In yet another major leap to bring us closer to the world of Neuromancer, judicial workers in Mexico have been implanted with RFID chips. The idea is apparently to give the workers access to secure areas through the chips, but since corruption is a major problem in Mexico, there are also some thoughts to being able to track their whereabouts at all times.
Now, I’m just a cave man, and your modern world scares and confuses me, but the thought of having my own personal radio station embedded into my skin kind of creeps me out, especially since there’s no way to turn the damn things off. Meaning that anybody with an RFID reader will be able to track you like the slab of meat you are.
So in the arsenal of ways to circumvent security in techno-thrillers, we need to add “cut out RFID chip” to “cut off hand and keep warm to foil fingerprint reader” and “take out iris and implant in heroin-addicted stooge to fool eye scanner.” At least removing an RFID chip should be much less gruesome than eyes and hands.
Coincidentally, Wired has an interesting article about deployment of RFID-enabled groceries.
Posted Saturday, 17 July, 2004 by Nic Lindh
Another book roundup, including some stellar athletes and soldiers, what might be the most jaded, soul-weary protagonist ever, and some grimdark fantasy.
The Internet is getting creepy, and Nic is breaking out his tinfoil hat after newspaper paywalls push him over the edge.
Nic is tired of tech sites obsessing over Apple’s financials and business strategy. So very tired.
Nic reads a book about the processed food industry and is incensed.
Computers are complicated. This brings out the irrational in people.
Nic proposes the loan word Rechthaberei be incorporated into American English.
The Core Dump is back! Books were read during the hiatus. Includes The Coldest Winter, Oh, Myyy!, Tough Sh*t, The Revolution Was Televised, The Rook, Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, Gun Machine, Fortress Frontier, Standing in Another Man’s Grave, and The Memory of Light.
This site will return in February.
From a true patriot to a world-weary detective, a dead god, and a civilization about to sublime from the galaxy, this book roundup spans the gamut. Includes Where Men Win Glory, Wild, Inside the Box, The Black Box, Three Parts Dead, Red Country, and The Hydrogen Sonata.
Springsteen gives a concert in Phoenix. It’s fantastic.