TravelMob is travel site meets Evite. It lets you create a trip homepage, invite people, manage RSVPs, upload important files, create a photo gallery, see top tours for your destination, and plan via message board. There's a Facebook-style newsfeed that shows what everyone on your trip's doing.
What struck me as strange at first is that they claim this measure is needed because the state is collection LESS in gas taxes due to hybrids. Now, I haven't seen the numbers yet... but my guess is that growth in the Golden State's SUV market is at least keeping gas tax revenue on even ground.
Anyways, Oregon is considering legislation for a similar program, and a pilot test will be run in 2005.
The plan, which still requires legislative approval there, would put a $100 global- positioning-system device in every new car in Oregon. The device would beam drivers' in-state mileage to a satellite, which would then send the information to the service station where the driver is refueling so the proper tax can be levied at the pump.
I mean, come on. This is a bit ridiculous. Also from the article
In October, the Food and Drug Administration approved use of an RFID chip that could be implanted under a patient's skin and would carry a number that linked to the patient's medical records.
My main beef with these RFID/GPS tracking technologies is the potential for massive abuse. I always think of situations of extreme state repression and ethnic cleansing, Hitler's Germany, Soviet Union, Rwanda, Bosnia, Iraq, N. Korea, and on and on. These tracking and identifying technologies would be very useful to the leaders perpetrating the atrocities in these countries. And while this is an extreme case - we need to really think about the value of making people-tracking technologies a mandatory and pervasive part of our lives.
I'm dead set against this trend.
More mundanely, I wouldn't have had 10% as much fun as I did senior year in high school if I had one of those damn chips! Ahhh well.... , we would paid some geeks to carry around our RFID badges anyways... I take that back :)
Gen. Tommy Franks says that if the United States is hit with a weapon of mass destruction that inflicts large casualties, the Constitution will likely be discarded in favor of a military form of government.
This is what I've been worrying about. A serious strike against the US (or an Ally according to Franks) would unravel the special Mojo that makes America work. Well functioning institutions, freedom, and most importantly trust.
Will a temporary period of marshal law be necessary to get a hold on security issues? An open and frank debate is needed. Not a political winner for any sitting candidate though.
This is the kick off of my first weblog. I'll be keeping tabs on the issues that matter to me. The content of this blog will change as I go through my various cycles of interest, but in general news and commentary on technology, business, politics, and policy issues will be covered.