I may be a little out of it (I did just get out of surgery today) so forgive me if I seem a little off. But who the hell would think that there's a live bullet in a key chain? You don't put a live bullet into a trinket, it's too expensive. It's probably not even metal.
However, I'm completely not surprised that this would be banned. It may be fake but the TSA banns everything fake.
I don't want to sound like an ad bot (like that Comcast guy earlier), but this seems vary relevant to the conversation.
There's a program I use called Prey that I thought of the second I started reading this article. It's even more relevant now that you suggested a SIM card change detection. Prey does all of these things. And guess what, it's free (for 3 devices).
Everything posted here is just hypothesis. The idea that it was a shipping mix-up has already been postulated in the article and by Andrea herself. That is, as you say, the simplest possibility and has already been hashed out as far as possible. The other possibilities are just more interesting.
No one here is saying with 100% certainty that the US government is behind it. We're just it's vary possible and this is how they might have done it.
Windows will not run autorun from a USB drive since Windows XP (and I think one of the XP updates disabled that).
If it's anything, it's probably a small chip that sits between the keyboard itself and the USB output. It then installs itself like a keyboard and uses some glitch (or possibly a back door) in the keyboard driver.
I was thinking the same exact thing as Applesauce was. If you really want to make sure that they can't do this, you have to buy from a brick and mortar store. Some place that the NSA wouldn't expect, or at least won't have the budget to cover. Too bad you can't get a replacement laptop keyboard from Best Buy.
Jackn, you have no clue what you're talking about. Reading this comment and the ones before makes it quite clear that you don't know anything about security or computers.
You can password protect individual files and have the editing software support the encryption. Adobe Acrobat does that, Microsoft Office does that, good database software can do that. Hell, Windows (pro and up) itself supports that.
Audio and video quality don't have to be perfection for the vast majority of things. Why would you need to watch Futurama in HD? And even the things that are better viewed in HD, most people won't even notice the compression artifacts.
In all honesty, if you're that concerned about quality, you probably shouldn't be downloading the compressed BluRay rips ether.
"Yeah, they can't do much while on the purse, but what if they detach?"
Assuming you have fingers small enough to fit in those tiny ass things, they'd do more damage if you left them on the purse. Take them off and they're rings. Similar to rings that millions of people wear every single day.
Why are you fighting so vehemently for something that if done by anyone else would involve fines and possible jail time? IF this is a voluntary survey, why are they blocking traffic and intimidating motorists?
Why isn't there a big giant sign that says "Voluntary Survey, up to $165, turn here" outside of a parking lot? Police aren't required, traffic isn't blocked, and people aren't looking for a conspiracy.
That's a vary understandable part of the search algorithm. Google has no idea what you're actually looking for so it has to take the vary limited data you gave it and compare it against the same vary limited data that everyone else gave it. Then it sees what everyone else clicked on and assumes you're looking for the same. Since you didn't give it any more information (until the second more specific search) that's all it can do.