Holy fuck, I had no idea IR imaging was that high res spatially and temporally. Awesome.
Tell you what, the first time this happens, you can call the 300 families and explain exactly why their families are dead.
valkyryn: And as others have pointed out, it's entirely possible that these incidents are in no small part accidental, e.g. astronomy clubs or just people goofing off, completely unaware that there's a plane over there.
I have a very cheap, low-power red laser pointer, and aiming it steadily at objects even as much as 100 meters away, while holding it in the hand, takes a deliberate effort.
You are missing the obvious: Helicopters are useful for getting from point A to point B, emergency help, daring getaways etc. Shining a laser pointer into the sky is vastly less useful.
I think there's a distinct difference between laser pointers as an entire category, and high-power lasers. It's been made clear above just how dangerous Class 4 lasers are, and in particular I'd like to highlight this particular element of stupidity: Double-ended 'Sith' 2x1W laser. Because 1 1W laser wasn't enough, they had to present two of them. In a manner that encourages people to wave them around like lightsabers.
Vibrissae: "After all, we already have speed limits."
Funny how some people who love to gripe about all the useless crap and mindless entertainment we consume and how it makes all Americans so morally irredeemable they deserve to be sold out by their political and economic leaders, and yet, suggest that jabbing people in the eyes with laser pointers isn't a god-given right, and suddenly we're all for letting the free markets run their course and the crowd-wisdom of deregulation.
I have a bunch of cheap lasers used for teh kittys. Of the five that I can find, every one of them have a warning about using them on your eyeballs. Of course, that warning is in rather small print...
Obviously, the sheeple need bigger print.
Wicked Lasers strikes back with the new Sith Series handheld laser by incorporating two dual blades of scintillating energy into the world's first double handed laser. Delivering twice the power, the world's most powerful handheld laser now shoots backwards too. This is truly the most dangerous and awesome laser we've ever created.
Speaking of dangerous, do people ever use these little laser pointers in a guerrilla warfare context? "Here, you guys all point your laser pointers at the helicopter while I circle around with the RPG"
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