Microsoft Fingerprint Reader

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This is interesting.

Microsoft has developed a convenient solution for replacing all those passwords with something you don’t have to worry about forgetting: your fingerprint. Integrated into some of Microsoft’s latest keyboard and mouse products and also sold separately, the Microsoft® Fingerprint Reader lets you log on to your favorite Web sites without scrambling for passwords—just touch the fingerprint reader with a registered fingerprint whenever a password or user name is required, and you’re in. Just like that.

The Ten Commandments

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The issue whether the ten commandments should be allowed to be displayed on government property has reached the Supreme Court. The Fraternal Order of Eagles, an organization that donates ten commandment tablets for display in government and public properties has this statement about the issue on their website:

“The Fraternal Order of Eagles has promoted the ten commandments not in an attempt to impose religion on the masses, but rather in recognition of their role in the very foundation of our legal system. Our very laws are built on the bedrock moral precepts of the ten commandments, and we look forward at long last to having that affirmed by the high court.”

Ok, great. They claim that they are not imposing religion on the masses which works out well since The Bill of Rights gives us the right to believe in whatever religion we wish. So, let’s take a close look at the ten commandments to see if there is anything in there that would offend somebody who exercises their constitutional freedom and worships a non-christian god or no god at all. Now, be forewarned, I am going to go through every commandment to see if I can find one that would be considered unconstitutional. There are ten of them so this could end up being a long post. Let’s start at number 1:

1. Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
Shit. Oops, sorry, I mean holy shit. I thought I was going to have to dig a bit deeper to find something that would be offensive to someone who doesn’t believe in a christian (or jewish) god. Let me get this straight. They claim that they are not pushing religion on the masses but the first commandment on the goddamned tablet tells us that you can’t have any other fucking god? How does that make sense? The answer is it doesn’t make any sense whatsoever. This is not Jesusland yet but is still the United States of America where our laws are based on The Constitution and The Bill of Rights. Wouldn’t the first Ten Amendments be much more suitable in a courthouse than the redundant Ten Commandments. (Yes, they are redundant. Read through them sometime)

While we are at it, let’s get rid of “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance. Those two words were added in 1954 by Congress during the Eisenhower administration as a response to communism although most people believe that it has always been in the pledge. Wrong. Oh, and get rid of swearing on a bible in court. Is that the only way to prevent perjury? And what’s up with “In God We Trust” on our money? Separation of church and state? You decide.