Mission Statement - De-Spinning the Pro-Taser Propaganda

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


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.

Friday, April 24, 2009

"Slower pulse rate" ??

So far, 175 Edmonton police Tasers were tested, 15 of which didn’t make the grade. Most of them delivered a slower “pulse rate” than they were supposed to. [LINK]

The X26 taser is supposedly digitally-controlled. The pulse rate shouldn't vary. It should be based on a crystal oscillator that clocks the CPU. Crystal oscillators shouldn't change more than a tiny fraction of 1% *.

(* Like any cheap digital wrist watch, even a 1% error would be an error of 14 minutes per day for a wrist watch.)

If the pulse rate of an X26 taser isn't almost exactly bang-on the specified value, then something is very fishy.

Are the Edmonton Police still using the older "Advanced" (sic) M26 taser? It has a sloppy and obviously-primitive design and its specified pulse rate tolerance is an amazing "+/- 25%".

What's going on?

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