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Barcodepedia - a Social Network Barcode DB

timothy posted about 8 years ago | from the hey-nice-lines-on-that-one dept.


Thor Larholm writes "Barcodepedia is a community-based online barcode database, where everybody can contribute whichever barcodes they have lying around on their crowded desks simply by holding it in front of your webcam. The database is completely free to use, and everyone is invited to participate. The site should be available in French, Russian, German and Swedish within a week, so get all your friends and go to your local store with a laptop for massive fun. Donations of cuecats and other specialized scanners are welcomed." Anyone who's read Bruce Sterling's book Shaping Things may immediately think of Sterling's concept of "spimes" — for those who haven't, Sterling's 2006 SXSW address explains a bit, too. (It's easy to create your own barcodes, too — and then, not quite as easily, you can use them to control your house.)

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to your local store with a laptop for massive fun (5, Funny)

CrazyJim1 (809850) | about 8 years ago | (#15667576)

Excuse me while I go back to sleep.

Re:to your local store with a laptop for massive f (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15668277)

I looked at the entry for whiteout fluid. I certainly yawned.

Re:to your local store with a laptop for massive f (1)

thePowerOfGrayskull (905905) | about 8 years ago | (#15668328)

Indeed. Would this have even gotten onto /. if it were titled "a barcode wiki" instead of "social network barcode db"?

Re:to your local store with a laptop for massive f (1)

SEWilco (27983) | about 8 years ago | (#15673333)

"social network barcode db"
Maybe "SN BC DB" would be preferred?

Re:to your local store with a laptop for massive f (2, Insightful)

rwven (663186) | about 8 years ago | (#15668432)

Seriously...why in the heck does anyone use this?

What next?, The wiki-wiki wikis wiki-wiki wikis? (1)

MindKata (957167) | about 8 years ago | (#15669309)

Yeah I was thinking the same thing ... like why?!?

What next, the trainspotters wiki ... hmm... now there's an idea ... and maybe I can earn some serious money from it?! ... I could sell train tickets or something ... maybe they'll even think they are getting souvenirs!

Or maybe I can start the fungal spores wiki ... hmm... I could sell spores and things.

Come to think of it, maybe I should just setup the wiki wiki ... page 1, the entire Internet. page 2, err? ... goto page 1?

Why would I want barcodes to control my house? (4, Insightful)

Trigun (685027) | about 8 years ago | (#15667578)

There seems to be so many better and easier ways to control my house.
Now, if I wanted to keep a running total of groceries, or keep a list of items for insurance purposes, then I might consider doing it, but it still seems like an awful lot of work, for little benefit.

Re:Why would I want barcodes to control my house? (4, Funny)

whoop (194) | about 8 years ago | (#15668771)

OMG, you like totally are not getting the hugeness of the enormity of such an innovative Web 2.0 use this will have on the impact of the world of stuff. Now, instead of going through a bunch of MySpace pages looking for friends, I can just go to and automatically search for other people who have the exact same groceries as me! Then I can get good suggestions from what other people have bought from Amazon's groceries. OMG that will be so such a killa app for the Web 2.0. So you in the future friendz!$!

AAAhhhh CueCats (2, Interesting)

Palal (836081) | about 8 years ago | (#15667580)

The Barcode DB is nice, but CueCats were even nicer. I made a lot by selling the modified versions on eBay in High School.... nothing like pure profit :).

Re:AAAhhhh CueCats (3, Interesting)

daranz (914716) | about 8 years ago | (#15667892)

This would actually work with most of the modified cuecats... It allows typing in of barcodes, and that's essentially what a modded cuecat does. It'd probably be easier and more realiable than using a webcam, too.

Personally, I've been using my cuecat to catalog my DVD collection. There are some commercial apps out there that will read a barcode, look it up on several websites, and scrape the info about the particular DVD into a local database. With enough contributions to this barcodepedia website, it'd be possible to create something with similar usability - you could have entries for DVDs or music CDs with relevant info, available for instant fetching. In fact, it'd be somewhat like the service that cuecat was originally supposed to offer.

Re:AAAhhhh CueCats (1)

Photon Ghoul (14932) | about 8 years ago | (#15668725)

You don't need specialized software to read barcodes. All keyboard-compatible barcode readers essentially are just 'typing' the barcodes to your keyboard input followed by a carriage return. It's pretty standard stuff, even the big table scanners do it this way.

