Yeah, Let's Blame YouTube For Lock Picking

from the pick-this dept

Another day, another case of misplaced blame over an online video. The latest is that it appears some people are upset about lock picking videos on YouTube. Note that they're not upset about the fact that their locks are vulnerable -- but that YouTube has videos on how to pick them. The thing is, plenty of people already know how to pick locks. I had (of all people) an art teacher in high school teach me how to pick locks and how to make lock picks using school equipment (it was a fun class, as you might imagine). I've also owned a set of books on lockpicking for well over a decade. No one thought to blame the printing press for making those books. Locks can be picked -- that's a fact. YouTube isn't the problem here. In some ways, this is the same "security by obscurity" discussion that happens all the time -- though some claim that it's different with physical locks, because they're not as easy to "patch." Of course, all of that assumes that it's these newly available videos and explanations that are leading to more malicious lockpicking. The fact is that the locks are vulnerable. Denying that by hiding the videos on YouTube doesn't solve much. If someone really wants to pick your locks, they'll find a way -- YouTube videos or no YouTube videos.


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    franticindustries, Nov 30th, 2006 @ 2:07am

    Lock Picking & YouTube

    People thinking this video will spark a wave of crime is laughable. All this spells is: time for the lock-making companies to start doing some upgrades - they should be happy for the attention and announce a new, impenetrable lock (DoorMaster Extreme 2000 (TM)) which will probably sell like crazy.

     

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    rishi, Nov 30th, 2006 @ 2:11am

    "If someone really wants to pick you're locks, they'll find a way -- YouTube videos or no YouTube videos."

    That's true, but putting the information in an easily accesible place would make a lot of people not serious into picking locks find the information.

    Not that I am suggesting that the video's should be taken down, but i can understand why they are angry.

     

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    Shohat, Nov 30th, 2006 @ 3:10am

    Idiotism

    Instead of judging hackers for long sentences due to the fact that the fear of hacking doubles the development cycles and costs trillions every year, they are using the same retarded logic for real-world security measures.
    Soon, you will have black-hat and white-hat burglars. White hat will leave a "I walked around your house at night, get a better lock, dummy" note, black hat will rape your kids and set the house of fire, leaving a note "Why did you leave the windows open?"

     

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    SimplyGimp, Nov 30th, 2006 @ 3:17am

    Re:

    That's true, but putting the information in an easily accesible place would make a lot of people not serious into picking locks find the information.


    I'd buy that, if it weren't just as easy to go to any search engine, plug in "Lock Picking" and get results on sites that sell pick sets to sites that host videos, not only YouTube.

    Not to mention your local library surely has a book on lock picking. Information isn't to blame, it never has been, it's those who misuse the information that are to blame. Plain and simple. Hell, did you know that you have an extremely poisonous substance in your house right now, oh which only a few drops into a drink would kill someone? And did you know that it's in your fire detector?

    All about information...

     

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    Gene Martin, Nov 30th, 2006 @ 3:51am

    Locks aren't that safe in the first place

    I worked for a locksmith in the early 90s and learned how to pick locks. I learned some scary stuff like: - how to make my own set of lock picks (start with a throw-away allen wrench for the tension wrench and a metal nail file for the pick, use a grinder to grind them down to the proper stoutness to work in the locks) - Ford car locks at that time were easy to pick because, even though the key is 10 wafers long, the ignition only uses five of these pins and the doors use the other five - GM car locks used a sidebar to defeat picking, and GM also started the VATS system at that time - most locks in general (up to five pins or wafers) are pretty easily picked, especially those with lots of master pins - they teach locksmithing in prison (!) to incarcerated felons (!!) - at least one locksmith was believed to be a thief in my home town I also learned there were several lines of locks such as Assa which use telescoping pins to defeat lockpicking. There are other keyless techniques such as electromagnetic locks that defeat lockpicking.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 30th, 2006 @ 4:26am

    Mike

    you're => your

     

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    Daniel, Nov 30th, 2006 @ 4:27am

    hacking

    or how about someone (recently hacked) sues publishers for publishing books on computer hacking?

