From: John Ferrell Jr
Subject: Would you take it?
Re: Revelation 13:16 to 13:18.
Organization: Amdahl Corporation, Sunnyvale CA
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (John Ferrell Jr)
Reply-To: jwf10@JUTS.ccc.amdahl.com (John Ferrell Jr)
Reasons for taking it:
1. It would save our country millions by stopping all
2. It would save our country millions by not having to print or
3. No more check writing in lines.
4. You wouldn't have to carry or worry about cash.
5. You would never misplace cash again.
6. No one would ever mug you for your money.
7. No more jingling/counting/carrying change.
8. It may even stop almost all drug dealing...
9. Even more benefits...
Reasons for not taking it:
1. Revelation 13:16 to 13:18.
I am talking about the 'mark' and the possibility of a country going
cashless. It is possible. All that is needed is some kind of unique number
for each person and some Point Of Sale system for tracking transactions.
Of course credit cards and checks may not go away, but the benefits of going
cashless are very favorable.
* I_am_in_no_way_crying_doomsday! I would only like to here your reasons *
* and discussions for/against associating the following hypothetical *
* cashless system with the above mentioned scripture. *
Consider the following:
Each person has a unique social security number. This could be the unique
number that would be needed. Also, almost every place has UPC scanners.
This could be the POS system needed. An _ideal_ implementation would be
an invisible tattoo -- using invisible UV ink like the hand-stamps used at
Disney World and fairs etc. -- that could be read by the UPC scanners.
There are, however, many other possibilities.
Did you know that each UPC barcode -- regardless of the product code
number it represents -- has a 6 (two thin stripes) in the front, a 6 in
the middle and a 6 at the end? These barcodes are the little black striped
labels that get scanned on the supermarket-type laser scanners.
Please read Revelation 13:16 to 13:18 for the significance of 666.
You can look on a label that has a six printed in regular print and look
above it to see the thin WHITE-BLACK-WHITE-BLACK (0101) stripes, which
represent a 6, at the front, middle and end of the label's stripes.
Note for the computer literate: 0101 in 'bar code' language means 6. This
is something completely different from binary 0101 which would be a 5.
The rest of this letter contains technical details for the curious:
Example for an 8 digit barcode:
A '0' is a white stripe and a '1' is a black stripe.
(The A's and C's represent other stripes representing the
product code number part of the barcode.)
0 1 0 1 AAAA 0 1 0 1 0 CCCC 1 0 1 0
. . .
The right half is 1's complement of the left half; I guess so it can be
scanned in either direction. Thus a '0101' 6 becomes a '1010' 6.
Here follows the technical explanation of bar codes...
The UPC/EAN bar code uses a pattern of equal-width black and white
stripes to represent an 8, 10, 12, or 13 digit number. There can be up to
4 consecutive zeros or ones, hence the appearance of bars of varying
widths. The code takes one of the following 4 forms:
0101AAAA01010CCCC1010 8 digits
0101AAAAA01010CCCCC1010 10 digits
0101AAAAAA01010CCCCCC1010 12 digits
0101AEEEEE01010CCCCCC1010 13 digits
Each letter stands for 7 bars, as explained below, while 0 and 1 stand
for single white and black bars. The digits are encoded, one per letter,
In order from left to right in the first three cases; for a 13 digit
number, the first digit causes each letter 'E' to become either 'A' or
'B', and the remaining 12 digits are then encoded as for a 12 digit number.
The last digit is always a check digit. The check algorithm is to add up
all the digits, plus twice the sum of the even positioned digits
(counting from the right, so the check digit is always position 1); the
result should be a multiple of 10. For example: 50201013 (Cadbury's Flake):
5+0+2+0+1+0+1+3+2*(5+2+1+1) = 12 + 2*9 = 30, so the code is valid.
The individual digit codes are:
TYPE = A B C D E
NUMBER 0 = 0001101 0100111 1110010 1011000 none
NUMBER 1 = 0011001 0110011 1100110 1001100 unknown
NUMBER 2 = 0010011 0011011 1101100 1100100 unknown
NUMBER 3 = 0111101 0100001 1000010 1011110 ABBBA
NUMBER 4 = 0100011 0011101 1011100 1100010 BAABB
NUMBER 5 = 0110001 0111001 1001110 1000110 BBAAB
NUMBER 6 = 0101111 0000101 1010000 1111010 BBBAA
NUMBER 7 = 0111011 0010001 1000100 1101110 BABAB
NUMBER 8 = 0110111 0001001 1001000 1110110 BABBA
NUMBER 9 = 0001011 0010111 1110100 1110100 BBABA
Note that the A and D encodings are mirror images, as are the B and C.
Similarly, the A and C encodings are 1s complements of each other, as are
the B and D. I don't know what the D encoding is used for, but I know it
exists. Perhaps there is an extension to 14 digits planned.
There is no E encoding for 0; 13 digit numbers beginning with zero are
encoded as 12 digit numbers. Similarly, 10 and 12 digit numbers never
begin with double-zero; a shorter encoding is used instead.
Tag: John Ferrell Jr
JF> "Did you know that each UPC barcode -- regardless of the
JF> product code number it represents -- has a 6 (two thin
JF> stripes) in the front, a 6 in the middle and a 6 at the
JF> end? These barcodes are the little black striped labels
JF> that get scanned on the supermarket-type laser scanners."
Your ignorance is excusable; the willingness to base your
life and behavior on ignorance is not. I have worked with
barcodes for over seven years. They DO NOT have leading and
trailing sixes, nor a six in the middle. The most popular,
i.e. the ones in supermarkets, have a leading and trailing
ASTER (the "*" symbol). There are two very popular ones;
the 3-of-9, and 3-of-9 human readable. You will find that
these barcodes have under them, in Roman characters, exactly
what the lines represent.
When a barcode is scanned, the machine has code in it that
generally has 16 characters prefix pre-defined, and 16
characters suffix, pre-defined. Most barcodes have the same
number twice, so it may be scanned forward or backwards.
JF> "You can look on a label that has a six printed in regular
JF> print and look above it to see the thin WHITE-BLACK-WHITE-
JF> BLACK (0101) stripes, which represent a 6, at the front,
JF> middle and end of the label's stripes."
That's an asteris, silly boy. Go get a barcode reader and see!
Better yet, get the Hewlett Packard Barcode Cartrige and look
through the booklet that comes with it.
Why do you not learn about something before you discourse on it?
As a P.S., this same nonsense has been run through the Cults For
Christ Fidonet network for several years; it is just as bogus.
(David M. Rice, Baxter Diagnostic) | 150,000 Iraqi Children dead
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. my employer's. | this year. God bless America?