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The iTunes App Store has brought iPhone owners many useful and useless applications. But now one’s available that’ll let any idiot with a sniper rifle take out enemies with ease. BulletFlight_01 BulletFlight brings rifle support to the iPhone Runaway Technology's BulletFlight is described as a “ballistic computer” that …
If only the iPhone's GPS did elevation and direction as well as the regular location service as it could get the weather data from external sources and pre-calculate wind effects for you.
Still, it's a start for RISE OF THE MACHINES phone-powered Skynet sniper platforms. Maybe Apple fitted a crappy camera just to help prevent this very eventuality.
If they're urban snipers then they're in the middle of a microclimate within a microclimate for which downloading windspeeds for the general area would be a bit pointless. Unless they're on top of a weather station the windspeed is most likely wrong.
Now, if it tied local windspeed in with google maps to generate a profile of the buildings and then simulated how the building affected that (running many times to generate a statistical ensemble, given that it's a chaotic system), then
a) your iphone would burn up
b) the president would already be at home in bed (alive)
and c) the police have probably found you because the formerly vacant office (cleared due to credit issues) will be refilled because the recession has ended.
Of course if we tied it up to the cloud.....
This app will only help if you already know how to shoot properly, it takes the donkey work out of compensating for wind etc. It won't make your average man, or girl, on the street much (if any) more accurate.
There's more to long-range target shooting than pointing the rifle in the right direction and pulling the trigger. Actually, pulling the trigger sharply would be one way of guaranteeing a miss...
I hold a UK Fire Arms Certificat. and as there are a large community of Target sports (magasine of the same title witch can be borte in WH Smiths) all the smart arsed comments above, are just that. and ill guided
I would also suspect that thay would say any one who, downloaded a copy of the london undergrand or went to GAME and perchesed M$ Flight Sim before booking a flight to New York a terrorist??
That someone with such dubious literacy skills as yourself is legally allowed to own a gun worries me deeply.
Would you please highlight which of the above comments were particularly ill-guided? Most of them were clearly meant in jest and referred to the tech aspect of the article, not the gun-toting retard aspect.
Download a copy of the London Underground? A scale one?? I can imagine fitting the Tyne and Wear metro system through my broadband connection but the underground - you must be kidding me!!
"Anyone else thinking they should add a written exam, preferably with some kind of essay question, to the process of getting a "UK Fire Arms Certificat"??"
Actually a Certificat is when you get your pet moggy to sign you off as competent ;o)
Fire Arms sounds like a rather painful condition though. Stops you wiping your nose on your sleeve I expect.
that PDAs have been used for hitting the target. I believe PalmPilots, connected to a laser range finder, GPS module and suitable radio were used by the US Army. The palm would know where you were (GPS), where you were pointing (laser range-finder, with direction component) and was able to send this info to whoever had the bombs/guns.
This was all cheap off-the-shelf civilian kit which cost very little... one can only imagine how much it it would have cost had it been developed through military procurement processes.
It was in New Scientist, for anyone with a subcription to their archives.
So what would you say if, I told you I am dyslexic, and whilst at work can only access the internet from a standalone PC with no spell checker on it!
And there is no exam to get a FAC in the UK. You need to have been a full member of a Home Office licensed Rifle club for a minimum of six months’ and there for trained by an approved instructor. Before you can apply for one witch includes numerous police interviews and background checks.
PS Under ground maps come on paper too ;P
Erm, I'm pretty sure that one of the major issues with dyslexia is not being able to read correctly, thus not spotting typos.
Complete mis-spelling is thickiness isn't it?
Also standalone PCs are by definition not connected to the internet.
Paris? Becoz she wood huv spled it butter.
"So what would you say if, I told you I am dyslexic, and whilst at work can only access the internet from a standalone PC with no spell checker on it!"
If you can access the internet, you have access to a spellchecker. Fail.
Secondary fail for throwing out the dyslexia card. I work with dyslexic students and they all seem to have the intelligence to find a spellchecker if they need one. Shitty spelling != dyslexia.
... at storing generic ballistics information, but the idea has a few flaws in its present iteration.
Every rifle, even of the same type and in the same caliber, shoots differently - a designated marksman needs to hand-load his ammunition to see which combination of components it prefers.
Second, that same marksman will keep his ballistics data on a range-card - how the distance, wind, upward/downward angle of the shot, etc, etc affect the trajectory of the bullet. This data is stored the old-fashioned way - on paper - and taped to the stock or otherwise kept close at hand.
Use someone else's ballistics data - no flippin' way! If it were editable by the user, it might be better yet - but still, my range-card won't break or run out of battery-power.
First, don't assume that you are the only one here with an FAC ;o)
>And there is no exam to get a FAC in the UK.
>You need to have been a full member of a Home Office licensed Rifle club for a minimum of six months’
False, Firearms act says 3 months but most clubs require more. Hunters don't need to be a member at all.
>and there for trained by an approved instructor. Before you can apply for one
False, no such stipulation in the firearms act. Clubs demand this though
> witch includes numerous police interviews
False. One home visit from local Firearms Enquiries Officer.
The Firearms act is publicly available at Hansard if anyone is interested.
Dyslexia is not the same as a problem with reading. Many dyslexic people learn to read, but have continuing difficulties with spelling, writing, memory and organisation. There are also people whose difficulties with reading are not caused by dyslexia. Dyslexia often causes problems in maths: many dyslexic people have difficulties with arithmetic and with learning and recalling number facts.
The degree to which dyslexia causes problems, in learning and in everyday life, depends on many factors. These include the severity of the dyslexia, the other strengths and abilities that a person has, and the kind of teaching and support they may have been given.
Ok I hate it when people jump on the band wagon about this Fucking condition !
I Have it, I dont shout out every time my shitty spelling shows me up i just swallow my pride and get on with it !!
I have become better at spelling because I have to, I lost my job once because i couldn't spell business, You can bet your ass i can spell it now !
@chris if your on a PC with no spell checker slow down and re-read your Post twice.
Anyway doesnt firefox have auto spell check on anyway (IE too ??? been to long since i used it to know)
This app looks interesting but probably not as useful as isnipe which has been available on the iphone for some months - so why the sensationalist reporting?
As someone who shoots as a hobby and who makes home-load ammunition it's very useful to be able to customise the initial data set such projectile weight, zero range etc. But, even with all that information at your fingertips the likelihood of you being able to dial in the exact settings and hit a target, at range, with the first bullet, is very small
The line "let any idiot with a sniper rifle take out enemies with ease" belies a lack of understanding of the skills and knowledge needed for accurate long-range shooting.
As for "communicating with your chosen weapon"... can someone tell me where I can buy a rifle with an onboard computer, USB / wifi and a headphone jack?!!!
I suggest you stop digging now. The hole you've made for yourself in this thread is deep enough already.
"But also one each with both of the people that are nominated as referees."
Again false. While they may have done this in your case it is not a requirement of the Firearms Act or ACPO. Other peoples' experience differs from yours, I assure you.
Clearly your Firearms Licensing Department was not entirely happy with your application or referees and needed more reassurance.
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