     

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    JD, Nov 30th, 2006 @ 4:47am

    MSM's attack on the Web

    This is yet another pseudo-controversy embraced by MSM to make people afraid of the Web. And it's just like the crap the government makes us do with liquids and gels at the airport. Unfortunately, it is an effective strategy. We have been made so afraid by our government since 9/11 and because of the Iraq fiasco that anything and everything seems like an earth-shattering invasion of our personal security. We need to get over it!

     

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    Timothy, Nov 30th, 2006 @ 5:10am

    I'm going to use a slightly different approach to this. Saying that YouTube is to blame for lockpicking is the same as saying High School Chemisty and Physics classes are to blame for 9/11. It is obsurd. Second if someone was not really interested in the subject to begin with I doubt that seing the video would change that. If you are going to blame something or someone blame the lock making companies for having locks that can be picked and if your really that worried about someone picking your locks and getting something of yours you should first think about investing in a more secure method of storing your valubles like a safe. Then you should thank the people that dediced to pick your house lock instead of throwing a brick through your window or kicking in your door.
    Honestly, think about it. If someone wants your stuff bad enough they are going to take it whether or not they can pick a lock.

     

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    zeb, Nov 30th, 2006 @ 5:15am

    Doesn't Hold Up

    This is like blaming drunk driving on alcohol or murders on guns and knives. Our society lacks any sense of personal responsibility and this is just one more example.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 30th, 2006 @ 5:20am

    Lock picking video...wow! I've never shown an interest in lock picking or burglary but now my interested has been peaked. This is almost as exciting as the time I landed on Plymouth rock with the pilgrims...

     

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    DZmodelman, Nov 30th, 2006 @ 5:22am

    I'm suing WIKIPEDIA

    One of the things on my Google desktop is Wikipdedia's 'How to of the day'. great stuff to dig into when you're eating lunch over your keyboard. yesterday there was a great article on "how to calculate pi by throwing frozen hot dogs.' that was good for 5 minutes of 'on the clock' fun.

    a few weeks ago, however, a headline caught my eye: 'how to pick a lock.' this is something i've always wanted to know how to do - or at least how it's done and how other people do it. so i read... interesting... follow a few links to a few different sites on the subject... wow - i can do this... a few more clicks and i've ordered an awesome set of picks.

    so it gets fedexed to my office (on my company's account) , and a few nights later, after mastering the conference room doors, i'm practicing on my boss' filing cabinet, when i break a pick that slices through my thumb, bounces off a mostly frozen hot dog and sticks me in the eye. i've bled all over the steel chair that i'm handcuffed to the in the building's security office before the paramedics show up to tell me i've got a piece of metal (and some hot dog bacteria) in my eye and severed a nerve in my hand and might go blind.

    On the first page of the suit that i filed yesterday, under the 'defendant(s)' heading, i've listed with terrible penmanship (it's hard to write with only one eye - no depth perception and no opposable digit on my writing hand,) the company that made the picks, the file cabinet manufacturer, fedex, my company (who's fedex account i used), Wikipedia, and my company again, for paying me while i researched this fascinating subject.

    if anyone knows who posted that wiki, please reply - the KGB is a bit understaffed these days.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 30th, 2006 @ 5:45am

    Time for that evil spin again..

    OK, I got it. It's not bad to blame YouTube for hosting videos on how to break the law. After all, they are jsut a service provider and are under no obligation to do anything about it. People should be free to make whatever videos they want, and as long as no laws are broken in the process,

    So what if someone were to post videos on the best way to use child psychology to get them to "go for a ride with a stranger"...?

    No laws are being broken, no copyright violated... do you still share the belief that it is acceptable and that youtube has no obligation to do something about it?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 30th, 2006 @ 5:45am

    Streisand?

