefox OS smartphones in India

mrspoonsi mrspoonsi writes  |  about a month ago

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "Mozilla, the organisation behind the Firefox browser, has announced it will start selling low-cost smartphones in India within the "next few months". Speaking to the Wall Street Journal, the firm's chief operating officer suggested the handsets, which will be manufactured by two Indian companies, would retail at $25 (£15). They will run Mozilla's HTML5 web-based mobile operating system, Firefox OS. The firm already sells Firefox-powered phones in Europe and Latin America."
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Intel loses appeal over $1.44bn EU Fine

mrspoonsi mrspoonsi writes  |  about a month ago

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "Chip giant Intel has lost a challenge against a record 1.06bn (£852m; $1.44bn) European fine for anti-competitive practices. Judges at the Luxembourg-based General Court backed a 2009 European Commission decision that Intel had blocked rival Advanced Micro Devices. Intel said it was "very disappointed" with the decision. The company can appeal to Court of Justice of the European Union, but only on points of law. In 2009 the European Commission found that between 2002 and 2007, Intel gave rebates to PC makers Dell, Hewlett-Packard Co, Japan's NEC and Lenovo to favour its chips over those of Advanced Micro Devices (AMD). The EU competition authority said Intel also paid German retail chain Media Saturn Holding to stock only computers with its chips. The General Court judges said that the Commission had been right to impose its fine."
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Apple to be Investigated by the EU over Tax Affairs

mrspoonsi mrspoonsi writes  |  about a month and a half ago

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "The European Commission is to open a formal investigation into Apple, Starbucks and Fiat in relation to tax arrangements with three EU countries. The firms' arrangements with Ireland, the Netherlands and Luxembourg will be investigated. Announcing the move, tax commissioner Algirdas Semeta said that "fair tax competition is essential". Last year, a US Senate investigation accused Ireland of giving special tax treatment to Apple. The European Commission will look at whether the companies' tax affairs breach EU rules on state aid. Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia said: "In the current context of tight public budgets, it is particularly important that large multinationals pay their fair share of taxes." Countries in Europe cannot allow certain firms to pay less tax than they should, Mr Almunia added."
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Evidence of another world found on Moon

mrspoonsi mrspoonsi writes  |  about a month and a half ago

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "Researchers have found evidence of the world that crashed into the Earth billions of years ago to form the Moon. Analysis of lunar rock brought back by Apollo astronauts shows traces of the "planet" called Theia. The researchers claim that their discovery confirms the theory that the Moon was created by just such a cataclysmic collision. The accepted theory since the 1980s is that the Moon arose as a result of a collision between the Earth and Theia 4.5bn years ago. It is the simplest explanation, and fits in well with computer simulations. The main drawback with the theory is that no one had found any evidence of Theia in lunar rock samples. Earlier analyses had shown Moon rock to have originated entirely from the Earth whereas computer simulations had shown that the Moon ought to have been mostly derived from Theia. Now a more refined analysis of Moon rock has found evidence of material thought to have an alien origin."
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7 Unbelievable Military Weapons Most People Have Never Heard

mrspoonsi mrspoonsi writes  |  about a month and a half ago

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "History is full of examples of human ingenuity run amok. Weapons design is no exception. A group of Quora users sought to answer the question "What are some historical weapons that most people have never heard of?" The answers provide an amazing insight into the history of war, and offer examples of some of the most ingenious — yet impractical — weaponry ever created. From the Bat bomb, Developed by the U.S. for use against Japan during World War II, the bat bomb was literally that. Each bomb would contain 40 hibernating bats, each of which would be strapped with a small napalm bomb and a timer. To Anti-Tank Dogs the Soviets strapped dogs with explosives and trained them to run under German tanks. Soviet propoganda claims that around 300 German tanks were destroyed in this manner. Pigeon-Guided Missiles top the list, Pigeon-guided missiles were developed by noted behaviorist B.F. Skinner during Project Pigeon. Although the project was ultimately cancelled because of the impracticality of the weapons, the idea of pigeon-guided missiles showed promise. The missile had an array of lenses at the front that projected an image of the target to an interior screen. The pigeons were conditioned to peck at the target on the screen. The pigeon's pecks corrected the missile's flight-path."

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