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(Popular Science)   It took an elite nerd squad to dismantle the Unabomber's last bomb   (popsci.com) divider line 25
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2013-01-29 09:53:54 AM
And they optimized my new PlayStation for only 149.99.
 
2013-01-29 09:55:02 AM
www.hollywoodreporter.com
What do you do, hotshot?!

www.rawstory.com
Amateur.
 
2013-01-29 09:58:29 AM
pushbuttonb.com

1998.....covered.....

/still great
 
2013-01-29 10:05:57 AM
So reposting a Popular Mechanics article from 1998 is news now?
 
2013-01-29 10:39:30 AM

tjsands1118: So reposting a Popular Mechanics article from 1998 is news now?


No, it's Not News (tm).
 
2013-01-29 10:40:27 AM
Popsci needs to make the Google books embed bigger and Google books really needs to fix the layout. I hate how the top bar takes up half the screen.

Great read though.
 
2013-01-29 10:52:18 AM

tjsands1118: So reposting a Popular Mechanics article from 1998 is news now?


Of course not. You see, you don't get the entire artcle, simply a summary and a reminder to read the paper copy of the artcle. Because that ages even better with time; as now you get the joy of having to dig up an ancient copy of the magazine, as well.
 
2013-01-29 12:22:24 PM
They couldn't have asked him to take it apart for them? 15 years to take apart one bomb, wow how much did that cost. 7 men at a cost of 100k a year that was a 10 million dollar bomb.
 
2013-01-29 12:36:28 PM
I crossed paths with that guy once in Sacramento. I was standing outside a computer company office smoking a cigarette as he walked by, and we made eye contact.

/I knew then something was weird, because it made an unusually strong impression. But after they captured him and I saw his picture, it REALLY freaked me out
// /csb
 
2013-01-29 01:33:13 PM
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-01-29 02:04:32 PM
I'd love to see an update on the technologies and techniques they used in this case, especially how they've applied and improved on them in disarming IEDs in Iraq and Afghanistan. So much of that article was "we'd love to tell you how we did it, but we can't because classified information."
 
2013-01-29 02:35:16 PM
Nobody was overly concerned that the bomb would detonate while it was being moved, because Kaczynski's bombs were always designed to explode when they were opened.

It's got to feel weird to be confident in your safety on the basis of knowing how clever the guy murdering people was.
 
2013-01-29 02:46:28 PM
How are the Unabomber and a girl from Juarez alike?


They both got fingered by their brother.
 
2013-01-29 03:09:22 PM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: I crossed paths with that guy once in Sacramento. I was standing outside a computer company office smoking a cigarette as he walked by, and we made eye contact.

/I knew then something was weird, because it made an unusually strong impression. But after they captured him and I saw his picture, it REALLY freaked me out
// /csb


And you did nothing?!
 
2013-01-29 03:15:55 PM
Couldn't they have, you know, just blown the thing up and called it a day?
 
2013-01-29 03:20:08 PM

unicron702: MaudlinMutantMollusk: I crossed paths with that guy once in Sacramento. I was standing outside a computer company office smoking a cigarette as he walked by, and we made eye contact.

/I knew then something was weird, because it made an unusually strong impression. But after they captured him and I saw his picture, it REALLY freaked me out
// /csb

And you did nothing?!


I had no idea who the scruffy looking guy walking down the street was. And he looked nothing like the composite drawing that was widely distributed at the time

/it just gave me a really weird, hair-on-the-back-of-the-neck, thing when I made eye contact with him
//he wasn't captured and identified for several more years
 
2013-01-29 04:50:19 PM

m1ke: Couldn't they have, you know, just blown the thing up and called it a day?


Know how I know you didn't read the article?

They needed it for forensic evidence because he specialized in building bombs that couldn't be traced back to him.
 
2013-01-29 05:20:53 PM

m1ke: Couldn't they have, you know, just blown the thing up and called it a day?


If it had been just about anyone other than the unibomber, that's exactly what they would have done.

He was murderous scum, but he was a brilliant murderous scum that they might have to convict at trial. They both needed the evidence to gain a conviction and could gain invaluable knowledge for future disposal operations. As the article says, they had to invent tools on the fly to disassemble the device. You don't get chances like that very often.
 
2013-01-29 06:08:31 PM

dryknife: How are the Unabomber and a girl from Juarez alike?


They both got fingered by their brother.


HEEEYYYYYOOOOOOOOOOOOO
 
2013-01-29 07:08:33 PM

tjsands1118: So reposting a Popular Mechanics article from 1998 is news now?


Yes. I miss 1998. 1998 was a great year.
 
2013-01-29 08:40:07 PM
Ohhh, it's Popsci now, that's so much cooler than Popular Science and means they really do want to reinvent their brand in a positive way - like SyFy did, lol.

Fark you Popsci.
 
2013-01-29 09:07:02 PM

TNel: They couldn't have asked him to take it apart for them? 15 years to take apart one bomb, wow how much did that cost. 7 men at a cost of 100k a year that was a 10 million dollar bomb.


What. It took a couple days.
 
2013-01-30 01:43:08 AM
And it only took one nerd to disassemble his first bomb, how ironic.
 
2013-01-30 09:16:07 AM

ncsu_wolfpack: TNel: They couldn't have asked him to take it apart for them? 15 years to take apart one bomb, wow how much did that cost. 7 men at a cost of 100k a year that was a 10 million dollar bomb.

What. It took a couple days.


I know being a bit snarky about an article that seems to be new news that happened 15 years ago.
 
2013-01-30 09:45:46 PM
FTFA:

Read the rest of the story in the http://www.popsci.com/archive-viewer?id=xw6of9BwsJwC&pg=68">October 1998 issue of Popular Science.
 
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