    Do we have a bit of a Streisand Effect going on here? Seems so to me. I wouldn't have known about the lock-picking videos had someone not raise a stink about them.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 30th, 2006 @ 5:45am

    Re: Doesn't Hold Up

    the arguments for drunk driving and guns are slightly different. drinking alcohol impairs your judgement and causes some people to think they actually *can* drive. you can't be certain that if they had full use of their faculties that they'd think the same thing. and people don't necessarily blame murder on guns, but death itself on guns. children have been killed by guns because they're extremely dangerous and sometimes to easy to get to. putting the power to end life behind a simple trigger does go to some peoples' heads and can cause them to act differently. someone who seems to be afraid of nothing because they have a gun may sing a different tune if you take that gun away.

    though, honestly, i see your point. the people who drive drunk are most likely stupid to begin with (because plenty of people are still smart enough to know better even when they're drunk) and someone who murders someone with a gun is still f*ed up to begin with. So, the comparison still works in general, It's just the arguments are just a itsy bit different.

     

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    Dosquatch, Nov 30th, 2006 @ 5:54am

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    rishi wrote: That's true, but putting the information in an easily accesible place would make a lot of people not serious into picking locks find the information.

    ... and? So what if it does? Criminal inclinations are the problem, not knowledge that *might* be used in such pursuits. I can open a door without picking a lock, and a lot quicker, with a swift kick right next to the doorknob (which is a lot more effective than the Hollywood shoulder-rush as it concentrates the force at the point you want to fail).

    The line of reasoning behind "don't post the video" is basically the same logical fallacy behind gun control debates: "X can be dangerous, therefore we should ban X" The problem is that this does not take into account that X is only dangerous when used by people already inclined to be dangerous - the same people who will continue to be dangerous even if X is banned. Knowledge and tools are never the problem, it's the people. We've gotta ban the people.

    I own a gun, and have never aimed it at a person, much less shot anyone. I know how to pick locks, I have never broken in or burglarized. I know how to slim-jim & hotwire a car, but I've never stolen an automobile. I know how to trace and tap phone lines. I know how to make explosives. I know a lot of things not documented here.

    These are life skills. Everything above has had some practical and legal application at some point in my life, including kicking in the door. If someone else chooses to take these same skills and use them to violate the law, they should be punished for that, but that does not make the knowledge "criminal skills".

     

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    Nick Burns, Nov 30th, 2006 @ 6:01am

    Fox News

    Fox news did a report on this yesterday, interviewing some "security expert" in New York about how angered he was at YouTube for providing these videos. He went on to say that this "whole Internet thing would be our downfall" (or something to that effect). Fox News also came to the conclusion that if someone's house was broken into and the burglar was found to have learned how to get in by watching a video on YouTube, that YouTube would be held responsible and sued for damages. If you ask me, this guy needs to go back to "security school" and learn something about security in today's age. He just feels threatened.


    I watch "It Takes a Thief" on the Discovery Channel. I'm gonna go break into someone's house, and then sue The Discovery Channel for teaching me how to do it.

     

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    Dosquatch, Nov 30th, 2006 @ 6:06am

    Re: Time for that evil spin again..

    hosting videos on how to break the law

    Assuming that this knowledge has no applicability outside of criminal actions is incorrect. Assuming that everyone interested in such knowledge has criminal tendancies is incorrect and insulting.

    But by all means, carry on, carry on.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 30th, 2006 @ 6:24am

    Re: Re: Time for that evil spin again..

    nay, nay...

    Its not me at all that thinks there is no value in the knowledge in how to kidnap children other than its inherent value in teaching would-be kidnappers how to not fail in their endeavors.

    I actually have two small kids, and "I" researched this subject myself so as to know how to teach my own kids to be resilient. (Someone tried to kidnap me when I was 5, and I was only saved because a neighbor happened to notice and took action immediately.)

