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Banknotes Go Electronic To Outwit Counterfeiters 441

suraj.sun writes "Modern banknotes contain up to 50 anti-counterfeiting features, but adding electronic circuits programmed to confirm the note's authenticity is perhaps the ultimate deterrent, and would also help to simplify banknote tracking. From the article: 'A team of German and Japanese researchers created arrays of thin-film transistors (TFTs) by carefully depositing gold, aluminum oxide and organic molecules directly onto the notes through a patterned mask, building up the TFTs layer by layer. The result is an undamaged banknote containing around 100 organic TFTs, each of which is less than 250 nanometres thick and can be operated with voltages of just 3V. Such small voltages could be transmitted wirelessly by an external reader, such as the kind that communicates with the RFID tags found on many products.'"
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Banknotes Go Electronic To Outwit Counterfeiters

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  • by oldspewey ( 1303305 ) on Wednesday December 22, 2010 @04:04PM (#34644642)
    You'd be amazed the places you can swipe a credit card
  • by Lilith's Heart-shape ( 1224784 ) on Wednesday December 22, 2010 @04:14PM (#34644760) Homepage
    I got my ass kicked by the bouncer the last time I tried to swipe my card between the stripper's buttocks in order to tip her.
  • by Nyder ( 754090 ) on Wednesday December 22, 2010 @04:16PM (#34644788) Journal

    Why do we still carry money anyway?

    Because when you pay people like me.

    I don't accept checks, money orders, paypal transactions, nor do I accept credit/debit cards.

    I do accept cash. United States Dollars, to be exact.

    What do I do?

    I fix your computer. I'm the guy, who makes house calls, to fix whatever the fuck you, or someone else did to mess up your computer.

    Sure, you can go to the geek squad, or pay some "professional" place to do it. chances are, they won't fix it correctly, charge you way more then I do, and don't do house calls. Not to mention they might report something you have on your computer to some government agency. You didn't know the pics of your kids in the bathtub is considered child porn? That would suck to find out on the way to jail.

    Or you can call me up, see when i'm free, and get your shit fixed correctly the first time. I also do the barter system, but that's mostly for weed dealers. Oh, and not only do I have better things to do then poke around your harddrive for whatever you have, I could care less what you have on your computer. Not my business, and your paying me cash to keep it not my business.

  • by ChunderDownunder ( 709234 ) on Wednesday December 22, 2010 @06:04PM (#34646302)

    Paper? What sort of backward state still uses paper banknotes? :-)
    In Australia plastic or 'polymer' notes last longer and are harder to forge.

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