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Some movement in the background here, as today's Tech Bits features some contributions from someone who may be helping expand our coverage in that area as we go forward... we may even see the return of PM Tech Bits (as heady as that may sound). Also, we were able to revert the server back to its native Eastern Time yesterday, after running on Greenwich Mean Time for a few days there, the only side effect of this was how messageboard posts started showing up out of order until the four hour time difference was accounted for.

Link of the Day: Monty Python and the Holy Grail in Lego. A link we've been sent at least a hundred times, but this time it actually worked when I checked it. Thanks EvilToast (and the other 99 of you).
Story of the Day: Romania has no stake in Dracula. "The discovery means Romanians will have to pay royalties to Universal Studios for creating a Dracula theme park." Thanks dukui-san.
Media of the Day: The Top 10 Ugliest Couches in America. Thanks Ant.
Wild Science: Identifying terrorists before they strike. "Brain fingerprinting"? Thanks Nick Hiltner.
Wild Science II: No hiding place for anyone. On a note related to the above. Thanks [MP] Wolverine [MP].

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10. Re: Brain Fingerprinting Oct 4, 2001, 01:49 Dead_Cow
In the article it gives examples of some questions. The questons didn't seem very commonplace.

And say you DID get a worse score because of that.. and you were getting on a plane.... it doesn't say you would definatley be subdued... it just says that it would amount to more marshals being on that flight.

You know, when it comes down to it, I'd rather have a security profile for me (which CAN be anonymous...) on file than have another world trde center incident.

I don't like when people get on their soapboxes and shoot down good ideas without offering a better idea of their own.

"Okay, here's how!"

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9. Brain Fingerprinting Oct 3, 2001, 18:51 Fat Albert
This is scary as hell. The assumption is that they ask the right questions, but what if they don't? This is just giving the government a tool to profile citizens. Maybe the computer doesn't make distinctions between race, creed, religion, etc. But the person in charge of the questions may. Do you get a worse score if you know something about the Koran or the PLO? Are political science majors going to be at risk? How is it American to abridge someone's rights based upon their knowledge?!?!

We shouldn't destroy the freedoms of Americans in the process of "saving them."

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8. Re: Brain fingerprinting. Oct 3, 2001, 15:44 KaRRiLLioN
The government wouldn't know where you were and couldn't track you so long as you didn't associate your ID with it, although it's much easier to simply track anyone now simply by seeing their credit card purchases/check purchases, etc. If only your iris were associated with it then it would be a completely anonymous relational database that simply says, this person has x security risk profile.
Heck something like this might even prevent things such as Colombine from happening if you identified high-risk students. I am interested in learning a lot more about how this works. Some ppl like gun hobbyists might show a higher risk factor, wouldn't they?

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7. Re: Brain fingerprinting. Oct 3, 2001, 12:40 GarlicSauce
What the heck?
The guy has degrees in CS and ECE--He would be great at IMPLEMENTING his own solution. But his only source is 60 minutes!? I admit, 60 minutes is a viable source of information, but if he wants to write his own paper on it, he's going to need a lot more back up than that to dispel skepticism. It does not sound like something I would fail personally, but I AM uncomfortable with the idea of the government knowing where I or my family is whenever they want. If this guy were a Neuro-chemist or somesuch, I could take his word as it is, but his paper has some serious flaws and shows a genuine lack of education on the subject he's writing on. Almost as bad as that guy that said the ozone hole is a myth.


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6. Re: Brain fingerprinting. Oct 3, 2001, 12:34 GarlicSauce

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5. Re: Monty Python in Lego Oct 3, 2001, 11:12 anon@217.84
Try downloading the Quicktime-Version:
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4. Re: Some Tweaking Oct 3, 2001, 10:04 phewl
... I smell another poster hehe, funny, I figured Ant would get a spot before anyone since he is always helpin out =P

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3. Tech bits? Oct 3, 2001, 09:48 anon@212.135
Some movement in the background here, as today's Tech Bits features some contributions from someone who may be helping expand our coverage in that area as we go forward...

Redwood from Stomped used to like his tech news... hmmm...
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2. Brain fingerprinting. Oct 3, 2001, 09:41 Dead_Cow
I'm all for it. I think there need to be a database of people that says "this person is okay, this person is dangerous". I don't think it's intrusive, and would only afect us if we needed access to something where security was of either minor or utmost importance. I hope this gets implemented. If we are going to thwart terrorism, it will take more than the lackluster x-ray devices we have in place today and a simple patting down by a security guard. I believe this to be a viable solution.

In plane, I'd like to see some kind of knock-out gas in the passenger compartment w/ the cockpit sealed off and fortified. Terrorist threat? Hijacking? Seal the cockpit, release the gas, land the plane, subdue the terrorists, and then wake everyone up. No struggle... no guns for pilots. That would make sense to me on a plane.

I hope there's a lot of feedback on this brain fingerprinting lotd. It'd be interesting to hear what people think.

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1. Monty Python in Lego Oct 3, 2001, 09:13 Bronco
I'd like to see this. Doesn't seem to work when you're on a 56k connection. Maybe there's a link somewhere to download it. Streaming video sucks for the HPB.


--What the hell, go and put all your eggs in one basket
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