Feeds

Ethics? There's an app for that

Bar code scanner unmasks can of coffee as Compaq server

High performance access to file storage

Ethically-responsible shoppers can get the help they obviously need with a new app that will scan a bar code and decide if your coffee was ethically sourced, or is actually a Compaq server.

The Barcoo app is free to download for iPhone, Android, Symbian and Bada, and provides the usual price-comparison service common to such applications, but Barcoo will also provide an ethical rating of the manufacturer sourced from WeGreen and based on social responsibility including treatment of staff, environmental awareness and transparency in communications.

We can't help thinking that the last criterion was added to allow for companies that don't chose to wear their environmental credentials on their sleeves, but it seems a worthy ideal. Checking around Vulture Towers for barcodes, we were astounded to discover that what we had thought was an innocent tin of coffee was actually a Compaq dx2300, Microtower PC, which would have been embarrassing if we'd put it in the coffee grinder.

Though we were relieved to see that it still has a "Distinctive and consistent taste" despite being ideally suited to business computing and available with Windows 7.

Screen shotScreen shot 2

Errors aside, WeGreen needs more data before we can start making purchasing decisions based on it – we were unable to get any ethical information at all on Mars or Walkers, though the software did identify their products. The only ethical guidance we were able to find in our, admittedly limited, testing was on Kellogg's:

Screen shot 3

It's a fun idea, though you'd want to ensure your idea of ethical behaviour matches the one that WeGreen defines. You might also want to take the accuracy carefully: you wouldn't want to be caught feeding a computer into the coffee grinder again. ®

High performance access to file storage

More from The Register

next story
A black box for your SUITCASE: Now your lost luggage can phone home – quite literally
Breakfast in London, lunch in NYC, and your clothes in Peru
Broadband Secretary of SHEEP sensationally quits Cabinet
Maria Miller finally resigns over expenses row
Skype pimps pro-level broadcast service
Playing Cat and Mouse with the media
Beat it, freetards! Dyn to shut down no-cost dynamic DNS next month
... but don't worry, charter members, you're still in 'for life'
Like Google, Comcast might roll its own mobile voice network
Says anything's possible if regulators approve merger with Time Warner
EE dismisses DATA-BURNING glitch with Orange Mail app
Bug quietly slurps PAYG credit - yet EE denies it exists
Turnbull leaves Australia's broadband blackspots in the dark
New Statement of Expectations to NBN Co offers get-out clauses for blackspot builds
Facebook claims 100 MEEELLION active users in India
Who needs China when you've got the next billion in your sights?
prev story

Whitepapers

Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
HP ArcSight ESM solution helps Finansbank
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Mobile application security study
Download this report to see the alarming realities regarding the sheer number of applications vulnerable to attack, as well as the most common and easily addressable vulnerability errors.