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Zyklon B 2.0

Barack Obama recounted the contributions of Islam yesterday during his speech in Cairo. This may not have been what he was talking about:

German media outlets reported last week that a Saudi inventor’s application to patent a “killer chip,” as the Swiss tabloids put it, had been denied.

The basic model would consist of a tiny GPS transceiver placed in a capsule and inserted under a person’s skin, so that authorities could track him easily.

Model B would have an extra function — a dose of cyanide to remotely kill the wearer without muss or fuss if authorities deemed he’d become a public threat.

The inventor said the chip could be used to track terrorists, criminals, fugitives, illegal immigrants, political dissidents, domestic servants and foreigners overstaying their visas.

Another wonderful tool for the state.  My guess is it will be beta tested in NoKo.

~McQ

[HT: Neo]

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5 Responses to Zyklon B 2.0

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  • N Korea is too poor for this, But I would not be surprised to find it in China very soon.

  • As kyle said, NK can’t really afford it and doesn’t <I>need</i> it, what with a poor and immobile population.

    Cyanide’s LD50 for intramuscular doses is evidently something around 3-4mg/kg, which for even a small adult would be around 150mg.

    That seems a bit high for a tiny, tiny chip, especially with the overhead of having a way to release it on command. Actuators and logic and antennas capable of receiving a signal at a long distance take up a lot of space.

    (An RFID chip is tiny, for instance, but it only has a passive antenna and needs a powerful transmitted <I>very near it</i> to radiate a response signal. To get broadcasting and GPS tracking would require a “chip” to have an internal power source or <I>immensely</i> powerful transmitters powering it, to operate at any distance.)

    It would be interesting to see the patent, to see if it’s complete BS or if there’s a hint of anything real in it. (Remember, patent application is no guarantee of practicability!)

    • Ok … I was going to skip the comment, but since some seem to have taken the sentence in the post seriously I’ll point out that I said it would be “beta tested” in NoKo. As most know, when you beta test a product with a customer, you usually provide the product at low or no cost.

  • “The inventor said the chip could be used to track terrorists, criminals, fugitives, illegal immigrants, political dissidents, domestic servants and foreigners overstaying their visas.”

    Maybe The Dear Leader™ can use it on those in the US who deign to speak out against his totalitarian policies.