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Chemical, Printable RFIDs

michael posted more than 10 years ago | from the uh-oh dept.

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Syre writes "The RFID Journal says that CrossID, an Israeli startup, has developed an RFID system that can be printed using an inkjet printer. The 'nanometric' RFID system uses tiny particles of chemicals with varying degrees of magnetism that resonate when bombarded with electromagnetic waves from a reader. Since the system uses up to 70 different chemicals, each chemical is assigned its own position in a 70-digit binary number. 'Previously, there has been no way to protect paper documents,' says Moshe Glickstein, CrossID cofounder. 'We have created the first firewall for paper documents.' The big advantage is that the tag can be printed on just about anything. 'It's as easy to create as a printed bar code. And we can print in invisible mode for extra security. Printing the tags cost less than 1 cent each.' Their FAQ says that 'CrossID can be read from quite a long distance'. No word on whether it can be user-disabled..."

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285 comments

:P (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8276754)

Wow! My first ever attempt at a first post! :P Hiya draino. :)

Tattoos (5, Funny)

TheSpoom (715771) | more than 10 years ago | (#8276759)

*puts on tinfoil helmet covering forehead*

Seriously, this could be loaded into a tattoo gun, could it not?

I might not even know I had one if they knocked me out first:

And we can print in invisible mode for extra security.

Re:Tattoos (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8276803)

Don't give the Israel Army ideas like that, they might actually use it on the palestinians...

+z: Funny? (4, Insightful)

OverlordQ (264228) | more than 10 years ago | (#8276809)

I fail to see the Humor in this.

Living in the country that tried to introduce CAPPS and CAPPS II [eff.org] and did pass PATRIOT [eff.org] but thankfully not TIA [epic.org] or PATRIOT II [eff.org] , or am I just the only one that could see the government trying to do this?

funny..... it is (0, Offtopic)

segment (695309) | more than 10 years ago | (#8276880)

, it is funny... Oh, by the way... No back to Martha Stewart's shoes...

Re:+z: Funny? (4, Interesting)

Rick the Red (307103) | more than 10 years ago | (#8276891)

My greater fear is that they will outlaw individual possession of RFID readers. It's not too much of a stretch for the folks who thought up the DMCA to apply its "anti-circumvention device" prohibition to RFID readers. If we can't read 'em we can't find 'em, and if we can't find 'em we can't remove 'em.

Re:+z: Funny? (3, Interesting)

Frymaster (171343) | more than 10 years ago | (#8277003)

My greater fear is that they will outlaw individual possession of RFID readers.

for the dedicated, though, such bans never seem to work. police scanners are illegal in my country... but i picked one up at a pawn shop for $100. and every city desker at your local newspaper worth his/her nacl has one.

only a few years ago, military grade crypto was restricted for private use in the state, and that didn't stop anyone who wanted it from getting it.

Re:+z: Funny? (4, Interesting)

starm_ (573321) | more than 10 years ago | (#8276895)

ah but if these chemicals are so cheap we can just spray them everywhere effectively jamming the signal

Re:Tattoos (3, Funny)

Fermionic (751632) | more than 10 years ago | (#8276872)

Flashback from bad movie. Oh yeah, Minority Report. Great, now I can be spammed as I am walking down the street.

Re:Tattoos (1)

TheSpoom (715771) | more than 10 years ago | (#8276911)

Hehe, I was thinking that after I posted it. The movie was pretty good though ;^)

Sign of the beast (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8276926)

I think geeks should unite and play up the "sign of the beast" angle, that way the fundamentalist christian crazies will resist it, and hence the republican party.... :)

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Re:Tattoos (2, Funny)

BiggerIsBetter (682164) | more than 10 years ago | (#8276958)

Sure why not? 70 bits is plenty for every person on the planet.

Re:Tattoos (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8277031)

It doesnt need to be invisible, they could just tatoo it on the inside of your ass and youll never know.

Built Into the Bar Code (3, Interesting)

egg troll (515396) | more than 10 years ago | (#8276763)

If it is built into the bar code, would the stores that carry said products have to reveal to their customers that RFID tags were in items? Scary.

Re:Built Into the Bar Code (5, Informative)

Arngautr (745196) | more than 10 years ago | (#8276890)

RFID is considered the replacement for bar codes, the goal was 5 cent tags to justify making every item over a dollar (US) with a tag. This technique seems to achieve that. The thing about RFID is every single item (ie not brand name: product name like UPC) is unique and can be identified remotely. RFID has much potential for good, but like all things misuse will and probably has occured. They have been used in stores unbeknowst to customers. Another commonly cited example is that of MITs student IDs which had(still have?) RFID technology in them though most students at a privacy workshop were unaware of that fact. All very interesting.

Re:Built Into the Bar Code (2, Insightful)

NanoGator (522640) | more than 10 years ago | (#8276935)

"Scary."

Why? What's a realistic scenario where this could be abused?

Let me define realistic:

1.) Not something that'd be against the law.
2.) Not something that would be way too expensive to implement.
3.) Not something that a company wouldn't want exposed. (I.e. They'd be exposed if they started calling people and saying "I'll tell the world you bought a porn DVD if you don't come to our sale on Saturday.")

I'm not trying to bust your chops here, I just haven't heard anything but really extreme examples that are borderline science fiction.

Re:Built Into the Bar Code (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8277039)

What planet do you live on?

Disabled (5, Funny)

panxerox (575545) | more than 10 years ago | (#8276764)

"No word on whether it can be user-disabled..." Im thinkin a paper punch would do wonders...

Re:Disabled (1)

K.B.Zod (642226) | more than 10 years ago | (#8276866)

I'm thinking an eraser might do it too.

Re:Disabled (1)

Fermionic (751632) | more than 10 years ago | (#8276902)

Ethics is an individual responsiblity.

The black magic marker strikes again! (1)

chocolatetrumpet (73058) | more than 10 years ago | (#8276979)

Remember that black magic you used on your drm cd?

