Category Archives: Security

How To Handle Privacy Like a Caveman

From an article in Wired about the new RFID chips in US passports:

4) The best approach? Hammer time. Hitting the chip with a blunt, hard object should disable it. A nonworking RFID doesn’t invalidate the passport, so you can still use it.

I guess that’s what I’ll be doing if I don’t get my passport this week. I need it to get married in Canada. :)

via Richard

Smart Surveillance == ED 209?

researchers at the University of Texas in Austin are hoping its smart surveillance system can lend a hand in detecting that pent-up rage. The “computer vision system” can reportedly analyze human movements as they occur, and distinguish between “friendly behaviors such as shaking hands, and aggressive actions like punching, pushing,”

Smart surveillance systems may soon detect violent behavior

Although this looks really cool, I can’t help but worry that it will turn out like ED 209 in RoboCop some day.

You know, like this: