This whole argument is completely beside the point. It doesn't matter if he "invented" a clock or not. He's a 14 year old kid and he was dicking around with electronics. He took something apart and put it back together, thought it was neat and decided to show it to his engineering teacher. 14 year olds aren't known for being precise with language. He wasn't trying to patent the fucking thing.
The people calling him a "genius" are overreaching, obviously, but this is more curiosity than most high school freshmen show. This should be encouraged, not criminalized.
Originally Posted by Kai
There is not doubt that the kid lied about making a clock. He didn't make or invent anything. He took a clock apart and put the innards into a case. Any 6 year old can do this. He didn't make a clock. He made a fake bomb. Thanks to the limp dick media, it's working out great for him.
There's absolutely no reason to believe he intended for anyone to think it was a bomb. He wasn't brandishing it, never referred to it as a bomb (calling it a clock repeatedly), and didn't try to place it anywhere that someone might stumble across it and be terrorized. The whole argument is completely idiotic and the only reason anyone would call it a "hoax bomb" is if anything electronic in a small box = bomb. Which is patently absurd. Wires and circuits are scary!
The backlash against this whole thing is hilarious. You guys are all morons for getting so worked up about it. At best this is zero tolerance fearmongering bullshit. Why would anyone support that?