Suitcase Alarm, or Bomb? You Be The Judge!

Hackedgadgets links to a quite clever homemade suitcase security system with, unfortunately, a pretty high potential to be mistaken for a bomb. It’s not that this – securing your bag – is necessarily a bad idea, but authorities worldwide tend to take a fairly dim view of people walking around with suitcases, laptop bags, or backpacks with electronic bits and wires both inside and sticking out. If you built one of these in, say, New York City, and walked around with it over your shoulder, I think the odds of you getting arrested as a suspected terrorist are pretty damned high; in someplace like, say, Jerusalem, your odds are just as good of being preemptively shot and killed. And, let’s face it, if you tried to bring this into pretty much any airport, anywhere, you’re basically guaranteed some up-close-and-personal attention from people in uniforms – before, during, and after they evacuate the terminal.

A couple years ago, there was a brief-lived fad in the jewelery world for making absolutely enormous pieces of jewelery, especially necklaces, and a writer in a trade publication opined that it seemed some designers had forgotten the first commandment of jewelery design: make nothing that will harm the customer. I’m not sure what the first commandment of gadget design is, but somewhere up near the top of the list had ought to be something to the effect of “make nothing that mere possession of which will, through no fault of their own, get your customers arrested on suspicion of being a terrorist.”

Hey, just because they’re not deep and insightful, doesn’t make them any less true, as words of wisdom go…

Published in: 'D' for 'Dumb', Geekiness, General | on February 23rd, 2009| Comments Off on Suitcase Alarm, or Bomb? You Be The Judge!

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