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Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

docwatson223 Boiling the really big frog (730 comments)

Apple Watch with health informatics + Apple Pay leads the way to the Apple Chip Subdermal Implant. What could go wrong with a singular device that would have all of your credit, health, and identification information? An Apple Chip future... You could walk into a clothing store and a sales person walks up and asks if they can help you. You say "Yes, I am looking for a new suit" and they direct you to the aisle where the model suits are. You select the item, select a swatch of cloth that matches your preference and are handed a cup of coffee while the suit you want is made to your specifications. You also select a few items like cuff-links, shoes, a tie, and kerchief that all match the suit. 20 minutes later, a woman comes out from the rear of the store and hands you all the items and you thanks the sales person and you leave. Real-time tailoring. At no time do you see or engage a cashier or see the exchange of money. Your cash reserves and credit (if you wanted to apply for a line of credit for that company's store, there would have been a pro-forma online application via fingerprint or retinal scan) were all reviewed when you entered. Once you began the process for purchasing, you were added to their database and are sent an initial email asking if you'd like to be included in their email updates on their upcoming sales. If you had come in and browsed, you would have received the same invitation email and an electronic yes or no 'coupon' for a discount on your first purchase. Food shopping would become incredibly simple as well. You go and select the items you want/need and walk out with them. If you go to another store to buy an item, chances are that the store you do a majority of your shopping will try to stock it for you in order to get the rest of your business. The demand for services would finally become a matter of catering to the customer! Thieves won't stand a chance - theft would crash to almost zero and only the truly idiotic or desperate even try - because RFID tagging and IPv6 addressing has removed the ability of the thief to remove the item from the store and not pay for it or be tracked to their location. Most things can't 'fall off a truck' anymore because they are too easy to find. Assembly for large parts and items has become a breeze; IPv6 and RFID have allowed for all items for a specific customer to be listed as they are put together for assembly, QC/QA, and sales tracking. Insurance companies and manufacturers have the ability to identify parts failure all the way back to the manufacturer, the assembly line, and even the employee who did the work. IPv6 allowed for 2^54 IP address per person, so everything that a person owns can be cataloged, followed, and identified. RFID allows for seamless commerce. My paycheck is automatically deposited and credited to my account and purchases automatically adjusted via the chip . The military would get used to 'the wave' - swinging your hand over a reader to verify your identity. They would stop writing checks because there wasn't a need to on base. The chip would have all your medical info on it and the medics could just scan your hand (or your temple) and get the info they needed. Of course, if they were scanning your head, you'd lost your hand or they were ID'ing your corpse and you were in deep crap either way. Heck, the NCO club got to be a PITA sometimes because the 3 beer rule automatically flagged you but there were ways around that - the civvies you dated were still using real cash or their own IDs so they bought without restrictions. On the home front, we have had to suffer through the ubiquitous 'Chippie' on the Homeland Security ads and Saturday AM cartoons; "Chippie says "Security starts at Home, so get your ID Chip today!". [I'd say what an annoying bastard the little thing is but I don't want to get flagged when I use the Metro to work everyday; I see the poor sods who are 'randomly' pulled aside *every* morning on their way in and out of the station.] The NAHB Construction codes came into compliance with DHS Directives a few years ago and now that construction can integrate with your Chip, the SmartHome is a reality. Houses turn their heat and AC on and off per room as their occupants come and go, sound and light preferences are recorded and adjusted per occupant, email and IM traffic is routed to everyone's computer and privacy is assured for each recipient. (There are still parental overrides, of course, but you have to be careful when and how you use them or face questioning by the local DYFS office for invasion of privacy - particularly with teenagers!) Work changed for me as well; My login and time tracking starts when I arrive at the office and authenticate via retinal scanner to match the information in the chip.

about two weeks ago
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UCLA Biologists Delay the Aging Process In Fruit Flies

docwatson223 The have's and have nots (82 comments)

Let's say this leads to human trials and proof - who gets it? What's the impact on population?

about two weeks ago
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Apple Said To Team With Visa, MasterCard On iPhone Wallet

docwatson223 Next Step, iChip! (187 comments)

The recent Cartoon Channel show, 'Chippy', conceived and sponsored by a joint effort between Apple, the Department of Homeland Security and the Internal Revenue Service, has reached a critical mass in terms of viewership according to a recent media rating survey by the National Government Network. The show, which promotes the implantation and use of the Apple iChip and shows DHS agents busting unregistered gun owners, smugglers, drug dealers, black market medical personnel, Constitutionalist terrorists, and non-'Chippers' has become a significant PR success and increased the demand for chip implementation in the core demographic of 8-12 and, surprisingly, adults as old as 70. The show's tagline 'Chippy is your friend!' has spawned t-shirts, window stickers, screen savers, and a host of DRM-free online episodes as well as a counter-culture of subversive anti-Chippie paraphernalia. From the Pacific White House in Hawaii, the President declared the show a clear success and commented that the revised chip requirement under his Affordable Care Act was 'a keystone in the future of healthcare and commerce in the United States'. In a related story, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced that the next revision of the iChip will include wireless and cell phone connectivity and a new basic neural interface along with further enhancements to it's current healthcare, credit, commerce, and GPS abilities. The iChip has boosted Apple stock to well over the $1100 mark as of the close of yesterday's announcement at Mac World San Francisco.