What's that in the air?!? (0, Flamebait)

Avillia (871800) | about 8 years ago | (#15667583)

It's a bird!
No, it's a plane!

It's a slashvertisement!

Retarded (5, Funny)

rratss (893595) | about 8 years ago | (#15667595)

News for nerds, yes. Stuff that matters... to retards.

Re:Retarded (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15670201)

Man, I have been looking for this. So /. is the place to come advertise your brand new useless site.

This might just be bigger... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15667596)

...than Paintdrypedia, the community-based online database of images of paint drying. Everybody can contribute by pointing your webcams at freshly painted surfaces.

Re:This might just be bigger... (4, Funny)

Aqua_boy17 (962670) | about 8 years ago | (#15667755)

"Massive Fun?"

If you like that, you'll love my action packed front lawn web cam at

Re:This might just be bigger... (3, Funny)

LunaticTippy (872397) | about 8 years ago | (#15667836)

um, your website appears to be slashdotted.

this [] one is up and running!

Re:This might just be bigger... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15669200)

how bout watching a foilball grow at [] ?

Re:This might just be bigger... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15668314)

This slashdot post has inspired me to start the Twinkie In a Jar cam website. There will be a desk, with a jar on it, containing an unwrapped Twinkie. Viewers of the site can then, watch it slowly degrade.

Come on guys... (1)

darthservo (942083) | about 8 years ago | (#15668343)

Don't you think we might be being a little harsh on a website that can give us the barcodes of fine quality products such as The Canadian Oxford School Atlas-7th Ed. [] , Gatorade Fruit Punch 20oz [] , Royal Club Shandy [] , and Målinriktad projektstyrning [] ?

More International Feel? (4, Interesting)

neonprimetime (528653) | about 8 years ago | (#15667618)

After a long decision process we have decided to change our name from barcoder to barcodepedia. This should hopefully give us a more international feel

Since when does changing an 'r' to a 'pedia' give you more international feel?

Re:More International Feel? (3, Funny)

thefirelane (586885) | about 8 years ago | (#15667656)

Since when does changing an 'r' to a 'pedia' give you more international feel?

I think it was recently mandated by the UNipedia

Re:More International Feel? (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15667677)

Since when does changing an 'r' to a 'pedia' give you more international feel?

No idea, but I'm sure there's a simple answepedia.

Re:More International Feel? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15667678)

Clearly they should have changed the name to

Re:More International Feel? (1)

mrxak (727974) | about 8 years ago | (#15667704)

After playing around with a web translator, I've determined that the pedia suffix does in fact end up translating roughly the same to a number of other languages, although it sometimes ends up as padie or pedie.

But yeah, it's pretty silly.

Re:More International Feel? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15668748)

Since when does changing an 'r' to a 'pedia' give you more international feel?

It worked wonders for the Encyclor Brittanica.

Actually, that sounds pretty cool. "Encyclor". It's like the name of a transformer or something.

Re:More International Feel? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15668880)

I'm pretty sure the "international feel" refers to the change from .nu to .com

Re:More International Feel? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15669375)

I think they may have meant to say that the change from .nu to .com gives it a more international feel.

Re:More International Feel? (1)

Jesus_666 (702802) | about 8 years ago | (#15669543)

Since when does changing an 'r' to a 'pedia' give you more international feel?

I think it started with Micpediaosoft's recent name change.

hhmmmmm (1)

brenddie (897982) | about 8 years ago | (#15667700)

This seems so dumb that it must be some kind of evil plot to take over the world using barcodes.

Re:hhmmmmm (1)

mrxak (727974) | about 8 years ago | (#15667718)

Well that "spimes" thing intends to track every object everywhere it goes for the entire lifetime of the object. Just wait for them to come and put a barcode on your forehead, and you'll know that the evil plot is coming to fruition.

What do barcodes have to do with "spimes"? (1)

xxxJonBoyxxx (565205) | about 8 years ago | (#15667713)

What do barcodes have to do with "spimes"?

