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orthonormal_basis_of_evil- Finalist Answered

orthonormal_basis_of_evil is a finalist in the Laser Cutter Challenge for:
EMP shopping cart locker

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encouraging people to do stuff that could land them in prison, in my opinion is not suitable for instructables.com

If the Instructables staff thought projects such as these were unsuitable, there wouldn't be a "not liable" category.

Theres a BIG difference between not liable and just plain stupid (for instance if I made an instructable on how to make a suicide bombers vest and how to detonate it on a plane, that would be inappropriate for this site)

You're seriously comparing this to suicide bombers?... I'd respond more, but it's beating a dead horse. Look at the comments on the actual instructable, or the slashdot article. I also imagine that the radio station in the UK that used it to lock up carts (trolleys) across the UK would, how do you say, suggest that common sense says it's not unreasonable to do.

He wasn't seriously comparing it to suicide bombers, in terms of magnitude. He was making the point that the existence of a "Not Liable" category doesn't imply that "anything goes" on instructables. He was giving a clear counterexample to your generalization. On the other hand, the judges did pick this one as a finalist for the laser cutter contest. IMHO, that's pretty uncool. No, it's not suicide bombers, but it's not something the judges ought to be endorsing, either.

Thanks for explaining my response drcrash... thats exactly my viewpoint

hmmmm...I agree sorta, but it would have been fine, and just a funny prank if he has included the unlocking code too.

The idea that some DJ pulling a stunt suggests anything about common sense and reasonableness is amusing.

Is there more information about the UK radio station? I read the comment in the Instructable, but wasn't able to find any info on the web about it.

Last I looked, I couldn't find anything that wasn't on the show's web site, or the hosts' fan site, or a few blogs that blogged that stuff. That makes me think it wasn't the widespread trolley-stopping some people have made it out to be. (I wouldn't be surprised if it didn't actually work, but they made the stunt out to be a success.)


11 years ago

Wow! This is amazing, and very handy! Love it :)

"RED LIGHT!" :wtf?: "GREEN LIGHT!" :huh?: That is so hysterical and if I there was a store around here that had those systems I'd have to do it.


11 years ago

It has a good intro. pic.


11 years ago

I love this project so much! I can't help but smile just thinking about this.