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(Gizmag)   ịntelliPaper reveals disposable, paper-based USB drives. Your move, intelliScissors   (gizmag.com) divider line 33
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2013-01-01 11:08:22 AM
intelliRock is still just a rock
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-01-01 11:11:40 AM
Tourists could send out postcards with vacation photos uploaded onto them, couples could send wedding invites with a digital version attached, and schools and businesses could hand out multiple pages of documents uploaded to a single sheet of paper.

Spies and saboteurs could smuggle viruses and secrets.
 
2013-01-01 11:19:43 AM

Nefarious: intelliRoc

k is still just a rock

Not true sir, not true: http://www.engius.com/web/products/ir-maturity.asp
 
2013-01-01 11:38:00 AM
i236.photobucket.com

Does not approve.
 
2013-01-01 02:25:13 PM
Gizmag? Someone thought this would be a good idea? Seriously?
 
2013-01-01 02:32:14 PM
www.thepcmuseum.net

The 1980's called...
 
2013-01-01 02:41:00 PM

Quantum Apostrophe: [www.thepcmuseum.net image 400x301]

The 1980's called...


Dear God. Did you warn them about Osama bin Laden? The shuttle crash? The economic crises of the 90s and 2000s?
 
2013-01-01 02:42:29 PM
Applications of this is great though, put it on post cards, on flyers (rip here-style flyers), on business cards with your proposal right in it, and so forth.
 
2013-01-01 02:52:18 PM

farked3ways2sunday: Applications of this is great though, put it on post cards, on flyers (rip here-style flyers), on business cards with your proposal right in it, and so forth.


1- Create virus.
2- Put on postcard.
3- Mail out as commercial info to select people
4- Lulz

It used to be that the old "found disc" baiting routine was enough to nab random people into running stuff on autoplay. Imagine being able to directly target folks. Most people would have a guard up against an anonymous disc or thumb drive but you slap a name on it and suddenly it's "come on in".

Cheap paper thumbdrives could be quite fun from a malicious perspective.
 
2013-01-01 03:07:38 PM

Mrbogey: Quantum Apostrophe: [www.thepcmuseum.net image 400x301]

The 1980's called...

Dear God. Did you warn them about Osama bin Laden? The shuttle crash? The economic crises of the 90s and 2000s?


/checks wikipedia

Nope, he didn't.
 
2013-01-01 03:12:24 PM
Well at least it's not ice cream based
 
2013-01-01 03:17:50 PM

Nefarious: intelliRock is still just a rock


...but it's a big rock
 
2013-01-01 03:20:55 PM
What's up with the first letter in that headline?
 
2013-01-01 03:21:34 PM

Nefarious: intelliRock is still just a rock


but its expensive and people obsess over it.

/ no wait, thats the iRock
 
2013-01-01 03:24:06 PM

Mrbogey: 1- Create virus.
2- Put on postcard.
3- Mail out as commercial info to select people


The per unit cost would be far too high for that to be in any way viable. Spamming via e-mail has essentially no cost. No envelopes, no postage. You can automate distribution via a script that crawls the web for e-mail addresses and/or one that generate hundreds of thousands of random e-mail addresses to blast. You'd have to have a monumental success rate to make spam-by-u.s.-mail in any way profitable.
 
2013-01-01 03:26:56 PM

kronicfeld: The per unit cost would be far too high for that to be in any way viable. Spamming via e-mail has essentially no cost. No envelopes, no postage. You can automate distribution via a script that crawls the web for e-mail addresses and/or one that generate hundreds of thousands of random e-mail addresses to blast. You'd have to have a monumental success rate to make spam-by-u.s.-mail in any way profitable


Yea, price is the main issue but most people seem to be savvy enough not to run code sent to them via email. But a targeted attack could have a bit of payoff. Especially since they expect this to be cheap enough to be used in friendly postage correspondence.
 
2013-01-01 03:27:12 PM

LDM90: What's up with the first letter in that headline?


Subby used a goofy ị to prevent it from being autocapitalized
 
2013-01-01 04:20:34 PM
8-32MB? Garsh. That's like 8-10 MP3s max. Mixtapes, anyone?
 
2013-01-01 04:27:23 PM

Mrbogey: kronicfeld: The per unit cost would be far too high for that to be in any way viable. Spamming via e-mail has essentially no cost. No envelopes, no postage. You can automate distribution via a script that crawls the web for e-mail addresses and/or one that generate hundreds of thousands of random e-mail addresses to blast. You'd have to have a monumental success rate to make spam-by-u.s.-mail in any way profitable

Yea, price is the main issue but most people seem to be savvy enough not to run code sent to them via email. But a targeted attack could have a bit of payoff. Especially since they expect this to be cheap enough to be used in friendly postage correspondence.


You both are right, perhaps...

As a virus, it is unreasonable to mass distribute, certainly. However, if one wishes to pose as a representative for a company and pass out business cards with "demos" imbedded and those recipients happen to be the ones who may be privy to sensitive data, well, maybe those "demos" phone home with that information.

But, it would have to be seriously worth the risk and complication.
 
2013-01-01 05:20:20 PM

WhoGAS: However, if one wishes to pose as a representative for a company and pass out business cards with "demos" imbedded and those recipients happen to be the ones who may be privy to sensitive data, well, maybe those "demos" phone home with that information.


There are several recorded cases of hackers dropping trojan-laden thumb drives in the parking lots of bank offices and similar organizations.
 
2013-01-01 05:32:30 PM
fustanella: Mixtapes, anyone?

