Most people alive today were born after the end of the Soviet Union
On behalf of the over-25 crowd here, I'm fairly sure this isn't true.
Simply put, if your battery cannot be removed from the device, the safety of your device is strictly based on software.
To be fair, the safety of your airplane is strictly based on software as well.
> You take 100 employs making 20/hr sitting and doing nothing for 2 - 3 hours and you've bought yourself the cost of the PC's.
Only if you buy PCs for $40-60 per. What probably happened is the owner's terminal was connected to the failed switch, and then someone had a really bad day.
In the US at least it wouldn't be a warrant or a police action. You would just file suit against the chip maker, the vet, and the guy who has your dog as John Doe. During discovery the records would be subpoenaed and John Doe would be named in the suit.
It's the same way you go after an unknown person on the Internet. File suit, name the ISP and the anonymous offender, subpoena the offender's name.
Optimism is the content of small men in high places. -- F. Scott Fitzgerald, "The Crack Up"