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This is the world’s first 3-D printed firearm –


Eight months ago, Cody Wilson set out to create the world’s first entirely 3D-printable handgun.

Now he has.

Early next week, Wilson, a 25-year University of Texas law student and founder of the non-profit group Defense Distributed, plans to release the 3D-printable CAD files for a gun he calls “the Liberator,” pictured in its initial form above.

Someone in here once said that if governments knew where the web would lead they’d have strangled it at birth. Once information is out there it stays out. This is the future, coming at us – and the state – at a million miles an hour.

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  1. Someone in here once said that if governments knew where the web would lead they’d have strangled it at birth.

    Government invented the web.

  2. It sure as hell did.

    I pointed this out here a couple of years ago, including a quote from Bill Gates to that point, and the ATW crazies said that he was wrong and that they were right.

  3. Does anyone imagine that waving a plastic-looking Lego™ gun at a violent burglar, is going to deter him?

  4. FO –

    I cited the web and not the internet, but so what? Governments would still have strangled the web at birth (while attempting the maintain the internet as a weapon of mass destruction).

    If “government invented the internet” then thanks government. In a few years we’ll be printing rifles because of it.

    Just another unintended consequence of government, really.

  5. You use the web and internet every day.

    Say a little thank you to the US Defense Dept, to Tim Berners-Lee and to the politicians and taxpayers who funded their research every time you log on to make your government never did nuttin right pronouncements.

  6. Fair enough, this gun is for self-defense. Unlike the assault rifles so beloved by the NRA, who would still oppose any gun controls even if school massacres became weekly events.

  7. This type of gun will only be of intrerest to criminals and terrorists, and their enablers.

    Including those here.

  8. The government will soon legislate this technology into oblivion or impose lengthy prison sentences for those who use it. Either way, it won’t make an alternative dent in our universe.

    So tuck your premature party hat back in your pants, Pete.

  9. OT but this has to be discussed somewhere. The EU is bringing in legislation to render illegal the use of non-approved seeds for fruit and vegetables. There can only be one corporation behind this and it will destroy the diversity of our food supply giving that corporation a monopoly:

    RED ALERT: EU Wants To Regulate Cultivation Of ALL Fruits And Vegetables (Even In Private Gardens)

    Google translation:

    – EU wants to regulate cultivation of fruit and vegetables in gardens (Deutsche Wirtschafts Nachrichten, April 23, 2013):

    The European Commission wants to impose on farmers and gardeners in the future the use of standard seeds. Old and rare varieties have little chance of an approval, their cultivation will be punishable by law – even if it takes place in private gardens.

  10. Private industry was paid by govt. funds to develop the web. The govt. did not invent the web.

  11. including a quote from Bill Gates to that point, and the ATW crazies said that he was wrong and that they were right.

    Classic! Like, what would Gates know about it?!

  12. Patty

    Who told you that?

    Even if it was true, the internet would still be a.govt initiative. The govt uses private contractors all the time to accomplish governmental objectives – incl building military gear.

    Tim Berners Lee is the founder of the WWW. He did it while working at CERN, a European govetnment entity.

    Pay attention please. This isn’t a debatable point.

  13. The “killer application” that transformed the Internet into a global phenomenon was the World Wide Web. Developed in the late 1980s at the European Center for Nuclear Research (CERN) from research by Tim Berners-Lee, the Web was initially created to share data on nuclear physics. By using hyperlinks and graphical “browsing” technology, the Web greatly simplifies the process of searching for, accessing, and sharing information on the Internet, making it much more accessible to a non-technical audience.

    From a speech by Bill Gates, from the Microsoft website.

  14. I meant to write internet, not web. I wasn’t talking about the www, per se. the www is not the same as the internet. “funding” and “inventing” are not the same thing – you are an insufferable ass.


    Leonard Kleinrock was the first to publish a paper about the idea of packet switching, which is essential to the Internet. He did so in 1961. Packet switching is the idea that packets of data can be “routed” from one place to another based on address information carried in the data, much like the address on a letter. Packet switching replaces the older concept of “circuit switching,” in which an actual electrical circuit is established all the way from the source to the destination. Circuit switching was the idea behind traditional telephone exchanges.

    J.C.R. Licklider was the first to describe an Internet-like worldwide network of computers, in 1962. He called it the “Galactic Network.”

    Larry G. Roberts created the first functioning long-distance computer networks in 1965 and designed the Advanced Research Projects Agency Network (ARPANET), the seed from which the modern Internet grew, in 1966.