Yup... here it comes again!

Also, whiteout... and.......scissors...

Re:Disabled (1)

acone (696157) | more than 10 years ago | (#8277036)

No word on whether it can be user-disabled.. Just add all 70 different compounds. Then a reader machine would see either all 1's or all 0's, making the tag impossible to identify meaningfully.

Your Attention Please {OT] (-1, Offtopic)

tarquin_fim_bim (649994) | more than 10 years ago | (#8276768)

You've got admit the /. polls have been a little, well frankly very, pointless of late. So I think it's time for a 'Your Favorite Editor' poll. Timothy gets my vote because the others are just plain lazy, they don't check links, dupes, grammar, and importance of a story. I'd like to hear other /.ers views.

Thank you,
Tarquin.

Re:Your Attention Please {OT] (-1, Offtopic)

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User disabled? (4, Informative)

Bagels (676159) | more than 10 years ago | (#8276769)

*snip snip snip* done.

Seriously, though, if they worked it in as a watermark or into the text itself, probably not.

Defense (1)

namespan (225296) | more than 10 years ago | (#8277023)

You might be able to create an n-bit hash from document appearances and combine that with some unique identifier for the document. Then, any copier/reader in the area the document is not allowed to leave, has to recognize both the document id and match its hash in order to do any copying....

Of course, then there's the challenge of keeping the document in the area (could have the tag snipped out and be removed) or keeping unauthorized document copiers out of said area. So it's not perfect.

Easy to disable! (2, Funny)

LagDemon (521810) | more than 10 years ago | (#8276772)

Just cover your paper in tin-foil!

Re:Easy to disable! (1)

Fermionic (751632) | more than 10 years ago | (#8276918)

Whadda we do for a hat then?

Disabling (3, Funny)

gricholson75 (563000) | more than 10 years ago | (#8276773)

No word on whether it can be user-disabled...

I think this [amazon.com] might do it.

Re:Disabling (1)

ConceptJunkie (24823) | more than 10 years ago | (#8276897)

Actually, I don't think it would...

Can they print on skin? (3, Funny)

victor_the_cleaner (723411) | more than 10 years ago | (#8276774)

That way all the 'cool' kids who get barcode tat's on their bodies can be serially controlled.

This makes it easy to defeat RFID (5, Interesting)

corebreech (469871) | more than 10 years ago | (#8276775)

Think about it... if it's so easy and so cheap to produce RFID's, then what's to prevent us from printing out reams of the stuff, like a stack of paper where each sheet has a thousand RFID's printed on it, and then carrying whatever documents we'd like within that stack of paper.

This also makes it easy to forge RFID's, doesn't it? Why pay full cost at the local market when you can play "The Price is Right" using your printer at home.

Re:This makes it easy to defeat RFID (4, Funny)

DoorFrame (22108) | more than 10 years ago | (#8276802)

I'm guessing that your standard printer doesn't have the 60 chemicals required to print out the tag. Hmmmm... let's see. Black, Red, Argon, Blue, Halfnium... I've only got five. Oh well.

Re:This makes it easy to defeat RFID (2, Funny)

corebreech (469871) | more than 10 years ago | (#8276974)

Cute. Of course, were the system they propose adopted, such printers would become standard fare.

(unless of course you're running Linux, and waiting for them to open-source the driver.)

Future Jeopardy question (4, Funny)

modder (722270) | more than 10 years ago | (#8277005)

"Back in 2010, Crayola introduced this RFID into it's standard box."

Re:This makes it easy to defeat RFID (1)

Rick the Red (307103) | more than 10 years ago | (#8276843)

what's to prevent us from printing out reams of the stuff, like a stack of paper where each sheet has a thousand RFID's printed on it, and then carrying whatever documents we'd like within that stack of paper
Nothing, but it won't work. The RFID they're looking for is still in that stack of paper, so they can still track you (or tell that you're stealing something).
This also makes it easy to forge RFID's, doesn't it?
Sure, if you can obtain the 70 different inks and the design of the RFID you're trying to forge, including its exact number.

Re:This makes it easy to defeat RFID (1)

corebreech (469871) | more than 10 years ago | (#8276963)

You're wrong. Look at how they're "reading" the data. They are using a fixed number of chemicals, using each chemical as a bit, i.e., no more than one type of chemical per RFID. Now suddenly you're introducing hundreds, perhaps thousands of identical chemicals. There is no way for them to discriminate between a chemical that's in a legitimate RFID and a chemical that is chaff.

Re:This makes it easy to defeat RFID (2, Interesting)

TheSpoom (715771) | more than 10 years ago | (#8276861)

In addition to sibling replies, even if you could forge the RFIDs easily, it would only be referring to an entry in the store's database for the product, correct? So you wouldn't be able to change the price, only replace it with the RFID of a lower-priced item, which would look kinda suspicious to the checkout clerk if the product wasn't very similar.

Course, if stores go ahead with the whole "walking out" thing where people pay automatically without the use of clerks and/or cashiers, they probably deserve it.

Re:This makes it easy to defeat RFID (1)

corebreech (469871) | more than 10 years ago | (#8277004)

I would fully expect that the entire point of stores adopting this technology would be to reduce costs, i.e., eliminate payrolls.

And even if that weren't the case, the filet mignon which goes for $14.99@lb gets its RFID code "augmented" so it looks like $1.99@lb ground chuck. Who's going to look that closely?

And what are they going to do even if they catch you? Just feign ignorance... they'll have to assume it's a snafu on their end.

Hilarious.

Simple, start making possession illegal (1)

modder (722270) | more than 10 years ago | (#8276987)

For all the tin foil hat wearers...

They just have to make it illegal to possess certain RFIDs unless you are using them properly.

E.g. only RFIDs designated for drivers licenses can be carried on drivers licenses. Possessing them in any other form would be illegal, and you lose a whole spectrum of rights...

[Outer space becomes the new South America etc etc.]

In search of... (1)

erick99 (743982) | more than 10 years ago | (#8276778)

This is a solution in search of a problem?

