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UK Issues High-tech Stamps

michael posted more than 12 years ago | from the stick-to-the-topic dept.

News 176

bgood writes: "According to this story on Excite@Home, the UK's Royal Mail has released a series of "interactive" stamps. Included in the series: A scratch-and-sniff stamp, a stamp with a hologram, and another that shows an electrically-charged particle when warmed by finger heat. The stamps commemorate 100 years of the Nobel Prize and Britain's achievements. The Royal Mail describes the stamps here."

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176 comments

8==D 4 u (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2391483)

SUCK
8======D
onto
my
PENIS!

Re:8==D 4 u (-1)

mackga (990) | more than 12 years ago | (#2391511)

on a related note, exclusive pic [sexportalia.dk] of taco and hemos at home. fucking sick bastards, huh?

Hmmmm (0)

NewbieSpaz (172080) | more than 12 years ago | (#2391488)

Gives 'Electronic Mail' a whole new meaning ;)

Scrach N' Sniff Post! (0, Offtopic)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 12 years ago | (#2391625)

Sure, hey, try it out!


[SCRATCH HERE] for the smell of glass (plastic if using an LCD monitor)


And you can [SCRATCH HERE] for the smell of finger oil.


Lastly, if you really, really [SCRATCH HERE] hard enough you can smell blood!

Telepathy (3, Interesting)

pallex (126468) | more than 12 years ago | (#2391489)

Theres been a bit of a hoo-ha about the fact that the accompanying booklet has stuff about telepathy in it.

http://www.observer.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,6903,5 60 604,00.html

Re:Telepathy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2391495)

As always, slashdot is incapable of reproducing links correctly... remove the space which is hidden amongst the numbers...

Re:Telepathy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2391588)

It's not Slashdot, it's you. Learn how to use the <A> tag, idiot.

Re:Telepathy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2391719)

A tag? In plain text mode? I dont think so. Go back to sleep, loser.

wakka wakka (-1)

mackga (990) | more than 12 years ago | (#2391501)

fuck this shit.what's most imprtant is that liz claman is sucking my cock as i type this. so fuck off, wankers.

achievements (3, Funny)

vacamike (248725) | more than 12 years ago | (#2391503)

I can guarantee that among the stamps for british achievements, there will not be one for Orthodontics. :)

Mike

Re:achievements (3, Funny)

biglig2 (89374) | more than 12 years ago | (#2391524)

What is it with you americans and out teeth? We don't go on about how insanely fat you all are!

Besides, since we invented stamps, we can put whatever we flippin well want on them! So there!

Hmmm... now if we'd patented the idea, we could claim 20$ for every mail posted. we're rich! rich!

Re:achievements (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2391530)

American Day:

6.00am: Get Up
6.05am: Shower [optional]
6.20am: Clean Teeth, Pick Teeth, Floss teeth [mandatory]
8.00am: Drive to work.
13:00: Clean teeth after lunch. Get donut out from molar
15:00: Clean teeth after chocolate bar binge
20:00: Clean teeth after pizza and coke binge
23:00: Clean teeth to be sure.

Re:achievements (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2391532)

Americans are fat cuz we have more food to eat and not crumpets and sheeps balls

Re:achievements (2)

biglig2 (89374) | more than 12 years ago | (#2391547)

Re-reading my post, perhaps I should lie down in a darkened room for a while, yes, that's the ticket.

Re:achievements (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2391637)

We don't go on about how insanely fat you all are!

We don't go on about how insanely ugly your women are!

Of course we'd be insanely fat! (2, Funny)

Greyfox (87712) | more than 12 years ago | (#2391699)

Look at who we learned to cook from! The French and the Germans! What've you guys ever contributed to world cuisine? Hamburgers that will make your brain explode, blood pudding and haggis! It's a wonder your entire nation didn't die of malnutrition centuries ago! Look... We've got a store here that has 31 flavors of ice cream! 31! Try to imagine that for a moment. You could literally have a different flavor every day for a month! I mean, you guys are always telling us to broaden our horizons, but I bet you had a hard time imagining 31 flavors of ice cream. Didn't you? But listen... in the spirit of international exchange, if you're ever in the neighborhood give me a yell and I'll take you to the store with the 31 flavors of ice cream and get you a triple dip of 3 flavors other than chocolate, vanilla and strawberry.

