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Comment: What is this supposed to accomplish? (Score 2, Interesting) 69

by NivenMK1 (#33492800) Attached to: UK's Royal Mail Launches First Intelligent Stamps
Making an over-glorified bar code analog into a stamp which allows one to easily be linked to content is just a worthless ploy to generate revenue, as each time a poor yob scans one, they will likely make more off the resulting page hit (Thanks Advertising!) than they will from the sale of the stamp less the cost of delivering the letter.

I would wager that if someone has a phone which is capable of reading these "intelligent" stamps, they most likely know how to get more information than they wanted dealing with conceivable topic which a stamp could express in less time than installing the software to read the stamp.

Just the name screams marketing ploy and literally adds nothing to an infrequent, inconvenient, but occasional legally useful way of sending typed or written communication.

Comment: A big assumption... (Score 1) 198

by NivenMK1 (#32540166) Attached to: Google Releases Wi-Fi Sniffing Audit
Just because you can't see it and you can't hear it in no way means that it is private.
It's like the RIAA driving around in a car with the windows down blasting tunes and suing anyone within earshot...
The only thing a user with a non-encrypted wi-fi access point should have a reasonable assumption of is the lack of security.

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