Technology Sucks - Did you have a nice day?

Written by Birmingham UK Com

I get intorepparttar office this morning and make a cup of coffee. Today is going to be a good day I tell myself as I sit down at my desk, ready for everythingrepparttar 133402 world has to throw at me.

Firstly my ISP doesn't work and its over an hour before were online - and this is Broadband! I download 367 emails of which 4 are for me and only 2 of them I really want. I have now wasted an hour and half ofrepparttar 133403 day and got nowhere.

To make matters worse my laptop seizes up halfway through trying to open a PDF file. This is a top ofrepparttar 133404 range computer and is causing me frustration big time.

Finally I can get started but Joe fromrepparttar 133405 office next door stops by. He is down and depressed over his recent divorce and wants to know if I would like to go for lunch with him. Hell. Thatsrepparttar 133406 last thing I want to do - but what do I do? I agree. What a sucker.

I get through lunch but end up with a headache from Joe wining on about his personal problems. Whats even worse is that it was a forgone conclusion that I would pay forrepparttar 133407 meal.

Never mind. Onwards and forwards. Whatever else could possibly go wrong. The afternoon should be pretty easy asrepparttar 133408 company director is doing a presentation so I pass time finishing off some work before I'm ready to go torepparttar 133409 meeting. Finally its time to go. I set off downrepparttar 133410 corridor towardsrepparttar 133411 meeting room.

Get identified under your skin!

Written by Chris N. Fernando

There are movies that entertain you, frighten you, and enlighten you. There are movies that trigger your brain of a possible invention that might take shape. This happens every time you watch a Science-fiction movie you wonder, THIS is something that can be explored! There have been movies inrepparttar past that have shownrepparttar 133401 possibilities of planting a gadget inside a human to track his/her daily activities. If that idea has already triggered you of a possible invention, and you are onrepparttar 133402 edge of dismissing that as a distant dream, think again! You could be just on your way to getting yourself identified by surgically implanting yourself with a rice-grain sized chip under your skin thanks to a VeriChip.

Now, whats a VeriChip?

Applied Digital Solutions Inc, a company into RFID applications, end-to-end food safety systems, GPS/Satellite communications, and telecomm and security infrastructure, has come up with a unique solution calledrepparttar 133403 VeriChip. This chip is a subdermal RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) device that can be used in a variety of security, financial, emergency identification and other applications. Aboutrepparttar 133404 size of a grain of rice, each VeriChip product contains a unique verification number. When this chip senses one of Verichip's proprietary scanners, it gets activated and transmits a unique ID number torepparttar 133405 scanner. Ifrepparttar 133406 number matches an ID number in a database,repparttar 133407 person withrepparttar 133408 chip under his or her skin can enter a secured room, complete a financial transaction, get his medical records verified, etc.

According to Applied Digital, this technology has been around for a while. Digital Angel, a sister concern of Applied Digital has been selling these identification chips for about 15 years now. but most of them have until now been used only for identifying animals like household pets and livestock. The U.S. Department of Energy has also been using this technology to monitor salmon migration. Whats more these chips can last for a whooping 20 years!

So why use it on humans?

Applied Digital says thatrepparttar 133409 idea for using these chips to identify humans came afterrepparttar 133410 horrifying incidents ofrepparttar 133411 Sept. 11, 2001 attacks onrepparttar 133412 World Trade Center andrepparttar 133413 Pentagon. While watchingrepparttar 133414 post disaster coverage on TV, Richard Seelig, Vice President of medical applications at Applied Digital, saw how firemen were writing their badge numbers on their arm with pen so that they could be identified inrepparttar 133415 event of a disaster. He then inserted one of these chips under his skin and tested their viability and was quite amazed at how perfectly they performed. As of now, about 9,000 VeriChips have been sold, of which about 1,500 have been inserted into humans. This number will soon increase, since even Federal Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared VeriChip for medical applications inrepparttar 133416 United States. However FDA hasnt yet cleared this device for usage in security, financial, personal identification and safety applications. It might not be long when these chips make their way into other parts ofrepparttar 133417 world.

Well, speaking of other parts ofrepparttar 133418 world,repparttar 133419 Mexican Police Department has already chipped all of their personnel. The Italian Ministry of Health has also started a six-month trial of these chips for hospitals. The Baja Beach Club in Spain has also used them as electronic wallets to buy drinks and pay for usage of other facilities at their club. Most sales of these chips have taken place outsiderepparttar 133420 US in Russia, Switzerland, Venezuela and Colombia.

How do you get it under your skin?

An authorized medical practitioner or surgeon can implant this 11-millimeter RFID chip inrepparttar 133421 fatty tissue below your right tricep. This chipping procedure lasts just a few minutes and involvesrepparttar 133422 use of only a local anesthetic followed by quick, painless insertion ofrepparttar 133423 VeriChip. Once its inserted under your skin, not even you can tell whether you have an RFID chip implanted there. So where doesrepparttar 133424 chip get its energy? Well, you dont have to worry about that. This chip is dormant most ofrepparttar 133425 time and wakes up only when you pass your skin over an external proprietary scanner. When you do this, a small amount of radio frequency energy passes throughrepparttar 133426 skin energizingrepparttar 133427 chip. The chip then emits a radio frequency signal containingrepparttar 133428 verification number. This number is then deciphered byrepparttar 133429 scanner and transmitted to a secure data storage site accessed by authorized personnel via telephone or Internet. "It is used instead of other biometric applications such as fingerprints, says Angela Fulcher, Vice President Marketing and Sales, VeriChip Corporation. Implanting these chips would cost about $150 - $200 per person.

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