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Old November 29th, 2005 #1
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I have had a problem with recurrent corneal erosions for about 12 years. Even looking at a light in a dark room can cause a lesion that blinds me, in usually my right eye, for two or three days. The worst occurrence happened about four years ago and left me almost completely blind in both eyes for two weeks. It is good that the cornea mostly heals, if not too severely damaged. Fortunately, I seem to be getting over the problem and have not had an occurrence in about a year. (It used to happen several times a month.) This is a fairly common problem in computer users older than fifty. I can only imagine what would happen if this weapon were used on me. God, I love the Kwa! It's like living in one of those science fiction novels I used to read as a kid. Harlan Ellison comes to mind. Didn't he write some stories about future police states?



From Janes Defense:

US Air Force unveils hand-held laser gun

By Michael Sirak JDW Staff Reporter
Washington, DC

The US Air Force has unveiled its first hand-held laser weapon that gives security forces a non-lethal option for controlling crowds and protecting areas like checkpoints, according to service officials.

While only in prototype form and years away from fielding, the weapon, known as the Personnel Halting and Stimulation Response (PHaSR) system, holds great promise, they said.

The PHaSR is about the same size and weight of a fully loaded M60 machine gun - around 9 kg - but shoots a low-power beam of laser light instead of bullets. The light it generates is capable of temporarily impairing an individual's vision, much like the disorienting glare one sees when looking into the sun, said the officials.

Upon completion of testing, one prototype will be handed over to the Department of Defense's Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate (JNLWD) and the second to the National Institute of Justice (NIJ): the law enforcement arm of the US Department of Justice. Both organisations support the programme, with the latter interested in its civil applications.
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Old November 29th, 2005 #2
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Originally Posted by Enkidu
the weapon, known as the Personnel Halting and Stimulation Response (PHaSR) system, holds great promise, they said.
I wonder how long it took someone to come up with a name that gives an acronym of "PHaSR."
Old December 11th, 2005 #3
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Reminds me of a "toy" i want pretty bad.

500 lumens! Saw one sold on ebay awhile back for $300 which is good, and it was the new one with the pyrex lens. The older ones have a lexan lens and it starts to melt after 10 minutes or so according to the manufacturer. Rechargeable too. This thing is for blinding an intruder. If this Surefire company has it's way, the new trend in non-lethal cop stuff will be blinding lights. They sell a lot of extra-bright flashlights to police depts already.

As far as eyesight goes, I try to force myself to look at darker areas just off to the side of a light. Especially when driving at night. My sight's ok still but noticebly weaker than when i was 20 or so. Your vision is better off to the side a little anyway, probably because most people tend to look straight at a light area, especially at night, when the contrast is greatest. If you're young, headlights and streetlights are deceptively mild compared to something like the sun, so you often look straight at them. You use up your center vision sooner. If you're still young, try to save it up for when you need it.

A good laser pointer might be handy for blinding trespassers from a distance, but I heard it's technically illegal to shine those in the eyes on purpose. Hard to aim, too. Hard to keep it on one spot from a distance.
Old December 13th, 2005 #4
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I wonder what all this monitor-gazing must be doing to my peepers. I always turn down the brightness and the contrast, especially at night, but this is really the first generation that is having it's eyes exposed to so much up-close radiation with all this internet addiction. Guess we'll all learn of the long-term effects in about 20 years.

Probably going to be some good business for the eye care industry. Good time to buy stock in eye care companies? Could be.

Oh here I am running off my mouth "it's all about me". You have my deepest sympathies Enkidu. Hope your eyes stay okay. Going blind would be second only to catastrophic spinal injury as far as personal tragedy is concerned, imo.


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