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March 25, 2008

Your new enhanced driver's license will make you an RFID personal information beacon

enhanced.jpg via | Wired | Beyond the Beyond | Bruce Sterling | Arphid Watch: Skimming becomes a felony in Washington State
(((This is a mostly pro-forma effort meant to protect the people of Washington from imagine lone hacker bad-guy pickpockets with arphid guns. The stark fact that everybody in Washington State is about to become an automatic electronic identity beacon is rather glossed-over.)))
RFID Update, the RFID Industry Daily | Tuesday, March 25, 2008 | Issue 804 | Washington RFID Bill Expected to Become Law Today Today Washington Governor Chris Gregoire is expected to sign a bill making it a felony to skim personal data from RFID cards and documents.... A person that intentionally scans another person's identification device remotely, without that person's prior knowledge and prior consent, for the purpose of fraud, identity theft, or for any other illegal purpose, shall be guilty of a class C felony.... Washington began issuing Enhanced Driver Licenses with RFID tags in January, and thousands of citizens have requested them. The Enhanced Driver License can be used instead of a passport for crossing the Washington border into Canada. Morris said it was important to establish RFID usage guidelines and protections since government and private RFID systems are growing throughout Washington.
((( [The article] doesn't seem to have given much thought to the notion of *federal American spies* quietly skimming American RFID passports and RFID drivers' licences. Presumably, once they're caught... probably by abandoning a laptop or a thumb drive someplace -- they can scamper over to AT&T and get the "Get out of Jail Free" card.))) (((It also does nothing about Three Initial Corporation stockpiling a huge database of your movements by automagically skimming your Washington drivers' license as you walk through the doors of malls and franchises.)))...
Washington is one of four border states -- along with Arizona, New York, and Vermont -- that have signed cooperative agreements with the Department of Homeland Security to use the same RFID technology in their enhanced drivers licenses as the national PASS Card ..., which the federal government is making available to US citizens who frequently cross borders into Canada and Mexico. The PASS Card program remains controversial, with many opponents claiming the State Department, which manages the program, issued Gen2-based RFID technology specifications that create unnecessary security holes.
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Cheaters getting publicly, permanently shamed on Xbox Live

Cheaters branded on Xbox Live, Gamerscores reset - Joystiq

Well, now there's a far simpler way: Microsoft will label them "cheater." The Xbox Live Sheriff has begun targeting players who "gain achievements through avoiding game play and the use of external tools" and, as a punishment, resetting their gamerscores to zero, making them "unable to regain all previously earned achievements," and lastly (though, most deliciously), permanently labeling them "as a 'cheater' for the community to view." And, since the "gamerscore correction will remain permanent without any way to appeal" there's a good chance we'll have yet another easy way of identifying cheaters on Xbox Live: the tinny static of their whimpering sobs.

Wil Wheaton on even more Rock Band awesome

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March 24, 2008

Special post for the wonderful Hel-Dar

Thank you for being our friend and not doing stuff...

March 23, 2008

Twitsig: Convert your twitters to sig images

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Very easy. Like so.

March 20, 2008

Apple considering free, unlimited music

Apple said to weigh unlimited music deal - Yahoo! News

SAN FRANCISCO - Apple Inc. is mulling a plan to upend its iTunes business by giving people unlimited free access to the music library if they're willing to pay more for the iPod and iPhone devices they use for playing and storing the digital media, according to a report published Wednesday.

Some analysts threw cold water on the plan outlined in the Financial Times, however, saying Cupertino-based Apple would risk creating an "accounting nightmare" and alienating some artists if it started giving away songs on its iTunes online store.

Rumors have buzzed through the industry for a couple years that Apple might open iTunes for free downloads. Meanwhile, Apple's rivals are experimenting with new ways to distribute music online — including giving it away.