I wonder what Jobs would have thought of using it for this…

Need to fire a mortar? There’s probably an app for that. Syrian rebels of the “Ansar Dimachyk” Brigade use an iPad as an aid for targeting a home-made mortar in one of the battlefronts in Jobar, Damascus.



  1. Tim says:

    It’s nice to have such tools that can be utilized and then removed from the recoil action. Here, it looks as though he’s using the accelerometer sensor on the tablet to measure the elevation off vertical for the computed range vs muzzle velocity. The calculation itself is oldschool, but the integrated package sure makes for cheaper crowd-sourced ‘gun control is consistently hitting the target’ type endeveours.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ENIAC

    • MikeN says:

      How’s that work? Does Apple let you run your own apps on the iphone? Or is their a more basic built-in function that they are using? Or is there really an app for that?

    • Rick says:

      Now we know why the islamic terrorists have managed to kill so many civilians, they’re using iPads to target.

  2. MikeN says:

    Apple supports gun control.

  3. Just Dave says:

    Cation This Photo: Hey Akbar! Quick, come see bad luck Brian on iFunny. He such a loser….FIRE IN THE HOLE!!!

  4. bobbo, the pragmatic existential evangelical anti-theist says:

    I wonder what Jobs would have thought of using it for this…/// A new market to exploit. Seems to me a laser pointer could be glued to the edge and the appliance-app combo would be an excellent plumb bob/level to be used worldwide on construction sites and in the home.

    Could also go back to the OS and back door it to turn on its gps location whenever a ballistics program is located?

    …… or just to read the Koran while waiting for the afternoon prayer?

    No end to uses.

  5. B. Dog says:

    If we weren’t backing the murderous scum with billions of dollars they’d have to use less expensive tech.

  6. sargasso_c says:

    A few school physics apps do ballistic projectile calculations for spring fired pingpong balls. Who knew they could be used for indiscriminate killing?

  7. Dallas says:

    Troubling and an outrage. The iPad should be a tool for learning and sharing

  8. anymouse says:

    Designed by Apple in California

  9. kjohnstone says:

    He wouldn’t have been surprised, anyway. Jobs bitched when Apple IIs were used to control Nukes back in the eighties.

  10. jpfitz says:

    He’s not holding the Ipad straight, it’s also upside down. For high tech computing the setup looks old school.

  11. ShotgunMo says:

    woa cowboy! That’s an aweful steep angle! Danger-close!

  12. djc831 says:

    Obviously staged. Probably the photographer’s iPad.

  13. Chuck Moserr says:

    Doesn’t look home-made. More like refurb.

  14. Rick says:

    I have a friend in the military and they issued him an HP electronic calculator that could crank out all sorts of data regarding artillery angles, distances, etc.

    I think it probably was a bit more accurate than a consumer grade iPad.


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