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    Given that pacemaker signals (control/reprogramming) are supposed to be extremely short range - there was a big article a while ago about how insecure the comms protocols were - and the human body is a big fleshy bag of water, I'd have a hard time imagining the signals would be strong enough to affect the PC unless they were snuggling it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pete View Post
    <snip> and the human body is a big fleshy bag of water<snip>
    Water is an excellent conductor...

    ... fingers touch keyboard, knee touches PC case

    ....bang! ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by elsiegee40 View Post
    Water is an excellent conductor...

    ... fingers touch keyboard, knee touches PC case

    ....bang! ?
    For electricity, yes. But pacemakers (or at least certain models) are programmed wirelessly and it was the interference from that I was thinking of.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pete View Post
    For electricity, yes. But pacemakers (or at least certain models) are programmed wirelessly and it was the interference from that I was thinking of.
    Pacemakers are still electrically powered @pete

    Like laptops, their wifi still doesn't work without electricity!

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    wasn't there a thread on here somewhere about a student who crashed any computer they sat at?

    I'll see if i can find it!

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    There is a condition (that I can't remember the name of) where the electromagnetic field is abnormal and disrupts electrical equipment. There is anecdotal evidence that people that grew up near or under Power lines and pylons are more susceptible to it, but there are loads of resources about it (if I could remember the name I'd be able to find them). It can be as simple and turning off lights when they enter a room to full on wiping out a fuse board on a regular basis. It's driving me crazy because I was really interested in it at school (I did it as a project in Science I think) but can't remember the proper name. It's an acronym of some sort.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AMLightfoot View Post
    There is a condition (that I can't remember the name of) where the electromagnetic field is abnormal and disrupts electrical equipment. There is anecdotal evidence that people that grew up near or under Power lines and pylons are more susceptible to it, but there are loads of resources about it (if I could remember the name I'd be able to find them). It can be as simple and turning off lights when they enter a room to full on wiping out a fuse board on a regular basis. It's driving me crazy because I was really interested in it at school (I did it as a project in Science I think) but can't remember the proper name. It's an acronym of some sort.
    Is the acronym TEACHER? make up your own words...

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    Wrap the kid up in tin foil.

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