Re:Of course we'd be insanely fat! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2391737)

I would be looking like an ethiopian if I had to eat that British food.

Re:Of course we'd be insanely fat! (2, Funny)

AndroidCat (229562) | more than 12 years ago | (#2391765)

What's wrong with Shepherd's Pie? (Other than the fact that it rarely has any real shepherds in it.)

*Hum* Prior Art * Hum (2, Interesting)

da5idnetlimit.com (410908) | more than 12 years ago | (#2391744)

From what I know (please go and cress me 8) :

First stamp ever used was Chinese, a 3 part stamp : one for the sender, one for the office and one for the taker (no Goatse joke !)
Payment was due by the recipient.

Funny thing : People had to write the adress and a commentary on the stamp, to identify themselves...
After some times, people started to "code" the important news on the stamps, allowing the recipient to read the message and refuse the letter, not paying the fee and still having the news 8)..

=> the system got abandonned and they had to wait till 1853 to have another post office 8)

Re:achievements (-1)

mackga (990) | more than 12 years ago | (#2391539)

yah! fuck the brits! they'er a bunch of wasted, tubercular fucksticks anyway. while we're at the business of cleaning up that shithole of the middle east, why not lob a few nukes england-wards? no great loss.

Re:achievements (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2391559)

Nuke florida as well. Dirty Anthrax ridden hellhole. And the southern states. And texas. Or maybe everyone should learn to live with each other?

Nuke Florida? FUCK YOU! (-1)

TrollMan 5000 (454685) | more than 12 years ago | (#2391590)

I live in Florida. Better not tell me where you live, I'll send a BIGGER nuke there.

Re:Nuke Florida? FUCK YOU! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2391632)

I live in France. No, that is a bit too close to home - satisfying though the nuke would be. How about I live in Miami?

Re:achievements (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2391570)

Havent you got therapy to go to? Hey, watch out for the schoolkids with guns! better not take a grey hound bus either. or a plane. How about walking? Or are you too fat, you fucking undereducated piece of shit?

Re:achievements (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2391621)

fuck you you fat american cunt. hope bin laden fucks you in the ass. and your mom. CUNT.

Re:achievements (1)

Bill_Mische (253534) | more than 12 years ago | (#2391562)

I hate to admit it but true. The priority for dentistry here is as a branch of medicine, rather than cosmetics. The upshot is that most dentists are "dental surgeons" and send patients to a specialist orthodontist.

Re:achievements (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2391620)

I can guarantee that among the stamps for british achievements, there will not be one for Orthodontics.

Are you starting a fight?

Talking of Nobel prizes, it's funny how few Nobel Peace Prizes the Americans have won. The last one I believe was Henry Kissenger in 1973, when the Nobel committee must have had a few too many drinks. Not suprisingly, the other joint nominee, Le Duc Tho from Vietnam, turned the prize down.

Re:achievements (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2391677)

How about one commemorating the fact that we brought the entire world out of the dark ages and into the technical age?


They'd have one in the states but there's not much appeal for a 1-stamp set.

Sounds great (0, Flamebait)

CaptainAlbert (162776) | more than 12 years ago | (#2391504)

Woohoo! Now, when I receive my bank statement / credit card demand / birthday cards / electricity bill about FOUR DAYS AFTER IT WAS POSTED from a town TWNETY MILES AWAY, I'll be able to interact with an inch-square piece of paper stuck to the front of it.

Whoever thought this was a good way to spend money was a fool. Give it to our postmen, who are constantly striking because they're paid pittance.

Re:Sounds great (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2391575)

Give it to our postmen, who are constantly striking because they're paid pittance.
They don't even deserve that much. They are surly thieves who kick your packages around in the sorting office.

Old News... (0, Redundant)

Bert64 (520050) | more than 12 years ago | (#2391506)

This appeared on UK television and in the printed media last week..

Re:Old News... (-1)

trollercoaster (250101) | more than 12 years ago | (#2391528)


You don't look for /. for current news, everything here is stale.
You come to /. for the goatse, but stay for the trolls.

w00t! dig my b0xen!

