[LMB] Mr. Prof Lord Auditor Vorthy's suit and fashion wrote:

Howard Brazee howard at brazee.net
Sat Nov 7 18:07:40 GMT 2020

> On Nov 7, 2020, at 10:36 AM, Beatrice Otter via Lois-Bujold <lois-bujold at lists.herald.co.uk> wrote:
> Beatrice Otter:
> This also depends on their being something worth stealing in the purse in question. Pickpocketing today is a dying craft--the only people trying to make a living at it in the US any longer are those who are already middle-aged and can't find another way of making a living. The reason? Everybody uses cards, so few people are carrying large amounts of cash, and if you get a wallet full of cards and make a major withdrawal they know where you made the withdrawal ... and probably have your image on file, since so many ATMs have cameras. The risk isn't worth it for the reward, so there is very little incentive to learn how to do it.
> You might have other items of value in the purse, of course, such as a cell phone ... but fencing items is always more labor intensive and risky than just spending the cash.

Weapons are valuable, but smart weapons will have the same vulnerability to thieves as we are getting with smart phones, and even smart cars!

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