Happy Trails!

Erick

Re:In search of... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8276908)

How about in counterfeit prevention/identification?

bollocks (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8276779)

the CSLIB menace here was gonna' go for a fp.

fuckers obviusly drinking more than me.
or listening to less Beatles.

Re:bollocks MOD PARENT UP (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8276814)

i agree!

Cheap to print... (2, Interesting)

StuWho (748218) | more than 10 years ago | (#8276780)

How much is a cartridge for one of these ink jet printers which can make these cheap RFID tags? Probably about $10o each.

Re:Cheap to print... (1)

mobby_6kl (668092) | more than 10 years ago | (#8276929)

You mean how much it costs to make one cartridge? Well maybe $10. But how much will they cost to the end user... judging from how much a regular ink jet cartridge costs ($30-40?), this would cost much more.

Magnetic.../ (2, Interesting)

caino59 (313096) | more than 10 years ago | (#8276782)

"No word on whether it can be user-disabled..."

what about by using a strong magnetic field?

Shuddering at the potential (1)

Grrr (16449) | more than 10 years ago | (#8276783)

Glickstein says that by the end of the year, the company should have its document-protection system ready. A year after that, the system for printing bar codes should be commercially available.

Tinfoil hat: on

<grrr>

70 different chemicals? (5, Funny)

slash-tard (689130) | more than 10 years ago | (#8276789)

The printer is $99 after a 50 dollar rebate but they make it by up charging 75 bucks for each chemical refill.

Why is this needed? (4, Interesting)

MakoStorm (699968) | more than 10 years ago | (#8276790)

I mean seriously, is there some problem this if really fixing, do we need to track paper documents? How many paper documents are just prints of digital documents?

They say it will work well on SKU tags but the article says it has some shortcomings in nasty (industrial environments). Most production factories I have been in were pretty environmentally nasty, so if it cannot stand up to where it would be most used, why have it.

Zebra printers printing bar codes on plastic tags have worked so much better everywhere I have had to put them including some factories that are as close to the depths of hell as I want to get to.

Re:Why is this needed? (2, Interesting)

hawkstone (233083) | more than 10 years ago | (#8276965)

MakeStorm wrote: I mean seriously, is there some problem this if really fixing, do we need to track paper documents?

Working in a classified environment, I can certainly see a use for this. I imagine if they could, the government would absolutely like to know if a worker carries top secret documents home with them.

Re:Why is this needed? (1)

Avihson (689950) | more than 10 years ago | (#8277040)

This would not stop them from photocopying, or photographing them as has been done all throughout the cold war. Proper document management stops the worker from leaving with classified docs. Well at least it did 10 years ago.

I can see ways to use and abuse this technology. Since it is a solution looking for a problem, I fear that the abuses will be perfected before the legitimate uses.

Re:Why is this needed? (1)

taped2thedesk (614051) | more than 10 years ago | (#8277043)

Maybe it could be used to keep paper documents containing intellectual property from magically "leaving" the office without permission - sort of a anti-theft tag. I'm not sure how effective it would be in this case though.

"we have created the first firewall for paper docs (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8276792)

"We have created the first firewall for paper documents!"

Dude, it's called a safe.

Try a safe. (1)

boarder8925 (714555) | more than 10 years ago | (#8276793)

"Previously, there has been no way to protect paper documents," says Moshe Glickstein, CrossID cofounder.
There's something called a "safe." Ever heard of it?

Pfiou! Tinfoil still works!! (2, Funny)

DRUNK_BEAR (645868) | more than 10 years ago | (#8276794)

From the article: In environments where there are lots of metallic or water-filled objects, however, CrossID readers may not be able to scan bar codes printed with CrossID ink because metal reflects RF signals and water absorbs them.

Nothing will separate me from my tinfoil hat from now on!

A godsend, perhaps? (3, Interesting)

Absurd Being (632190) | more than 10 years ago | (#8276838)

Do human beings count as water filled objects? Keep them from cheaply tracking US, if we can distort the waves with our bodies.

Currency protection? (5, Interesting)

addie (470476) | more than 10 years ago | (#8276806)

Seems to me this could be easily implemented to be an anti-counterfeit measure.

Copy by hand? (2, Interesting)

zymurgy_cat (627260) | more than 10 years ago | (#8276807)

Hmmmm....so if they install readers in copy machines, how about I just hand copy the document (or just the very important facts, figures, etc.)? How about a little hand scanner? How about an older USB scanner attached to my laptop?

Re:Copy by hand? (2, Funny)

rhiorg (213355) | more than 10 years ago | (#8276816)

...and if you want to keep the RFID in there, you'll apparently need 70 different pens.

Re:Copy by hand? (1)

victor_the_cleaner (723411) | more than 10 years ago | (#8276899)

That's where DRM comes in. Soon the media lords will require that every device capable of creating content, i.e. pens, pencils. have DRM built in.

That way if you attempt to transcribe any document that you don't have rights to you'll immediately be apprehended. Or the pencil will explode in your hands.

Help! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8276833)

Can someone confirm the nasty romour I heard: Is michael a hetrosexual? It just doesn't sound right.

Really cool technology (1)

Limburgher (523006) | more than 10 years ago | (#8276834)

See, what they do is, they make a graphical representation of the tag data, a code if you will, in binary format for easy reading. They print it in a pattern easily scanned with an optical device, using long stripes, or bars, of shiny material, to maximize the signal pickup of the optical scanner.

It's like some sort of bar-code. Truly revolutionary.

User-disable... (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8276835)

photocopy it?

holy cow (-1)

Wigfield (730339) | more than 10 years ago | (#8276836)

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"19." Billy was trying to squirm back, but his stomach rendered him immobile.