Re:What do barcodes have to do with "spimes"? (1)

breckinshire (891764) | about 8 years ago | (#15668023)

Insert this suppository and I'll explain.

edit history for bar code 780802 118257 (3, Funny)

commodoresloat (172735) | about 8 years ago | (#15667748)

# (cur) (last) 15:13, 20 March 2006 BarCodeManiac (Talk | contribs) (rv to BarCodeManiac - germ-fighting capabilities of product stated in NPOV manner)
# (cur) (last) 13:50, 20 March 2006 KueKatKlepto (Talk | contribs) (rv to superior format as per talk)
# (cur) (last) 13:24, 20 March 2006 BarCodeManiac (Talk | contribs) (rv POV vandalism from moronic editor.)
# (cur) (last) 02:56, 20 March 2006 KueKatKlepto (Talk | contribs) (rv)
# (cur) (last) 20:08, 19 March 2006 BarCodeManiac (Talk | contribs) (rv Klepto's POV edit - see talk)
# (cur) (last) 18:08, 19 March 2006 KueKatKlepto (Talk | contribs) (rv; please participate in talk. This version has been extensively justified and you have made no argument in favor of your counterintuitive version.)
# (cur) (last) 12:47, 17 March 2006 BarCodeManiac (Talk | contribs) (rv; KueKatKlepto is censoring valid information that has nothing to do with "clarifying whether or not this product will fight germs that may cause bad breath." Stop the nonsense KueKatKlepto.)
# (cur) (last) 10:10, 17 March 2006 KueKatKlepto (Talk | contribs) (lets clarify whether or not this product will fight germs that may cause bad breath)
# (cur) (last) 11:41, 14 March 2006 BarCodeManiac (Talk | contribs) (rv massive POV shift. KueKatKlepto you are erasing valid information in one massive edit -- edit a little at a time so we can discuss please, or produce a list of all changes in talk so they can be addressed.)
# (cur) (last) 10:24, 14 March 2006 KueKatKlepto (Talk | contribs) (lets be clear about who said what about what and when they said it, not all information about this product comes from the BBB; the BBB is biased and one-sided; restore deleted FOX News link)

hello kettle! (1)

xenomouse (904937) | about 8 years ago | (#15669486)

I'm not a news organization zealot, but i was highly amused by the last comment:
"...the BBB is biased and one-sided; restore deleted FOX News link..."

Re:edit history for bar code 780802 118257 (1)

gkhan1 (886823) | about 8 years ago | (#15670559)

For us wikipedians, that was damn funny! You should get modded to a 5, so mods, pay attention.

Is there anything webcams can't do? (4, Funny)

Rob T Firefly (844560) | about 8 years ago | (#15667757)

It's times like this I start to miss the 1990s, and looking at grainy pics of JenniCam's cat sleeping on a bookshelf for three hours.

Re:Is there anything webcams can't do? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15669366)

It's times like this I start to miss the 1990s, and looking at grainy pics of JenniCam's cat sleeping on a bookshelf for three hours.
Those three hours of cat were counterbalanced by the few minutes of Jenni fucking or masturbating, or even just naked at the keyboard. I still have an archive of those... somewhere.

Images? (1)

955301 (209856) | about 8 years ago | (#15667762)

How about some links to images from Flickr or something?

A simple question (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15667779)

Why? Why do we want or need an online barcode database? What good does this do? I can't seem to find this information anywhere on their site.

Re:A simple question (2, Insightful)

TheBogie (941620) | about 8 years ago | (#15667889)

If you dont know, I am not going to tell you.

Re:A simple question (4, Insightful)

glitch! (57276) | about 8 years ago | (#15667925)

It has a million household uses! Well, uh... You can take inventory of your food and spices, scan them in and out of the refrigerator and cupboards, and let the computer tell you when it is time to make more. Well, you'll have to program that yourself actually. But let's say you have something that is missing _most_ of the label but still has the barcode intact. You can use this database to find out what it is! See how handy this is?

I have to wonder if these fine folks have heard of an already existing free UPC database? :) []

Re:A simple question (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15668004)

Why? Why do we want or need an online barcode database? What good does this do? I can't seem to find this information anywhere on their site.

Just a theory, but... what if it's only a (really) stupid plot to discover what are you buying?
(puts on tin foil hat)

Rebate Scams (1)

LoverOfJoy (820058) | about 8 years ago | (#15671238)

Used in conjunction with receiptopedia you can get a lot of money from Best Buy

CueCat? (1)

CoolCash (528004) | about 8 years ago | (#15667849)

Is there software for me to use my CueCat with this database? I think I have 3 or 4 left.

Re:CueCat? (2, Informative)

Kadin2048 (468275) | about 8 years ago | (#15668752)

Actually if you look on the site's about page, where he has a wish/priority list, CueCat support is on there.

