RFID on metal cans

In Japan an RFID tag has been released on an aluminum can for the first time ever. This is pretty interesting as metal has always been a problem for RFID, in that it blocks it from being read.

Here is a link to the article in NyTeknik in Swedish. I can’t find anything in English, so if you find a link would appreciate if you could share with me and my visitors 🙂

Celebrities Big Brother ‘white trash’ brings in RFID for entertainment

The Celebrity Big Brother program has moved on to another dimension in their surveillance with the use of RFID on participants, just for our entertainment. It is pretty sad that we are a nation that feel entertained by such ‘white trash’. Have we nothing better to do with our time than to take part or watch these programs that encourage surveillance to a level of acceptance in a society where surveillance and location tracking is increasing on endemic scales.

I wonder how many of us come home each evening, and switch on the TV before even taking off our shoes, or changing our clothes to something more casual? I wonder how many of our brains are turning to vegetables as we sit in front of our TV to be enterained by this ‘white trash’? I wonder how many of us eat our dinner in front of the TV?

Thank goodness for blogging and social networking, for that our children are not lured by the ‘television generation’ that I guess that I am a part of. There is much negative to be said with children going online, but at least they need to think, act and make decisions whilst sat in front of their computer. Not like those of us that vegetate in front of the TV.

If you can think of any intelligent reason for the benefits of TV vegetation and this type of ‘white trash’ please share. I am always open to adapting my opinions if the arguments are compelling enough.

Sentinel dogs

An interesting development on CCTV at Leeds univeristy U.K. They have developed ‘sleepless’ cameras. Well you could liken it to the sentinel dog, sleeping with one ear popped up, just in case. The cameras are able to detect if someone else than the person that left the bike takes it. These cameras have been developed by a PhD student Dima Damen to tackle the problem of stolen bicycles with seems to be endemic wherever you go, and the success rate of the owner getting back their bicycle is only 5%. The technology could also be applied to airports for suspicious luggage, i.e. someone comes in with a bag and leaves with no bag… read more here…