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Submission + - The Art of the QR code in Rio (bbc.co.uk)

Rambo Tribble writes: As reported by the BBC, Rio de Janerio has initiated a project embedding mosaic QR codes in the city's walkways. The codes are intended to provide access to information for tourists. I imagine they will also provide access to hackers with little more than a magic marker.

Comment The tip of the iceberg (Score 1) 1862

The genie is long and truly out of the bottle. When someone realizes the implication of oval boring, we'll even have printable guns that leave no scoring on the bullet to identify the weapon it was fired from.

As desirable as it might be to better control who has access to guns, outlawing them will only benefit the global market in illegal weapons. Witness the success of the "War On Drugs", initiated by the Nixon administration and the greatest single factor in the ascent of Mexican drug cartels.

Apple

Submission + - iPhone 5 Demand Withering? (reuters.com)

Rambo Tribble writes: Reuters has posted an article discussing a Nikkei report citing revelations by iPhone 5 parts suppliers that orders for the phone's components are being cut. It appears demand for the new model is languishing.

With Windows 8 disappointing and now the iPhone 5 apparently doing so, also, are we seeing the limitations of closed ecosystems finally reflected in their popularity?

The Military

Submission + - U.S. Nuke Lab Kicks Chinese Tech (reuters.com)

Rambo Tribble writes: Reuters reports that Los Almos National Laboratory has removed switches produced by Chinese firm H3C, which once had ties to Huawei. This appears to be a step taken to placate a nervous Congress, rather in response to any detected security issues.

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