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Victorinox Makes 1TB Swiss Army Knife

samzenpus posted more than 2 years ago | from the MacGyver-approved dept.

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judgecorp writes "The Swiss Army knife has been available with storage for some time — now there is a 1 terabyte version. It comes with two bodies, so the storage can be swapped out into a flight-safe version with no knife or scissors. The company left the price off its release, but sources suggest it is $3000."

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Why? (3, Interesting)

slimjim8094 (941042) | more than 2 years ago | (#38668576)

I like cool toys as much as the next nerd, but I can't come up with anyone who needs this kind of storage but can't carry around a small external HDD. Do they exist, or is this a "because we can" thing?

Re:Why? (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38668608)

Easier to conceal, especially for international travel where an external disc drive is more likely to be searched/cloned/confiscated.

Re:Why? (5, Funny)

Sebastopol (189276) | more than 2 years ago | (#38668810)

Yes, because they certainly do NOT confiscate knives on planes. ;-)

Re:Why? (3, Insightful)

magarity (164372) | more than 2 years ago | (#38669240)

Yes, because they certainly do NOT confiscate knives on planes. ;-)

I'm thinking that even with the 'flight friendly' version since it has the Swiss Army logo on it, the TSA goons will simply suspect it has a blade and take it away anyway.

Two solutions... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38669586)

1. Checked baggage.

OR

2. Separate the drive from the rest. (It was incredibly easy with their past versions.)

Re:Why? (1)

Dynedain (141758) | more than 2 years ago | (#38669822)

I'm thinking that even with the 'flight friendly' version since it has the Swiss Army logo on it, the TSA goons will simply suspect it has a blade and take it away anyway.

Well, then that means they'll probably confiscate my brother's backpack, or all this luggage [victorinox.com], simply because they have the Victorinox logo on it!

Re:Why? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38670336)

You know, those cocksuckers in Cairo took away my Titanium SPORK. I'm still kind of pissed off about that. I think they just wanted to steal it.

Re:Why? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38669294)

Yes, because they certainly do NOT confiscate knives on planes. ;-)

If you fly first/executive class, the flight attendant will give you a metal steak knife if you order the steak option as your meal. That just shows how ridiculous the temporary banning of nail clippers was.

Re:Why? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38670040)

It doesn't have to have a blade the leather punch found on most swiss army knives is enough to get it confiscated bye tsa

Re:Why? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38671146)

Yes, because they certainly do NOT confiscate knives on planes. ;-)

I still use my 512MB version all the time. Never fly on planes though, can't afford Europe right now and wouldn't be caught dead flying into the US(from Canada).
Every young man should have a pocket knife though, just got a 1GB knockoff for my 9 year old.

Re:Why? (4, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38668816)

The problem with easy-to-conceal storage devices is if someone happens to find them anyway. Then, based on the fact that you were trying to conceal it, you get detained (or worse), your data confiscated, and your very own permanent Homeland Security file. The more effort you make to conceal it, the more suspicion you receive if it fails. You'd almost be better off carrying an unencrypted external USB hard drive labeled in Sharpie "porn and other private stuff".

Re:Why? (5, Funny)

Radtastic (671622) | more than 2 years ago | (#38669560)

If you want to make sure the TSA leaves your digital goodies alone, label it 'Viruses for AV Testing". Bonus: Carry a disclaimer form releasing you of damages if they do plug it in.

Re:Why? (1)

mjwx (966435) | more than 2 years ago | (#38670158)

If you want to make sure the TSA leaves your digital goodies alone, label it 'Viruses for AV Testing". Bonus: Carry a disclaimer form releasing you of damages if they do plug it in.

You mean a shrink wrap license?

If the US court system worked, it would be enough to cover your arse for any damage they TSA did by ignoring the license. That would be _if_ the US courts worked the way they're meant to.

I'm not an American and have nothing to do with the idiodic organisation known as the TSA, but surely if you want the TSA to leave your data alone you would just send it through the internet rather then carrying it on your person. Seems pretty stupid to have sensitive data on you when you know what the TSA is like.

Re:Why? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38670946)

Sure, maybe the TSA won't want to handle it, but there are a few other three-letter agencies that might suddenly take an interest in you...

