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    help with the locks!

    I need to translate this sentence and I don't understand the meaning of the underlined part. Can you help?

    You managed to escape my fail-safe holding cell - a titanium alloy, seven pin, eight cam lock with three layers of redundancy.

    What is "seven pin" and "eight cam lock with 3 layers of redundancy"?

    Thanks a lot!

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    Re: help with the locks!

    Quote Originally Posted by lukre View Post
    I need to translate this sentence and I don't understand the meaning of the underlined part. Can you help?

    You managed to escape my fail-safe holding cell - a titanium alloy, seven pin, eight cam lock with three layers of redundancy.

    What is "seven pin" and "eight cam lock with 3 layers of redundancy"?

    Thanks a lot!
    You asked this question on 12 November. Please do not repeat it 24 hours later just because nobody has answered it yet. If there is somebody who can answer it, they will. If none of us can answer it, repeating it doesn't help anyone. Double-posting simply clogs the system.

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    Re: help with the locks!

    It's clearly a highly sophisticated and intricate state-of-the-art lock.

    You could translate it like that, as the technical details are obviously only of interest to locksmiths and go way over the head of other readers.

    Rover

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    Re: help with the locks!

    Quote Originally Posted by lukre View Post
    I need to translate this sentence and I don't understand the meaning of the underlined part. Can you help?

    You managed to escape my fail-safe holding cell - a titanium alloy, seven pin, eight cam lock with three layers of redundancy.

    What is "seven pin" and "eight cam lock with 3 layers of redundancy"?

    Thanks a lot!
    Seven Pin Lock-Seven Pin Lock Manufacturers, Suppliers and Exporters on alibaba.com AU

    Three layers of redundancy suggests that if one mechanism doesn't work, another will (2 layers); if both are cracked, there's a 3rd layer of security.
    (I think; technically only two of these mechanisms would be redundant.)

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    Re: help with the locks!

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Seven Pin Lock-Seven Pin Lock Manufacturers, Suppliers and Exporters on alibaba.com AU

    Three layers of redundancy suggests that if one mechanism doesn't work, another will (2 layers); if both are cracked, there's a 3rd layer of security.
    (I think; technically only two of these mechanisms would be redundant.)
    You see what I mean, lucre? That's as clear as mud to me.

    If what you are translating is part of a fictional work, go with 'a fiendishly complicated lock'.

    If it's a technical text needing precise translation, you've got a problem I don't think we can help you with.

    Rover

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