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2013-05-29 08:15:12 AM  
What do you do once you build a homemade 3000mW thin-beam lightsaber?

FTFY Subby.  If something is 3000 milliwatts, it's 3 watts.  I know 3000 sounds bigger, but the base unit here is the watt, not the milliwatt.
 
2013-05-29 09:08:45 AM  
And the trees across the quad!
 
2013-05-29 09:18:11 AM  

dittybopper: What do you do once you build a homemade 3000mW thin-beam lightsaber?

FTFY Subby.  If something is 3000 milliwatts, it's 3 watts.  I know 3000 sounds bigger, but the base unit here is the watt, not the milliwatt.


My work here is done.

/except for saying "my work here is done"
 
2013-05-29 09:22:18 AM  

UberDave: And the trees across the quad!


All you'd need is a tracking system and a large spinning mirror, and you can vaporize a human target from space.
 
2013-05-29 09:27:49 AM  

WippitGuud: UberDave: And the trees across the quad!

All you'd need is a tracking system and a large spinning mirror, and you can vaporize a human target from space.


KENT STOP TOUCHING YOURSELF
 
2013-05-29 09:29:59 AM  
WANTWANTWANT

/for....Science.
//and bowls.
///and balloons and cats and neighbors and and and...
////okay, really, the only way I haven't lit a rip is with a laser.
 
2013-05-29 09:32:41 AM  
He forgot popcorn.
 
2013-05-29 09:37:20 AM  
Impressive and of course outlawed in my country.

Yes, you read that right. Everything above 1 mW is outlawed to have/sell as a private person. 3000 mW will probably get you prosecuted under the war weapons act if I take a guess about what my stupid country will do.
 
2013-05-29 09:40:29 AM  
Well, all the "Real Genius" references that I could readily think of are used up...so now I guess I'll just go listen to this.
 
2013-05-29 09:40:43 AM  
Jazz up your next business meeting by lighting the dry-erase board on fire!
 
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2013-05-29 09:41:59 AM  

lucksi: Yes, you read that right. Everything above 1 mW is outlawed to have/sell as a private person. 3000 mW will probably get you prosecuted under the war weapons act if I take a guess about what my stupid country will do.


This was originally a projector. It's illegal to own / have a projector in your country?
 
2013-05-29 09:41:59 AM  
So if I have two of these and swing them at each other the beams will bounce off with a satisfying vvvvmmmmCCCSSSHHhhhh?  Sweet
 
2013-05-29 09:44:58 AM  

lucksi: Impressive and of course outlawed in my country.

Yes, you read that right. Everything above 1 mW is outlawed to have/sell as a private person. 3000 mW will probably get you prosecuted under the war weapons act if I take a guess about what my stupid country will do.


In US it is 5 mW.
 
2013-05-29 09:45:46 AM  
So sure it can light something on fire from an inch away. So, it's a laser, show me it doing that from 30 or 100 feet away and I'll be impressed! Balloons, maybe? Or, better yet, red light cameras. Then it would have an actual application.
 
2013-05-29 09:45:51 AM  
If a kid is making something that does this, I can only imagine what is going on in R&D labs that the DOD funds...
 
2013-05-29 09:50:58 AM  

KellyX: If a kid is making something that does this, I can only imagine what is going on in R&D labs that the DOD funds...


You mean besides the missile destroying ship mounted laser turret?
 
2013-05-29 09:54:18 AM  
But can he drive a nine inch spike with his penis?
 
2013-05-29 10:00:34 AM  

doglover: KellyX: If a kid is making something that does this, I can only imagine what is going on in R&D labs that the DOD funds...

You mean besides the missile destroying ship mounted laser turret?


Guess I missed that one then, last I had seen was anti-riot lasers to burn people, and testing a laser to be mounted on large ships, but never saw more on that, I figured the Navy was moving to kinetic bombardment with the railgun system I last saw was being installed on some ship...
 
2013-05-29 10:02:32 AM  

doglover: missile destroying ship mounted laser turret


Just used The Google and found the vid, I'm wrong, I did see that, I just dunno why I forgot...
 
2013-05-29 10:05:06 AM  
I really want to put one in this...
www.geeked.info
 
2013-05-29 10:18:13 AM  
so my 30 watt CO2 laser is illegal?
bwahhaahaahaa!
 
2013-05-29 10:21:32 AM  

lucksi: Impressive and of course outlawed in my country.

Yes, you read that right. Everything above 1 mW is outlawed to have/sell as a private person. 3000 mW will probably get you prosecuted under the war weapons act if I take a guess about what my stupid country will do.


Sounds like you need the NRA. You know who else outlawed things in your country?
 
2013-05-29 10:21:45 AM  

Zombalupagus: So sure it can light something on fire from an inch away. So, it's a laser, show me it doing that from 30 or 100 feet away and I'll be impressed! Balloons, maybe? Or, better yet, red light cameras. Then it would have an actual application.


