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October 20, 2005

Color Printers ID Themselves

To help authorities fight counterfeiting.

This sparked a memory of a thought I had a long time ago, when typewriters were going obsolete.
Remember why ransom letters on TV were made from characters cut from magazines and newspapers? To throw off the cops, since typewriters produced unique text and could be tracked down.

I remember wondering if criminal investigations would be affected by the new technology. Specifically, by a criminal's ability to produce perfectly untraceable text. Silly me!

Privacy concerns are raised by this of course, as well as concerns about how closely government agencies interact with certain businesses.


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