Re:Why? (1)

ediron2 (246908) | more than 2 years ago | (#38670952)

<blockquote>If you want to make sure the TSA leaves your digital goodies alone, label it 'Viruses for AV Testing". Bonus: Carry a disclaimer form releasing you of damages if they do plug it in.</blockquote>

Better yet, label one stick 'P0Rn' and stuff it full of malware, rootkits, or even some lame old nasty stuff made new and shiny with shakataganai. Minimal bonus points if it phones home to some hitcounter or webbug, so you can discretely see if it gets taken. Triple bonus points for buried stuff having phone-home code to sites interesting to the TSA (i.e., axis of evil, redneck militias, or truly heinous child porn). The goal here is to get an agent that slurps *FIRED* or into headlines.

Meanwhile, don't let them enjoy the other mem sticks: Buy a few different models that are light on the metal componentry and keep them on your person ( A couple trips through airport security will tell you which ones can make it through scanners or frisks). Use encryption for bigger stuff.

Tune in next week for "arc welding unauthorized accessors with faux-usb coils and cap circuits".

PS: never NEVER never burn 0day here. Rank and file airport TSA staff are somewhere **down** the cop-fu chart below renta-cops. 0day would be becoming a ninja to kick ass on the short bus.

Re:Why? (3, Insightful)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 2 years ago | (#38669274)

There should be a container for micro sd cards which you can swallow. Its not 1TB but it could carry an OS which you use to download the rest of the data.

Re:Why? (2)

Maow (620678) | more than 2 years ago | (#38670926)

There should be a container for micro sd cards which you can swallow. Its not 1TB but it could carry an OS which you use to download the rest of the data.

Regardless of container, stomach acids would induce bit rot, turning data into... shit.

/zing!

Re:Why? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38670974)

"It comes with two bodies"

Easier to conceal, especially for international travel where an external disc drive is more likely to be searched/cloned/confiscated.

WTF

Re:Why? (4, Insightful)

TheGratefulNet (143330) | more than 2 years ago | (#38668618)

I was just thinking, most of my music fits on 1tb (mp3 and a lot of my .flac).

I currently serve music over nfs from a noisy back-room always-on server.

if this is cheaper (soon it will be) then I'll fit all mu music on a noiseless flash drive. I can then play that on some local noiseless (fanless, etc) playback system.

THAT is the draw for me, of large flash drives. thumbdrives are readable by even $30 dvd players (philips) and so your whole music collection can be on a stick that mounts on a consumer level appliance.

that's neat, isn't it?

Re:Why? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38668782)

I'd also love to be able to store my media across multiple flash drives. There are a couple of issues though:
When USB flash drives have failed for me, I've never been able to recover any of the data.
These tiny things are easy to misplace, be crushed, or be taken. They're large enough in capacity to warrant some kind of special safe-keeping. Maybe mounted inside a computer case...
That price is just not reasonable, even for an early adopter. If it was more on par with an actual hdd, or even relatively close, then maybe, but at $3k, there are still a myriad of alternatives.

Re:Why? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38668856)

Yeah until you loose it.

Re:Why? (1)

syousef (465911) | more than 2 years ago | (#38668996)

I was just thinking, most of my music fits on 1tb (mp3 and a lot of my .flac).

I currently serve music over nfs from a noisy back-room always-on server.

if this is cheaper (soon it will be) then I'll fit all mu music on a noiseless flash drive. I can then play that on some local noiseless (fanless, etc) playback system.

THAT is the draw for me, of large flash drives. thumbdrives are readable by even $30 dvd players (philips) and so your whole music collection can be on a stick that mounts on a consumer level appliance.

that's neat, isn't it?

You'll be waiting a while for your $3000 1TB swiss army knife to meet the price of your $30 player. Why not just bite the bullet and buy a 1TB drive for $50? With moving parts it will probably develop errors within 5 years but that compromise should get you some way towards your dream while the prices fall.

For me photo storage is important. I have about 2TB of photos (some multiple copies - RAW, converted, and edited) that span almost a decade and a half. I have multiple copies, with a couple off site as I do not wish to lose them!

