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8th Mar '17 9:49:13 AM nombretomado
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* The MatthewReilly short story ''Altitude Rush'' ([[http://www.matthewreilly.com/resources Available in pdf on his website]]) has documents protected by a self destructing case that will release hydrofloric acid on the papers unless properly accessed. The case also has an altitude sensor that will trigger the self-destruct if it goes above 1000 feet or below 10 feet, necessitating the thieves to execute a frantic escape across the NY skyline.

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* The MatthewReilly Creator/MatthewReilly short story ''Altitude Rush'' ([[http://www.matthewreilly.com/resources Available in pdf on his website]]) has documents protected by a self destructing case that will release hydrofloric acid on the papers unless properly accessed. The case also has an altitude sensor that will trigger the self-destruct if it goes above 1000 feet or below 10 feet, necessitating the thieves to execute a frantic escape across the NY skyline.
19th Jan '17 3:47:52 PM dlchen145
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'', Desert Temples contain a room with four treasure chests, each containing rare and valuable loot. At the center of the room, however, is a pressure plate linked to nine blocks of TNT hidden beneath the floor. One must tread carefully, because if exploded, the TNT will destroy the chests and everything inside, and probably kill the player as well.
23rd Dec '16 2:56:55 PM DarkHunter
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* ''Manga/DeathNote'': Light goes to great lengths to protect the Death Note. Not only is it hidden in his locked bedroom in a secret panel of his desk drawer, but opening the panel without first deactivating the failsafe will incinerate the notebook before it can be found. After all, if someone else takes it he's unlikely to get it back, and it links him to hundreds of murders.

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* ''Manga/DeathNote'': Light goes to great lengths to protect the Death Note. Not only is it hidden in his locked bedroom in a secret panel of his desk drawer, but opening the panel without first deactivating the failsafe will incinerate the notebook before it can be found. After all, if someone else takes it he's unlikely to get it back, and it links him to hundreds of murders. If it's incinerated, all he has to deal with is a house fire, which someone as smart as Light could come up with explanations for, and it would remove any and all proof linking him to the murders.
27th Nov '16 5:58:40 PM nombretomado
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* In ''TheDaVinciCode'', the cryptex protects its contents with a combination lock. Attempting to force the cryptex open will break the vial of vinegar inside, which would dissolve the papyrus along with its message before it could be read. As a result, only the right password will grant access to the message.

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* In ''TheDaVinciCode'', ''Literature/TheDaVinciCode'', the cryptex protects its contents with a combination lock. Attempting to force the cryptex open will break the vial of vinegar inside, which would dissolve the papyrus along with its message before it could be read. As a result, only the right password will grant access to the message.
12th Nov '16 5:40:52 AM LucaEarlgrey
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* iOS devices (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch) have an option to erase all content on the device after ten failed passcode attempts.
20th Sep '16 6:50:36 PM nombretomado
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* Mentioned in the ''ArtemisFowl'' series. After pulling off a heist for a painting, Artemis checks for pyrophoric/explosive chemicals in the storage tube, in case the person he's stealing from is particularly spiteful.

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* Mentioned in the ''ArtemisFowl'' ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'' series. After pulling off a heist for a painting, Artemis checks for pyrophoric/explosive chemicals in the storage tube, in case the person he's stealing from is particularly spiteful.
23rd May '16 6:10:54 PM Generality
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** This is demonstrably a case of ArtisticLicenseChemistry, though; vinegar isn't a powerful enough solvent to dissolve papyrus, which is fairly sturdy stuff.

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** This is demonstrably possibly a case of ArtisticLicenseChemistry, though; ArtisticLicenseChemistry; vinegar isn't a powerful enough solvent to dissolve papyrus, which is fairly sturdy stuff.stuff. However, it might be able to dissolve the ink, especially if it's very dilute, rendering the message illegible.
25th Mar '16 3:40:30 PM Saber15
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* In the finale to the third book to the ''Saga of the Grey Death Legion'' trilogy (part of the Franchise/BattleTechExpandedUniverse), the planet Helm was the site of a secret Star League weapons depot 300 years ago. The GDL manages to open the vault using a ceremonial data slate given to the planetary governor, while the pursuing House Marik company are forced to breach it using explosives, causing the facility to enter a self-destruct mode. A buried fusion reactor heats up underwater lakes, causing them to boil off and explode through the surface, returning the mysteriously vanished sea to Helm's surface and destroying the facility in the process. Luckily, the GDL managed to save a copy of the Star League library in the facility and its cache of LostTechnology specifications.
31st Jan '16 9:21:02 AM nombretomado
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* In ''SystemShock 2'', if you [[CriticalFailure trigger an ICE node]] when hacking open a security crate, it sets off a built-in explosive charge, destroying the crate and its contents (and on any difficulty higher than Easy, probably kills you in the process).

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* In ''SystemShock 2'', ''VideoGame/SystemShock2'', if you [[CriticalFailure trigger an ICE node]] when hacking open a security crate, it sets off a built-in explosive charge, destroying the crate and its contents (and on any difficulty higher than Easy, probably kills you in the process).
30th Dec '15 7:38:39 PM jormis29
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* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' the stolen [[PublicDomainArtifact Shroud of Turin]] is kept like this, with a remote to deactivate the security. In this case it's a precaution against the seller being subjected to YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness after handing it over.

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* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' the stolen [[PublicDomainArtifact Shroud of Turin]] ShroudOfTurin is kept like this, with a remote to deactivate the security. In this case it's a precaution against the seller being subjected to YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness after handing it over.
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