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2012-05-23 07:53:40 PM
businesscat.jpg
 
2012-05-23 07:58:23 PM
ww4.sinaimg.cn

F.E.A.R.

Feline Enforcement Agency Rescue
 
2012-05-23 08:01:11 PM
I take mine outside and play with airplanes. They LOVE that game.
 
2012-05-23 08:09:04 PM
admitted to the crime.
issued a citation for the infraction.



Ummmm, uh, nevermind.

/if they're so damn dangerous why are they publicly available?
/cop sounds whiney
 
2012-05-23 08:09:04 PM
No laser pointers this week at Pizza Port fellow farkers and farketts. The last thing we need is the SD dumb patrol showing up in full force!

/Lives in SD
//Our cops are just like your cops, dumb.
 
2012-05-23 08:09:09 PM
Must have been warming up for the Fark Party this weekend.
 
2012-05-23 08:11:42 PM
"The suspect said he didn?t realize the danger to those he shined the laser at and did not realize it was illegal, "
I agree that it should be illegal. Cops and pilots shouldn't have to worry if it is a toy or a gun pointing at them. But the FDA says it isn't dangerous for two reasons:

#1 Humans can't hold the laser steady enough to cause extended exposure at a distance.
#2 Humans tend to close their eyes when you shine a bright farking light at them.
 
2012-05-23 08:15:39 PM
Should've taken care of the criminals from orbit, you know, just to be sure.
 
2012-05-23 08:20:06 PM
Red lights get green lit.
 
2012-05-23 08:22:32 PM

Tennozan: Should've taken care of the criminals from orbit, you know, just to be sure.


With a laser cannon?
 
2012-05-23 08:23:24 PM
The Harbor Police boat called in ground units and Harbor police moved into the area, scaled down cliffs and, after about 20 minutes, apprehended four young adults.

Jesus christ, how much money was spent on fighting the war on laser pointers?
 
2012-05-23 08:27:55 PM

styckx: The Harbor Police boat called in ground units and Harbor police moved into the area, scaled down cliffs and, after about 20 minutes, apprehended four young adults.

Jesus christ, how much money was spent on fighting the war on laser pointers?



What would you rather they spend our local tax dollars on? Not like we could use a few roads to be rebuilt around SD. Not at all.
 
2012-05-23 08:28:34 PM
muldoonshealthphysicspage.com
 
2012-05-23 08:29:12 PM

Tiiba: Tennozan: Should've taken care of the criminals from orbit, you know, just to be sure.

With a laser cannon?


Damn you and your better idea....
I was thinking the cops could rappel down from orbit - gotta wonder how much that would cost!
 
2012-05-23 08:30:29 PM
i.imgur.com

/oblig
 
2012-05-23 08:32:07 PM

SteakMan: #2 Humans tend to close their eyes when you shine a bright farking light at them.


From the FDA viewpoint, it may not be a problem. From the FAA viewpoint, closing your eyes while on final approach may be dangerous.

It's not a case of "OMG! MY EYEBALLS ARE MELTING!" but rather a case of "I can't see the runway lights or my gauges in the cockpit".
 
2012-05-23 08:33:38 PM
Boy those cops sure acted like little babies about it.
 
2012-05-23 08:37:49 PM
Since when is pointing light at someone a crime?
 
2012-05-23 08:39:56 PM
KENADA
 
2012-05-23 08:40:36 PM

YouPeopleAreCrazy: SteakMan: #2 Humans tend to close their eyes when you shine a bright farking light at them.

From the FDA viewpoint, it may not be a problem. From the FAA viewpoint, closing your eyes while on final approach may be dangerous.

It's not a case of "OMG! MY EYEBALLS ARE MELTING!" but rather a case of "I can't see the runway lights or my gauges in the cockpit".


Although most commercial airplane landings are done by automated glide programs with the pilots mostly watching the show and verifying things are ok.
 
2012-05-23 08:40:37 PM

YouPeopleAreCrazy: SteakMan: #2 Humans tend to close their eyes when you shine a bright farking light at them.

From the FDA viewpoint, it may not be a problem. From the FAA viewpoint, closing your eyes while on final approach may be dangerous.

It's not a case of "OMG! MY EYEBALLS ARE MELTING!" but rather a case of "I can't see the runway lights or my gauges in the cockpit".


Cops had a flying boat?
 
2012-05-23 08:41:09 PM

SteakMan: I agree that it should be illegal. Cops and pilots shouldn't have to worry if it is a toy or a gun pointing at them. But the FDA says it isn't dangerous for two reasons:


Green laser's are powerful enough to instantly damage your eyes. Hell, some you can pop balloons and light matches with.

Lasers are not toys and the FDA most certainly does not say lasers are safe to use without protective goggles.

/you can shine a laser in your eyes though, and know that the black spot that appears in your vision permanently is perfectly safe.
 
2012-05-23 08:43:39 PM

damitjim: Since when is pointing light at someone a crime?