Re:Why? (2)

fnj (64210) | more than 2 years ago | (#38669064)

In what strange land does a 1 TB drive cost $50 these days?

Re:Why? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38669098)

In the same strange land where cheap "green" 2TB drives cost around $130?

Re:Why? (2)

Wingman 5 (551897) | more than 2 years ago | (#38669488)

pre-flood I would have agreed with you, but the cheapest 1TB drive on newegg is $120. (interestingly the 2TB version of the same model costs only $10 more)

Re:Why? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38670648)

I asked newegg about that - they were selling a 1.5TB drive for $60 less than a 1TB drive of the exact same specs and manufacturer. Their response was that they were running low on 1TB drives. Have to wonder who's running the asylum over there. (Additionally, the 2TB drive with the same specs was $10 more than the 1TB drive).

Re:Why? (1)

arose (644256) | more than 2 years ago | (#38670936)

Have to wonder who's running the asylum over there.

The customers who didn't stop buying 1TB drives even when bigger ones became a much better deal.

Re:Why? (1)

CarboRobo (1932000) | more than 2 years ago | (#38670328)

I'm in Australia (with the AUD 102% of the USD at the moment) and I can buy a 1TB disk here for $70, or a 2TB disk for $100

Re:Why? (1)

c0lo (1497653) | more than 2 years ago | (#38669536)

I currently serve music over nfs from a noisy back-room always-on server.

With this, you can give the customers cutlery for their serve of music.

Re:Why? (1)

hairyfeet (841228) | more than 2 years ago | (#38669962)

The problem I've found with cheaper players is they often have a file and/or size limit and simply won't go over that. For example there is a car MP3 player that is popular in this area which i always keep a couple of 8Gb SD cards for because anything bigger than 8Gb simply throws up a read error. it never fails somebody will buy the thing and pick up some 32gb SD card and then find out the hard way their shit don't play.

As for TFA anybody who pays $3000 for a thumbstick really needs their head examined. if its one thing that Moore's law has taught us is storage capacity grows like a weed while the price drops like a stone,so the smart money stays a step or two behind cutting edge and saves a ton of money. I have no doubt you give it another two years, maybe even less, and 1tb SSDs will be down to the prices a 3Tb HDD is currently at if not less. hell the 60Gb and 90Gb models have dropped so fast tiger is throwing them into their $300 barebone specials instead of HDDs anymore and just a year ago anything above 32gb was insanely overpriced. While this might be nice for those with more money than sense, or for a VERY small niche of use cases where having a hidden Tb might be desirable for everybody else its just nuts.

Re:Why? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38670022)

I was just thinking, most of my porn fits on 1tb (.mp4 and a lot of my .avi).

FTFY

Re:Why? (1)

sootman (158191) | more than 2 years ago | (#38670524)

Yes, we all know why large flash drives are neat. Now explain the appeal of having a dozen stainless-steel tools sticking out of the USB port of your media player. :-)

Re:Why? (4, Insightful)

bemymonkey (1244086) | more than 2 years ago | (#38671378)

If you're just looking for silent replacements for hard drives, just get a few SSDs. 1TB should barely come to $1500 (thinking two Intel 320 series 600GB drives), and it'll be MUCH MUCH MUCH faster than a dinky oversized thumb drive.

Re:Why? (4, Insightful)

c0d3g33k (102699) | more than 2 years ago | (#38668652)

Everyone need this kind of storage. A small external HDD is readily identifiable as such, so will be subject to arbitrary search and confiscation at the whim of the border guards. Better to store your data within ordinary items such as a hairbrush, keyfob or the flight-safe Swiss Army Knife. Preferably encrypted and redundantly distributed among as many innocuous items as you can stand to carry. When you have reached your destination, use your most secure device to update and change your security codes so the folks who confiscated your external HDD can't easily get to your personal information.

Re:Why? (3, Insightful)

Firehed (942385) | more than 2 years ago | (#38668956)

I've travelled with multiple terabytes of "these are obviously hard drives" storage and never had a problem with search or confiscation. They did swab things down and run it through their bomb detector (unsurprising). If I have data that needs protection, it's encrypted - often twice (I run full-disk encryption on my system, and then encrypt any extra-sensitive data on top of that in case my system fails to lock for some reason).

