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(Yahoo)   Apparently Apple has become its own independent nation, as Canadian man uses his iPad in lieu of a passport to gain entry into the US   (news.yahoo.com) divider line 46
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2012-01-04 08:37:01 AM
And their capital will be in Idaho. Which the US will give them after being sued for copy right infringement.
 
2012-01-04 09:18:44 AM
I see the future as 100 percent being able to cross with your identity on a digital device - it's just a matter of time

mark of the beast baby...mark of the beast.
 
2012-01-04 09:25:35 AM
"I see the future as 100 percent being able to cross with your identity on a digital device - it's just a matter of time," he said.

Yes, what a wonderful idea with no potential massive security flaws whatsoever.
 
2012-01-04 09:25:47 AM

FinFangFark: I see the future as 100 percent being able to cross with your identity on a digital device - it's just a matter of time

mark of the beast baby...mark of the beast.


Beast babies?!
 
2012-01-04 09:30:16 AM
FTFA: Reisch, 33, said he took a scanned photo of his passport years ago in case it was over lost or stolen while traveling


Maybe put Lootie as my face.
 
2012-01-04 09:30:40 AM
Oh, and now the mods change the headline. *sigh*
 
2012-01-04 09:31:57 AM
It would be nice to just take a picture of my passport on my phone and then leave the passport at home and use the phone for ID at airports and borders, but alas it can never be, thanks to photoshop.

Photoshop theme, passports. Real ones, then all go to Canada and back, whoever gets back in with the silliest/funniest one wins a prize.
 
2012-01-04 09:33:07 AM
When I was working for a car rental company a guy tried to rent a car with a picture of his license on his phone. The guy was desperate to rent a car so the manager simply had him request a new license online and took the resulting documentation as proof he actually had a valid license.
 
2012-01-04 09:33:52 AM

Slaxl: It would be nice to just take a picture of my passport on my phone and then leave the passport at home and use the phone for ID at airports and borders, but alas it can never be, thanks to photoshop.

Photoshop theme, passports. Real ones, then all go to Canada and back, whoever gets back in with the silliest/funniest one wins a prize.


It'll be fun and games until some terrorist is caught after crossing in to the US with a shopped ID scan.
 
2012-01-04 09:37:20 AM

FinFangFark: Slaxl: It would be nice to just take a picture of my passport on my phone and then leave the passport at home and use the phone for ID at airports and borders, but alas it can never be, thanks to photoshop.

Photoshop theme, passports. Real ones, then all go to Canada and back, whoever gets back in with the silliest/funniest one wins a prize.

It'll be fun and games until some terrorist is caught after crossing in to the US with a shopped ID scan.


At least we'll know his Fark ID
 
2012-01-04 09:37:23 AM
The border guard should have put an ink-stamp on the iFad - with the vigour of someone trying to split a log.
 
2012-01-04 09:39:32 AM

FinFangFark: I see the future as 100 percent being able to cross with your identity on a digital device - it's just a matter of time

mark of the beast baby...mark of the beast.


or maybe an RFID in a small passport sized book.
 
2012-01-04 09:40:17 AM

Pelvic Splanchnic Ganglion: FinFangFark: I see the future as 100 percent being able to cross with your identity on a digital device - it's just a matter of time

mark of the beast baby...mark of the beast.

Beast babies?!


upload.wikimedia.org
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2012-01-04 09:42:09 AM
FinFangFark

I assume customs can look up the real photo in a database, the same way police can get your driver's license info.
 
zez
2012-01-04 09:42:12 AM
Must be nice to be not brown
 
2012-01-04 09:44:01 AM
Welcome to iMerica.
 
2012-01-04 09:44:55 AM
l.yimg.com

Yup, looks like an Apple user.
 
2012-01-04 09:46:54 AM
This new nation will be filled with hipsters and we should nuke it immediately.
 
2012-01-04 09:49:20 AM
Yes, I can fake a passport by photoshopping my picture onto another passport. Then upload the picture onto my data pad.
 
2012-01-04 09:49:20 AM

daskleft: [l.yimg.com image 630x366]

Yup, looks like an Apple user.


His quote: "Yeah, let's see you try this with a PC"
 
2012-01-04 09:52:49 AM

Slaxl: It would be nice to just take a picture of my passport on my phone and then leave the passport at home and use the phone for ID at airports and borders, but alas it can never be, thanks to photoshop.


I take a picture of my passport with my phone and then take a picture of my phone showing the passport, just in case both my phone and passport get stolen.

