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iPhone sniper app released on day of Obama inauguration:

So as an aspiring iPhone developer, what’s a good way to cash in on all this hoopla? Of course — it’s to release your uber-realistic sniper app on the day of Obama’s inauguration. Poor taste, indeed.

Because apparently, no one is allowed to do anything but bask in the glory of The One on the Day in Which He Delivers Us.

This app is not a game — it’s a fully functional app that a real sniper could attach to their piece and have all the maths done for them — complex ballistics variables such as the type of ammunition in their M110 semi-automatic, the distance to the soon-to-be-perforated plus prevailing wind direction and speed, temperature, humidity and current air pressure.

Instead of using a hand held calculator and a handful of tables.  You know, the sort of thing that handheld computers were designed for.  In fact, the sort of thing the original computers were designed for.

Put simply, there’s now an iPhone app that takes care of the trigonometry so that all you need to do is press the trigger.

Riiiiight.  That is like saying, “A GPS unit is not a game — it’s a fully functional app that a real driver could attach to their car and have all the navigating done for them — complex variables such as distance to your destination, direction to minute of angle, traffic conditions, and even altitude.

“Put simply, there’s now a device that takes care of the trigonometry so that all you need to do is turn the key.”

I am not Taking the Analogy Too Far.  You have to already be an expert marksman before these sorts of variables even start to matter.  The majority of shooters aren’t even accurate enough to get good use out of plain old optics.  Shooting accurately — especially over distances where these variables matter — is very hard and requires a lot of training.  There are lots of thing that matter more to the accuracy of the shot than temperature and humidity — like your breathing and heartbeat.

The comments get even better.

Its simple sure but its not just a calculator. It has the potential to turn a physcopath into a marksman. Remember those 2 idiots who hid in the boot of their car to snipe people. How many rounds did they fire that MISSED? With this app. how many would have missed?

Uhh… the same number since they never took a shot over 100 yards and most shooters wouldn’t bother with anything more than iron sights for that?

A useless piece of coding. Unless you are going to carry your own personal weather station with you it is a pointless exercise.

Yeah, guess what?  Long range shooters carry their own personal weather stations with them.

Isn’t Apple an American company? Doesn’t this violate at least ten US federal laws? AND….What exactly is Apple trying to promote; releasing this app on this of all days! I honestly believe that if anyone is ever proven to have been killed with assistance from this application, then Apple should be thourally sued until they are in business ONLY to pay the law suit! If a VIP falls because of this then they (the board of Apple) should ALL be imprisoned!

Apple is an American company.  This violates no US Federal laws.  Apple is not trying to promote anything.  They didn’t write the app.  Apple did choose when to release it, in that developers submit an app, and then it gets released whenever Apple approves it.  I’m sure the date is a coincidence (since developers don’t know how long approval will take.)  Since Apple didn’t write the app, and the app is not illegal in any way, I’m not sure what tort you think would have been committed.  On the other hand, I like your “board in jail” idea — let’s go ahead and toss Al Gore in the pokey now.

Guns are the only “tool” ever invented by man specifically for killing on the scale that they can! Missiles, nukes etc were designed to destroy buildings and landscapes primarily. Not people. Even today, we make “better” (sic) and more effective versions of guns, each designed to kill more people and faster and to fire more rounds than the models before. Guns are the only tool we made for killing on this massive scale.

Funny, the Mongols managed to get about 40 million people with bows and swords.

(Hat tip to Unk)


  1. Northe says:

    Nicely dismembered and laid to rest.

  2. R says:

    Yeah, but imagine how many more the Mongols could have gotten if they had trajectory calculation apps on their iPhones!

  3. Mjenks says:

    I think the government should be thourally sued for not providing enough education, thus allowing people to make asses of themselves on the internet.

    But then, things wouldn’t be nearly as fun without it, right?