Pierce nodded sagely. "Good age, that. Yes..." He seemed to look into the horizon, his face twisted into a mask of internal struggle. Finally he nodded and reached into his labcoat and whipped out a small card. BJ shrunk away from it as if worried it would bite or possibly explode. "Here's my card. I'm in need of a ranch hand to help me with a very, VERY secret project. If you're interested in working for me, come to this address. If you are not TOTALLY serious about working for me, do not come. I'll have no slackers interrupting my projects."

Billy Joe took the card and looked at it. It was a black card with Dr. Pierce written in white, nothing more. The address was penciled in on the back.

Billy looked up suddenly. "Hey wait, what does this pay?"

Pierce half-turned and smiled. "Oh not too much....but the benefits are outstanding." He stalked away with sweep of his coat and strode into the sunset.

Billy finally managed to attain his feet, staring at the card. He shrugged and started off for home.

It wasn't until three days later that Billy Joe managed to make his way down to the farm. It wasn't what he expected. There was a house on a hill near a river with more satellite dishes and tubes you'd expect to see coming out of a house. The barn itself looked normal, except it was homier, as if it were more of a boarding house than some place to corral animals. There was a longer building that looked a bit like an old style military hangar, with lightning rods and odd solar panels. There weren't any electric fences either, but there were poles that appeared to have beams of reddish light that glowed faintly in the early morning fog. There was also a slightly scorched sign that read 'Trespassers Will Be Horribly Mutated'.

Billy whistled, half impressed, half scared shitless. He parked his bike next to what looked like a gate in the middle of the laser fence. He hopped off and walked over to a console with a screen and speaker.

"Er...Hello?"

The line was dead. After a few minutes, Billy shrugged and picked up his bike. He was just about to leave when the screen flickered. The pale face of Dr. Pierce flickered briefly, and grinned.

"I knew you'd come."

The screen went dark, and the gates opened. Billy hesitated only a moment, and strode through the gates, rolling his bike along with him. The gates closed, and soon he found himself on the front porch of the house with Pierce. Setting his bike down, the two figures walked to the barn, talking. Mostly Pierce just asked questions and Billy answered them.

"Any family?"

"Ur, my pop, but he's usually too drunk to know where HE is, so's usually I just so mah own thing, an' he don't bother me none."

"Friends?"

"Some guys I hang out behind the bar on weekends."

"Any experience with animals?"

"We gotta dog."

"Farm animals..."

"Oh...yeah, me an' Pop used ta go down to my Gramp's farm, but he died."

Pierce nodded. "Good, good..."

BJ was thinking how his Gramp's death wasn't "good, good", and was about to argue the fact when Pierce threw open the doors. Billy's jaw dropped as he saw inside.

The barn looked more like a college dorm inside. Several rooms in a hall, a high ceiling, and what appeared to be a second floor. There were...

Girls.

Naked girls. With round breasts, pert bottoms, trim tummies, dark spots, small horns...

Spots and horns?

Pierce was already striding toward the girls, who shrieked and slid into various rooms, slamming doors. Pierce shouted. "Alright girls! Time to work! Get your plump rears in gear or it's hamburger for the lot of you!"

BJ snuck up, shaking visibly. "Doc...what?..."

Pierce gave him half a glance. "Cowgirls. A creation of mine. I thought to myself...Farming is hard work...what I need is cows that milk themselves. So by combining the best traits of cows and humans, I came up with a race of cows that begs to be milked and is more than willing to do her part to solve world hunger. Farm hands and cattle all in one bouncy package...but sometimes they're just a little too independent..."He gave Billy a meaningful stare. "That's where you come in."

Billy nodded and was about to comment when the girls started to pile out. They looked just like human girls except for a very thin layer of spotted white fur, wide bovine muzzles, small horns, tails, and hooves. Each girl was wearing clean farm overalls and little else. This did very little to protect their modesty, because each cowgirl had a least a D-cup bustline, and the straps strained over their chests. One larger one wore a tight shirt, with 'Got Milk?' on the front. Billy had a hard time keep his eyes in his head, and something else in his pants. He shifted uncomfortably as Pierce addressed the cowgirls.

"Before we begin, let me introduce our new farmhand...His name is Billy Joe. Now we all know what happened to the last ranch hand. Let's try to get along with this one, ok?" He turned to Billy and beamed. "These are your new partners. Let me introduce...ah, this is Ellie May, And Bobbi, Jeanie Sue, Suzi Q., Mary Jane, Julie, and this..." He stopped in front of the girl with the shirt. She was at least a foot taller than the others, and built like wrestler, with breasts bigger than Billy's head. "This is Butch. She's the leader of the herd, and doesn't take shit from anyone, least of all me. She knows her place, tho, so do what you can to keep the others in control, but just leave Butch alone...we'll all be a lot happier."

Billy nodded. Butch was a head taller than he. She folded her arms over her breasts (quite a task) which smooshed them against her chest, tearing the collar of her shirt to reveal a healthy helping of cleavage. If Billy wasn't so entranced, he might have noticed something more important about Butch's body, but the doc clapped his hands, startling the new ranch hand.

"Ok! To the processing plant. Double time! Get your asses strapped in, we start in 10 minutes. Any stragglers and I bring out the grill!"

The girls giggled nervously and hurried out, bouncing on purpose and trying to attract Billy's attention. Butch stayed behind, glaring at BJ for a long moment, then unfolded her arms, storming out. Pierce seemed to relax a bit when she left.

Billy grunted. "What's with Butch?"

Pierce looked startled and pulled out a hanky, dabbing sweat from his brow. "She was my first...a prototype...it wasn't fully successful...not in the way I wanted. But she's the best one of the herd...not just a brainless ditz like the others. Still, she worries me slightly."

BJ was about to ask more questions, but Pierce was already striding out, pulling a clipboard from the wall near the door. Billy followed at his heels, but Doc merely muttered to himself.

"Production is down...might have to get one of them pregnant. Increases milk production, don't you know? Hmmm, still, hopefully it won't be necessary. Always so messy, but it does increase moral..." Tucking the clipboard under his armpit and threw open the door to the long hangar.

