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Digital paper boys

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or girls...

A simple idea, just deploy (can I just say paper-boys? It cuts down on the typing) a large number of paperboys are issued with reversible black t-shirts, with 1' s all over on the outside and 0's all over the inside. They then ride in sequence around the neighbourhood with the appropriate number displayed.

The cunning bit is this, the recipients have no need to write down all the zeroes and ones themselves, by placing a smartphone in the window overlooking the road, with a simple app it turns all of the aforementioned numbers lower than 2 into the headlines.

Rigorous CRC checking is part of the app, to screen-out people wearing football shirts, cats deliberately moving in formation to annoy the human race further, or several of the paperboys being eaten by bears/lions/struck by lightning/tyre punctures etc..

For more remote areas, or for people who prefer a low-bandwidth version, just the one paper boy cycling around the area, reversing t-shirt (as appropriate) after each pass. This might suit the the more patient reader, former cryptographers or just very bored people.

not_morrison_rm, Oct 16 2014

Bayreuth http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bayreuth
[not_morrison_rm, Oct 16 2014]

missing dragon neck controversy https://groups.goog....wagner/CykDDXnRdtk
[not_morrison_rm, Oct 16 2014]

And I thought that I had a complex enough method of delivering the news... UnLocal_20Paper
...but I think you've got me beat on the tech challenge scale. [normzone, Oct 17 2014]

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lurch, Oct 16 2014
  

       No putting 1's on here, don't want the headlines going from "Hezbollah rallies in Beirut" ending up as "Hezbollah rallies in Bayreuth"
not_morrison_rm, Oct 16 2014
  

       Oh
lurch, Oct 16 2014
  

       The Bavarian Tourist Board are extremely litigious, not to mention the missing dragon neck, wrong city postal debacle.
not_morrison_rm, Oct 16 2014
  

       Won!
pocmloc, Oct 17 2014
  

       Nice try, anyway the Won is not exactly strong....my monthly salary used to be 2 million Won, if that gives any idea.   

       Why didn't you go for "uno", just asking...
not_morrison_rm, Oct 17 2014
  

       No-one knows, though oh, one wonders.
pocmloc, Oct 17 2014
  

       Hah! I can see that number between 0 and 2..   

       Agh, just bunned myself, anyone got that self-help group contact details?
not_morrison_rm, Oct 17 2014
  

       Will it help getting information out of North Korea?
pashute, Oct 18 2014
  

       One misplaced forward slash, and a paper-boy has just been eaten by a tyre puncture. It was distressing to watch, I can tell you.
pertinax, Oct 19 2014
  
      
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