A possible explanation: RFID might just be too technical for MythBusters fans
I know I kinda spoiled the party yesterday. Sometimes you all just need to run off half-cocked so you can let off steam. I mean, just look at the release of Vista - it took two months for a serious bug to come to light (Vista's Long Goodbye), and you all finally got to release that bottled anger. (angst?)
Anyway, serious possibility. Rob Rosenberger once asked why don't we have a TV series about computer professionals. We have hospital stories, construction stories, racing stories, cop stories with sometimes confusing technology, even crab fishing stories. Why not stories about IT pros fighting off hackers, cyber-terrorists, virus writers, saving the day from some freak bug in program code, and so on?
The last time I saw something close to this, where cops were chasing some insider employee who wrote a logic bomb to take down a power grid, their "logic bomb" code was some glitch in an old Amiga text viewer called MuchMore. When you loaded a binary file into MuchMore it displayed this garbage that, if you were geeky enough, almost looked like art.
And you know how the good guys stopped the logic bomb? By shutting down the system that the logic bomb was supposed to shut down, and then turning it back on after the countdown passed.
Sheesh. All to save the city from a glitch in an Amiga text viewer.
Trying to explain RFID to the average MythBusters viewer, while making it interesting to watch, was probably too hard for the producers to accomplish. No explosions, no Kari Byron getting catscanned, nothing visually appealing.
Adam Savage went off half-cocked, just like the rest of you did, and I'm sure he loved every moment. Great for ratings, because now you're all going to watch the show and edit their Wiki. Probably got more ratings than they would have airing the actual episode.