Excessive. Childish. Funny. The last straw?
[FINAL: I've unsubscribed from Gizmodo's feeds and hope you'll consider it too. Their advertisers should impress the message upon Gizmodo if we can't seem to get through.]
[EDIT: OK, I've had time to digest it... and while it's still gets me to chuckle (I'm shaking my head in disbelief as it's happening)... it's more dangerous (intentionally strongly worded) and damaging than anything. What was done is being termed corporate sabotage and seems to me to be a term worthy of the act. What Gizmodo has done is to wantonly cause potentially serious harm to those they chose to victimize. Judie has posted an interesting point of view on the financial side of the stunt. If you're Motorola or Sony or some other corporation spending large sums of money to attract the press and consumers to your exhibit only to be INTENTIONALLY sabotaged during your presentations... It won't take a judge too very long to see there is a case here. It won't take a jury too very long to see there are damages. It won't take Gizmodo very long to backpedal and fire/suspend/reprimand the folks who did this.
Now, I also recall Robert Scoble drawing our attention to the fact this was going to happen and telling people to cover their IR ports. Can't recall if he blogged it or commented it somewhere. Good for Robert raising the alert. Too bad it wasn't heeded and acted upon in a larger way. Wish I had the foresight to call the CES pipe and drape decorators and suggest they take some serious preventative action. We live and we learn.]