Lasers don't disperse very much in distances as short as 30 or 100 feet. Whatever you saw that laser do at a few inches, it'll also do 100 feet away.
 
2013-05-29 10:27:25 AM  

Speaker2Animals: lucksi: Impressive and of course outlawed in my country.

Yes, you read that right. Everything above 1 mW is outlawed to have/sell as a private person. 3000 mW will probably get you prosecuted under the war weapons act if I take a guess about what my stupid country will do.

Sounds like you need the NRA. You know who else outlawed things in your country?


I wonder what the NRA's position on lasers for self-defense is?  I mean, they aren't manufactured by their gun lobby buddies.
 
2013-05-29 10:35:25 AM  

Aquadyne: lucksi: Impressive and of course outlawed in my country.

Yes, you read that right. Everything above 1 mW is outlawed to have/sell as a private person. 3000 mW will probably get you prosecuted under the war weapons act if I take a guess about what my stupid country will do.

In US it is 5 mW.


Don't you mean 5 W? I mean, there are lots of 1-5 W lasers for sale online that claim to be US-legal, so I assume it's not 5 mW.
 
2013-05-29 10:37:00 AM  
/runs off to invest in seeing-eye dogs and walking cane futures.
 
2013-05-29 10:37:54 AM  

Famous Thamas: Speaker2Animals: lucksi: Impressive and of course outlawed in my country.

Yes, you read that right. Everything above 1 mW is outlawed to have/sell as a private person. 3000 mW will probably get you prosecuted under the war weapons act if I take a guess about what my stupid country will do.

Sounds like you need the NRA. You know who else outlawed things in your country?

I wonder what the NRA's position on lasers for self-defense is?  I mean, they aren't manufactured by their gun lobby buddies.


No you don't.  You probably even support the Bill of Rights because you're a fascist right winger.  You probably think people have a right to drink unpasteurized milk.
 
2013-05-29 10:40:17 AM  
Hello pretty light,

zap zap zap

goodbye eyeballs and sight.
 
2013-05-29 10:40:48 AM  
I'd be too tempted to combine multiples of this laser into ever stronger lasers.
 
2013-05-29 10:41:28 AM  

lucksi: Yes, you read that right. Everything above 1 mW is outlawed to have/sell as a private person. 3000 mW will probably get you prosecuted under the war weapons act if I take a guess about what my stupid country will do.


To be fair, your country has a nasty habit of invading its neighbors. I'm alright with keeping laser weaponry out of the hands of your people.
 
2013-05-29 10:44:07 AM  

dittybopper: What do you do once you build a homemade 3000mW thin-beam lightsaber?

FTFY Subby.  If something is 3000 milliwatts, it's 3 watts.  I know 3000 sounds bigger, but the base unit here is the watt, not the milliwatt.


The proper description is 3,000,000,000,000 picowatts
 
2013-05-29 10:45:05 AM  

Honest Bender: I'd be too tempted to combine multiples of this laser into ever stronger lasers.


Would haven't three of these lasers focus into something else to combine them into one increase the power?
 
2013-05-29 10:46:37 AM  

dittybopper: What do you do once you build a homemade 3000mW thin-beam lightsaber?

FTFY Subby.  If something is 3000 milliwatts, it's 3 watts.  I know 3000 sounds bigger, but the base unit here is the watt, not the milliwatt.


And those are equivalent, by the way. Handheld lasers are generally measured in milliwatts, so I can see the desire to keep using milliwatts to compare to handheld laser pointers. It's not technically incorrect to say 3,000 milliwatts. It's kind of like saying "I took 1,000 milligrams of ibuprofen." Drugs are measured in milligrams usually, so it might be confusing to some to say "I took 1 gram of ibuprofen." Same thing with the lasers.
 
2013-05-29 10:59:14 AM  

dittybopper: What do you do once you build a homemade 3000mW thin-beam lightsaber?

FTFY Subby.  If something is 3000 milliwatts, it's 3 watts.  I know 3000 sounds bigger, but the base unit here is the watt, not the milliwatt.


I'll give you $.001K to shut up.
 
2013-05-29 10:59:49 AM  
So sure it can light something on fire from an inch away. So, it's a laser, show me it doing that from 30 or 100 feet away and I'll be impressed! Balloons, maybe? Or, better yet, red light cameras. Then it would have an actual application.

I have been wondering just how much wattage you need to "fix" red light cameras from a safe distance. Anyone have any experience with cameras and lasers?
 
2013-05-29 11:08:26 AM  

devine: I have been wondering just how much wattage you need to "fix" red light cameras from a safe distance. Anyone have any experience with cameras and lasers?


I've seen camera sensors get ruined by a quick swipe from the lasers they use at concerts, and those are probably 1W or less.
 