Hmm...I wonder if I should also take a picture of that, too...
 
2012-01-04 10:01:18 AM
while it's a nice idea to keep a scanned digital backup just in case (and again, they probably just go into a database and run the # to compare it), it's not "the future" and even more annoying is stories just doing the "brand" crap as part of it

Could have been "Man uses tablet" or something, but it's far trendier and you also get google news scrapes and twitter scrapes by using "trendy" words.

So just put "iPhone" or "iPad" in your headline and your circulation is already jumping due to people going "did anyone write about the iPad today?"

Branding is awesome.

Regarding the passport thing? I didn't have mine when I went to Hiroshima while studying in Japan. Went to their tourist bureau and gave them my Passport # (phoned back to the states to get a family member to look up the number from a copy I made of it just in case). They just entered the # into a DB, verified it with a second form of ID, and ta-da... awesome rates at a kick-ass hotel.

But I won't make headlines with "student uses Passport # to get rates at a hotel in Japan"

but "Student uses iPhone to get better rates in Japan" is trendier.

/sip
 
2012-01-04 10:08:26 AM

FinFangFark: His quote: "Yeah, let's see you try this with a PC"


Seems like PC users would be more pragmatic about it and remember their ID. And the actual real passport was cheaper to obtain.
 
2012-01-04 10:09:58 AM
But an android tablet would let you have more customization options.

Hello, Hello Kitty Passport!
 
2012-01-04 10:23:48 AM
I'm going to join the Chicago Imperrium.
 
2012-01-04 10:48:22 AM
FTFA: "He said he also successfully used the passport on his iPad to get through Canadian Customs on the way home later that day."

How ironic would it have been if the Canadian Customs officials would have denied him reentry. I guess he wouldn't have felt quite as good about being able to get into the U.S. with his tablet if he'd gotten stuck here.
 
2012-01-04 11:01:47 AM

yves0010: Yes, I can fake a passport by photoshopping my picture onto another passport. Then upload the picture onto my data pad.


Yeah but when border patrol scans that barcode on the picture of the passport it will pop up a different picture in the data base and if you change the picture your boned Gitmo style.
 
2012-01-04 11:08:36 AM

Eshkar: yves0010: Yes, I can fake a passport by photoshopping my picture onto another passport. Then upload the picture onto my data pad.

Yeah but when border patrol scans that barcode on the picture of the passport it will pop up a different picture in the data base and if you change the picture your boned Gitmo style.


would a bar code on a screen still be readable... I would think that the bar code wouldnt be due to the screen reflecting the beams back. And I have been through security, Just show the passport and walk through. No checking or anything.
 
2012-01-04 11:22:32 AM

yves0010: would a bar code on a screen still be readable... I would think that the bar code wouldnt be due to the screen reflecting the beams back.


With a decent barcode scanner, yes it's perfectly readable and a regular part of certain workflows.
 
2012-01-04 11:43:15 AM

Nem Wan: yves0010: would a bar code on a screen still be readable... I would think that the bar code wouldnt be due to the screen reflecting the beams back.

With a decent barcode scanner, yes it's perfectly readable and a regular part of certain workflows.


Haven't worked in that area in the longest. But if someone really wanted to, there is a way to make that work. Heck, like I said, I have walked through security with a flash of my passport and no one even took it from me and checked.
 
2012-01-04 12:40:24 PM

yves0010: Nem Wan: yves0010: would a bar code on a screen still be readable... I would think that the bar code wouldnt be due to the screen reflecting the beams back.

With a decent barcode scanner, yes it's perfectly readable and a regular part of certain workflows.

Haven't worked in that area in the longest. But if someone really wanted to, there is a way to make that work. Heck, like I said, I have walked through security with a flash of my passport and no one even took it from me and checked.


A laser scanner like what they use at the grocery store would not work as the laser reflects differently off the black and white surface of the item in order to be read. However an optical reader would have no issue, basically taking a picture of the bar code and translating that. Lots of smart phones have apps that can do that, so no big leap for the boarder station.
 
2012-01-04 03:28:50 PM

cenobyte40k: A laser scanner like what they use at the grocery store would not work as the laser reflects differently off the black and white surface of the item in order to be read. However an optical reader would have no issue, basically taking a picture of the bar code and translating that. Lots of smart phones have apps that can do that, so no big leap for the boarder station.


