Click to viewNoah over at Wired's Danger room shows us how much damage those little roadside bombs can do in Iraq, even to the cold, metal exo-skel of a mil-bot. The best part of the video is when the soliders laugh. This wouldn't be the case if it had been private Smith. [Danger via Joel]
Yes, let PVT Smith and his craptastic paycheck pay for the $30,000 robot that got detonated by a pressure plate/cell phone/etc. Brilliant idea, my good man! Nobody will want to mess with anything explosive then!
And laughter is a stress release. They're thinking it could have been one of them, I'm sure.
To Mr. Toys-r-us Cars: Toys-r-us cars don't have grippers or cameras on them to defuse IEDs. Not every bombbot gets blown up, amazingly. Nor do the bots that get driven into a room, etc.
To Mr. Shoot It: bullets just add more unpredictability to the situation ...
To Mr. Screw Bush: yes, because every situation is a Bush-bashing situation!