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Victorinox Makes 1TB Swiss Army Knife 143

judgecorp writes "The Swiss Army knife has been available with storage for some time — now there is a 1 terabyte version. It comes with two bodies, so the storage can be swapped out into a flight-safe version with no knife or scissors. The company left the price off its release, but sources suggest it is $3000."
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Victorinox Makes 1TB Swiss Army Knife

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  • by Jeremiah Cornelius ( 137 ) on Wednesday January 11, 2012 @06:42PM (#38668592) Homepage Journal

    The TSA will surely snag your "flight safe" Victorinox!

    They took a 3-inch plastic toy doll's rifle from a child - because it was a "replica firearm".

    Someday, they will face the gates of Hell. Today? They are your middle-school hall-monitors, with an authorization from the American STASI.

  • Re:Why? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by TheGratefulNet ( 143330 ) on Wednesday January 11, 2012 @06:45PM (#38668618)

    I was just thinking, most of my music fits on 1tb (mp3 and a lot of my .flac).

    I currently serve music over nfs from a noisy back-room always-on server.

    if this is cheaper (soon it will be) then I'll fit all mu music on a noiseless flash drive. I can then play that on some local noiseless (fanless, etc) playback system.

    THAT is the draw for me, of large flash drives. thumbdrives are readable by even $30 dvd players (philips) and so your whole music collection can be on a stick that mounts on a consumer level appliance.

    that's neat, isn't it?

  • Re:Why? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by c0d3g33k ( 102699 ) on Wednesday January 11, 2012 @06:50PM (#38668652)

    Everyone need this kind of storage. A small external HDD is readily identifiable as such, so will be subject to arbitrary search and confiscation at the whim of the border guards. Better to store your data within ordinary items such as a hairbrush, keyfob or the flight-safe Swiss Army Knife. Preferably encrypted and redundantly distributed among as many innocuous items as you can stand to carry. When you have reached your destination, use your most secure device to update and change your security codes so the folks who confiscated your external HDD can't easily get to your personal information.

  • by dgatwood ( 11270 ) on Wednesday January 11, 2012 @06:57PM (#38668718) Homepage Journal

    You haven't been paying attention. The TSA has no need to justify anything, citizen. They repeatedly commit dubiously legal searches and seizures, illegal detentions, random groping, and unlicensed irradiation of the flying public under the threat of invalidating your expensive plane ticket purchase (extortion) if you do not comply. They can't justify most of what they do. That never stopped them from doing anything before. Why start caring now?

  • Re:Why? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Firehed ( 942385 ) on Wednesday January 11, 2012 @07:29PM (#38668956) Homepage

    I've travelled with multiple terabytes of "these are obviously hard drives" storage and never had a problem with search or confiscation. They did swab things down and run it through their bomb detector (unsurprising). If I have data that needs protection, it's encrypted - often twice (I run full-disk encryption on my system, and then encrypt any extra-sensitive data on top of that in case my system fails to lock for some reason).

    If I had the need of disguising the fact that I was bringing data at all, I'd probably put a microSD card behind/in an earring or something else that would have no trouble going through a metal detector (any concealed compartments would likely show up on xray, if they were really looking). Or just wrap the thing in plastic and swallow it.

  • by The Grim Reefer ( 1162755 ) on Wednesday January 11, 2012 @07:45PM (#38669034)

    I was just trying to make the point that you're not flying with some sort of "flight-safe" knife, you're probably able to detach the actual drive.

    You're still flying with some part of a "weapon"/knife. That's grounds enough for the TSA, I'm sure.[/sarcasm]

    I fly often and used to try to be understanding of the TSA. But in the last year, or so, they've become increasingly obnoxious. I've seen other passengers harassed because they choose a pat-down over being irradiated. Passengers treated like criminals because they had a tube of tooth paste in their luggage. I had a VGA card ruined because a idiot agent pulled it out of the antistatic bag and swiped it all over with a cloth while arguing with me the entire time. Then afterward told me I could have just checked it, which was exactly what I asked to do while she argued with me.

  • Re:Why? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by magarity ( 164372 ) on Wednesday January 11, 2012 @08:15PM (#38669240)

    Yes, because they certainly do NOT confiscate knives on planes. ;-)

    I'm thinking that even with the 'flight friendly' version since it has the Swiss Army logo on it, the TSA goons will simply suspect it has a blade and take it away anyway.

  • Re:Why? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by MichaelSmith ( 789609 ) on Wednesday January 11, 2012 @08:19PM (#38669274) Homepage Journal

    There should be a container for micro sd cards which you can swallow. Its not 1TB but it could carry an OS which you use to download the rest of the data.

  • Re:Why? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by bemymonkey ( 1244086 ) on Thursday January 12, 2012 @03:17AM (#38671378)

    If you're just looking for silent replacements for hard drives, just get a few SSDs. 1TB should barely come to $1500 (thinking two Intel 320 series 600GB drives), and it'll be MUCH MUCH MUCH faster than a dinky oversized thumb drive.

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