The interior of the hangar was made up of dozens of large stalls, each one with a small milking machine with several tubes and hoses. There was also a beanbag couch, to make the girls comfortable. The girls...

Billy gaped. All the girls had unbuttoned their overalls, the strap hanging down. Occasionally their overalls would slip, giving Billy a sneak peek at their pink nether lips. All of them were fixing long tubes over their nipples, which slurped on wetly as the suction trapped the tender nipples. But there were too many... Billy walked in and took a closer look, and saw that most of the girls had several nipples on their breasts, four on each. Some were longer, like udders, others had two pairs of breasts with normal nipples. The only one who looked normal was Mary Jane, who had medium sized breasts, with two small nipples.

"What..."

Pierce strode up. "Experiments...I haven't been able to make cowgirls really consistent until recently. These are the best of the herd. Different in appearances, but excellent producers."

Butch herself had four massive nipples on each breast, and watched the other girls with interest, making sure each one was strapped into their milking tubes before taking off her own shirt. The girls all settled down in beanbag couches, giggling and watching Billy and Pierce expectantly.

All except Mary Jane, who stood there with her top down, and shaking her head at the milking machine in her stall.

Pierce growled at Mary Jane, who stuck out her chin defiantly. He walked over to a console on the wall, typed in a command, and threw a large switch. The milking machines kicked into life, humming and slurping hungrily. All of the cowgirls gasped, lying back as they were milked. A few of them stripped totally for the experience, but some of the shyer cows closed the gate to their stall as Pierce and Billy walked toward the whimpering Mary Jane. Some even slipped their hoof-like hands down their overalls, starting to stroke between their legs.

Mary Jane slumped back against her couch. She was shaking. Billy finally noticed how small she was compared to the other cows. She was smaller than him, and a lot thinner. She looked younger too.

Pierce stopped in front of her, and glared at Butch, who glared back. He put his hands on his hips.

"Two days you've refused to give milk! You eat my food, life safe here on the farm, and still you don't give milk. Do you want to see what's past the Green Door?"

Pierce pointed at the Green Door. Billy wondered what was so important about it, but Pierce interrupted his train of thought.

"That's it, I'm at my wit's end." He kicked the couch out of the way and pressed a button on the side of the stall. Under the couch were four leather straps on the floor, and a small steel wall with a neck-sized hole in it rose from the floor. "Billy...Subdue her."

Billy looked to Butch. She didn't look happy, but made no move.

"BILLY!!!"

Without thinking, Billy tackled Mary Jane. She mooed pathetically and rolled, bucking him off. Billy made another lunge, but as he grabbed her waist, her small horn gouged a chunk of flesh out of his shoulder. Howling angrily, he bit her neck reflexively, a weak moan coming from the scared cowgirls. Taking this opportunity, he pushed her onto her stomach, and pulled her arm behind her arm, twisting...

"Enough..." Pierce grabbed her hair. "You are still cattle my dear..." He dropped her head, leaning back. "Put her in the stocks."

Billy lifting the unresisting girl's head, putting it into the neck hole and closing the top on it. He started to strap her knees and wrists to the floor, and stood up, holding his bleeding shoulder.

"Good...you've done this before I see..." He kneeled, putting the two small tubes on MJ's nipples and turning on the machine manually. Creamy milk filled the clear tube, splashing as it was slowly sucked into the hose.

Pierce stood and dusted off his knees. "Stay here Billy...I'll go get something for your shoulder. Make sure she doesn't struggle free. They don't look it, but these cowgirls are much stronger than your average human." He strode out, closing the stall door to keep the others from seeing MJ's predicament.

Billy shook softly, trying to hold in his anger. He held his shoulder, blood leaking past his fingers. He walked around to look Mary Jane in her tear-stained face.

"You....little bitch...Ya coulda killed me..."

Mary Jane was so startled she looked up, as best she could. She shivered and whimpered. "Help me..."

Billy growled, about to rip loose with a barrage of foul language and verbal abuse. But suddenly he came up with a better idea. He reached down and started to unzip his pants. "Ah'll help ya awright...The doc says getting' you cows pregnant helps production. Ah figger Ah can knock ya up real nice."

Mary Jane shook her head. "No...please..."

Billy grunted, walking behind her and kneeling behind her trembling body. "Maybe you'd like me ta Ah knock you up another way, then." He slapped her ass hard. MJ shook harder, mooing softly. He nodded. "Didn't think so."

He spread her plump ass cheeks, and leaned close. His already throbbing cock pressed between her cheeks, rubbing under her tail and brushing her already moistening sex lips. Her tail flicked weakly, tickling Billy's large gut. Finally, he leaned back, and started to push his thick member past her damp folds roughly, spearing her on his shaft. The trapped cowgirl gasped, starting to struggle. The metal collar started to cut into her neck as she tried to escape, and the hinges of the collar creaked ominously.

Billy saw the danger immediately, pulling out. He grabbed her tail and lifting it, pushing his cocktip against her tight pucker.

"Stop moving right now or Ah rip inta this tight little ass of yers!"

Mary Jane stopped moving immediately, trembling and sobbing quietly. Billy smirked and pushed back into her tight cow cunt, thrusting hard. His stomach slapped against her fat rump as he pushed into her. His hands slipped down, brushing along her breasts and the tube with its milk rushing past. The thought of him fucking this little cow while she was being milked sent a shiver down his spine, and he started to thrust harder. He pounded into her for several minutes, totally oblivious to the fact that the milking machines were starting to shut down around him, the personal milker in the stall buzzing in his ears.

It wasn't until the door opened that he realized he was in deep shit.

It wasn't Dr. Pierce. Billy would have given anything to see Dr. Pierce standing in the doorway. Butch, and several of the other cowgirls were standing there, with Billy kneeling in mid-thrust, and Mary Jane mooing sadly. Butch was furious, her muscles bulging all over her large arms, and across her exposed chest and stomach. Billy wouldn't be surprised if Billy could crack coconuts in her cleavage, even her breasts seemed muscular at the moment.