    But I would NOT create and publish a video on how to do kidnap children, because it is not socially acceptable to do so. And if I were youtube, I would want od do something socially acceptable if I found out I had this sort of video in my repository...

     

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    tedivm, Nov 30th, 2006 @ 6:35am

    seriously, this is retarded.

    If you are planning on breaking into a building, you're going to BREAK into the building. It just faster that way, and your common crook just wants to get your shit.

     

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    less time than AC, Nov 30th, 2006 @ 6:35am

    Anonymous Coward

    yet another instance of AC having way too much time on his hands.

    here's to DZmodelman for a creative illustration of how to respond to ludicrous subjects.

    AC take note.

     

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    safusa, Nov 30th, 2006 @ 6:40am

    Blame

    If you blame you-tube, then you should also blame the publishing companies, companies that sell the stuff, etc, etc, etc. Sounds like Communisium, which we have tried hard to get rid of. The information is already out there in several places, people need to take responibility for themself, and what they do and quit trying to blame everybody else for their problems.

     

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    YeeHaw, Nov 30th, 2006 @ 6:42am

    Faster

    Let's blame NASCAR for speeders.

     

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    hugh, Nov 30th, 2006 @ 6:49am

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    you are right. its our responsibility to destroy all lock picking materials.


    you take down youtube while I burn down the libraries.

     

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    Rust In Rivers, Nov 30th, 2006 @ 7:09am

    Information is a dangerous thing...

    In a civilized society such information needs to be controlled and managed. Only individuals certified as locksmiths and such should have access to this kind of thing. This is despicable! I call for the institution of the international ministry of dangerous information to filter for unsafe content. We can not let the subversives endanger our civilized society! This yoohoo thing has pushed the issue too far!

     

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    Al DePansieu, Nov 30th, 2006 @ 7:13am

    It's all Deibold's fault...

    Perhaps if Diebold made locks that were more difficult to pick, this wouldn't be such a problem. So this and election fraud is all their fault.

    Whatever happened to individual responsibility?

     

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    Holy Crapper, Nov 30th, 2006 @ 7:24am

    Re: I'm suing WIKIPEDIA

    Wow dude, you had me going there for a second. Only a second mind you, but you had me....

    LOLOLOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

     

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    chris (profile), Nov 30th, 2006 @ 7:47am

    information isn't bad

    knowing how to make crystal meth halps cops be better cops. knowing how to pick a lock helps us all buy better locks. knowing how ID theft works helps us to be better protected.

    someone said that a video demonstrating how to use psychology to lure a kid into a ride with a stranger wouldn't get the same treatment. i disagree. watch or read any information on self defense. there is plenty of detail about attacks, how attackers operate, and how they pick victims. i wouldn't be surprised if there isn't a video on you tube about that right now.

     

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    DJK, Nov 30th, 2006 @ 7:58am

    Lockpicking for dummies.....

    So what?? Now you know how to pick a lock...considering you took the time to actually make lock-picks and practice. Are you actually going to go use your new found skill on someone's property??? I doubt it.

     

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    Phil Peter, Nov 30th, 2006 @ 8:03am

    Irresponsible

    I get incredibly annoyed at this type of 'news' blaming the internet for spreading crime/death/destruction or whatever this month's hot topic is...

    However, I do believe in this case it's irresponsible for YouTube (and the publisher) to host videos on lock picking because they are an aid to criminal activity. (That said, one could have a perfectly legitimate reason for wanting to know how to pick a lock which muddies the issue.)

    Thing is, you can't regulate this stuff because chances are that would lead to Government censorship in the end.

