Mission Statement - De-Spinning the Pro-Taser Propaganda

Yeah right, 'Excited Delirium' my ass...

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The primary purpose of this blog is to provide an outlet for my observations and analysis about tasers, taser "associated" deaths, and the behaviour exhibited by the management, employees and minions of Taser International. In general, everything is linked back to external sources, often via previous posts on the same topic, so that readers can fact-check to their heart's content. This blog was started in late-2007 when Canadians were enraged by the taser death of Robert Dziekanski and four others in a short three month period. The cocky attitude exhibited by the Taser International spokespuppet, and his preposterous proposal that Mr. Dziekanski coincidentally died of "excited delirium" at the time of his taser-death, led me to choose the blog name I did and provides my motivation. I have zero financial ties to this issue.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

An eXtended Range of Engineering Problems...

Firmware problems with the new XREP ?

A team led by Cynthia Bir, a trauma injury specialist at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, found that some of the 275 XREP cartridges that Taser supplied for testing last year were capable of delivering an electric shock for more than 5 minutes, rather than the 20 seconds of shocking current they are supposed to generate. ... Steve Tuttle, a vice-president of Taser International, says the XREP munitions supplied for Bir's tests were early pre-production versions. He says ... the fault in the munition's "firmware" - its built-in software - that led to it being capable of providing an extended shock has also been corrected. [LINK]

You've got to be kidding me... Five minutes instead of 20 seconds? Why does the battery even last that long? Ever hear of fail safe design? If Taser International starts making airplanes, I'm moving underground.

Discover Magazine blog: "Class-Action Suit Against Taser to Begin in 3, 2, 1…" [LINK]

The comments from both sides are hilarious. Some are raving loons.

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