Re:Old News... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2391545)

Coming back to UK television, today it was announced that Osama bin Laden is to appear on 'Ready, Steady, Cook!', he's going to make the Big apple crumble...

Re:Old News... (1)

ozbon (99708) | more than 12 years ago | (#2391601)

And Irish/Polish (depending on the nation reading this) terrorists have hijacked the Goodyear Blimp. So far they've bounced off Canary Wharf, Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, and Telecom Tower...

Re:Old News... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2391594)

Hmm... I wonder why I didn't hear about it then.

Oh, that's right. I don't live in the UK, so I don't get UK television or printed media. My bad.

Re:Old News... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2391729)

Poor you. Have you tried looking on the internet? Or do you live in a backwards country where people are too poorly educated to use the net properly, such as America?

Re:Old News... (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2391751)

Or do you live in a backwards country where people are too poorly educated to use the net properly, such as America?

We invented the net euro-cunt. If you guys are "so" educated, why are you so fucking poor compared to us? Oh yeah, your "education" has brainwashed you into believing in socialism. Haha, America laughs you!

Re:Old News... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2391771)

What is a 'net euro-cunt'?
Or should I understand from this that you didn't bother learning the language we gave you?

Re:Old News... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2391843)

Perhaps you`d like to point out exactly which countries in Europe qualify as `socialist`. (You might have to ask one of the 4% of US fat fucking citizens who have a passport where Europe is.)

Scratch and sniff... (3, Funny)

nob (244898) | more than 12 years ago | (#2391507)

Of course, theres no better way to honor 100 years of the Nobel prize and all that genius scientific research then with a scratch and sniff stamp. What's next, fruit scented markers commemorating Picasso?

Nothing beats... (1)

Monkeychunks (449273) | more than 12 years ago | (#2391679)

...The scratch and sniff centre pages of High Society (porn mag) about a year ago. Man, I just couldn't leave that on the shelf.

Re:Scratch and sniff... (-1)

Masturbating Vulcan (524889) | more than 12 years ago | (#2391709)

Your comment is ILLOGICAL and NOT FUNNY you cocksucker!!!!

So? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2391508)

It is a stamp! 26 pence. They might be neat stamps, but they are still going to get stuck on an envelope next to barely readable handwriting and an incorrect postcode, and then thrown away at the other end! Why not have useful stamps? Ones that have LSD for the ultimate licking experience? (although UK stamps are now peel and stick). Did you know that there are 4 calories that you can get from licking a stamp?

Re:So? (1)

trash eighty (457611) | more than 12 years ago | (#2391582)

actually the 2nd class stamp in my wallet (the heat sesitive one) needs a lick to stick ;)

Re:So? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2391630)

Why do you have a heat sensitive wallet? I thought Global Hypercolor went out of fashion years ago.

Re:So? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2391860)

>Ones that have LSD for the ultimate licking >experience?

Nonono - you put the blotter of LSD UNDER the stamp. That way you can post it into prison. Jeeeez!

>UK stamps are now peel and stick

Some. Not even most...

Scratch & Sniff = "Interactive"??? (4, Funny)

BadDoggie (145310) | more than 12 years ago | (#2391509)

I do NOT want a scratch-and-sniff Queen Elizabeth II stamp.

woof.

Re:Scratch & Sniff = "Interactive"??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2391519)

The musty smell of old woman and corgi in bestial activity?!

And Slashdot cannot keep time properly. It has been at least 1 minute since my last posting, not 14 seconds.

Oh, and now I must wait 2 minutes to give everyone a fair chance at posting comments. Considering that this is the most insightful, funny and informative post on Slashdot THIS WEEK, I am mortally offended. ARGH HEART ATTACK!

--
GROWLER!

Re:Scratch & Sniff = "Interactive"??? (3, Funny)

Howie (4244) | more than 12 years ago | (#2391523)

Hey - don't forget you get to lick it too.

Re:Scratch & Sniff = "Interactive"??? (2)

slim (1652) | more than 12 years ago | (#2391533)

Hey - don't forget you get to lick it too.

Sorry to spoil a moderately good gag (in both senses of the world) but standard UK stamps are now self-adhesive, i.e. you don't need to lick them, just peel off the backing.