     

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    Radiation Licker, Nov 30th, 2006 @ 8:12am

    Picking Locks

    I learned the basics of lock picking long before the Internet was dreamed of. One day my talent came in handy when the key to my desk drawer at work became lost. The company maintenance man wanted to drill out the lock which would potentially damage the desk. I told him to give me a few minutes with a paper clip and a screwdriver and I'll have it open before you get back from your coffee and cigarette! And I did. My knowledge of lock picking was put to GOOD use. I would never use my talent for evil gain.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 30th, 2006 @ 8:22am

    I'm gonna go watch the video so maybe I won't be locked out of my house next time the power goes out (I ride my bike, and open the garage to get in, but no power = stuck in the rain)

     

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    New Lock Picker (former nose picker), Nov 30th, 2006 @ 8:57am

    Thanks

    I just want to thank the media for pointing me in the right direction. Without all this attention I would have never thought to look at U-Toob to find out how to pick locks!

    Thank you for helping me find my new career path!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 30th, 2006 @ 8:57am

    Lock "industry"

    I can't believe the lock "industry" is not using this to their advantage. Think of all the high-profit-margin entry systems they could be selling right now?

    Oh, has anyone ever kicked in a house door? What good is a lock if it is only securing the door to a quarter inch of wood? Picking the lock takes too much time.

     

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    Dosquatch, Nov 30th, 2006 @ 9:09am

    Re: Irresponsible

    Phil Peter wrote: However, I do believe in this case it's irresponsible for YouTube (and the publisher) to host videos on lock picking because they are an aid to criminal activity.

    Repeat after me: a skill is a skill. Information is information. A tool is a tool. Every skill, piece of information, and tool, no matter how seemingly onerous, has a perfectly legitimate purpose. What defines "criminal" is the intent of the individual wielding the skill, tool, or information.

    That said, one could have a perfectly legitimate reason for wanting to know how to pick a lock which muddies the issue.

    That does not muddy the issue, that is the issue entirely. To assume that, by default, interested parties have criminal intents for the information is incorrect and insulting (as I said before). To try to ban information for these (incorrect) reasons is misguided at best, and counterproductive in practice (the more you ban a thing, the more it tends to reside solely with those of criminal intent).

     

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    sean, Nov 30th, 2006 @ 9:17am

    I had always gone to howstuffworks.com to know things like this they have a good guide on it and has been available for several years

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 30th, 2006 @ 9:24am

    Re:

    PIQUED -> NOT -> peaked

    Please learn your vocabulary definitions. Most spelling errors don't bug me at all, but for some reason this one did!

     

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    satan, Nov 30th, 2006 @ 9:35am

    just become

    Just become a locksmith, or is that illegal now too.

     

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    ehrichweiss, Nov 30th, 2006 @ 9:44am

    Re: rishi

    Sorry to tell you that the info for lockpicking has been on the Net for about 15 years. The MIT Guide to Lockpicking is a prime example(the first book on the subject I owned although I already knew how to pick most locks, including tubular ones, by that time).

    The thing is, most people don't have the patience to learn it and most that do aren't going to break into houses. Those that break into houses look for unlocked doors or they break windows. Bump keying is another story but it also has its own issues, like finding the keys since every locksmith in town is now aware of this.

     

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    DJK, Nov 30th, 2006 @ 9:47am

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    Classic!! I almost replied with PIQUED. hehe

     

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    Dosquatch, Nov 30th, 2006 @ 9:54am

    Re: Lock

    Think of all the high-profit-margin entry systems they could be selling right now?

    14-pin asymetrical lock cylinders (7 pins top & bottom), for instance. Very pick-resistant. Or, at least, enough of a hassle that most people wouldn't bother even if they could. Most common exterior entry locks are single-row 5 pin, sometimes 6 pin.

    Oh, has anyone ever kicked in a house door? What good is a lock if it is only securing the door to a quarter inch of wood?

    Good question. Deadbolts should be double-throw with a sleeved strike - make sure your bolt is catching a wall stud. If your deadbolt is only catching by the doorframe then it's nothing more than a showpiece.

