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GearXS has the True 100mW (532nm) High Powered Deluxe Laser Pointer for $30 with free shipping. Features a targeting distance of over 3 miles.

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    pcspecialist Ben's cred: 35
    Posted 10:17 pm PST 01/22/11

    Doubtful you will actually receive one of these if you purchase it, nothing above 5mW can be shipped to the US.

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    aiiee Ben's cred: 63
    Posted 10:17 pm PST 01/22/11

    Great for blinding pilots! Buy one today!

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    korpo53 Ben's cred: 87
    Posted 12:21 am PST 01/23/11

    @1 High powered laser pointers make it to the states all the time. Various government agencies can't even stop people shipping bricks of heroin, let alone laser pointers marked as "pen lights".

    WickedLasers even has some kind of double your money back guarantee if you don't get your pointer, and they claim something like one out of every thousand gets stopped by the man. Whether this company has a similar thing though, or whether WL honors their guarantee, I can't vouch for.

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    dave_c Ben's cred: 3424
    Posted 5:45 am PST 01/23/11

    Let me put it another way then... since it is illegal there is a chance that customs will confiscate it if marked as higher than 5mW, and in this case it is the worst of both worlds because according to reports from those who bought these (and same thing at other dubious merchants) they are not more than 5mW compared to other pointers known to be 5mW... so it's more likely it would be confiscated when it shouldn't have been because it is not as powerful as claimed, and priced too high for what it is.

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    JediKnight Ben's cred: 559
    Posted 6:24 am PST 01/23/11

    High-Powered Laser Pointers Pose Risk to Pilots

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/22/us/22lasers.html

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    dd Ben's cred: 89
    Posted 10:02 am PST 01/23/11

    Yeah, yeah.

    And yet, if you stop to think about the physical realities for a moment, you will discover that the placement of the carrotpit window requires that the plane be nose down so hard that it's about to crash before you could shine anything into it from the ground.

    I'm not sure what this "risk to pilots" craziness is about, but it's almost certain that whatever they're saying is a lie.

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    dd Ben's cred: 89
    Posted 10:03 am PST 01/23/11

    OK, Ben, a little overenthusiastic there with the word replacement, buddy.

    C-o-c-k-p-i-t is a legitimate word. No need to replace the first half with "carrot".

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    gr0bda Ben's cred: 25
    Posted 12:16 pm PST 01/23/11

    #6 What do you expect from a JediKnight? He's a natural do-gooder! Obi-c@ck-benobi

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    Crapcutter Ben's cred: 131
    Posted 6:36 pm PST 01/23/11

    "The FAA said there were 2,836 instances of lasers aimed at airplanes in 2010, a ninefold increase over the past five years. Saying the agency could not sit around and wait for an airplane to crash." Huh?
    Yes, since there wasn't any proof of this being a serious issue they're making it one now. Almost three thousand incidents and no crashes? Huh? Now how many people shoot guns at aircraft? Better do something before another plane isn't taken down again. What if some one walked into a fireworks store and used a high powered Lazar to blow the whole place up? I'm sick of these lazy people trying to make interesting stories up instead of reporting real news. Rolling Eyes

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    dave_c Ben's cred: 3424
    Posted 8:13 am PST 01/24/11

    dd wrote:
    Yeah, yeah.

    And yet, if you stop to think about the physical realities for a moment, you will discover that the placement of the carrotpit window requires that the plane be nose down so hard that it's about to crash before you could shine anything into it from the ground.

    I'm not sure what this "risk to pilots" craziness is about, but it's almost certain that whatever they're saying is a lie.


    If the pilot can see the runway then the plane is oriented such that a laser pointer on the ground might be able to shine in the meatpit. AFAIK, ALL planes are designed so the pilot can see the runway when landing or taking off.

    I'm not suggesting it is likely someone with a handheld laser pointer can distract the pilot enough to matter, as the distance would make it hard to keep the pointer on the pilot of a moving aircraft, but there are lots of freedoms we citizens are denied for the sake of safety even though I don't recall an airplane ever being blown out of the sky by a bottle of shampoo in excess of 4 ounces which has also been prohibited.

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