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Adam Savage of Mythbusters, when speaking to the audience of The Last HOPE hacker conference, revealed why RFID Radio-frequency identification has become a bit of a taboo topic at Discovery Channel. In response to an audience question about revisiting RFID as an episode, Adam responds, “Dude, the RFID thing. I’m sorry. It just is not going to happen. ... Here’s what happened. I’m not sure how much of this story I’m allowed to tell, but I’ll tell you what I know.”
Originally posted by dunwichwitch
I think it's alarming that Adam (Sessler?) basically sounded forced in his retraction statement. I don't blame him for retracting his statement. He's got a nice cushy career and he's a celebrity...
Originally posted by LockwithnoKey
Actually yes, it is quite cheezy.
Any system put in place to track and audit that can so easily be manipulated is of little use in any terms of security.
If I went into the detail of exactly why this story didn't get filmed, it's so bizarre and convoluted that no one would believe me, but suffice to say...the decision not to continue on with the RFID story was made by our production company, Beyond Productions, and had nothing to do with Discovery, or their ad sales department."
Originally posted by kozmo
RFID has a limited range AND a very limited amount of information that it can store - in short, it's about worthless with the exception of simple inventory tracking utilizing UPC or item numbers.