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Gary writes in –

I’ve worked a bit with BASIC Stamp microcontrollers from Parallax, specifically the BS2p40. Last week I noticed one in the hands of a character in episode 20 of season 6 of “24.” It showed up again in episode 21.

Without giving too much away, this chip (on “24,” not mine!) is a proprietary Russian FB-sub circuit board that contains nuclear weapon unlock codes. Of course, there isn’t any reason this microcontroller couldn’t be used for such things, at least to some level, but it seemed a funny choice given that Parallax has such a business built around using BASIC Stamps to teach young kids, and electronics amateurs how to build fun things with these little programmable mini-computers.

BASIC Stamp BS2p40 spotted in “24” – Link.