If I had the need of disguising the fact that I was bringing data at all, I'd probably put a microSD card behind/in an earring or something else that would have no trouble going through a metal detector (any concealed compartments would likely show up on xray, if they were really looking). Or just wrap the thing in plastic and swallow it.

Re:Why? (2)

jittles (1613415) | more than 2 years ago | (#38669476)

I've travelled with multiple terabytes of "these are obviously hard drives" storage and never had a problem with search or confiscation.

Was this international travel? Because it's international travel that is associated with confiscation of computers, hard drives, and other electronics. And if you don't unencrypt it, don't expect to get it back if they try to look at it.

Re:Why? (2)

mjwx (966435) | more than 2 years ago | (#38670214)

Everyone need this kind of storage. A small external HDD is readily identifiable as such, so will be subject to arbitrary search and confiscation at the whim of the border guards. Better to store your data within ordinary items such as a hairbrush, keyfob or the flight-safe Swiss Army Knife. Preferably encrypted and redundantly distributed among as many innocuous items as you can stand to carry. When you have reached your destination, use your most secure device to update and change your security codes so the folks who confiscated your external HDD can't easily get to your personal information.

Well the first thing I thought of is set up a RAID 5 or 6 of micro SD cards ensuring that no complete file is no any single SD card. Micro SD cards are small enough that they can be hidden inside a lot of innocuous items including inside the body itself.

Then I thought, why bother, If the data is that sensitive or incriminating, I'll just store it on a server and access it over the internet. Even Dropbox holds a few GB for free, if it's sensitive data why not pay them or hire a server and some storage and DIY.

Smuggling data is not like smuggling drugs, why endanger your person going through customs when you can bypass the entire thing.

If They Confiscate Your Cupcake? (5, Insightful)

Jeremiah Cornelius (137) | more than 2 years ago | (#38668592)

The TSA will surely snag your "flight safe" Victorinox!

They took a 3-inch plastic toy doll's rifle from a child - because it was a "replica firearm".

Someday, they will face the gates of Hell. Today? They are your middle-school hall-monitors, with an authorization from the American STASI.

Re:If They Confiscate Your Cupcake? (3)

amicusNYCL (1538833) | more than 2 years ago | (#38668614)

It's pretty hard to justify confiscating a drive. If this is anything like the little 128MB version I've got, the "flight safe" version is where you physically detach the drive from the knife housing, and then you're only carrying the actual drive.

Re:If They Confiscate Your Cupcake? (4, Insightful)

dgatwood (11270) | more than 2 years ago | (#38668718)

You haven't been paying attention. The TSA has no need to justify anything, citizen. They repeatedly commit dubiously legal searches and seizures, illegal detentions, random groping, and unlicensed irradiation of the flying public under the threat of invalidating your expensive plane ticket purchase (extortion) if you do not comply. They can't justify most of what they do. That never stopped them from doing anything before. Why start caring now?

Re:If They Confiscate Your Cupcake? (0)

amicusNYCL (1538833) | more than 2 years ago | (#38668826)

I was just trying to make the point that you're not flying with some sort of "flight-safe" knife, you're probably able to detach the actual drive.

Re:If They Confiscate Your Cupcake? (5, Insightful)

The Grim Reefer (1162755) | more than 2 years ago | (#38669034)

I was just trying to make the point that you're not flying with some sort of "flight-safe" knife, you're probably able to detach the actual drive.

You're still flying with some part of a "weapon"/knife. That's grounds enough for the TSA, I'm sure.[/sarcasm]

I fly often and used to try to be understanding of the TSA. But in the last year, or so, they've become increasingly obnoxious. I've seen other passengers harassed because they choose a pat-down over being irradiated. Passengers treated like criminals because they had a tube of tooth paste in their luggage. I had a VGA card ruined because a idiot agent pulled it out of the antistatic bag and swiped it all over with a cloth while arguing with me the entire time. Then afterward told me I could have just checked it, which was exactly what I asked to do while she argued with me.

They need to train these people... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38669630)

OR GET OUT OF THE BUSINESS

Re:If They Confiscate Your Cupcake? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38669830)

I had a VGA card ruined because a idiot agent pulled it out of the antistatic bag and swiped it all over with a cloth while arguing with me the entire time.