That might not be the case for special edition stamps though, so don't give up hope of getting to scratch, sniff and lick QE2's behind...

Re:Scratch & Sniff = "Interactive"??? (1)

Howie (4244) | more than 12 years ago | (#2391556)

I thought about adding a rider to that effect - I don't buy stamps often enough to know for sure that they're all self-adhesive now. I use the office franking machine these days, and that's usually only because cheques don't fit in my email.

Re:Scratch & Sniff = "Interactive"??? (3, Informative)

Rogerborg (306625) | more than 12 years ago | (#2391560)

  • I do NOT want a scratch-and-sniff Queen Elizabeth II stamp.

<rant>That's Queen Elizabeth the First of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, aka Queen Elizabeth the Second of England and Wales. If you're going to crown James VI of Scotland as James I of the United Kingdom of England, Wales and Scotland, we'll damn well apply that to her Royal Highnessnessess as well.&lt/rant>

Re:Scratch & Sniff = "Interactive"??? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2391584)

You forgot that nobody likes Scots because they smell.

Re:Scratch & Sniff = "Interactive"??? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2391596)

So? The English are all poofs.

Re:Scratch & Sniff = "Interactive"??? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2391697)

If we're all poofs, where we're you so called hard-boy Scottish when we waltzed into your country?

You Ginger headed lot were to inebreated on Whiskey to do anything about it, and none of you have stayed sober since. Except now Tenents Super is the prefered drink.

You, ginger headed, skirt wearing, piss drinking, bladder munching Scottish fairy

Oh yeah and your "National" football team is shite as well. Although better than the Welsh, who can't find any area of land flat enough to construct a football pitch.

Re:Scratch & Sniff = "Interactive"??? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2391777)

It's shite being Scottish. We're the lowest of the low. The scum of the fuckin' earth. Most people hate the English. I don't. They're just wankers. We, on the other hand, are colonised by wankers. We can't even find a decent culture to be colonised by. It's a shite state of affairs to be in, Tommy, and no amount of fresh air is gonna' make any fuckin' difference.

Re:Scratch & Sniff = "Interactive"??? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2391813)

Thank you for that, nicely quoted.

Re:Scratch & Sniff = "Interactive"??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2391605)

Do you have any headphones? Good. Put them on. No, no... don't plug them into anything just yet. I just want you to sit there.

Now you can hear the cheers and accolades from everyone who cares.

Star Trek (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2391510)

What do James Kirk and toilet paper have in common?

They both fight the Klingons...

*BSD is dying (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2391512)

Netcraft Confirms: `` *BSD is dying''

Yet another crippling bombshell hit the beleaguered *BSD community when last month IDC confirmed that *BSD accounts for less than a fraction of 1 percent of all servers. Coming on the heels of the latest Netcraft survey which plainly states that *BSD has lost more market share, this news serves to reinforce what we've known all along. *BSD is collapsing in complete disarray, as further exemplified by failing dead last [sysadminmag.com] in th recent Sys Admin comprehensive networking test.

You don't need to be a Kreskin [amdest.com] to predict *BSD's future. The hand writing is on the wall: *BSD faces a bleak future. In fact there won't be any future at all for *BSD because *BSD is dying. Things are looking very bad for *BSD. As many of us are already aware, *BSD continues to lose market share. Red ink flows like a river of blood. FreeBSD is the most endangered of them all.

Let's keep to the facts and look at the numbers.

OpenBSD leader Theo states that there are 7000 users of OpenBSD. How many users of NetBSD are there? Let's see. The number of OpenBSD versus NetBSD posts on Usenet is roughly in ratio of 5 to 1. Therefore there are about 7000/5 = 1400 NetBSD users. BSD/OS posts on Usenet are about half of the volume of NetBSD posts. Therefore there are about 700 users of BSD/OS. A recent article put FreeBSD at about 80 percent of the *BSD market. Therefore there are (7000+1400+700)*4 = 36400 FreeBSD users. This is consistent with the number of FreeBSD Usenet posts.

Due to the troubles of Walnut Creek, abysmal sales and so on, FreeBSD went out of business and was taken over by BSDI who sell another troubled OS. Now BSDI is also dead, its corpse turned over to yet another charnel house.

