Computer printers have been quietly embedding tracking codes in documents for decades

In 2004, when color printers were still somewhat novel, PCWorld magazine published an article headlined: “Government Uses Color Laser Printer Technology to Track Documents.”

It was one of the first news reports on a quiet practice that had been going on for 20 years. It revealed that color printers embed in printed documents coded patterns that contain the printer’s serial number, and the date and time the documents were printed. The patterns are made up of dots, less than a millimeter in diameter and a shade of yellow that, when placed on a white background, cannot be detected by the naked eye.
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Wozniak Breaks the Silence, Says Jobs Movie Was “Largely a Lie About Me”

It’s no mystery that Ashton Kutcher’s JOBS isn’t exactly faithful to reality, but Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak apparently can’t take it anymore. Half a year after the movie debuted to negative reviews, the Apple 1 creator decided to break the silence.

Wozniak has never been a fan of Mark Hulme’s JOBS biopic, but he has always turned his diplomatic cheek when faced with inquiries about the movie and how he saw it. Not anymore, though.

In a comment on Google+, the genius behind Apple’s first computers lashes out.

“Actually, the movie was largely a lie about me. I was an engineer at HP designing the iPhone 5 of the time, their scientific calculators. I had many friends and a good reputation there,” Wozniak writes.

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