just brew it! wrote:Getting off on a slight tangent, one of the systems the place I work for sells has a kill switch that commands the unit to brick itself (by completely wiping the internal flash memory containing all of the code and data). This feature has proven to be somewhat irksome. Several accidental "brickings" (both during testing at our own manufacturing facility, and in the field due to wiring errors during installation) have occurred. Hopefully Intel's kill switch is less hair-trigger than this!
This happened at the last place I worked with our alarm system....some moron in their tech department accidentally sent a command to brick our alarm system. 2 months later when my store was broken into, no one could seem to find out why the alarm didn't go off and the monitoring company didn't call the police or me. We ended up loosing $10k worth of mechandise, prob would have lost more but I am sure the burglar was worried the police were on the way. The week after the break in, the alarm system sent a tech out to look at the system, and he said it was completely bricked...said it might as well been whistlin dixie for all the good it could do. Took him about 4 hours to get it reloaded with our alarm info again.
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