A couple of years ago if I looked at the news I'd have thought sharks grew legs, walked up on land, and started eating children out of playgrounds.
Never underestimate the medias ability to over report and hyper sensationalize the fixation of the moment.
This is the same person that wants:
Senate Bill 47 (Yee) expands the definition of “assault weapons” to BAN the future sale of rifles that have been designed/sold and are equipped to use the “bullet button” or similar device, requires NEW “assault weapon” registration of ALL those semi-auto rifles that are currently possessed to retain legal possession in the future, and subjects these firearms to all other “assault weapons” restrictions.
Senate Bill 108 (Yee) requires mandatory locked storage of firearms within a locked house regardless of whether anyone is present.
My impression of him is that he is a reactionary that responds to any situation in the most forceful way possible to please the pundits who are calling for action that the constituency doesn't actually want. He doesn't actually understand what he's legislating against in many situations, like as mentioned below the ban on video games for minors but because the pundits call for it something needs to be done.
The 3d printer is no different. Damn all the useful things that can be done with it he doesn't understand it and it can do one bad thing so ban it.
It'll go away soon enough. I remember reading an article in PopSci probably 15 years ago about new technology that would embed a sensor in an officers ring so that if it moved more than a couple inches from his hand it would not fire.
I suppose technology has shifted to the point now where it is easier to miniaturize so that it is feasible without having a huge grip, however the only reason that this type of technology gets any attention at all is because, all conspiracy theory aside, it will give any state hostile towards guns an excuse to ban any gun without this technology. I have no doubt with how hard California makes it to stay within it's restrictions that they would be the ones leading the charge and expect the other 40 shall issue / no restriction (AK,VT) states to follow.
That's all well and fine, my S3 is currently running it, however the vast majority of users will not be able to install CWM or use ADB on their own even with a tutorial. It also has the consequence of voiding the warranty. Yes you could flash back but lets face it most people can barely operate Google Maps without throwing a fit much less flash a ROM.
If this succeeds what you are going to see is a slow down in the market. Manufacturers will not be able to push but a handful of phones every year because they will be expected to support them. So we, the power users, will go from having a new top tier phone every 6 months to maybe one a year, or maybe not at all because there will a monetary consequence to pushing the envelope with brand new hardware combination in every iteration.
The carriers are going to fight it tooth and nail as well because not only will they be forced to get the updates out in a timely fashion (looking at you Verizon), they will be required to utilize their sacred bandwidth, which they already charge too much for, to push the updates.
Polymer physicists are into chains.