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    (mods - if you feel this is inappropriate because its talking about something that is not the most legal thing respond appropriately)

    I got this lock the other day, a friend gave it to me getting out of a taxi home from a night out. It was a lock and key night . Needless to say, i found the lock which my key fit (it was a class party, that wasn't great so they were leaving as i arrived, mores the pity!)

    Ok so no one found her lock, no one could open it. It was strange to say the least, because all the other locks were small, tiny not even real. . . the kind on a kids diary. But she got a tri-circle 263. A real lock.

    I suggested that she was special and that no one would have a key at the night, because she was that special that only the best for her could have a key to open it. I also suggest that perhaps someone on the organising committee wanted her to have it, and perhaps they have the key! Joking aside, no one opened it all night.

    so - I got this lock the other day, and i asked round for the key. No luck. and then last night, i decided to see if i could still pick locks. I used to pick my dads old big one's for his work shed's and stuff. Using a pin, a attachment on my knife and my old skill - i picked it in 2 mins.

    So what im saying is; do you think that locks are really very safe? And has anyone else picked a lock - i find it like hacking, for the fun of it? lol

    and i had to add the story for you see now, come Monday morning i shall return her lock, with the knowledge that I am the one who opened it ! :P


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    Or there's the Gordian knot. :wink:


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    ah i'd say its very much like the Gordian knot....

    the idea of raking the lock, just slicing it ya know!
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    I've picked locks too,

    I used to pick the lock on my jewellry box and a couple of other things, (little padlocks like you mentioned) long time ago. The mechanisms weren't that special.
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    things have moved on a bit, what with biometrics and the like,

    but there's the basic lock, where its quite simple to pick. like you said Theoryofrelativity, the mechanisms aren't that special are they? the puzzle they hold, is not really a puzzle.

    I think they act a lot more as a way to make someone thing twice or even as assurance that what we hold dear is safe.
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    As long as we're on the topic... Is there a way to open simple combination locks without the combination? I'm thinking the kind with a circular dial.
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    chemboy; the cheaper ones tend to have a point within 1 or 2 clicks of the right number where it feels weaker, its just a bit of trial and error once youve found them all. good ones... maybe a stethoscope? it works in the movies...
    and so the balance of power shifts...
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    Yes, there is a method. as mentioned you can listen for clicks, which are the sound of the pins (the puzzle part) moving slightly.

    If you do a quick goggle search you can find it pretty fast; i did the other night.

    normally there will be two clicks (i think). one thats loud and sure and one that's hallow almost not even there like. thats the one thats important.

    also in case its not mentioned, always twist the lock in a counter clockwise direction so you reset the pins.

    its really quite interesting. like hackers and computers.
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