These guys managed to turn shining light into an act of war. It's the Airborne Laser Laboratory, and it did manage to shoot down missiles in tests.
www.nationalmuseum.af.mil
 
2012-05-23 08:49:30 PM

ChefJoe: Although most commercial airplane landings are done by automated glide programs with the pilots mostly watching the show and verifying things are ok.


Most?
[citation needed]

/of course, I'm not even asking about all the non-commercial landings (GA, military, other)
 
2012-05-23 08:50:34 PM

fluffy2097: Green laser's are powerful enough to instantly damage your eyes. Hell, some you can pop balloons and light matches with.


Intensity is equal to the ratio of the power over the area.

The FDA prevents the purchase of lasers with power greater than 5mw, and the collimating lenses aren't exactly stellar. You can buy more powerful ones, obviously, but you're supposed to have additional safety features.

The suspect said he didn't realize the danger to those he shined the laser at and did not realize it was illegal, reported 10News.

I wish they had said what the charge was... I've never heard of laser pointers being illegal, just that the FAA doesn't take kindly to people shining them at cockpits, which I always thought was an impressive feat of hand eye coordination, but apparently it does happen.
 
2012-05-23 08:52:54 PM

SteakMan: "The suspect said he didn?t realize the danger to those he shined the laser at and did not realize it was illegal, "
I agree that it should be illegal. Cops and pilots shouldn't have to worry if it is a toy or a gun pointing at them. But the FDA says it isn't dangerous for two reasons:

#1 Humans can't hold the laser steady enough to cause extended exposure at a distance.
#2 Humans tend to close their eyes when you shine a bright farking light at them.


Some lights can blind you before you even know you've been blinded. If that had been an IR laser like what people take out of CD burners the man could have been blinded.
 
2012-05-23 08:53:06 PM

YouPeopleAreCrazy: SteakMan: #2 Humans tend to close their eyes when you shine a bright farking light at them.

From the FDA viewpoint, it may not be a problem. From the FAA viewpoint, closing your eyes while on final approach may be dangerous.

It's not a case of "OMG! MY EYEBALLS ARE MELTING!" but rather a case of "I can't see the runway lights or my gauges in the cockpit".


How often do you see boats landing at your local airport?
 
2012-05-23 08:55:12 PM

Rich Cream: admitted to the crime.
issued a citation for the infraction.


Ummmm, uh, nevermind.



16. Crimes and public offenses include:
1. Felonies;
2. Misdemeanors; and
3. Infractions.

From the California Penal Code.

/Yes... that means that our traffic tickets go to real court
//Used that to get out of one recently.
 
2012-05-23 08:55:35 PM

rosonowski: fluffy2097: Green laser's are powerful enough to instantly damage your eyes. Hell, some you can pop balloons and light matches with.

Intensity is equal to the ratio of the power over the area.

The FDA prevents the purchase of lasers with power greater than 5mw, and the collimating lenses aren't exactly stellar. You can buy more powerful ones, obviously,


Easily
 
2012-05-23 08:55:36 PM

SteakMan: But the FDA says it isn't dangerous


fluffy2097: Lasers are not toys and the FDA most certainly does not say lasers are safe to use without protective goggles.


Um...lasers are neither a food nor a drug.

And I'm pretty sure that someone on a boat doesn't fall under the jurisdiction of the FAA.
 
2012-05-23 09:01:17 PM
Damn, I just looked it up, and the FDA has all kinds of standards on lasers...Why the fark is the FDA regulating lasers?
 
2012-05-23 09:06:42 PM

styckx: The Harbor Police boat called in ground units and Harbor police moved into the area, scaled down cliffs and, after about 20 minutes, apprehended four young adults.

Jesus christ, how much money was spent on fighting the war on laser pointers?


Seriously. Should have gone down like this: "Heh, some dumbass is shining a laser pointer at us. Hey Lou, fire up the spotlight."
 
2012-05-23 09:06:43 PM

rosonowski: I wish they had said what the charge was... I've never heard of laser pointers being illegal, just that the FAA doesn't take kindly to people shining them at cockpits, which I always thought was an impressive feat of hand eye coordination, but apparently it does happen.


Probably something like criminal mischief. It's certainly not illegal to own a laser, but pointing them at people or planes or boats is, because they can blind a person. The story makes it sound like they guy didn't realize what he was doing was wrong and seemed remorseful. If he had intent to do harm, it could probably go all the way up to battery of an officer with a dangerous weapon.
 
2012-05-23 09:07:52 PM
as soon as the laser hit the cops eye, the following song by the Police came on the radio "Too Much Information". u know. cause life is a video game.
 
2012-05-23 09:08:20 PM

ProfessorOhki: Seriously. Should have gone down like this: "Heh, some dumbass is shining a laser pointer at us. Hey Lou, fire up the spotlight."


Maybe the boat couldn't pull up on the shore so they could get out and give the kid a ticket. Some beaches are rocky and not fit for boat landings. There are currents and waves to think about also.
 
