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RFID Paranoia

…tags could theoretically be read by hidden sensors alongside the road, in the mall or in the hands of criminals hoping to identify someone on the street by his or her ID number." (via Slashdot)

I think we’re going to be hearing more and more stories about personal privacy as it relates to RFID and other forms of high-tech identification. Have you ever seen the movie Minority Report? I can see (no pun intended) the retinal scan thing becoming a reality in the next ten years.

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The Limited Lifespan of CD-Rs

According to this article it could be as little as two years! (via Pajamas Media)

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Blasphemy

Here's an interesting editorial from the UK Telegraph (via Drudge):

Consider the simple fact, drawn from the official temperature records of the Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia, that for the years 1998-2005 global average temperature did not increase (there was actually a slight decrease, though not at a rate that differs significantly from zero).

It takes a brave person to discuss a contrarian view on such a hot button issue. If you’d watch the news or read the paper you’d think “global warming” was as sure as the sky is blue. But what does this author know? He’s just a professor of paleoclimate research (note sarcasm)!

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