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Comment: Re:Outside Agencies (Score 2) 305

The RFID tags you are thinking of are passive with no batteries.

This RFID tag has a battery. From this I conclude that it is active and therefore almost certainly has a much greater range.

Makes me wonder how long the batteries last and if they are rechargeable/replaceable or if new badges need to be issued when they wear out.

Comment: Re:Ah, America! (Score 1) 562

by mkremer (#38528014) Attached to: Verizon Adds $2 Charge For Paying Your Bill Online

The information needed for putting money into an bank account is the same as the information needed to pull money out of it.

If money is incorrectly transfered into your account it is not yours and you can get into a lot of trouble if you try to keep it. This has happened before and it is sad to see people thinking they can get away with keeping the money and then ending up in jail. Same for a envelope full of cash, just that they may not be able to figure out who got the envelope.

Comment: Re:Asia goes up! (Score 1) 330

by mkremer (#38418614) Attached to: Apple Outsources A5 Chip Manufacture<nobr> <wbr></nobr>... To Texas

I read that part differently than you.

I do not believe the comment was directed at paramedics or any other emergency workers.

Rather that the plant would be full automated to the point that no human is needed for the normal operation of the facility. So not only the production line but also all maintenance and other activities would be automated. The "mostly useless emergency supervisors" would only need to do anything if something unexpected happened that the automation could not handle. We are not any where near that level of automation yet.

Regardless of whether a mission expands or contracts, administrative overhead continues to grow at a steady rate.