A discussion about the best choice for a new computer.
-“I’m in the market for a new laptop, but I’ll tell you, this is what I worry about. They’re all manufactured in China now, and I can’t help wondering if they are slipping in some kind of tiny chip that we don’t know about, that’s broadcasting all of my information to them whenever I get on the Internet.”
Silence, as the rest of the table really has no idea what to say to this.
-“Well,” someone ventures tentativelly, “given the fact that the Chinese can’t even control the Internet and what goes on with their own population, and that they failed miserably in forcing manufacturers to install any kind of controlling or limiting software on the computers sold in their own country, I really don’t think you have to worry about that.”
-“But what if they’re installing something like ‘sleeper cells’, something that’s dormant now but could be activated at anytime in the future.”
More silence, as that same someone struggles to find any kind of reassuring response.
-“OK-well, I’d say you have at least 15-20 years before that even becomes a remote possibility.”