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rick merritt
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What can you (in)validate?
rick merritt   12/27/2013 12:41:56 PM
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I'd love to hear commentary on which of these feature folks think will be big and which will flop.

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I guess that's one way to ensure that passwords are changed "regularly"
ANON1249426187345   12/27/2013 12:44:26 PM
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"Once swallowed, the pill is powered up by electrolytes in the body to create a signal making one's entire body into an authentication token."

When I, um, "lose" my password pill unexpectedly, will Amazon send a drone helicopter to the restroom with a replacement?

I think our IT deparment would decline to assist with password recovery in this case.

 

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zewde yeraswork   12/27/2013 3:15:32 PM
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How far do people think companies like Apple will go in the direction of securing their customers' devices? I wonder because while Wall Street may seem to appreciate better security features, end users are a mixed bag between those who care immensely about protecting themselves and those who don't seem to have especially critical information or who aren't worried about protecting it. Where will the norm lie exactly in the coming years?

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Robotics Developer   12/27/2013 3:46:38 PM
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I am very doubtful about the swallowed password pill; how long will it "stay with you" and what do you do to keep that pill "in your system"?  Seems like a technology looking for an application being forced..  I would rather see it used for medical monitoring.  The high resolution displays, especially those with lasting images when off would be a great way to save battery power and still provide user feedback.  If needed, the display could wake and refresh with new information and then go back to off/powered down.

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What were (are) they thinking ?
DU00000001   12/27/2013 4:15:19 PM
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Time for the gastrointestinal passage varies between some 8 hours and 3 days - depending on the current condition of your gastrointestinal tract. Somehow neither practical nor well- defined.

To increase the retention time simply do whatever is required to develop a constipation. Regarding the side-effects: ask your doctor or pharmacist :)

BTW: the Leclanché-battery they seem to prefer comes hand-in-hand with your daily dose of zinc - in the best of all cases. Other electrodes are possible but less desirable.

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Robotics Developer   12/27/2013 4:19:13 PM
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I figured between 1 and 3 days max, thanks for the posting!  I would think that someone would instead suggest implanting the chip/pill so that it would not pass but be "permanent".  I wonder what the medical effects of such a procedure would be?

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David Ashton   12/27/2013 5:31:12 PM
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Imagine someone wants to hijack your car, which depends on you being near it with your "Password Pill" to work.  The hijackers will just take you with them for a bit, till they can defeat it.  No thanks.  (Sorry, I am originally from southern Africa, where car hijacking is somewhat of a national sport.....)

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AZskibum   12/27/2013 5:38:19 PM
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Besides extreme security, the author mentioned several other features that are not so extreme, and I think some will achieve significant market success. For example, the bistable secondary screen which, as he points out, "lends itself well to tablet covers which scream out for a dual purpose such as a secondary display."

For serious amateur photographers, and perhaps even pros, the lens array -- especially the separate lens array that communicates wirelessly with the phone -- is a no-brainer.

And on the audio side, it goes without saying that we can expect better voice & music quality, louder, richer-sounding speakers -- even in the tiny form factor required by a smartphone -- and all the DSP that is required to make that happen.

Not extreme at all -- just the natural evolution of features that might've been "gee whiz" a couple years ago, but which are now within the realm of affordability...and desirability.

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prabhakar_deosthali   12/28/2013 2:00:27 AM
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In my opinion, the password pill is a crazy and impractical Idea.

When you have now such things as biometrics and retina scans as more authentic and permanent means of person's identification and authentication why would you need such things as pills to be taken every day as a password.

Who will program such pills  and how secure they will be from duplication?

 

 

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DU00000001   12/28/2013 5:05:49 AM
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With the current proposal implanting is not an option as the electrodes wear out.

In principle and using current RFID technology, implanting a device is possible without significant side-effects. On one side an implantable device has to be powered from "outside", on the other side such a permanent device bears the risk of being "hacked". It's not too difficult to emulate passive devices and more sophisticated active devices require quite an amount of power.

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