2013-05-29 11:15:50 AM  

KellyX: Honest Bender: I'd be too tempted to combine multiples of this laser into ever stronger lasers.

Would haven't three of these lasers focus into something else to combine them into one increase the power?


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2013-05-29 11:18:12 AM  

KellyX: Honest Bender: I'd be too tempted to combine multiples of this laser into ever stronger lasers.

Would haven't three of these lasers focus into something else to combine them into one increase the power?


That's my idea.  I don't see why it wouldn't.
 
2013-05-29 11:20:47 AM  
Yeah, I can "home made" things too if I can buy the main component...
 
2013-05-29 11:23:47 AM  
That's what the Taliban needed to take care of their balloon problem.
 
2013-05-29 11:29:52 AM  
CSB time:

I used to work with a guy who was a Bell System engineer, and he had worked on some of the initial
deployments of fibre optic trunking between central offices.  While working on one such deployment, the
CO manager was continually hovering over him, scared to death of the fact that there would be frickin'
LASERS inside his facility.

After several weeks of this, one night my friend decided to get back at him for being so paranoid.  He took
a masonry drill bit, drilled through the wall of the wiring vault into the manager's office, and used his
cigarette lighter to char both ends of the hole.

The next morning, the manager came in and asked how the work from the previous night had went.

"Oh, I had one of the cables get away from me, but we only had minimal damage," my friend, who had a
great deadpan, said, and he showed the manager the 'hole' the 'laser' had made in the wall.

A couple of hours later, my friend got call from the district manager (who happened to be a good friend of
his), and told hm "Cut it out."

I'm sure the hole is still there.
 
2013-05-29 11:30:36 AM  
blogs.amctv.com
 
2013-05-29 11:38:20 AM  

Speaker2Animals: Sounds like you need the NRA.


i.imgur.com
 
2013-05-29 11:45:12 AM  

MacEnvy: Aquadyne: lucksi: Impressive and of course outlawed in my country.

Yes, you read that right. Everything above 1 mW is outlawed to have/sell as a private person. 3000 mW will probably get you prosecuted under the war weapons act if I take a guess about what my stupid country will do.

In US it is 5 mW.

Don't you mean 5 W? I mean, there are lots of 1-5 W lasers for sale online that claim to be US-legal, so I assume it's not 5 mW.


As I understand it, the law in the U.S. is that there are no regulations on how powerful of a laser can be sold, but any laser over 5 mW cannot be marketed as a "laser pointer."

/may be wrong
//I am not a lawyer.
///This is not legal advice.
 
2013-05-29 11:51:28 AM  
That laser is no match for Droidekas.
 
2013-05-29 11:56:48 AM  

DonQuixote314159: MacEnvy: Aquadyne: lucksi: Impressive and of course outlawed in my country.

Yes, you read that right. Everything above 1 mW is outlawed to have/sell as a private person. 3000 mW will probably get you prosecuted under the war weapons act if I take a guess about what my stupid country will do.

In US it is 5 mW.

Don't you mean 5 W? I mean, there are lots of 1-5 W lasers for sale online that claim to be US-legal, so I assume it's not 5 mW.

As I understand it, the law in the U.S. is that there are no regulations on how powerful of a laser can be sold, but any laser over 5 mW cannot be marketed as a "laser pointer."

/may be wrong
//I am not a lawyer.
///This is not legal advice.


There is no limit to the power a laser can be set to. However, it is illegal to use a laser in PUBLIC, that is over 5mW. They just don't want you blinding someone other than yourself.
 
2013-05-29 12:27:49 PM  

phimuskapsi: There is no limit to the power a laser can be set to.


Ummmm.... yes? Yes, there is?
 
2013-05-29 12:32:02 PM  

phimuskapsi: However, it is illegal to use a laser in PUBLIC, that is over 5mW. They just don't want you blinding someone other than yourself.


There is no Federal law to that effect. Your local laws might have something to say on the subject, but you can't make a broad statement about the US as a whole.
 
2013-05-29 12:53:53 PM  

devine: So sure it can light something on fire from an inch away. So, it's a laser, show me it doing that from 30 or 100 feet away and I'll be impressed! Balloons, maybe? Or, better yet, red light cameras. Then it would have an actual application.

I have been wondering just how much wattage you need to "fix" red light cameras from a safe distance. Anyone have any experience with cameras and lasers?


Red light and speed cameras for that matter.  The problem with shooting them is eventually someone will trace the retort back to you.  With one of these you would just need to align it with a simple optical sight, press and hold the button for a few seconds, and then silently be on your way.
 
2013-05-29 01:03:00 PM  

SmackLT: WippitGuud: UberDave: And the trees across the quad!

All you'd need is a tracking system and a large spinning mirror, and you can vaporize a human target from space.

KENT STOP TOUCHING YOURSELF


Can you hammer a three inch spike through a six inch board with your penis?
 
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