Billy pulled out of the dripping cunny and tried to think of an excuse. 'It wasn't me' sounded really lame right now. He thought as quickly as he could, and one thing became shockingly clear.

"Ah am so fucked..."

Butch grabbed him by his partly unbuttoned shirt and lifted him two feet off the ground. "You have NO idea."

She pulled her hanging overalls down. Billy Joe nearly chocked at what he saw. Butch had a huge cock, as long as his arm and almost twice as thick. Of course it was less impressive on her since her whole body was massive, but to someone Billy's size, it was a nightmare.

"I am going to tear you a new ass, boy." Butch lifted the petrified farmhand and positioned him directly above hir huge pink shaft, raised him high...

"Stop..."

They all turned around, and saw Pierce standing there with a first aid kit. He took a quick look around and took in the scene. A bruised and crying Mary Jane, a terrified redneck, and a vengeful herm cow ready to dish out some rear-rending justice. He shook his head sadly.

"Very disappointing..." He set the kit down and unlocked Mary Jane. One of the other cowgirls immediately started tending the crying girl's wounds. Pierce stood and glared at Billy and Butch, who hadn't moved.

"Well..." Pierce cleared his throat. "I certainly can't let this happen. Last time you 'educated' a farmhand, you broke him well beyond repair before I got back..."

Butch growled. "Did you see what he did to Mary Jane? He's getting off lucky!" She raised Billy Joe again, who started to struggle with renewed energy.

Pierce shook his head. "No...He does need to be punished...but I think he can best serve out his term as part of the herd."

The gathered girls looked relieved and started to giggle.

Even Butch looked surprised, lowering Billy slowly. "Wait...you mean?"

Pierce nodded. "Best way to increase production, add to the herd, and punish him all at the same time. Besides...I think Mary Jane would enjoy a sister."

The girls nodded, starting to cluster around Butch, stroking her large body lightly. Mary Jane stood finally, wounds treated and tears dried. She watched Billy expectantly, and Billy just looked confused. Finally, Butch nodded.

Pierce smiles and lead the way to a larger stall near the back of the hangar.

"Suzi Q, you and Mary help Butch to keep Billy still. I don't want him getting hurt. Butch, you know the drill."

Butch set Billy down, handing him to the two strong females. She lay down on the large pile of pillows that lined the floor and spread her legs. Three of the other cows kneeled, one starting to fondle a breast, suckling at one of Butch's milk-dripping nipples. The other two snuggled against her tummy and thigh, both caressing and licking the massive cock between Butch's legs. Properly relaxed by the attentions, Butch leans back further, moaning softly and hugging the nearest member of the herd. Her herd.

Billy watched the scene, cock rock hard again despite the danger of his situation. Mary glared at him one last time, then lifted Billy herself, starting Suzi. Holding BJ's legs closed with one arm, Mary drew his outstretched feet toward Butch. The two girls licking the glistening cock reached down and spread Butch's pussy lips, and with a warm slurping sound, Mary pushed Billy into the hot pink cleft up to his knees.

Billy was stunned, "Hey! Waitaminute! Ya can't do tha-ACK!"

Butch moaned lustily, hir moist inner muscles flexing tightly around Billy's legs. Mary Jane pushed him deeper, his feet pushing against Butch's tight cervix, which parted suddenly to trap his feet in the waiting womb. Soon, Billy's throbbing cock was sucked into Butch's body.

Mary Jane was crying angrily, whispering into Billy's ear. "Bastard...bastard! See how you like being raped when Mommy gets done with you..."

Billy was panicking. He could only sit there and stare. The two girls worshiping Butch's cock slid up and straddled hir hips, entwining arms and legs around the massive member. Rubbing against it, nipples and cunnies wet with the attention, both cowgirls started to lick the massive tip. Their tongues roamed over the surface, into each other's mouths, and back along the shaft as they ground their bodies against the hot member.

As Butch's muscles contracted, they sucked Billy deeper, his balls pressing against the stretched cervix. He shook and yelled out, cumming hard against Butch's inner walls. Mary Jane gave him a disgusted look and shoved hard. Billy's chest and head disappeared past the swollen folds. Only his arms remained out of Butch's body, flailing weakly.

Butch was in heaven. The twin girls rubbing hir cock, and the struggling man in hir pussy, and several other girls suckling at hir tits. Shi mooed loudly, and came hard. Hir cock exploded, hot malecum splashing the giggling twins, and female cream gushing from hir stuffed cunt. The muscles contracted, and Billy was sucked the rest of the way inside. Meanwhile, Butch bucked and moaned, soaking the pillows and the females in the room. Shi finally came down and rubbed hir tummy, which now looked more than 8 months pregnant with BJ. Butch could see the skin over hir belly move as Billy squirmed inside. The others, who had all been knocked off in Butch's climax, and now all of them rubbed at the moving bulge.

Inside Butch's womb, Billy was wild with panic. He was running out of air, and he was totally trapped. He shifted, but a sudden pain in his navel caused him to curl up and lay perfectly still. He grabbed at his stomach and felt a long moist tube sliding into his gut. He tugged at the cord, but a sharp pain ceased further attacks. Then he realized he wasn't having any problems breathing. Distracted, he curled back up. Suddenly he heard Butch's muffled voice call out to him.

"That's right baby, you just calm right down..." shi cooed. "Mommy will take good care of you from now on. But when you come out, mommy is still going to beat your little ass black and blue for hurting little Mary Jane. But you've got a few months to think about what you did."

Pierce walked back in, having narrowly avoided a cum shower. He scratched his stubbly chin. "Well...things didn't work out as well as I hoped, but all in all this was an advantageous turn of events."

Butch just glared. "You knew what was going to happen, didn't you? That's why you picked such a fat redneck bastard. He should be a good producer when she's born."

Pierce sighed and rubbed the bridge of his nose, avoiding Mary Jane's accusing stare.

"If you've got a better way to get new cows for our farm, you tell me. And you know perfectly well that Billy...or should I say Billi Jo, will be your new fucktoy when she gets out."

