Woman Dead After Wii-Related Competition

Its surprising how some people take huge risks or put their lives on the line for winning a game system!

A twenty-eight year old Sacramento mother of three has died of water intoxication after taking part in a local radio competition to win a Wii console.

Jennifer Strange was found dead on Friday at her home after taking part in a contest named “Hold your wee for a Wii” at the studios of radio station KDND 107.9. The competition involved drinking large quantities of water, with the last person to go to the toilet winning a Wii console – currently out of stock in most of North America.

Read the whole story here.

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Canadian coins bugged – RFID transmitters

In today’s news, Canadian coins have been found to contain RFID type of transmitters. These coins were in the possession of US contractors who visited Canada.

Security experts believe the miniature devices could be used to track the movements of defence industry personnel dealing in sensitive military technology.

“You might want to know where the individual is going, what meetings the individual might be having and, above all, with whom,” said David Harris, a former CSIS officer who consults on security matters.

“The more covert or clandestine the activity in which somebody might be involved, the more significant this kind of information could be.”

The counter-intelligence office of the U.S. Defence Security Service cites the currency caper as an example of the methods international spies have recently tried to illicitly acquire military technology.

Read more about the Canadian coin bugging here.

In related events, I recently bought a Smartrip card to ease my Metro commute from Maryland to Virginia. I’m looking forward to experimenting with the RFID in my Smartrip card.