Ksenia Vidyaykina performs as a 1920's era strip tease dancer who takes off her cloths, and then her skin in a portion of 'Trapped,' a one woman performance which tells stories of women alone, confined, and forced into difficult choices, during a press preview of the New York International Fringe Festival, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2003, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
So then I came home tonight, and my X server was wedged again (as it is wont to do) but this time when I killed it from another machine, my left monitor was doing this wonky thing where it looks like every column of 32 bits is transposed, and it's all seething/shimmering like bad television reception. Yay. When this has happened before, powering the machine all the way off for a while has fixed it, but not this time. Yay. So now I've got all my windows wedged into the right monitor (which can only run in 8-bit mode, for reasons best left unexplored.)
Then, failing to heed the abundantly clear warning signs that I should just go to bed, I popped off some keys to see if I could figure out what was going wrong with the keyboard. Oh look, it's not a membrane keyboard: there are springs.
Ten minutes later I found the spring.
Thirty minutes later, I had rendered the 1, 2, and 3 keys non-operational as well, and gave up and ordered a new keyboard. But of course they won't get the order until friday, so I'll probably be typing on the Backup Keyboard Of Pain for a week now.
Experts estimate industry could save billions of dollars each year in inventory and logistical costs with RFID. Trouble is, privacy advocates see RFID as a massive invasion of privacy. They say the technology would let retailers, marketers, governments or criminals scan people -- or even their houses -- and ascertain what they own.
To win the hearts and minds of consumers, retailers and food and drug companies may portray the technology as an antiterrorist tool. They say the technology can help them keep precise track of all goods and help in recall efforts should their products be contaminated or laced with poison during a terrorist attack. [...]
They also may get legal protection under the Safety Act of 2002 -- a tort-reform law that offers blanket lawsuit protections to makers of antiterrorism devices, should those devices fail during a terrorist attack.
"If we get a declaration from Homeland Security that this is the step we need to take to protect the food supply, that's the step it will take to move this technology forward," said Procter & Gamble supply-chain executive Larry Kellam at an RFID industry conference in June. [...] "We have been working with legislators to make sure the right regulations are in place to make RFID tags commercially feasible," said Stephanie Childs, a spokeswoman for the Grocery Manufacturers of America, which lobbied on behalf of the food and drug companies and retailers.