An older article from The Register (a favorite news site) got called to my attention today. RFID, which hasn’t gotten much attention to date, is poised to become a serious threat to personal privacy over the next few years. The potential for RFID to make the lives of retail businesspeople easier is vast – and as one of them, I can’t say that that’s a bad thing. I just got 60 cases of shoes – more than 1,500 pounds of product – delivered to my store in the past 2 days. Comparing the contents of each case to the printed manifest of what’s supposed to be there is a pain in the butt. If I could just wave a scanner over all the boxes and get an exact inventory readout that I could upload to the computer, I’d be thrilled.
However, something is going to have to be done to allow consumers to remove or disable RFID chips once products have left the store, just like we can remove the sales tags and security devices today. The potential for abuse is just way too vast for there to be any wiggle room on this one. “Once you buy your RFID-tagged jeans at The Gap with RFID-tagged money, walk out of the store wearing RFID-tagged shoes, and get into your car with its RFID-tagged tires, you could be tracked anywhere you travel.” says The Register, and it’s not a pretty picture.
Breaking news: Mike Richter to retire. One of the great goaltenders in the game. How long until his number (35) gets hoisted to the rafters in Madison Square Garden?
Mike Richter retires not only as the greatest goalie in Rangers history but arguably as the greatest U.S.-born netminder:
– 301-258-73 record with a 2.89 goals-against average in 666 career games
– 41-33 with a 2.68 GAA in the postseason
– 301 victories is Rangers franchise record
– Won Stanley Cup in 1994, stopping Pavel Bure penalty shot along the way
– Three-time All-Star, named All-Star MVP in 1994
– Netminder for 1988, 1998 and 2002 U.S. Olympic teams, won silver medal in ’02.
– MVP of the 1996 World Cup
– Led league with franchise-record 42 wins in 1994.
– Will become just the third Ranger, joining Rod Gilbert and Eddie Giacomin, to have his number retired – that in a pregame ceremony on Feb. 4, 2004
Ah, California, land of the recall. It’s still unreal to me that only a year after we elected a governor we’re going to choose whether or not to un-elect him. Not that Grey Davis is the world’s greatest governor, but he IS the duly elected man for the job and this recall is setting a terrible precedent.
Look at the small Sonoma town of Rohnert Park It seems that the City Council there decided to work with an Indian tribe in regards to their plan to build a new casino just outside the town limits. Rohnert Park residents who don’t want to live near a casino have now launched a drive to recall the entire City Council. I suspect this is only the first in a long line of recall efforts.
Here goes … into the blog beyond….
Four years ago this weekend, my husband and I took a last minute trip down to Washington DC, to see some sights and visit a college buddy of mine. We knew we were about to move to San Francisco and figured that it would be our last chance to spend some time in DC for a while. It was.
I found myself thinking about that trip quite a bit over this Labor Day weekend. So much has happened, so many things have changed. I didn’t even think we’d still be living in California by now. I certainly didn’t expect to have changed careers again. You can thank the dot-com implosion for both of those.
What next? Who knows. But I think that I’d like to blog the journey.