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Comment That is a strange system you have there. (Score 1) 308

I am always taken back when I hear about such cases. Back here in Germany there are no rules against destroying evidence against you. We derive this from the fact that "you have the right to remain silent", meaning that no one can be forced to testify against himself. If law enforcement does not prevent the (alleged) destruction of evidence, that is bad luck for law enforcement. On the other hand, search warrants are relatively easy to obtain and the fruit of the poisonous tree is legit in court for all but the most blatant cases, which have to be declared expressively by the judge.
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Grad Student Invents Cheap Laser Cutter 137

An anonymous reader writes "Peter Jansen, a PhD student and member of the RepRap community, has constructed a working prototype of an inexpensive table-top laser cutter built out of old CD/DVD drives as an offshoot of his efforts to design an under $200 open-source Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) 3D printer. Where traditional laser cutters use powerful, fixed-focus beams, this new technique dynamically adjusts the focal point of the laser using a reciprocating motion similar to a reciprocating saw, allowing a far less powerful and inexpensive laser diode to be used. The technique is currently limited to cutting black materials to a depth of only a few millimeters, but should still be useful and enabling for Makers and other crafters. The end-goal is to create a hybrid inexpensive 3D printer that can be easily reconfigured for 2D laser cutting, providing powerful making tools to the desktop."

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