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God help us all if Al Queda ever gets it's hands on these

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by michaelm, Jun 20, 2005.

  1. michaelm

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    In work, we were looking for some SATA to USB cables. We couldn't find any in the UK but we found a US website stocking them for around $30. Our printer engineer tried to buy 3 of them with his credit card (our Government Purchase scheme prevents us from buying from anywhere but the stockists on our official lists) but the retailer refused, stating that they could not supply these cables outside the "Continental US". He asked why not, "for security reasons" came the reply. They are shipping them to his brother in the US, who will post them on to him.

    The mind boggles.
     
  2. Ethics Gradient

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    well. if you tied aload together you could string them between 2 lamposts and disable a Tank ..... so I can see their point. As for shipping them to someone inside the US ... and then onto you, I assume its down to a short life span of their lethality - they are only deadly to tanks within 1 to 2 days of sale - so the time it takes to arrive at another US address and then be reshipped makes them 'tank safe'.
     
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    i heard it was more like 12-24 hours
     
  4. Ethics Gradient

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    I have a inkling that a box of SATA cables was accidentally sent to Saddam Hussian - and that sparked off the WMD scare and the attack on Iraq. Saddam probably installed the cables in his mates computer in Syria and therefore foxed the weapons inspectors !!!
     
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    We have the same issues here when buying microchips. Some of it is to do with security but it is also to do with non-competition agreements between manufacturers and global, franchised distributers.
     
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    First USA, then USB, what next?
     

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