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Old 07-15-2008, 02:14 AM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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WASHINGTON — The affordability and growing popularity of color laser printers is raising concerns among civil liberties advocates that your privacy may not be worth the paper you're printing on.

More manufacturers are outfitting greater numbers of laser printers with technology that leaves microscopic yellow dots on each printed page to identify the printer's serial number — and ultimately, you, says the San Francisco-based Electronic Frontier Foundation, one of the leading watchdogs of electronic privacy.

Printer dots raise privacy concerns - USATODAY.com
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Old 07-15-2008, 11:12 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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So... if there is a conspiracy, and we are all part of the matrix, does this make these dot matrix printers???

Read how they tracked the unibomber. None of this is particularly new. Often it is particularly ineffective, especially when a used printer is bought at a yard sale or flea market.
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Old 07-15-2008, 01:07 PM
 
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So... if there is a conspiracy, and we are all part of the matrix, does this make these dot matrix printers???

Read how they tracked the unibomber. None of this is particularly new. Often it is particularly ineffective, especially when a used printer is bought at a yard sale or flea market.

Very funny, Harry!
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Old 07-15-2008, 01:11 PM
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Location: Ohio
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From the article, it sounds like the main intent of the hidden dots is to make it easier to track counterfeiters. I don't have any problem with the government using that method to track counterfeiting.
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Old 07-15-2008, 01:50 PM
 
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The computer you are on contains a network card which has a MAC address that is unique only to that card aside from some special circumstances (very old cards with dip switches). Does that worry you as well?
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Old 07-24-2008, 04:56 AM
 
Location: United Kingdom
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Unique serial numbers are also accessible from software. Is this also worrying?
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