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Comment Re:Impractical? (Score 2) 347

In theory, it could be circumvented by reverse engineering the BMW. So why not by taking the entire car apart. Catalog the parts. Scan the parts. Up load the parts. Print the parts. Rebuild the parts into the car. This takes a huge amount of raw materials to print with, effort, and experience. However, since this car is owned by the entity that scanned the parts, etc. It's like taking pictures of a car now. It that illegal? Is it illegal for me to post a picture of my car online? Is it illegal for me to sell pictures of my car?

It is most certainly NOT illegal for an OEM entity to make aftermarket parts for production cars. They might not be officially licensed by BMW and could be (probably) inferior to the OEM.

That said I would fully expect BMW to aggressively pursue any legal action against the entity printing exact duplicates of any of their parts without a license. What will the courts decide?

Comment Re:Japanese mental illness (Score 2) 770

Can you give us any examples? I live in the US and have visited many places including Japan. I disagree with the other post about putting the "wacky shack". I found that most of the Japanese behavior was clique based. Smaller groups of teens/young adults would define and create a look or sub-culture of their own. While individually it might seem extreme, it was the norm for these small groups.

I found it wonderfully entertaining.

Comment New Roofing Material beign researched (Score 1) 207

Well, not really. I am just in the procrastination stages right now. I am going to discover a new, inexpensive, roofing material that will scatter lidar, radar, infrared, thermal, microwave, and Wi-Fi Giving any home a passive cloaking device. We are looking into umbrellas as well.

Who want to fund my Kickstarter?

Comment I don't think people really understand this tech. (Score 1) 558

Safe-Firearms company to consumers: "I trust you to be able to protect yourself. I really do. Here let me put this on *your* firearm to protect your children."
Safe-Firearms company to law enforcement: "We want to protect the police when they are in the vicinity of firearms, so we have developed this device that will deactivate all firearms in the area, except the special law enforcement/military models."

Safe-Firearms company to nanny state: "Contract Complete."

I know I am stretching this to the extreme, but I seriously want to be able to protect myself when necessary. I don't want any type of electronics on my home defense firearms. I especially don't want the equivalent of an OnStar engine kill switch on my firing pin.

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