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Showing posts from March, 2007

Fingerprint Fraud

Whole Foods Market in Cleveland is now open, and after my first visit I must say that Whole Foods never fails to impress. As I was checking out, I swiped my Discover Card through the familiar credit card processing machine seen in most stores nowadays; yet at the same time I noticed a piece of technology I'd never seen before: it was an index fingerprint reader, the type of thing I'd expect to see as part of a super security system for a secret underground vault or something.

The new technology is called Pay By Touch. The system puts your fingerprint in an electronic database and links it to your Discover Card, American Express Card, or checking account. When its time to pay just press your index finger against the reader and off you go... no need to carry checks, credit cards or cash. The Pay By Touch company touts the system as a secure alternative to credit cards and checks. Every fingerprint is unique, so there is zero risk that someone could go on a shopping spree with you…

Notable News

What happened in the world today? Alberto Gonzales's top aide is refusing to testify to congress about the termination of federal prosecutors... Iran detained several British naval personal and marines, causing world oil prices to skyrocket to their highest price this year... more US soldiers were killed in Iraq today as violence continues...

Oh, and I almost forgot about today's TOP STORY:

I'm not even sure this is classifiable as news. Think about it: this is a story that just says they're going to have another story when information for that story becomes available. All I can say about this is WHY!?

Update: SNL recently ran a hilarious parody of The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer. Sadly, this piece of satire is an incredibly accurate representation of CNN (and cable TV news) in America.

And for the ultimate irony: Wolf Blitzer responded to this SNL skit on his show, while the news ticker ran a story about Anna Nicole Smith. You can't write stuff this good!