Posts Tagged ‘UK’

A team at the Manchester Metropolitan University has developed a new millimeter-wave mobile scanner that can detect hidden weapons on a human body from a distance of 25 meters. They claim it can differentiate between keys, mobile phones, belt buckles and other common harmless objects, and even detect 3d-printed guns.

“The machines work at a distance of up to 25 metres using low-power millimetre-wave radar signals that reflect off a weapon and back to the scanner, but without compromising people’s privacy or health.”

Well, back when I used a radar device on my boat, it had loads of health warnings not to be anywhere near the emitter when it was in use. Not anywhere near its path. The goal being to avoid being irradiated to cancer death levels by an otherwise “harmless” electronic device. Radar is not harmless, millimeter-wave or not.

Like Raaytheon’s “Active Denial System” which uses millimeter wave radiation.

With Raytheon the U.S. Air Force has developed a nonlethal weapon system called Active Denial System (ADS) which emits a beam of radiation with a wavelength of 3 mm. The weapon is reportedly not dangerous and causes no physical harm, but is extremely painful and causes the target to feel an intense burning pain, as if their skin is going to catch fire.

In testing, pea-sized blisters have been observed in less than 0.1% of ADS exposures, indicating that second degree surface burns have been caused by the device. The radiation burns caused are similar to microwave burns, but only on the skin surface due to the decreased penetration of shorter millimeter waves. The surface temperature of a target will continue to rise so long as the beam is applied, at a rate dictated by the target’s material and distance from the transmitter, along with the beam’s frequency and power level set by the operator. Most human test subjects reached their pain threshold within 3 seconds, and none could endure more than 5 seconds.

How is that not harmful? Oh, it won’t kill you. Immediately.

However, overexposures of either operators or targets may cause long-term damage including cancer. According to an official military assessment, “In the event of an overexposure to a power density sufficient to produce thermal injury, there is an extremely low probability that scars derived from such injury might later become cancerous. Proper wound management further decreases this probability, as well as the probability of hypertrophic scarring or keloid formation.”


So be sure to get “proper wound management” after your scan, terror suspect!

And remember, Millimeter Wave is safe! Just like x-ray machines, and drinking mercury!

The 3D Printing Witch Hunt begins

Posted: October 25, 2013 in News
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The Manchester Police, as part of a greater anti-gang organized raid operation, siezed a 3d printer and what they call “suspected gun parts.”

Here, you see what they call a gun clip, which is actually a piece that holds the plastic filament spool of the printer… 3d-printed-gun-factory-uk-police-1

And here, a “trigger” which is really just part of a filament extruder assembly…


But oh, they are making the world a safer place! They *could* print weapons, you see. Big deal. Someone with bad intentions *could* kill you with a hammer or a kitchen knife, and anyone can buy those anywhere. Or with bare hands, in which case what are you going to do? Why go through the trouble of 3d printing when any hardware store will get you what you need for far less, far faster?

The police changed their initial statement after online uproar from people who actually know a thing or two about 3d printing pointed out that these “gun parts” they were raiding for were nothing more than upgrade parts for the 3d printer they siezed:

“We need to be absolutely clear that at that this stage, we cannot categorically say we have recovered the component parts for a 3D gun.”


Two reporters claim to have “printed the first plastic gun in the UK” and took it on Eurostar without it being detected.

Well, duh. It’s a harmless piece of plastic:

“We did not attempt to smuggle the firing pin or bullet for safety and legal reasons, but small metal items could be easily concealed.”

So, then, what was the point? There was none. Without a firing pin or a bullet, what use is the item they took with them on the train? None. It’s as useless as a hammer without hand to swing it, or as useless as an empty beer can. As dangerous as a toy gun.

Gee, you’d think that with all those metal detectors meant to look for metal, that they would see metal if they went looking for metal. So if we don’t put metal in it, it won’t be seen as metal. What rocket science! Hooray for England!

Then, you might ask yourself: how can it be dangerous, without its metal parts?

Quick moron answer: It can’t be.

Therefore I suggest that in the future, said reporters avoid using statements like “Weapon capable of firing a live round smuggled on to packed Eurostar,” and, “the reporters were able to assemble the pieces to create a fully functional firearm.” It was neither capable of firing a live round, nor fully functional.

I also really doubt it is the first one in the UK. The plans have been out for several days and they are not the only ones with a 3d printer. Don’t get ahead of yourselves, kids. More than 100,000 people downloaded DefCad’s Liberator before the Nazis played their censor card, and I can guarantee you that just about anyone with a 3d printer and thoughts of Liberty are printing one as I type this.

This stunt is just another display of English gun ignorance and an attempt by fascist fearmongers to make the sheep of the world afraid of 3d printing and guns.

“Last night, security experts and politicians said they were horrified at the implications of our investigation. Lord West, the former Labour security Minister, called for a review to see how the ‘extremely dangerous’ weapons could be better detected.”

What a surprise that those who have a monopoly on force feel threatened that just about anyone can now print their own firearms. Short of thorough body cavity searches, you can’t detect them better. Time to make peace with the fact that you are obsolete, “security experts and politicians.”

“Authorities should be extremely worried. The obvious danger is that if you have the ability to print out a gun on a 3D printer from a blueprint downloaded online, then the probability is that a terrorist has that capability as well. which could have devastating consequences. They could potentially cause a problem at 38,000ft that would cause the aircraft to crash or be hijacked.” says Chris Yates, an aviation security analyst.

You know, if everyone can print a gun, maybe it would be a fine sight to see: a terrorist pulls out his 3d printed firearm, shouts “Allah Akhbar” and then is promptly ventilated by 100 other people around him who all have their own 3d printed firearms. That would make all of this “security” nonsense unnecessary.

Perhaps people have forgotten that you can still use your hands or other body parts to take the life from another person. A pen? A pencil? Your house keys? Just about anything that you can still find in an airplane can be used to kill someone.

They still give you metal cutlery in first class!

Or, maybe, just maybe, if people were not harassed when they go about their business with the mindset of common self-defense without anyone or anything getting in the way of it, we could just buy guns openly, and we wouldn’t need to use 3d printing technology to protect ourselves.