The CBC is running a story on enterprising young hooligans making
good entertaining use of readily-available giant capacitors. Oh no, homemade tasers! Well, no, not exactly. They sure hurt and make you pee yourself though!
This actually reminded me of things I did in high school, so maybe this is something we want to encourage! (“Hi, Catherine? About dinner next week? Yeah, I’m not sure we’re totally comfortable with you having any opportunity to tell our kids anything at all, actually…”)
Look, part of living in a technologically sophisticated society is understanding that there are things people will do with technology that doesn’t mesh up with what its designers intended. Further, we can’t stop that from happening, except through further education. (“…and that’s why we don’t lick electrical sockets, class.” “Ohhhhh!”)
The problem is that people all too often want a quick fix for runaway knowledge, and that usually takes the form of legislation, or of ceasing the distribution of documents containing Iraqi nuclear “secrets”.
So in this case, what’s the legislation we’re supposed to support? Internet hackers must be stopped from threatening children? Cameras must be licensed to prohibit the extraction of their internal components? Cameras should not contain flashes? No energy weapons at school? Oh wait. That last one is actually pretty smart.
Upon reading the CBC article, one notes that there’s definitely a “oh no, internet!” vibe to it, but nobody quoted in it is actually suggesting that the current “leave your knives and things at home, please” laws and school policies aren’t enough. Truly a refreshing change.