Monday, Jul. 18, 2005 - 4:21 a.m.
Cost of the War in Iraq
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Imagination and Technology
Third entry tonight.
Don't you think that it's a bit ironic that putting all your information on one electronic card in order to stop terrorists, people defrauding healthcare systems etc would most very likely facilitate identity theft? That before any id whatsoever, it is pretty easy to have much data which only you know. And the people who need to know.
And now with the internet, using things like birthday to verify someone's id, or their mother's maiden name, is just ludicrous. Cuz the information is often easy for anyone with any research skills to find.
And now with hackers, many supposedly "secure" systems that hold or send your information, including passwords, social insurance numbers, bank account numbers, usernames, credit card numbers can be tapped into. And then it is VERY easy to supply the information that is supposed to PROVE that you are who you say you are.
Right now they are talking about biometric health cards in Britain, electronic health cards in Germany, and Swedish passports.
Apparently one doesn't worry so much when one is within the EU for example, but going into a non-democratic country, they would read your passport and collect all the data on you that is electronically held in it, and could keep it. And maybe use it?
The other funny thing was that Sweden had developed these advanced electronic passports, and the US cannot read them. So they end up being actually less verifiable than a regular passport.
All in all, our imaginations outstrip our technology, and sometimes technology outstrips most of our imaginations except for the few who see all the gaping security holes and the fun and games of using those holes to pose as someone else. That is what we call a false sense of security.
On other news, hot weather is really bad if you like hard butter on your bread. You'd have to eat in the refrigerator. Egads for the 70% of the population of the world (I made that # up) who live in places where it is warm all the time. I swear I couldn't deal.
ps, the fly met his early end by way of my little book I write computer usernames in. oops!
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Goodbye Michael. May your next life be kinder to you. - Thursday, Jun. 25, 2009
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