Unfortunately, it seems like he doesn't have a CueCat, and he's looking for someone to donate one, plus postage to Denmark.

I only have one, but maybe someone around on Slashdot who cleaned up (the last time these came up in discussion, it seemed like there were people around with dozens of the things) as they were going out of business will be willing to post one to Europe.

There are several GPLed projects which have CueCat support in them already -- Alexandria, which is a book-cataloging program, does it (although I've never gotten a chance to play with it that much) and there are some standalone scripts and libraries for decoding CueCat output around, from when they were more popular. Doesn't seem like it would be particularly hard to do.


linvir (970218) | about 8 years ago | (#15667888)

Holy Guacamole, Batman! This is the sort of thing I've dreamed of since the first moment I finally came to understand the enormity of the internet. Years of text chat and popup ad bullshit later, I've been a bit disillusioned about the whole deal lately...


Finally, someone has come along and actually put the internet to the sort of use that we've been dreaming of for so long. I mean, Xbox Live was one thing, but man, it just doesn't compare with holding random shit up in front of a webcam and help create a database of barcodes.

The creation of this site may even come to be known as The Singularity (I know, the word is overused, but it's really warranted in this case). Think of it. How could you even dare to imagine what the world will be like after a social network revolving around barcodes? There's only two things we can truly be sure to find on the other side of The Singularity: sentient robots and faster-than-light space travel. All thanks to the power of a database of barcodes.

You heard it here first, people. BARCODEPEDIA IS OUR NEW GOD!


ConceptJunkie (24823) | about 8 years ago | (#15668711)

Too bad CueCat was a few years too early.

I'm sure there would be an incredible killer app involving using your CueCat to scan barcodes from your screen on Barcodepedia. Maybe we could work Segways into it too.

I have to admit, this is one Big Web Thing I actually didn't think of before it happened.

This is kinda neat! (1)

drewzhrodague (606182) | about 8 years ago | (#15667893)

This is actually kinda neat, but I'm a developer who gets involved with things like this. Where else can you get an index of products, and their barcodes? I had thought of building one, but it looks like there's no longer a need to. I'll certainly be contributing.

Re:This is kinda neat! (1)

jtaylor00 (670164) | about 8 years ago | (#15668010)

You could try this site: [] that has been previously mentioned.

VAN UPC Databases (1)

raftpeople (844215) | about 8 years ago | (#15668112)

Or, if you are in business and actually need this data, then you get it from the place you are supposed to, either direct from the supplier in an 832 document, or from a service where multiple suppliers dump their 832's.

Re:VAN UPC Databases (1)

rah1420 (234198) | about 8 years ago | (#15672760)

832s? 832's? That's so 1960's.

REAL men use 1Sync. []

Should be part of "". (4, Insightful)

Animats (122034) | about 8 years ago | (#15667907)

As a hobby, it's silly. As a part of something like "" [] , it would be useful. Show your webcam the barcode on any product you've got, and it finds someone who will sell you more of it, then adds it to a portable shopping cart. Grocery and drugstore sites should have had this by now.

Re:Should be part of "". (2, Interesting)

bit01 (644603) | about 8 years ago | (#15672805)

As a hobby, it's silly.

About as worthwhile as collecting stamps, plane spotting or paying for the privilege of watching meatheads kick around an airfilled leather sack on TV.

I'd suggest you broaden your mind; different people have different interests. And there's nothing to suggest this project might not branch off in different directions in future.


Paid marketers are the worst zealots.

Weird Format (2, Insightful)

ignoramus (544216) | about 8 years ago | (#15667922)

Too much flash (8!) for my taste, no images... if there was an obvious way to export the data it'd be more useful to me dumped into a MySQL db.

Flash 8 (1)

ae (16342) | about 8 years ago | (#15667934)

But the webcam-based scanner tool won't work on anything besides Mac OS X and Windows because it requires Flash 8. :/

Barkopedia (4, Funny)

daniil (775990) | about 8 years ago | (#15667941)

At first I thought it was a collaborative project to decode dog language. Alas, I was mistaken.

Let's Beat up Wm. Gibson, Just on Principle (2, Insightful)

RobotRunAmok (595286) | about 8 years ago | (#15667967)

Anybody else remember the days when Science Fiction writers actually sat down and wrote some friggin' Science Fiction, instead of travelling around to pretentiously acronymed multi-disciplinary conferences foisting their ridiculously named neologism-wannabe terms around like they thought they were the 21st Century's version of Arthur C. Clarke, sans boys?


