RE: [OT] What might this object be?

Subject: RE: [OT] What might this object be?
From: "Lauren" <lauren -at- writeco -dot- net>
To: "'McLauchlan, Kevin'" <Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 13 Dec 2007 13:35:12 -0800

Sounds like a theft prevention device for high-tech games and equipment.
There on nearly everything expensive and easily stolen in technology stores
and Wal-Mart. Those things are supposed to set off sensors at the exits of
the stores, but people put the "protected" merchandise in aluminum
foil-lined bags to interfere with the signal.


> From: McLauchlan, Kevin

> But as I got near, I realized it was a metal object with a steady red
> LED, dropped in the slush in the other lane of the road - in
> the middle
> of the lane, such that tire-tracks straddled it and vehicles
> passed over
> it.
> It was mostly the size and shape of an old-fashioned round combination
> padlock such as you'd use on a locker, but somebody had cut
> the shackle,
> leaving a stub on one side.
> It definitely wasn't a lock (though it looked like the back of one).
> The body appeared to be metal.
> The "stub", at close inspection, was an antenna just like on my last
> cellphone.
> The LED was in an armored bump that would have been between
> the arms of
> the U-shackle if the object had been a padlock.
> No buttons or ports were visible.

> The flat circular part on the back of the object (to my mind, there in
> the dark and the slush) could easily have been the magnet
> meant to hold
> it to the undercarriage of a vehicle.

> /^\
> | |
> ooooo | |
> 0XXX0 | |
> 0000000000000| |
> 000 ooooooooo 000|
> 000 ooooooooooo 000
> 000 ooooooooooo 000
> 000 ooooooooooo 000
> 000 oooooooooo 000
> 000 oooooooo 000
> 000 000
> 00000000


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[OT] What might this object be?: From: McLauchlan, Kevin

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