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2004-11-17 19:07:27.276617+00 by Dan Lyke 6 comments

Yes! Another combination of guns and computers, and since you can do it from home, you could even add your own tequila! Live-Shot.com lets you hunt various exotic species from the comfort of your computer desk.

LIVE-SHOT is similar to a trip to the rifle range with one very notable exception. Everything is done through a computer and the internet. A paid membership will allow for access to the range viewing camera(s) at any time. Members can then schedule a reserved session time which allows exclusive control of the shooting system to fire at a choice of various reactive targets. Please note that the shooting range is an outdoor facility located on a secluded ranch in the Texas hill country. Please take this into consideration while shooting is taking place, as weather can affect accuracy.

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#Comment Re: made: 2004-11-17 19:46:32.387349+00 by: petronius

Prediction: the television mystery CSI will use this as a murder site in an episode late this year or perhaps next season. Other Prediction: somebody will begin to wonder if there really is a .22 rifle on the other end of their joystick, or if the whole thing is a trick using a variation on a Nintendo game,

#Comment Re: made: 2004-11-17 23:09:24.986009+00 by: Shawn [edit history]

A co-worker sent me the story this morning. Our first two thoughts:

  1. How long before somebody decides to go after some new exotic species? ("...an attendant would retrieve shot animals for the shooters...") (Yes, I now know that there is somebody on-site who can shut down the system.)
  2. Continuing the quote above: "They could also have the meat processed and shipped home, or donated to animal orphanages." Feeding animal cannibals since 2004.
In any case, I don't see the point. I'd always understood that hunting was more about The Hunt. And even if we're going to only focus on The Shot (which is more up my alley - I don't hunt, but am an occasional shooting enthusiast), isn't that more about breathing, trigger squeeze, tension, sight picture, etc.?

#Comment Re: made: 2004-11-18 01:20:20.340744+00 by: TheSHAD0W

Another prediction: You'll soon see people selling ready-to-go rigs: "Just add a rifle and plug it into a connection and you're good to go. Make money from the internet!" And a few people will set up clones of Live-Shot.com, but others will use it for even less savory purposes...

#Comment Re: made: 2004-11-18 02:03:48.184841+00 by: Dan Lyke

Shawn, I'm fairly sure this is a way to get a stuffed head on your wall, and little more.

And I'm wondering if the gears in Meuon's head are turning, since I know he automated a shooting range at some point in the not too distant past...

#Comment Re: made: 2004-11-19 18:45:56.978531+00 by: meuon

Crawling out from under a stack of IIS Servers.... Meuon thinks that the only thing this setup is really for is an excuse to play with computers and guns. Not a bad thing... but it is not Hunting.

Dispite my gun fetish, I have not been shooting in almost a year, and have seldom actually hunted. I have done a lot of pest control. Hunting for pest control and food are good things. Hunting for trophies.. I find hunting for trophies an extreme waste of a life. Want to do something kewl, grab your hunting cammo's, and take a bunch of close-up pics of that Elk or Moose. You still get he thrill of the hunt, but aren't killing a beautiful life just to compensate for your penis size or ego problems.

Me? I'm thinking I got a bunch of M$-IIS servers that "need a killing" in southern terms. So far though, I have converted 4 DNS servers and a couple of mail servers to Linux.. Some web servers will be next. Saving good hardware lives through religious conversion and de-cult-programming :)

#Comment Re: made: 2004-11-19 21:02:07.166291+00 by: Shawn [edit history]

Dan; I get that. It's trophy hunting I don't get the point of.