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    Who would answer Yes to this question?

    The following question is a required field in the Dell on-line ordering form:

    Q4. Will the product(s) be used in connection with weapons of mass destruction, i.e. nuclear applications, missile technology, or chemical or biological weapons purposes?

    Exactly what would be the ramifications of answering yes when trying to purchase a nice new Dimension 8200 for the purpose of masterminding your world dominance plans/balancing your accounts?

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    Re: Who would answer Yes to this question?

    Maybe they'd launch a "WinNuke" attack. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Who would answer Yes to this question?

    Come to think of it, maybe it's similar to a student status deal.

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    Re: Who would answer Yes to this question?

    I don't think anyone would answer a yes to that question. Like I'm going to tell dell I'm planning to take over the world. I have to do that by suprise...wait why am I telling you all this...I need to learn to keep my mouth shut sometimes.

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    Re: Who would answer Yes to this question?

    You would love the FBI's standard Bomb Threat card they give out to companies in the US. I have one sitting by my phone due to the nature of customers to my industry, which is NOT any kind of arms tech. And the thing is, these are good questions to test a bluff call, and some Bomb Threat callers actually will answer some of these questions:

    1. When is the bomb going to explode?
    2. Where is it right now?
    3. What does it look like?
    4. What kind of bomb is it? (What do you do if they respond "thermonuclear"?)
    5. What will cause it to explode?
    6. Did you place the bomb?
    7. Why?
    8. What is your address?
    9. What is your name?

    There are other interesting items in the section where you make a record of the caller's voice, background sounds and tone of language.

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    Re: Who would answer Yes to this question?

    I think if you answer yes they charge your card right away rather than waiting until the computer ships. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

    But seriously, it possibly would be illegal to sell a computer for that purpose, and by requiring you to tick no, it might get Dell off the hook. Just a lawyer's guess. <img src=/S/wink.gif border=0 alt=wink width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Who would answer Yes to this question?

    About 40 years ago, a minor UK TV celeb, Gilbert Harding, was travelling across the Atlantic for his first visit to the US. He was becoming more and more irritated at some of the questions he was being asked to answer on the Immigration form and finally came across something similar to the question on the Dell site... (I'm paraphrasing here),

    "Is it your purpose to foment civil unrest or otherwise attempt to overthrow the US government by force?"

    Completely frustrated by such an asinine question he wrote "Sole purpose of visit" in the box.

    Unamused US Customs officers grilled him for several hours before allowing him into New York...

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