about three weeks ago
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New Evidence For Oceans of Water Deep In the Earth

docwatson223 Re:Noah's Ark Story (190 comments)

Darwinism has only conjecture and supposition to back it's theory yet it's treated like an irrefutable fact, meets opposition with vitriol, and excommunicates anyone in the science community who has the audacity to challenge it.

That's religion, brother.

about 3 months ago
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New Evidence For Oceans of Water Deep In the Earth

docwatson223 Re:Noah's Ark Story (190 comments)

My point was that science is often as bad as any other religion that demands blind obedience and shuns anyone who questions it's primacy.

about 3 months ago
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Game Characters Controlled By Player's Emotions

docwatson223 No thank you (44 comments)

I think that's just creepy.

about 3 months ago
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New Evidence For Oceans of Water Deep In the Earth

docwatson223 Re:Noah's Ark Story (190 comments)

Versus the religion of science which is a constant series of hypothesis (many unprovable at the macro scale) and demands complete orthodoxy, obeisance, and strict obedience - or face excommunication, expulsion, and ridicule. Over and over again, science has burned it's own at the stake literally and figuratively for challenging the status quo. For all intents and purposes, science is no better than any other religion.

about 3 months ago
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New Evidence For Oceans of Water Deep In the Earth

docwatson223 Genesis 7:11 (190 comments)

11 In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep were broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened. - KJV

So, the rock breaks up and water flows; a big enough break and it becomes a massive discharge into the atmosphere which then comes back down as one heck of a deluge. Interesting.

about 3 months ago
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Virginia DMV Cracks Down On Uber, Lyft

docwatson223 Sheer Irony (260 comments)

In a state where slugging is a daily occurrence - if not downright necessity - I find it insane that they would rule against what is the next natural evolution of it! Are they going to kill slugging now??

about 3 months ago
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Bill Blunden's Rejected DEF CON Presentation Posted Online

docwatson223 Just too damned long (40 comments)

Seriously, that's Death by PowerPoint!

about 4 months ago
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Shrinking Waves May Save Antarctic Sea Ice

docwatson223 Re:A New Religion (298 comments)

What challenge? As many others have pointed out, the *unedited and unbiased* data directly shows that the impact of human CO2 is insignificant in relation to other factors. Embracing dogma and a carefully edited credo is a sign of religion, not science.

about 4 months ago
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Shrinking Waves May Save Antarctic Sea Ice

docwatson223 Re:A New Religion (298 comments)

I see another High Priest of Climate Religion is calling anathema to their dogma.

about 4 months ago
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Valve's Steam Machines Delayed, Won't Be Coming In 2014

docwatson223 Re:*cough*keyboard!*cough* (134 comments)

Thanks for that clarification since I read 'game controller' and start thinking 'WTF, *another* console??' Still, they shouldn't delay a rollout because of that.

about 4 months ago
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Hunt Intensifies For Aliens On Kepler's Planets

docwatson223 Tin Hat Thought of The Day (93 comments)

This could be a great way to prep the public for a reveal; it's boiling the frog slowly.

about 4 months ago
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Shrinking Waves May Save Antarctic Sea Ice

docwatson223 A New Religion (298 comments)

What makes me nuts about the climate changers is that they seem to believe that humans have more impact than the sun and other natural events and then have built a de facto religion around it. It's another example of scientific dogma where anyone who dares to challenge them becomes something 'other' and put on worldwide notice that they should be shunned. The other thing that makes me nuts is that they use the word 'denier;' it's offensive since the subtle equation is the Holocaust and, as a result, it discourages critical thinking and intellectual honesty for everyone. That's how cults operate, not how scientists should be pursuing science.

about 4 months ago
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Valve's Steam Machines Delayed, Won't Be Coming In 2014

docwatson223 *cough*keyboard!*cough* (134 comments)

Seriously, how about a USB keyboard and mouse option? It sure would get the thing to market a whole lot faster.

about 4 months ago
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Google Unveils Self-Driving Car With No Steering Wheel

docwatson223 Needs Manual Backup (583 comments)

All you need is a hacker to drive these cars into each other and with no manual backup disengagement there's no way to mitigate a tragedy.

about 4 months ago

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