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Taiwanese Researchers Plug RFIDs As Disaster Recovery Aids 108

Posted by timothy
from the one-way-to-look-at-things dept.
Velcroman1 writes "Scientists tag animals to monitor their behavior and keep track of endangered species. Now some are asking whether all of mankind should be tagged too. Looking for a loved one? Just Google his microchip. Taiwanese researchers postulate that the tags could help save lives in the aftermath of a major earthquake. And IBM advocated chips for humans in a speech earlier this week. The ACLU disagrees. 'Many people find the idea creepy,' spokesman Jay Stanley told FoxNews.com."
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Taiwanese Researchers Plug RFIDs As Disaster Recovery Aids

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  • Re:Cell phones (Score:4, Informative)

    by brass1 (30288) <SlrwKQpLrq1FM.what@net> on Friday May 14, 2010 @10:38PM (#32216806) Homepage
    That doesn't destroy the devies themselves. They're still turned on and chattering away looking for a network, at least until the batteries go flat. For most phones with a moderately charged battery, even an iPhone, that could be a day or more.

    Even then, there's still records at your cell phone company that can be used to triangulate your last known position to at least tens of feet; usually better.
  • Re:Dear ACLU (Score:3, Informative)

    by Thiez (1281866) on Saturday May 15, 2010 @07:03AM (#32218762)

    +2 Interesting? What? Intuition is in your brain, not in your abdomen. If in some situation you have a 'bad feeling' in your guts it is either because your brain figured something out and is making you feel nervous, or because you are infected with some disease or ate something bad. It is NOT because some mysterious second or third nervous system that is located in your abdomen has used its magical powers of intuition and is making your spider sense tingle.

Neckties strangle clear thinking. -- Lin Yutang