Christ, I want four-armed Martians and time anomalies and big honkin' mechs and sexy androids and crew-cut space marines, and your giving me SPIMES? Hey, if I see Sterling "in concert," will I have to sit through some smug intro where the moderator (from the cable TV industry or NASDAQ, I'll bet) tells us how, despite how "hi-tek" the author is, he still writes all his manuscripts on parchment using the juice of mashed berries and JuJubes? Cuz that's the part I always look forward to...

WRITE!! Jeezus, God, Mary, and all the goddamn archangels in Heaven, WRITE! A Story! With characters!! and an ending that makes me happy, or leaves me wondering and wanting more, but please, just lock your fuckin' luggage in the attic, lose the key, and WRITE A STORY!

kk. thanx. better now...

Sterling's SXSW rant (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15668535)

I've never heard so much audience-loathing, self-promoting, Croatian-surname-fetishizing tripe in my life. Had to stop listening 10 minutes in... because he really, REALLY was working hard at making me not enjoy listening. What do you call all the pretentious globe-trotting self-proclaimed "web 2.0" gypsies locked in a crate at the bottom of the ocean? A good start...

For all the critics (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15667971)

Hi all

For all critics of the page, I just want to clarify that the page is not done yet. As some of you might have noticed its not navigable in the user section when not having JavaScript tuned on and the language translations are not done yet.

We do however count on having all this fixed in the middle of next month.

Guess slashdot comes when you least expect it

        -Chris Benjaminsen

CueCat (1)

jdavidb (449077) | about 8 years ago | (#15667980)

Wow. Somebody is finally trying to fulfill the Digital Convergence "vision."

Flash 8 needed (3, Funny)

Rythie (972757) | about 8 years ago | (#15667987)

I love the way the site proclaims to me "you must have flash player 8", well actually, no I don't.

Re:Flash 8 needed (1)

jelle (14827) | about 8 years ago | (#15670459)

"I love the way the site proclaims to me "you must have flash player 8", well actually, no I don't."

That's what I thought. After seeing that, it was an easy click to close the window.

Which webmaster in their right mind 'requires' the very latest instally-gadget junk for people to be able to use their website? Is it still the middle of the nineties when everybody with a two week crash course calls themselves a 'html programmer'?

Barcode Porn (1)

Tx (96709) | about 8 years ago | (#15667989)

Those guys clearly get out even less than slashdotters, so I think they need some help. The question is how best to encode Jenna Jameson in barcode? I think a barcode version of ASCII art would probably work best, I doubt they'll be able to appreciate base64-encoded boobies.

Re: Barcodepedia - a Social Network Barcode DB (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15667993)

Aside from the obvious yawn factor I have to wonder, at least a little, the worth of such a venture when bc's will be replaced completely by smart chips in probably as little as 10 years.

To evolve on this idea (1)

swkiller (987241) | about 8 years ago | (#15668054)

What if google were to implement a sort of barcode scheme where you could use your camera phone to take a picture and get results of nearby locations or competing prices

Re:To evolve on this idea into the dirt... (2, Insightful)

Moekandu (300763) | about 8 years ago | (#15670743)

See, what I normally do now is look for the part number when I want to search for competing prices.

That way I don't have to have a barcode scanner stuffed down my pants when I go shopping.

Good while shopping (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15668071)

Suppose you could access product reviews by scanning a barcode with your cameraphone? I think that's be pretty useful.

Every third time (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15668223)

I'm tellin' ya, every third time that light stays red a little longer.

Barcodes Are Interesting (1)

rapett0 (92674) | about 8 years ago | (#15668341)

Now hear me out. I have read on various top 100 lists over there years, that barcodes are one of the most important inventions in human history. Reason being because of logisitics. We could simply not have the engineering projects, economic growth, etc with them (or in an alternate universe, some other method). As for my own experience, I used to work at a company that built variable data printers, meaning unlike regular printers, the content could change with each print. So in this case, barcodes was our core market. I probably know more about barcodes then anyone really should have to know, but once you get the hang of a couple, like anything else, there is no great mystery to them. Code 3 of 9, Code 128, UPC, Matrix, etc are your friends! And for the hardcore /. crowd, barcodes are not RFID!

