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Minority Report Style Iris Scanners In Mexico 187

TheRealPacmanJones writes "Biometrics R&D firm Global Rainmakers Inc. (GRI) announced today that it is rolling out its iris scanning technology to create what it calls 'the most secure city in the world.' In a partnership with Leon, one of the largest cities in Mexico with a population of more than a million, GRI will fill the city with eye-scanners. The scanners will help revolutionize law enforcement not to mention marketing."
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Minority Report Style Iris Scanners In Mexico

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday August 18, 2010 @06:32PM (#33294968)

    Next time I post from an Internet Cafe in Leon, someone will know who I really am.

    -A. Coward

  • Secure? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by WrongSizeGlass ( 838941 ) on Wednesday August 18, 2010 @06:35PM (#33294988)

    'the most secure city in the world.'

    Not if you live, work or visit there. They need basic protections from drug gangs and their corrupt government, military and police. They don't need these scanners, they need millions of bullet proof vests.

  • Luckily.... (Score:3, Interesting)

    by fuzzyfuzzyfungus ( 1223518 ) on Wednesday August 18, 2010 @06:36PM (#33295002) Journal
    I'm sure that "Global Rainmakers Inc."(Seriously, could you have come up with something creepier?) have a foolproof plan for making sure that half the people involved aren't on one or more cartel payrolls, using the systems for tracking and assassinations, before the hardware is even in the field...
  • Re:Secure? (Score:1, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday August 18, 2010 @06:59PM (#33295206)
    It seems every country under the thumb of the Holy Roman Church is a corrupt shithole.
  • Re:what a joke (Score:3, Interesting)

    by turbotroll ( 1378271 ) on Wednesday August 18, 2010 @07:14PM (#33295340)

    Much the same may be said of the United States. Out of seven major signs of being a third world country with a first world public image, it is exhibiting seven.

    An obligatory link: 10 Signs The U.S. is Becoming a Third World Country []

  • by TheNarrator ( 200498 ) on Wednesday August 18, 2010 @07:53PM (#33295658)

    "In the future, whether it's entering your home, opening your car, entering your workspace, getting a pharmacy prescription refilled, or having your medical records pulled up, everything will come off that unique key that is your iris," says Jeff Carter, CDO of Global Rainmakers. Before coming to GRI, Carter headed a think tank partnership between Bank of America, Harvard, and MIT. "Every person, place, and thing on this planet will be connected [to the iris system] within the next 10 years," he says.

    But wait there's more, It will also be the lower 64 bits of your ipv6 address whenever you do anything online. You don't think we made 128 bits of Ip space and wasted all that bandwidth for nothing, do you?

  • by NRAdude ( 166969 ) on Wednesday August 18, 2010 @07:56PM (#33295698) Homepage Journal

    If you think about it, we actually need Software Patents and Pantent-laws, so that we we can invent all these New World Odor schemes by suing them for violating our patends disclosed in simulations presented in movie theatres.

    And there you have it. Thanks Orson for the movie, now who'se going to buy that evidence inherint in the disclosure of that movie? Klingon is a language too, and the Klingons don't attack Planet Earth because they
    know the RIAA and MPAA will sue them using Patent-law. It's like this with COPS, they are only arresting un-licensed drug dealers because they hold the Patents on drug-dealing: government hates competition.

  • Re:Secure? (Score:2, Interesting)

    by geekoid ( 135745 ) <dadinportland AT yahoo DOT com> on Wednesday August 18, 2010 @07:56PM (#33295700) Homepage Journal

    Not really. IN fact, most crime dropped, and domestic crime just about disappeared.

    Criminal on criminal violence amongst rival importers was bad. However, even when it wasn't bad it would be put on headlines and twisted to seem worse.

    My thought was that the papers didn't like the sever drop in revenue from the alcohol ad loss.

    At least then the criminal had the decency to try and keep it among themselves.

  • Re:Phooey. (Score:3, Interesting)

    by tepples ( 727027 ) <> on Wednesday August 18, 2010 @08:46PM (#33296056) Homepage Journal

    More scanners will result in more sales, until the governments mandate you must not hide your eyes.

    It wouldn't be too far removed from France's burqa ban.

  • by chord.wav ( 599850 ) on Wednesday August 18, 2010 @09:07PM (#33296180) Journal

    So unabomber was right after all uh?

    For the record, I don't approve his methods. But his manifesto is a good read.

  • Re:Well (Score:3, Interesting)

    by MidnightBrewer ( 97195 ) on Wednesday August 18, 2010 @11:23PM (#33297162)

    This article strikes me as a bit far-fetched. I'm curious to see if there's any news of this going anywhere in the future.

    BTW, the GRI website is under the confusing name of, and seems a bit fishy. No actual photos of staff (just generic clipart-ish silhouettes), and their claims of being able to capture a person's iris at over fifty feet moving at 1.5m/sec? Really? What kind of camera do they use for that? Just sayin'.

  • Re:Secure? (Score:2, Interesting)

    by happyfeet2000 ( 1208074 ) on Friday August 20, 2010 @02:53AM (#33311090)
    After throwing the PRI out, PAN, a conservative party, took over. A fundamentalist sector of which, El Yunque, is the one calling the shots in the state. An example of the type of society they have in mind is the sentencing of Araceli Camargo to 26 years of prision for an spontaneous abortion when she was 18 yers old after a very unfair and corrupt filled trial. The punishment for abortion in this state is 3 years in prision, in order to increase the penalty she was accused of murdering a relative. The fiscal attorney had all the support from the government, so no chance she would walk away free. If you read the records of the process you'll find every dirty trick on the book. 30 more ladies have already been sentenced to similar terms, and 166 more are waiting for the trial, if you can call this medieval farce a trial. Now imagine giving this kind of government total power over your privacy...shudder...

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