Sounds like a case for small-claims court.

Re:If They Confiscate Your Cupcake? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38670388)

They are very stupid, they make like $12 an hour FFS. Little point in trying to reason with them.

Re:If They Confiscate Your Cupcake? (1)

mkiwi (585287) | more than 2 years ago | (#38670690)

[Politician] Note to self: Political Plan, "Put America back to work! TSA jobs for all the unemployed!"

Re:If They Confiscate Your Cupcake? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38669346)

It's pretty hard to justify confiscating a drive.

The TSA will indeed not confiscate your storage devices, notebooks, tablets, etc. The customs/border officials have declared that they want to keep those for themselves.

Re:If They Confiscate Your Cupcake? (1)

vik (17857) | more than 2 years ago | (#38670180)

I've had medical shears taken from me by Australian customs (who are even worse arseholes than the TSA) despite the fact that they are (a) not sharp, and (b) classified as exempt medical equipment.

Basically, if they don't like the look of it, it doesn't go on the plane. You have no "rights" in this respect.

Re:If They Confiscate Your Cupcake? (1)

donscarletti (569232) | more than 2 years ago | (#38670914)

Customs are the arseholes that search you _after_ a 14 hour international flight. Air screening in Australia is not done by federal agents but conducted by the airport operators according to federal government regulations and policies.

3k??? (-1)

Synerg1y (2169962) | more than 2 years ago | (#38668610)

I was wonderin, but... http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/43868/victorinox-ssd-swiss-army-pictures [pocket-lint.com] has 3k for the price, though unofficial. I'd love to hear how swiss army came up w that $ sum.

I say this because... swiss army knife = $15 on a good day, 1 tb usb drive = $10 on any day, granted the hardware encrypted and shock proof ones are more expensive, but https://store.ironkey.com/personal [ironkey.com] = $80 and if anybody wants something like http://www.amazon.com/1TB-Encrypted-Slim-Drive-256BIT/dp/B0036TVX94 [amazon.com] they're just being stupid and trying to rip you off. So, $100 v 3k? why???

Re:3k??? (5, Informative)

Imagix (695350) | more than 2 years ago | (#38668634)

Uh... read the specs again... that's 1 *TB*, not 1 *GB*.

Re:3k??? (1)

Synerg1y (2169962) | more than 2 years ago | (#38668772)

Your right, my mistake, maybe the physical size of the stick is what can make it 3k as opposed to the $700 1tb version. Still I remember when a 1gb one ran for like $250, thus the confusion. I have no need for these, but they're cool as hell.

Re:3k??? (1)

Em Adespoton (792954) | more than 2 years ago | (#38668894)

You must be new here.... I remember when 16MB USB sticks ran about $250... it wasn't all that long ago.
Then again, I remember when the only storage computers had was 4KB of RAM... and I'm sure some on here can remember when you had to fit it all on a punch card. Those were a bit bulky to carry on a flight, I'm sure.

Re:3k??? (1)

Synerg1y (2169962) | more than 2 years ago | (#38668948)

It's probably that your just old, but... my reference is from like 3-4 years ago (as opposed to yours that span decades), they weren't new then, but they were very uncommon and relatively unheard of (usb hd encrypted sticks).

Re:3k??? (3, Informative)

dissy (172727) | more than 2 years ago | (#38670378)

Then again, I remember when the only storage computers had was 4KB of RAM... and I'm sure some on here can remember when you had to fit it all on a punch card. Those were a bit bulky to carry on a flight, I'm sure.

Warning: Pure nostalgia only below!

I still have a working 10 meg MFM hard drive, that requires two 5.25" bays to mount in. My 8086 only has 8 bit ISA slots, and the only IDE controllers I've come across have required 16 bit ISA or PCI.

Before I gave up the display shelf space, I had 4 drives sitting next to each other to show off how physical size is shrinking while storage size is growing.
http://i39.tinypic.com/20a9jsl.jpg [tinypic.com]

Left to right is:
10 MB - 2x 5.25" bays and 8" deep (And about 10 pounds)
300 MB - 3.5" IDE drive
750 MB - 2.5" IDE drive
1 GB - 1" wide Compact Flash card

Now I just need to add in a 32 GB micro SD card...

