Yeah, I was just using the stuff available today as an example. �I didn't even want to try to extrapolate into the future.
Quote: from Max on 1:27 pm on Feb. 18, 2003[br]
And that's what's available now. �I can only imagine what is available in 2088.
I never considered the monopoly factor, but then again, that would just be for -legit- ones as some Doc would implant the non legit ones.
If cortex bombs are outlawed, then even the corps would have to go to -underworld- sources, or force their own Docs to do the work.
As for the shielding, currently there are special ceramics made to protect electronic components from an Electro Magnetic Pulse in the even of an atomic blast. �Assuming the ceramic survive the shock, the internal components are protected.
I'm sure by 2088 there'd be a way to tune the ceramics (similar to the ways certain crystals can only receive certain frequencies) to allow only a very specific frequency through. �I think this would be the shielding seen in the top of the line stuff.
Hell, maybe the ceramic itself is the reciever, or a crystal inside the ceramic .. It recieves the signal, causes the crystal to vibrate, which generates a tiny current and .. boom.
As for your typical Mafioso, I don't think much shielding would be used, although I do agree it would (most likely) be encapsulated in something to make implantation a bit easier. �Possibly even some 2088 form of plastic that the body doesn't reject like is currently used in knee replacements.
I'm sure whatever Doc did that one would be sufficiently threatened by the rest of the 'family' such that if the bomb went off incorrectly (early, or not at all), he could be very certain of a future as a cement shoe and live fish bait salesman.
The more 'features' you want in your bomb, the more it costs.
5-10k for no frills no shielding ... no garuntees.
15-20k for some sheilding (ok, freqmans, electronic appliances static cling and neon signs won't detonate it.)
50k and up, for a top of the line, -It ain't goin off unless we push this trigger- cortex bomb.
All prices plus labor, of course, and don't include the guy who can actually -get- the explosives holding you over a barrel.
Heh, this has been fun. �I need to take a few days off work more often!!!