All major surveys show that *BSD has steadily declined in market share. *BSD is very sick and its long term survival prospects are very dim. If *BSD is to survive at all it will be among OS hobbyist dabblers. *BSD continues to decay. Nothing short of a miracle could save it at this point in time. For all practical purposes, *BSD is dead.

*BSD is dying

Hmmm, smells like.. (1)

morie (227571) | more than 12 years ago | (#2391517)

.. someone got their mail from the UK today!

WooHoo! (2, Informative)

SomethingOrOther (521702) | more than 12 years ago | (#2391537)

Scratch and sniff the queens head, whatever next!

Note for non-UK slashdoters. All stamps in the UK must have a pic/silouete of the queens head on to be legal!

Re:WooHoo! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2391549)

Scratch and sniff the queens head, whatever next!

Scratch and sniff porn?

Re:WooHoo! (1)

Monkeychunks (449273) | more than 12 years ago | (#2391742)

As I say above, High Society did one. It was this girl pouring Bailey's over her.. ahem.. "flower", and when you scratched it, you could smell the chocolate. It was awesome!!! I'll be keeping that for my grandkids.

These stamps SUXOR! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2391540)

First off, these stamps are not open source. The very though of how I could be expected to use such a thing sends shivers down my spine. Moreover, due to undocumented proprietary stamp communications protocols being used here, it seems the future of a Beowulf cluster of these stamps looks rather bleak. Once again, close source stamp development fails us all.

Don't forget (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2391542)

Don't forget the Alan Turing persecution and eventual suicide commemorative stamp, and the cameras on every streetcorner big brother stamp.

Re:Don't forget (3, Funny)

stx23 (14942) | more than 12 years ago | (#2391585)

Don't lick the Turing stamp, it has a strange apple/Cyanide flavour to it.

Re:Don't forget (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2391600)

Why is this insightful?

more like (Score:0 Reactionary)

Are you from the UK?

Re:Don't forget (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2391616)

I'm not from the UK, but I have to wonder, is the K really U? I have a feeling some Irish folks would disagree.

Re:Don't forget (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2391638)

Probably because Ireland is not part of the UK you stupid prick !

Re:Don't forget (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2391665)

The British folk in question would reply to back you up, but half of them are currently attempting to blow up some small school children who are trying to walk to school, while the other half are trying to remember exactly why the first half want to blow up the kids in the first half. They seem to remember something about land rights, but it seems they're all too stupid at the moment to figure it out.

We'll let you know as soon as Gerry Adams has stopped shouting about whatever it is he's shouting about. We may also get the Rev. Paisley Smith to reply, but we're sort of hoping he'll die soon in an amusing and highly public manner. Anything involving some elephant dung and a large funnel would be great.

Re:Don't forget (1)

Ed Avis (5917) | more than 12 years ago | (#2391774)

There is already a Turing stamp [bbc.co.uk] .

Anti-lameness-filter text: Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit, sed diam nonummy nibh euismod tincidunt ut laoreet dolore magna aliquam erat volutpat. Ut wisi enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ulliam corper suscipit lobortis nisl ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis autem veleum iriure dolor in hendrerit in vulputate velit esse molestie consequat, vel willum lunombro dolore eu feugiat nulla facilisis at vero eros et accumsan et iusto odio dignissim qui blandit praesent luptatum zzril delenit augue duis dolore te feugait nulla facilisi.

Spam (2, Funny)

manon (112081) | more than 12 years ago | (#2391544)

I'm wondering when the post offices are going to put spam on their stamps to gain some extra money.
That way you can get a letter from the tax department with the stamp saying "Wanna make $100 fast?" or "Become rich in no time". ;)

Scratch and sniff my ASS (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2391557)

hah hah, thats funny.

My ASS smells like a STAMP (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2391563)

that was another funny joke

old news (0, Redundant)

flumps (240328) | more than 12 years ago | (#2391576)

That is SOOOO old.

The BBC covered this story on TUESDAY!! [bbc.co.uk]


News for nerds? stuff that matters, remember?

Re:old news (2)

Sc00ter (99550) | more than 12 years ago | (#2391587)

"News for nerds? stuff that matters, remember?"



