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General / It starts with performance testing
« on: August 25, 2009, 11:04:06 AM »
IDG News Service -  One of the world's newest communications technologies soon will be used to track one of the oldest.

The Universal Postal Union (UPU), an arm of the United Nations that coordinates international postal mail services, has embarked on a project to use RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) to track the speed of international deliveries. The program, using tag processing systems from Reva Systems, will begin a test phase later this month in 21 countries. The UPU expects it to be used in 100 countries by 2012.

Unlike private delivery services such as FedEx, regular postal delivery is not operated by a single organization. Consumers buy stamps in one country that have to get a piece of mail into another country and through the domestic mail system there to a particular destination. The UPU sets quality-of-service rules for how long that should take, as well as standard origination and termination fees for countries to settle the cost of getting the mail where it's going.

Though it may not seem like it to some people anxiously awaiting letters from far-off friends, the UPU regularly monitors how long it takes international mail to be delivered. Parcels have bar codes that are scanned at every point along the way, but traditional letters don't. About 15 million letters are sent across borders every day, according to the UPU.

So far, the UPU has monitored letter delivery by sending special test letters. Independent analysts record the departure and arrival of these test letters, but at the gateway offices where letters leave and enter countries, postal workers themselves record the time. That leaves the process open to manipulation, said Akio Mayiji, quality of service coordinator at the UPU.

The RFID system instead will use tags hidden inside envelopes, which will be read automatically as they pass through RFID portals at the international gateway offices. Reva Systems' TAP (Tag Acquisition Processor) servers will collect the letters' unique tracking numbers and pass them on to be correlated into delivery reports. The UPU wants countries to pay each other based on the quality of service their letters receive, and more detailed measurement will help it do so, Miyaji said.

RFID is already used to monitor mail in some developed countries, but the systems they have deployed use "semi-active" tags that cost US$20 each. A relatively new global standard for RFID, called Gen2, allowed the UPU to introduce passive-tag systems that cost far less: Each tag only costs about US$0.30, and the UPU considers them disposable. The lower cost should make RFID accessible to all of the UPU's 191 member countries. The scope of quality testing can also be expanded, so tens of thousands of test letters are moving through the system at any time.

The other advantage of Gen2 is that the UPU can deploy locally approved products in each country and know they all comply with Gen2 and can read every tag that is sent through, said Reva Systems Chairman Ashley Stephenson.

"This couldn't have happened three years ago," Stephenson said.

The RFID portals are the size of regular loading docks, and all the mail going in and out of a depot passes through them. The tags inside the test letters are about the size of credit cards. They are passive tags, with no power source of their own, but when the radio waves from a portal hit one, it pulls in enough energy from those waves to transmit the data stored within it, Stephenson said. Though such tags can hold hundreds or thousands of bytes of data, these will contain only a globally unique identification number, he said.

The 21 countries involved in the initial Gen2 RFID test are all over the world and include India, South Korea, Switzerland and Togo. Some countries that already have the older RFID systems, including Mexico, Norway and Saudi Arabia, will also be among the 21 test countries.

General / Re: Sheriff Joe signs onto the FSP?
« on: August 16, 2009, 01:55:08 AM »
I think they should let him in, it would expand the amount of people who would think about joining.


Hey now, numbers is numbers. You want FSP to get to 20,000 don't you?


you do too......

General / Sheriff Joe signs onto the FSP?
« on: August 15, 2009, 10:57:48 AM »
Imagine the possibilities

General / Re: Selling an exotic, potentially lethal, scorpion...
« on: August 13, 2009, 01:29:47 PM »
I am in Kuwait, and there are fat-tailed black scorpions running around here everywhere.

I have caught one and keep it in my office. I have been toying with the idea of bringing it back to the states and selling it.

First of all, since this is the second most venomous scorpion in the world, what are your views about bringing it back? What if someone buys it, brings it home and is stung and dies? What if, in fact, my customer's child is killed? Am I to blame, in your view?

Secondly, how much would YOU pay for such an animal?

I would say if it was an experienced herp keeper, well you see where im coming from. There are people more then capable of keeping such things. Should you, perhaps if you had a sure fire buyer that checked out in ability.

General / Re: What are you drinking tonight?
« on: August 09, 2009, 06:22:49 AM »

General / Re: Excellent breasts.
« on: August 09, 2009, 04:24:00 AM »
With hot sauce

General / Re: Linux Sucks. Java sucks. I'm a Microsoft guy again!
« on: August 08, 2009, 07:36:12 PM »

General / Re: Linux Sucks. Java sucks. I'm a Microsoft guy again!
« on: August 08, 2009, 06:02:16 PM »

General / Re: I slipped one past the goalie.
« on: August 08, 2009, 03:51:06 PM »
and another one

General / Re: I slipped one past the goalie.
« on: August 08, 2009, 12:41:22 PM »
A warning to you

General / Re: Linux Sucks. Java sucks. I'm a Microsoft guy again!
« on: August 08, 2009, 12:40:39 PM »
In a Toronto subway

General / Re: Linux Sucks. Java sucks. I'm a Microsoft guy again!
« on: August 08, 2009, 11:06:37 AM »

General / Re: I think my sister is a lesbian.
« on: August 08, 2009, 10:54:38 AM »
does she have hot friends?
the only thing you should be worried about.....

lipstick lesbo's VS bull-dyke

the latter being absolutely intolerable.

General / Re: Linux Sucks. Java sucks. I'm a Microsoft guy again!
« on: July 31, 2009, 04:26:27 PM »
Oh noes, evil Microsoft isn't going out of its way to help their competition!  the horror!  the horror!  How dare they even defend themselves at Massa Government's anti-trust trial!  Throw them all in prison stat, right next to Hank Rearden and Lysander Spooner!  :lol:

Seriously, how funny is that - an "open source or bust" activist is accusing me of following a "handbook", just for defending the virtues of capitalist (i.e. non-copyleft) software that the vast majority of businesses choose to use in the free market.  Wow...  In reality only about 1% of users run Linux on the client-side, and the majority of them still keep a Windows / Mac OS / BSD / etc partition.  You socialist "ubuntu" software nuts don't just plant Astroturf, it seems that you've started to smoke it too!

With the advent of Microsoft Stores, I guess now you'll have something other than SUV dealerships and medical research laboratories you can bomb...

Defend themselves, like copyrighting keystrokes?

Socialism is forced, nothing is forced about Open-source software. Its completely voluntary if you want to use it or if you want to contribute, or if you want to try and make money from it. Thats a true free market. If you are going to label people, make sure you know what you are talking about. Again, there is nothing stopping anyone from making money in the free market using FOSS products. I highly suggest reading "The Cathedral and the Bazaar" by Eric S. Raymond. The more I read from you, the more I see that you really don't have a clue about FOSS software.


Woohoo, the collapse is on! Fall AZ, Fall HARD! I hope the police stations are next so the can be shut down and bulldozed

(looking out my back door in the direction of the state house in phoenix)

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