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2002/3/27 [Science/Space, Science] UID:24244 Activity:high
3/27    Big Brother is coming:
        http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/sci/tech/newsid_1859000/1859699.stm
        http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/sci/tech/newsid_1869000/1869457.stm
        \_ america has plenty of gun owners.  if you really want to
           be prepared to fight tyrrany, learn microwave engineering.
           \_ Microwave engineering?  Say what?
              \_ That's right.  When the soldiers come, they're going to
                 want to eat food.  And when they try to use your cleverly
                 built microwave -- BOOM! -geordan
                 \_ my point was that many of these big brother type
                    technologies could be easily thwarterd by someone who
                    has a basic knowledge of electronics above a GHz.
                    if the evil governmnent is better armed then you,
                    your only hope is to be able to hack their technology,
                    which is within your grasp as an electrtical engineer.
                    and they *are* better armed than you.
           \_ And cryptography.
              \_ Picture Jack Boot Thugs(tm) twisting your arm with gun in
                 your face telling you to unencrypt all your shit or they send
                 you to the gulag to sit in solitary darkness for the rest of
                 your miserable life.  You'll have the rats to keep you
                 company and provide additional protein to add to your gruel
                 if you're tough enough to kill one.
                 \_ if it is that important, you have split keys.
                    they then have to go after N people. -phil
                    \_ you'll all be in the gulag together.  good plan.  it is
                       certain *you*'ll be in the gulag until they round up the
                       others and either way you're not getting out since some
                       one just committed a gross violation of human rights.
                       It's safer to just kill you and dump your corpse with
                       the others.
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While other families shop or eat together, the Jacobs intend to have computer chips put under their skin, the first family to attempt such a thing. The VeriChips have been developed by a Florida technology company, Applied Digital Solutions, and are intended, initially, for medical purposes. The VeriChip would contain medical information, Applied Digital Solutions Chip would be implanted under the skin Father Jeff has had cancer and is now on 10 different types of medication. His wife Leslie believes the implant will give the family peace of mind. The idea to get the implants came from the Jacobs' 12-year-old son Derek, who is computer-mad and the youngest person ever to have become a certified Microsoft systems technologist. Let's get chipped He saw an item about the chips on TV and announced he wanted to be the first child to have one. A scanner would be needed by hospitals and other medics to read the information on the chip, which would include the patient's name, contact details and medical history. Before the family can become chipped, Applied Digital Solutions has to obtain US Government approval from the Food and Drugs Administration, (FDA), a process which could take a long time. Potential life-saver Until then, the firm is looking to market the chips in South and Central America where FDA rules do not apply. Chief technology officer Keith Bolton is confident that the implants can be a life-saving device.
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