Doesn't say anything about it being current, or late breaking, or even new news..

Re:old news (1)

flumps (240328) | more than 12 years ago | (#2391606)

Oh yea.

Maybe it should be:

"News for nerds, stuff that might of mattered 3 days ago but now its too damn late"

... but I guess the gif would take up most the screen width :)

Re:old news (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2391859)

Redundant eh? Did anyone else give a web site address with regards to this then?? *looks over the threads..* nope!

Fsuk u, evil moderator. You shall have your day when you are metamodded.

Thanks a bunch for the karma hit.

Flumps.

who makes them? (1, Offtopic)

the_2nd_coming (444906) | more than 12 years ago | (#2391580)

ok so what did they do, out source this to a sticker maker?

High tech stamps (-1)

Trollificus (253741) | more than 12 years ago | (#2391581)

and another that shows an electrically-charged particle when warmed by finger heat.

How high tech can that be? My Transformers figures from the 1980's had little decals that did the same thing.

Stephen King, author, dead at 54 (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2391591)


I just heard some sad news on talk radio - Horror/Sci Fi writer Stephen King was found dead in his Maine home this morning. There weren't any more details. I'm sure everyone in the Slashdot community will miss him - even if you didn't enjoy his work, there's no denying his contributions to popular culture. Truly an American icon.

It's not like they are (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2391595)

Sometimes I just get so confused when these people keep putting out these "stamps". There is nothing that proves these are even stamps! For all you could know they are just pieces cut off from huge sheets of paper...I dont care how they try to format it, it just wont cut it, and anyone who believes this horse malarky is surely walking around with a wool over their eyes. I dare anyone to prove me wrong, because I know I'm not.

Scratch and Sniff... (1)

nettdata (88196) | more than 12 years ago | (#2391612)

Can't wait for the obligatory "pull my finger" issuance.

Practicality? (2)

No Such Agency (136681) | more than 12 years ago | (#2391629)

At the risk of sounding like a grim, joyless pragmatist, wouldn't the resources of the Royal Mail be better spent improving service and not producing gimmicky stamps? These things have GOT to be significantly more expensive to produce than regular stamps, even in large #s. The collectors must be all drooling over them, but when I use a stamp, I rarely care what it looks like (Christmas stamps are the exception). I have to admit though, the sticker-stamp sure beats the lick & stick any day. My tongue always felt dirty after licking those things...

Re:Practicality? (2, Insightful)

JimPooley (150814) | more than 12 years ago | (#2391695)

The thing about these stamps is that the Royal Mail probably expect to make quite a lot of money out of selling First Day Covers to stamp collectors.

The revenue they get from doing this is going to be more than enough to subsidise the cost of production. And probably goes to keeping the costs of mail delivery down.

Sounds like a huge waste of money (1)

tmark (230091) | more than 12 years ago | (#2391702)

I don't know how the British postal service works, but if - as I assume - it is publically funded then this seems like a collosal waste of money. It's not like people are not using the British mail because they are off using some other mail provider's stamps, is it ? How exactly do they justify the expense needed to commission and produce these stamps ? The only way I could see this being justified is if these were super-expensive, for collector-consumption-only stamps.

But if I could get a hologram stamp of Princess Di's head before, during, and after it goes through the windshield, I would buy one.

Re:Sounds like a huge waste of money (5, Insightful)

Jon Peterson (1443) | more than 12 years ago | (#2391753)

No, it's not a waste of money, just like having nice colourful Christmas stamps is not a waste of money, and paying good contemporary artists to design new stamps is not a waste of money. It's something that makes the world nicer and more interesting. I don't want all my stamps to be identical monochrome squares.

Now, what IS is a massive waste of money is rebranding the post office's holding company as 'Consignia' instead of 'post office counters ltd'. That was fucking stupid.

Re:Sounds like a huge waste of money (1)

ethereal (13958) | more than 12 years ago | (#2391849)

I think the world would be nicer and more interesting if we got the mail delivered a little quicker, but that might be because I do not have the soul of an artist...

Re:Sounds like a huge waste of money (3, Interesting)

jbrw (520) | more than 12 years ago | (#2391773)

From my limited knowledge of Royal Mail, these stamps, while valid for postage, wont be widely distributed.

