October 4th, 2004

amazon

New Money Fun

So, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing is upgrading the fifty dollar bill, mainly to incorporate the "Counterfeit Deterrence System" that prevent the newer versions of Photoshop from printing likenesses.

The various governments that have come up with the CDS are very secretive about it, but how it works has already been figured out. And, of course, unshackled software like GIMP happily ignore it.

Anyway, the BDP is making available on their website scans of the bills (face back), with the defacing word specimen printed over it.

But, if you take those PDF files, and run them thru pdfimages, it will give you decent rez (649 x 273) scans of the bills, without the defacing.
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