Butch actually blushed and looked away. Mary Jane hugged hir and shivered. "Will Billi still be mean when she comes out?"

Butch patted hir tummy and gasped as shi felt Billi squirm a bit more.

"We'll just have to wait and see, sweetheart. Wait and see."

To be continued...

Seems very useful for stopping mass theft of docs (3, Interesting)

0xfc (737668) | more than 10 years ago | (#8276842)

If the goal is to steal one sheet of information, take a picture, memorize it, copy it, etc... all valid ways to subvert this system.

That is not very practical in the real world.
Most times one wants to steal a whole bunch at a time.
I am sure we have all read interesting things that
are left sitting in the printer unattended... that might have
value to someone else outside the company doors.

So that seems to be what this system might stop.
One cannot stick 100 pages of information in their
pants, covered by their shirt and just walk out.

At one cent a page, it seems very reasonable to install those
directly into your printer. I want one too. Well as long as it
comes in a normal printer as an added feature. Let the printer
company pay the license fee, and I will buy the special inks.

Profit.

Re:Seems very useful for stopping mass theft of do (1)

0xfc (737668) | more than 10 years ago | (#8276857)

Well, I forgot a key thing.

I also need the special sensors. I have no idea what that would run for two exits/entrances. Maybe it would only
be a few hundred dollars and that seems
very reasonable for a small business.

Re:Seems very useful for stopping mass theft of do (1)

bersl2 (689221) | more than 10 years ago | (#8276925)

One cannot stick 100 pages of information in their
pants, covered by their shirt and just walk out.


Are those 100 pages of documents in your pants, or are you just happy to see me?

Not just for paper (4, Interesting)

Syre (234917) | more than 10 years ago | (#8276844)

By quoting the co-founder, I may have given the impression that this is just an RFID for paper.

Actually, they say they could print this on all kinds of materials, so it could be sprayed onto products before they are painted, etc.

I kind of doubt you could deactivate them by overloading them, as you can other RFIDs.

This could be a rather invasive and hard to counteract development...

Disabled (1)

redhat421 (620779) | more than 10 years ago | (#8276849)

This just opens the door for a belt clip with an active RFID jammer to be marketed.

And then made illegal (1)

modder (722270) | more than 10 years ago | (#8277037)

Like my other post about making posession of various RFID "transmitting agents" (I presume they'd be called.) illegal. (Or Weapons of Spectral Destruction.)

At what point should this be illegal? (4, Insightful)

Sarcasmooo! (267601) | more than 10 years ago | (#8276859)

Anyone here optimistic enough to think that Congress will step in before we reach a point as catastrophic as, say, an era where all government documents are tracked and no whistleblowers ever succeed in bringing official misdeeds to light?

What a wonderful Democracy that would leave us with.

Re:At what point should this be illegal? (1)

Fermionic (751632) | more than 10 years ago | (#8277022)

Why does someone always feel the need to talk about politics. It is a sickness, man. Get help!

Firewall eh? (3, Insightful)

noblefox (718271) | more than 10 years ago | (#8276862)

But, does this so-called chemical firewall prevent you from burning the paper with fire? I think not...

Whats to prevent people from copying it out by hand? So it has an "invisible" mode... visible or not, if there are chemicals, it can be read... Any hackers out there with biochemistry or chemical engineering degrees? Heh...

It does raise an interesting point though, these folks could very well become the microsoft of the photocopying world. Whats to stop them from making this sort of printing mandatory for copyright sake? Assuming they managed to get that in line, I cant imagine what'd happen to Xerox stocks when people are no longer able to freely photocopy.

I think I speak for everyone when I say, 'I refuse to live in a world without freedom to steal other people's intellectual property!'.

Re:Firewall eh? (1)

kfg (145172) | more than 10 years ago | (#8277006)

Whats to stop them from making this sort of printing mandatory for copyright sake?

Then your pencil eraser would become a tool for violating copyright.

Oh the ironies we weave.

KFG

Re:Firewall eh? (3, Insightful)

Justice8096 (673052) | more than 10 years ago | (#8277042)

Actually, it has some very good uses in secure government contractor environments, if you only use it for classified documents.
One of the biggest hassles in that environment is making sure that the documents have been stored properly at the end of the day (locked in special cabinets), and disposed of properly. Add scanners at the copier and trash areas, and you have an effective way of detecting an attempt to improperly dispose of documents.
Line the secure document repository with a blocking material, and you only need to have someone walk down the aisle of cubicles with a scanner at the end of the day, or wherever uncleared personnel are present (especially if you can code the document paper to the dozens of clearance types)
Inventory parts used for specific projects, add scanners, and this could reduce the cost of implementing a SCIF by thousands.

one cent??? (2, Funny)

sleepypants (599905) | more than 10 years ago | (#8276868)

Considering regular inkjet ink is more expensive than champagne, how much will rfid ink cost? On par with liquid gold?

RFID and Barcodes != Security or Trust (4, Interesting)

PetoskeyGuy (648788) | more than 10 years ago | (#8276875)

If this thing is so easy and cheap, I wouldn't use it as certification that confidential documents haven't been tampered with. The same scan that could be done to verify the papers were legit would also allow you to get the get the RFID, then just print the same RFID paint on your new documents.

It's just a RF barcode. It lets machines read things a little bit easier. There is nothing very secure about it, especially once it becomes widespread.

The biggest change I forsee is that the cashier at the grociery store - if they still have a job - won't have to touch anything. The conveyor belt will scan all the food as it goes down to the bagger, and probably your RFID Credit Card too.

Not your grandpa's RFID (1)

lcracker (10398) | more than 10 years ago | (#8276881)

This sounds awfully worthless. Think about it, they have a set of up to 70 chemicals, not an electronic device with collision avoidance. Since you have these collisions, if you had two distinct CrossID codes within range, then the reader will do a binary OR of the codes.. the reader will report a third code entirely.