    Also, the closer the doorknob and the deadbolt are together, the smaller the point-of-failure if someone tries to kick in the door. The locks should be at least 6" apart. 2 deadbolts, 1 each 12" above and below the doorknob, is better.

    Don't forget that people break in through the doors because they're the weak point. Once you get enough locks on the door, all you've done is move the weak point. Glass breaks easily, and the "locks" don't offer any security if you can reach the inside. Put some good, solid wrought iron bars over the windows. Again, make sure they are firmly attached to wall studs. Bars do no good if they're easily ripped off.

    Doors and windows secure? Good. You're done, right? Not quite. If you have vinyl siding, it will peel off quite easily, and it's not difficult to punch through blueboard and drywall... say, right next to an entrance door... stick an arm through and open the door from the inside. Brick up the walls around your entryways if possible, or at least put something more durable under the vinyl siding like chipboard, plywood, or metal plating.

    Assuming, of course, that your would-be burglar doesn't sawzall out a chunk out of the door around the locks. Specify entry doors that have hardened plates embedded to prevent this.

    Of course, if you've gone this far, you probably still don't feel safe, because someone could break into your crawl space and come up through the floor. Or down the chimney. Or through the attic.

    Best to replace all exterior walls with 24-30" of steel reinforced concrete. And a solid steel entry door. And who really needs windows, anyway? Surround the whole works with 3 stages of razorwire atop 12' of electric fence for good measure. Actually, make that 15' - you'll want to bury 3' to discourage tunnelling... and you may as well put some automated flak guns on the roof. Never know when somebody might try to literally "drop in".

    Top the whole works off with a hypersensitive alarm system, some red flashing lights and a klaxon, and you'll be just about safe.

    The aliens can still read your mind, though...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 30th, 2006 @ 10:51am

    Re: Re: Lock

    Best to replace all exterior walls with 24-30" of steel reinforced concrete. And a solid steel entry door. And who really needs windows, anyway? Surround the whole works with 3 stages of razorwire atop 12' of electric fence for good measure. Actually, make that 15' - you'll want to bury 3' to discourage tunnelling... and you may as well put some automated flak guns on the roof. Never know when somebody might try to literally "drop in".

    I actually did that once, but my homeowners association made me take it down... Sigh..

     

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    DZmodelman, Nov 30th, 2006 @ 10:56am

    Re: Re: Lock

    brilliant!

    but, 24" of concrete is a bit excessive. you can get roughly the same security features out of 14" with #4 rebar spaced 6" O.C.

    and the automated flak's on the roof could provide a legal issue. mantraps are highly discouraged - but i'm an architect, not a lawyer.

    BTW - i got fired today - i'm suing techdirt because my boss read the above posting.

     

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    dilbertbert, Nov 30th, 2006 @ 11:16am

    Sue the paper manufacturers!

    Hey, why don't we sue the paper manufacturers for not making sure that everything printed on their paper is legal, yea that's the ticket!!

     

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    Anonymous Wimp, Nov 30th, 2006 @ 12:59pm

    Home lockpicking is killing the lockpicking industry

     

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    |333173|3|_||3, Nov 30th, 2006 @ 9:19pm

    Virtuallt all information has a legitimate use, so ppl should stop whingeing and get on with life.

     

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    Dosquatch, Dec 1st, 2006 @ 6:25am

    Re: Re: Re: Lock

    24" of concrete is a bit excessive. you can get roughly the same security features out of 14" with #4 rebar spaced 6" O.C.

    Fair enough, and more economical. I was shooting from the cuff at a wall that would survive an airplane strike. I figured it went well with the anti-aircraft munitions on the roof :-)

    For the record, though, if anybody cares to ignore my digression turning your house into a military bunker, a lot of the other things I said really are sound security tips. It's called "target hardening". You don't have to make your house look like a fortress, you just have to make it look more difficult to breach than the house next to it.

