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LIFEHACKS: You can just take all the luggage off the airport conveyer belt and leave with it. They don't check that it's yours at the door!
Title text: LIFEHACKS: You can just take all the luggage off the airport conveyer belt and leave with it. They don't check that it's yours at the door!


This would appear to be a sequel to 1469: UV

Cueball reads through the terms that are handed to him, and believes that he has found some sort of loophole. Possibly along the lines of intentionally setting his property on fire in order to claim the insurance money.

The insurance agent foresees this, and explains this "cool hack" - which is known as insurance fraud - is illegal.

The agent is also already prepared for the following question - how he knew Cueball would be looking for loopholes.

The title text provides another example: While airport luggage security certainly is exploitable, following through with this particular "lifehack" is also criminal - a theft.

Lifehacks vs. IT hacks

The term hacking in IT is ambiguous and goes from simple code development to "using a hack". A hack would then refer to a tricky piece of code doing the intended job in a way that the framework or project in which it is inserted was not intended to. Hacking a system would also refer to some illegal way of acheiving a goal against the will of the original developers of the system, like getting a copy of all the data available or taking advantage of some unwanted behavior.

This comic is making fun of what would IT hacks look like in real world. Surely, taking many luggages from an airport is technically possible and probably not so difficult, but first, it looks weird, and second, it's also obviously illegal. The weirdness of such behavior is more obvious in real life than in IT.


[Cueball is standing in front of a desk, which a man sits behind. The man is apparently some sort of lawyer, and is handing Cueball a paper.]

Lawyer: Here's a page explaining the terms of your new fire insurance policy.

[Cueball reads the paper.]

Cueball: Hey, what if I -

Lawyer: And here's a page explaining that the "cool hack" you just thought of is called "insurance fraud". We already know about it and it's a crime.

Cueball: Oh. Right. How did -

Lawyer: I see a lot of programmers here.

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