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I use twitter, please rob me

I use twitter, please rob me

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

From IT Pro: A group by the name of Forthehack has launched a website called Please Rob Me which serves to expose the security risk of location-aware online services such as Twitter and Foursquare. It has opted to do so by listing all the empty homes that are available to be robbed by publishing a […]

Feds push for mobile phone tracking, even when idle

Feds push for mobile phone tracking, even when idle

Sunday, February 14th, 2010

When people think somehow “they” are able to track me by RFID implant, aside from trying to explain the limitations of the technology and the actual effective range of the implant (2 inches), I also point out that cell phones are able to pinpoint your exact whereabouts at any time. Private companies providing location based […]

More fMRI fun... actually reading minds

More fMRI fun… actually reading minds

Monday, February 8th, 2010

PopSci put out an article today about modern day mind readers. If a few very smart neuroscientists are right, with enough number crunching and a powerful brain scanner, science can pluck pictures—and maybe one day even thoughts— directly from your brain Since the 1950s when people were shoving blunt electrodes directly into brain tissue through […]

British cops arrest people just to add them to the DNA database, claims inquiry

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

It’s too late to write anything so I’ll just link-dump. Disturbing. Britain’s cops have the largest DNA database in the world, and it’s full of innocent people who were arrested but not charged, or charged but not convicted (the EU’s Court of Human Rights have ordered this practice to stop, but the cops refuse to […]

X-Ray image used in student VeriChip video

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

I was recently contacted by a student from Clemson University asking permission to use my x-ray image in a project they were doing. Unfortunately a lot of “chip haters” out there tend to jump all over using my image without permission in their crazy website graphics and doomsday videos. The funny part is, I typically […]

I'll have to wait till 2020 to get my brain implant?!

I’ll have to wait till 2020 to get my brain implant?!

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

Researchers at Intel are confident we will be using brain implants to surf the web using only our thoughts. The first goal is to decode common human brain signals. Back in the 50s and 60s, both the US and the Russians were doing some pretty bizarre brain experiments… some of which were of the “open […]

When a DNA testing lab folds, what happens to your data?

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

Wired had an excellent article on deCODE Genetics, which has filed for bankruptcy and will likely be bought up by another company. The concern is that the purchasing company, driven not by passion for the industry but by profits alone, will opt to sell customer data. It reminded me of the old biometric iris scanner […]

CDC tapping into electronic medical records

Friday, November 6th, 2009

The CDC has built a nearly real-time H1N1 tracking system called FluView. But how do they get this data? They get it directly from doctors, clinics, and hospitals of course! The CDC said it is now tracking data on 14 million patients from physician practices and hospitals that is stored on a relational database hosted […]

The FBI wants to be biometric central

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

“The FBI today is announcing a rapid DNA initiative,” said Louis Grever, executive assistant director of the FBI’s science and technology branch, during his keynote presentation at the Biometric Consortium Conference in Tampa. The FBI is expanding beyond its traditional fingerprint collection practices to develop a new biometrics system that will include DNA records, 3-D […]

Omitting data to make a completely inaccurate point

Friday, October 9th, 2009

In this article “More women than men dismissed from military for being gay” about the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy, the author (Adam Levine) is basically saying the military is being unfair to women. The article never states this outright, but even the title is written in such a way that is trying to […]

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