It was all downhill after the Cuecat

On the origins of “user manipulation and surveillance.”

A Cuecat scanner with a bundled cable and PS/2 adapter; it resembles a plastic cat and also, slightly, a sex toy. It is posed on a Matrix movie ‘code waterfall’ background and limned by a green ‘supernova’ light effect. Image: Jerry Whiting (modified) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:CueCat_barcode_scanner.jpg CC BY-SA 3.0: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en

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