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daily link  Wednesday, November 26, 2003


When Cash Is Only Skin Deep: "A Florida company has announced plans to develop a service that would allow consumers to pay for merchandise using microchips implanted under their skin.."  ExxonMobil and MasterCard already experiment with keyfob or card-based RFID.  "a senior MasterCard executive said the company is considering integrating its RFID technology into other items, such as pens or earrings."  Applied Digital wants to put it under the skin.

Meanwhile, Applied Digital has attracted scorn from some fundamentalist Christians, who believe that VeriChip is the fabled "mark of the beast" of biblical lore. According to the book of Revelation, Satan will someday force people to "receive a mark" on their hands or foreheads in order to buy or sell.  "This is a gigantic step toward the mark of the beast, " said Gary Wohlscheid, whose website, These Last Days Ministries..

Applied Digital has [also] positioned its microchip as an anti-kidnapping device (VeriKid), emergency ID system (VeriMed) and as a way to control access to secure buildings (VeriGuard). "

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DIY Solar Electricity: Kits of micro-PV for battery charging and operating electronics in developing countries.  Used by micropower advocates in India.  3:52:35 PM  permalink  

Wireless Freedom! - Radiophony: "Welcome to Radiophony, innovative audio solutions in communications for ordinary people. Our aim is to promote ways to make the Internet accessible for everyone. We have recently helped set up a community audio center in a village in Andhra Pradesh."  Includes neat functional diagram comparing FM radio and telephony.  3:48:31 PM  permalink  

Wireless Freedom! - Radiophony: "Welcome to Radiophony, innovative audio solutions in communications for ordinary people. Our aim is to promote ways to make the Internet accessible for everyone. We have recently helped set up a community audio center in a village in Andhra Pradesh."  3:48:00 PM  permalink  

MHonArc Home Page: "A mail-to-HTML converter," written in perl.  Might come in handy for mailbucket-type service.  2:24:18 PM  permalink  

One Man Against Secrecy: " Aftergood, director of the Federation of American Scientists' Project on Government Secrecy, is an army of one, the David in an era of Goliath-strength government stealth.   Armed with a pocket-size copy of the Constitution, the Freedom of Information Act and an investigator's patience for source-building, Aftergood is out to slay what he sees as the arbitrariness of the U.S. system for classifying documents to keep them secret.   To do that, he asks foundations and donors for $150,000 a year ("in a good year") to keep his online newsletter, Secrecy News (www.fas.org/sgp/index.html), and staff of one -- himself -- going. He often scoops the national media with anecdotes about government attempts to keep information secret. ..

"I'm not dogmatic about any of this," he said. "I don't look at this as a game. I don't look at the government as the enemy. I'm interested in a rational information policy that respects the American public."

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