Not to mention a few boxes of 8" floppy disks, and a crate of 5.25" floppies (Back when floppy disks actually flopped!)
http://i41.tinypic.com/3588aza.jpg [tinypic.com]

Re:3k??? (1)

Idbar (1034346) | more than 2 years ago | (#38668636)

It doesn't seem to have moving parts. I got a 1TB passport HDD for $95, but a 128G SSD is more expensive and even smaller form factors, like the Patriot Magnum [amazon.com] are very convenient.

Re:3k??? (1)

timeOday (582209) | more than 2 years ago | (#38668654)

1 tb usb drive = $10 on any day

The Ironkey you listed is 1 GB. That is 1 / 1000 of a TB. The solid state device you listed is $700, and, judging by the size of the USB connector, probably 50 times the volume of the supposed 1 TB chip on the swiss army knife.

Let me be the first on this thread to say, I don't believe for a moment that is a 1 TB chip on that knife screenshot. There's no way you could make a 1TB drive that small at this point in time. Famous last words, I know.

Re:3k??? (1, Troll)

Khyber (864651) | more than 2 years ago | (#38668698)

Typical million+ UID nonsense, Failure to read and comprehend.

Re:3k??? (1)

froggymana (1896008) | more than 2 years ago | (#38669288)

Typical million+ UID nonsense, Failure to read and comprehend.

Typical million > UID nonsense. Failure to acknowledge that people make mistakes.

Re:3k??? (1)

Khyber (864651) | more than 2 years ago | (#38669712)

Confusing a T with a G should only happen on the keyboard, not in the head.

Let me guess, you graduated high school within the past 8 years. Sad.

Re:3k??? (1)

mkiwi (585287) | more than 2 years ago | (#38670740)

I can't speak for him, but don't be too pedantic when criticizing him. I graduated high school seven years ago and my UID is lower than yours.

Re:3k??? (1)

Khyber (864651) | more than 2 years ago | (#38671020)

And in some countries, High School is College.

Might want to clarify which country you're in for those of us in the USA.

Re:3k??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38669092)

15 dollars for a Swiss army knife? Maybe if it is Chinese knock of, but a quality pocket knife will be a bit more. Top end can easily pass two hundred.

Re:3k??? (1)

dissy (172727) | more than 2 years ago | (#38670288)

I say this because... swiss army knife = $15 on a good day, 1 tb usb drive = $10 on any day,

Could you please provide a link where you purchased your 1 TB drive for $10? please?
Or was that "$10" a typo of "$100"? Or was the "1 TB" a typo for "1 GB"?

Looking at your provided links, Amazon sells that encrypted 1 TB drive for $700.
The other link doesn't have 1 TB drives at all, they max out at 32 GB for $300.
Even their 1 GB modals are $80.

Even with RAID-0 (Only spanning, no redundancy) you would need 32 of those flash drives to reach the 1024 GB mark, and at $300 each that's a total of $9600.
($9900 for 33 of them to do RAID-5)

Even before the flooding in Taiwan a 1 GB internal sATA drive was around $80 or so, and currently seem to be averaging over $100.

Only one use I can think of (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38668626)

Finally, enough room for my porn collection :-)

Re:Only one use I can think of (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38668972)

You can do that with any 1TB drive. This is much better. It has a handy knife feature, meaning I can stab you then steal your porn all with the same tool.

Just what the world needs (4, Funny)

Bohnanza (523456) | more than 2 years ago | (#38668640)

A Swiss Army knife with no knife.

Re:Just what the world needs (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38669166)

Nah, it's what *Victorinox* needs -- regular headlines on the fashion sites.

Yup, /. took the bait.

Practical? Right. To go flying you can take out the bits that make SAKs worth taking along. In exchange you get a storage body that going to cause the security theater to require an explanation, and likely earn you intimate treatment for the delay. This isn't about being useful at all, it's about Victorinox's 6-month regular need to be talked about on the fashion sites. I guess they already did diamond encrusted.