My car has a cassette deck, so I still listen to mixtapes from the mid-80s. They still work fine. I still like the music. No harm, no foul.


I haven't heard anything that sounds like a really good use for these paper USB drives yet. In my experience, all 'thumb drives' are disposable, and you can get 8 GB for under $5 if you buy a dozen at once. These paper ones would be . . . smaller . . . and have a thousand times less storage space. Even if they cost 50 cents each, I don't personally see any time I'd want to buy one.

Doesn't mean something won't come up, but I'm not seeing any obvious excitement at this point. Maybe in the next generation.
 
2013-01-01 05:37:57 PM
These re like a modern version of the "Evatone Sound Sheet" from my youth: a flexible record that often came stapled inside a magazine or glued to the back of a cereal box. it was how I listened to The Archies" "Sugar, Sugar".


One way I might use the paper USB tech would be to load a concert ticket with a unique bonus track of a band's music, as a collectible.

We all know however that this tech will mainly find use as a medium for porn.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-01-01 05:54:19 PM
We all know however that this tech will mainly find use as a medium for porn.

Want to get back at your ex, plaster the cars in a parking lot with an ad for her services, contact information, and a paper drive with those naked pictures you swore you'd delete.
 
2013-01-01 06:50:22 PM
And yet my hard drive is still a motor spinning plates on bearings in oil. Almost seems savage.
 
2013-01-01 07:25:31 PM

Rich Cream: And yet my hard drive is still a motor spinning plates on bearings in oil. Almost seems savage.


Well, the advantage is that it can perform many more writes without breaking.
 
2013-01-01 07:35:34 PM

BraveNewCheneyWorld: Rich Cream: And yet my hard drive is still a motor spinning plates on bearings in oil. Almost seems savage.

Well, the advantage is that it can perform many more writes without breaking.


Curses. Foiled again.
 
2013-01-01 11:27:22 PM

farked3ways2sunday: Applications of this is great though, put it on post cards, on flyers (rip here-style flyers), on business cards with your proposal right in it, and so forth.


Sure thing, marketing guy.
www.discmasters.com
 
2013-01-01 11:35:46 PM

Mrbogey: kronicfeld: The per unit cost would be far too high for that to be in any way viable. Spamming via e-mail has essentially no cost. No envelopes, no postage. You can automate distribution via a script that crawls the web for e-mail addresses and/or one that generate hundreds of thousands of random e-mail addresses to blast. You'd have to have a monumental success rate to make spam-by-u.s.-mail in any way profitable

Yea, price is the main issue but most people seem to be savvy enough not to run code sent to them via email. But a targeted attack could have a bit of payoff. Especially since they expect this to be cheap enough to be used in friendly postage correspondence.


Camouflage with pron.
 
2013-01-02 12:09:19 AM
Guess I'll have to buy the White Album again...
 
2013-01-02 05:08:58 AM
They seem to have overlooked a glaring problem with the design. They want these things to be sent through the mail. Have they never looked at wait their mail looks like by the time it makes it to them? These things are going to be decimated by automatic sorting machines, fold/creased/wrinkled after having been stuff in bags and boxes, and at least part of the time they are going to get wet somewhere along the way. In other words they have designed a product that essentially can't be reliably used for the primary purpose it was designed for.
 
2013-01-02 08:35:45 PM

Hacker_X: They seem to have overlooked a glaring problem with the design. They want these things to be sent through the mail. Have they never looked at wait their mail looks like by the time it makes it to them? These things are going to be decimated by automatic sorting machines, fold/creased/wrinkled after having been stuff in bags and boxes, and at least part of the time they are going to get wet somewhere along the way. In other words they have designed a product that essentially can't be reliably used for the primary purpose it was designed for.


dec·i·mate transitive verb \ˈde-sə-ˌmāt\
dec·i·mat·eddec·i·mat·ing
Definition of DECIMATE

1
: to select by lot and kill every tenth man of
2
: to exact a tax of 10 percent from
3
a : to reduce drastically especially in number

/Pedantic git is pedantic :)

//You're right though, those things will get ruined in the mail.
 
2013-01-03 12:00:40 AM

Special ED209: Hacker_X: They seem to have overlooked a glaring problem with the design. They want these things to be sent through the mail. Have they never looked at wait their mail looks like by the time it makes it to them? These things are going to be decimated by automatic sorting machines, fold/creased/wrinkled after having been stuff in bags and boxes, and at least part of the time they are going to get wet somewhere along the way. In other words they have designed a product that essentially can't be reliably used for the primary purpose it was designed for.

dec·i·mate transitive verb \ˈde-sə-ˌmāt\
dec·i·mat·eddec·i·mat·ing
Definition of DECIMATE

1
: to select by lot and kill every tenth man of
2
: to exact a tax of 10 percent from
3
a : to reduce drastically especially in number

/Pedantic git is pedantic :)

//You're right though, those things will get ruined in the mail.


Functionally speaking definition 3 fits. The number that arrive in functional condition will be drastically reduced from the number sent.
 
2013-01-03 09:24:36 AM
dec·i·mate
/ˈdesəˌmāt/
Verb

Kill, destroy, or remove a large percentage of.
Drastically reduce the strength or effectiveness of (something): "plant viruses that can decimate yields".

How about a more modern definition from a more widely used dictionary.

I mean, before we can agree on a definition of something, we must decide on which text we will use for the base of the discussion. Can't try to talk about apples when you're actually talking about oranges.
 
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