I saw a this cool toy online a little while back. It was basically a cross between a laser pointer and a light-saber. Of course, I wanted it immediately.
But, as soon as I understood what was being advertised, I also knew what would happen next. I didn't need to be psychic. Just call it experience with the online community. Or lead poisoning, I think they have the same symptoms. The next thing I knew it, it was time to cue the buzz-kills.
One of the first comments to the ad was made by a concerned individual who wanted the toy banned. The reason this undiscovered genius was so worried was his fear of the lights from the swords, and their ability to blind overhead pilots. When kids play with them on the ground. This is a true story.
Now, this wasn't a pilot, and he didn't even think to worry about planes landing or taking off. He was worried about planes IN FLIGHT.
I had to reply, I just couldn't resist. But I did take the high road. I was going to say that the distance, tons of aircraft blocking the line of sight, and possible atmospheric conditions were all working together to prove his stupidity.
But I was feeling nice. Instead I simply commented as a customer of said item (I soon was) and disagreed with him. I even then went on to reassure him that I don't use mine as a sword at all. I use it as a tool. To blind stupid people with too much time on their hands.
The bonus is that I get to avoid an argument about the laser pointer and it's magic powers to blind people. Who knows what other feats of logic this guy was going to dazzle me with. I should give a seminar on how to deal with people online.