At a upcoming security convention, VIA will be giving $5000 in prizes to anyone who can exploit and crack their encrypted laptop. Attendees at the Hack In The Box conference in Malaysia must gain access to the laptop without "destroying or damaging the notebook, removing the casing or tampering with the internal electronics, or using a keystroke logger."
VIA offers $5000 for breaking PadLock security engine :: Hack In The Box :: Keeping Knowledge Free

At $5000 for a few hours work...minutes if you're the man...get you're picture on some Hacker of the Month employee card...maybe even get a few juicy job offers...

opportunity's knockin'


of course this would only apply to those close by...unless, of course, you're sure you can do which case it might be worth the investment