2012-05-23 09:12:06 PM

styckx: The Harbor Police boat called in ground units and Harbor police moved into the area, scaled down cliffs and, after about 20 minutes, apprehended four young adults.

Jesus christ, how much money was spent on fighting the war on laser pointers?


They had to come in force. It might have been sharks who had the laser.
 
2012-05-23 09:14:21 PM

oh_please: Damn, I just looked it up, and the FDA has all kinds of standards on lasers...Why the fark is the FDA regulating lasers?


Here's the quote that made me laugh:

Are Class IIIa laser pointers dangerous?
Class IIIa or IEC Class 3R lasers can be dangerous. Class IIIa lasers can cause temporary visual effects such as flash blinding, which could distract or startle the person exposed. The risk of injury is very small when Class IIIa pointers are used responsibly because natural body motion of a person holding the pointer or motion of a person who might be exposed makes it difficult to expose the eyes for a long period of time. People also have a natural aversion to bright lights and are likely to close their eyes and turn their heads if exposed.
 
2012-05-23 09:18:25 PM

Rich Cream: /if they're so damn dangerous why are they publicly available?


2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-05-23 09:29:46 PM
I keep forgetting about that Dragonlasers Spartan 1w I've got sitting on my mantle.

Suddenly, I feel like burning something...
 
2012-05-23 09:34:12 PM

fluffy2097: ProfessorOhki: Seriously. Should have gone down like this: "Heh, some dumbass is shining a laser pointer at us. Hey Lou, fire up the spotlight."

Maybe the boat couldn't pull up on the shore so they could get out and give the kid a ticket. Some beaches are rocky and not fit for boat landings. There are currents and waves to think about also.


Quite possible. I was referring to responding to the tiny focused light with a big-ass, still decently pretty focused light to scare the crap out of them. Actually just getting on the PA system or hitting the chase lights would probably make them never do it again.
 
2012-05-23 09:34:30 PM
I seriously doubt the cop got hit in the eye. He just wanted to experience a full beach assault.
 
2012-05-23 09:39:46 PM

Nem Wan: Rich Cream: /if they're so damn dangerous why are they publicly available?


Bet you anything that guy with the rifles pointed at his spleen would be the first to spout off some gun rule about "never point a gun at anything you don't want to destroy".
 
2012-05-23 09:49:07 PM

YouPeopleAreCrazy: most commercial airplane landings are done by automated glide programs.
Most?
[citation needed]


www.noaanews.noaa.gov
This one okay?
 
2012-05-23 10:10:15 PM

JPINFV: How often do you see boats landing at your local airport?


This particular article talked about an incident with a police boat. The post I replied to spoke about "Cops and pilots ..."
 
2012-05-23 10:16:02 PM

damitjim: Since when is pointing light at someone a crime?


These laser pointers are huge and extremely bright. If said light can (very easily) damage your eyesight, then yes it's a crime.
 
2012-05-23 10:28:36 PM

ProfessorOhki: Quite possible. I was referring to responding to the tiny focused light with a big-ass, still decently pretty focused light to scare the crap out of them. Actually just getting on the PA system or hitting the chase lights would probably make them never do it again.


But then they are missing out on an opportunity to go repelling, and missing a chance to write a ticket.

Repelling down a cliff to give someone a ticket is as close to james bond as the cops will ever get. I wouldn't miss a chance to do that and I'm not even a cop.
 
2012-05-23 10:50:20 PM
Even if this class of charges sounds made-up just like "being disorderly". I'm with the cops on this one.
Peoples flashing lasers and thinking they are cool are really annoying.
Bonus points if they get maced / tazed as well.
 
2012-05-23 11:00:29 PM

styckx: The Harbor Police boat called in ground units and Harbor police moved into the area, scaled down cliffs and, after about 20 minutes, apprehended four young adults.

Jesus Christ, how much money was spent on fighting the war on laser pointers?

-=-
Yeah, really dumb.
How about they just drive the boat up on the beach, get their lady feet wet and write a frelling ticket?
And you know these kids didn't "scale down cliffs" to party down. They walked down the path.

It's all about having reason for having such people employed 24/7.
 
2012-05-23 11:05:17 PM

SteakMan: "The suspect said he didn?t realize the danger to those he shined the laser at and did not realize it was illegal, "
I agree that it should be illegal. Cops and pilots shouldn't have to worry if it is a toy or a gun pointing at them. But the FDA says it isn't dangerous for two reasons:

#1 Humans can't hold the laser steady enough to cause extended exposure at a distance.
#2 Humans tend to close their eyes when you shine a bright farking light at them.


win.
 
2012-05-23 11:08:31 PM
I had a pretty powerful laser pointer and while playing with my cat it went out the window and shined into a house across a field from mine. I received a visit from the popo's who warned me to shut my drapes next time as I scared the neighbors who thought it was a gun sight.
 
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