Because I thought (and still do think) that RFID is inherently evil because the people that will use it the most are inherently evil. I thought at the time that it would find apparently innocent ways to weave itself into our society until we all became complacent – and that RFID would then start getting more and more intrusive.
My initial plans for the site were education, and protection – I designed (with some help) a little RFID jammer that would effectively render any RFID reader within a few yards unusable.
Of course it would have been illegal to use, or sell, so I really didn’t ever do anything with the site.
Since then RFID has become very commonplace – most of us don’t even know when we are being scanned.
Big brother *IS* watching – you just either don’t know it, or you don’t seem to care.
Take this story on Disney requiring fingerprint biometrics from visitors. Is this intrusive to you, or is it “worth it to you” to spend hours waiting in lines for silly rides and $9.00 hotdogs?
How about the government putting video cameras in every house – just in case you are burglarized – so they can find “those responsible” and “hold them accountable”? Is that acceptable to you? No, we aren’t at that point (yet).
How much invasion of your privacy are you willing to succumb to before you just scream, “ENOUGH, ENOUGH, ENOUGH”?
You don’t feel violated yet? You will. Do you have dark skin, or a Muslim-sounding name? Been to an airport lately?
You can’t even come back from Mexico without a damn passport anymore, and shit – we’re FRIENDS with them!
Got a late model computer – yeah, they can trace uniquely to you – based on the serial number. Got a color printer – guess what – the government is involved with those as well – scan a few $100 bills and see if you can get a good image of them, or get them to print.
Ride a motorcycle? Ever sit at a “sensor-equipped” red light for 15 minutes and it never changes because it doesn’t know you are there – and finally you make sure things are clear, and you just drive through the red light? Traffic cameras are watching you, and in many places will issue a ticket – even in an instance like this where I have had REAL, LIVE Police Officers decline to ticket me because they knew why I “ran the light”. The cameras won’t care – you’ll get a ticket in the mail that you will be presumed guilty of. Good luck fighting that – even if you can afford to spend a day in a court room.
I am not suggesting all of these things are bad – the printers not being able to reproduce counterfeit bills – a good thing (unless it is reporting back to someone that I tried – then that’s a bad thing, since I haven’t broken any law – scanning a bill isn’t against the law as far as I know – trying to pass off the fake bill you print would be).
Traffic cameras – ok, I see enough idiots run stoplights that I can ALMOST give them a pass – except for the fact they make it virtually impossible to fight them without spending more time and effort then the fine itself costs – free money for the government because they make the process to exercise your rights overly arduous – to keep you from fighting maybe? I dunno that I want to get that dark — but I know they could make it easier.
Taking sneakers off four year olds in the airport seems a little extreme to me – why don’t we just all agree to fly buck naked – including the flight crew. That would put everyone on an even footing, even if your name is Ahmed. No carry on – period. Just your naked “I have given up my rights to be a free person” ass.
RFID – how many things are you willing to have tracked? Your clothes, your can of string beans – your DVDs, your driver’s licence, your passport, your BODY? As long as you are sitting naked on that plane you might as well take an anal injection of an RFID chip, right?
OK – maybe ALL of those are “somewhat” valid uses of tracking people – but taking my damn fingerprint to walk into an imaginary world where I am paying outrageous money to have outdated cartoon characters “entertain me” while I wait in their endless lines for their mostly senseless “rides”? No thank you – that crosses the line. I would rather get the RFID chip shoved up my ass than let Mickey-fucking-Mouse have my fingerprint so he can do a better job of selling me (and my kids, mostly the kids) his bullshit product that is over-priced, over-hyped and mostly just smoke and mirrors.
Disney has lost their damn mind this time, I am sure. I thought they had completely lost it in 1986 when I walked into Disney World, stood in line for 25 minutes for a damn hamburger and finally turned around and left – asking first for my money back. THAT was an interesting conversation:
“I’m sorry sir, we don’t give refunds – you have already enjoyed the magic of the park.”
“No – I didn’t – I experienced standing in line for a hamburger for 25 minutes – and the line never moved. I didn’t even SEE the park”.
“Sir, you were in the park, so you had the opportunity to see it”.
It went on like that for ten minutes or so – I finally got my money back. Anyone that is willing to give their fingerprint to get in a fucking theme park might as well take the RFID chip up the ass, and give a DNA sample… come on folks – demand more of business than this – demand more of your country that this. THERE IS NO REASON FOR MY GOVERNMENT OR WALT-FUCKING DISNEY TO BE TRACKING ME.
Or WalMart – yeah, I wasn’t letting off the King of RFID.
To those of you that think this doesn’t matter, and that I am just paranoid – good luck. They’ve already defeated you – please see Goofy at Window Number One.