Developer offers Linux-based RFID (3, Interesting)

_type_linux_ (748588) | more than 10 years ago | (#8276893)

The problem with RFID technology is that while it works well at close range with limited sensors, in a real world environment with noise, reliability goes down significantly. Companies like WalMart are already spending millions on research on RFID technology. We're still not at a stage when sheep or bees are equiped with unique rfid tags. Imagine having the power to ssh into a bee and mess with it's brain! Watch out for the new species of "killer bees"...

In Soviet Russia... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8276901)

Document reads you.

Seems easily defeated (3, Insightful)

GuruHal (229087) | more than 10 years ago | (#8276905)

I'm no chemical engineer, but the chemical properties of this system seem easy to defeat by simply adding more chemicals to the mix and marking up the RFID. They used the system of chemicals ABCD representing the first 4 binary digits and only A and C present to form the binary value 1010, then properly adding chemical B after the fact should still produce a value of 1110 which negates the entire process.

Re:Seems easily defeated (1)

0xfc (737668) | more than 10 years ago | (#8276955)

I am not quite sure that method would work for 100-1000s of pages.

I am sure people will start using it on
asset tags soon enough also.

I am so tired of company equipment i need to do my job ends up missing. And I mean taken off company property when it should not have been.

Where did that matching rack monitor go???

Getting through building exits (5, Insightful)

NetworkNeighbor (702989) | more than 10 years ago | (#8276913)

What's to keep me from changing the "70 bit code" by spraying a few more chemicals onto the document? Then I'll just walk out of the protected area with a new hat or something instead of the "protected" document.

Re:Getting through building exits (2, Insightful)

DangerSteel (749051) | more than 10 years ago | (#8276971)

Yeah but what if you cannot leave the protected area, building, airport, city, or state without that document...

Welcome citizen, do not lose your ID card, we will be watching.

YOU FAIL IT. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8276917)

be 'very pporly

Hmm (2, Interesting)

ColaMan (37550) | more than 10 years ago | (#8276931)

It would appear that all you need to do to fuck this up is to have some extra chemcials on the paper.

They say that they have 70 different chemicals that all resonate at different frequencies, they assign each chemical to a certain position in a 70 bit string.

So if you want to mess with it, all you need to do is add a few drops of glue with (say) 15 of the chemicals in it onto the item, then the reader reads a 70 bit code with 15 extra 1's in it.... which is not the code that it's looking for, move along.

Verisign? (2, Interesting)

victor_the_cleaner (723411) | more than 10 years ago | (#8276946)

What's a good discussion without our friends at Verisign [slashdot.org] ?

With RFID built into currency as an anit-counterfeit tool, now they will be able to cross-reference my cash-on-hand with products in the store. As I reach for the overpriced Ben-N-Jerry's a voice will say "you can't afford it bud!"

Re:Verisign? (2, Interesting)

Arngautr (745196) | more than 10 years ago | (#8277033)

verisign is a scary thought, but last I heard the EU has plans to incorperate RFID tags in Euro notes, this method would work for that. The US wont be ble to do this though. It reminds me of a document that the ACLU, and a bunch of other groups published a while back. saying that: "(1) Merchants must be prohibited from forcing or coercing customers into accepting live or dormant RFID tags in the products they buy. (2) There should be no prohibition on individuals to detect RFID tags and readers and disable tags on items in their possession. (3) RFID must not be used to track individuals absent informed and written consent of the data subject. Human tracking is inappropriate, either directly or indirectly, through clothing, consumer goods, or other items. (4) RFID should never be employed in a fashion to eliminate or reduce anonymity. For instance, RFID should not be incorporated into currency." Every one of these I agree with wholly: http://www.privacyrights.org/ar/RFIDposition.htm

Good plan but what about photocopiers? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8276950)

Will you be able to track me down if I can photocopy or even scan the documents...Follow that paper trail if you dare ;)

Uhhhh, machine guns do wonders (1)

MajorDick (735308) | more than 10 years ago | (#8276961)

'Previously, there has been no way to protect paper documents,'
Well, if youve ever been to a secure records center, like where they keep classified archives (I have) the guys at the doors with machine guns do wonders to "protect" the documents :)

My Vote (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8276975)

I vote this invention as "Super Double Un-Good"

RF Jammin (4, Funny)

Fermionic (751632) | more than 10 years ago | (#8276976)

There are plenty of cheap RF jamming products. And we could use Tin foil hat as an antenna! Don't laugh, I have done it!

Tonight is NOTHING! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8276983)

If you think the teenage angst directed at this poor RFID company is bad, wait until tomorrow night's posts. Nothing says rage like the contributions to the Internet by people sitting in front of their computers on Valentine's day night.

this is huge! (5, Interesting)

l0ungeb0y (442022) | more than 10 years ago | (#8276994)

Wow, if the article is right on and the tech is solid, this is something that will revolutionize the way we live.

With a 3-10ghz range wireless reader, these would be the most feasible types of tags to use as a security device.
When entering a secured facility, you could get a unique card printed up and be allowed or denied access to rooms/areas via installed card readers. I'd much rather have a throw away card over biometrtics any day. And this such much more reliable over all.

And what about home security?
These could act as keyless entry, and also allow you to tag your belongings so that if they were detected as leaving your premesis, the authorities could be contacted.

There are plenty of 1984ish applications such as embedding these into ID cards/Drivers Licenses, which could in the future be a very effective way to monitor peoples comings and goings. But, I'm sure there are hundred of tinfoil cap wearing slashbts who could delve into those areas for me.

tr0lL (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8277035)

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Live by the electron, die by the electron (2, Insightful)

AndresFerraro (751097) | more than 10 years ago | (#8277044)

I can already see myself walking into a WalMart where a large sign reads "It is a felony to carry an RFID Jammer into a public store." Gotta love the promise of a battle of wits between the "RFID everywhere" camp and the inevitable industry of "jammers" and "cloakers" that will spring up. PS: Wait until paper money has this...
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