    And most theives aren't going to muck about with the delicate art of hand-picking your lock. If they bother picking the lock at all, it will be with one of these, which kinda makes all the noise about the YouTube video silly. Most likely, they'll kick in the door. That's why it's called breaking and entering.

    Not that there's a chance anybody will ever read this thread again - I mean, it was posted all the way back on yesterday fer-christ-sake.

     

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    bumpkey, Dec 1st, 2006 @ 10:00am

    my lock pick video

    from the comments im getting on youtube i think my video has been plastered around the news in america..... im a working locksmith in the uk and im receiving death threats from americans who think im about to burgle their houses lol
    there are hundreds of lock pick tutorial videos on youtube so why did they single out mine ???
    should i sue them for using my footage? or do i need to hide from the fbi lol
    happy picking ;-)

     

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    PhysicsGuy, Dec 2nd, 2006 @ 9:55pm

    wow...

    another "zomg" moment by people who are incapable of googling the information just to see how easy it is to find information for picking locks online without youtube...

     

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    SYNTAX_ERROR, Dec 17th, 2006 @ 1:36am

    Retarded fearmongering, please maintain ignorance.

    More "teh-internet-is-evil-omgz!!!" bullcrap.
    "It's BAD because it makes the information more accessible, weh!" A lot worse is made accessible: the fact that by watching an action movie or TV show, a human being would even get the *idea* that they can murder another human being. Does this mean we should ban all action movies?

    No. It doesn't matter how loud the public outcry is. Seems like there's a public outcry going on every two seconds in the emotionally-out-of-control crowd.

    It's funny because, this kind of information has been accessible for decades. They're pretty slow if they are just *now* picking it up. No pun intended ;-)

    >

    No, not irresponsible. Youtube is little different than typing "lockpicking" into Google, Yahoo!, Dogpile, Msn, etc. Are movies and TV shows that feature daring prison escapes, stealthy murders, and other "criminal" technicalities also aiding criminals? I learned how a human can easily be killed after reading a book. Should all of those books be banned? Personally, if the U.S. wants to go uproot all websites and books that teach anything that could be misconstrued as promoting criminal activity, it'll be quite a waste of taxpayer dollars and violations of Amendment #1... a hassle not worth dealing with.

    You want to fight crime? Start with yer kids.

     

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    jstm, Jan 10th, 2007 @ 12:48pm

    Re:

    yep and heres another one blaming guns for crime is like blaming forks for rosie-o-donelled being fat

     

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    steve, Feb 7th, 2007 @ 4:03am

    Re: Picking Locks URGENT

    HELP! I'm in the same situation - my drawer keys have broke and i cant get my stuff out my drawer.

    Any tips? My wallet is in there!!!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 26th, 2007 @ 4:56am

    Lock picking...

    Ok I'm fifteen, i've been able ot pick locks since the age of eight. Without the help of videos/ books etc. I can now pick cylinder, pin and tumbler and combination locks.
    A video on you-tube isn't going to change anything. People who are going to pick locks in a malicious manner don't need a video to show them how to do it and people who wouldn't, would not actually click on the link to see how. Its horrible how britain is becoming a police state where freedom of speech etc is prohibited.

     

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    gilimi, Oct 21st, 2007 @ 10:32am

    Re: Re: Re: Time for that evil spin again..

    You're an idiot.

    There is no legal application for the knowlege of "how to kidnap a child" there are plenty of legal reasons to pick locks

    Get a better analogy. Fear Monger

     

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    raven, Oct 25th, 2007 @ 7:06pm

    Re: Locks aren't that safe in the first place

    all i got to say is a lock keeps a honest man honest no more or less if they want pass a lock theres a thosand ways that take less skill

     

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    no comment, Jul 10th, 2011 @ 5:28am

    i wouldnot have been able to screw so many houses with out the aid of utube videos so thanks utube u made me the man i am today

    yours burgaler bill lmfao

     

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