New Angels Of Promise
One thing that makes a peek incredibly useful is its ability to interface with nearby electronic equipment. For example, a citizen wishing to make a purchase can, in many stores, simply walk in, grab what he wants and leave. His peek automatically notifies the shop’s central computer of his presence, reports which items he’s picked up, and provides his bank account information. The store then bills his account the appropriate amount, through the peek’s automatic debit processing system. Nothing could be more convenient, but for many people, especially conspiracy theorists and those who prefer privacy, the thought that their peek is communicating with other devices is somewhat disturbing. As a result, the dark shield, or “darkener,” was developed. When attached to one of a PCPU’s external ports, this small, unobtrusive device simply blanks out the peek, preventing it from interfacing wirelessly with any nearby equipment. At the same time, other devices don’t see the peek and are unaware of its presence. This doesn’t prevent security systems from detecting the peek, of course – it merely prevents such systems from accessing the PCPU against its owner’s wishes. Although possession of a dark shield might seem like an admission of guilt to some, in much the same way that a radar detector implies that a driver speeds all the time, owners don’t see it that way. While not necessarily paranoid, those who employ darkeners simply like their privacy, and the law permits them to have it if they so wish. Of course, if they actually do want to hook up to another device, they have to either remove the darkener or connect directly, which can be cumbersome or even impossible in some cases.