Other bloggers say:
- Mad Rocket Scientist (Real damn scary)
- Robb Allen (Depressing quote of the day)
- Linoge (So how does one nominate organizations for the Big Brother Awards?)
I say it’s Party Time.
There are many, many other options. Here is just a very small sample:
If I could get some custom made they would say “TSA = A Security Theater”.
Big Brother wants to spends millions on technology that can be defeated by $20 worth of plastic you can by online.
I have had mine for several years. Do you have yours?
Forget big brother.
More like number of the beast. First, you can volunteer to be scanned. Then you won’t be able to shop, prove identity, etc without having your iris scanned.
Jews in the attic, indeed.
Way to find the silver lining, Joe ;).
That was my first thought on reading this, too!
Now that I think about it, the “you’ll stick out like a sore thumb if you don’t opt in” makes me wonder: does this mean the police will be tracking every person who is flagged “unidentified iris”? Isn’t that a pleasant thought?
I’ve been using cash instead of debit cards recently, for the psychological benefit of “I’m spending money–better be careful”. In doing so, I’ve also discovered a new level of anonymity…not that I’m yet all that paranoid…but adding iris scanners to the mix might just push me over the edge!
Another thought: could iris scanners be defeated by laser de-patternizers? I’d expect so…and it would be yet another laser surgery that would make contact lenses obsolete!
If it comes to what eye-wear to get…is there one that does the Eye of Sauron from the movie adaptation of Tolkien’s book?
On a more serious front, if this does go mainstream, it will bring all sorts of weirdness with it.
Now that I think about it, the “you’ll stick out like a sore thumb if you don’t opt in” makes me wonder: does this mean the police will be tracking every person who is flagged “unidentified iris”?
_Everybody_ will be “identified” if scanners of this type become ubiquitous.
a) You will be at some place where you are scanned AND “they” know by some other means that you were there.
b) Item “a)” will occur a sufficient number of times that “they” can correlate your scan with your identity.
Once “b)” has occurred “they” will know _everyplace_ (with a scanner), and what time, that you have been since the scanner was put into operation. It would only be a matter of time before they would have your complete history. Effectively, there is no “opting out”.
Definitely fails the “Jews in the attic test”. In a catastrophic fashion: they would know all about you before you even realized you needed to hide the “Jews”.
I don’t know. I haven’t looked for it but there are a lot of different things available out there.
Scanners can “fail” too. If the scanners and the technicans that replace them have an extremely high failure rate in the field they may stop using them.
I think that (an extremely high failure rate) is the _only_ thing that will stop them.
I’ll certainly be doing my part because like I said: it fails the test.
Gonna have to get me some contacts, before they are made illegal