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RandyStewart
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The finger scan program is now available at our local grocer here in Dallas, TX. That's right I said NOW.
With a drivers licens and checking account or debit card you can participate.

Upon registering, your unique finger print pattern is stored in a database. Shop for the groceries, avoid long lines, having to write a check, even swiping your credit card. Just touch the pad with your index finger and off you go.

Hmmmmm....

Any of you ready to take part in this "voluntary" (as our local news called it) program?

Randy Stewart
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I would hesitate to get involved in the 'trial' runs of such a product. Technology seem to have a habit of making it onto the shelf before it is really ready! (just look at Windows!). I can just imagine your neighbor scanning his finger, and you getting his bill because of a fault in the system!

Once the technology is more established, I think I would add my print to the list. I would assume that this would lead to my fingerprint being in a database of some kind that would mean I could use my finger all over the world.

There are obvious disadvantages to this. What if your hand gets cut off? If you are wealthy and other people know it then your finger could become a wanted item!
The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science. Whoever does not know it and can no longer wonder, no longer marvel, is as good as dead, and his eyes are
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I don't trust the concept, because of the use the data could be put to later...although I probably shouldn't worry, I was in the U.S. Air Force and so I'm sure I already have my prints on file...
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I would definitely take part. For one, that's th eonly way to get new technology tested. For two, your personal information is being sent and stored constantly, I highly doubt a little thing like a finger print would do anything but make the checkout easier for you.
On the other hand, you have different fingers.
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I believe in the concept of Identity Cards, and also have no objections (rather the contrary) to the vast numbers of CCTV cameras here in UK towns and cities now, but strangely enough something inside tells me that a fingerprint scanner would be intruding on my privacy just a little too much, however useful.
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RandyStewart
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Yes the reaction here hasn't been very mixed. Those interviewed were either extremely excited and supportive or vehemently opposed.
Not too many who want to "think about it".

Always looking forward to your posts,

Randy Stewart
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How lazy have we become that we need this technology?
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Can't wait to get my retinas scanned every time I buy a loaf of bread Smile
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RandyStewart
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Marko,

The experimental retinal scan ATM Money Machine was launched in California this year.

Always looking forward to your posts,

Randy Stewart
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Box (a carreer criminal): Did you bring everything?
Gary (His son, this is his first offense): Yes father, I got the ski-masks, rope, baseball bat, the knife from the kitchen... but what's the spoon for?

It's only a matter a time, if this tech becomes commonplace.

<edit> I'm officialy neutral on this issue. I can't bring myself to care.
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Jonathan Townsend
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toys are nice.
people are the still the beginning and end of security.
really not into giving body fluids at the cash register though.
also not a fan of being tracked for purchases.
i mean do they really need to know i buy comic books and also books by umberto eco and noam chomski?
...to all the coins I've dropped here
WilliamWHolcomb
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Isn't there something in Revelations about buying and selling with the mark of the Beast? If you believe in Scripture or not, it's interesting.... Smile
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Willaim,
I think Revalations is a difficult book as it deals with a dream. Considering how many ways other passages in the Bible can be interpreted (sp?) when they came from reality, I would hate to even try to interpret revalations! Interesting point though. Many of the 'signs' of the end seem to be showing up lately, although Jesus himself tells us that we can never know when our master will return so we should always be prepared.

Not really sure what Jesus thinks of all this technology?
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