Using that knife, MacGyver builds . . . (1)

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) | more than 2 years ago | (#38668656)

. . . a whole data center! . . . with some junk he finds lying around . . .

. . . and creates a world wide social network . . . and all the members help him save the world and escape . . .

Victorinox: "Yes, that was what we envisioned that could be done with our new knife . . ."

USB 2.0 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38668670)

Should really be 3.0 not 2.0 for 1TB of space to fill.

Re:USB 2.0 (1)

fnj (64210) | more than 2 years ago | (#38669114)

AS IF the flash came anywhere near even 2.0 speed.

Should really be 3.0 not 2.0 for 1TB of space to fill.

Me wantsssss it! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38668690)

Drool. Not that I really need 1TB of such portable storage, but I can't help but look at it and thing, "Oh! SHINY!"

Windows Only? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38668758)

In previous models the encryption is software based and for Windows only.

Re:Windows Only? (1)

Formalin (1945560) | more than 2 years ago | (#38669602)

I always just wipe drives and use dm-crypt / luks.

Chances are good that whatever included encryption doesn't bloody work, anyway.

Eh... (1)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | more than 2 years ago | (#38669048)

Just what I've always wanted in a durable metal tool: a delicate electronic attachment highly likely to break or become obsolete well before the rest of the thing. Can we think of a way to make it rely on some obscure teeny batteries, with a chintzy plastic door that falls off if you look at it funny? That's the only thing I like even better...

Just get a damned K-bar and intimidate the bits at your destination into the correct pattern.

Re:Eh... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38669660)

They do come with installed watch batteries, which I'll explain later.

I have the 2GB version of the Swiss Army Knife and I love it. It's not the standard size Swiss Army Knife, but the smaller pocket knife version, and it's just as durable. The reason I love it is because it single-handedly replaces 4 items that I would normally carry on me. Before, I used to carry a pocket knife, a flash light, a pen and a USB drive. The Swiss Army USB Knife contain all those. So now I can reduce the number of items I carry around from 4 to 1.

I've had one of these before. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38670154)

I had one of the flash versions. A 16GB dream that I left in Hawai'i. *sigh*

The flash drive part was much like any other flash drive. Insanely durable (went through my washer and dryer more than one - oops).

I wouldn't be so quick to knock it.

who.the.hell.cares (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38669056)

This is something no one needs. Giz has been plugging the hell out of this thing and no one is going to buy it.

file this (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38669480)

under the dumbshit category

Is it worth it? (1)

InspectorGadget1964 (2439148) | more than 2 years ago | (#38669742)

Well, I can get a terrabyte drive for under $100 and a Swiss Army knife with all the other stuff for under $200 easy, so, why should I pay $3000? To show off?

Re:Is it worth it? (1)

Dynedain (141758) | more than 2 years ago | (#38669846)

Really, you can procure 1TB tiny form-factor SSDs for under $100? You should be making a fortune right now!

1TB huge spinning disc is nowhere near the same thing as what's being shown.

not a good combo (1)

amoeba1911 (978485) | more than 2 years ago | (#38669838)

The problem with Swiss army knife+usb is that you can have the Swiss army knife for a lot longer than the life of the USB stick. Fifteen years ago I bought a 1.2GB 3.5" hard drive for $150. It was a good deal. Today, 16GB comes on a micro SD sells for a measly $20. But my Swiss army knife from is still just as precious and useful as it was when I got it.

I Own One (1)

juventasone (517959) | more than 2 years ago | (#38669878)

Victorinox has had a line of these for several years. I own one of the early ones from when 512MB was as big as you could buy. It's been on my keychain all these years and still works great.

I've found the tool I use most often is the knife, usually for opening packaging. When the pen stopped working, they sent me a new one, no questions asked. And I'm not sure what other people store on these things, but I hardly ever use more than 100MB.

Re:I Own One (1)

plopez (54068) | more than 2 years ago | (#38669998)

*And I'm not sure what other people store on these things, but I hardly ever use more than 100MB.
*

I've been working with a large number of maps recently. I'm up to 16 GB now and seriously considering going to 32 GB.

Instead (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38670742)

I prefer a smartphone/knife combo. Do they plan to make such combos too?

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