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I may never set foot inside my local video store again, and before you ask, it's nothing to do with the unfortunate Haagen Daas incident, either.
Recently(ish), I hired out a copy of "Robert Smith Live in Concert", and forgot to send it back. Not because I was trying to steal it, nor because I
was lazy. Simply because I forgot. I hired it in March, and it's now July. Inbetween Days, I have ratcheted up a rental charge something akin to the national debt of Burkina Faso.
A timer chip in/on the video box itself, set to bleep after 24 or 48 hours, would have prevented this from happening.
As we all know, prevention is better than The Cure.
Warning alarm sounded in nearly overdue library books [xaviergisz, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]
||And it sits atop the telly, beeping forlornly in your empty house while you're at work.
||Well, it could page you, but that might
increase the development costs.
||//the unfortunate Haagen Daas incident//
I once had A Night Like This, too. With an RFID tag or some such and a bit of TCP or SNMP trickery you could get alerted to the little bleeper remotely.
||Ah, gnomethang, have yourself a scoop of Belgian Chocolate to celebrate. I wonder now, if it bleeped in A Forest....