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MrFancypants Forum Administrator

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#1 11 years ago

[COLOR=Black]BBC News - 'Bomb detector' maker Jim McCormick arrested This is an amazing story about "bomb detectors" being sold for 85 million dollars to Iraq. Turns out that these detectors are simply contraptions with cheap electronic-looking devices that cannot detect anything.

...a BBC Newsnight investigation reported that a computer laboratory said the card it examined contained only a tag used by shops to prevent theft.

How can a government spend this much money without ever performing basic tests?

This guy sold one detector for 40000 Dollars, the main component apparently only costs a few cents. Add a Dollar or two for the casing and shipping, maybe another for hiring a few idiots to glue the thing together and a bit for shipping and administrative costs and you probably make 39990 Dollars profit per device sold.[/COLOR]




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#2 11 years ago

Yep , the whole affair is stupid, the British military use them things, how many have died because of there failure to detect a bomb, good news is the Brits have arrested the chump that run the scam, just hope they charge him with 600 counts of manslaughter l guess ! Why didnt the military check them out before useing them, how hard is it to pull one appart...... What happened at the patency office ? How did he get this gimmik past patencies ? And how was it possible to go on so long unchecked ? Theres more than one person at fault here. The brits have some serious problems here they need to adress.




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#3 11 years ago

How is this possible? :eek:




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#4 11 years ago

That's quite a huge error. A slight malfucntion or inperfection could have been expected, but an outright scam? You would indeed expect some simple "tests" because these things ain't cheap and lifes could depend on it. Two very good reasons to make sure these things work.

You'd think that when you install a device, at the very least you do a quick check. Be it installing some motion detector (to turn on a light, open a door and such, activate a security alarm) or... well pretty much anything.




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#5 11 years ago
There are concerns the detectors have failed to stop bomb attacks which have killed hundreds of people

I now want to kick this guys ass. Some people will do anything to make money, but scamming the military of a country with a huge war going on within it is horrible. If I ever see this guy, I'm going to smash his face into the ground.


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#6 11 years ago

How the hell does Iraq have enough money to spend 85 million dollars on stuff like this when the number of bombings has dropped significantly?




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#7 11 years ago

jackripped;5218793Yep , the whole affair is stupid, the British military use them things, [/QUOTE]

No Western government uses them.

[QUOTE=jackripped;5218793]Why didnt the military check them out before useing them, how hard is it to pull one appart...... What happened at the patency office ? How did he get this gimmik past patencies ?

Assuming it went through the office of the rubber stamp, there are very few people, in any patency office in any part of the world, that are knowledgeable about the things and the history thereof that they're granting a patent on.




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#8 11 years ago

"Oops?"




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#9 11 years ago

Ever tried to get a patency ? You have to explain how your invention works, in writing, it defies logic that this item could have been patented as a chip with information on it, THAT, should have been questioned by the patency office, would have stopped this scam in its tracks. The guy should be charged with 600 counts of manslaughter in my opinion. Or maybe let some widows of british troops at him for 10 minutes, thered be lims missing for sure..... The british army used them right through the Iraq war ! all l can say is zomfg !




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#10 11 years ago

jackripped;5219259Ever tried to get a patency ? You have to explain how your invention works, in writing, it defies logic that this item could have been patented as a chip with information on it, THAT, should have been questioned by the patency office, would have stopped this scam in its tracks.[/QUOTE]

You have to explain how your invention works in very general terms. Considering the people looking at your patent proposal generally have little scientific background and little historical knowledge of the relevant area of study the idea that the patents office can ever be any more than a rubber stamp factory is patently ridiculous.

[QUOTE=jackripped;5219259]The british army used them right through the Iraq war !

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