This is a spime? This is 22.9% of a spime. (1)

dpbsmith (263124) | about 8 years ago | (#15668363)

I'm darned if I see how it provides "tools to virtually construct nearly any kind of object," "Ways to rapidly prototype virtual objects into real ones," or implements "'Cradle-to-cradle' life-spans for objects: cheap effective recycling."

It appears to me to have, by my account, approximate 1-3/8 of the six facets of spimes [] .

This seems more like Where's George. [] But less interesting.

UPC Database Already Does This? (0, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15668467) []

Right? And it's got almost a million UPC's last time I checked.

BTW I made a Grocery list app. based off the information there. ( [] if you're curious)

I can think of thousands of uses... (1)

tthomas48 (180798) | about 8 years ago | (#15668527)

But they're all ideas for sites I could make money from, so I won't. This just reaffirms that Slashdot is primarily made up of people without a creative thought in their heads.

Re:I can think of thousands of uses... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15669015)

Seems they didn't teach logic in creativity school.

this allows for interesting possibilities (2, Interesting)

stilltron (876042) | about 8 years ago | (#15668626)

sounds dull on the surface, but imagine another wiki database interfacing with the barcode database where you can look up company information/product information to determine things like: * what country your product was made in * whether or not they use child labor/sweatshops * what company/parent company the producer is owned by * what political parties those companies give to * what the environmental track record of the company is it could allow people to become smarter consumers.

Where is the value added by the barcode there? (1)

patio11 (857072) | about 8 years ago | (#15672331)

I'm currently wearing Adidas. I can Google "Adidas labor practices" and figure out if I need to be converend fairly quickly (well, OK, I don't think "sweatshops" are necessarily something I need to be concerned about, but even if I shared the politics of the people hyperventilating about them I wouldn't need the barcode to do it). My technology incubator does traceability for beef (using cellphone based barcode readers -- they're a dime a dozen here), where you can look up exactly what farm and processing plant a particular hamburger patty went through, but even that is mostly useless information designed to convince the fickle Japanese consumer that somebody important is tracking their food safety.

UPC Database (3, Informative)

BlueOtto (519047) | about 8 years ago | (#15668696)

This site [] seems to do the same thing without the nifty webcam-scanner and has been around a lot longer and is cue-cat compatible. It probably has much more in its database.

Re:UPC Database (1)

theorbtwo (493) | about 8 years ago | (#15668724)

...but for most of that time, it didn't have any EAN support, making it pretty well useless for much of the population of the planet. Even in the US, the UPC is being phased out in favor of the EAN.

Used for Stealing. (2, Insightful)

n2art2 (945661) | about 8 years ago | (#15668753)

This will make it much easier for theives to "legally" steal from stores.

Let me explain. . . .

An theif duplicates the barcode of a cheap item, say a pair of jeans that was on clearance at a particular sotre, say Walmart. Then that theif takes his/her duplicated barcodes (on labels) and applies them to a more expensive pair of jeans. Then they proceed to the "newest" clerk at the checkout lines, and proceeds to purchase a number of the jeans at the clearance price instead of at their retail prices.

Now there will be a database so the theif can do more of their work in the safety of their home. How nice!

Re:Used for Stealing. (1)

Haiku 4 U (580059) | about 8 years ago | (#15668893)

I defy you to
name one technology that
cannot be abused.

Re:Used for Stealing. (1)

n2art2 (945661) | about 8 years ago | (#15671111)

Please explain how a database is considered a technology, instead of just a use of technology. Then answer why your comment deserves merit.

If you didn't like my comment posted on a forum of comments about uses of technology, then state that if you like. I stated how this could be used. Do you see another use? Then state so. If you have a problem with my stated use then state that.

But as is, Troll you are. So I defy you.

Re:Used for Stealing. (1)

Haiku 4 U (580059) | about 8 years ago | (#15672420)

I'll go in reverse
I am not a troll, too bad.
Don't bunch your undies.

My point is that all
'uses' of technology
are dirtied by thieves.

Don't be a chicken
little - are you another
techno-luddite? geez!

crazy (2, Interesting)

jweller (926629) | about 8 years ago | (#15668803)

I used to work with a guy who for fun would memorize barcodes. He even informed Crest or Colgate of an error in one of their barcodes and got a big stack of coupons.

of course, we just called him crazy. I guess we should have called him visionary.

