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Old 03-06-2009, 11:35 PM #1
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Just saw this link to a company on eBay that got fined selling
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quote: consequences of someone misusing these lasers are horrific. :'(
i bet soon the FDA will ban all laser pointer's
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Gotta love big government -- Punish everyone for the sins of the few. Sounds like God to me. Anyone for peanut butter ????

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How come i'm not the only one that realizes that this is in the UK :
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Because it spreads like contaminated peanut butter.

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(As he stands in the nightclub, slowly pushing the duffel bag of 50mW LED Shoppe greens under the pool table with his foot...)

Cue the sound of whistling, as he walks away slowly, studying the ceiling ....

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From the article...

"Priced at just £9, the laser pointers were the most powerful available..."

I suppose at least someone doesnt have the faintest idea of what is available

As for the fine, i think this will have to do with it too:

"The firm was also found to be selling unsafe electrical chargers and counterfeit phone and video games when it was caught out by Trading Standards."

Selling pirated copies of video games for profit isn't very well tolerated even on this side of the atlantic.
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"The laser pointers that were being sold are usually used by medical professionals or astronomers.

"They can pose a risk to low-flying aircraft and there have been cases where people have thought itís a whizz to try to bring down a police helicopter.

"These pointers can temporarily blind a pilot so they are a real risk.


"They are so powerful that they can burn plastic and the beam can travel over five miles without diminishing in strength.

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That sounds bad ass! Imma gonna go get me one of these so I can burn the props off the ghetto bird! [smiley=2vrolijk_08.gif]

Further tests carried out by the Health Protection Agency revealed the beam was so strong it could injure an eye even with a quarter of a secondís exposure.

The firm was also found to be selling unsafe electrical chargers and counterfeit phone and video games when it was caught out by Trading Standards.

It has now been fined £12,000 and ordered to pay a further £7,000 in costs after breaching safety laws.


And the lasers are more of a crime? They don't distinguish the fine calculations for the different "crime fines" here now do they? I thought "counterfeit" was considered steeling, oh but "fun laser death ray pen sized machines" are so much F'n worse? ;D What a joke.
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Its a funny read all in all... you could have a bad day shopping at that store i suppose.

Imagine coming home with your brand new pirated video game, hooking up your console with your freshly bought faulty adapter. After blowing up your console, setting your house on fire, you also get a big shock pulling the adapter from the wall plug.

Now on your way to hospital, half scorched, half electrocuted, your laser pointer falls out of your smoldering pocket, landing right on the switch activating it, shooting down a police helicopter... it figures it will crash on top of the ambulance too
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Its a funny read all in all... you could have a bad day shopping at that store i suppose.

Imagine coming home with your brand new pirated video game, hooking up your console with your freshly bought faulty adapter. After blowing up your console, setting your house on fire, you also get a big shock pulling the adapter from the wall plug.

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Nobodies gonna take this seriously if the people who write these articles don't get there facts strait. :-/

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I would have thought that articles exactly like this would be taken seriously by most of the general public. I mean you can't expect most people to be educated well enough to a degree where they would question the validity of the daily printed word?

It's that lack of critical thinking that actually makes most folk take articles like that seriously; whether the article is factual or not is usually not considered until quite some time later!
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I would have thought that articles exactly like this would be taken seriously by most of the general public. I mean you can't expect most people to be educated well enough to a degree where they would question the validity of the daily printed word?

It's that lack of critical thinking that actually makes most folk take articles like that seriously; whether the article is factual or not is usually not considered until quite some time later!
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Thats why I don't bother reading the mainstream papers most of the time as they're mostly page after page of sensationalism based on (usually) very weak arguments.

It makes me wonder sometimes as to whether the writers of these articles have a deliberate bias that serves some hidden agenda (you know like deliberately shaping public opinion to produce a desired outcome)...but then I'm just cynical .

The journalist in this instance should be ashamed for peddling such biased material - but then I guess some journalists are quite willing to accept whatever they're told instead of using their skills to investigate!
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If they're just enforcing their safety laws, I don't have any problem with this. With all the crap I've seen pandered on eBay, I would not be surprised if these were higher powered laser "pointers" that don't meet any safety guidelines, and are being sold as "pointers" when they really are not. I consider any laser > 5mW as a "module" not a pointer, as it is beyond safe limits.

I like the idea that higher powered lasers are being kept out of the hands of people who don't know anything about them or their dangers.
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Ebay has policies saying you cant sell high powered assembled laser pointers. :'( *I know I was going to sell some. *Still pretty stupid *:though their selling counterfit video games but they fine the company for selling lasers :-?
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