Feeds

At the Toyshop of Doom

DSEi - toys for the homicidal boy

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

The smart choice: opportunity from uncertainty

Pictures Today sees the opening of DSEi, the UK's biggest weapons and kill-tech trade show. The whole ExCel centre in the Docklands is full of exhibitors showing off their guns and gadgetry. The place is packed with generals and admirals looking to snap up the latest must-have piece of kit.


You like guns? We have many. Also, portable compression chambers in case you get the bends.

Lots of people, needless to say, reckon that making stuff for fighting and killing with is just plain wrong: and indeed Reed, the operators of DSEi, are looking to sell the show off to someone. But they say that's just because it doesn't really fit with their core business, not because it involves nasty yucky guns and stuff.


Suits you, sir. Go on, feel it. Feel it, sir. And robots? But of course, sir.

Here on the Reg killer-robot desk, we take a more nuanced view of death tech.

We're against scattering cluster bomblet submunitions in school playgrounds as much as the next chap. We don't like paying triple price for kit that arrives late and doesn't work any more than any other taxpayers. Often we wonder whether we actually need a lot of the shiny exploding stuff the government buys on our behalf - the more so at a time when it pays combat soldiers about half what it does a fireman. We're not happy with how things are in Iraq, either. But we thought the Falklands was adequately righteous; and Afghanistan, Sierra Leone, Timor, Gulf War I etc.


How about a stealth corvette? Scandinavian quality. And HUDs - not just for fighter pilots any more.

And, shamefully no doubt, we like a really big explosion - along with plenty of other action-movie fanciers. We like hardware that does cool things. Not to put too fine a point on it, some of us quite like guns. And we especially like digital gadgets - even if we sometimes doubt their usefulness. (Well, this is the Reg.) Digital gadgets attached to guns? Even better.


Bighorn - for when a small horn just won't do. And you know you want one of these wing things (article to follow).

So we're actually pretty chuffed to be at DSEi, and we'll be bringing you lots of military gadget coverage over the next few days. As a taster, here are a few snaps from around the halls. ®

Eight steps to building an HP BladeSystem

More from The Register

next story
Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 claimed lives of HIV/AIDS cure scientists
Researchers, advocates, health workers among those on shot-down plane
Forty-five years ago: FOOTPRINTS FOUND ON MOON
NASA won't be back any time soon, sadly
Mwa-ha-ha-ha! Eccentric billionaire Musk gets his PRIVATE SPACEPORT
In the Lone Star State, perhaps appropriately enough
MARS NEEDS OCEANS to support life - and so do exoplanets
Just being in the Goldilocks zone doesn't mean there'll be anyone to eat the porridge
The Sun took a day off last week and made NO sunspots
Someone needs to get that lazy star cooking again before things get cold around here
Diary note: Pluto's close-up is a year from … now!
New Horizons is less than a year from the dwarf planet
Boffins discuss AI space program at hush-hush IARPA confab
IBM, MIT, plenty of others invited to fill Uncle Sam's spy toolchest, but where's Google?
prev story

Whitepapers

Seven Steps to Software Security
Seven practical steps you can begin to take today to secure your applications and prevent the damages a successful cyber-attack can cause.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.