Type: Technology
Subject: Pick-Socket
Chapter: Episode 5: Headshot
Can be found: Slip past the Security Drones on the way to Scylla's office and enter the center room near the elevator
Transcript: The pick-socket is a small, versatile, illegal, and efficient device that generates a dual digital and energy salvo to open digital locks and security systems.

If you have forgotten your entry code, the locksmith who comes to open your door may well have an electronic skeleton key that will do the job for him. Dubbed the "Pick-Socket," this is merely the digital version of its ancestor, the pick-gun.

As usual in the security sector, the appearance of the pick-socket came in the wake of the development of digital lock technology and the spread of digital locking mechanisms. The first known pick-sockets were crude assemblies of basic electronic and digital components. Faced with the constant innovations in digital lock manufacture, skilled craftsmen and other shady locksmiths gradually relined the pick-socket technology, notably by simplifying its essential components. During the last few years the S.A.B.R.E. Force has admitted seeking tools capable of opening the most stubborn locks; it is a veritable Swiss Army knife for thieves of the digital era. Luckily pick-sockets of this caliber are rare, and far beyond the reach of amateur cat burglars!

The pick-socket's operating principles aren't complicated (it's all in the quality of the manufacture): it emits a salvo of junk-data and energy capable of overloading and cracking numerically coded systems forcing them to enter binary mode, i.e., ON or OFF. A pick-socket must be charged up to reliably emit a salvo, which could considerably hamper a thief confronted with a series of physically diverse digital locking mechanisms.

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