- Mar 27, 2011
Nah, I wouldn't worry about that scenario too much. So many easier way to set things on fire, than using a laser.
The more I investigate the more I believe this was typical sensationalism. Want a big story, create one. Finding it extremely difficult to believe that kind of injury on the white solera could occur that far away with that power and in a helicopter.
Didn't the article say that they messed with it in person..... hmmmmm
What worries me is the potential for someone with a few bucks and several screws loose to do real damage. Think arsonist with a 100W CO2 rig in the back of a van. That kind of thing would get the attention of the powers that be very quickly.
"Its Class IV power is three times greater than pointers generally used in an office or classroom setting"
So those classroom lasers output over 300mW? :na:
But in all honestly this really sucks. Sadly high powered lasers are becoming more and more illegal and will probably be considered actual weapons that require a permit if they aren't completely illegal.
and so therefore we will all require laser permits for every blu-ray or dvd burner we decide to buy. New laptop? Built in lightscribe + blu-ray burner? Please apply for your class IV laser permit within the next 7 days. If you refuse, you can/will be fined $500 :beer:
oh come on ,it's never worked that way. I can go buy a box of matches, no problem. even a short length of pipe with screw-on end caps. All nice and legal. But once I assemble it all by putting the match heads inside the pipe and screwing it shut, I have a pipe bomb. Instant felony. 5 year probation and jail time.
I'm cool with that. but it won't be the laser components that are legislated or outlawed. it will be the finished product. Lasers that can shine in someone's eyes and blind them are at risk, not the components.
Buy your laser products, now, before the US demand, and the supply dry up!
What difference between a small labbie and a hand held...assuming the same powers and optics. or what is the legal difference ?
Lab style lasers are usually exempt from laws (in Canada, Aus and the USA) as they are much safer.
The laws usually only apply to handheld lasers.
Finding it extremely difficult to believe that kind of injury on the white solera could occur that far away with that power and in a helicopter.