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From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Bob Wilson)
Subject: Re: Tracker implant for children - Real or Fake?
Date: Tue, 10 Sep 2002 03:19:26 -0000
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>Seems to me that when people attach radio trackers to animals they do it
>OUTSIDE the body. And the article in Sunday's newspaper showing a
>tracker showed it as a wristband. (With built in GPS thing, panic
>button, and... atomic clock. Um, methinks someone with an Arts degree is
>getting pretentious. Get back behind that MacDonalds counter!)
>I missed the point earlier - the original question was is it possible to
>do with an IMPLANT. I think it's been fairly conclusively shown to be
>No, without an external power supply which would be removable thus
>removing the point.
>Listening to the radio there was more on this issue. I suspect that
>there is a scientist somewhere in the UK who is working on putting
>passive tags inside people. These are already sold via vets for pets,
>and ork on the principle that they aren't powered but pick up power as
>they pass a specialised transmitter and re-radiate back a code.
>So if a child molester scans his abductee through a supermarket checkout
>or clothes shop, he will be spotted. Brilliant! Why not just do it the
>old fashioned way and tattoo a barcode on the kids' foreheads? Worked
>for me - no one ever abducted me, can't imagine why.
>Rant, rant, rant. OK doctor I'll come quietly.
The idea of an in-body implant isn't really the issue here. No doubt this is
quite possible and a small chip can be detected for a short distance away.
Where this gets off the rails is when claims are made that such a device can
transmit a long distance (kilometers would be needed for this to be
practical), with an antenna that would be far roo small to be efficient and
a power source that is incapable of significant power output.
I DO like the barcode on the forehead idea, though. It would go a long way
to placate the increasing number of North Americans who are becoming afraid
of our own shadows!
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