Editorial on Ellison, McNealy, and national ID card

Damien Morton morton@dennisinter.com
Thu, 25 Oct 2001 13:19:33 -0400


Any ideas on howbig this DNA GUID might be (in bits)

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Damien Morton, Technical Director, Dennis Interactive

The glass is neither half-full nor half-empty. Its too big.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jim Whitehead [mailto:ejw@cse.ucsc.edu]
> Sent: Thursday, October 25, 2001 12:58 PM
> To: Clay Shirky
> Cc: fork@xent.com
> Subject: RE: Editorial on Ellison, McNealy, and national ID card
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> > 5 years from now it will be a hand-scan, and done in real time.
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> But, all that DNA does is give you a GUID, a Globally Unique=20
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> You still need a big honkin' database to resolve that GUID=20
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> future, possible to fight the creation of this database.
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> - Jim
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