There's also a long-ass SKU-like code with lots of '
 
2012-01-04 03:31:38 PM

cenobyte40k: A laser scanner like what they use at the grocery store would not work as the laser reflects differently off the black and white surface of the item in order to be read. However an optical reader would have no issue, basically taking a picture of the bar code and translating that. Lots of smart phones have apps that can do that, so no big leap for the boarder station.


There's also a long-ass SKU-like code with lots of [less-than] characters at the bottom of the personal data page of your passport. I know at least a few times I've seen them grab that page of my passport and slide it through a reader like the ones used for credit cards. So presumably they could key that info in by hand off his tablet and go from there, like the clerk at the grocery store does when the barcode on my porn mags won't scan.

/hooray for HTML fail
 
2012-01-04 04:16:22 PM

daskleft: [l.yimg.com image 630x366]

Yup, looks like an Apple user.


"Sir, it would be a better shot if you didn't look directly at the camera. Thank you."
 
2012-01-04 04:19:32 PM

Smiths: while it's a nice idea to keep a scanned digital backup just in case (and again, they probably just go into a database and run the # to compare it), it's not "the future" and even more annoying is stories just doing the "brand" crap as part of it

/sip


We always carry scanned (hard) copies of our passports with us, just to make it a whole lot easier to get a replacement if something happens to the original while we're traveling.
 
2012-01-04 05:11:39 PM

Tobin_Lam: When I was working for a car rental company a guy tried to rent a car with a picture of his license on his phone. The guy was desperate to rent a car so the manager simply had him request a new license online and took the resulting documentation as proof he actually had a valid license.


Manager went above and beyond, there.
 
2012-01-04 06:11:10 PM

oldfarthenry: The border guard should have put an ink-stamp on the iFad - with the vigour of someone trying to split a log.


This. You've got to stamp something, don't you?

To be thorough, I'd stamp his forehead just as enthusiastically.
 
2012-01-04 06:19:28 PM
meh, I've been doing that for quite sometime now. Keep a digital copy of my passport on my usb stick and flash card I keep in my camera.
 
2012-01-04 06:41:54 PM
Not all countries do stamps. I did not get a stamp when I went to Russia.

hogans: oldfarthenry: The border guard should have put an ink-stamp on the iFad - with the vigour of someone trying to split a log.

This. You've got to stamp something, don't you?

To be thorough, I'd stamp his forehead just as enthusiastically.


hogans: oldfarthenry: The border guard should have put an ink-stamp on the iFad - with the vigour of someone trying to split a log.

This. You've got to stamp something, don't you?

To be thorough, I'd stamp his forehead just as enthusiastically.

 
2012-01-04 07:09:55 PM

ZAZ: FinFangFark

I assume customs can look up the real photo in a database, the same way police can get your driver's license info.


Why would (for example) American customs agent have access to a database of Canadian passport holders?
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2012-01-04 07:10:54 PM
ArcadianRefugee

Because we're cooperating in the war on terror.
 
2012-01-04 07:13:26 PM

cenobyte40k: yves0010: Nem Wan: yves0010: would a bar code on a screen still be readable... I would think that the bar code wouldnt be due to the screen reflecting the beams back.

With a decent barcode scanner, yes it's perfectly readable and a regular part of certain workflows.

Haven't worked in that area in the longest. But if someone really wanted to, there is a way to make that work. Heck, like I said, I have walked through security with a flash of my passport and no one even took it from me and checked.

A laser scanner like what they use at the grocery store would not work as the laser reflects differently off the black and white surface of the item in order to be read. However an optical reader would have no issue, basically taking a picture of the bar code and translating that. Lots of smart phones have apps that can do that, so no big leap for the boarder station.


Yeah, Thats what I thought they would use. I got that app but on my tablet.
 
2012-01-04 08:01:35 PM
Of course the iPad is a good source for ID:
modmyi.com
 
2012-01-04 08:58:10 PM
My buddy got a dui...

They took his Id...

Next weekend we went to icebar in Orlando. They accepted us pulling up his mugshot on the pinellas county sheriff website as id!

/can't fake that...
 
2012-01-04 10:05:09 PM

Gordon Bennett: Yes, what a wonderful idea with no potential massive security flaws whatsoever.


I don't understand how the security flaws for electronic documents are even as bad a paper documents, let alone worse. When is the last time you cryptographically verified the authenticity of someone's birth certificate?
 
2012-01-05 01:49:23 AM
Does this sentence hurt anyone else's eyes, or am I reading it wrong:

"He said that true story, the scanned passport and his driver's license helped him get through last week."
 
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