Fear and Imagination
Interesting anecdote from World War II.
Posted on August 27, 2012 at 7:06 PM
@observer - the point of the story is that the car never stopped due to the transmitter.
A soldier/official came out and told them to stop (so they wouldn't interfere with the TV experiment).
Then either in the imagination of the driver - or the authorities actually told them this - they assumed that the transmitter would stop the car and the car and the guard went in to turn it off so they could proceed.
There is a suggestion that modern car electronics can be affected by high power radar - there have been stories of certain models cutting out near big missile defence radar installations. That these are always officially denied only adds to the rumour.
Sidebar photo of Bruce Schneier by Joe MacInnis.