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Old November 4 2013, 10:59 PM   #1
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real life Harry Mudd busted for selling fake tricorders

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crim...icle-1.1493474

The news is about two weeks old, but I don't think it was posted here.
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Old November 5 2013, 12:23 AM   #2
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Re: real life Harry Mudd busted for selling fake tricorders

I remember a story about how police officers were sold fake contraband detectors. They were essentially dowsing roads with a wire running to an empty plastic case and a non-working bit of breadboard bits.

I think it might have been James Randi's outfit.

My guess is that the cops weren't duped at all. They knew what it was and could point it at anybody they just wanted to frisk to have probable cause cover. Then if they found nothing, they could say it was faulty...

Now if one of the UXB men get sold a load of crap--they get rather angry
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/01...detector_bust/

Some of the best fakes don't even look like rods but just "black boxes"
http://www.skepdic.com/dowsing.html
Scroll down to see what military men wind up using...
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