    Bob Kahn and Vint Cerf invented the Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) which moves data on the modern Internet, in 1972 and 1973. If any two people “invented the Internet,” it was Kahn and Cerf – but they have publicly stated that “no one person or group of people” invented the Internet.
    Radia Perlman invented the spanning tree algorithm in the 1980s. Her spanning tree algorithm allows efficient bridging between separate networks. Without a good bridging solution, large-scale networks like the Internet would be impractical.

    By 1983, TCP was the standard and ARPANET began to resemble the modern Internet in many respects. The ARPANET itself was taken out of commission in 1990. Most restrictions on commercial Internet traffic ended in 1991, with the last limitations removed in 1995. For a much more complete history of the Internet, see the website of the Internet Society.

    Note that the Internet and the World Wide Web are not the same thing. See also: who invented the World Wide Web?, What is the difference between the World Wide Web and the Internet?
    See also Hobbes’ Internet Timeline for another excellent history of the Internet which includes later important events.

  15. Patty

    You sis a -whole- lot of cutting and pasting there without saying what your source was.

    The US government was very heavily involved in all or nearly all of what you googled

    It is imbecilic to pretend otherwise. Industry experts without an agenda never speak like you and Pete. But I guess you lot know more about the internet and web than he does.

  16. judging by the picture it shoots 22 shorts or basicaly the smallest and least common commercial round. acccuraye to approx. 6 feet lethal to about 20 and as dangerous as a a pn airgun at the bottom of its duty cycle

  17. Governments will always play a huge part in solving big problems. They set public policy and are uniquely able to provide the resources to make sure solutions reach everyone who needs them. They also fund basic research, which is a crucial component of the innovation that improves life for everyone.
    Bill Gates

    The most successful capitalists recognize that government has an important role in research and the economy.

    It is only know nothing ideologues who say otherwise.

  18. Superb.

    There they sit, in front of machines built from materials mined and moved and made by capitaliam and markets, using capitalist software, connected by capitalist networks, yet the important point about the www was that the inventor’s paycheck came from CERN, (which came from the productive class in the first place).

    Truly, worship of the state bends minds out of shape.

  19. The important thing is that there is a highly productive role for government for government in capitalist societies.

    If the most successful capitalists / inventors / job creators all realize this, why don’t right wing bloggers realize it?

    The best economies are all mixed economies. Without exception. Been telling you this for years.

  20. Phantom: “mixed economies” ???? “role for government in capitalist societies” ?? what are you talking about, my dear boy?

    you suffer under some delusion that “capitalism” = anarchy.

    No capitalist ever argues for no government regulation. for no law and order.

    Have you ever read Federalist 51?? please, read it.

    or james madison?

    “If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself…”

  21. Or perhaps, Phantom, you are suffering under the delusion that government is more suited than private industry to pick winners and losers, to invent????

    Do you think that large bureaucratic groups of men/women – dependent on political whim for the success of their products – are going to invent better and more efficient products than private groups of men/success who depend on the economic success of the actual product for survival?

  22. No capitalist ever argues for no government regulation. for no law and order.

    I agree. By this statement, you effectively state that Pete is not a capitalist, and I agree with that also.

    The US has been funding basic research for some decades now, under all administrations. It takes a small bite out of the budget, but this ( and military research ) has paid very large dividends for the US and the world.

    Much of the criticism of government picking winners and losers ( the solar and electric car scams, etc ) is legitimate ) by the way.

  23. “Or perhaps, Phantom, you are suffering under the delusion that government is more suited than private industry to pick winners and losers, to invent????”

    He does. Well, he admits to being a socialist, this despite lauding fascist economics. He might be a socialist, but he’s an economic fascist.

  24. I am the biggest defender of the capitalist system as it is on this site.

    As I defend the socialist safety nets without which modern capitalism could not survive.

    Pete is a militant supporter of a utopian system that never was and which never will be.

  25. “I am the biggest defender of the capitalist system as it is on this site.”

    no. you’re not. you’re a statist. and you want a “mixed economy” – whatever the hell that is – you don’t know, you just like the idea that govt. is in the “mix.

    you don’t much like free speech, either, with your constant refrain of: “no debate” “should not/cannot be open for debate” etc.

    if you disagree, Phantom, you say: “debate closed!” or, you’re stupid! (I paraphrase)

    if you agree, Phantom, you laud the intelligence and the debate.

    you are an economic illiterate and you are projecting when you accuse others of voicing platitudes — or bumper sticker slogans, as you put it

    I can see why Troll is fed up with you and other New Yorkers – sure, Troll is inelegant and downright rude – but he allows others the freedom to say what they like.

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