Most people buy their stamps here in little books of between 4 and 10 stamps - these are almost always your standard orange/blue first/second class stamps.

I'll pop 'round to my local Post Office in a few minutes and specifically request some of these special issue stamps, and, with a fair degree of luck, they may have some in stock.

All countries produce special stamps that primarily intended for collection. Indeed, I believe some small pacific island states use stamps as a major source of revenue.

More interesting than Royal Mail producing some funky stamps is the claims that they're about to lay off up to 15,000 workers [ananova.com] .

...j

Strange (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2391707)

When I saw the headline, the first thing I thought of was the equivalent of food stamps, but for tech workers that are jobless. I thought, what a great idea, helping us techies keep our computers upgraded and current while we job hunt. But then I was dismayed when I saw what they really were.

Re:Strange (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2391755)

Food stamps? What you mean the rectangular folding ones with pictures of the Queen on one side and Charles Dickens on the other? The ones that you can also redeem for beer or DIMMS?

Important! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2391727)

I've found the UK plot to overthrow the US postal service. The stamps actually carry small simple tracking devices much like those found in inventory control systems at high-level retail chains. The damning evidence is embedded in a binary sequence using common information-hiding techniques. The text file can be found Here. [google.com] It appears to be written by students at a Texas University. They deleted it but Google reigns supreme. As UK citizens mail their friends in the US, the stamps pass through our mail system, and special trackers track the movement, its all detailed in the hidden message. SPREAD THIS INFORMATION! The method they are using is simple xor encryption on a binary. This kind of philandering must be stopped at all costs.

We look when other's eyes remain closed.

Re:Important! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2391736)

Mod this up! This is big! I just read the file, its XOR with '168' (why that number?) ! It really is a hidden message! where do we go from here now? how do we prevent this from happening?

The USPS does this too (3, Interesting)

gelfling (6534) | more than 12 years ago | (#2391783)

My coworker has a framed wallmount of very expensive and specialized stamps commemorating NASA - some are round, some have holograms, embedded photographs, etc. Some of them are over $30 dollars. This a big money maker for the USPS because those are stamps that no one will ever use.

Columbian Stamps (2, Funny)

AndroidCat (229562) | more than 12 years ago | (#2391804)

I wonder if they'll do a crack cocaine scratch'n'sniff stamp?

On the other hand, I'd pay good money (well, CDN$ anyway) for a set of scratch'n'sniff Coffees of the World stamps. Mmmm, Blue Mountain...

you've got mail (1)

mydigitalself (472203) | more than 12 years ago | (#2391827)

great. next i'll get a stamp with an mp3 of meg ryan saying "you've got mail". oh wait no, the DMCA will probably intercept my gas bill...

Terrorism and Stamps (2)

Lizard_King (149713) | more than 12 years ago | (#2391834)

Hmmm... . The September 11th tragedies have made me think about all the sick/crazy possibilities that these assholes could use to attack the American public. Are all stamps stickers these days, or are there any "lickers" around anymore? Me thinks it could be one medium for biological warfare in the future. Of course its far-fetched, but someone's got to think about these things, right? What's to stop a group from getting jobs at CVS's across the country and infecting the stamps that pass through the stores with deadly contagions?

Time to put my gas mask back on and head down into the shelter.

The Dutch PTT issued a SILVER Stamp! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2391839)

If you thought holograms were nice, then what about a silver stamp!

The dutch PTT recently issued the first Silver Stamp in the world! See for more info:

http://www.collectclub.nl/CollectClub/ct_newpage .a sp?Section=1&pageid=Silverstamp

and:

http://www.collectclub.nl/CollectClub/emissions_ de tails.asp?Section=1&catalog_name=Main&category_nam e=Cont_newstamps1&Page=1

Regards,
Erik

Silver stamps in Holland (1)

guusbosman (151671) | more than 12 years ago | (#2391865)

The Dutch post organization isn't very high tech, but they did have a nice gimmick: pure silver stamps, see here [collectclub.nl] . It will be the last stamp issued in guilders.

It's 'value' is 12.75 guilders (5.80 euro).
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