Re:crazy (1)

macwarriorny (811042) | about 8 years ago | (#15670075)

I once knew a guy, well actually it was me, that memorized a ton of SKU numbers at the now defunct Ames Department Stores. No one was impressed and the knowledge is useless, but all candy bars were 672 35515.

Re:crazy (1)

tehcyder (746570) | about 8 years ago | (#15674112)

a guy who for fun would memorize barcodes
I thought they were all the same:-

Giant Crab (1)

ukleafer (845880) | about 8 years ago | (#15668825)

Strike its weak spot for massive damage

Obligatory slashdot-ism: (1)

capn_buzzcut (676680) | about 8 years ago | (#15668931)

I, for one, welcome our new barcode overlords.

Had to be said.

nothing to do with social networks (2, Insightful)

jrtom (821901) | about 8 years ago | (#15669094)

At least as it now is, this site doesn't appear to have anything to do with social networks--nor does it claim to. Apparently the submitter either (a) knows something about the site that the admins haven't chosen to release or (b) assumes that any community site must automatically be a "social network" thing.

In Related News... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15669282)

The federal government is investigating a new internet technology that allows every citizen to hold his face up in front of a webcam and get digitized into a database. A barcode is then assigned and superimposed onto the citizen's forehead. The really convenient feature is that you can then print out your new barcoded forehead for future use.

Re:In Related News... (1)

Karma Farmer (595141) | about 8 years ago | (#15670036)

I'll gladly wear a prosthetic forehead on my real had, as long as I get a rock to wind a string around.

an excuse for my pocket barcode scanner (2, Funny)

Pasquina (980638) | about 8 years ago | (#15670089)

Now with my portable pocket barcode scanner, a laptop, and wifi, I can know what is inside any can, the size of any pair of jeans, or the name of any product ever!

Or I could just look at the label.

great snapshot of Slashdot readers' lifestyles (1)

equilith (325866) | about 8 years ago | (#15670545)

The data may be duplicated elsewhere, but some of the statistics are fun. Considering that they're probably Slashdotted right now, the list of latest entries in the database rocks. []

Latest 25 products

        * SPAM - Hickory Smoke flavor
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        * MySQL Pocket Reference
        * Dig into Rocks: Minerals and Crystals and Barpoint (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15670689)

I used to work for; they sold Qoders, these little keychain fob barcode readers. You would take your Qoder and scan a bunch oif stuff you wanted to buy and upload them from your docking station. Then the Qode search engine would compare the barcodes against our database and find the best price for the item(s) at a variety of stores, both online and off. We had an internal contest to scan the most crap off the shelves. Place was in the dot-bomb craze and got bought out because we held some patents or something. I think our ompetitor, Barpoint, was doing the same thing. IIRC, it was a big waste of time and money.

Remembering all barcodes ;-) (1)

Ageing Metalhead (586837) | about 8 years ago | (#15670761)

I don't need Barcodepedia, I can already memorise all barcodes. They start with black, then white black white black white black white black white black white black white black white black white black white black Try, it I'm right!!!! A.M

webcam barcode scanner (1)

schweini (607711) | about 8 years ago | (#15670776)

he barcode-scanner-flas-thingy didn't work for me.
anybody know of any good and free programs that can scan barcodes from a webcam? in the worst case from a snapshot taken from a webcam? the real scanners are just too expensive, if webcams could do the same.

CueCats (1)

Kancept (737976) | about 8 years ago | (#15670858)

I still have about 2,000 of these in my storage unit. I should sell them. Or donate them.

Re:CueCats (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15673441)

Hey nylonoxygen,

An earlier post said the articles owner needed a CueCats, but something about shipping it overseas. If nothing else, he should be getting a ot of contacts interested in people wanting to scan, so you may be able to coordinate yourlelf with him as a CueCat supplier.

unprecented user-centric web graphics (1)

alex_vegas (891476) | about 8 years ago | (#15671119)

It's a ground breaking theory object. It's an unprecedented astonishing piece of my job description, which is to drop lit matches into the wet bog of unrecognizable distributed intelligence of cyberspace. The creator is Frankenstein, running wild with radical atheist poets. The legacy people must become the change I want to see in the european dissident crowd. I am fearless and brilliant. The center does not hold, for its the end of history... Milosevic was a bad leader.

Re:unprecented user-centric web graphics (1)

alex_vegas (891476) | about 8 years ago | (#15671181)

I have to admit that "Giant turnips of Nationalist Resentment" is a pretty excellent turn of the pen...
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