Quote: Originally Posted by Goober
Thanks - I did not know so i asked -
Of course you did. How the heck else would you have learned? Dang I wish people in my part of the country would do that more. Albertans were so much better about being inquisitive when they didn't understand something, whereas in my current province, if people don't get you, they just smile back with glassy eyes and pretend they do, and it's only much later after you've made investments that you find out they never had a *clue* what the whole concept was about. (For some reason they're afraid to admit they didn't get something the first time, as if someone's going to bite them, no matter how many times they shoot themselves in the foot later on for having pretended to understand.)
Plus it's not like it's information that's been widely announced.
Like all military technology, it was classified until the enemy figured out how to do the same thing, whereupon it's declassified so the marketplace can go wild with it, but commercial device manufacturers weren't exactly crazy about it because it costs a bit more (about 30% more per chip) plus it's from having appliances with easily fried chips that makes for more people doing things to break what they've bought so they have to throw it away and buy a new one...
But yeah... the technology for EMP resistant RFID chips is in the public domain, and even at 30% more per chip, they're still cheep when produced in bulk.
Then it would work.
That's what I'm thinking.
There's probably a few i's to dot and t's to cross, but I think it would be much simpler and more common-sensible in order to give the RCMP the parts of registration they say helps them do their job, without being too intrusive on individual rights, and with the benefit of upping the odds of getting a lost or stolen weapon back.
I'm thinking something like if you've already registered, then you just go in and they install the chip and enter just a bit of information in a database for no charge. For everyone else, the registration fees should be cut to what the actual cost would be. The way people talk, it sounds like some price gouging has been happening with the current registration system.
After that, it's just a license plate that stays with the weapon, and a registration system that only tracks who the current owner is. If cops detain someone with an un-chipped weapon, then that will give them their "just cause" to presume they could be dealing with a criminal and to therefore seize the weapon immediately (with a process for getting it back if it was just a guy who didn't get the gun chipped), and the weapon can be returned to the rightful owner if it was lost or stolen.
And although crooks might learn how to dig the chips out, one thing they're never going to have the ability to do unless they're an enemy government is replace the chips with counterfeit RFIDs, and even then the odds of the hash-code they burn into the RFID matching the type of weapon the registration database says is associated with that number is so idiotically astronomical* that even an enemy government isn't going to be able to fake it unless they've infiltrated agents gaining access to the database.
* How astronomical? On the order of imagine the number of atoms in the universe (1x10^77). Now imagine that for each atom in the universe, there's another universe with that many atoms (1x10^154). Now imagine that for each atom into those universes there's a universe with that many atoms (1x10^308... now imagine you keep doing that until you get up to 1x10^1024.
Not big enough for you? Okay, let's make it 1x10^2048. Still not big enough? Fine, let's go all the way to each unique registration number requiring enough bits to encode a number with 1x10^4096 decimal digits.
How much room does that require on a chip? Got a microscope? You might be able to pick it out as a little spec-like squiggle on the chip with a powerful magnifying glass.
Last edited by Omicron; Aug 31st, 2010 at 11:10 PM..