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Monday Link Roundup: For the Ultimate in Hacking

I had to write up   Monday Links Roundup for the sole purpose of sharing this Wired feature on Marc Tobias who with Tobiaz Bluzmanis bumped open 6 Medeco locks in under 1o minutes.   The Medeco locks ostensibly protects the most important buildings in the world.   The article reads like a script from a caper.

The lock-cracking quest took on the intensity of a recurring fever dream as night after night they employed paper clips, needle-nose pliers, a plane sander, safe-deposit key blanks, plastic sheets, lock-picking tools, tension wrenches, and lots and lots of paper. They divided the  Medeco3  mechanism into a series of problems, then devised theories to attack each in order.

By December 2006, Bluzmanis and Tobias had discovered a method for opening the Medeco3  in about a minute. Tobias called Roberson immediately. “We figured he’d be as interested as we were,” Bluzmanis says. “But he said, ‘No, it’s impossible; the locks must have been defective.'” So a few weeks later, Tobias sent Roberson the breached hardware along with a video of them opening a couple of Medeco locks. “I even posted the clip on my Web site,” Tobias says. The password for access: Roberson’s initials and phone extension.


Then Tobias and Bluzmanis sat back and waited. What did they expect? Perhaps a press conference, at least some attaboys for cracking the lock equivalent of Fermat’s last theorem. They had just slain Goliath on digital video. But Goliath didn’t appear to care. In fact, according to Tobias, Goliath was no longer returning phone calls.

Kassia of Booksquare nails it on BEA and the issues that aren’t being addressed enough.   Richard Nash suggests that BEA in its current incarnation cannot continue and suggests that opening up the trade fair to the public on Sunday would be one way to save the trade show. Conversely, Mike Shatzkin suggests that BEA needs to revamp itself to focus on more verticality and less horizontal, focusing more on the book business and less on the books themselves. (I wonder if that means no more authors/ARCs/etc.)

While not ebook related, the Microsoft unveiling of Project Natal was mindblowing enough I had to share.   I see PN as a transformative piece of technology that companies will either adopt or be left behind.   How soon will the porn companies adopt this?

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Georgina
    Jun 02, 2009 @ 08:24:47

    Great article. I love that kind of thing, too.

  2. SonomaLass
    Jun 02, 2009 @ 10:40:18

    I loved this article, and I kept thinking what a great movie it would make. Can we get Tom Hanks?

  3. joanne
    Jun 02, 2009 @ 12:30:50

    It’s not that I’m not interested in Publishers but, since they’re not very interested in public opinions (the romance reading public particularly), I have a very hard time caring about whether they succeed or fail in the future.

    Marc Tobias on the other hand is incredibly funny and smart.
    And a wise-ass.
    How sexy is that?!

  4. that’s a wrap « Collection Developments @ Sno-Isle
    Jun 03, 2009 @ 17:57:24

    […] always, Dear Author, offers links to those voicing a different take on the show.  Kassia Krozser over at Booksquare didn’t see […]

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